Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

Hi Everyone,
We’re beginning our year with two new color series–one based on birthstones and the other based on one of the most colorful stories of all times.

Gemstones
Happy birthday, January babies!  Garnet, the January birthstone, is our first offering for our new 2019 Gemstones line. We are offering these birthstones as Bo Peeps. Our Bo Peeps are new color ways, for which we will take pre-order sales only. While we offer them on multiple bases (including yarn weights perfect for sweaters) for a limited time, these color ways will not be reproduced or replicated so please order enough yardage in the desired fiber base for the entire project. We will take these pre-orders through the 20th of each month.

The Wizard of Oz
The year was 1939, and to many a movie buff, it was considered one of the best years of cinema since the medium was developed.

That was 80 years ago, and one of the major hits to land on the big screen during this exalted year was the musical The Wizard of Oz. Produced by mega studio MGM and based on an original story (printed in 1900) by L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz is the most-viewed movie in cinematic history. As part of the 80th Anniversary Celebration, movie fans can see the movie this month by purchasing tickets here.

This year we are going to tell the story, delve into the cast and characters as well as other trivia, which gave this movie such color and magic.

The story begins in Kansas with our protagonist Dorothy Gale who lives, along with her beloved dog Toto, on the farm of her Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. Toto bites witchy neighbor Miss Almira Gulch, who then obtains an order for Toto to be euthanized. The very cross Miss Gulch takes Toto away on her bicycle, but he escapes and returns to Dorothy, who decides to run away from home to save her dog.

In the 1939 MGM movie, Toto (whose name is actually a homophone pronounced toetoe or / tō tō /) was played by a female brindle Cairn Terrier named Terry. Terry was paid a $125 salary each week, an amount higher than some of the human actors were paid.

During production, Terry’s foot was broken when one of the Winkie guards accidentally stepped on it. A second dog had to be used while she healed. Due to the popularity of the movie, and because that role was the one she was most remembered for, her owner and trainer changed her official name to Toto. She actually appeared in 13 films and passed away at age 11.

There is a memorial to her with a small statue of a terrier standing next to a ruby red slipper at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and the band Toto admitted they named the band after the dog, in part because toto means “all-encompassing” in Latin.

Like the story, The Fibre Studio believes beginning our color journey with Toto, woman’s best friend, is a great idea. This variegated color way is perfectly paired with Noir, Charcoal, Silver Lining, Fawn, Chestnut, Autumn Gold, or Tobacco Road.

You can even buy the full Annual Membership (at our 2018 prices and at 33% off shipping) to ensure you get all The Oz colors. Your options, just like Dorothy’s, are numerous and can take you on many a different and colorful adventure.

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

New Year, New Cheer

Hi Everyone!
Happy 2019! Yes it’s a new year with lots to cheer, lots of plans and projects, AND plenty of new color inspiration. We can’t wait to tell you all our nEWEs!

Gemstones

In the fall 2018, The Fibre Studio offered a mystery colorway in its Halfvent and Crown JEWEls kits called Gemstones. This kit was the precursor to our offering each birthstone as a Bo Peep during each month of the 2019 calendar year. Garnet, the January birthstone, is our first offering.

 

Our Bo Peeps are new color ways, for which we will take pre-order sales only. While we offer them on multiple bases (including yarn weights perfect for sweaters) for a limited time, these color ways will not be reproduced or replicated so please order enough yardage in the desired fiber base for the entire project. We take these orders from about the first week through the 20th of the month, dye and skein the orders as received, and ship them out at or around the first of the following month.

Whether you select a color way to make a birthstone gift, specific to the one(s) you love or decide to collect all of the colors to add to your stash, your options are simply BRILLIANT!

Wizard of Oz Yarn Club
Also beginning in January is our Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary Celebration Yarn Club. We will share the story, trivia and movie/music factoids, as well as a new monthly color representing a pivotal character or scene from the movie. These color ways will be dyed in limited quantities on our SW Merino – Fingering base in a four-ounce skein (approx 560 yards) except for November’s and December’s color ways, which will be dyed on an exciting and special base. The color ways will include tonals, variegated, and even gradients.

