April Showers

We have so much news to share this month that we don’t quite know where to begin!  New colors, new yarns, new KAL, new patterns, new location, new job opportunities and so much more!

Yarn of the Month:  Studio Smitten

This month we are hi-lighting our luxurious Studio Smitten, which clearly has us quite “smitten”, and is another wonderful fingering yarn.  It is a squishy, three-ply yarn with exquisite hand and stitch definition.  It is available in undyed, tonal, variegated, or color washes.  The fiber content is 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, and 10% Silk.  Each 3.5 oz./100 g skein contains approximately 400 yards. 

We are delighted to share some of our new Spring Colors inspired by all that is bursting out in blooms around us.  From Fiddlehead to Buttercup, Celery Leaf, Ranunculus and more; our new colors will inspire both hand and eye.  We have chosen this yarn to help you embark on this month’s MKAL, read on for more details on how you can try your own hand with this sumptuous yarn.

MYRISTICA MYSTERY SHAWL by Marie Amelie Designs

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We have put together some color kits for the upcoming MKAL by Marie Amelie Designs.  We have chosen our Yarn of the Month, Studio Smitten, for these color kits in the hopes they will inspire you as you travel down this spice road with her!  The Myristica Mystery Shawl will embark on a wonderful journey full of spices, colors and stitches.  You will make five different stopovers along the Spice Route.  There will be a new destination each week.  The first stop will begin with Pepper on April 2.  The week after; Saffron, followed by Ginger, Cinnamon and finally, Nutmeg, concluding the journey on April 30.

I have a few clues regarding the MKAL.  It is a crescent shaped shawl, knit using a US #5 needle, on fingering weight yarn.  You will need two skeins of the Main Color and one skein of the Contrasting Color.  There is a section which is worked using two color brioche.  The MKAL begin April 2 and concludes on April 30, 2019.

Click here to see come color options. 

LOCAL YARN SHOP DAY is SATURDAY, April 27th

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We are delighted that Casapinka will release a new Local Yarn Shop Pattern that uses three colors.  I have chosen three new colors inspired by our recent travels to Scotland: they are (left) Lothian, (top) Loch Ness and (bottom) Loch Lomond.  We will have more Scotland inspired colors coming later this month.  The pattern will be release on Local Yarn Shop Day, which is Saturday, April 27.  This shawl will use a US # 5 needle and calls for three colors of a fingering weight yarn.

 

MEET US AT THE LOCH NORMAN GAMES, APRIL 13 & 14

The Fibre Studio is proud to participate in this year’s Loch Norman Games.  We are delighted to be a part of this ever-growing, fun, local event.  Click link for more information on the festivities and how you can attend.

 

THIS MONTH’S “GEMSTONE” – DIAMOND

As we move through 2019 we continue to add a new birthstone color.  Our Bo Peeps are new color ways, for which we will take pre-order sales only.  We take these orders from the first week of the month through the 20th, we then dye and skein the orders as they are received.  They are then shipped out at or around the first of the following month.

We are proud to share “Diamond” as our April Gemstone.  We are sure it will be a favorite.

Pre-Order yours now Diamond.

 

WIZARD OF OZ CLUB INTRODUCES APRIL’S  “GLINDA”

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We continue to celebrate the Wizard of Oz’s 80th Anniversary throughout 2019 by offering a new monthly colorway representing a pivotal character or scene from this wonderful movie.  This month’s inspiration is “Glinda of the North,” our beloved good witch.   When brainstorming how to create a yarn that would be lovely enough and magical enough to represent this glowing memory we all carry in our hearts and minds of Glinda, we knew that we did not currently have anything in our “yarn bag” that would meet the call.  We knew that we had to find and bring in a new yarn, and so the search began.  We found it!

