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.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

In All Their Gourdgeousness…ness

Hi Everyone,
We are celebrating gourds and autumn scenes and are anticipating a Thanksgiving holiday filled with joy and fun and shopping.

A Few of Our Favorite Things
For those of you who are seeking new projects or want to revisit old friends for use with newly-stashed color ways, visit our Favorites board on Ravelry. This special group of bundles features projects in One-Skein Wonders, Dynamic Duos, Triple Treats, and more.

Gourdgeous Fall Colors
The leaves haven’t fallen completely here in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We are still inspired by all those luminous color combinations. Here are some of our favorites below.
We love our Mountaineer in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ paired with our Mountaineer in Freckles. We think it’s a gourdgeous combination. Want to go for a bigger project? Add a skein of Silver to this combination to go big or go home!

 

 

 

A maker can never go wrong with the deep hues of Nantahala. We love our gradient in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ paired with Deep Woods Red and the variegated Nantahala. Want to go deep and rich instead? Pair either the variegated or gradient with Espresso and completely change the feel of this statement color way.

 

During our recent trip to the Asheville, NC area for SAFF, we saw so many creeks and rivers swollen with the omnipresent rains. Wet cliff faces and river rocks were seen everywhere, and we love this combination of Stone in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ paired with Chestnut and Snow at Midnight.

 

 

 

BFSSCM Weekend Sale
Stay tuned for our upcoming Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. 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.

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

SAFF Color Way & Salty Friends

Hi Everyone,
We are sending out a mid-week message to share some of our favorite things with you.

Catawba, 2018 SAFF Color Way

Our Catawba color way was our autumn mystery color way, dyed with the 2018 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair  (SAFF) in Fletcher, NC in mind. We were a vendor at this fiber festival, at the end of October and witnessed fantastic crowds who ignored the cold wind and rainy weather to support their beloved fiber arts.

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

The Catawba, also known as Issa, Essa, or Iswä means “People of the River” and are a federally-recognized tribe of Native Americans, formally known as the Catawba Indian Nation. They live in the Southeastern United States, on the Catawba River at the border of North Carolina. Their language is of Sioux origin, and they are known as avid hunters and fisher-sans, with talents in both pottery and basket-weaving–skills preserved to this day.

The Salty Sheep
We cannot share with you the happiness we felt when we saw our friends at The Salty Sheep (in Swansboro, NC) display an Instagram photo of their new floors, in their new shop space this week. The recent hurricane just decimated the shop, and Peggy B. has shared the heartbreak, hope, rainbows, and elbow grease it takes to make what you love happen.

If you haven’t friended them on Facebook or followed them on Instagram, their beautiful little shop in the friendly city by the sea is truly an inspiration and a positive influence on anyone’s social media feed. We hope to get to see their new space welcome back their fiber community very soon, and we hope you visit them when they reopen!

The Fibre Studio Welcomes Sheri Balke
While Sheri may not be truly salty, we love that our friend and fiber ally is now a member of The Ewe Crew. Sheri will be helping the rest of the crew in the studio be better at everything. Stop in to say hello if you get a chance!

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

Shifts & SAFF & Secrets, Oh My

Hi Everyone,
It’s that fabulous fiber-centric time of year again. Hip Hip Hurray for Fall! This week we want to talk SAFF, secret color ways, splendid kits for shifts and feathers, and treats (no tricks) of course! After all, Halloween is just around the corner!

A Return to Wicked and Sleepy Hollow
Fly your freaky fun flag and choose a Fifty Shades of Gradient™ in color ways Wicked (below left) or in Sleepy Hollow (below right). We bring these colors back a few weeks each autumn for those of you who want to make something “For Good.” Available in both 4 oz (approx 560 yards) or 7 oz (approx 980 yards) cakes of squeezable, fluffy 2-ply fingering 100% Superwash Merino yarn. Makers will find that adventure awaits in every skein.

Birds of a Feather Shift Together
One of our latest and favoritest is the Birds of a Feather (below right) shawl by designer Andrea Mowry. We’ve created the softest kits for this project and think this is a textural project that will bring hours of pleasure to the maker.
Another of our newest addKNITctions is The Shift, a cowl pattern (top left) also by designer Andrea Mowry. We’ve created some fun, limited-time-only kits for this project as well. We chose our Studio Solo fiber in color combinations surely to fool the viewer into thinking this cowl was woven and not knit. We admit we’re obsessed!

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) will be held October 26-28, 2018. The Fibre Studio can again be found in the Davis Arena, only this time in booths 336 & 338.

This is one of the largest fiber festivals in the southeast and is a perfect opportunity to schedule a girls’ day out or even a weekend retreat. Be prepared to learn about fiber-producing live stock, take classes, shop, and generally have a total blast.

