May Newes. . . we’re in bloom!

Ranunculus May NewsletterThe Ewe Crew couldn’t wait any longer to share the May news with Ewe!  The Crew is buzzing with excitement over our wonderful move, the upcoming Local Yarn Shop Day, new yarn colorways, new knit-a-long opportunities, new upcoming patterns, new employees and so much more.  At the Fibre Studio we are celebrating spring in full force.  We feel as if the Studio is in bloom right now, finding inspiration from the leaves that have popped to the multitude of flowers blooming all around us!  We want to wish you all a happy Mother’s Day month! We invite you to take time to smell the flowers and knit the yarns they have inspired.

 

OUR NEW LOCATION – 540 Griffith Road IMG_1240

Lola approved!  Yes, we have moved!  We are still in the midst of getting the finer touches put on the new space at 540 Griffith Road but are so excited to share our new space with you.  We have to admit that we are over the moon in this climate controlled location which is just a stone’s throw away from where we were located.  Already, we are full of new inspiration in our expanded dyeing location and looked forward to celebrating it with you in the years to come!

LOCAL YARN SHOP DAY is this Saturday, April 27th

Stop by the Fibre Studio this Saturday to shop, visit and enjoy a bite of celebratory cake.  We are excited to share a great new pattern by our friend and talented designer, Casapinka, called “Magical Thinking.”  The pattern will be released on Local Yarn Shop Day.  We are enjoying every stitch of our shop sample and look forward to offering a free code with any in-store or online purchase of yarn from the Fibre Studio to make this project.  It takes three skeins of a fingering weight yarn, one Freckle and two tonals.  Click here to see some of the great color choices we have put together for you or stop by to choose your own.

 

MAY’S “GEMSTONE” – the Emerald

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Our 2019 celebration of the birthstones continues.  How fitting that this month’s “Gemstone” offering is the emerald.  As we all are enjoying the fresh beauty of the leaves and foliage bursting out around us, we are happy to bring you our very own “Emerald.”  As the months unfold this year we continue to offer our BoPeeps, which are new colorways for which we take pre-order sales only.  We take these orders from the first week of each month through the 20th.  We then dye and skein the orders having them ready to ship to you at the beginning of the following month.  We are sure that you will love this rich green colorway celebrating the verdant tones of the spring season.

The emerald is a symbol of rebirth and love.  It is also thought to represent wisdom, growth and patience.  We certainly hope you enjoy all of these as you knit this beautiful new Fibre Studio addition.

WIZARD OF OZ CLUB

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The 80th anniversary year of the beloved film “Wizard of Oz” has been an opportunity for the Fibre Studio to draw inspiration for our exclusive Wizard of Oz Club.  Each month’s yarn offering is based on pivotal characters and scenes from this timeless film.  May’s Wizard of Oz yarn is “Yellow Brick Road.”  It is a rich tonal that will certainly make your next knitting project pure gold.   Each month’s colorway will be dyed in limited quantities, so order yours today and experience your very own journey of remembrance down the yellow brick road.

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE FOR MOM’S SPECIAL DAY

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Don’t forget that we offer the perfect Mother’s Day gift.  Click here to order yours today.  A thoughtful gift that will delight and inspire your fiber Mom.  We are sure that she’ll love you for it!

 

STARLITE COZY PATTERN

In the month of May we will release the Starlight Cozy Pattern.  We are thrilled to share this wonderful pattern in 3 variations.  This Cozy is a dreamy shawl/cowl that can drape gently over the shoulders or can be gathered up around the neck as a lovely cowl.  Also in May several new color options will be introduced in the studio’s Starlite yarn, colors inspired by spring that will surely delight you.
starlite Shoulder Warmer

 

ON THE ROAD TO BLUE RIDGE FIBER FEST – June 7th & 8th

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The Fibre Studio is proud to share that we will be at the Blue Ridge Fiber Fest in Sparta, North Carolina June 7th and 8th. Click here for more information.   We hope to see you there in the glorious mountains of Western North Carolina to celebrate fiber and fun!

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!

Edinburgh On Our Minds

Hi All!
Most everything is coming up Lothian this week. We are so excited to promote our recently-added Lothian color way in TWO different fiber formats and for TWO different patterns. We also have a Deja Vu pattern that will leave you dreamy as well as our first Bo Peeps, still available for pre-order.

