The Fall Crawl and No Shawls, Y’all

Hi Everyone,
The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is in full swing, and crawlers and yarnies alike are looking for those special projects and color ways to get them in a makin’ frame of mind.

While we absolutely love our shawls, y’all, this week we are going to feature (in one instance revisit) some of our recently favored sweater patterns. Yes, it is still possible to add a new staple to your wardrobe WITH time enough to actually enjoy it during the fall and winter months.

Granito by Joji Locatelli
Designed by Joji Locatelli as part of her FAVORITE THINGS collection, Granito is a pullover with a relaxed fit and big pockets on the sides. Perfect for lounging and relaxing, it will become a valued wardrobe staple.

This sweater is worked seamlessly from the top down and has 6-8 inches of positive ease. Further, the designer has made available the bust, body, and arm circumference measurements as well as the sleeve and body length measurements.

Tegna by Caitlin Hunter
By independent designer, Caitlin Hunter, Tegna is a lightweight t-shirt pullover, which is knitted seamlessly from the bottom up, beginning with the slightly flared lace hem, working up to the armholes, where you separate your work and work the front and back flat.

Knit in fingering weight yarn, this design works equally well in many fibers and can be made with less body ease. Instructions are given to customize the body and sleeve lengths to your preference to ensure this is the prettiest tee in your wardrobe.

Winter Wheat by Atelier Alfa
Winter Wheat (not to be confused with our color way of the same name) is an asymmetrical cardigan by Atelier Alfa (aka AlfaKnits) with large textured stripes and an eccentric construction.

Winter Wheat is worked top down and sideways at the same time. The left front and the collar are worked in one piece and the top stripes wrap around the neck as a shawl. This special construction ensures the left front falls straight and the right front more fluidly.

VNeck Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Designed by Joji Locatelli as the encore to her best-selling Boxy, this vneck version includes a different neckline. Like the original, the VNeck Boxy is also worked from the top down to please most knitters’ preference for this method. As with the original pattern, both versions include the knitted flat and in the round instructions.

Further, the ribbing found at the shoulders and down the top of the arms ensure there is no pulling or puckering in the one spot that most frustrates many makers.

For those of you who could not make it to the Queen City for our Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl, please note that our online store and shipping options allow us to send some of our local fiber yumminess from our door to yours, pretty much no matter where you are. Some of our latest yarns and swag developed with the fall crawl in mind are featured below for your convenience. Just let your mouse do your crawlin’ for you!

  
  

Happy crawling and happy stitching, y’all!

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Starting Points, Fades & Crawls

Hi Everyone,
During the past few weeks, we’ve had the most lovely completed samples and customer projects, which were knit in our fibers, brought to our studio for our customers (and us) to enjoy. We’d like to share some of these sample photos and projects details with you to offer inspiration for the upcoming Charlotte Yarn Crawl.

Starting Point Wrap by Joji Locatelli
Whether you’re looking for Starting Point Wrap kit ideas or just want Joji’s pattern to create a one-of-a-kind project, this is what the process can become!

Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
We now know you can Free Your Fade, exclaim What the Fade, or (in this case) Find Your Fade in the most delightful color ways.

Wild & Free by Amanita Agata Mackiewicz
Then there are those who don’t want to cast off into the fading lands; they just want to be Wild & Free as in this beautiful and simple shawl.

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
The long-awaited Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is just around the corner. Local and visiting yarnies will crawl from September 22-30 to eleven local yarn shops and studios. As previously mentioned, there will be a LOT going on this yarn crawl including:

  • Treasure Map: Get maps stamped to be entered for a grand-prize;
  • MKAL Pattern: Each location will make available a part of the pattern to shoppers;
  • Swag Pins: Show your LYS support by purchasing a swag pin at each shop/studio;
  • Community Project: Learn about our Save the Knockers Campaign or plan to visit the Pink Lady Truck at one of the LYS; and
  • New Yarns & Colors: Many shops will offer new yarns or color ways during the crawl. The Fibre Studio has several new color ways in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, which are perfect for a fall crawl! Below (from L to R) are Amsterdam, Queen of Hearts (which made its recent debut at the Annual Wool Gathering in Ohio), Joplin, and Autumn’s End (another Annual Wool Gathering first).

