Three-Color Blends

Hi Everyone,
This week we are going to discuss two projects, both of which utilize a blend of three colors of fingering-weight yarn. Also, please note we will be on the road on Friday, June 15, heading to a pop-up shop in Raleigh, NC.

Impressionists MKAL Shawl by Helen Stewart
When you stand in front of an Impressionist masterpiece, what do you see? Quiet vibrancy, indistinct edges, and clear warm light. The richness of ordinary moments captured in glimpses: this is the true magic of the Impressionists. The Impressionists showed us what they saw, but left room for our vivid imaginations as well. The Impressionists MKAL shawl (all clues are in at this point) offers us a way to to show the world what WE see.

One of the strengths in looking at Impressionism is the breadth and width of topic and color. The maker could choose subtle colors as in the water or street scenes of Monet or Renoir or go with rich and vibrant colors as with the landscapes and still lifes of Van Gogh or Degas.

No matter your creative direction, The Fibre Studio has a variety of wonderful fibers perfect for this three-color shawl. Choose from Studio Sox, a springy, versatile yarn, which is easy to maintain. Studio Solo is our newest base, takes color magnificently, and has that lovely simple single-ply effect, which is both clean and soft. Of course, our Walkabout – Fingering, creates beautiful stitch definition and embodies the richest of hues. Use our Freckles yarns to blend your color palette. What will your impression be?

Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Urban legend has it that a goldfish has a memory or attention span of about three seconds, just the time it takes to swim around a standard fish bowl. According to designer Casapinka, this sometimes describes her attention span, and it describes the myriad of changes to this parallelogram-shaped wrap she titled Goldfish Memory. Slipped stitches, little garter stripes, bigger garter stripes, simple lace, stockinette stripes…that’s what you’ll find here. The maker will need three colors of fingering-weight yarn, and all the fibers mentioned above are great choices for this project as well.

Pop-Up Shop at Admit Ewe Knit
The Fibre Studio and Baaathsheba are packing up the fiber cart and heading to Admit Ewe Knit in Raleigh, North Carolina [1025 Bullard Court, Suite 105 | Raleigh, NC 27615 | 919-876-4640] on Saturday, June 16, from 10:30am-4pm.

If you plan to be in the Raleigh area, grab a friend and c’mon out and see us! We will have project kits, our WWKiP 2018 color way, and a great selection of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ cakes.

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

Spring Thing & Other Flings

Hi Everyone,
Doesn’t it sometimes seem as though our efforts to match new fibers with new projects is similar to a romantic fling? We fall in love (yarn or pattern). We bleed Kool Aid for it. We are a slave to all the details. We share it with everyone…sometimes TMI. We settle in for some pattern manipulation and textural conception. After completion, we light a cigarette drink a little wine or have coffee with friends, discuss all the challenges, and begin to look for our next fling.

Sound a bit sordid? Not to our ears. In an age where technology provides a sterile interface to many relationships, our families and friends are scattered to the winds of the earth, and our lives are so busy we set alarms to keep us on track…falling in love, even if its with yarn or fabric, and subsequently hanging out with fiber friends to discuss it, is quite simply wonderful. In the movie When Harry Met Sally a wise woman stated, “I’ll have what she’s having.”

This week we celebrate the Spring Thing, a new summer sweater pattern, and a new shawl idea for using our Bo Peeps (thanks, Boop). Prepare for that next fling; it may be just around the cursor corner.

Spring Thing
The Charlotte inner city yarn shops and studios are participating in an informal Spring Thing. We will be open May 18-20 in anticipation of this event. Visit our retail space to enjoy those great deals never seen online or to see, squeeze, and fondle our hand-dyed fibers–Black Sheep (experimentals), Bo Peeps (to pre-order), Color Play Station (DIY color play kits), and inventory reduction specials.

Bring a friend or three, hit all three locations (including Charlotte Yarn and Baskets of Yarn), have lunch, and make a day of it. Your friends can bear witness to the new romance in your life.

Jaycee Cardigan
Been looking for a lovely, light-weight Spring/Summer sweater to stay comfy in those overly cooled, air-conditioned areas that make us wish longingly for mukluks? We’ve found a perfect option in the Jaycee cardigan by designer Isabell Kraemer.