We will debut Starlight this month, beginning with our colorway, “Glinda.”  It will be dyed in an iridescent, dreamy soft pink, as lofty, shimmering and glowy as our own memories of “Glinda” on the screen.  We absolutely feel in love with the opulence of this yarn.  It contains 63% Cultivated Silk, 23% Kid Mohair and 10% Nylon.  Each 100g skein contains approximately 385 yards.  We will be introducing new colors in the upcoming months, beginning with Spring and Summer pastels and in Autumn and Winter, rich jeweled tones.

We are currently developing our newest pattern, The Starlite Cozy, which is knit using a US #8 needle and will be released later this month. 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.

This beautiful yarn has been dyed in limited quantities, and is now ready for purchase and knitting.  We feel certain that you too will love this latest addition to the Club colorways.  There are still limited quantities of There’s A Storm Brewin (March) available if you missed out.

WE ARE HIRING (EWE CREW OPENINGS)

We are very sad to say goodbye to our Anne Z, Martha B and Darci M.   We celebrate their new opportunities and adventures, but we will be left with several big shoes to fill at the Fibre Studio.  We are looking for new Ewe Crew members.   We have a Friday Retail Position (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  This person would also, when customers are not in house, help with processing yarn to get it ready to bring to our customers.  There is also a flex hour position.  This person would help with yarn processing.   We are a tough crew that spend hours on our feet.  We do some heavy lifting and spend the majority of our days hard at work dyeing,  drying, winding, labeling and shipping the beautiful yarns that we create.  We certainly consider ourselves a hearty crew and family at The Fibre Studio.  We look forward to talking to potential new members that may want to join the team.  Please contact Debbie through FibreStudio@att.net if you think you might be interested.

WE ARE MOVING

We are excited to share that later this month the Fibre Studio will be moving just down the lane to 540 Griffith Road. It’s an exciting move to a bright, climate-controlled space.  We look forward to dyeing new treasures there and also seeing our locals at our Wednesday Open Knit (10 a.m. to noon) and at our Knitting and Giving Open Knit on Wednesdays and Thursdays from (noon until 2 p.m.).  What a great month!

Myristica by Marie Amelie Designs

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Recently, while in Edinburgh, Scotland, I heard about an upcoming MKAL by Marie Amelie Designs.  She is about to embark on a wonderful journey full of spices, colors  and stitches.  You will make five different stopovers along the Spice Route.  There will be a new destination each week.  The first stop will begin with Pepper on April 2.  The week after;  Saffron, followed by Ginger, Cinnamon and finally Nutmeg concluding the journey on April 30.

I have a few clues regarding the MKAL.  It is a crescent shaped shawl, knit using a US #5 needle on fingering weight yarn.  You will need two skeins of the Main Color and one skein of the Contrasting Color.  There is a section which is worked using two color brioche.  The MKAL begins April 2 and concludes April 30, 2019.

If you purchase your pattern before April 2, you will received a 30% discount, just use coupon code MKAL.

We have put together kits of various color combinations using our Studio Smitten.  Each 100g skein is 80% SW Merino, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon with approximately 400 yards.  This yarn has a wonderful hand, lovely drape and great stitch definition.  Click here to begin your journey.

 

 

Navigating Rainbows

Hi Everyone,
This week we rejoin Dorothy as she continues her journey towards Oz, update you on Gemstones, and prove that knitting “for good” can be “wicked” fun.

February Gemstone
No matter if you’re an Aquarius or a Pisces, we say Happy Birthday to the February babies out there! As a continuation of our 2019 gemstones whimsy, we offer Amethyst, the February birthstone.

We offer this lovely purple in our Bo Peep format. 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), this color way will be on sale only through February 20, 2019.

The Wizard of Oz Yarn Club
In celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the movie The Wizard of Oz, we continue to tell the story, delve into the cast and characters as well as other trivia, which gave this movie such color and magic.

