Keep Pounding Yarn Club 2016

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Hey y’all! We are so excited the NFL pre-season has begun, and we are supercalifragi really looking forward to supporting our Panthers again this season. We’ve expanded our Keep Pounding Yarn Club 2016 to provide additional options to our customers. Sooo…even if you participated last year…we have new and expanded options (really beautiful patterns) for you to make unique Panthers swag in 2016!

We have four options for our Keep Pounding Yarn Club, which include:

Option 1:  Our Fifty Shades of Gradient color way Panthers’ Pride in our SW Merino – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $35 as well as a fiber with pattern purchase options for an additional charge.

Option 2: Noir/Go Panthers Dynamic Duo in our Walkabout – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $44 as well as several fiber with pattern purchase options for an additional charge.

Option 3: Noir/Go Panthers/Silver Lining Triple Treat on our Walkabout – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $66 as well as fiber with pattern purchase options for an additional charge.

Option 4: Noir/More Noir/Go Panthers Triple Treat on our Walkabout – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $66 as well as a fiber with pattern purchase with either one of two of Melanie Berg’s latest patterns (Eifelgold & The Girl in Me). These patterns require more of one color than the other, hence the “More” in Noir.

There is a Keep Pounding Yarn Club 2016 discussion topic on our Ravelry discussion page here. We would LOVE to see your Panthers swag from last year as well as what projects you want to knit, crochet, or weave this year to show your Panthers Pride.

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

P.S. Tips for carrying two-colors up the side of a multi-colored project can be found on our blog here.

 

 

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Socktober & Yarn Clubs & Knitalongs, Oh My!

Exciting things are happening at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For, and we have been biting our nails eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share with you all.

Firstly, The Fibre Studio is sponsoring the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 sock knitting event. The Carolina Fiber Girls is a weekly podcast (hosted by Ann Clingenpeel and Janis Ficker) who discuss their favorite knitting and spinning projects–what goes right, what goes wrong and what’s upcoming. They created SOCKtober three years ago as a month-long KAL utilizing either patterns or fibers from small companies who may not receive a lot of media attention. Makers who participate can create a small project to keep their feet warm and use a pattern or yarn from a company they previously have never heard of or tried.

To participate in the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 KAL, go here. You can order The Fibre Studio’s Socktober sock kit here.

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Later this week we will also introduce two, YES TWO, new yarn clubs! Our Keep Pounding Yarn Club is making a reappearance with even more options to show your support and wear your Panther’s colors. We will also introduce our Inspired by the Cinema Yarn Club, which will celebrate the birthdays for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (55th) and American in Paris (65th).

Lastly, we are dyeing some beautiful fibers for the Boo Knits Halloween Taboo MKAL, which goes live on October 1. We’ve chosen our Sea Song Lace [59% Cultivated Silk, 29% SW Merino, 20% Sea Cell ™] for this project, which will create a beautiful soft drape to the finished shawl.

Stay tuned…more exciting news to come!

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

 

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Freckles

Old Glory

We are unveiling a new line of yarn that we are calling Freckles.   It is speckle dyed on our SW Merino Fingering yarn.  We think the name is perfect, after all, it is made in America and dyed the south. Our first color is Old Glory and it goes perfectly with our Fifty Shades of Gradient and our Color Play Kit in the same color.  Just in time for the Fourth of July!

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Knit to Win!

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Yes, my friends. You read that correctly. You can win prizes just by knitting (and sharing your work).

During our upcoming June 18 World Wide Knit in Public and Anniversary Event, we are going to have prizes drawn on the half hour between 1-6pm. You CAN stack the deck to increase your chances of winning fabulous prizes like a cake of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn, grab bags, a 40% off voucher for any regular price item currently available in the studio, or a Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) pattern of your choosing.

“How do I increase my chances of winning?” you ask. Well, folks, you can do the following:

1. For every week you show us your Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) Knit Any Shawl KAL Work in Progress on The Fibre Studio’s Ravelry KAL discussion board, your name goes into the kitty. Note: Names will only be entered once per week per person.
2. If you wear or bring your Melanie Berg shawl to the event, your name goes into the kitty.
3. If you buy yarn during the event, your name goes into the kitty for each sku you purchase.
4. If you wear a shawl, sweater, scarf, or other item made from The Fibre Studio yarn, your name goes into the kitty…once so don’t bring your entire wardrobe…well, unless you want to do so. Ha!
5. If you are tagged by one of The Fibre Studio employees as a Sample Gallery Model (i.e. we want a picture of YOUR project for our website), your name goes into the kitty. Each attending employee will select only one model.
6. If you win, you must be in attendance at the time of the drawing. Drawing times are: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Upload those WIPs to our Ravelry page; the payoff is big, Huge, GINORMOUS. Of course, we hope to see you at our event. Did I mention there would be cake–both yarn AND the frosted kind!?

Click here for additional information about the event.

