Putting the Mmm in MKAL

Considering the myriad projects and colors available for fiber makers, it is often difficult to choose which projects should receive our fervent commitment. Sometimes it is the project that speaks to us; sometimes, the yarn.

When a project or knit along is marketed as a mystery, falling in love with the project is just not possible. It’s all about the yarn…mixed with a little hope and a little intrigue.

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On September 1, knitwear designer Laura Aylor (of First Point of Libra fame) began a new Summer’s End MKAL called Counter Current. The Fibre Studio was certainly intrigued. However, with the August launch of four new yarn kits (Keep Pounding, SOCKtober, My Cryptonite, Live Long & Prosper) and the planned September trips to the Georgia FiberFest, Stephen West in BMYS, and the Charlotte Yarn Crawl, we didn’t feel we could fully embrace a mystery too.

Until we dyed the yarn. Sigh.

We dyed a few Counter Current kits just in case anyone wanted to dip their toe in that riptide of yarn. But what actually happened was we fell in love with the chosen colors when we put them together. Our Color Play Kit is called Starry Night and contains twelve ounces of SW Merino – Fingering yarn in six, 1-2-3 skeins (two 1-ounce skeins, two 2-ounce skeins, two 3-ounce skeins hence 1-2-3), which is perfect for the Laura Aylor project.

The rich tonal colors include Lavender, Aquamarine, Sky, Teal, Hubble, and Twilight. The skeins are rebelliously gradient (counter culture in our Counter Current kit, here) in that they pull from a palette of blue hues but are not just a lighter/darker version of the color beside it.

How about you? Have any recent projects gotten under your skin? Were you caught in a color current from which you don’t WANT to escape?

 

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Deep Space…Mine!

For the past two months, we have been following two knitworthy patterns that are out of this world — the publication of My Cryptonite and Beastkeeper.

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(L to R) Beastkeeper | My Cryptonite

Every knitter has his or her cryptonite — an addictive stitch, irresistible yarn, or shawl shape that becomes an obsession. Designed by Melanie Berg, My Cryptonite is a generously-sized triangle shawl combines some of the designer’s favorite infatuations: thin stripes, funky lace, and crazily contrasting blocks of color.

The sideways construction creates an asymmetrical “spine” throughout the shawl, and the combination of textures and colors will make your knees weak! Of course, the only way to save yourself is to cast on immediately!

Completed shawl measures 102 inches wide by 43 inches deep after blocking.

The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has created six, YES SIX, new Triple Treats (aka color combinations) in our Walkabout – Fingering yarn to really allow you to indulge your obsession. These kits can be purchased on our eShop here. Fun and dynamic, we are sure your cryptonite is found in one of our new color combinations.

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(L & R) My Cryptonite Color Kits | Live Long & Prosper Colors

 

It is the 50th anniversary of the show Star Trek, produced by none other than Lucy…as in I Love Lucy (aka Lucille ball of Desilu Productions).  Yes, in the mid-1960’s, Lucy took a chance on a show that no one thought would be noticed. It became a cult classic with a world-wide following.

Our resident Trekkies have been avidly discussing project and color way options for months. We began dyeing the colors light years ago, but the right project had just not presented itself. Finally THAT project dropped in the form of the Beastkeeper  by designer Justyna Lorkowska.

Beastkeeper is a simple but stylish shawl and is easy to knit and fun to wear. The whole body is worked in garter stitch with colorful stripes which give a nice touch and make the knitting interesting.

Completed shawl measures 65 inches wide and 15 inches deep at center spine after blocking.

This project is perfect for our Live Long & Prosper Kit or one of our other Five-Skein Color Play Kits combined with one of our Main Squeezes in SW Merino – Fingering yarn.

Live long and prosper, even after you find your cryptonite, y’all!

 

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Shawls ‘n Crawls, Y’all

There is just a slight, very slight, change in the temperatures…a slight cooling off that hints the autumn season is approaching. However, the very opposite is happening on the yarn scene. Things are heating up around here!

The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is coming!  The 2016 crawl will take place from Friday, September 23 through Saturday, October 1, 2016. More info soon to come, but empty out those project bags and make room in your stash because the new color ways and projects are fabEWElous!

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(L to R) Beastkeeper | BitterBlue | My Cryptonite

We have been eagerly anticipating several new shawl patterns, which have just been released. Today we’d like to highlight Beastkeeper by Justyna Lorkowska. This is an easy-to-knit garter stitch shawl, which uses a five-skein color play kit along with a main color. The color options are endless, and we’ve recommended some of them on our pattern page.

We love it when our customers share their projects with us. We received a beautiful post on our Ravelry page from grumpygirl73 about her BitterBlue shawl by Barbara Benson. Mandy knit her version of the shawl in Fifty Shades of Gradient in color way Dark Side of the Rainbow. What’s so interesting about this shawl pattern is it uses a gradient yarn combined with gradient beads. We’ve seen many patterns that utilize two gradient yarns or use color play kits simultaneously, but this unique pattern allows the beads to create the depth, texture, and reverse striping effect.