Stylishly worn open or buttoned, this sweet cardigan has just a bit of texture around the yoke and above the ribbing at the waist. It is also worked seamlessly from the top down. Short rows shape the neck and yoke until sleeve separation. Sleeve stitches are placed on hold, then the body is worked back and forth down to the hem. Button bands and neck finishing are worked next. Sleeves are worked in rounds top down to the cuffs last.

We recommend our Cotton Bamboo – Fingering (on sale now), Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Walkabout – Fingering, or even a Bo Peep (especially the lovely red-black copper tones of BP003) for this project.

South of Broad Shawl
We are excited to feature the South of Broad shawl by local designer, Liz Washburn.

This half hexagonal shawl pattern includes both written and charted instructions. The lace repeats are fairly simple–perfect for newbies to lace knitting. The unusual shape ensures it hugs the shoulders and doesn’t slip off as do many asymmetrical or rectangular shawls.

This wrap was named South of Broad for the romantic and historic section of Charleston, SC. Even when using a fiber containing wool, the fingering weight and selecting bright colors make it perfect for a warmer climate, such as that of Charleston. A Charleston romance is a “fiiiuhhhnnn” (that’s “fine” for non Southern speakers) romance.

Thank you Betty R. for bringing this gorgeous shawl by one of our local Yarnies to our attention AND for purchasing the Bo Peeps in which to make it. Like Betty, we love our Bo Peeps for this project as well as many of our other Studio Sox, Freckles, and Walkabout – Fingering color ways.

Bo Peeps – Not Just for Shawls
For those of you who think our Bo Peeps are just for cowls or shawls, let us assure you they are not.

While they are available in three fingering-weight fiber bases, they are also available in sport and light worsted weight yarns for those Yarnies that love a nice sweater or throw. Just make sure you get enough yarn for your entire project, because our Bo Peeps are lost to us after the 20th of each month.

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 Filled Our Nest for Mother’s Day

Hi Everyone,
Just in time for Mother’s Day, take a gander at our new Bo Peeps. For our U.S. online shoppers, we will offer free shipping for Mother’s Day weekend. We have also added a Spring Thing to our schedule for May 18-20.

New Bo Peeps
This month’s Bo Peeps are about mothers in all their diversity. We selected an inspiration photo (shared with you last week) and dyed three colors to represent what we saw in the photo. The Black Copper Maran is BP003. The variegated containing all the colors is BP004. The Easter Egger which looks a bit like a robin’s egg is BP005.

These are not those sugar-coated, pallid colors often associated with Mother’s Day. These are strong, vivid hues representing strong, deep women. In 2018, we wanted to break the mold and be just a little better.

We love the following project options for these color ways (yardage requirements vary depending upon fiber base):
One-Skein Wonders: Antarktis, BitterBlue, Dawn to Dusk, Evaporate, HitchhikerLocal Yarn Shawl (small), Perhaps Perhaps, Rivercane, and Wildheart
Two-Skein Projects: Cameo, Ceciliana, Double Scoop, Holyrood, Laurelie, Local Yarn Shawl (large), Wild & Free, Yondah Window, and Zorzal
Three-Skein Projects: 3 Color Cashmere Shawl, All Points South, Exploration Station, Find Your Fade, Jujuy, Shawl B, and The Doodler

On-Line Mother’s Day Special
For all our on-line U.S. customers, we will offer free shipping from Friday, May 11 through end-of-day Sunday, May 13. Just use discount code LUVMOM18 at checkout. This discount is good for our hand-dyed yarns, yarn kits, needles, and accessories. [Please note: Discount does NOT include shipping for spinning and weaving equipment.]

Make the smart choice to give choice in your Mother’s Day gifting. We have The Fibre Studio Gift Card in denominations for any budget for all the moms in your life.

Spring Thing
The Charlotte inner city yarn shops and studios are participating in an informal Spring Thing. We will be open May 18-20 in anticipation of this event. Visit our retail space to enjoy those great deals never seen online or to get a “feel” for our fiber–Black Sheep (experimentals), Bo Peeps (to pre-order), Color Play Station (DIY color play kits), and inventory reduction specials.

