Ann Kaprielian

Owner

Hello, my friend!!  Welcome to my website!  Thank you for visiting!! My name is Ann Kaprielian (my friends call me Annie), and I have been crocheting, knitting, and sewing for as long as I can remember … and THAT, my friends, has been quite a while!!  Give me a needle and thread, and I’m off!!  I love to see what I can create.  I really enjoy working with different thicknesses of fibers (a.k.a., yarn, cotton thread) and the multitude of fabrics out there.  The creative options are endless!!

I don’t want to bore you with my entire life’s story, but I do feel that some historical background is necessary to get to know me.  So here goes:  I was born and raised in Natick, Massachusetts, at a time when everyone knew your name (1970’s and 1980’s).  I lived in Natick for the first 35 years of my life.  I got married in 2004 and moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, where I lived for 8 years.  When my husband and I bought our house on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it was meant to be our “vacation” home … well, it became my permanent residence in 2012.  I’ve been here ever since, and I have been loving every minute of it!  Living by the ocean, hearing the birds sing and smelling the salt air inspires a lot of my creations.

I look forward to offering you hand-made fiber art that you can wear, use as a tote or wrap yourself up in, along with plenty of other accessories and seasonal items that might interest you or someone you know.  I will be introducing additional items every so often, so stayed tuned!

I look forward to making your acquaintance, and I can’t wait to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.  Remember, you are welcome to place an order for that item that is “just right” for you.  I am happy to work with you to find the right color, fit and style that suits your taste.

Jean Williams

Chief Consultant and Instructor

Jean is a truly gifted knitter, and the range of her talents extends to a host of techniques most knitters only dream of mastering. Whenever people close their eyes and think about the expert knitter they would like to become someday, the person they usually picture is Jean. In addition to her many technical skills, Jean is also a thoughtful and patient tutor, and she will be coordinating activities for all knitting classes and workshops.  She is also available for appointments if anyone needs one-on-one help or private lessons.

Jean will also be working part-time in the shop to assist with pattern and yarn selection, and to provide any additional guidance that customers might require.

Susan Bartels

Assistant Manager

Susan has been a regular customer since A Great Yarn opened. She is an exceptional knitter – with a particular penchant for Shibui -- and a former knitting instructor.  She recently moved from Burlington to the Cape, and offered her services as an instructor in the shop, and we are delighted to add her to the staff.   Susan has an analytical mind (in her former life she worked in finance), and a creative soul, and both are obvious in the garments she knits, which combine quality craftsmanship with eye-catching style.

Karen Young

Staff

Karen is a life-long resident of Chatham, and one of the finest knitters we have ever met. She was one of our first customers when we opened the shop, and for the past two plus years she has amazed us with the wide variety of projects she has tackled (and completed!) She will be a terrific consultant for all your knitting and crocheting needs, and a great help if you are having any problems with your projects.

Karen is also one of the affable people you will ever meet. And if you don’t believe us, we will show you the dozens of A Great Yarn gifts cards she has received from her friends and admirers since we opened the shop.

Ruthanne Baker

Jack of All Trades

Ruthanne met Ann at Who Gives A Stitch?! and they became fast friends, and now co-workers! Ruthanne learned to knit and purl when she was about 10 or 12 years old, but switched over to crochet until well into her adulthood. She always wanted to knit but couldn't get the concept of knitting and purling on the same row for the life of her! "About 15 years ago, I picked up a big fat knitting book with lots of clear instructions and stitch patterns and sat myself down to tackle the challenge! Dawn broke when it occurred to me, changing from a knit stitch to a purl stitch on a row - I pictured passing the football over the goal post, not around it!! Who would think I would come up with a sports analogy!"

Since then she hasn't been able to put the needles down!  Over the past 12 years, she has been a part of the Cape Cod HAPPY Yarncrafters, where she has received lots of support making her an amazing knitter, and also where she became a  self-proclaimed yarn snob! Ruthanne is summed up by the following adjectives - determined, driven, self-reliant, helpful, and funny! She makes the perfect addition to our team!

Ruth Wrobel

Marketing Director

Ruth met Ann at Who Gives A Stitch?! and the sisterhood bond was immediately there, so Ruth's help with marketing at the shop followed soon after. While she has knit since she was a child, she would not call herself an expert, and loves soft squishy quality yarn as much as the rest of us, she is all about the marketing here! Handling all of the social media, website design, photography, technical difficulties, newsletters, and helping with the event planning efforts is Ruth's happy zone. She went to school for Communication Studies & Web Technology with the goal to help people build there businesses, and never thought she would get so lucky as to REALLY help a small business owner in her community!