Saturday, February 26, 2011

Announcing Schedule and Pre-Registration for Fantastic Fiber Fest 2011!!!

YTwo Great Shops........One Amazing Schedule:

Wednesday, April 27th through Sunday, May 1st StevenBe and The Yarn Garage host a series of classes and events in conjunction with YarnOver, the Minnesota Knitter's Guild Annual Knitters event. Classes, Parties, special rates for members, individual rates. Join us for any or all of this Fiber Weekend. You can learn from renown teachers at the Yarn Garage or at StevenBe.

Classes are filling fast, register today to take advantage of Early Bird discounts!
For full information, click here.
If you have questions for Steven, click here.

The Cast for the Weekend at the Shops

Annie Modesitt

I knit for a living. I have a blog, I write about knitting, I teach classes online (and in person) and I love what I do!

Nicky Epstein

Nicky Epstein is a world renowned knit wear designer, teacher and author of over 20 bestselling books. Her knitting and crochet books range from highly original resource books, to historical books, to travel books, to Barbie Doll books, to amazingly creative design fashion/pattern books. Her books are “must haves” in the libraries of designers and knitters alike, and she has won the National Independent Book Publisher’s Award for Best Craft Book Of The Year…three times!
Her innovative, fashionable, whimsical and award winning designs have appeared in every major knitwear magazine, in museums and on television, and she has taught classes to knitters around the world and hosted many Vogue Knitting Tours overseas as well as others.

Julie Wiesenberg, CoCo Knits

In 2004, I began teaching classes at Article Pract, a yarn shop in Oakland, California, and in 2006, at knit-one-one, a knitting atelier in Emeryville, California. I offer knitters of all levels a wide variety of classes, including felted work, custom-designed sweaters, and finishing techniques.

Mary-Heather & Sarah from Ravelry

Ravelry Staff will be with us to talk about the system and the joys and fun of being the home of thousands of fiber artists online.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Claudia Hand Paint Yarn

We received our shipment of Claudia Hand Paint yarn in Fingering 55 (merino/silk) and Worsted 55 (merino/silk).  The yarn is to go along with the patterns:

Plaza Jacket - The pattern has directions for either Fingering 55 or Linen.  It has options for sleeves or as a vest (seen here).

Dance it out cardigan - this is a great swingy cardigan that shows off the beautiful hand dyed yarn.

Becoming Shawl - I believe many of you have seen our sample of the Becoming Shawl in our shop.  We have it fall tones with beads in the edging.  It drapes beautifully and is a good lesson in short row shaping. 

Although we just had mountains of snow dumped on us, as is seen in this picture of Steven snowplowing,

we are looking foward to Spring.   Start these pieces now and you will be all set for the Spring and Summer months.  Spring will come......eventually.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

More Pittsburgh Pictures

Check out these great pictures from Steven's adventure in Pittsburgh!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pittsburgh Wrap-up

Steven is home from Pittsburgh and oh, the stories he has to tell!  If you remember, he took Mama Christa, and they rocked it out!  They got in on Thursday night, and as we neglected to arrange a shuttle from the airport,  he had a $100 cab fare!  Let's just say, he was annoyed, until he walked into the hotel lobby and was greeted by Sarah, who declared, "Oh my god!  You're StevenBe!  I am your BIGGEST fan!  Will you sign my Vogue Knitting?"  Steven told me he was mobbed everywhere he went and he felt more like Justin Beiber than Rod Stewart!

He signed so many autographs I had to put him in a wrist brace when he got home!  Friday night he hosted the fashion show and gave it the StevenBe energy and humor!  Steven and Christa set up their booth with Steven's handspun and sparkle and opened for business on Saturday.  They also showed our favorite Mosco sweaters and shawls from Skacel.

Steven had 50 people gathered at all times to see his demonstration on our handspun, mohair, sequin cowls.  Steven and Christa worked non-stop bringing the StevenBe flare to Pittsburgh.  People ate it up!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Malabrigo Rasta, Florafil, Alpaca Glow, Feza, and so much more!

It is so great working at the Yarn Garage and StevenBe.  Every time I open a box of yarn it is like opening a present!  It is so exciting to see the new products and to see more of the yarn I love!  Such as, Malabrigo Rasta!  We received a shipment of the Rasta and Silky Merino.

We also received Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande Glow!  It is the same great Alpaca Grande that we know and love plus glitter!  It has a little BLING in it!  I am imagining a shrug or hat done in the Grande Glow.  It is so pretty!

The Alpaca Grande Glow is on the right in the picture above.  It is hard to see the glitter, but it is there! It is subtle, but effective!

Also in the new yarn display, we have solid colors of Florafil, a beautiful cotton produced here in the U.S.A.

The solids colors compliment the variegated colors that we already had in stock.  We also received new patterns and samples from Florafil featuring their textured cotton! Click here to see some of their patterns!  I cannot take off the Yoga Shrug!  It is so cozy!  Of course, you need to stop in to see the samples in person, but maybe if I am lucky, I can get some pictures of the samples posted tonight.  That is, if the Wild Women of Wednesday are willing to be the models!

For more in the BLING department,........

We received new colors of Feza Chanel, Dazzle, Premier, Alp Oriental, Alp Virgin.

We are loving the Alp Premier Jacket seen below.

Feza is also doing a great job of providing free patterns.  Here are a few examples:

Rounded Shawl

One ball of Alp Oriental makes this Cabled Scarf.

And, this Horizontal Cabled Scarf only takes one Alp Oriental, too!

Make a Mohawk Hat for the punk rocker in your life!  Only, one ball of Alp Oriental!

Stop in to see any of these new fabulous yarn, samples, or patterns!  Before I go, I have to tell you about our Bling Sale!  We have Feza Petra 1/2 price!!!!

And, we received Katia Tul (or Ondas) which ruffles when you knit it!  LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

Check out the free scarf pattern!


I want to remindall of our Pittsburgh fans, that Steven will be in Pittsburgh for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Show Feb. 11, 12, 13th!  He is going to MC the fashion show.  He is bringing Mama Christa and she will be running his booth where he will be selling his line of handspun yarn!  If you are in the area, go check him out!  In the meantime, GLITTER IT UP!

Friday, February 4, 2011

OMG Shibui!

We reveal to our followers,.....Shibui Knits!!! 

We are so excited to now carry this line of yarn and patterns!  We have Baby Alpaca D.K., Staccato, and Silk Cloud

We have great patterns that feature the beautiful Shibui yarn!  Beware, this blog is image heavy since I have to show you every pattern we received!  Each one is fabulous and I can't decide where to begin!  Steven and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Piega Cowl!

This may look familiar to you.  Last seen on Steven at TNNA.

This cowl is done in two pieces that you weave together.  Pretty clever!  Steven likes to wear this cowl in multiples - one as a headband and one as a cowl.  This cowl is done with Baby Alpaca D.K. and Silk Cloud held together.  It is so luxurious! 

We also love.......

The Ruffled Ruched Scarf.

The Challah Infinity Scarf

Quilted Lattice Ascot

Shibui Luxury - the book!! FULL Of fabulous things!

Cabled Rib Wrap

Chrysalide Shrug - my personal favorite!  
This one uses the Staccato which is a sock/fingering weight yarn.