Jennifer Raymond

Jennifer Raymond

We are so excited to feature Jennifer at Dances With Wool!  She teaches knitting and crocheting classes.  Here is the bio from her website, tinkingturtle.com:

I got my start teaching 8-13 year old campers to knit and crochet when I was 16 years old.  I’ve been teaching, in different ways, since then.  I like to figure out different ways to break down techniques to teach people in different ways.  I have a genuine joy for teaching, and I like knowing that students walk away satisfied and enlightened.

I am a high energy teacher, with a ready sense of humor. Understanding that not all people learn the same way, my teaching style includes handouts, broken down instructions, and abundant examples.

While my goal is always for my students to have fun and walk away from a class with a finished object, my focus relies on education as the primary component of my classes. I want my students to be able to walk away being able to replicate the skills they have learned so they can take them into their next project.

I often include samples that demonstrate each step of a project. I believe that everyone enjoys praise and positive feedback, and my classes are created with achievable goals.

As a liberal arts student, I realize that learning does not end with a class, and I adapt my curriculum as I learn new skills. 


Sandy Aldridge

Sandy Aldridge

Sandy is another awesome addition to our teaching team!  

As a young child, while on vacation with her family, Sandy observed an elderly woman knitting. She decided to learn this dance. Borrowing several knitting books from the library, Sandy begged her parents to buy her yarn and needles.  Days passed, and still no needles and yarn. Undeterred and impatient to begin, Sandy went down to her father's workshop and found two old dowel rods and a ball of twine.  She sharpened the dowels with a pencil sharpener, opened one of the knitting books, and proceeded to teach herself the basics of knitting.  A lifelong love and obsession with all things knitted was born that day.   

Combining her background in special education teaching and love of knitting, Sandy brings over forty years of knitting experience and a passion for teaching new knitting techniques and tips to each of her classes.  A certified knitting instructor by the Yarn Council of America, Sandy teaches knitting classes in the Richmond, Virginia area and is a knitting tech editor and test/sample knitter for several top knitting designers.  The best part of teaching for Sandy is seeing that "Aha" moment in her students' eyes! 


Carol New

Carol New

Carol is one of our amazing knitting teachers.  She has lived in Midlothian and has been here so long that Dances With Wool is the second yarn shop in Sycamore Square at which she has taught.  Since she has been knitting for fifty-three years, she has covered a lot of knitting territory from medieval to modern, but she still manages to find new ways to make mistakes! She admits to being an addicted knitter and an unapologetic yarn hoarder. Don't judge her. 


Molly Gertenbach

Molly Gertenbach

Dances With Wool is thrilled to welcome a new crochet teacher to our amazing instructional team!

Molly learned the basics of crochet from her mother when she was around 5 years old. Over the past 17 years what started simply as a way to keep her busy turned into a full grown obsession. From simple granny squares, to home goods, to clothing, she's tried to make pretty much everything she could think of. Despite a bin already filled with yarn and partially filled projects, she can't stop starting new projects, and often finds herself working through three to five different patterns at once. 

After a few years of teaching friends how to crochet in informal lessons, and teaching painting techniques in classroom settings she's excited to share her knowledge and skills of crochet with others ready to learn and improve. 

Penelope Maurakis

Penelope Maurakis

Meet Penelope, another wonderful crochet teacher that has joined our teaching staff.  

Penelope’s grandmother (Yiayia) crocheted every day and taught her how to crochet when she was young.  Three years ago, Penelope was given her Yiayia’s crochet hooks by her aunt.  With these “Yiayia’s Hooks,” she renewed her interest in yarn art.  Crocheting has become like meditating for her - a great way to relax.  Now that her sons are both away at college, she has found time to crochet with the slower pace of life at home.  Penelope enjoys making gifts for friends and family, and is especially fond of making shawls.  She enjoys challenging herself with new crochet techniques and stitches.


Penelope is an early childhood special education teacher.  Her goal in teaching crochet is to make it easy and accessible and hopes others will find the same joy, relaxation and fulfillment from crocheting as she does