Summer Newes ‘n Such

Hi Everyone,
We have exciting newes for y’all–a new yarn base, a new gradient color way, a new tip, new projects, summer hours, and more.

Introducing Studio Sox
The Fibre Studio has found a new yarn base, which we call Studio Sox, and this fiber blows us away. It is a 75% SW Merino | 25% Nylon blend, and it takes color beautifully. We debuted it during our June 10 WWKiP Day celebration in color way Old Glory, and it was very well-received. Surprisingly, it has a soft and springy hand feel similar to our SW Merino – Fingering but is more tightly-plied and resilient for socks. We have some exciting ideas for our Studio Sox so stay tuned.

Holiday Hours
Please note: Due to the upcoming holiday, The Fibre Studio will NOT be open on Saturday, July 1, nor will we be open on Wednesday, July 5.

Introducing Princess
The Fibre Studio added a new color way called Princess to our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line for our June 10 WWKiP Day celebration. It is now available on our online shop here. Princess evokes the whimsical pastel dresses of the various animated princesses, we all know and love. This color is Belle, Ariel, Aurora, Tiana, and Cinderella all rolled into one. There is a certain seaside cottage charm elicited by this color as well, and it would be beautiful knit into a lacy shawl and thrown over shoulders on summer evenings.

Flat-Bottom Girls
We have a new contender for an earlier blog post, Connections in the Round. One of our fellow yarnies was knitting a ribbed sock in our new Studio Sox. I asked her why it was flat, and she shared the most FABULOUS tip. She casts on her smaller projects, like hats and socks, and knits flat (back and forth) for two, four, or six rows. When her working yarn meets back up at the starting point (where her end is located), she connects her projects in the round–but only AFTER there is enough yarn in the project to prevent pulling, stretching, etc. When she weaves in her end, she simply uses a modified mattress or duplicate stitch up the side. Voila…a very smooth, seamless join. For those of us who use double-pointed needles, this prevents that crazy helicoptering effect that occurs when there are only 1-2 rows on the needles, and the needles are stronger than the yarn.

Fifty Plus One Projects
We are always looking for project ideas to utilize our yarns in unique and exciting combinations. Below are three very diverse projects, all of which could utilize one skein of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ and one skein of our SW Merino – Fingering. The possibilities are endless. From left to right, they are Match & Move, Bad Blood Cowl, and Allira Shawl.

     

Stay tuned for our two-day Red, White, and You sale next week. Happy stitching, y’all!

 

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Size Matters

Hi Everyone,
Last week, we discussed Color Matters and ways to match yarn bases, dye types and colors to a favorite project. This week we will discuss size because, contrary to what many say tongue-in-cheek, size DOES matter.

This week we’d like to introduce one of the biggest cowls we’ve ever seen. It’s the Bad Blood Cowl by Megan Bohlander. This cowl is basically one very long “stocking.” It feels amazing against the skin as the stockingnette side is always out no matter how the cowl is worn (long and loose or wrapped up around the neck). We have identified Bad Blood Kits here, which is perfect for public or social knitting, while the provisional cast on and grafted finish make it interesting even for experienced knitters.


While many of you have heard of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ fiber line, did you know these fluffy, luxurious gradient cakes come in (what we fondly term) big-a$$ skeins? Yes, our gradients come in two generous sizes: in a 4 oz | 113 g (approx 560 yards) cake and a 7 oz | 200 g (approx 980 yards) cake. Instead of changing colors manually and weaving in all those ends, perhaps you could let the yarn do all the work!

Some of our favorite shawls, which use our big-a$$ gradient skeins are (from left to right): Brie Shawl in color way Seaside, River Cane Shawl in color way Old Glory, and Glacier Sweep in color way Glenda of the East.


Yarn Chicken and Other Barnyard Fiber Challenges

  • This may be the most “d’oh” tip we’ve ever offered, but honestly, the best way to ensure sufficient yarn for your project is to actually use the yarn base, weight, and yardage for your size, which is recommended in the pattern.
  • Knit a gauge! Use scrap yarn of the same type and weight as your project and knit a gauge(s), varying needle size until you meet the project’s gauge requirements. This will ensure your project will use the pattern’s estimated yardage and meet the size requirements.
  • To use a lighter weight yarn than called for in the pattern, calculate the percent increase in number of wraps per inch (wpi) from the recommended yarn weight to your desired yarn weight and then increase yardage by same percentage. For example, if pattern calls for worsted weight yarn (9 wpi) but you desire to use fingering weight yarn (14 wpi) your project will need 64% more yardage. The formula is 9 ÷ 14 = 0.64 and then (# yards of worsted in pattern) x 1.64 = (# yards of fingering to buy). [Please note: Needle size will also determine how much yardage you will need, but we are making the assumption the maker is going to use the needle size recommended for yarn weight.]
  • Playing yarn chicken (bock! bock!) is not always a fun activity. When calculating whether you have enough yarn to finish the remaining number of rows and bind off, we like the following process. Lay out your project as flat as possible (do not stretch but it must be flat). Lay out your working yarn across your project if flat (or around the project if in the round) three times for each row and six times for a stretchy bind off. You can do as often as necessary as your working yarn ball/cake diminishes.
  • This last tip isn’t about size so much as about happy endings. When purchasing yarn, buy enough (or more than enough) yarn in the same dye lot or group to finish your project. If you plan to “just buy more” if/when you run out, you may find a dye line across your project that is unsightly. Also, when making a large tonal project (like a sweater), it is recommended that the maker alternates skeins row-by-row to get a lovely and consistent result.

