Meet The Owners

Andrea:

I learned to knit so young that the love of knitting has always been part of

my life, but I came to the Whippletree after a short career with a yarn company

and then as a production weaver. Because of that I take the unique perspective

that knitting is simply another way to create fabric.

I love it when I see the recognition in peoples’ eyes when they learn to

“read” their knitting.

While I’m not weaving much anymore, I have started spinning again and

remembering why I loved it in the first place. In the end, for me, it’s all about

playing with color and texture. I can be reached at andrea@whippletreeyarnshop.com.

 Shelley:

 As a child, I was fortunate to have talented women in my life who taught me knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting. Knitting has stayed with me like a good friend.

While in Pennsylvania, I taught knitting in a small yarn shop and learned weaving and spinning. Needless to say, a loom and a spinning wheel were soon purchased and my love of “all things fiber” evolved. When I moved to New England I discovered “Sheep and Wool Festivals”…my idea of heaven!

Recently I discovered hand-dyeing and have begun adding colors to the wool roving. It’s fascinating and somewhat addictive to dye wool, spin it, and ultimately knit it into a garment. For me it is all about the color and enjoying the process.

Now I travel with a small spinning wheel or a drop spindle. I’ve learned that no matter where I go, if there’s fiber or yarn in my hands, I meet new friends. After all, knitting and spinning are universal. I can be reached at shelley@whippletreeyarnshop.com.