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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Put a Little Sunshine in Your Life

Hi Ewe Crew!
Last week we announced our next KAL project–Sunshine Coast, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier. We are currently taking pre-orders for this project; yarn will be available to mail or pick up by June 10, at our World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration. We have gathered additional information here for your use and will update the pattern page also.

SAVE THE DATE!!

The Fibre Studio is hosting it’s fourth World Wide Knit in Public Day event (the second at this location) on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:30am to 5:30pm. We invite 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 new color ways 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.

THE KAL PROJECT


Sunshine Coast is a lovely little pullover, 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, The Fibre Studio is turning this sweater 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.

Yarn Requirements (By Pattern Size in Yards)
(LW) = Lt Worsted | (F) = Fingering
XS – 840 (LW) | 1050 (F)
S – 945 (LW) | 1185 (F)
M1 – 1030 (LW) | 1290 (F)
M2 – 1220 (LW) | 1525 (F)
L1 – 1325 (LW) | 1655 (F)
L2 – 1440 (LW) | 1800 (F)
XL – 1570 (LW) | 1960 (F)
XXL – 1670 (LW) | 2085 (F)

See you soon and happy stitching, y’all!

 

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The Fiber Studio Now Has Gift Cards

Hi Everyone,
Having a hard time choosing that perfect Mother’s Day gift? Let mom, sister, wife, granny, or any other moms in your life select their OWN gift by offering them The Fibre Studio Gift Card. Available in seven denominations via our online shop here.


In addition to our online shop, The Fibre Studio will redeem these gift cards at our Griffith Road retail space or at our pop-up shop/festival shows (upcoming events shown here) for all you yarnies who like to feel up your fiber before you take it on a date.

Our online sale (20% off using discount code LUVMOM17) will continue through end of day Monday, May 15. Stitching together a sale with a gift card is the perfect way to cast on a great gift!

Much love to all the moms out there and peaceful stitching, y’all!

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Celebrate Mom and Much More!

Hi Everyone! The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has much to celebrate, and we want you to be a part of the celebration!

Enjoy a 20% Off Mother’s Day Discount on us! Use LUVMOM17 at checkout! This offer is good on our regularly-priced hand-dyed yarns and kits and expires at end of day May 15, 2017.

We’ve “rebooted” our online shop to display even more products and color ways. We think the new eShop is bright and fresh and will enable us to grow along with our fiber community’s needs.

Visit the new shop here.

We have identified our next KAL project–Sunshine Coast. This lovely 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, The Fibre Studio is turning this sweater into a four-season garment by knitting it loosely in a fingering-weight yarn. It is a great project for Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cotton Bamboo – Fingering, or for those who are sticklers for following patterns, Cotton Bamboo – Worsted. Order your yarn today–take advantage of the sale–and it will be ready to pick up or mail by June 10–our World Wide Knit in Public Day Event where we kick off the KAL.

If you are part of the Joji Locatelli ewe crew, there’s still time to order your Starting Point Wrap MKAL Kit. This MKAL is HUGE, and makers worldwide are participating. Kits are available for pre-order now with options and details listed here.

So many options–so little time. However, it is the PERFECT time to stock up on a few special KAL projects with the 20% off sale. Leave the dust and prevent the rust…on your needles!

Happy stitching, y’all!

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Starting Point Wrap MKAL by Joji Locatelli

The Fibre Studio has put together Starting Point Wrap MKAL Kits for Joji Locatelli’s new Starting Point Wrap MKAL. Each kit contains five full-size skeins of Walkabout – Fingering, a 3-ply light fingering yarn with lovely stitch definition. Each skein weighs 4.0 oz | 113 g with approximately 490 yards of 100% SW Merino goodness. Our color kits (as pictured in grouped image) are: Cherokee (top left), Black to the Fuchsia (top center), Meteor (top right), Azure (bottom left), Mountaineer (bottom center), and Darkside of the Rainbow (bottom right).

The kit does not contain the pattern, which must currently be purchased via the designer’s Ravelry page.

From designer Joji Locatelli’s Ravelry Project Page:

Welcome to another rare mystery knit-along adventure with Joji. In the quest to knit this beautiful wrap (stole), we will have fun unveiling each clue while playing with color and texture. I wouldn’t want to make any knitter disappointed with the finished outcome, but the point of a Mystery Knit Along is not knowing what you’ll be making, there’s always that risk. Therefore, here are some facts about the wrap that will help you decide if you will like to embark on this project:

  • The shape is a true rectangle. This wrap can be worn as a wrap, blanket scarf or even as a blanket.
  • Approx. measurements are 26½ x 72” (66 x 180 cm) blocked.
  • It has a graphic look, but it is still classic.
  • You will need yarn in 5 colors and you will use up a lot of your yarn, so you need full skeins.
  • The total approx. yardage is 1700 yards (1555 m). It is a BIG wrap. Please be aware of this.
  • There will be 5 different clues, spread out over 5 weeks.
  • It is good for all levels. There will be TV knitting and more engaged knitting. You will sure have fun.
  • There is no brioche involved. There are no short rows either.
  • There is a little bit of simple lace, about 10% of the total project.
  • There is a lot of garter stitch.