Your Slip Is Showing
Your Slip Is Showing is a boomerang-shaped shawl by designer Casapinka. It is an opportunity to make a large statement piece using a simple slipped stitch technique, which is meditative to knit as it flows from one color combination to the next in twelve different sections. It uses four different colors of fingering-weight yarn and lends itself well to speckles, tonals or variegated colors, fade sets, or gradient colors. We have Your Slip Is Showing Kits in our Studio Sox base, and our shop sample was completed in the Lothian collection.
 

Want to stash bust for Your Slip Is Showing? There is a schematic that allows you to plan your shawl colors using colored pens or pencils. How fun! Use it to determine which color will show up at the beginning, middle and end of your project. Directions for this are described in the pattern. Or just do it any ole way you want!

Local Yarn Store Day
It’s just about that time! In support of TNNA’s inaugural Local Yarn Store Day, we will be open on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. Yes, that’s THIS Saturday! We have several new color ways and fiber kits to share.

We will also give away a free pattern (with a yarn purchase) by designer Casapinka. Her new pattern is called Local Yarn Shawl (at left), which she designed in support of this event. We are excited that Casapinka chose a skein of Fifty Shades of Gradient™ in color way Lothian for her pattern sample. Pick up a friend and make a day of it and c’mon out and see us and support your local yarn shop!

Deja Vu All Over Again
Designed by Lisa Hannes, this bias-knit triangular shawl combines the interplay of two colors with a bold & graphic mosaic stitch pattern, which creates an eye-catching effect. It is an easy and fun knit (as it only engages one yarn color at a time) that will give you a large and cozy shawl to keep you warm.

This pattern is perfect for one 3.5-ounce skein of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ – deja vu and one 3.5-ounce skein of Studio Sox. Our shop sample features Amsterdam and Blackberry. However, when committing to strong contrasting tonals, we love our Walkabout – Fingering and Merino Bamboo – Fingering (adds a soft sheen) for these mosaic stitch projects as well.

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

Get these Bo Peeps for a Limited Time Only (Until April 20)!

Divine Rites of Spring Cleaning

Hi Everyone!
Now that you’ve sprung forward for Daylight Savings, skipped the loch fantastic in Edinburgh, and frolicked your way through Sapphire…what’s next?

Is it intimidating to say…the newest fiber/color season has only just begun? Okay, wow. What to do…what to do…with those lovely skeins you just recently purchased or even those you hand-picked during the yarn crawl, holiday sales, or only recently rediscovered? We have several suggestions, and this type of spring cleaning doesn’t require a Swiffer, a handy maid service, or a honey-do list for a significant other. In fact, our process of matching beautiful yarns with inspiring projects is simply divine.

We have eight beautiful (and FREE) one-skein shawls below, which are perfect for those one-of-a-kind skeins from those aforementioned, out-of-the-world events. Also, we have a One Skein Wonders Favorites Bundle we’ve shared on Ravelry containing these as well as several other popular one-skein projects for your use and reference.

These first two shawls couldn’t be any more different. The Juliet Shawl (below left) is lace from top to edge, crescent-shaped, and can be blocked aggressively. Conversely (and ironically), the I Heart Lace shawl (below right) is a triangular shawl, containing only a little lace on its border, and a large part of the project being formed in stockingette. Both are lovely and choosing is merely a matter of fiber selection and mood.
 

The next two beauties have both amazing texture and interesting construction. The Wellentanz shawl (below left) is a triangular shawl with an interesting lace border containing horizontal zigzag eyelet groups. The Rambler (below right) is more crescent-shaped scarf than traditional shawl, however, both shape and construction guarantee your beautiful fiber will remain around the wearer’s neck and shoulders for all to see.

These next two patterns have several attributes in common: They are both crescent-shaped, have a significant garter or stockingette section, and contain a lace border with a sparkly add-on. The Biophilia shawl (below left) is inspired by the sea and has a sharp picot beaded edging. The Chevalier Shawl (below right) has a gorgeous beaded diamond surrounded by a rippling feather and fan motif.

These last two (also still FREE) patterns are two shawls we actually have in our retail space. Both shop samples were knit utilizing our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line in our SW Merino – Fingering fiber. The Bosc Pear shawl (below left) was knit in color way Pyrus, and the Touchstone shawl (below right) was knit in color way Nantahala. Both patterns are simple, contain beautiful eyelets, and can be knit until all the lovely gradient yumminess is used.
 

Carolina FiberFest
The Fibre Studio will again participate in the annual Carolina FiberFest, held in the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds in our fair capital Raleigh, NC. The festival is from Mar 23-24, however, we will pack up our yarns and travel on March 22. The Fibre Studio will be closed to the public from March 22-24.

