Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spotlight on Annie's Woolens

In the solitude of Wisconsin's Northwoods, a dream to create the hand knit Christmas Stockings that Grandma used to make came alive...

The Story of Annie's Woolens...
In 1982, Anne Maillette and her family moved to Eagle River, Wisconsin to enjoy a simpler life. To keep her family warm during the bitter winter months, Anne began to knit wool sweaters and accessories for her husband and three daughters. What started out as a hobby soon became a cottage industry and her life's passion.
Annie's Woolens established 1988
Meet our team: Kris, Debbie, Kathy and Annie
In 1988, Annie's Woolens was established with wool sweaters, earflap hats, and mittens as the featured products. Then in 1994, after years of selling her goods at local art shows and galleries, Anne moved to the Internet, which enabled her to share her wares with the global community.
More recently, Anne has moved beyond knitting wool garments. Wanting to make Christmas special for her family, she started designing and knitting Christmas Stockings. As her family grew, Anne welcomed each new member with a hand knit personalized stocking. To share this special tradition with others, Anne decided to make Personalized Christmas Stockings her main product. Personalized Christmas Stockings hanging on mantle
Old-fashioned Personalized Christmas Stockings
To date, Annie's Woolens has sold thousands of Christmas Stockings which have been shipped to all parts of the world.
Each one of Anne's Personalized Christmas Stockings is designed, crafted, and packaged the very same house she used to hand knit sweaters for her family. They're knit with 100% wool yarn, feature professionally embroidered names, and come in either a Scandinavian or Ragg Wool style.
Annie's helpers - Cathy and Cathy
Kathy and Kris taking care of our
busy shipping season.
Along with sharing a Christmas tradition with the world, Anne also promotes the art of knitting through her own line of knitting patterns and kits. Now knitters of all experience levels can share the joy of making specialty items for their loved ones, and maybe even start new traditions of their own.
Annie's Woolens has received special recognition from the following:
  • Elegant Mohair/Wool Mittens pattern published in 2005 Knitting Pattern-a-day Calendar, Accord Publishing Ltd.
  • Moose Christmas Stocking knitting pattern published in Knitting for the First Timeby Vanessa-Ann, Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. in 2003
  • Featured artist in December 2000 Wisconsin Trails Magazine in "Needful Things"article highlighting Christmas gift ideas.
  • Featured in Feb. 2000 Midwest Living article entitled "Warm Up in Style - Toasty Togs from the Northland"
  • Jan./Feb. 2000 featured artist in The Northwoods Woman article "A Good Fit for Her and Great for You"
Just as it started over 20 years ago, Annie's Woolens continues to be a family business. Her brother, Peter Oakley, is in charge of web design, and her daughters are involved in the production and finishing of Christmas Stockings. Her husband, Michael, serves as chief cheerleader, for which Anne acknowledges deep gratitude.
For questions about Annie's Woolens products, please email:
Visit Annie's Woolens Facebook Page and website to learn more.

At Email Contact, we're thrilled to have Annie's Woolens as a loyal customer.  Anne has been happy with how quickly and easily she can inform her customers about what's new, and says, "your tech support rocks!".  Well, Anne, we think you rock, too!  

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