SHARING
We will be using 2 hashtags in social media: #jojimysterywrap and #startingpointmkal.

CLUES
There are 5 clues to be revealed and they will be delivered weekly as follows:
clue 1 – May 12
clue 2 – May 19
clue 3 – May 26
clue 4 – June 2
clue 5 – June 9

Makers can find additional information on Joji Locatelli’s Ravelry Project Page.

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Unraveled: Fiber Q&A 04 – Casting On

Continuing our Unraveled series, today we are going to tackle one of two topics, about which some makers feel so strongly, we’re quite sure we can already hear someone’s yarn felting from steam and agitation all the way from over here. (Ha!)

In this post, we answer what WE think are the best cast on methods (our next blog of the series will discuss the bind off). There are many available cast on and bind off methods available to knitters, but we’ve narrowed our blog topics down to a few of each, which we think will repeatedly prove useful during future projects.

The Cast…On (CO)

Long Tail CO Method: This is a great method when you need a fairly stretchy cast on and only a minimal number of stitches needed–a good thing since part of the tail is used to create the cast on stitches. We’ve linked a helpful video here.

Create a slip knot where there is enough tail remaining to create all stitches (depends upon weight and wpi calculations). Place the slip knot on needle and hold the needle in your dominant hand. Ensure the yarn tail is facing you. Insert your non-dominant hand thumb and index finger between your two strands of yarn (tail and working yarn). Close the rest of your fingers around the yarn, which creates tension. While holding your non-dominant hand like holding a slingshot, insert the needle under the strand that is wrapped around your thumb. Lift your needle up and around the top of the strand that is held between your fingers. Bring your yarn out through the thumb loop. Pull your thumb from the loop of the yarn and pull the yarn to tighten the newly-developed stitch. Repeat until the correct number of stitches are on your needle.

Knitted CO Method: This is a consistent method when there is a large number of stitches to cast on and when the cast on edge will be easily seen in in the final project. We’ve linked a helpful video here.

Create a slip knot where there is about six inches of yarn tail remaining. Place the slip knot on needle and hold the needle in your non-dominant hand. Use your fingers to hold the yarn tail out of the way. Holding the other needle in your dominant hand, insert the needle into the slip knot and work a knit stitch, but do NOT slip the previous stitch off of the other needle. With the dominant hand needle still inserted into the new stitch, pull the stitch long, tilt it away from you (to open it up), insert the non-dominant needle into the new stitch, and gently place the stitch on this needle. Insert your dominant needle into the newest stitch as if to knit and repeat until the correct number of stitches are on your needle.

Cable CO Method: This method begins the same as the Knitted Method, however, the remaining steps create definitive spacing and ensure ribs and other stretchy set up rows do not flare or buckle. We’ve linked a helpful video here.

Create a slip knot where there is about six inches of yarn tail remaining. Place the slip knot on needle and hold the needle in your non-dominant hand. Use your fingers to hold the yarn tail out of the way. Holding the other needle in your dominant hand, insert the needle into the slip knot and work a knit stitch, but do NOT slip the previous stitch off of the other needle. With the dominant hand needle still inserted into the new stitch, pull the stitch long, tilt it away from you (to open it up), insert the non-dominant needle into the new stitch, and gently place the stitch on this needle. Insert your dominant needle completely BETWEEN the slip knot stitch and the newly-formed stitch (AND NOT INTO IT), wrap the yarn as if to knit, and pull the stitch through the two stitches. Do NOT slip the previous stitch off of the other needle. With the dominant hand needle still inserted into the new stitch, pull the stitch long, tilt it away from you (to open it up), insert the non-dominant needle into the new stitch, and gently place the stitch on this needle. Repeat as necessary.

For experienced knitters, these are not new methods, however, if you are a beginner or are teaching a friend or loved one how to knit, we hope this list proves to be a useful resource.

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

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A Love Poem (or Two) For You

Two Hearts are red.
Violets Are Blue.
We’ve got a color,
Just perfect for you.

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to show you some of the goodies we’ve skeined and labeled just in time for our Valentine’s Day Sale. Customers will receive a 15% off discount via our eShop here on February 14-15 (using coupon code MORELUV at checkout) or in our retail shop on Wednesday, February 15, when we will be open from 10am to 5pm.

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Mary, Mary quite contrary,
How did your yarn stash grow?
With Fifty and Freckles,

Tonals and speckles,
You’re all just diggin’ it,
I know!

Hope to see you soon! Peaceful stitching, y’all!

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