Unraveled: Fiber Q&A 03 – Connections in the Round

Happy New Year, everyone! We thought we would start off the new year by posting a new segment in our Unraveled series. With all the beautiful cowls and infinity scarves, which have been posted these past weeks, this post is dedicated to knitting in the round.

cowl-photos[Pictured Above: (On Left) 3 Color Cashmere Cowl in colorways Cherokee, There’s a Storm Brewin’, and Autumn Gold & (On Right) Soul Warmer Cowl in CPK6 – Dark Side of the Rainbow]

We will discuss two primary topics: how to seamlessly 1) join your cast on stitches in the round and 2) add jogless second (third, fourth, etc.) colors. [Note: These tips work for any type of needle.]

Joining in the Round
After casting all of your required pattern stitches, cast on one additional stitch. Ensure all cast on stitches are facing the same direction (inside of circle) so there is no twist or moebius created at the very beginning of the project. Slip the first cast on stitch purlwise from left to right needle. Take the last (extra) stitch cast on on the right needle and pass it over the newly slipped stitch. Tighten both the working yarn as well as the end yarn to remove any bar or gap. Place a stitch marker on the right needle to mark the beginning of your row and begin to knit in pattern.

A helpful video for joining your work in the round can be found here.

Changing Colors in the Round
When it’s time for a color change, add the next color and knit just as if flat knitting. At the end of the row, take the right needle and pull up the stitch directly below the first stitch of the current row and place it on the left needle right beside the first stitch of existing row. Knit both the first stitch of the row and the pulled up stitch together as the first stitch of the row and continue to knit in pattern and color.

After a few rows, ensure the color join is seamless by weaving the yarn ends on the back side of your work using duplicate stitch.

A helpful video for changing colors in the round can be found here.

As always, we encourage you to post your cowl and infinity scarf projects and pictures on our Facebook page here or on our Ravelry page here.

Happy stitching, y’all!

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Wishing you a Happy New Year filled with love and cheer!

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From all the ladies at The Fibre Studio At Yarns To Dye For, we want to thank you for your business and continued support in 2016.

To get the year started of right, please enjoy 25% off all our hand dyed fibers and patterns on our on-line shop.  Just use coupon code Happy17, which is valid through 11:59pm, Saturday, January 7, 2017.

In the coming months, we look forward to hearing from you and seeing what projects you have cast-on.

Peaceful Stitching.

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Making Memories (Inspired by the Cinema)

One of our favorite quotes is, “We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”

This state of “being in the moment” or of “being present” begets the opportunity to create or grow memories. Sometimes these memories are revisited by a sensory experience or by what’s happening in our immediate environment. The Fibre Studio often uses these experiences when developing new color ways to share with our fiber community.

Our latest yarn club was Inspired by the Cinema yet evokes the warm memories that arise due to a holiday season spent with family and friends. Whether you’re looking at old photos, watching home movies (or even those classic holiday marathons from the cinema), or snuggled up in front of the fire dressed in your new knits hugging the ones you love…you’ll totally understand the warm, rosy glow of our Then in Paris color way.

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Then in Paris was inspired by the 1951 musical An American in Paris, which celebrated its 65th birthday in 2016. This movie, allowing a glimpse into the life of an expat artist living in Paris, is all about dance/movement, music, and nostalgia. The movie’s hero loves the people and the atmosphere of Paris with all the exuberance of an American puppy. Not yet acclimated to the Parisian ennui he confronts regularly, he looks through eyes tinted by rose-colored glasses as he falls in love, loses, and then reclaims his girl and his new city.

In other words, this man was living life–creating memories by having fun, embracing love, and staying in the moment. He even danced in the rain like no one was watching. Although we were, and have been, for the last 65 years.

Let us know what you think about our new color way, and let us know what evokes your memories!

Happy stitching, y’all!

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Get the Elf Off the Shelf

Hi Everyone! For any of you who are looking for those last-minute holiday gifts, we are seeking kit-friendly homes for some of our lovelies.

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Top Row (L to R) – Walk in the Woods, Holyrood, Shawl B; Bottom Row (L to R) – Double Scoop, Match & Move, Eifelgold

Currently in inventory and ready to go home are:

Walkabout – Fingering kits (980 yards total) perfect for Holyrood (by Justyna Lorkowska) or Match & Move (by Martina Behm) shawls:
Cherokee/Deep Woods Red
Cherokee/Harvest
Cherokee/Kale
Cherokee/Slate

SW Merino – Fingering kits (1120 yards total) perfect for Eifelgold (Melanie Berg) or Walk in the Woods (by Linda Hannes) shawls:
Noir/Holly G’lightly
Juniper/Pearl

Walkabout – Fingering kits (1470 yards total) perfect for Shawl B (by Justyna Lorkowska):
Dark Side of the Rainbow/Summer Wheat/Sand Dune

SW Merino – Fingering kits (1120 yards total) perfect for Double Scoop (by Ash Alberg) shawl:
Charlotte/Summer’s Retreat

If you want to share a gift of yarn but are confused by the selection, don’t forget The Fibre Studio has Gift Certificates as well!