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

May 2018 Newes

Hi Everyone,
We have exciting May activities and events to note, including a recap of our Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival experience, our inspiration for the latest Bo Peeps, Mother’s Day trivia, and the Spring Thing.

Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival
Thank you to everyone who came out to see us during this past weekend at the inaugural Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival in Ellijay, Georgia. We had lots of visitors stop by who became first-time customers, and we want you to know we appreciate you all (both nEWEbies and existing Ewe Crew) so much. It was a great first year for this event, and we look forward to watching it grow and evolve. If you are interested in learning more so you can put it on your calendar for next year, visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

Inspiration for May Bo Peeps
In the coming week, we will post the photos and links for our new Bo Peeps. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Bo Peeps are new color ways, for which we take pre-order sales only. While we offer them on multiple bases for a limited time, these color ways will not be reproduced or replicated so we encourage customers to order enough yardage for their entire project.

We take these orders from about the first week through the 20th of the month, dye and skein the orders as received, and ship them out at or around the first of the following month. For May, we are taking inspiration from the photo at left, which celebrates the diversity of all types of mamas and babies.

Mother, May I?
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. If you want to celebrate those special mamas in your lives, think about giving The Fibre Studio Gift Card and let them choose the perfect gift for themselves.

Curious about how the observation of Mother’s Day began? The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, (which now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine). Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day.” However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday (the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910). In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Today, over 40 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day (yayyy!), with most celebrations being observed in March or May. Thank you to all the mamas out there and to all those who recognize them too!

Spring Thing
The Charlotte inner city yarn shops and studios are participating in an informal Spring Thing. We plan to be open May 18-20 in anticipation of this event. Visit our retail space to enjoy those great deals never seen online or to get a “feel” for our fiber–Black Sheep (experimentals), Bo Peeps (to pre-order), Color Play Station (DIY color play kits), and inventory reduction specials.

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

Edinburgh On Our Minds

Hi All!
Most everything is coming up Lothian this week. We are so excited to promote our recently-added Lothian color way in TWO different fiber formats and for TWO different patterns. We also have a Deja Vu pattern that will leave you dreamy as well as our first Bo Peeps, still available for pre-order.

Your Slip Is Showing
Your Slip Is Showing is a boomerang-shaped shawl by designer Casapinka. It is an opportunity to make a large statement piece using a simple slipped stitch technique, which is meditative to knit as it flows from one color combination to the next in twelve different sections. It uses four different colors of fingering-weight yarn and lends itself well to speckles, tonals or variegated colors, fade sets, or gradient colors. We have Your Slip Is Showing Kits in our Studio Sox base, and our shop sample was completed in the Lothian collection.
 

Want to stash bust for Your Slip Is Showing? There is a schematic that allows you to plan your shawl colors using colored pens or pencils. How fun! Use it to determine which color will show up at the beginning, middle and end of your project. Directions for this are described in the pattern. Or just do it any ole way you want!

Local Yarn Store Day
It’s just about that time! In support of TNNA’s inaugural Local Yarn Store Day, we will be open on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. Yes, that’s THIS Saturday! We have several new color ways and fiber kits to share.

We will also give away a free pattern (with a yarn purchase) by designer Casapinka. Her new pattern is called Local Yarn Shawl (at left), which she designed in support of this event. We are excited that Casapinka chose a skein of Fifty Shades of Gradient™ in color way Lothian for her pattern sample. Pick up a friend and make a day of it and c’mon out and see us and support your local yarn shop!

Deja Vu All Over Again
Designed by Lisa Hannes, this bias-knit triangular shawl combines the interplay of two colors with a bold & graphic mosaic stitch pattern, which creates an eye-catching effect. It is an easy and fun knit (as it only engages one yarn color at a time) that will give you a large and cozy shawl to keep you warm.

This pattern is perfect for one 3.5-ounce skein of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ – deja vu and one 3.5-ounce skein of Studio Sox. Our shop sample features Amsterdam and Blackberry. However, when committing to strong contrasting tonals, we love our Walkabout – Fingering and Merino Bamboo – Fingering (adds a soft sheen) for these mosaic stitch projects as well.

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

Get these Bo Peeps for a Limited Time Only (Until April 20)!

Wildhearts Frolic

Hi Everyone,
This week we wanted to share a new project, revisit another project, and invite you all to participate in our LYS Day.

