House Mountain Yarn Co.

The yarn connects us


House Mountain Yarn Co. Owners

Combine four women, a love of knitting, and a yarn store and what do you have?
House Mountain Yarn Co.!


Ellie Boylan

What do you get when you cross a knitter with a political activist? Protest signs with knitted embellishments that have been spotted both in Lexington and Washington, DC. Ellie Boylan has been knitting since 2003, and learned to crochet from her Mexican grandmother when she was a child. Accomplished at both, she shares her knowledge, teaching children and adults. Ellie rarely knits for herself as her projects are frequently for charity or yarn bombs. In addition to being a partner in HMYC, Ellie works part time at W&L as an IT Fluency Coordinator. She and husband Scott have lived in Lexington since 1999 and are proud adoptive parents to a daughter in college and a son in high school.

Susan Friski

I have always dreamed that someday I would open a yarn shop. My husband, Mike, and I would talk about retiring and finding a place to relocate and just maybe I could open a shop. Well, that dream has come true and I don’t even have to relocate! I have been given a tremendous opportunity to work with three very ambitious and talented women in the shop adventure. I’ll miss Cathy’s bubbly personality, yet I wish her the very best with this move. Thank you for providing me the opportunity to join in this wonderful adventure. I look forward to meeting everyone as you visit the shop!


Julie Knudson

For Julie Knudson, the perfect weekend morning begins with a cup of coffee, a skein of gorgeous yarn, and a new knitting project. Julie is both a process and a project knitter—she enjoys learning new techniques, trying different fibers, and wearing the end result, especially if it’s a pair of warm handmade socks. Julie took a mother-daughter knitting class in July 2005 with her daughter Katie. Katie no longer knits, but instead lets her mom knit for her. When she’s not playing with yarn, Julie works as the Director of Academic Technologies at Washington and Lee University. She enjoys camping with her husband Jeff, and their neurotic but adorable dog Molly. 

Stephanie Wilkinson


Stephanie Wilkinson loves reading, eating, knitting, and starting businesses. She co-founded Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers in 2000, co-founded The Red Hen restaurant in downtown Lexington in 2008, and helped launch Main Street Lexington, a non-profit dedicated to local business and cultural enhancement in 2013. Stephanie learned to knit and crochet at age seven from a maiden aunt, but she still feels she has a lot to learn. She and her husband, Duncan Richter, a philosophy professor with a wicked sense of humor, have lived in Lexington since 1995. They have two children, Isabel and Harry.


Emeritus Owners


Cathy McElhannon

Cathy McElhannon was born, raised and lived in Norfolk, Virginia until she fell in love with a man in uniform and was whisked away as a Navy wife. After living in Coronado, California; Newport, Rhode Island; northern Virginia; and Sofia, Bulgaria, they settled in Lexington in 2002. She has two grown children and is Boololly (grandmother) to three young grandsons. An avid fiber artist, she took up knitting in 2003 and has not put her needles down since! She especially loves making shawls and wraps and spearheading charity knitting projects. In addition to knitting, she is very involved in the community and serves as chair of Deck the Halls - Project Horizon's annual gala fundraising event. She has a booth in a local antique store and is always on the lookout for old things to rehab and sell.


Friends of HMYC


Dymphna Alexander

Dymph Alexander was born and raised in the Netherlands and learned knitting from her grandmother at the age of four. Forever grateful to her grandmother, she still loves the art of knitting and enjoys teaching others. Dymph volunteers at House Mountain Yarn Co.


House Mountain Yarn Co. 117 South Main Street Lexington, VA 24450 Phone: (540) 462-2931