Attention: Will work for YARN

 

Yes, it’s time.  It’s Vogue Knitting Live Weekend in New York City.

Sadly, I will not be there to enjoy all the fiber goodness.  Sigh.  Wah wah.  (Curses, Friday the 13th!)

Can I just tell you that I’m Wickedly Green with envy for all those lucky souls?  It’s a for sure that I don’t need any more things of any kind at all.  But, I do.  I really do.

I just want to go on notice to any vendors attending that hey, if they need help…get me there…I will work for YARN.  Promise!  I won’t get distracted at all.  I’m a great worker.  I won’t just shop all of your lovely items.  Pretty much anyway.

I can’t think of anything more fun than hanging with your knitty besties and perusing the vendor market.  This past summer I was able to go to Stitches Midwest.  The market was outstanding and my group even went to a Steven Be’s class.

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We came away very inspired and still say Steven Be-isms regularly.

So, RUN.  Don’t walk.  Get to a fiber party of some kind.  Wear comfy shoes.  Wear your knitted or crocheted creations.  Stop and hydrate now and again.

Hey, could you talk to some folks and see if they need any workers at the booths who work for yarn?

Thanks, Friend.

Enjoy, people.  Enjoy.

Vogue Knitting Live-ly yours (even absently),

-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-

Shana

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My Most Excellent Adventure at Stitches Midwest 2016

This year’s Stitches Midwest was a blast…as was last year’s and the year before that and…well, it’s true.  Usually I just go to see the market but for a change I thought I’d try one of the Special Events.  It was nice to be able to pick just one for not a lot of money.  I’ve always steered clear of a lot of the classes because of cost.  I’ve got to save so I can buy swag.

Then I read that Steven Be was going to be presenting!  His presentation was called “Unlock your creative potential and embrace your color and fiber future”.  So Friday morning my little squad and I made our way to see Steven Be.  There were even fancy badges to wear.  It was a packed house.  Steven had light up shoes that changed colors.  Did you expect anything else?  img_2098-copy

We sat there and let Steven’s colorful everything flow over us, encompassing us, teaching us, challenging us to grow and giving us permission to yes throw in that crazy color for some pop in your next project.

That one hour went so fast!  I could have sat there all day.  I also want to throw random colors in every project I do because Steven said it’s ok.  You can do whatever you want.  There are no wrong answers.  Even if you run out of yarn and don’t use the same dye lot (gasp) or maybe you switch up your pattern you’re working on and toss in funky sleeves or a hood or something.  Isn’t that exciting?

But hey, the market beckoned.  It’s fun to see what items are most popular each year and it seemed that cowls, shawls, multi-colored and self-striping yarns wound in delicious cakes won in my eyes.

Here are a couple of favorite stops on my adventure:

 

Stunning String Studio:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/StunningStringStudio

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KnitCircus Yarns:

http://knitcircus.com/

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(Look at those delicious cakes!)

 

Shirsty Cat Designs:

http://www.shirstycat.com/

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Three Irish Girls (oh my goodness…I just love them):

http://threeirishgirls.com/

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and then here are some lovely lovelies:

 

Here’s my haul:

I know, right!!

I’m also going to make this tie -by James Cox Knits: http://jamescoxknits.com/

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Next year I’d like to explore more of the events hopefully.  Maybe one day I’ll venture into a class.  Have you taken any classes at a Stitches Event?

Stitches-ly yours,

-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-

Shana

Hopping to Steven Be’s like an electric peacock

(Part 3 of my Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop)

Ah, it was time!  I was able to take Dave to see Steven Be.  I know he was so excited.  I don’t think he could hardly sleep the night before.  He was practically bouncing in his seat.

Er.

Wait.

That was me.  Dave (my Gaffer with respects to Elizabeth Zimmermann) was kindly my driver for the Yarn Shop Hop in Minnesota this year.  Last year I only made it to four stores.  This year I wanted to double that.  Who knows what will happen next year.  Goals, people, goals.

Anyway, there we had just finished visiting five stores and I thought maybe we had two more that we could see.

We pulled up and saw:

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So, this is a sign to STOP at Steven Be’s.  Doin’ it.  I don’t need a bag of hammers to fall on my head.

If you’ve never been to Steven Be’s, it will melt your face off.  In a good way.  The shop is an old fire station that Steven has turned into THE yarn shop of the world.  Well, I haven’t been every where yet so…

He doesn’t forget any part of the decor to show off his creativity.

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I was so wondering if there would be any Shop Hop Yarn left.  The shop’s theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!  GADZOOKS!  Perfect.

(Here’s a quick peek at Steven’s chandelier):

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Here’s the yarn I got from the special Shop Hop batch and it completely knocked my socks off.  It is named “Snozzberry”.  Come on!

Steven offered two pattern choices and I picked this one (but it was so hard to pick):

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(Another choice was the Howler by Steven that you can look at here:

http://stevenbe.com/patterns/howl-pattern.html

(Is it a hat??  Is it a cowl??)

On a side note, for this trip I had set three goals:  find some yarn by Three Irish Girls, find things that are unique and not sold everywhere, and obtain Shop Hop yarn and patterns.

I had heard that YOTH (Yarn on the House) yarns was at the shop on Wednesday before the Shop Hop but wasn’t expecting them to be right in front of me on that Saturday.