Wildheart Shawl
Designed by Janina Kallio, Wildheart is a dazzling beauty with its clean lines and attention to detail. Romantic with an incredibly modern twist, this shawl is so airy it will leave you breathless.

The signature lace incorporated in this pattern is a unique combination of dropped stitches, eyelets and fishnet lace. Knit on the bias with increases on one side and decreases on the other, the alternating garter stitch and lace sections create dynamic visual interest and make Wildheart an entertaining knit resulting in a fully-reversible shawl.

The pattern calls for about 440 yards of fingering-weight yarn although the pattern can be adjusted to use up larger skeins. We like our Studio SoxFifty Shades of Gradient™Merino Bamboo – Fingering, and Walkabout – Fingering for this project. We used Studio Sox in color way Frolic for our shop sample (above left).

Zorzal Shawl
Zorzal in colors Phoenix Rising and PearlIn Spanish, a zorzal is a thrush….a plump, soft-plumaged bird, and this project is soft and eye-catching in the way it’s designed, reminiscent of the back and forth movements of a busy bird. The Zorzal crescent-shaped shawl by designer Lisa Hannes is worked in a mix of garter stripes and short-row wedges to create a fun interplay between two (or more) colors. The tassels at the tips add an eye-catching element to highlight one of the colors.

Designed for fingering weight yarn in two contrasting colors, it is a fun and addictive knit that creates a modern, easy-to-wear item for your daily wardrobe. We love our Studio Sox and our Walkabout – Fingering yarns for this project and made our shop sample (above right) using Studio Sox in color ways Phoenix Rising and Pearl.

Local Yarn Store Day
As we briefly mentioned last week, we are supporting TNNA’s inaugural Local Yarn Store Day and will be open on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10am to 4pm. We have several new color ways and fiber kits to share.

We will also give away a free pattern (with a yarn purchase) by designer Casapinka. Her new pattern is called Local Yarn Shawl (see below), which she designed in support of this event. We are excited that Casapinka chose a skein of Fifty Shades of Gradient™ in color way Lothian for her pattern sample. Pick up a friend and make a day of it and c’mon out and see us and support your local yarn shop!
  
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

Get these Bo Peeps for a Limited Time Only (Until April 20)!

Bo Peeps, Spinning & LYS Day

Hi All,
We love the change in seasons AND finding new ways to be creative during those seasons. To celebrate the changes throughout the year, we plan to occasionally offer a new color line called Bo Peeps.

“What are Bo Peeps?” you ask. Bo Peeps are fun experimental color ways we will offer as pre-order sales only, for a limited time, which will not be repeated or replicated.

When we identify a Bo Peep, we will offer the color way on select fiber bases for about a two-week period. After that time, they will disappear until the next Bo Peep is found. Orders placed during that two-week period will be dyed to order, skeined, and shipped around the first of the following month.

We’d like to introduce you to our first Bo Peeps, which are available to pre-order through April 20, 2018. We selected these colors because they are perfect for the season, and we wanted to celebrate the 2018 Pantone color of the year–Ultra Violet. Here we have both purples and violets at their seasonal best…enjoy!
 

Looking to mix and match? These new Bo Peeps are perfect with our existing color ways Purple Haze, Violet, Raspberry Jam, Golden Wheat, Sage, and Basil as well as a myriad of choices within our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ fiber line.

Spinning Saturday
The Fibre Studio will be open on this first Saturday, April 7 for Spinning Saturday. Bring your wheels, fiber (or pick up some roving in our studio), and current project and come sit and spin with us. All skill levels welcome. Not a spinner? That’s okay too. Come and knit or crochet or just pop in to see what’s new in the studio.

Local Yarn Store Day
The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) has scheduled the inaugural Local Yarn Store (LYS) Day for Saturday, April 21, 2018, which is a brick-and-mortar yarn shop appreciation day. LYS Day is designed to show support for small businesses while bringing together a unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft.

The Fibre Studio will PARTICIPATE and be OPEN that Saturday, April 21, from 10am to 4pm. We will feature a never-before-seen free pattern with purchase of yarn as well as other sales, grab bags, and yarn kits. Stop by to see us to celebrate your LYS!

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