We last left Dorothy in a quandry. After a nasty incident, the horrid  Miss Almira Gulch is seeking an order for Toto to be euthanized. Dorothy tries to tell Auntie Em, Uncle Henry, and the farm hands what happened, but no one will listen. Dorothy pesters Auntie Em so much that Auntie Em tells Dorothy to “go find a place where you won’t get into any trouble.”

This prompts Dorothy to walk off by herself, musing to Toto, “Some place where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto? There must be. It’s not a place you can get to by a boat, or a train. It’s far, far away. Behind the moon, beyond the rain…”, at which point she begins singing, “Over the Rainbow,” the pivotal award-winning song and mainstay of the movie.

Yes…award-winning…and it was almost cut from the movie, can you believe it? MGM chief executive Louis B. Mayer and producer Mervyn LeRoy thought it “slowed down the picture” and sounded “like something for Jeanette MacDonald, not for a little girl singing in a barnyard.” Other producers, Judy Garlands’ voice coaches, and most of the cast talked the big wigs into keeping the song…thankfully, and thereafter, history was made.

Our second (February) yarn club  offering is Over the Rainbow, a brilliantly-hued gradient and our dedication to the famous song. While actually sung during a period in the movie, which was black and white and sienna, the colorful descriptions in the song hint at the potential for color in the movie and in life…if we only seek it.

Other bits of Over the Rainbow trivia include: (1) There was to be an additional verse sung while Dorothy was imprisoned in the castle as the hourglass ran out. The scene was cut from the movie, but the actual recording of the additional verse was saved and can be found on celebratory releases of the movie’s soundtrack. (2) The American Film Institute voted  “Over the Rainbow” the best movie song on their 100 Years…100 Songs list. (3) After The Wizard of Oz appeared in 1939, “Over the Rainbow” became Garland’s signature song. She performed it for thirty years, singing it just as she had for the film. She said she wanted to remain true to the character of Dorothy and to the message of being somewhere over the rainbow.

Knitting for Good
We want to remind our readership that our C-KAL (charity knit-along) is in full swing, and we even have a new group on our Facebook Page called Knitting and Giving. Participants are knitting booties, small doll clothing, and other fun bits that, when placed in welcome baskets and given to families arriving at Ronald McDonald House, provide a welcome distraction from illness and worry.

Debbie will provide yarn for anyone who may want to participate but does not have stash from which to pull. Pauline Philip (our visionary) will be available on most Wednesday mornings at Open Knit/Crochet, and Sheri Balke will be available on most Thursdays (after 11:30am) to offer guidance and support. Knitters of all skill levels, with hearts of gold, are welcome to participate.

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

Replacement Post: February Newes Knitting for Good

Hi Everyone,
Sorry for the duplicate post. The first was mistakenly sent without all the active links.

This week we are announcing a new Charity KAL (C-KAL), a new gem, a series of photos that provide wiki-nspiration, and are continuing our jaunt along the yellow brick road.

February Gemstone
As a continuation of our 2019 gemstones whimsy, we offer Amethyst, the February birthstone.

We offer this lovely purple in our Bo Peep format. 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). This color way will be on sale through February 20, 2019.

Wiki-nspiration
Each year Wikipedia calls for beautiful and diverse photos of our planet for their Wiki Loves Earth blog. Click here to see some of the most beautiful photography depicting the varied topography of the far reaches of our planet. My….aren’t we just the lucky Earthlings?

Totally Gaga for Toto
There are still a few skeins of our color Toto available from the first month of our Wizard of Oz Club. This color way is amazeballs in person; the photos just don’t do it justice.

While there will be twelve color ways developed to tell the story of how Dorothy made her way to the wonderful land of Oz, each color way is dyed in limited quantities and will not be repeated. Get yours before they….melt away.