For those of you who have never attended, there are classes/workshops, demos and talks, a myriad of shopping for all things fiber-related, and is a great opportunity to meet your regional indie dyers and see their fibers in person. This is a great opportunity for a girl’s day (or weekend) out so pick up a friend or three and plan to enjoy this fun, family-friendly event.

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

Coloring Within the Lines

Hi Everyone!
This week we have two sets of tips to help select/control your color within the “lines” of your project as well as updates for this month’s shows.

Smooth Out the Rough Edges
We are excited to share a YouTube video link called “5 Ways to Make Neat Side Edges in Knitting” displaying a variety of techniques to give knitted projects smooth and finished edges (or lines). The video (about 12 minutes in length) contains five ways to beautifully finish your projects, including:
1. Slip First Stitch, Purl Last Stitch (RS & WS): Gives an even chain along both edges.

2. Slip First Stitch, Knit Last Stitch (RS & WS): Gives an even “knotted” appearance along both edges.

3. Garter Stitch (RS & WS): Gives a tidy two-stitch reversible garter border (knitting all stitches) along both edges, which is helpful in preventing rolled edges.

4. Seed Stitch (RS & WS): Gives a tidy and modern two-stitch border with a K1,P1 beginning and a P1,K1 ending to each row, front and back. It helps to prevent curling as well and looks good with most textured stitches.

5. I Cord (RS & WS): The couture selvage edge which gives a rolled, almost seamed look to a project’s edges without picking up a sewing needle. Right side and wrong side rows are given opposite treatments.

While most of these edges won’t be new skills for experienced knitters, it is a nicely-presented tutorial in that it is clean and concise–using the same color yarn, in small swatches, with clear instruction. It’s a visual treat for a side-by-side comparison of all five methods in one short video and a nice reminder of many of the options available to makers when we want to add polish to our completed projects.

Color Confidence
We’ve previously discussed Color Matters here on Lola’s Corner, however, we recognized there is always room to grow and learn. With all of the “fade” and “speckled” project combinations out there, we thought we would share a few tips on how certain color ways change when skeined and/or when knit or crochet.

Speckled (or Freckled here at the studio) yarns are yarns with short bursts of color. The color appears in a skein from about the size of a speck up to about four inches long on the strand. When knit or crochet, that small burst of color usually reveals itself in as few as one to four stitches before the next color begins.

During many dye processes, the color pools together and can be very photogenic. However, many makers are (unhappily) surprised when their yarn is wound or when they begin a project as it doesn’t look the way they imagined.

This is why: Dye pools are created across multiple strands. Our eyes are drawn to these intense bursts of color, however, when the fiber is skeined, there is only one strand per rotation, and that intense pool of color becomes a small sliver.  At right is an example of our Freckles – Walkabout in color way Meteor. The third skein has been wound, however, it has the same blues, greens, pearl, and rusty colors as does the other three hand-dyed skeins. In the third skein, it is easier to see the impact the colors would have in a knit fabric. When selecting your yarn, imagine this third skein and then select the one that has more of the color you want to “pop out.” Otherwise, your fade may truly fade away.

Variegated yarns behave in a similar manner; however, the color pooling created during the dye process covers a larger area thus creating more intense pooling areas on the completed knit fabrics as well. Here you will see our Walkabout – Fingering in color way Cherokee. This color way has large areas of intense color on the dyed skeins; however, when wound into a cake, the same color way almost looks woven. In the knitted sample, you can see the long pooling effect, created by using a yarn which has color repeats lasting anywhere from about 5 to 36 inches in a single strand of the variegated yarn. As in the previous example, when selecting your skeins, choose the skein containing the color you most want to emphasize.

Upcoming Events
Edinburgh Yarn Festival: Our fearless leader is making the trip across the pond to the annual Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 in mid-March. Expect a few upcoming color surprises and offerings from the studio to celebrate this trip.

Carolina Fiber Frolic: The Fibre Studio is a participant in this year’s Carolina Fiber Frolic in Sapphire, NC, from March 16-18. Stay tuned on our Facebook Events Page for updates.

Carolina FiberFest: The Fibre Studio will again participate in the annual Carolina FiberFest, held in the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds in our fair capital Raleigh, NC. The festival is from Mar 23-24, however, we will pack up our yarns and travel on March 22.

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

If It’s Free, It’s For Me!

Hi Everyone,
We realize much of our readership gets overwhelmed during the holiday season. We are all inundated with overlapping sales strategies (including our own), and much of the joy and true meaning behind the holidays is lost during the hustle and bustle of shopping and business.