Our first (January) offering is Toto, a variegated tonal color way reminiscent of Dorothy’s beloved dog, who is the catalyst for the entire story made into The Wizard of Oz. We love our yarn shop dog Lola so much, this initial offering is dedicated to her!Yarnies can ensure they don’t miss a single strand of this adventure by buying into the Club with the Annual Membership (must sign up by January 25, 2019) or order from the limited quantities, which will be dyed only once per month as the color ways are offered.

Customers who buy the Annual Membership will get all twelve (12) of their skeins at the 2018 price as well as special treats delivered with their yarn. The Fibre Studio is announcing its first price increase in three years on all our yarns as of February 1, 2019 due to the industry’s increased costs of fiber and shipping.

Kanuga Trunk Show
The Fibre Studio is happy to announce our participation as a vendor in the 2019 Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat.

The perfect weekend escape for knitters and quilters of every ability level, Kanuga’s Knitting and Quilting Retreat offers chances to make various projects showcasing different sewing or knitting techniques.

Knitters and quilters can choose a project to work on during this three-day retreat. Projects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters. You are also welcome to bring your own project to work on. In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire, time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks, and visiting area yarn and quilting shops.

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 in the New Year, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

There’s Still Time!

Twas the Night Before Knitmas,
And all through the house,
The needles were silent
I was stumped on the couch.

Collecting my thoughts,
Short moments to pray,
No ugly sweaters this season,
No how and no way.

A small light appeared,
From a phone click away,
My media app dinged,
With a new color way.

I clicked on my email,
And saw with great joy,
New fibers and patterns
They were my kind of toys!

Some duos and triples,
In fingering, some lace.
Those ideas had merit,
And I knew just the place.

It has both plump sheep and shop dog,
Asleep on her bed,
While visions of sweet meats,
Dance in her head.

While I in my neck shawl,
Hugged my new ideas tight,
Selected my gifting and
Said, “Peaceful stitching, tonight!”

No need to “dash away, dash away, dash away all” to give the lovely gift of choice for Christmas. Give the makers in your life a gift card, The Fibre Studio Gift Card to be precise, and let THEM choose. Visions of sugar plums are only one click away!
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 and giving, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Come on a Halfventure With Us

Hi Everyone,
This week, we wanted to remind our fiber community about a fun project, a potluck, and a pretty great holiday gift idea.

Halfvent MKAL by Laura Aylor
No time for the full fiber advent calendars? We have just the project for you! We’ve developed kits for Laura Aylor’s Half-vent MKAL (details here), which was released on November 15 and will begin on December 13.

The Fibre Studio has six micro-sized kits modeled after the Crown Jewels, and we’ve added a seventh mystery “Gemstones” kit just for this project. Pssst…you will love the mystery kit color way as it includes something for “everyone.”

Each kit contains one, 4-oz skein and twelve, 8-gm mini skeins of SW Merino – Fingering yarn for your knitting pleasure, which is approximately 1050 yards total in each kit. Order your kits now so you will have your yarn ready to go by December 13.

Holiday Potluck Luncheon
Help us celebrate the holidays by bringing a dish to share during our December 5 Holiday Potluck Luncheon, from 12-2pm following our Open Knit/Crochet group (10am-12pm).

The Fibre Studio will provide cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery; however, we ask participants to bring a dish to share as well as any serving ware, specialty items, and extension cords for any Instant Pots, slow cookers, or other electronic devices they may bring.

Should you be interested in attending, please RSVP to our Facebook Event Page so we have an approximate headcount. Thank you!

The Most Personal Gift of All
Want to give a personalized gift to a maker but unsure of what they want or need? Let them personalize it themselves. Give them a gift card, The Fibre Studio Gift Card to be precise, and let them choose! What a great way to show you care AND ensure they get exactly what they crave. We have gift cards in increments to fit any budget, and customers can mix and match increments as necessary.

