Monthly Yarn Store Spotlight

beWoolen

Shop Phone 763-205-0380

11444 Marketplace Drive N

Champlin, MN 55316

Mon – Thurs  10am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday  9am – 6pm
Sunday  11am – 4pm

Just off Hwy 169 and 114th Ave, next to Cub Foods
Tell us about your team or would you like to highlight someone special?
beWoolen is owned and operated by longtime besties: Angel Randall and Michelle Como. Friends that met through a shared love of knitting together, laughing together, and then had the dream of opening a store together. In 2019, it was time to make it all happen – and things fell into place so smoothly; it was like the universe telling you a big resounding YES! We conceived of the ideas and the name in early summer; and by September the dream was realized in our Champlin location. Of course, we had no clue what 2020 was about to serve up. The silver lining: Through a lot of hard work, we launched our website last April, and organized our thoughts into a weekly newsletter to share with our customers.  With the support of our exceptional community, we were able to expand our store in 2020: doubling our size by adding space for Classes and gatherings. Our store is wonderfully accessible – shopping space and class space are all on one level; with extra chairs for those that need to hang out while shopping is underway.

What special yarn and products do we stock?

We have worked side by side with a longtime friend and hand dyer to create our own line of yarn; currently it is available in two bases:

beWoolen DK – a 100% merino super wash wool with a generous 280 yards per skein. It is wonderful for everything:  from sweaters to hats to baby blankets, we are just thrilled with the reception that this yarn has received.
Last summer, we brought out our beWoolen Twist fingering – 100% super wash wool in a 2 ply twist and 480 yards of hand dyed shades that mix and match to create glorious works of hand crafted art.
In addition to our special yarns, we are working with a fantastic and talented local resource to handcraft a selection of gorgeous beWoolen Totes, drawstring bags, and more. We like to mix and match natural materials in wool, cotton, and linen to make these special and of the highest quality.

We have curated a selection of yarn at ALL price points: check out the full variety on our website. We like to carry all the colors in the lines we choose to stock to help our stitchers craft the projects of their dreams.
What class offerings do you have coming up?

The demand for class has been high; currently we are scheduling classes for Learn to Knit, Learn to Crochet, Intermediate Learn to Crochet, Tunisian Crochet, Yoke Sweaters, Colorwork Christmas Stockings, and Fireside Tweed Poncho. We host several Knit Alongs and a few social stitch times too: we recommend calling us to reserve your spot for all in store gatherings. We can take special requests too! We add classes frequently – we post about them on our Facebook page in the events section.

Are you offering virtual classes?

We offer social Zoom time; all of the details are in our newsletter with links to make it easy to join us on Monday eve’s with Miss Janel, and every other Wednesday evening to knit socks with Miss Chhristine.

We are hosting the upcoming Malabrigo Temperance Shawl KAL both in store and virtually: Monday eves starting in April from 6-8pm. We have a few spots remaining for in-store knitting. We can have an unlimited number virtually via Zoom.
At this time, we are scheduling class in store. Our large classroom allows students to have their own table to work at – fireside with a complete kitchenette.

Do you have any upcoming trunk shows or other events?

We love to spotlight our vendors as well as designers, and have trunk shows OFTEN – the best way to know what we are featuring week by week is to sign up for our newsletter. For instance, we have been featuring local designer Cori Eichelberger’s KnitWords items along with her latest blanket design: Pump up the Plaid.

Even if you didn’t know you needed a blanket, you find yourself selecting colors to make one of your own. We are hosting an in store KAL as a result.
We have trunk shows and samples on display from all of our major vendors: Rowan, String, Tahki, Cascade Yarn, Malabrigo, and Wonderland Yarn. We hear over and over from our customers remarking on the vast array of samples we have here – we love to show endless possibilities for the yarns that we carry.

What is your favorite sample? photos encouraged

This is a tough question – there are so many things to love about different samples! One of our favorites is our beWoolen Made Me Do It Luxe Wrap,  with five skeins of beWoolen DK, it is large enough to cuddle into with a fringe twist ending. It is very thrilling to have fellow knitters work up your pattern and see their smiling face when they visit your store with a finished item, or share it on social media. We LOVE seeing the creativity everyone brings to the table.

Do you offer a MKG discount or a frequent buyer club?

We offer a Yearly Stitch Club Membership – for $75 you receive discounts on yarn, needles, notions, and a few freebies. You also receive an exclusive skein of our hand dyed beWoolen yarn along with a pattern: the first year we featured beWoolen DK and a cowl pattern; this year we are featuring beWoolen Twist Fingering and a scarflette to knit. Once you have accumulated $500 in sales at our store, you will unlock 10% savings on all your regular priced yarn, needles and notions purchases. You can join Stitch Club at any time.

