KnitCrate Limited Edition: Steven Be Box interview

The KnitCrate Limited Edition: StevenBe Box has been met with a flood of demand!  We'll be closing orders shortly and shipping in a few weeks - be sure to order yours here before we close this KnitCrate exclusive offer.

 

Steven loves to connect with his fans! If you haven’t had a chance to speak with the “Glitter Knitter” himself, here is an opportunity to understand how he finds inspiration. Read on!

 

KnitCrate talks with Steven

KnitCrate: We LOVE the Ponchellini pattern Steven! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Steven: The Color Block Ponchellini is a variation of a very popular StevenBe design launched early last year. Later in 2012 Vogue and Knit Simple picked up on it and published a cabled fall version in the Fall issue in a solid color. This Spring we decided to hit on fashion's hot trend of color blocking and sized the project down for a totally custom version especially for KnitCrate.

Steven and Nadine take a break from their fiber safari to catch a beautiful sunset picture on the plains of Africa.

KnitCrate: Why did you choose Be Sweet yarns – one of our favorites – for this new design?

Steven: Be Sweet has been a favorite of mine for 10 years. Nadine and I started in business about the same time. She sent me a bouquet of flowers with a card that captured my heart "Be Sweet loves StevenBe". This past spring we traveled to Capetown, Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred in South Africa,  I learned the beauty of direct trade and job creation which only heightened my love of Be Sweet.

KnitCrate LOVES BeSweet too! Here are KnitCrate founders Andrea and Joe with BeSweet owner Nadine Curtis (center).  Nadine’s fabulous yarns were featured in KnitCrate's inaugural package.

 

KnitCrate: Maybe you can speak a little bit about the yarn? Any interesting story behind the Bamboo and Extra Fine Mohair.

Steven: Yes, Nadine [owner of Be Sweet] is the creator of these yarns. They had been used beautifully independently in many Be Sweet designs. I had a vision to use them together simultaneously to create a new texture with the drape of silk and rayon but with the glow and halo of mohair.

During Steven’s recent "fiber safari" he immersed himself in South African culture and visited several local markets for inspiration.

 

KnitCrate: So let’s hear about this magical “fiber safari” you recently took to South Africa with Nadine.  How did it inspire the StevenBe Box?

Steven: Wow, Nadine opened up a whole new world for me! The artists in South Africa can create something magical and unique out of nothing. I was amazed and wanted to import everything. My time spent on the Angora Goat farms was so educational.  Nadine and I put together the StevenBe Box with KnitCrate as inspired by our "fiber safari" this past Spring. It's a way for us to share the magic of South Africa, the yarn, the inspiration and the artisans with our entire audience.

KnitCrate:  We love this great video "From Farm to Fashion - Be Sweet in South Africa".  It's a great behind the scenes look at how Nadine's yarns are made.

KnitCrate: The StevenBe Box includes several items. Can you speak a bit about the camphorwood heart?

Steven: Nadine and I discovered the wood carver using this special wood that is only found in a handful of places around the world. We took pictures with him and instantly fell in love. The camphor tree is an evergreen that grows 65 to 98 feet tall and has vertically fissured, light-colored bark. It is considered to be an exotic lumber.  Scratch it and you'll smell the aroma of the camphorwood.  Divine!

 

KnitCrate: What was the inspiration behind the custom StevenBe Lavishea scent included in the StevenBe Box?

Steven: First of all, I love Lavishea and Nancy who owns the company. I believe so strongly in her product, it is so practical and travels easy, most of all it treats my hands to a luxury break. The scent came from my passion for fresh clean squeaky scents. I have always loved scents like Caylx and Issay Miyake. They were my inspiration and it took me months to get the right mix of ingredients.

 

KnitCrate: What about the StevenBe glitter tea?

Steven: I currently offer my own blend of StevenBe coffee. It is a fair trade program from Honduras. I made a selection of 3 different roasts. It is a major hit with my diva's at StevenBe. Only, they demanded a tea as well. I have been working with Julia of Bingley tea, a local tea mixologist to create my own special blend. I love exotic and non-traditional so I added edible glitter which appears as sparkling bits to bring a smile to your face as you relax with your fresh tea and knitting project.

 

KnitCrate: Any final thoughts on the StevenBe Box and what it means?

Steven: As a designer I love to share my interesting, exotic world with my knitting friends around the world. This exclusive KnitCrate box
is a way for bringing all my passions together for a magical moment. When you open your StevenBe Box, you too, will feel like a diva. Enjoy!

KnitCrate LOVES StevenBe!