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I first heard about YOTH yarns on Marlybird’s podcast:

http://www.marlybird.com/veronika-and-danny-from-yoth/

So there I was standing there telling Dave what I knew about YOTH such as Veronika and Danny were siblings that started their own yarn company, they had yarns named Big Sister, Little Brother, Mother, Father, and then a kindly gal who worked at the shop, who was wearing an amazing cowl by the way, told us that Veronika just happened to be there and we could meet her.  Have you ever felt that weird Fandom thing in your gut when you feel celebrity sighting joy?  I thought instantly, oh, that’s okay I don’t want to bother her or anything.  WHAT??  I do that sometimes.  Happily she came over and talked with us and showed us her patterns and was just so kind.  I’m pretty sure I scared her with my weird star-struck-ness.  I’m not a weirdo.  Really.

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Then I picked out some beautiful yarn:

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It’s so soft and I couldn’t put the pom pom down.  My precious.

(http://yothyarns.com/  Check out Yarn on the House Yarns)

I think my knees were wobbly as I’m a dork that way and I thought that was just about the greatest moment and then our shop friend told us to go upstairs because Jen Geigley, author of Weekend (http://www.jengeigley.com/shop/book) was there.  Are you kidding me??  I also didn’t know that we could go upstairs!  There was more!

So to get upstairs you do feel like you might be in the Chocolate Factory and maybe there’s some fizzy soda that will make you float or a crazy boat ride you will jump on or maybe an Oompah Loompah.  There’s no way of knowing.  Well, there is.  Get up those stairs.

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This was on the landing of the stairs as they turned to go up another level.  WOWWWW!

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Dave was pretty into this.

As you go enter the upstairs you can feel the creative spinning-ness as you are greeted by gorgeous artisan yarns of amazing colors.  Big balls of roving stacked everywhere and skeins galore!

And then there was Jen!  She kindly posed for a picture with us and shared lots of fun stories and was just the coolest.

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She also demonstrated how to arm knit (and you can find an arm knit scarf in her book).  She told me my scarf was awesome.  (wobble knees!)  Then we just kind of looked at all of the skeins of things together and you could really feel that she truly loved her chosen field.  Oh, and did I tell you that she signed my book that I bought from her??

Goodness!  If you haven’t checked out her book, what?  What were you thinking?  These projects are so great.  They are simple, useful, cool, functional, and pretty quick to make.  One of our shop friends who was working this day was wearing the cowl that is pictured on the front.  He was also dressed like Mike TeeVee.  Double win.

Then I remembered I had to keep going and maybe see if we could get a picture with Steven.

I couldn’t walk by these without snagging them in my basket.  Look at “Electric Peacock” on the left and hooray…Three Irish Girls on the right.  There was a hat sample knit with the yarn on the right which is mostly white and has this amazing smack of color in the middle.  Can’t wait to do that.

Then we were able to catch Steven before we left.  He was so kind and warm to us.  He also liked using his cane as a pointer to everything as he showed us great projects that I should knit.  I adore him.  Dave does, too.  Our smiles almost busted our faces.

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It was time to go and catch another shop.  Oh, what a good time we had here.

On to our next logistical stop:  Linden Yarn & Textiles:

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When you walk in to this shop you are greeted with pristine samples.  I mean whoa.  They were just so noticeably perfect!

I quickly asked the kind lady at the door if there was any more of the Shop Hop Yarn left and she said, “Oh, just one skein.”

Good lord.

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So I swept it up into my hot little hands.  The theme was “The Great Gatsby”.  The shop owner had on the best timely flapper dress and gloves.  I loved that some stores embraced their themes so completely.  The pattern was the Gatsby Band.

Here’s the shop’s website:  http://lindenyarn.com/

I fell in love with this:

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Then this little beauty caught my eye:

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Honestly.  How is it that there are so many yarns that I like?

We were a little bit exhausted at this point and decided to crash for a while before supper and then we thought we’d stretch our legs at the Mall of America.  You really can’t go to Minneapolis/St. Paul without saying you at least stopped in for a teeny look, right.

That was our day.  I thought we did a pretty good job squeezing in all of those stores.  There were 15 total stores and we saw 7.  Nice.  I fell asleep in a deep haze of hand dyed goodness.  Our adventure was complete.

Er no?

When I woke up on Sunday morning I thought, hey maybe we can sneak one more shop in to make it over half.  Just one more.  I had glanced at Instagram and saw pictures of an intriguing looking shop called Lakeside Yarn that was just so tempting.  They had posted their pattern from last year’s hop which was so cool I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

(Here’s a link to the pattern-it’s really, really great!  I bought it.)

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/art-by-the-lake-the-scream-cowl

Dave took me to church then.

Then kindly he agreed to one more shop.  Just one more, okay?

If you walk up to the shop along the alley way you see the beautiful mural above.

We got there just a little before they opened.

I was THAT customer, watching the Open sign:

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Then let the angels sing:

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Luckily for our last stop, the shop hop yarn was still available and these lovelies let me take their picture.  I was also able to photobomb a little.

The theme here was “A Streetcar named Desire” and here’s the yarn and pattern:

We also learned that the shop owner had been in this play in high school.  That’s a cool tidbit.

Take a look at the shop:

and then I fell in love with this:

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So great!  This was a scarf adapted from a pattern called:

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You can visit the shop at their website:

http://lakesideyarn.com/

I kinda wish I lived near here so I could hang out at all of these awesome shops I was able to visit.

That was really the end.  We saw, we conquered our list, we got a hug from Steven Be, and what a bag of treasures to behold.  I had better get those needles humming.

Next year’s goal:  visit ALL the shops starting on Thursday!

Thankful for all the great things we saw on this weekend-ly yours,

-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-

Shana