The Fibre Studio loves to offer a mystery color way each year at SAFF. This year, we took our inspiration from our own greater Charlotte, North Carolina area with our newest offering Catawba in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line. The color way is beautifully-hued and reminiscent of the flora, fauna, and waterways in the area. It may just be our favorite SAFF mystery color yet.

We are currently taking online pre-orders until October 19 and can bring those pre-orders to SAFF if instructed during checkout. Order yours today because the inventory we bring to SAFF often goes very quickly.

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

Knitting for Good

Hi Everyone,
This week we are knocking on the door of the 10th Anniversary of Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl (just around the corner), participating in a KAL, and are still smitten with Smitten.

Knitted Knockers Campaign
The Fibre Studio is an on-going sponsor of Knitted Knockers.org and of the Giving Back efforts of the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl.

This year, we dedicate our efforts to one of our own (story here) as we collect these hand knit prosthetics for breast cancer survivors.

The Fibre Studio gives away a lovely cotton bamboo fiber for anyone who signs up with us. Contact us at 980-475-4705 or debbie(at)thefibrestudio(dot)com to learn how you can commit to this campaign and receive your Knitted Knockers fiber.

Acoma Pullover KAL
The Fibre Studio so loves this pullover, we have decided to host a KAL. We’ve put together two Acoma kit options for it as well. The first is in our new Studio Smitten and the second is in our Studio Sox.

For those of you interested in signing up, the KAL begins the last Wednesday in August, and participants will meet at The Fibre Studio during our Wednesday Open Knit/Crochet from 10a-12n (August 29, September 5, September 12, and September 19). The makers will then have until the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl to finish their sweaters. Makers who participate (as follows) will be eligible for a surprise at the end of the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl. The rules are:

  1. Sign up for the KAL by or on August 29;
  2. Your Acoma must be made with yarn purchased from The Fibre Studio; and
  3. Wear or bring your new Acoma when you visit us during the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl any time from September 21-29.

Participants who meet the above criteria will be entered into a drawing for a prize at the end of the yarn crawl. Should makers just want to knit along (it is a KAL, after all) and not be a formal participant, they are welcome to join us on those Wednesdays listed above.

The Acoma (ACK-uh-muh) by designer Casapinka is a top-down sweater that is inspired by the pottery of the Acoma along with the beautiful skies that you see from Acoma Sky City in New Mexico. It is written to have 2” of positive ease. Two pretty lace panels separate areas of stranded knitting for a unique yoke with scalloped accents. This is a fairly fast sweater to knit, with subtle side seams and a casual fit.

Studio Smitten
Our latest fiber offering is Studio Smitten, a squishy, three-ply fingering-weight yarn with exquisite hand feel and stitch definition. The blend is made up of 80% Superwash Merino | 10% Cashmere | 10% Silk and is sold in 3.5-ounce (100 gram) skeins of approximately 406 yards.

This fiber is a beautifully-soft addition to our studio and is perfect for those sweater,  shawl, and other multi-season projects where drape, flexibility, and lighter-weight (density) is desirable.

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

We Are Smitten

Hi Everyone,
We hope you are enjoying these long and languid dog days of summer. This week we introduce a new fiber base, new kits for a new project, and made the decision to keep our treasure chest replenished.

Studio Smitten
Our latest fiber offering is Studio Smitten, a squishy, three-ply fingering-weight yarn with exquisite hand feel and stitch definition. The blend is made up of 80% Superwash Merino | 10% Cashmere | 10% Silk and is sold in 3.5-ounce (100 gram) skeins of approximately 406 yards.

This fiber is a beautifully-soft addition to our studio and is perfect for those sweater,  shawl, and other multi-season projects where drape, flexibility, and lighter-weight (density) is desirable.

Acoma Pullover
The Acoma (ACK-uh-muh) by designer Casapinka is a top-down sweater that is inspired by the pottery of the Acoma along with the beautiful skies that you see from Acoma Sky City in New Mexico. It is written to have 2” of positive ease. Two pretty lace panels separate areas of stranded knitting for a unique yoke with scalloped accents. This is a fairly fast sweater to knit, with subtle side seams and a casual fit.

The Fibre Studio has put together two Acoma kit options for this sweater. The first is in our new Studio Smitten and the second is in our Studio Sox.

Crown Jewels
While The Fibre Studio may have created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, we have decided these treasures should remain available for our customers on an on-going basis. 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).

Our color ways including Cherokee, Eastwick, Nouveau Rainbow, River Rock, Seaside, and Tourmaline. We will continue to offer these kits as an in-stock-only item in the future. With these color options, your fiber community will be green (or sapphire or citrine) with envy!

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!