Shifts & SAFF & Secrets, Oh My

Hi Everyone,
It’s that fabulous fiber-centric time of year again. Hip Hip Hurray for Fall! This week we want to talk SAFF, secret color ways, splendid kits for shifts and feathers, and treats (no tricks) of course! After all, Halloween is just around the corner!

A Return to Wicked and Sleepy Hollow
Fly your freaky fun flag and choose a Fifty Shades of Gradient™ in color ways Wicked (below left) or in Sleepy Hollow (below right). We bring these colors back a few weeks each autumn for those of you who want to make something “For Good.” Available in both 4 oz (approx 560 yards) or 7 oz (approx 980 yards) cakes of squeezable, fluffy 2-ply fingering 100% Superwash Merino yarn. Makers will find that adventure awaits in every skein.

Birds of a Feather Shift Together
One of our latest and favoritest is the Birds of a Feather (below right) shawl by designer Andrea Mowry. We’ve created the softest kits for this project and think this is a textural project that will bring hours of pleasure to the maker.
Another of our newest addKNITctions is The Shift, a cowl pattern (top left) also by designer Andrea Mowry. We’ve created some fun, limited-time-only kits for this project as well. We chose our Studio Solo fiber in color combinations surely to fool the viewer into thinking this cowl was woven and not knit. We admit we’re obsessed!

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) will be held October 26-28, 2018. The Fibre Studio can again be found in the Davis Arena, only this time in booths 336 & 338.

This is one of the largest fiber festivals in the southeast and is a perfect opportunity to schedule a girls’ day out or even a weekend retreat. Be prepared to learn about fiber-producing live stock, take classes, shop, and generally have a total blast.

The Fibre Studio loves to offer a mystery color way each year at SAFF. This year, we took our inspiration from our own greater Charlotte, North Carolina area with our newest offering Catawba in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line. The color way is beautifully-hued and reminiscent of the flora, fauna, and waterways in the area. It may just be our favorite SAFF mystery color yet.

We are currently taking online pre-orders until October 19 and can bring those pre-orders to SAFF if instructed during checkout. Order yours today because the inventory we bring to SAFF often goes very quickly.

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

March 2018 Newes

Hi Everyone,
March Madness is almost upon us! In this instance, we’re not talking basketball, y’all! There is truth in Lorie Hill’s poem, which states, “March roars in like a lion, so fierce. The wind so cold, it seems to pierce. The month rolls on, and Spring draws near. And March goes out like a lamb so dear.”

Here in the South, the weather can be cray cray. It can be 85F in late February and the beginning of March; then we get those last deep freezes at Eastover (the time around Easter + Passover), which causes worry about our peach trees, spring lettuces, dogwoods, hyacinths, and azaleas.

But if we’re not discussing basketball, and we can’t control the weather…what is OUR March Madness all about? It’s about a jam-packed calendar of fun, fiber-centric events!

Spinning Saturday
We are open for retail on the first Saturday, March 3, and will host our monthly Spinning Saturday. Bring your wheels, your roving (or find hand-dyed roving in our studio…some of which just made it into our Sale Bin), and your current projects to sit and spin with us on an on-going basis. All skill levels welcome.

Not a spinner? We welcome knitters and crocheters as well or just come to see what’s new at the Studio!

Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Our fearless leader is making the trip across the pond to the annual Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018 in mid-March. Expect a few upcoming color surprises and offerings from the studio to celebrate this trip, and we hope to get updates and news from her while she’s on this adventure to share with our followers and greater fiber community.

Carolina Fiber Frolic
The Fibre Studio is a participant in this year’s Carolina Fiber Frolic in Sapphire, NC. The actual retreat is March 16-18, however, we will be packing up our fibers and traveling on the 15th. The Fibre Studio will be closed to the public from Mar 15-18.

This is our first time participating at Carolina Fiber Frolic, and we have planned something special with Jan Smiley (event coordinator) just for this event. C’mon out and see us!

Carolina FiberFest
The Fibre Studio will again participate in the annual Carolina FiberFest, held in the Kerr Scott Building at the NC State Fairgrounds in our fair capital Raleigh, NC. The festival is from Mar 23-24, however, we will pack up our yarns and travel on March 22. The Fibre Studio will be closed to the public from March 22-24.

For those of you who have never attended, there are classes/workshops, demos and talks, a myriad of shopping for all things fiber-related, and is a great opportunity to meet your regional indie dyers and see their fibers in person. This is a great opportunity for a girl’s day (or weekend) out. Pick up a friend and visit us in our booth. We think we will be in the same booth as last year and will update our FB Events Page when confirmed.

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

SAFF, Spinning and Stitches

Hey Everyone! It’s that time of year when the area’s fiber community is buzzing with activities. We wanted to share a few of them with you.

Mosaic Stitch Patterns & Kits
We’ve identified three beautiful mosaic stitch shawl patterns (all use the same ratio of two contrasting colors of yarn) and created kits for them, which are available on our eShop here. The patterns are Eifelgold by Melanie Berg, The Girl in Me by Melanie Berg, and Walk in the Woods by Lisa Hannes. The mosaic stitch is created simply by using the slip stitch in various places to create right angles. In all three shawls, only one color is worked at a time so the patterns are interesting without being frustrating or complicated.

