Harvesting Wheat and Other Fall Treats

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

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

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

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

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

   

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

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.


August Newes

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

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

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

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

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

So many color options…so little time!

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

Happy stitching until next time, y’all!

Easy As 1-2-3

Hi Everyone,
As you may have noticed, we’ve recently dedicated much of our blog post time to those topics (e.g. Size Matters, Color Matters, et al.) we hope will help our fiber community match patterns and yarn in a thoughtful or even courageous manner. Since 70% of yarnies buy the color ways and pattern combinations they see in photos or in shop samples, we wanted to share some of our favorite bundles on Ravelry.

Got stash? We certainly do. Like to bust that stash wide open? As do we! Below are Ravelry bundles with suggested patterns for 1-, 2-, 3- or other multi-skein projects, which will enable you to free up fiber storage space even as you create a project you love. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

One-Skein Wonder projects can be found here.
Dynamic Duo projects can be found here.
Triple Treat projects can be found here.
Knits in Kits projects can be found here.

Did you know local yarn shops and studios like The Fibre Studio receive a small wholesale income from the Ravelry patterns we sell? And at NO ADDITIONAL COST to the customer as well!? #shoplocal #shopsmall  During the purchase process, we provide our pattern customers both with a hard copy and an update to their Ravelry library. Many patterns shown in our Ravelry bundles are sold on our online shop here, and some of the online pattern pages display photos of our shop samples or customer projects completed in our yarn. Simplify your life and buy your yarn and patterns together.

Curiouser and curiouser. Let us know if there is a topic or a question you’d like answered on our blogs or emails. As a tight crafty community, you might just find that others have that same question or are curious about the same topic as you!

Happy stitching, y’all!

Little Hats, Big Hearts

Hi Friends,

Just wanted to share a piece of mail we received from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) asking for our greater fiber community’s help. They, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, are collecting red knitted or crocheted baby hats (in December and the first half of January) to be distributed to babies born in hospitals across the country during February, which is American Heart Month. This endeavor is to raise awareness around congenital heart defects–the most common birth defects in the United States.

The AHA/ASA is seeking volunteers who can help them by making some hats to send to hospitals throughout our state. Last year, they had 11 participating hospitals in North Carolina and would like to increase that number this year. With our greater fiber community’s help, the allotted time, and the giving ingenuity of our stash-busting friends, I believe they can (WE CAN) do it.

Attached as an image to this post, you will find the flyer we received asking for our help. It has the baby hat requirements (red, washable fiber, keep it simple, etc.) as well as some additional information. If you’d like to participate, please send hats by January 15 to:

Contact Info:
Kacie Kennedy
Health Strategies Coordinator
Little Hats, Big Hearts
American Heart Association
3131 RDU Center Drive, Suite 100
Morrisville, NC 27560
E: kacie.kennedy@heart.org

Kacie Kennedy’s flyer also lists her as a contact if you (as part of our greater fiber community across the USA) want your hats to go to a hospital in your state. She will “hook” you up! 🙂

Peaceful stitching with hands and hearts, y’all!

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Socktober & Yarn Clubs & Knitalongs, Oh My!

Exciting things are happening at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For, and we have been biting our nails eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share with you all.

Firstly, The Fibre Studio is sponsoring the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 sock knitting event. The Carolina Fiber Girls is a weekly podcast (hosted by Ann Clingenpeel and Janis Ficker) who discuss their favorite knitting and spinning projects–what goes right, what goes wrong and what’s upcoming. They created SOCKtober three years ago as a month-long KAL utilizing either patterns or fibers from small companies who may not receive a lot of media attention. Makers who participate can create a small project to keep their feet warm and use a pattern or yarn from a company they previously have never heard of or tried.

To participate in the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 KAL, go here. You can order The Fibre Studio’s Socktober sock kit here.

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Later this week we will also introduce two, YES TWO, new yarn clubs! Our Keep Pounding Yarn Club is making a reappearance with even more options to show your support and wear your Panther’s colors. We will also introduce our Inspired by the Cinema Yarn Club, which will celebrate the birthdays for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (55th) and American in Paris (65th).

Lastly, we are dyeing some beautiful fibers for the Boo Knits Halloween Taboo MKAL, which goes live on October 1. We’ve chosen our Sea Song Lace [59% Cultivated Silk, 29% SW Merino, 20% Sea Cell ™] for this project, which will create a beautiful soft drape to the finished shawl.

Stay tuned…more exciting news to come!

Peaceful stitching, y’all!