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

November 2017 Newes

Hi Everyone,
This November, we are celebrating the “golden age” of fiber, crafty ninja ewes, and a seasonal recipe.

We Put the Gold in These Winners
One of our newest gold standard projects is the Tilted Cowl. Our shop sample was made in luxurious Sea Song – Fingering, in three contrasting colors. We’ve used colors Indigo, BoHo Chic, and Golden Wheat in the sample (at left), but have offered a few additional color suggestions below.

This uniquely-shaped cowl combines the best characteristics of a cowl and a shawlette, and our Sea Song – Fingering (a Merino/Silk/Sea Cell™ blend) looks luminous and feels amazing against the skin.

   
Above Left: Golden Wheat, Cherokee, Sage Leaf
Above Middle: Purple Haze, BoHo Chic, Coral
Above Right: Silver, Mountain Thistle, Sage Leaf

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

We used Cherokee, Deep Woods Red, Autumn Gold, Asparagus, and There’s a Storm Brewin’ in Walkabout – Fingering for our shop sample at right.

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.

The Yin and Yang of Shopping
Meet our three Ewe Ninjas. These ewes will help guide our customers and readership through one of the most harrowing shopping weekends of the year. Balance your shopping chi and learn about these little helpers.


Our first ewe ninja is Noir, who is our personal shopper for Black Friday. Noir will help you navigate our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, which will be on sale on Friday, November 24.

 


The second ewe ninja is Purpur, who is our personal shopper for Small Business Saturday. Purpur is a bit of a bag lady and will help you navigate our Atenti and custom Holly Aiken bags, which will be on sale on Saturday, November 25.

 

Named for the star of Stranger Things, our third ewe ninja is Eleven, who is the personal shopper for Cyber Monday. Eleven will help you navigate that strange and wonderful cyber space where beautiful yarns meet amazing projects. Eleven knows a secret, which is The Fibre Studio is having a sweater knit-a-long (KAL) in January. Hence, our Walkabout – Fingering, Merino Bamboo – Fingering, and our Patterns will be on sale on Monday, November 27. This will be a great time to stock up on fiber and patterns for generously-sized projects like large wraps and sweaters.

Stay tuned. More to come next week….same fluffybutt time, same fluffybutt channel.

A Seasonal Recipe
With the holiday season approaching and all the gorgeous apples available, we wanted to share an all-natural and tasty recipe with you.

Salted Caramel Fruit Dip (Makes About 2 1/2 Cups)
Ingredients:
2 cups Medjool dates, pitted
1/3 cup raw smooth hazelnut butter
3-4 tsp fresh lemon juice (about half a lemon)
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt (to taste)
Large, flaky salt to garnish (optional)
Instructions:
1. Cover dates in warm (but not hot) water and soak for 4-6 hours.
2. Drain the dates and place in a food processor, reserving date water.
3. Add hazelnut butter, lemon juice, vanilla extract, and sea salt to food processor. Process mixture on high until smooth. Add reserved date water (one tablespoon at a time) until desired consistency–thicker for dippin’ and thinner for drizzlin’. Garnish with flaky salt as desired.
4. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Serving Suggestions: Perfect as a dip for crisp, tart apple (or other firm fruit) slices or as a drizzle for apple-pecan “nachos.”

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

Peaceful stitching and mining for gold, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

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!

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!

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.


Summer Solutions

Hi Everyone!
Don’t know about you, but that song, Cruel Summer (circa 1983 by Bananarama) has been on our minds here in the studio. The opening lyrics are just so appropriate right now.

Now, I don’t know where the ladies of Bananarama lived, but when it’s 95ºF with 150…thousand…percent humidity (or so it seems here in the Charlotte area), it’s definitely NOT dry. It’s also really difficult to think about knitting, especially with wool.

Our suggestion? Don’t. Don’t knit with wool….or at least don’t knit with just wool or with animal fibers which conduct heat. Select both yarn and projects, which allow you to breathe while still being creative, while still making…while still experiencing yarnie happiness. Here are a few of our summer favorites.

