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!

 

Knit to Win!

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Yes, my friends. You read that correctly. You can win prizes just by knitting (and sharing your work).

During our upcoming June 18 World Wide Knit in Public and Anniversary Event, we are going to have prizes drawn on the half hour between 1-6pm. You CAN stack the deck to increase your chances of winning fabulous prizes like a cake of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn, grab bags, a 40% off voucher for any regular price item currently available in the studio, or a Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) pattern of your choosing.

“How do I increase my chances of winning?” you ask. Well, folks, you can do the following:

1. For every week you show us your Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) Knit Any Shawl KAL Work in Progress on The Fibre Studio’s Ravelry KAL discussion board, your name goes into the kitty. Note: Names will only be entered once per week per person.
2. If you wear or bring your Melanie Berg shawl to the event, your name goes into the kitty.
3. If you buy yarn during the event, your name goes into the kitty for each sku you purchase.
4. If you wear a shawl, sweater, scarf, or other item made from The Fibre Studio yarn, your name goes into the kitty…once so don’t bring your entire wardrobe…well, unless you want to do so. Ha!
5. If you are tagged by one of The Fibre Studio employees as a Sample Gallery Model (i.e. we want a picture of YOUR project for our website), your name goes into the kitty. Each attending employee will select only one model.
6. If you win, you must be in attendance at the time of the drawing. Drawing times are: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Upload those WIPs to our Ravelry page; the payoff is big, Huge, GINORMOUS. Of course, we hope to see you at our event. Did I mention there would be cake–both yarn AND the frosted kind!?

Click here for additional information about the event.

Happy stitching, y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Good Times, C’mon!

Fibre Studio Banner KISS JPEG 01Ready?  Set?  Mark your calendars!

Saturday, June 18 is a very special day at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For.  Yes, it’s World Wide Knit in Public Day (please see Mint Museum Charlotte Knitting Guild Event), but our new dyeing studio is also celebrating its FIRST anniversary.  We just turned ONE!

We are taking the opportunity to combine the two events into one very special celebration.

Who: Knitters, Crocheters, Fiber Artists, Makers…….aka YOU
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 10am ’til 6pm
Where: The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For | 658 Griffith Road, Suite 107 | Charlotte 28217
Details: The Fibre Studio will unveil a new 50 Shades of Gradient color way AND a new pattern during this event. Participants will have opportunities to showcase their Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) KAL projects. There will be cake! We shall construct a Color Playstation so guests can build their own color play kit. We will welcome a featured guest demonstrating a sock knitting machine. There will be door prizes and giveaways beginning at 1pm. Did I mention there will be cake?

Bring your projects (on needles or to show and tell), your friends, even those non-knitting buddies. As always, we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate how truly awesome the greater Charlotte area “making” community is…while we celebrate our birthday…and have CAKE!

Happy stitching, y’all!

P.S. The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has a new phone number (980-475-4705) so please update your contacts lists accordingly.