     

Are you ready for this most splendiferous of fiber seasons? We certainly are! Happy shopping and stitching, y’all!

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Harvesting Wheat and Other Fall Treats

Hi Everyone,
It’s here; it’s here! Our shop sample of Winter Wheat (completed by the talented Linda R) is finally in the shop, and it is so scrumptiously beautiful. If you haven’t identified a fall project, this may be just the one for you.

Winter Wheat is an asymmetrical cardigan by Atelier Alfa (aka AlfaKnits) with large textured stripes and an eccentric construction. It is worked top down and sideways at the same time. The left front and the collar are worked in one piece and the top stripes wrap around the neck as a shawl. This special construction ensures the left front falls straight and the right front more fluidly.

Stitches are left on hold for the sleeves and the body is worked top down with more interesting stitch patterns and textures. The sleeves are also worked top down; the right side has the same large stripes. The left sleeve is finished with some smaller stripes at the bottom. Finally an attached I-cord can be added with a few afterthought buttonholes. Sample shown in Walkabout – Fingering in color ways Cherokee, There’s a Storm Brewin, Deep Woods Red, Kale, and Autumn Gold.

Rolling…Rolling…Rolling
The Fibre Studio is again taking “the show on the road” on October 7. We are presenting a Trunk Show at Admit Ewe Knit yarn shop in Raleigh, North Carolina, our lovely state capitol. If you are in the area, pop in for our pop up and peruse our shop samples in person to find your next favorite project…whether it’s Sweatitude (sweaters with attitude), a Fade (What the Fade or Find Your Fade), or you’re seeking a Starting Point…and the meaning of it all! We have something right for ewe.

Another reminder that we are still in the throes of our preemptive Save the Knockers Campaign in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. We are seeking Knitted Knockers knitters (say that five times quickly) and taking orders for Hope (below left) as part of our campaign. We are also taking pre-orders for our new Fifty Shades of Gradient™ color ways Amsterdam (below center) and Joplin (below right) for the Charlotte Yarn Crawl, which begins on September 22.

   

What’s on your needles or in your queue for this fall, y’all?

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Sweaters ‘n Crawls, Y’all

Hi All,
It’s September, can you believe it? While it may take weeks for the leaves to change here in the Charlotte area, it’s really okay as we aren’t sweating the small stuff. Besides our Save the Knockers Campaign, which is in full swing, two things we are focused on this week are….sweater weather is almost upon us AND so is the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl.

Sweater Weather is NOW!
If you’re in the mid-Atlantic or Southeast, you’re probably thinking, “It’s still 80F out there. It is NOT sweater weather.” You would be correct. [Unless you’re Heike N. who wears sweaters and three shawls throughout the year. Who wouldn’t, when she knits so beautifully. However, I digress.] How long does it actually take to make a sweater? For most makers, it takes several weeks so if you want to actually wear it during the fall and winter months, the time to begin making is NOW. That’s right…make those needles “Move Like Jagger.” Here are a few of our favorite sweater projects (click on photos for yarn recommendations) for making this sweater season the best EVAH. No U-G-L-Y holiday sweaters here!

   
   
Top Row (L to R): Juicy Gloss, Easy Folded Poncho, Hitofude
Bottom Row (L to R): Winter Wheat, Chance of Showers, Sunshine Coast

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
It’s coming very soon! The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is September 22-30, 2017. This year’s crawl has eleven participating area yarn shops and studios. There will be a LOT going on this yarn crawl including:

  • Treasure Map: Get maps stamped to be entered for a grand-prize;
  • MKAL Pattern: Each location will make available a part of the pattern to shoppers;
  • Swag Pins: Show your LYS support by purchasing a swag pin at each shop/studio;
  • Community Project: Learn about our Save the Knockers Campaign or plan to visit the Pink Lady Truck at one of the LYS; and
  • New Yarns & Colors: Many shops will offer new yarns or color ways during the crawl. The Fibre Studio has two new color ways in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line (as seen below) for the yarn crawl, and we are taking reservations (aka pre-orders) since we always run out the first couple of days. Don’t miss out…get yours now so it will be ready during the yarn crawl for pick up or for shipping.


