Monday, March 29, 2010

HSJ Swag Bag Teaser

Check out the hot new swag bags that Victoria and Tally made for Hop, Stitch & A Jump! Can you believe we're just giving them away?!?! I take that back, we're not just giving them away, we're giving them away chalk FULL of fiber surprises. 3 Kittens and StevenBe have this great event worked out for all you amazing knitters that love to come to Mpls for the Yarn Over. I will be our version of a Minnesota Knitting movie premier complete with parties and chauffeurs.
More information about Cookie A. and Lucy Neatby seminars on April 16th and April 18th at StevenBe and 3Kittens Needle Arts.

Register for all 4 classes and receive the Academy Award Swag Bag!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

It's Artfelt!

It's felting day at StevenBe. Today's project is the Artfelt Silk Ribbon Scarf. Artfelt's felting technique makes our felting seminars easy, relaxing, and fun. Choose from a variety of "ready to felt" kits or for the adventurous type, personalize your scarf by selecting your own Artfelt roving at StevenBe: A Yarn Garage Workshop.


Email Steven to register for a felting seminar.

Artfelt Kit Contents: One 50 gram hank of Standard roving; one 50 gram skein of Pencil roving; 1 ball Seta Moda yarn; 1 piece of artfelt™ paper 10” x 118” (with plastic); 2 barbed needles; instructions.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Springtime Stitches


With Spring recently sprung upon us, we see little signs of life starting to emerge from their long winter’s sleep. Even over at Steven Be’s we see all these wonderful projects happening. With the flowers and birds comes a new batch of yarn from Tilli Tomas.

70% Silk / 30% Seacell (Natural Kelp Fiber)
290 yards / 50 gms
18sts = 4” on #3 US needle


It comes in a variety of wonderful colors ready for spring wear. It also knits up fast on larger needles and looks deliciously chic when coupled with another yarn. If you’re interested in knitting with this gorgeous yarn and want to do a last minute gift for Easter, email Steven (steven@yarngarage.com) for patterns and yarn. Mention this post (Springtime Stitches) and receive a coupon for a discount on your order.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Video Shoot!

Today is video shooting day at StevenBe! MNfashion came to the studio this morning to interview Steven to promote MNfashion week April 16th-25th. The Knitwear/Artwear runway show at StevenBe is on Thursday April 22nd at 6pm.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

StevenBe Spring Runway Show!

StevenBe is hosting an informal Knit-wear and Art-wear runway show to celebrate MN Fashion Week in support of the new Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center. Join Steven and special guest Nina DiAngelo as they feature local designers, members and friends, showcasing the hottest knit trends. Strut your stuff, bring your knitting and garments. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Email Steven to RSVP

Cookie A. and Lucy Neatby in the Store!!

Two of your favorite needle arts emporiums have joined forces to celebrate Minnesota Knitter's Guild 24th Annual Yarn Over (click for more info). This progressive knitting experience will feature amazing workshops with Lucy Neatby and Cookie A. and exclusive special events at both venues Friday and Sunday. All events are scheduled to complement the main event, Yarnover, on Saturday at Hopkins High School. Look for a Friday morning opening breakfast, afternoon tea and evening gatherings with our guests of honor and an all star knitter mystery guest. We expect this unique opportunity to sell out quickly, so reserve your space in the inner circle now. (Click here for full details, schedule and pricing.)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kiss me I'm knitting!


We celebrated St. Patrick’s day with green cup cakes and cookies whilst knitting on spring related items. It’s hard to find objects that can be knitted and worn through out the warmer months, but with silk, cotton and hemp yarn it’s possible.


Steven spent time showing us a wonderful trunk show last night which consisted of new and beautiful yarns for spring wear and also some famed and coveted Signature
Needles. Steven is the only yarn store in the midwest who carries these beautiful needles. So, if you really love you’re knitting and have always wanted to own a BMW you need to just hold these needles for a sample of luxury.