We hope you better understand how both color and size matters when selecting and making projects.

Happy stitching, y’all!

 

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Color Matters

Hi Everyone,

We want to send out a big thank you to all of our World Wide Knit in Public Day visitors. Saturday saw a lovely crowd on-hand here at the studio to sit, spin, chat, knit, and enjoy other makers’ company. We drew names for several giveaways; however, like Elvis, some folks had already left the building so we will be contacting those winners about their prizes.

Color Matters

This week we are going to talk about color because, let’s face it, color DOES matter. Most of us have a palette within which we are comfortable. Perhaps we have consulted a color expert at some point and were told we are an autumn or a winter, etc., and we have strictly conformed to those criteria. Many of us would like to branch out…experiment…live a little. Here are a few interesting factoids about yarn and color:

  • Seventy percent (70%) of yarnies buy the same color(s) shown in a pattern photo or in a shop sample.
  • Color can evoke both emotional and physiological responses and may impact mood, hunger, energy/fatigue, and a sense of space.
  • Color often represents season, team spirit, or even familial coats of arms.
  • The term for fear of color is chromophobia.

Many yarnies are uncomfortable when a new palette is suggested to them; others just cannot envision a completed project in a color not pictured. Because most LYS owners simply cannot afford to have a sample made in every color way or all the latest projects, here are a few tips to help match projects with color ways, which are not necessarily available as a sample.

  1. Identify projects you like based on criteria other than color (e.g. overall shape, size, stitch types, flexibility with style, skill level, et al).
  2. Seek shop samples or other project photos, which have traits similar to the project you have identified to see what those items look like in other dye types (how the color is applied). Are those projects that appeal most to you completed in gradients, tonals, natural, or speckled yarns?
  3. Seek a yarn base, which is appropriate for the project (e.g. yarn weight, texture, fiber make-up, and season).
  4. After you have identified a dye type and a yarn base, select those color ways that most attract you or look best with your complexion. Do NOT be afraid to hold a skein up next to your face in front of a mirror. Ask to see other project samples in those color ways if they are available–even if they are not in the same yarn base.
  5. Follow this formula:
    pattern + dye type + yarn base + color way = PERFECT PROJECT FOR YOU

We’ve included project photos of Match & Move by Martina Behm in three different color combinations as an example of color flexibility. This one project demonstrates three very different color personalities.

Just remember, even though color matters, it’s not something to fear. So…what’s the next chapter of your color story?

Happy…and colorful…stitching, y’all!

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It’s Finally Here – WWKiP Day

Hi All,

It’s finally here–that one day a year knitters and crocheters around the globe get together for World Wide Knit in Public Day. Our fourth annual celebration (second at this location) will be held at our dyeing studio this Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Come rain or shine, we will swing open our industrial doors and make room for fiber, friends, and nature (not necessarily in that order). There will be a new color way for sale, raffles and giveaways, a spinning demonstration, and light refreshments.

Visitors who plan to stay awhile should bring a knit/crochet/drop spindle project, sunscreen, a brown bag lunch, a folding chair, and perhaps even a beach umbrella if you want to sit outside on the (very safe) grassy knoll.

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All the Shades of Truth

Hi Everyone,

Recently inspired by the beautifully updated photography for the pattern All the Shades of Truth, by designer Laura Aylor, we were encouraged to identify ways in which we could make this lovely wrap our own AND take it to the next level. Hence, The Fibre Studio has created All the Shades of Truth kits in our Walkabout – Fingering, the details of which are listed below.

All the Shades of Truth is a lovely garter stitch wrap inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. It is knit in one piece modularly by picking up stitches to knit in different directions. The name is derived from a Game of Thrones passage, “…Black and white and grey, all the shades of truth…”

Using a fingering weight yarn, the finished wrap is 18.5 inches x 78 inches with a gauge of 22 stitches and 44 rows equaling 4 inches in garter stitch.

Yarn requirements & kit descriptions are as follows:
NOTES: This pattern also comes with a scarf pattern called Oak Park, which is a smaller color-blocked version of All the Shades of Truth. With the purchase of this kit on our eShop hereThe Fibre Studio will purchase the All the Shades of Truth pattern for you and update you via Ravelry so please remember to include your Ravelry ID in the notes/instructions section at checkout.

If you haven’t already done so, Save the Date for our quickly-approaching June 10 World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration.

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Shades of Summer

Hi Everyone!

As many of us have just realized, we are heading towards summer at a pretty quick clip. How did this just happen? Along with summer’s incipient return, we have projects and color ways to revisit.

Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day…parades and fireworks and Sousa marches…it’s a great time to show off the Red, White & Blue. It is also apropos in support of our allies as we remember Manchester this weekend while their red, white, and blue Union Jack is at half-mast. Thus, we’ve invited our color way Old Glory back for a visit. Available in three product lines: 1) a gradient cake from our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, 2) a Freckles – Fingering skein, and 3) a Color Play Kit (CPK5) for those looking to make a more generously-sized project.


We are still taking orders for Sunshine Coast, our summer KAL. This pullover, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier, is quite simple in appearance, but comes with a few little design details that make it special. The A-line body shape is flattering on many body types. It is intended to fit with ½ to 3 inches of ease at the bust.

Knit entirely seamlessly from the top down, it is also quite easy to execute. The side details are formed through basic increases and decreases.

The gauge as written is suitable for a heavy DK or light worsted yarn, however, it can be turned into a four-season garment by knitting it loosely in a fingering-weight yarn. We recommend several of our yarn bases for this pattern.

If you want to create a loosely knit, light-weight sweater, select Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cotton Bamboo – Fingering, SW Merino – Fingering, or Walkabout – Fingering.

If you are a stickler for following a pattern or a nervous knitter–no problemo. Simply select Cotton Bamboo – Worsted or SW Merino – Lt Worsted as your base.

If you order your yarn by Wednesday, May 31, it will be available to ship or to pick up by or at our June 10 World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration so you can knit a long with us and with your greater fiber community.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend and, as always, peaceful stitching!

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Get Stitched!!!

Hi Everyone! We’re always excited to share what’s new with our favorite Yarnies! This week we have new swingin’ hot bags, a short (horror) story, and a GREAT REASON to save the date for our June 10 World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration.

Introducing new Ewe Crew Swag…custom bags by Holly Aiken. Holly has graciously designed five bags, all stitched with our sweet fluffy logo sheep, Baaathsheba.

For those of you not familiar with Holly or her bags, she is the proprietor of Stitch, a gorgeous shop in Raleigh, North Carolina. Launched in 2004, Holly has remained true to her original vision–providing uncomplicated bags using distinctive, indestructible materials all of which are designed to uncomplicate our lives.

Holly’s bags are primarily made from vinyl and bold, black webbing trim. They are further accented by stripes and crisp geometric shapes (in our case, our little Baaathsheba is prominently displayed for our fellow Ewes and Yarnies). Each Holly Aiken bag is made in North Carolina and has been lovingly constructed with precision and care to withstand the daily grind.
The Fibre Studio offers the Baaathsheba line in five bag shapes and in a variety of seasonal colors. Don’t be left out to pasture, personalize your Ewe Crew Swag bag here in our online shop today!

Oh Horrors: A Slasher Stasher Story

Very recently, one of our fiber sisters (aka ewe crew member, dyer of beauties, pink elephant protectors, and yarn hoarder lover) came under stash attack by one of the most scary of apex predators–an uninformed husband–when she flashed her partial stash. Our sister and her mister were cleaning out a chest of drawers, where part of her stash was hidden lovingly stored. This is the conversation (aka horror story) that ensued:

The mister asked, “What’s all this?”
Our sister answered, “Most of these are projects I’ve begun but haven’t yet finished.”
He responded with, “Why don’t you bundle this up as giveaways?”
She paused for one long second and then responded with, “Why don’t I go through all your bags and give away some of your golf clubs?”
Surprised, he exclaimed, “I wasn’t trying to be nasty.”
After a level look and protectively putting her body between HIM and her exposed stash, she replied, “It sounded like it to me.”
They moved on to other things quickly thereafter.

So…my question to you all (and there is a potential prize in it for any of you who participate), how do you manage your stash? If you share a picture of your stash, [whether it’s in a chest of drawers, shoe organizers in your closets, plastic bins, open shelving, etc.] on our Facebook page (please post all photos in the “How do you manage your stash” post OR in the “WWKiP Day Celebration” event post), your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize (it will NOT come from our sister’s private stash) during our June 10 World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration.

So, yes, there is another great reason to save the date and attend our WWKiP Day Celebration…aka Stash Appreciation Day.

Happy stitching, y’all!

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