Happy Holidays and peaceful stitching, y’all!

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Little Hats, Big Hearts

Hi Friends,

Just wanted to share a piece of mail we received from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) asking for our greater fiber community’s help. They, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, are collecting red knitted or crocheted baby hats (in December and the first half of January) to be distributed to babies born in hospitals across the country during February, which is American Heart Month. This endeavor is to raise awareness around congenital heart defects–the most common birth defects in the United States.

The AHA/ASA is seeking volunteers who can help them by making some hats to send to hospitals throughout our state. Last year, they had 11 participating hospitals in North Carolina and would like to increase that number this year. With our greater fiber community’s help, the allotted time, and the giving ingenuity of our stash-busting friends, I believe they can (WE CAN) do it.

Attached as an image to this post, you will find the flyer we received asking for our help. It has the baby hat requirements (red, washable fiber, keep it simple, etc.) as well as some additional information. If you’d like to participate, please send hats by January 15 to:

Contact Info:
Kacie Kennedy
Health Strategies Coordinator
Little Hats, Big Hearts
American Heart Association
3131 RDU Center Drive, Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560
E: kacie.kennedy@heart.org

Kacie Kennedy’s flyer also lists her as a contact if you (as part of our greater fiber community across the USA) want your hats to go to a hospital in your state. She will “hook” you up! 🙂

Peaceful stitching with hands and hearts, y’all!

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Save Big When You Shop “Small”

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

“It’s no longer Thanksgiving,” you say. Ohhhh, but it is! It’s always Thanksgiving around The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For. We live, work, and play with an attitude of gratitude. Our families, friends, and fiber community (both near and extended) are always reasons to feel joy and thanksgiving.

That being said, even though we are spending some much needed time with our families, we know you may be out energetically shopping for YOUR loved ones. Therefore, we are participating in Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday via our online shop by offering 25% off our regularly-priced patterns and hand-dyed yarns…but only via our eShop and only Saturday through Monday. Just use coupon code SMALLISBIG25 during the checkout process.

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Our sale includes all our customer favorites: Fifty Shades of Gradient, SW Merino – Fingering, Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cashmere Silk – Fingering, Color Play Kits, Freckles – Fingering, Walkabout – Fingering, and Roving. We’ve even included our Fibre Studio Exclusives like our Keep Pounding Yarn Club, The Doodler Shawl Kit, Mosaic Stitch Kits, and Peruvian Tweed.

And, if you’re looking for those very special bargains, please take a look at our inventory-reduction Sale Sale Sale for totally “twisted” savings on fiber kits, purse accessories, and soft- and hard-back pattern books…most of which are on sale at 50% off.

Many of our regular customers visit our “petite” retail space and often forget the entire range of color ways and fiber choices we offer because we don’t always have every option on our shelves. If you haven’t taken the time to peruse our eShop lately, now is a great time to do so. Remember: If we don’t have it in stock, we WILL dye it for you.

This three-day cyber sale is over at 11:59pm on Monday, November 28.

Peaceful stitching and being with those you love, y’all!

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SAFF ‘n Staff

We are in count down mode! It’s the time we’ve all been waiting for–the Southeast Animal Fiber Fair is here!

Held from October 28-30 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina, you can find us in the Davis Arena just down from the cafe in Booth 3. Here are the driving directions and fairgrounds venue map for reference.

We are very excited about our SAFF 2016 (Mountain Thistle) color way, which is not yet available in the studio but will be available at our SAFF booth. The new color way will be available in a Fifty Shades of Gradient cake, Walkabout – Fingering, Cashmere Silk – Fingering, SW Merino – Fingering, a Color Play Kit six-skein set, AND the Multi-Textured Shawl Kit (containing Nylon Ribbon, SW Merino – Bulky, Brushed Mohair, Baby Loopi, Grande Loopi, and Thick/Thin Nubby fibers). Come by our booth to get your Fibre Studio exclusive!

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The lovely SAFF 2016 gradient moves from a silvery blue to sage to plum to purple and knits up beautifully. Our employee Glenda test knit the newest shawl pattern for designer Brianna K called Dawn to Dusk in our SAFF 2016 color (above top left). While the pattern called for a smaller skein, Glenda just kept repeating the pattern until she used the entire cake and created a generously-sized shawl, which showcased all the colors in the gradient.

We were really excited to see that the designer ALSO used our Fifty Shades of Gradient in color way Mountaineer for her project (above top right). Note: Her pattern is available on Ravelry through October 30 for 40% off. See her project notes for promo code and further details.

Store Hours Update: Due to the majority of our staff visiting SAFF this weekend, the Fibre Studio will NOT be open to the public until Wednesday, November 2 from 10am-2pm (limited hours) for Open Knit & Crochet in the studio. (Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch if you’d like to come and knit and share your SAFF treasures with us.) 

We will reopen for normal business hours from Thursday to Friday (Nov 3-4), from 10am to 5pm as well as the first Saturday (Nov 5), from 10am to 4pm for Sit & Spin Saturdays and for Stephen West MKAL participants.

Safe travels to SAFF and happy stitching, y’all!

 

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