Fall Into Autumn Fun

Hi Everyone,
There are changes afoot–weather, festivals and fairs, and….fiber, of course. There are so many fun activities just around the corner, and we want you to be prepared for all the autumn awesomeness about to beFALL us.

Acoma Pullover KAL
The Fibre Studio is still taking reservations and orders for the Acoma KAL. We’ve put together two Acoma kit options in our new Studio Smitten and in our Studio Sox.

The KAL begins the last Wednesday in August, and participants will meet at The Fibre Studio during Wednesday Open Knit/Crochet from 10a-12n (Aug 29, Sep 5, Sep 12, and Sep 19). Makers will have until the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl to finish their sweaters.

Participants who register, use Fibre Studio yarn, and bring their finished Acoma pullovers (or even their WIP) to the Studio during the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl will be eligible for a surprise at the end Crawl.

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
This year’s Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl (CAYC) celebrates it’s tenth anniversary here in the Queen City. The Fibre Studio and CAYC are both sponsoring Knitted Knockers.org as our autumnal community support project. Contact us here to learn how you can get free fiber to create prosthetics for breast cancer patients and survivors.

During the CAYC, The Fibre Studio is going to participate in a FIRST! We will host Old Soul Fiber Co. for a trunk show in our Studio. That’s right, y’all…we have a guest indie dyer from upstate South Carolina joining us for the first Saturday (September 22, from 10a-6p) of the Crawl. It will be an INDIExtravaganza for those who love hand-dyed yarns. We love the idea of sharing our space with this talented maker. Be there or be oh-so-very square.

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
A reminder to add another exciting event to your calendars. The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) will be held October 26-28, 2018.

This is one of the largest fiber festivals in the southeast and is a perfect opportunity to schedule a girls’ day out or even a weekend retreat. Be prepared to learn about fiber-producing live stock, take classes, shop, and generally have a total blast. More info to come soon.

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Knitting for Good

Hi Everyone,
This week we are knocking on the door of the 10th Anniversary of Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl (just around the corner), participating in a KAL, and are still smitten with Smitten.

Knitted Knockers Campaign
The Fibre Studio is an on-going sponsor of Knitted Knockers.org and of the Giving Back efforts of the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl.

This year, we dedicate our efforts to one of our own (story here) as we collect these hand knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors.

The Fibre Studio gives away a lovely cotton bamboo fiber for anyone who signs up with us. Contact us at 980-475-4705 or debbie(at)thefibrestudio(dot)com to learn how you can commit to this campaign and receive your Knitted Knockers fiber.

Acoma Pullover KAL
The Fibre Studio so loves this pullover, we have decided to host a KAL. We’ve put together two Acoma kit options for it as well. The first is in our new Studio Smitten and the second is in our Studio Sox.

For those of you interested in signing up, the KAL begins the last Wednesday in August, and participants will meet at The Fibre Studio during our Wednesday Open Knit/Crochet from 10a-12n (August 29, September 5, September 12, and September 19). The makers will then have until the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl to finish their sweaters. Makers who participate (as follows) will be eligible for a surprise at the end of the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl. The rules are:

  1. Sign up for the KAL by or on August 29;
  2. Your Acoma must be made with yarn purchased from The Fibre Studio; and
  3. Wear or bring your new Acoma when you visit us during the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl any time from September 21-29.

Participants who meet the above criteria will be entered into a drawing for a prize at the end of the yarn crawl. Should makers just want to knit along (it is a KAL, after all) and not be a formal participant, they are welcome to join us on those Wednesdays listed above.

The Acoma (ACK-uh-muh) by designer Casapinka is a top-down sweater that is inspired by the pottery of the Acoma along with the beautiful skies that you see from Acoma Sky City in New Mexico. It is written to have 2” of positive ease. Two pretty lace panels separate areas of stranded knitting for a unique yoke with scalloped accents. This is a fairly fast sweater to knit, with subtle side seams and a casual fit.

Studio Smitten
Our latest fiber offering is Studio Smitten, a squishy, three-ply fingering-weight yarn with exquisite hand feel and stitch definition. The blend is made up of 80% Superwash Merino | 10% Cashmere | 10% Silk and is sold in 3.5-ounce (100 gram) skeins of approximately 406 yards.

This fiber is a beautifully-soft addition to our studio and is perfect for those sweater,  shawl, and other multi-season projects where drape, flexibility, and lighter-weight (density) is desirable.

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

We Are Smitten

Hi Everyone,
We hope you are enjoying these long and languid dog days of summer. This week we introduce a new fiber base, new kits for a new project, and made the decision to keep our treasure chest replenished.

Studio Smitten
Our latest fiber offering is Studio Smitten, a squishy, three-ply fingering-weight yarn with exquisite hand feel and stitch definition. The blend is made up of 80% Superwash Merino | 10% Cashmere | 10% Silk and is sold in 3.5-ounce (100 gram) skeins of approximately 406 yards.

This fiber is a beautifully-soft addition to our studio and is perfect for those sweater,  shawl, and other multi-season projects where drape, flexibility, and lighter-weight (density) is desirable.

Acoma Pullover
The Acoma (ACK-uh-muh) by designer Casapinka is a top-down sweater that is inspired by the pottery of the Acoma along with the beautiful skies that you see from Acoma Sky City in New Mexico. It is written to have 2” of positive ease. Two pretty lace panels separate areas of stranded knitting for a unique yoke with scalloped accents. This is a fairly fast sweater to knit, with subtle side seams and a casual fit.

The Fibre Studio has put together two Acoma kit options for this sweater. The first is in our new Studio Smitten and the second is in our Studio Sox.

Crown Jewels
While The Fibre Studio may have created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, we have decided these treasures should remain available for our customers on an on-going basis. Each of our Crown jEWEls kits contains twelve, 1-ounce skeins of our SW Merino – Fingering base, which are approximately 140 yards each (~1,680 yards total in kit).

Our color ways including Cherokee, Eastwick, Nouveau Rainbow, River Rock, Seaside, and Tourmaline. We will continue to offer these kits as an in-stock-only item in the future. With these color options, your fiber community will be green (or sapphire or citrine) with envy!

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

All About That Lace

Hi Everyone,
This week we focus on two new projects, both of which are perfect for color play kits (or stashbusting); both projects utilize lace with other unique textures to create the motif for which they are named.

We are also in the last days of accepting pre-orders for our Crown jEWEls 12-color kits for the July 19 launch of Casapinka’s MKAL. [Psssst….here’s a tip….just one of our Crown jEWEls kits, combined with a MC will make BOTH of these two new projects too!]

Anemone Shawl
Anemone, a free pattern by The Noble Thread, is a semi-circular shawl inspired by the beautiful sea anemones it is named after. It is fluid, graceful and colorful. Each simple section uses only one stitch pattern, and is only repeated once in the shawl. Easy bobbles, slipped stitches, and eyelet and mesh stitches are used. The sections flow from one to the other through texture and color. The changing stitches and colors will keep you entertained and wanting to get to the next section.

Select one of our Color Play Kits (or a Crown jEWEls kit) with our SW Merino – Fingering and make something beautiful and unique.

Cascadial Wrap
Have you been hunting for a great pattern to show off mini skeins, gradients, or favorite leftover bits? Is mosaic knitting on your list of things to try? Then say hello the Cascadial Wrap by designer Erin Kurup.

Mixing simple lace and mosaic motifs makes this wrap a great intro project for exploring a popular colorwork technique while being varied enough to hold the interest of experienced knitters. The bias construction sets the bands of color and lace on an angle, lending drama to the overall effect and drape to the finished piece, which can be fully-customized.

The name is drawn from two sources: the peaks of the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon (the mosaic motif) and the image of frothing water cascading down a waterfall (the lace motif). As with the previous project we love our Color Play Kits (or a Crown jEWEls kit) combined with our SW Merino – Fingering for maximum flexibility.

Crown jEWEls for Crown Wools MKAL
The Fibre Studio created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, which will begin July 19, 2018. However, these generously-proportioned kits are quite versatile and can be used for multiple projects including those listed above.

Each of our Crown jEWEls Kits contains twelve, 1-ounce skeins of our SW Merino – Fingering base, which are approximately 140 yards each (~1,680 yards total in kit).

We are currently taking pre-orders for six color ways including Cherokee, Eastwick, Nouveau Rainbow, River Rock, Seaside, and Tourmaline through July 9, 2018. With these color options, everyone can be crowned a prince(ss).

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

P.S. Our current song du jour…a parody of All About That Base. (Wink) Enjoy.

Because you know we’re all about that lace
‘Bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
It’s all about that lace. ‘Bout that lace. Boom!

Yeah it’s pretty clear, we are The Ewe Crew.
And we can dye it, dye it, like we’re supposed to do.
We got that boom boom yarn that all the girls chase.
All the right stash in all the right places.

We see those IG posts with all those wannabees,
Copying our color ways; you think that we don’t see?
Being creative’s great so shoot for the moon.
But smart girls pick OUR yarn and then make their projects soon!

Some mamas they told us to always weave in our ends,
And we’d rather not worry about how much cash we spend.
As long as we have fun, all the while using our minds,
We’re happy, productive, and still escaping the grind.

Because you know we’re all about that lace
‘Bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
It’s all about that lace. ‘Bout that lace. Boom!

Gems for All

Hi Everyone,
We are excited to share with you lots of new–colors, kits, and projects. This week we are showcasing our family crown jewels in such an array of colors, we hear Meg may be back in the States reconnoitering for the Queen.

Crown jEWEls
The Fibre Studio has created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, which will begin July 19, 2018.

Each of our Crown jEWEls kits contains twelve, 1-ounce skeins of our SW Merino – Fingering base, which are approximately 140 yards each (~1,680 yards total in kit).

We are currently taking pre-orders for six color ways including Cherokee, Eastwick, Nouveau Rainbow, River Rock, Seaside, and Tourmaline. With these color options, everyone can be crowned a prince(ss)!

Not into mystery KALs? Perhaps you are more in tune with your….

Linear Moods
This large cushy wrap, by designer Xandy Peters, uses contrasting gradient yarns to create a stunning visual effect. Stripes provide color contrast; shaping bends the stripes into a chevron shape; and the addition of short rows changes the width of each stripe.

As the stripes cross the center line, the proportion of colors reverses from thick to thin and back again. Picking the colors for Linear Moods is a lot of fun. Makers can choose harmonious hues for a subtle look or pick wildly contrasting tones for a statement piece.

The Fibre Studio has amazing gradient options to create this lovely shawl. The maker can use one small (4 oz) and one large (7 oz) Fifty Shades of Gradient™ cake to construct this shawl. Another option is to use one small (4 oz) cake of Fifty Shades of Gradient™ with one 6-ounce Color Play Kit. As the designer noted, selecting ombré hues can produce a sutble look while using gradients that vary in actual colors can create an art piece. Here are some ideas showcasing three combo options in each grouping.

Top Left: Two gradient cakes in Black to the Fuchsia and Business Suit OR either of those gradient cakes with the Fuchsia color play kit.
Top Right: Two gradient cakes in Mallard and Juniper OR either of those gradient cakes with Undertow color play kit.
Below Left: Two gradient cakes in Dark Meadow and Latte OR either of those gradient cakes with Cherokee color play kit.
Below Right: Two gradient cakes in Mountain Thistle and Purpleicious OR either of those gradient cakes with Mountain Thistle color play kit.
The possibilities are always “to infinity and beyond” here at The Fibre Studio.

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Three-Color Blends

Hi Everyone,
This week we are going to discuss two projects, both of which utilize a blend of three colors of fingering-weight yarn. Also, please note we will be on the road on Friday, June 15, heading to a pop-up shop in Raleigh, NC.

Impressionists MKAL Shawl by Helen Stewart
When you stand in front of an Impressionist masterpiece, what do you see? Quiet vibrancy, indistinct edges, and clear warm light. The richness of ordinary moments captured in glimpses: this is the true magic of the Impressionists. The Impressionists showed us what they saw, but left room for our vivid imaginations as well. The Impressionists MKAL shawl (all clues are in at this point) offers us a way to to show the world what WE see.

