One of the new yarn lines we added for fall is from Be Sweet. Owner Nadine Curtis has developed her company around exquisite yarns, gorgeous colors and with a clear focus on social responsiblity. The name of her company alone makes a statement “Be.Sweet”. A lovely, warm way of saying “do no harm”. Her business is built on the premise of creating jobs for women in South Africa, where her yarns are sourced. It’s easy to talk the talk, it’s another to truly walk the walk.
Steve and I had a chance to send some time with Nadine at TNNA. It wasn’t our first meeting as we had looked at her yarns in the past. Why one brand over another makes it into the store is not a scientific ratio or a mathematical equation. The time was finally right and we are thrilled to be offering Be Sweet Yarns.
The first yarn up is Nadine’s scene stealer – Magic Ball. Magic Ball is made up of a variety of yarns that are hand tied together and hand dyed into individual rainbows of color. Here are just some of the colors we are carrying:
Here’s one that really speaks to me:
Magic Ball is an adventure in color, texture and shifts in gauge. This yarn is an experience in creativity. Perfect for accessories, Nadine also offers patterns for full garments. I think for those of you who enjoy the unexpected this yarn is calling your name. For those of you more staid knitters (such as myself) I think Magic Ball is exactly what we need.
Next is Be Sweet’s Mohair Boucle – it comes in several weights but we opted to start with Extra Fine. I Twittered awhile back how much I love this yarn and how it is the complete antithesis of what I usually love in a yarn. First – it’s skinny. I don’t do skinny yarns. Second – it’s a boucle. I’ve never really met a boucle that I got along with. Last – and most important. It’s mohair. I don’t like mohair. Mohair is scratchy and often has an attitude and, well, I just don’t care for it as a fiber. Be Sweet’s is so NOT any of these things (0ther than skinny but even that is transformed into a non-issue)
This mohair is soft and cozy and yummy. In it’s 25 gm put-up the only attitude it exudes is – “hug me” , “cuddle me”. Look:
Don’t you just want to one of these?? I think I need to put one on my desk – makes me smile.
The boucle loops are adorable and not annoying at all. In fact, I might just say that they are endearing. And the skinny part? Sure you can knit it on a small needle and create a lovely fabric, but Nadine is smart and has a great design sense. Her diagnoal strip shawl/scarf spoke to me for it’s beauty and simplicity. Best part? It’s knit on a #9 needle. Now we’re talking! Look how lovely it is:
(note: this is a sample Nadine loaned us and does not represent colors we are carrying. I know – not perfect but we just need to use a little creativity in picking colors).
This pattern can be purchased for $5.00 here.
None of Nadine’s yarns are inexpensive but when you are trying to create good in a far away place, it’s neither easy or cheap. Magic Ball retails at $32.00 per hank and Extra Fine Mohair is $13.00 per ball.
The last piece I’ve yet to tempt you with is her color palette. With 75 colors available we struggled to make choices. Here’s what we currently have in stock:
I love what we picked and I am toying with three possible combos for my scarf:
What do you think?
You can also listen to the interview I did with Nadine on Ready, Set, Knit back on August 18th. We had a great conversation and I look forward to having her at the store for an event in early 2011.