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

For Thanks and Giving

Hi Everyone,
It’s just unbelievable that it is already time for Thanksgiving here in the U.S. The Ewe Crew has discussed how difficult it has become for retailers to give the appropriate attention to each holiday as it occurs. However, we are also extremely thankful we CAN celebrate so many special events with so many diverse members of our fiber community.

Making and Giving for Good
In order to bring home our message of thanks and giving, we want to remind our fiber community that we continue to support (year round) the Knitted Knockers Campaign (more info at knittedknockers.org) by offering free cotton bamboo fiber and the related pattern to support this worthy cause.

Perhaps our fiber community could make these prosthetics instead of a new holiday ornament this year. If you’re interested in making “for good” this season, stop in to sign up and get your fiber today. We will ensure these knockers get into the helpful hands of the right people.

Black Friday | Small Biz Saturday | Cyber Monday Sales Preview

Black Friday: The code will be BLKFRI18 (good for Friday, 11/23 ONLY), and it can be used for 20% off our highlighted color way Muscadine as well as the companion colors Aubergine, Cabernet, Golden Wheat, and Tobacco Road (individual skeins only; no kits) on our Fifty Shades of Gradient™, Walkabout, Studio Smitten, and SW Merino – Fingering bases only.

Small Business Saturday: The code will be SMBIZ18 (good for Saturday, 11/24 ONLY), and it can be used for 20% off all our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ (no deja vu) color ways.

Cyber Monday: The code will be CYBER18 (good for Monday, 11/26 ONLY), and it can be used for 20% off any of our in-stock The Shift Kits.

(Note: Sale codes are to be entered at checkout, are good for the noted day and product variants only, and cannot be combined with other sales or promotions.]

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 in Thanksgiving, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Carolinian Rhapsody

Hi Everyone,
We are celebrating color in all its delicious glory this week and are so very thankful we have such a fantastic fiber community to support our little Charlotte, North Carolina studio.

Half-Vent MKAL Kits
No time for the full fiber advent calendars? We have just the project for you! We’ve developed kits for Laura Aylor’s Half-vent MKAL (details here), which has a pre-release of November 15 and will begin on December 13.

The Fibre Studio has six micro-sized kits modeled after the Crown Jewels, and we’ve added a seventh mystery “Gemstones” kit just for this project. Pssst…you will love the mystery kit color way as it includes something for “everyone.”

Each kit contains one, 4-oz skein and twelve, 8-gm mini skeins of SW Merino – Fingering yarn for your knitting pleasure, which is approximately 1050 yards total in each kit. Order your kits now so you will have your yarn ready to go by December 13.

BFSSCM Weekend Sale
Is it already that time? Yes! Next week our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals will begin. While the brick and mortar studio will be closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday, our online store is open 24/7, and we will offer on-line specials on those three days that are not available at any other time of the year.

Catawba on Our Minds
Our Catawba color way was dyed with the 2018 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Fletcher, NC in mind.

The color way was born of the moody hues found in and around the Catawba river and Lake Wylie areas and is reflective of the flora, fauna, and waterways found there.

This color is perfect when paired with another Fifty Shades of Gradient™ or with our tonals such as Dark and Stormy or Kale.

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. In celebration of of the rock band Queen and the recently-released movie (Bohemian Rhapsody) about Freddy Mercury, we have a little poem to be sung along to We Are The Champions. Enjoy.

We are the knitters, my friends.
We’ll fix a dropped stitch and weave in ends.
We are the knitters, we’re crocheters and knitters.
Making and doing,
Sip some wine, we are cruising.

We love good fibers, my friends.
Our knit a longs, quality demands.
Acrylics are for losers, so don’t be a loser.
Like Fifty Shades of Gradient,
Great yarns should be radiant.

We’re in good company, my friends.
With community ’round the world, end to end.
Ravelry connects us, our neighbors are the universe.
Spin, knit, and weave it, making can be so diverse.

We connect on the Internet.
We share our content on…the…Internet.

We’re makers and doers, nap time is for losers.
Except for Lola, it’s for losers.
Maybe it’s NOT for losers.
When we dream of yarn, it’s not for losers.
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