Happy stitching, y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

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Unraveled: Fiber Q&A 02

In our last edition of Unraveled: Fiber Q&A 01, we discussed fiber colorfastness and knitting bouclé purls.  In this edition, we want to discuss winding fluffy yarns (alpaca, mohair, angora, etc.) as well as carrying two colors of yarn up the edge of a wrap or blanket.

Fluffy Yarn

Question 1:  How do I wind fluffy yarn without leaving so many fibers on my equipment or floating around in the air?

Answer 1:  There are several suggested methods of winding and handling fluffy, fibrous yarns to reduce the amount of loose fibers.  One method is to freeze your skein or cake for a few hours prior to handling. The oils in these fibers will solidify just enough to make winding a breeze. Another method is to use a vegetable- or water-based glycerin on your hands. Hands should be soft, and the glycerin should be rubbed in thoroughly, creating easy movement through the hands without creating friction.  However, wet hands or hands covered in lotions will only leave a nasty deposit on the yarn. The key is using a vegetable- or water-based glycerin and and using less, not more. Lastly, soak your yarn as though you’re going to block it, blot it within a large towel until almost dry, and then wind it. The fibers will flatten and smooth out thus reducing those loose, floaty fibers.

Question 2:  I hate weaving in ends, however, I like knitting with multiple colors and want to do more of it. I’ve heard that some knitters carry multiple strands of yarn without cutting them. How and when can I do this?

Answer 2: When a knitter refers to carrying multiple strands of yarn, they “usually” mean carrying multiple colors up the side of a project.  While there are no hard and fast rules to carrying yarn, there are a few best practices.

If you’re using two colors in a striping pattern where you knit in one color from one side of the project and then back (a two row stripe), it’s an easy matter to just knit the first (edge) stitch in Color A only, then knit the second stitch in Colors A&B together. Proceed to the end and back in Color A only for two rows knit. In row three, when there is a color change just knit the first (edge) stitch in Color B only, then knit the second stitch in Colors A&B together. Proceed to the end and back in Color B only for two additional rows knit. This brings up the second color, without your edge stitch being in a different color than the current striped row, for a more seamless knit edge.

While we don’t recommend carrying more than two colors as the edge or seam will become very bulky, there is another way to reduce the number of ends to weave in.  When coming to the end of a row where there will be a color change, cut the yarn to twice the length you will need to finish current row. Loop the yarn around the second color and bring it back on itself twisting the yarn to get it as thin as possible, as close to the original untwisted yarn thickness. Complete the row and then twist the second color tightly around on itself as well and begin the next row. Your yarn beginning and yarn end have thus already been knit (or woven) into the fabric and you’ve only left to trim the ends.

Were these topics helpful? Please let us know if you have topic suggestions. We want this blog series to benefit our readership so allow your voice to be heard!

Happy stitching, y’all!

 

 

 

 

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Mairlynd Knit Any Shawl KAL

Mairlynd Any Shawl KAL 2016

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As previously shared, the 2016 Mairlynd (aka designer, Melanie Berg) Knit Any Shawl KAL began Monday, May 9. You can join this Knit-A-Long three different ways:

  1. Visit The Fibre Studio during Wednesday Open Knit/Crochet from 10am to 2pm;
  2. Join The Fibre Studio KAL on Ravelry here; or
  3. Join the Mairlynd Knit Any Shawl KAL on Ravelry here.

Mairlynd is ending their KAL on June 12, however, we are extending our KAL until Saturday, June 18 in order to make it part of our World Wide Knit in Public and First Birthday event in our new dyeing studio location.

We hope you will join us for our KAL as well as our June 18 event to celebrate with us and to show off your Mairlynd projects? Which Melanie Berg patterns have you purchased? What’s on your needles?

Happy stitching, y’all!

P.S. The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has a new phone number (980-475-4705) so please update your contacts lists accordingly.

 

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Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

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Saturday, June 18 is a very special day at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For.  Yes, it’s World Wide Knit in Public Day (please see Mint Museum Charlotte Knitting Guild Event), but our new dyeing studio is also celebrating its FIRST anniversary.  We just turned ONE!

We are taking the opportunity to combine the two events into one very special celebration.

Who: Knitters, Crocheters, Fiber Artists, Makers…….aka YOU
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10am ’til 6pm
Where: The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For | 658 Griffith Road, Suite 107 | Charlotte 28217
Details: The Fibre Studio will unveil a new 50 Shades of Gradient color way AND a new pattern during this event. Participants will have opportunities to showcase their Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) KAL projects. There will be cake! We shall construct a Color Playstation so guests can build their own color play kit. We will welcome a featured guest demonstrating a sock knitting machine. There will be door prizes and giveaways beginning at 1pm. Did I mention there will be cake?

Bring your projects (on needles or to show and tell), your friends, even those non-knitting buddies. As always, we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate how truly awesome the greater Charlotte area “making” community is…while we celebrate our birthday…and have CAKE!

Happy stitching, y’all!

P.S. The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has a new phone number (980-475-4705) so please update your contacts lists accordingly.

 

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