Whenever Britt-Marie Brehmer calls us to schedule a visit to show off new yarns, we jump at the chance. Representing various brands within the fiber industry, Britt-Marie’s expertise and love of textiles helps us to select some great new yarns for the shop. Much like her aesthetic, she brings a classic yet fresh approach. We especially love it when she shares current yarns and samples from Shibui Knits! Along with that, she hosts Shibui Mix parties and has worked besides Sandy Barnes of Shibui in our Stitches West booth.
It’s always so much fun having her in the shop! We’ve been so fortunate to get to know her over the past couple of years as a yarn rep, and to now call her a dear friend.
Tell us a little about how you got started with fiber arts and becoming a yarn rep?
I can remember my first knitting experience as a 3rd grader in Sweden, growing up with fibers in every corner, but not until now do I realize what a gift this was. I never thought I would be in sales, but I have realized that I’m not really selling, I’m sharing my love of yarn and all that comes with it. The people, the fibers, the knitting and all that other fun it brings.
What’s a day in the life look like for a yarn rep?
Well, I wake up and the first thing (even before coffee) I think about is…what do I knit today??? I knit a lot of samples to better understand the yarns I’m representing, so a lot of time is spent on picking projects for specific yarns. This is also happening when I’m not on the road visiting my stores. I’m so fortunate to be in this business, I really enjoy being with people that share my loved of fibers!
We just love your aesthetic! What influences your effortlessly chic and sophisticated style?
I believe in “less is more”, even in knitting I apply this to my work. There is so many beautiful yarns available today, and I want the design and the fiber to be happily married.
Knit, crochet or both? What’s your favorite thing to do while knitting/crocheting?
I have to say knitting, and I love doing this while watching my favorite show on Netflix, having morning coffee with my husband on the patio, or just hanging out with my family. I also need to say that I have not missed one episode of Espace Tricot and Kammebornia podcasts.
What are some of your other passions and/or hobbies?
I love cooking for family and friends, baking bread, and gardening. I have also lately enjoyed taking upholstery classes. One of these days you will see me with chickens, goats and a little barn somewhere in the wine country.
We’re always looking for pattern inspiration, what’s currently on your needles or in your queue?
I will very soon be casting on for Calyx by Elizabeth Doherty using Reed+Twig together, and in my queue I have Thea Colman’s Stillhouse Vest. I’m also planning to make another Cirrus by Nancy O’Connell in Pebble+Cima, it’s such a great piece!!!
What’s in your notion’s bag? Or what’s your favorite way to carry your projects/notions?
Right now my favorite project bag is from Blue Bee Studio. It’s super cute and handy.
It’s always so fun having you in the shop for Shibui Mix parties. What are some of your favorite Shibui mixes and patterns?
I’m a big fan of Pebble mixed with Cima, Silk Cloud or Lunar. Twig is also one I really like, the drape of this yarn is fabulous. I love them all, so it’s hard to pick favorites.
Now for a bit of fun…
Britt-Marie, thank you so much for being a guest on our blog! We look forward to hosting you in the shop this month.
*Dear reader, if you’d like to join Britt-Marie at the shop, we will be hosting her on Saturday, May 19th. We hope to see you there!*