Ronald McDonald House Knits
The Fibre Studio is happy to announce a new 2019 Charity Knit-a-long, which will begin in February. Our dear friend and yarnie, Pauline Philip, recently shared a box of knitted magic that she planned to donate to the Charlotte Ronald McDonald House.  Pauline knit multiple booties, Mary Janes, and little slippers. There were also adorable outfits, hats and clothing, for little wood peg dolls (both safe, cheerful and engaging for small children). These items provide a much-needed, safe distraction at the Ronald McDonald House, when placed in welcome baskets and given to arriving families. There are so many free patterns, which fit our Mission and which we will soon share (some Pauline created and some free on Ravelry).

In this Charity knitting endeavor, we hope to create top-quality items that will be used and loved, all while meeting the standards of this wonderful institution, which gives so much to so many battling cancer. Debbie will provide yarn for anyone who may want to participate and who does not have stash from which to pull.  Again, we will strive to provide only top-quality items for these battling families.  Pauline will be available on most Wednesday mornings at Open Knit/Crochet, and Sheri Balke will be available on most Thursdays (after 11:30am) to offer guidance and support. More information and pattern details to come.

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

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

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

Cyber Monday, A KAL & Other Newes

Hi Everyone!
We hope ewe had the most wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and shopping weekend ever. We have a few updates to share as we enter the busy holiday season.

Cyber Monday Sale
Whether you’re participating in the January Sweater KAL (see more below) or want to fill other large-project needs, our Cyber Monday Sale is STILL going strong! This is the perfect time to order that Walkabout – Fingering, Merino Bamboo – Fingering, and Patterns all on sale at 25% off until 11:59pm ET tonight. Use discount code CYBER17 at checkout.

Been waiting for the perfect time to stock up for a Find Your Fade or Starting Point Wrap?
This is it!

January Sweater KAL
The Fibre Studio is announcing a January Sweater Free-For-All Knit-Along. January is a great month to have a sturdy project warming your lap. We will gather during our first (Spinning) Saturday in January (the 6th) to cast on or pick up our project. We will continue for the next several Wednesdays (during Open Knit/Crochet) and into February. KAL Gathering Dates are: Jan 6, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Feb 3, 7 in total.

We’ve added a diverse selection of lovely sweater and cardigan patterns to our online shop. There is something for just about everyone. Top Row Below (L to R): HVIDE, Gretchen, and Donner. Bottom Row Below (L to R): Whippet (Long), AntlerFriday Anew, and VNeck Boxy.

 

Our most recent shop sample is the beautiful Granito, a pullover by Joji Locatelli, designed as part of her FAVORITE THINGS collection. Granito is a basic sweater with a relaxed fit and big pockets on the sides. It’s the perfect garment for lounging and relaxing. It’s worked seamlessly from the top down.

Our lovely shop sample was knit in our Merino Bamboo – Fingering yarn (on sale today) in color way Charcoal by the very talented Linda R. Our Granito will be displayed during the months of December and January for any of you who would like to take a closer look.

Have a previous favorite you never started or completed? Bring it and knit-along with us. We continue to love Hitofude, Chance of Showers, Juicy Gloss, Winter Wheat, and Tegna. One of our associates is even going to FINALLY begin her Easy Folded Poncho. There are no wrong choices and today’s Cyber Monday Sale makes buying the yarn and the pattern a “snap” and a bargain.
   
   

Spinning Saturday
Attention all spinners! Our last Sit & Spin Saturday of the year will be December 2. Bring your wheels, your roving (or find hand-dyed roving in our studio), a brown bag lunch, and your current projects to sit and spin with us on an on-going basis on the first Saturdays of the month. All skill levels welcome.

Holiday Potluck Luncheon
Help us celebrate the holidays by bringing a dish to share during our December 6 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!

Dyeus Interruptus
Please Note: Our dyeing studio will temporarily hibernate after November 30. We will not take any new dyeing orders during the month of December as we sell existing inventory, restock supplies, update our website, and plan our holiday time with family. We will pick back up after the new year. Our retail space will still be open during regular business hours in December through the 22nd.

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

Peaceful stitching, shopping, and being with those you love, y’all!
The Ewe Crew