We are so very grateful for our customers and social media followers as well as for the designers and makers in our greater fiber community. Therefore, we want to spend this week sharing the gifts they’ve offered to us all by featuring these FREE patterns, currently available on Ravelry.

Maori Shawl by Daria Sorokina
Maori is a classic top-down shawl knit in one piece. Patterning is on the right side rows only; wrong side rows are purled. Lace-weight fibers like our Sea Song – Lace or fingering-weight yarn like our Walkabout – Fingering are great options for this project. Gauge is not crucial so use needle size to obtain the desired lace effect. Here are some of our favorite Ravelry projects for you to view and enjoy.
   

Amorous Shawl by Katja Löffler
Unlike many of our featured patterns, this generously-sized shawl pattern is crochet (yayyy!) and is perfect for large-skeins of gradient yarns like our those 7-oz cakes in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line. Look at this selection of beautiful completed projects from Ravelry yarnies.
   

Ghost Ranch Cowl by Jessie Ksanznak
This cowl was inspired by the designer’s travels through the American southwest. She visited Santa Fe and fell in love with the Navajo woven fabric designs. Patterns (similar to those in the cowl), dramatic colors, and simple motifs adorned rugs, pillows, and clothing. This project uses slipped stitches and three contrasting colors to create a woven effect, and the pattern comes in three sizes. We think our Cashmere Silk – Fingering would be a luxe option for this cowl, but we love the silky radiance and three-season flexibility of our Sea Song – Fingering as well. Mixing and matching works too! Here are a few completed cowl projects for you to peruse.
 

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor
Sometimes we need to just knit for the pure joy if it…to remember WHY we knit. The combination of simple eyelets and garter stitch in this shawl make it an easy public knit when with our friends. It’s an ideal project for most all fibers, including tonal, variegated, and gradient yarns. The Fibre Studio has a studio sample in Nantahala in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, but this shawl can be enlarged by using SW Merino – Sport or can really be personalized by stash busting from your existing favorites. Here are some of the beauties found on Ravelry.

Black Sheep Are Ewes Too

The Fibre Studio has long struggled with how to identify our one-of-a-kind color ways or those 4-ounce skeins that broke during the winding process, which ended up being odd-sized skeins after we trim off the broken bits. We decided to name these unique offerings, Black Sheep. So the next time you’re in our studio, and you see our little lavender-faced ewe….there may just be a very special color, product, or price attached.

Want to know what we’re deweing? You can always pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook, and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com

Happy and peaceful stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

SAFF Recap, Halloween & Sheep Ninjas

Hi Everyone,
Ready for some tricks or treats?

For those of you who attended the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Fletcher, North Carolina, you’ve already enjoyed a few TREATS. After a few initial TRICKY technical difficulties with the Davis Arena wi-fi, this year’s SAFF was another huge success. We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to those of you who came by our booth to see us and support our participation. We appreciate you!

A Smoky Mountain Treat
Our secret SAFF color way was posted on Facebook and Instagram just as we were pulling away from our doors and heading to SAFF. This Nantahala color way, part of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, was dyed with SAFF in mind. This fiber festival takes place at the end of October and is in a particularly beautiful and colorful part of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

Nantahala (our color’s namesake) is Cherokee for “Land of the Noonday Sun.” The Nantahala National Forest is also located in the Smokies. This area has richly-hued autumn foliage with crystal bright waters, which feed into Fontana Lake. For you Game of Thrones lovers, this color way IS “the song of fire and ice.”

For those of you looking for a new project, we made our shop sample from the lovely Laura Aylor shawl pattern called Touchstone, which is currently a free download on Ravelry here.

One Trick, More Treats
These are the last days customers can order our Halloween colors. Two of these colors will be placed in hibernation until next year.  Even though we’ve gifted these color ways with groovy Monster Mash-friendly names like Wicked (below top left), Slip Sliming Away (below top right), Eastwick (below bottom left) and Sleepy Hollow (below bottom right) doesn’t mean they aren’t great all-year-round colors to delight and enjoy. The TRICK is to get these spookilicious TREATS before they, like Casper the Ghost and really great chocolate truffles, go POOF!

It’s Coming
Although the weather is not yet be frightful and the turkey hasn’t been bought or stuffed, we want you to know the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Ewe Ninjas of the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year WILL have your back so stay tuned to this same sheep time, same sheep channel….

Want to know what The Ewe Crew is up to? You can always pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook, and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com.

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew