Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Glitter Knitters at the Mall of America!

The Craft Yarn Council of America's "Knit-Out & Crochet" at the Mall of America was a success!

Knitters and crocheters were everywhere!

Steven and his staff of Glitter Knitters were scattered about (complete with cute pink Glitter Knitter shirts!) helping to teach new knitters and crocheters.

I was at the crochet teaching area most of the day Saturday and Sunday both, so I didn't see all of what the whole event had to offer.

I can say, though, that there were a lot of people coming to learn crochet. If the knitting teaching area was half as crammed as the crochet area, then these two crafts will be doing well in popularity for quite some time.

We taught the young, the old, girls, boys, women, & men. We taught people with no experience some that used to know how but forgot, and some that just wanted a refresher.

As a yarn enthusiast and an avid knitter and crocheter, I thought it was awesome to see all of those who were eager to learn.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Knit-Out & Crochet at the Mall of America

Come join us today!

The Craft Yarn Council of America's "Knit-Out & Crochet" is traveling to the Mall of America today and tomorrow.

The event runs from 10-5 today and 11-5 tomorrow. There will be all kinds of fun and exciting events to see and participate in.

Be sure to check out this link at the Mall of America's website to see the event's schedule.

Steven and a group of knitters from the Yarn Garage are going to be there, volunteering their time and skill to teach others these wonderful crafts.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Sit, Sip, & Knit!

Coffee and Yarn! They go well together, don't you think? There were about thirteen of us at Starbucks last night that agreed on that!

It was SSK! No, not slip slip knit...

Sit, Sip, & Knit!

Every second Monday of the month, Glitter Knitter Steven and other knitting enthusiasts from the area gather at the Starbucks in Rosemount to knit, enjoy tasty java, find inspiration in other's creativity, and see what's up and coming at the Yarn Garage.

Steven showed us a virtual plethora of beautiful yarns and what you could make with them - there were shrugs, shawls, scarves, hats, and more. Of course, everything was dazzling and each showed his personal style - that which embodies his self proclaimed title of Glitter Knitter.

Not to mention the colors! Such bright and fun new colors.

Speaking of bright and fun, don't you just love this? It's a sweater Steven's working on made from bright chunky yellow yarn doubled with Police "Crime Scene - Do Not Cross" tape!

He's knitting on what he calls "size 1000 needles." They are huge! If you look closely at the bottom of the picture you can see the point from one of them.

A bizarre idea, yes, but so fun.

He also brought some new knitting literature to entice and inspire us, and also to teach.

And to top it off, we were serenaded! How cool is that?

Steven's friend Bob, (who does the store's website and also knits) is a wonderful violinist and charmed us with his beautiful musical stylings as we knit and socialized.

What a great atmosphere that created!

Here's Violinist and Glitter Knitter together, doing what they love best - fiddling and knitting!

If you're in the Twin Cities area and you want to come, the next one is March 12. Bring your knitting and join us from 6:30-9 at the Starbucks in Rosemount at the corner of 42 & 3. There's a Creative Cost of $5.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 8, 2007


Sit and knit a bit.

Through this blog I'll give you an inside look at a fantastic yarn shop - the Yarn Garage.

Have you ever wanted to walk in a store and be immediately immersed in yarn?

That's the feeling I got the first time I went to the Yarn Garage. I was in awe at the sheer amount of yarn, fiber, knitting notions, and other goodies that are hanging out everywhere.

And I mean everywhere. Yarn is in cubbys, baskets, beautiful antique curio cabinets, trunks, and large bowls. It's hanging from shelves, hangers, coat racks, and from the ceiling. Seriously!

It was almost as if I'd walked into the most glorious stash closet ever.

Never has a store seemed so inviting. Everything inside almost screams, "Look at me! Touch me!" Your fingers, without conscious thought, travel on their own to fondle the array of colors and textures.

It's a knitters heaven.