Knitting for Charity Makes Maggie Jackovitz one of Harford Magazine's 2011 Women of Harford
Ewenique Yarns Is a Place to Learn, Connect and Give Back
Ewenique Yarns Owner, Maggie Jackovitz, Gives Back by knitting hat for soldiers in Afghanistan. (By Nicole Munchel / November 29, 2011)
The small town charm of Bel Air drew her to the area, but her lifelong love of knitting prompted her to open up her business in 2002. “I took a class in college and fell in love with the art of knitting. It's a little bit of math and a little bit of creativity,” says Maggie. Ewenique Yarns offers hand dyed yarns as well as some of the world's finest merinos, silks, alpacas and cottons. Though the store specializes in yarns and needles, they have a full range of fibers, colors, and weights for any project. They also stock over 1000 items including patterns, books, needles, buttons and other accessories.
Maggie felt strongly that the community needed a new business that takes time with people. “Everything else in our lives is so fast paced. Knitting slows people down and allows them to share their talents and experiences,” she says.
People of all skills and ages come into the store to learn how to knit different items from scarves to hats to sweaters to anything the imagination will allow. “My clients are constantly amazed at what they can do and create. A 63-year-old client of mine said to me recently of one of her completed projects, 'I have never made anything so beautiful in my life,' ” Maggie says.
Maggie compares the hobby to golf, “It's not a cheap hobby, you could probably buy anything cheaper in the store, but then you won't have the satisfaction of making it. Like golf, you can pick up with anyone, that's just the way knitters are, they want to share their projects.” She adds, “The store brings people together in a more intimate what to share their ideas. I feel blessed to be here.”
Charity knitting is also a top priority for Maggie and her knitting followers. “Lots of people have contributed in making comfort dolls for African Aids orphans. These dolls are simple to make with stash yarn, and can either be knitted or crocheted.” Maggie encourages others to contribute to worthy causes whether it is knitting cotton wash clothes for animals affected by the BP Oil spill or hats for the soldiers in Afghanistan. Maggie also makes house calls for “shut ins,” women who are homebound and need help with their knitting projects. Maggie has been on the board of the Harford Ballet Company and was involved in the Bel Air Recreational Council.
She finds serenity in her life's passion, “Knitting has the Zen of Yoga, and it builds us up when the world around us is freaking out. There is not a day that goes by that I don't learn from and gain perspective from my customers.”
What is your favorite book? Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
What is your favorite food? Hamburger
If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? Abraham Lincoln
What do you do to relax or have fun? I have a beautiful Portuguese water dog that I like to take on the Ma & Pa Trail.
130 N. Bond Street, Suite 103
Bel Air, MD 21014