Love the luxurious feeling of Cashmere Silk – Fingering but want something a bit lighter in weight? Try our Sea Song – Fingering. This fiber blend (made with 51% Cultivated Silk|29% Merino|20% Sea Cell™) is absolutely luscious, with a radiant sheen, and a great four-season option for cowls, shawls, and even sweaters.

With 243 yards (1.75 oz | 50 g) or 487 yards (3.5 oz | 100 g) per skein, it is easy to made a 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (above left) at half the price, and what feels like half the weight and heat, of cashmere. Don’t see those perfect colors you crave on the Sea Song – Fingering yarn base? Do NOT despair, my friends. We are indie dyers, and we ARE HAPPY to dye it for you.

Another one of our summery yarn bases is Cotton Bamboo; we have it in both a Fingering and a Worsted option, providing our customers with some project flexibility. Our summer KAL is the Sunshine Coast, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier. We’ve seen a few of our customers’ completed projects, and they have all been gorgeous.

 

The ability to size and personalize this classic pullover ensures the most flattering fit for all body types. The ability to create the same sweater in either Fingering or Worsted weight yarns ensures the most comfortable density for all seasons. Again, not seeing the color way you desire pictured on the Cotton Bamboo yarn base? We ARE HAPPY to dye it for you.

With an unlimited palette and such a large selection of seasonally-appropriate yarn bases, we don’t dye every color in every fiber as we just don’t have the storage capacity in our small studio. However, being the self-admitted yarn pushers that we are, we will dye it for you, put it in a nice little bag, and send it home with you. Stash-building, like team-building, is very important…healthy even.

Now THAT eases the “summertime blues.”

Happy stitching, y’all!

Color Matters

Hi Everyone,

We want to send out a big thank you to all of our World Wide Knit in Public Day visitors. Saturday saw a lovely crowd on-hand here at the studio to sit, spin, chat, knit, and enjoy other makers’ company. We drew names for several giveaways; however, like Elvis, some folks had already left the building so we will be contacting those winners about their prizes.

Color Matters

This week we are going to talk about color because, let’s face it, color DOES matter. Most of us have a palette within which we are comfortable. Perhaps we have consulted a color expert at some point and were told we are an autumn or a winter, etc., and we have strictly conformed to those criteria. Many of us would like to branch out…experiment…live a little. Here are a few interesting factoids about yarn and color:

  • Seventy percent (70%) of yarnies buy the same color(s) shown in a pattern photo or in a shop sample.
  • Color can evoke both emotional and physiological responses and may impact mood, hunger, energy/fatigue, and a sense of space.
  • Color often represents season, team spirit, or even familial coats of arms.
  • The term for fear of color is chromophobia.

Many yarnies are uncomfortable when a new palette is suggested to them; others just cannot envision a completed project in a color not pictured. Because most LYS owners simply cannot afford to have a sample made in every color way or all the latest projects, here are a few tips to help match projects with color ways, which are not necessarily available as a sample.

  1. Identify projects you like based on criteria other than color (e.g. overall shape, size, stitch types, flexibility with style, skill level, et al).
  2. Seek shop samples or other project photos, which have traits similar to the project you have identified to see what those items look like in other dye types (how the color is applied). Are those projects that appeal most to you completed in gradients, tonals, natural, or speckled yarns?
  3. Seek a yarn base, which is appropriate for the project (e.g. yarn weight, texture, fiber make-up, and season).
  4. After you have identified a dye type and a yarn base, select those color ways that most attract you or look best with your complexion. Do NOT be afraid to hold a skein up next to your face in front of a mirror. Ask to see other project samples in those color ways if they are available–even if they are not in the same yarn base.
  5. Follow this formula:
    pattern + dye type + yarn base + color way = PERFECT PROJECT FOR YOU

We’ve included project photos of Match & Move by Martina Behm in three different color combinations as an example of color flexibility. This one project demonstrates three very different color personalities.

Just remember, even though color matters, it’s not something to fear. So…what’s the next chapter of your color story?

Happy…and colorful…stitching, y’all!