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Note: Because the total yardage required for these shawls is a nice even eight ounces, buying two 8-ounce skeins in contrasting colors allows the maker(s) to get TWO of these lovely shawls knit from two skeins of yarn. What a great mini KAL opportunity for you and a friend or family member to knit shawls together, which result in complementary but not matching shawls. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and November being Memory Awareness Month, these shawls provide another way to buddy up WITH or knit FOR someone you care about.

All About That Bass SAFF!
The Southeast Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) is almost here! It will be held October 28-30 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. We wanted to post some logistics information like driving directions and fairgrounds venue map for those of you who plan to attend. For those of you who had not planned to attend, PLEASE change your mind! Ha! It’s just such a great opportunity to play, browse, and buy your favorite supplies, notions and yarns…some of which will only be available at the fair. It’s also a great way to meet and greet the woolly animals and artisans who actually produce these products we love so much.

For this 2016 fair, The Fibre Studio will be located in the Davis Arena. While it is NOT the Debbie Davis Arena :o) we are sure happy to be placed there. We will be in Booth 3 right down the same row from the cafe. Stay tuned as there will be more to come…

Sit & Spin Saturdays
Sit & Spin Saturdays have begun at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For. We welcome spinners on the first Saturday of each month to bring their wheels, roving, and even a bag lunch if desired to our studio to share your spinning projects and interests with other like-minded spinners. All skill levels welcome. The Fibre Studio is open on the first Saturday of the month, from 10am to 4pm. We update these activities via Facebook.

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and happy stitching, y’all!

Mairlynd Knit Any Shawl KAL

Mairlynd Any Shawl KAL 2016

(c) @Mairlynd / (c) Melanie Berg

As previously shared, the 2016 Mairlynd (aka designer, Melanie Berg) Knit Any Shawl KAL began Monday, May 9. You can join this Knit-A-Long three different ways:

  1. Visit The Fibre Studio during Wednesday Open Knit/Crochet from 10am to 2pm;
  2. Join The Fibre Studio KAL on Ravelry here; or
  3. Join the Mairlynd Knit Any Shawl KAL on Ravelry here.

Mairlynd is ending their KAL on June 12, however, we are extending our KAL until Saturday, June 18 in order to make it part of our World Wide Knit in Public and First Birthday event in our new dyeing studio location.

We hope you will join us for our KAL as well as our June 18 event to celebrate with us and to show off your Mairlynd projects? Which Melanie Berg patterns have you purchased? What’s on your needles?

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.

 

knitCompanion Workshop

Are your hands full?  Does your lap runneth over with yarn, needles AND your paper pattern, stitch counter, row markers?

Learn how to utilize knitCompanion, a user- and device-friendly app, which can simplify your life AND open up space on your lap for that lovely, fluffy, soft yarn you’re currently working.

Charlotte knitting guru, Linda Rudisill, will teach you how to update or download the latest version of the app to your device, download your next project pattern, review the app’s existing tools as well as additional tools available with upgrades, and then personalize the viewing screen to YOUR particular specifications.

Have ADD/ADHD and dance with the squirrel on a regular basis?  No worries!  The app screen may be simplified to draw the eye to the most basic of information–perhaps only the written instructions with the stitch counter.  Love to see everything on one page?  Conversely, the app can be set to show sections of your pattern’s written instructions, stitch counter, corresponding chart sections, and chart key.

Join us for this knitCompanion class and never be a lonely, overwhelmed knitter again.  Class info is as follows:

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location:  The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For, 658 Griffith Road, Suite 107 | Charlotte, NC  28217
Cost:  $20 per person (Attendees must pay by cash or check made out to Linda Rudisill. Cost does not include app or pattern download.)

Nuno Felted Scarf Workshop

Kit Color Choices!

Join us Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10:30-4:30 for a Nuno Felted Scarf workshop.  The cost of the workshop is $85.00 and includes all the beautiful hand dyed fibers, ribbons and silk you need to create this lovely project.

Vickie Clontz will lead the workshop.  Wear warm, comfortable clothes. Bring a pair of rubber gloves and a beach towel.

Call 704-614-4745 to reserve your space.

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Wet-Felted Lattice Scarf with Vickie Clontz

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Looking forward to September 19, when hopefully the weather has cooled a bit, The Fibre Studio will be hosting another wonderful “wet-felting” workshop with Vickie Clontz.

We will be “wet-felting” a beautiful airy wool scarf or table runner in your favorite colors! We will embellish our piece with lustrous bamboo and silk fibers, sparkly Angelina, and delicate wool nepps.  You may bring in bits and pieces of yarns from your stash to incorporate into your project (although  is not necessary).  No rolling is needed; however, it is a bit physical.

Students should bring:

  • 2 large towels
  • Apron or old shirt for playing in water
  • Heavy-duty rubber kitchen gloves
  • Bits and pieces of yarns in colors they would like to do their scarf (optional)

Price of the workshop is $85.00 – which includes all materials –  a kit of wool fibers, Angelina, silk fibers, wool nepps, and some yarn in an array of colors.

We will be taking a lunch half-way through. You may bring your lunch of for an additional $10.00 a box lunch will be provided.

Please call The Fibre Studio, 704-614-4745, to reserve your spot.  Please mention if you would like a box lunch.