Other than shopping, what are the best ways we can help support your yarn store?

Of course, shopping is always wonderful; in addition follow us on Facebook and Instagram and share the word with fellow yarn enthusiasts!

 
Is there anything else you’d like us to feature? ie: are you committed to providing extra benefits to employees? are you involved with a local charity? are you committed to being green?

The most important aspect of owning our store is helping our community come together – it does not matter if you live near or far from us, we want to support you in your craft.

With guidance from the wonderful Laura Menssen, a longtime Knitted Knockers ambassador – we kicked off a Knitted Knockers Campaign in support of Breast Cancer. Our initial goal was to help knitters donate 50 pairs of Knockers to be distributed in MN, and nationwide. Well, our community really came out in a full support of this endeavor and we received well over 400 pairs of knockers. It was AMAZING! We continue to be a drop off location for Knitted Knockers.

Recent Posts

mini skeins of yarn with the words MKG Mini Skein KAL

Mini Skein KAL FO Submissions

We have one more month left in our Mini Skein KAL. Lots of great projects have been popping up on our Instagram and Ravelry! At our February meeting we will have a show and tell of all the finished objects.

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Show & Tell

Finished Pacific Foliage Beanie that I knit up for my mom. I love the leaves and texture in this pattern. 🌱

This is one of the few patterns that I’ve knit multiple times, and I still want to make one for me. Do you have a favorite pattern that you’ve knit multiple times?

📝: Pacific Foliage Beanie by fiberandfern
🧶: malabrigoyarn Chunky in Black Forest colorway
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This sweet little orange gnome is headed on for an adventure. 📦📫🧡 More of my gnomes will be heading to new homes in 2022. Who will be the lucky ones?
#yearofgnomes #nevernotgnoming #mkgknitter #mkgshowandtell #knitordie

📝 :: Gnot Just Another Gnome by imagined_landscapes
🧶 :: Show Stopper minis by leadingmenfiberarts in colors Just Peachy & Tangelo and Patons Kroy Socks in Muslin
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A snowy picture of my Bird & Thistles Hat (pattern link on my profile). I just love the beautiful stunningstring Plump yarn…such saturated colors! I’m using Venetian Rose & Broken Heart on this hat.
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I'm not usually one to immediately cast on another version of something I just finished but the #laulushawl is really delightful to knit. Went stash diving again, not sure if this combo works or not... Thoughts?
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Nothing left but the thumbs on my Scandi Pop Art Mittens for the #mkgminiskein KAL. These will look so much better blocked!

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Jess Dahlberg

Newsletter Editor

Jess learned to knit in middle school and attempted (but never quite finished) a few garter stitch scarves. Years later, she picked up crochet with her best friend in law school and eventually fell back into knitting. Ever since then, she's been a daily knitter (commuting time for the win!) and has never looked back. She enjoys knitting gifts for friends and family and loves trying new techniques. (she, her, hers)

Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)

Anne Rojas

Librarian

Janese Evans

Yarnover Committee Chair

Bio to come. (she,her,hers)

Kate Westlund

Social Media and Technology Director

(Term 2, Year 3)

Kate became enthralled with knitting when she was a young girl and saw a fellow young person knitting on a plane. She implored her mother to teach her everything she knew, which as it turned out was only casting on and the knit stitch. Once Kate learned to purl froma beginner's kit, there was no end in sight. Kate is the type of knitter who doesn’t always swatch, which is often obvious in her finished projects.

Melissa Mintern

Marketing and Outreach Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)

Nikky Heidel

Membership Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.

Betsy Preston

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)

Sandra Wright

Programming Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Sandra’s mom taught her to knit as a pre-teen. Together they knit slippers with pompoms, exclusively. She returned to knitting off and on in her adult years, taking classes at local yarn shops to build her skills. After joining a newly formed knit group back in 2013, knitting become a daily practice. Today a sweater, pair of socks, and a gift knit are always on the go, with way too many projects in queue. (she, her, hers)

Rose Tobelmann

Treasurer

(Term 1, Year 3)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Kelsey Sorenson

President

(Term 1, Year 2)

Kelsey learned the knit stitch from her grandmother in middle school, and filled in the gaps enough to make lots of scarves for quite a few years. She began expanding her skills in college and is always looking to learn more. Kelsey is drawn toward projects that are seamless or include stranded colorwork. (she, her, hers)

Kelly Amoth

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks knittinghelp.com!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)

Kathy Lewinski

President

(Term 1, Year 2)

Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)