Introducing the two newest color ways in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line:
Amsterdam (left), which evokes the rich hues of the international city of the same name–the vibrancy of the art scene, the water ways, and the colorful buildings; and
Joplin (right), which speaks to those colors found during Bonnie and Clyde 1930’s blazing trail through the midwest, including herringbone suits, fedoras, red brick general stores, and get-away cars.

Are YOU ready to gather your shopping bags and your yarnie friends and prepare to hunt for treasure?

For now, wishing you the very best Labor-less Day and happy stitching, y’all!

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Save the Knockers Campaign

Hi Everyone!
Apologies to anyone who received this post twice. Last week we prematurely blogged prior to entering and testing all the links to our new gradient color way. This post is important, and we really wanted to get it right so thank you for your patience.

We have a few projects to share, which are near and dear to our hearts. We have begun our breast cancer awareness Save the Knockers Campaign this month and are asking our greater fiber community for their support. We began our campaign early so projects can be completed by October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We also offer three project options so any makers interested in participating can choose the right one for them.

Knitted Knockers
The Fibre Studio is offering FREE kits to produce Knitted Knockers. Never heard of Knitted Knockers? Learn about this wonderful cause here and become a part of a very special movement in our community. Our Knitted Knockers kits will contain enough Cotton Bamboo – Worsted yarn to produce two cup shells (enough for two D-size shells or several smaller cups), the pattern, and will be available as of Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Participants can sign for and pick up their kits at The Fibre Studio during our retail hours (Wed-Fri, from 10am-5pm). We will need the completed knockers returned to us by Thursday, October 5, 2017.

The Fibre Studio is participating in conjunction with the upcoming Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl Knitted Knockers campaign. However, please note: Due to our being indie dyers and having our own fiber content, knockers knit with our fibers will go straight to Levine Cancer Institute here in Charlotte and won’t be picked up via the Pink Lady Truck for KnittedKnockers.org, which has different fiber requirements.

Our Hope for the Cure
Introducing our newest Fifty Shades of Gradient™ called Hope. Dyed by our very own Glenda T to ensure all who face breast cancer and their caregivers have Hope. This sweet pink and silver gradient is made of our yummy SW Merino – Fingering, which is fluffy and springy in the hand. Available in both a 4- or 7-ounce skein, it makes a generously-sized prayer or comfort shawl or cowl, a perfect gift for those you love. Some of our favorite gradient and one-skein projects are: Antarktis Shawl, BitterBlue Shawl, Evaporate Shawl, Hitchhiker Shawlette, Perhaps Perhaps Shawl (gradient version), Quite Continental Shawl, and River Cane Shawl.

Two For One
We are revisiting one of our favorite in-house projects for our Save the Knockers Campaign. Our Mosaic Knit Kit Builder was built with sharing and caring in mind. With this “interactive” kit builder, our customers can choose two shawls and two, 8-OUNCE skeins of our SW Merino – Fingering yarns and get two reverse-matching shawls out of the “kit.” Knit these shawls WITH a friend and/or give them TO a friend(s) or loved one(s) who has been diagnosed. Knit one for self, give the other away, and wear them together. The options–as are the hope and love–are limitless.

Don’t understand mosaic knitting? It’s as simple and easy as utilizing slipped stitches to create geometric patterns, and only one color is used at a time. With a $100 purchase, use discount code MOSAIC at checkout to get 50% off your Mosaic Knit Kit Builder patterns.

It’s all coming together–cooler weather, prime knitting/crocheting time, the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl, and knitting our community spirit together one stitch at a time. Oh yeahhhh, this is gonna be great!

Peaceful and hopeful stitching, y’all.


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What the….?!

Hi Everyone!
We are jumping on the “What the….?!” bandwagon! There are all sorts of sayings, acronyms, emoticons, expressive language (some more colorful than others), and fiber projects, which allow us to insert our own term into the question “What the….?!”  Here are today’s two favorites.

What the….Fade?!

Designed by Andrea Mowry, this What the Fade wrap pattern is her first ever Mystery Knit (ahem) FADE Along!!  The color suggestions (not kits) pictured are among the many potential options available in our Walkabout – Fingering and Freckles – Walkabout yarns.

Why no kits?” you ask. Two simple reasons: 1) to offer you the opportunity to stash bust on this very large project and 2) to encourage you to be your most creative, unique self. We would love to HELP you create your perfect project and don’t want to tie you to preset options. Of course, we’d be delighted to help you put together a one-of-a-kind kit.

Not interested in another mystery? Take a look at this Find Your Fade (at left) by the same designer. This gorgeous shawl was made by Anne Z who raided her stash and then also added our Walkabout – Fingering and Freckles – Walkabout yarns in variegated, tonals, and freckled yarns to bring it all together. A truly personalized beaut of a project!

What the….Fibre Studio?!
This past year has witnessed a lot of changes here at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For. We expanded our color palette and dye types to include Freckles, added new yarn bases (like Cotton Bamboo and Studio Sox ), and brought back our SW Merino – Sport and Lt Worsted and Bulky in a plethora of color ways.

Our most profound changes have been to our online shop. We redesigned it within a new platform and want to provide you with a visual aid to help navigate the new design AND to let you know what helpful information is available to you 24/7.

As with life, the only constant in our studio is change. Happy stitching, y’all!

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August Newes

Hi Everyone!
We have great news, upcoming events, and product information to share with you this month!

August 19 – Trunk Show at Black Mountain Yarn Shop
The Fibre Studio will present a pop-up shop at Black Mountain Yarn Shop on Saturday, the 19th. We will be there from 10am-5pm and will have lovely Fifty Shades of Gradient™, Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cotton Bamboo in Fingering and Worsted, Walkabout – Fingering, Color Play Kits, and much MUCH more. If you haven’t already done so, this is a great time to answer that What the Fade!? question.

August 16 – Bonnie and Clyde Movie Event
We still have a few group movie tickets remaining for our upcoming Bonnie and Clyde classic movie event on Wednesday, the 16th. We will still have open knit and crochet that morning, however, we will leave around 12:45-1:00pm for the Stonecrest Movie Theater to buy our popcorn and watch the movie. While we’ve stopped all dyeing for secret color way Joplin (it will be back for the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl), assigned-seating tickets are still available for $15. Please join us for a fun time as we travel along with that dangerous duo, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.

Inara Wrap in Fifty Shades of Gradient™
This lovely shawl/wrap by Ambah O’Brien is currently one of our favorites. The pattern has both charts and instructions for three sizes: short (64″ x 18.5″), medium (80″ x 18.5″), and long (96″ x 18.5″). Why we love it? We like to follow the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Sweetie) and will use two, 4-ounce cakes of our Fifty Shades of Gradient to create the short version for our shop sample. There are fewer ends to weave in, and the softer gradient changes from single skein cakes create a water color effect when they overlap with another gradient in a contrasting color. The longer versions are also lovely worked in a main color along with a 5- or 6-skein Color Play Kit.

Color Suggestions (from left to right, top to bottom): Belize & Business Suit; Creamsicle & Latte; Glenda of the East & Basil; Northern Lights & Lavender; Dante & Business Suit; and Hydrangea & Neptune

So many color options…so little time!

Coming Soon to a Studio Near You!
>Knitted Knockers Kits (free with sign-up) to support Breast Cancer Awareness and the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
>New color ways (Stripes & Variegated & Gradient, oh my!) in our Studio Sox base
>Toe Up, Two at a Time (Magic Loop) Sock Classes with Diane Burleson
>KnitCompanion Classes with Linda Rudisill

Happy stitching until next time, y’all!

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