Uranium, Day Glow, the Sun, Particles, Blow Pop, and Red Fox. What do these terms have in common? Perhaps one of these will be your cryptonite. We have exciting new colors that will blow your mind (pun intended), and we will share later this week.

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

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Keep Pounding Yarn Club 2016

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Hey y’all! We are so excited the NFL pre-season has begun, and we are supercalifragi really looking forward to supporting our Panthers again this season. We’ve expanded our Keep Pounding Yarn Club 2016 to provide additional options to our customers. Sooo…even if you participated last year…we have new and expanded options (really beautiful patterns) for you to make unique Panthers swag in 2016!

We have four options for our Keep Pounding Yarn Club, which include:

Option 1:  Our Fifty Shades of Gradient color way Panthers’ Pride in our SW Merino – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $35 as well as a fiber with pattern purchase options for an additional charge.

Option 2: Noir/Go Panthers Dynamic Duo in our Walkabout – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $44 as well as several fiber with pattern purchase options for an additional charge.

Option 3: Noir/Go Panthers/Silver Lining Triple Treat on our Walkabout – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $66 as well as fiber with pattern purchase options for an additional charge.

Option 4: Noir/More Noir/Go Panthers Triple Treat on our Walkabout – Fingering. There is a fiber-only purchase option for $66 as well as a fiber with pattern purchase with either one of two of Melanie Berg’s latest patterns (Eifelgold & The Girl in Me). These patterns require more of one color than the other, hence the “More” in Noir.

There is a Keep Pounding Yarn Club 2016 discussion topic on our Ravelry discussion page here. We would LOVE to see your Panthers swag from last year as well as what projects you want to knit, crochet, or weave this year to show your Panthers Pride.

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

P.S. Tips for carrying two-colors up the side of a multi-colored project can be found on our blog here.

 

 

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Socktober & Yarn Clubs & Knitalongs, Oh My!

Exciting things are happening at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For, and we have been biting our nails eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share with you all.

Firstly, The Fibre Studio is sponsoring the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 sock knitting event. The Carolina Fiber Girls is a weekly podcast (hosted by Ann Clingenpeel and Janis Ficker) who discuss their favorite knitting and spinning projects–what goes right, what goes wrong and what’s upcoming. They created SOCKtober three years ago as a month-long KAL utilizing either patterns or fibers from small companies who may not receive a lot of media attention. Makers who participate can create a small project to keep their feet warm and use a pattern or yarn from a company they previously have never heard of or tried.

To participate in the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 KAL, go here. You can order The Fibre Studio’s Socktober sock kit here.

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Later this week we will also introduce two, YES TWO, new yarn clubs! Our Keep Pounding Yarn Club is making a reappearance with even more options to show your support and wear your Panther’s colors. We will also introduce our Inspired by the Cinema Yarn Club, which will celebrate the birthdays for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (55th) and American in Paris (65th).

Lastly, we are dyeing some beautiful fibers for the Boo Knits Halloween Taboo MKAL, which goes live on October 1. We’ve chosen our Sea Song Lace [59% Cultivated Silk, 29% SW Merino, 20% Sea Cell ™] for this project, which will create a beautiful soft drape to the finished shawl.

Stay tuned…more exciting news to come!

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

 

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Freckles

Old Glory

We are unveiling a new line of yarn that we are calling Freckles.   It is speckle dyed on our SW Merino Fingering yarn.  We think the name is perfect, after all, it is made in America and dyed the south. Our first color is Old Glory and it goes perfectly with our Fifty Shades of Gradient and our Color Play Kit in the same color.  Just in time for the Fourth of July!

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Knit to Win!

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Yes, my friends. You read that correctly. You can win prizes just by knitting (and sharing your work).

During our upcoming June 18 World Wide Knit in Public and Anniversary Event, we are going to have prizes drawn on the half hour between 1-6pm. You CAN stack the deck to increase your chances of winning fabulous prizes like a cake of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn, grab bags, a 40% off voucher for any regular price item currently available in the studio, or a Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) pattern of your choosing.

“How do I increase my chances of winning?” you ask. Well, folks, you can do the following:

1. For every week you show us your Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) Knit Any Shawl KAL Work in Progress on The Fibre Studio’s Ravelry KAL discussion board, your name goes into the kitty. Note: Names will only be entered once per week per person.
2. If you wear or bring your Melanie Berg shawl to the event, your name goes into the kitty.
3. If you buy yarn during the event, your name goes into the kitty for each sku you purchase.
4. If you wear a shawl, sweater, scarf, or other item made from The Fibre Studio yarn, your name goes into the kitty…once so don’t bring your entire wardrobe…well, unless you want to do so. Ha!
5. If you are tagged by one of The Fibre Studio employees as a Sample Gallery Model (i.e. we want a picture of YOUR project for our website), your name goes into the kitty. Each attending employee will select only one model.
6. If you win, you must be in attendance at the time of the drawing. Drawing times are: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Upload those WIPs to our Ravelry page; the payoff is big, Huge, GINORMOUS. Of course, we hope to see you at our event. Did I mention there would be cake–both yarn AND the frosted kind!?

Click here for additional information about the event.

Happy stitching, y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

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