Unraveled: Fiber Q&A

Recently several customers have asked how to handle various situations with yarns–with topics ranging from yarn care  to knitting questions.  One of The Fibre Studio employees suggested this would be a great blog post because the answers may be apropos to other customers or fiber artists.  Hence, Unraveled:  Fiber Q&A–a blog series dedicated to unraveling some of the mysteries and challenges faced by our customers and readers–was born.  We hope these topics prove useful on your fiber journey.

Question 1: When knitting or crocheting a natural, undyed, or light-colored yarn with a brightly-hued yarn, how do I keep the darker yarn color from bleeding into the lighter yarn?

Answer 1: Colorfastness is the term used in the dyeing of textile materials, meaning resistance of the material’s color to fading or running. Bleeding is usually caused when the yarn color was not set during the dyeing process. Many dyers–not The Fibre Studio, of course–save a bit of processing time by not setting the yarn and waiting for the soaking tub to run completely clear before beginning the drying and skeining process.

If you have experienced this with a manufacturer and you have more of their yarn, you can set the yarn yourself by soaking the skein in a plastic, glass, or other non-reactive container with water and vinegar (1 gallon water to 1/3 cup vinegar ratio is about right) for 20-30 minutes.  Remove the yarn, rinse out this solution, and if the water runs clear, the color is set.  Of course, this is extra work and customers should NOT have to do this. However, it is worth the extra work to not have your hands, needles, project, and clothing ruined by a yarn whose colorfastness was not ensured in process.

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Question 2: When I knit a bouclé, the pretty loops are flattened and aren’t as noticeable as they were in the shop sample I saw.  Why?

Answer 2:  By definition, the act of creating a knit stitch is creating a smooth flat stitch. These stitches are soft to the touch and allow integrated pattern to be easily seen.  If your goal is the opposite–you want fluffy, bumpy stitches–simply purl the bouclé on the right side/pattern rows.  Don’t knit.  The yarn’s loops and bumps just jump out at you and make your yarn and pattern detail pop!

Until next time, peaceful stitching, y’all!

 

 

 

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knitCompanion Workshop

Are your hands full?  Does your lap runneth over with yarn, needles AND your paper pattern, stitch counter, row markers?

Learn how to utilize knitCompanion, a user- and device-friendly app, which can simplify your life AND open up space on your lap for that lovely, fluffy, soft yarn you’re currently working.

Charlotte knitting guru, Linda Rudisill, will teach you how to update or download the latest version of the app to your device, download your next project pattern, review the app’s existing tools as well as additional tools available with upgrades, and then personalize the viewing screen to YOUR particular specifications.

Have ADD/ADHD and dance with the squirrel on a regular basis?  No worries!  The app screen may be simplified to draw the eye to the most basic of information–perhaps only the written instructions with the stitch counter.  Love to see everything on one page?  Conversely, the app can be set to show sections of your pattern’s written instructions, stitch counter, corresponding chart sections, and chart key.

Join us for this knitCompanion class and never be a lonely, overwhelmed knitter again.  Class info is as follows:

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location:  The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For, 658 Griffith Road, Suite 107 | Charlotte, NC  28217
Cost:  $20 per person (Attendees must pay by cash or check made out to Linda Rudisill. Cost does not include app or pattern download.)

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Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

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Join us Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:30-4:30 for a Nuno Felted Scarf workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $85.00 and includes all the beautiful hand dyed fibers, ribbons and silk you need to create this lovely project.

Vickie Clontz will lead the workshop.  Wear warm, comfortable clothes. Bring a pair of rubber gloves and a beach towel.

Call 704-614-4745 to reserve your space.

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The Yarn Crawl Is Coming . . . . The Yarn Crawl Is Coming!

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The 2015 Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl begins next Friday, September 25 and runs through Saturday, October 3.  The Hours of the Crawl are Monday – Saturday  10am – 6pm and Sunday 1pm – 4pm.

Click here to download your copy of the Passport.

To be eligible to win the Grand Prize valued at $550, or Second Prize valued at $330 or third place valued at $220 (cash value in shop gift cards), complete your passport with all 11 stamps.

Complete your passport with 10 or more stamps and you will be eligible to win one of the 22 runner-up prizes valued at $100!

Complete your passport with 6 stamps or more and you’ll be eligible to win one of the dozens of fabulous door prizes!

Be sure to hand in your passport!

No early stamping. No stamping passports for other participants.

All participants must be present when stamped.

One prize per person.

The last shop you visit will check all your stamps, verify your information & collect the form.

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Wet-Felted Lattice Scarf with Vickie Clontz

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Looking forward to September 19, when hopefully the weather has cooled a bit, The Fibre Studio will be hosting another wonderful “wet-felting” workshop with Vickie Clontz.

We will be “wet-felting” a beautiful airy wool scarf or table runner in your favorite colors! We will embellish our piece with lustrous bamboo and silk fibers, sparkly Angelina, and delicate wool nepps.  You may bring in bits and pieces of yarns from your stash to incorporate into your project (although  is not necessary).  No rolling is needed; however, it is a bit physical.

Students should bring:

  • 2 large towels
  • Apron or old shirt for playing in water
  • Heavy-duty rubber kitchen gloves
  • Bits and pieces of yarns in colors they would like to do their scarf (optional)

Price of the workshop is $85.00 – which includes all materials –  a kit of wool fibers, Angelina, silk fibers, wool nepps, and some yarn in an array of colors.

We will be taking a lunch half-way through. You may bring your lunch of for an additional $10.00 a box lunch will be provided.

Please call The Fibre Studio, 704-614-4745, to reserve your spot.  Please mention if you would like a box lunch.

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Sea Urchin Shawl by Ambah Obrien

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Last week, I noticed a pattern on Ravelry called the Sea Urchin Shawl by Ambah Obrien.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it would be my next project.  I love everything about it, the shape of it, the way it drapes, the many ways you can wear it and most of all the color.  If you know me, you know I like to stay in my comfort zone when it comes to colors for me – I always feel safe with peach, coral and browns.

So, I dyed a new color in our Fifty Shades Of Gradient on our Walkabout base, I am calling it Sea Urchin (not very original I know, but these colors make me think of a black spiny sea urchin).  I put it together with a 2.0 ounce skein of our Walkabout yarn in the color Sand Dune.  I am very excited about the way it is knitting up.  A four ounce skein of our Walkabout has 428 yards, a 2 ounce skein has 214 yards so there will be very little yarn left over.

Here are some other possibilities for this project.  To see a full range of our Fifty Shades of Gradient, click here.

Foxglove/French's

Foxglove/French’s

Business Suit/Red Hot Mama

Sequoia/French's

Sequoia/French’s

Mallard/French's

Mallard/French’s

True Love/Twilight

True Love/Twilight

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Learn to Knit Portuguese Style

Linda Rudisill will be teaching a Learn To Knit, Portuguese Style class at the studio on Thursday, June 18 at 2:00PM.  Please contact The Fibre Studio if you would like to join in.  The cost will be $10.00 per hour, paid to instructor.

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