*If you can find the typo in this post, email Steven (Steven@yarngarage.com) for a free pattern of your choosing on his website.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

April Art Crawl


Join me on a tour of the "Mini-Apple" fiber/art scene with my friends and members. This month we are starting at Susan Hensel Gallery for "A Reader's Art" book art exhibit. It is guest-curated by New York artist, Jon Coffelt, and features 51 artist ranging from the internationally renowned to the locally emerging. Next, we will jump across the river to the Textile Center to see Metaphoric Fibers: Untamed Knitting and Crochet. The artists featured in this exhibition take the traditional art of knitting and crochet beyond function into art abstraction. Steven has donated the award to the artist for the most unique use of materials. In addition, we will view the sweaters from Rowan's 30th Anniversary Collection now on display throughout the textile center. By this time, I'll be dying for some sustenance to maintain my fiber focus so we're going to stop at Cup Cake Inc. right next door! After we've filled up the tank and recharged the battery we're off to the Ax-man to discover the uncommon, unusual, and non-traditional knitting material. And of course, the final leg is back to StevenBe for Tuesday afternoon of creative frolic with our newly acquired knitting and crocheting materials.



Tuesday April 6th

Meet at StevenBe 9:30AM
Map and Directions
Email Steven to sign up

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mystery Fiber


Last night I dreamed that I was at the yarn garage knitting merely with all my fiber friends. All of us were knitting feverishly together on hundreds of different garments. I remarked that the sound of those clicking needles reminded me of the sound of rain. To my surprise this morning, I awoke to find it raining heavily and I had this deep desire to cast on something new since my Pikuvveli is finally finished!


We passed around a lot of fiber in the last few weeks that just gets my head buzzing with ideas. There was one fiber that Steven passed around that got all the Wednesday night knitters in a delight. Surprisingly soft to the touch and incredibly warm. If you can guess what it is, email Steven (steven@yarngarage.com) and he’ll give you 15% off your next order if you get it right.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Steven knitting & is Purl purling?

We have welcomed a new addition to our fiber family. Purl was brought to us by Caroline, who spins our signature StevenBe yarn. Purl is a French Angora bunny and she lives at StevenBe with Steven. She is 5 months old and she is adjusting well. Let's just hope Steven adjusts well, too. Come in and you may catch a glimpse of Purl hopping between the shelves.

We had a great Knitting in General event on Saturday, March 6th. Knitting in General is the General Mills knitting club. Steven works with them on their charity projects. During this special event we made the FABULOUS French Press slippers. Steven demonstrated his short cut and he made his own "Wild Thing" version. The slippers have been a big hit on Ravelry and the pattern is now available at the Yarn Garage & StevenBe. If you haven't already, you should join Ravelry. It is an amazing online knitting & crochet community.

ATTENTION ALL SIGNATURE NEEDLE FANS:
StevenBe has been chosen as the exclusive Minnesota distributor! The needles will arrive the beginning of April just in time for Spring. Be sure to stop in to see them!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Rustic Bee iPod Cozy

This week we're going to celebrate spring with a new free pattern. Be sure to come back every week for featured deals and coupons for the Yarn Garage store!

Rustic Bee iPod Cozy


Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed 2 skeins (CC1: Brown and CC2: Ginger)DK/ 191 yards/ 50 grams/ 50% Wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose

Needles: Set of 4 or 5 #2 DPN’s

Measurements: 3” x 5”

With CC1, C.O. 40 stitches evenly onto the dpn’s.

Work a K2, P2 ribbing for 1”

Bee striping:

Round 1: Change to CC2 and K1 round.
Round 2-4: P3 rounds.
Round 5: Change to CC1 and K1 round.
Round 6-8: P3 rounds.

Repeat these three rounds 4 more times (5 times total).

Work rounds 1-4 one more time then work a 3 needle bind off.

Weave in loose ends.