One of the strengths in looking at Impressionism is the breadth and width of topic and color. The maker could choose subtle colors as in the water or street scenes of Monet or Renoir or go with rich and vibrant colors as with the landscapes and still lifes of Van Gogh or Degas.

No matter your creative direction, The Fibre Studio has a variety of wonderful fibers perfect for this three-color shawl. Choose from Studio Sox, a springy, versatile yarn, which is easy to maintain. Studio Solo is our newest base, takes color magnificently, and has that lovely simple single-ply effect, which is both clean and soft. Of course, our Walkabout – Fingering, creates beautiful stitch definition and embodies the richest of hues. Use our Freckles yarns to blend your color palette. What will your impression be?

Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Urban legend has it that a goldfish has a memory or attention span of about three seconds, just the time it takes to swim around a standard fish bowl. According to designer Casapinka, this sometimes describes her attention span, and it describes the myriad of changes to this parallelogram-shaped wrap she titled Goldfish Memory. Slipped stitches, little garter stripes, bigger garter stripes, simple lace, stockinette stripes…that’s what you’ll find here. The maker will need three colors of fingering-weight yarn, and all the fibers mentioned above are great choices for this project as well.

Pop-Up Shop at Admit Ewe Knit
The Fibre Studio and Baaathsheba are packing up the fiber cart and heading to Admit Ewe Knit in Raleigh, North Carolina [1025 Bullard Court, Suite 105 | Raleigh, NC 27615 | 919-876-4640] on Saturday, June 16, from 10:30am-4pm.

If you plan to be in the Raleigh area, grab a friend and c’mon out and see us! We will have project kits, our WWKiP 2018 color way, and a great selection of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ cakes.

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Spinning Tops & Other Yarns

Hi Everyone,
This week, we want to remind everyone about our upcoming World Wide Knit in Public Day as well as talk a bit about spinning. Let’s chat, shall we?

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Hang out with The Ewe Crew for our Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration on Saturday, June 9. We are hosting our fifth World Wide Knit in Public Day event (the third at this location). We welcome all fiber artists and makers to come and be with other makers.

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 as well a raffles and giveaways, 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, a reusable water bottle (or buy one from us) to use our water fountain, and perhaps even a beach umbrella if you want to sit outside on the (very safe) grassy knoll.

Spinning Tales
While we usually focus on knitting and crochet (since that comprises the majority of our followers), we love to support other fiber arts as well. We’re going to miss our Spinning Saturdays, which we put on hiatus through the hot summer months so we will give spinning our attention here in this climate-controlled Etherverse.

There are unique spinning terms just as there are with any of the fiber arts. Some of them are a bit more fun than others. For instance, “spinning a yarn” means something quite different to fiber artists than it does to the non-making community. So do the terms “getting carded” and “putting a crimp” in someone’s style and “top knot.” This makes us think of other pseudo fiber-related phrases like “getting my weave on” and “yanking my chain” too. Ha!

The Fibre Studio is most known for our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line of products including yarn, roving/top, and our deja vu sock yarn. However, spinners can create gradient yarns at the wheel (or slightly before) in a couple of different ways.

SupPLY Chain
Spinners can organize their braided hanks in a couple of different ways to create gradients. Firstly, makers should take a variegated hank of roving and separate it by color…from light to dark or even into a rainbow effect. A very helpful video can be found here. Secondly, spinners can also ply chain spun fibers to blend those yarns into true ombre effects, marling the fiber when necessary to get a good blend.

Getting Carded
Spinners have stashes and leftovers too. If s/he wants to stash bust in order to spin ombre yarns, carding a variety of colors (or fiber types) together into color-concentrated bundles is a great way to create a gradient effect. A helpful video is found here. When creating a gradient effect, the maker should just vary the color concentration from light to dark as it is carded. Bag and organize those resulting bundles and then spin the bundles in the appropriate order to get the desired effect.

Spinning from the Top
Spinners may already have top ready to be spun. There is a simple “formula” to use to create a nice gradient effect. For instance, if the maker has two, 6- or 8-oz hanks of roving, s/he can organize the top into smaller bundles and then spin and ply into gradient yumminess.

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook (we post changes to our business hours here), and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com (we post changes to our business hours here).

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew