Woolyn: Crafting a Close-Knit Community

By Melissa Duchan

Woolyn is a new knitting store which opened on Saturday, August 20th on Atlantic between Henry and Hicks. The store is well-stocked with all variety of yarns, needles, looms, fiber for spinning and other miscellaneous tools and notions.

Woolyn’s owner, Rachel Maurer, is a veteran knitter. She learned how to knit at the age of 5 with her mother and grandmother’s help. She went to school for fashion design and was in that industry for years, until the economic downturn of the late 2000s, when she got laid off. The recession caused her to revisit knitting, and she began to teach classes until she got the opportunity to open Woolyn. She expects to cater to a unique demographic: advanced knitters. Many stores offer beginner classes for those dabbling in knitting but do not offer an advanced level of instruction. Rachel wants to fill the niche of those who want to be challenged to do more sophisticated knitting. She hopes to attract people from the immediate area of Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill as well as farther away neighborhoods like Redhook and Carroll Gardens.

It’s not a coincidence that Woolyn is spelled like Brooklyn; Rachel is very passionate about supporting Brooklyn-centric businesses. Most of her merchandise is sourced from independent local designers, dyers and crafters. She wants to build mutually positive relationships with suppliers in the community.

Woolyn is located at 105 Atlantic Avenue between Henry and Hicks. The store can be reached at 718-522-5820 and their website is woolyn.com.

The store is chock full of yarns and needles

The store is chock full of yarns, needles and looms


The selection is appealing to the eye

The colorful selection organized in cubbies is appealing to the eye

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