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.


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What the….?!

Hi Everyone!
We are jumping on the “What the….?!” bandwagon! There are all sorts of sayings, acronyms, emoticons, expressive language (some more colorful than others), and fiber projects, which allow us to insert our own term into the question “What the….?!”  Here are today’s two favorites.

What the….Fade?!

Designed by Andrea Mowry, this What the Fade wrap pattern is her first ever Mystery Knit (ahem) FADE Along!!  The color suggestions (not kits) pictured are among the many potential options available in our Walkabout – Fingering and Freckles – Walkabout yarns.

Why no kits?” you ask. Two simple reasons: 1) to offer you the opportunity to stash bust on this very large project and 2) to encourage you to be your most creative, unique self. We would love to HELP you create your perfect project and don’t want to tie you to preset options. Of course, we’d be delighted to help you put together a one-of-a-kind kit.

Not interested in another mystery? Take a look at this Find Your Fade (at left) by the same designer. This gorgeous shawl was made by Anne Z who raided her stash and then also added our Walkabout – Fingering and Freckles – Walkabout yarns in variegated, tonals, and freckled yarns to bring it all together. A truly personalized beaut of a project!

What the….Fibre Studio?!
This past year has witnessed a lot of changes here at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For. We expanded our color palette and dye types to include Freckles, added new yarn bases (like Cotton Bamboo and Studio Sox ), and brought back our SW Merino – Sport and Lt Worsted and Bulky in a plethora of color ways.

Our most profound changes have been to our online shop. We redesigned it within a new platform and want to provide you with a visual aid to help navigate the new design AND to let you know what helpful information is available to you 24/7.

As with life, the only constant in our studio is change. Happy stitching, y’all!

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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!

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Colorscapes

Hi Everyone!
Building onto our recent posts about Size Matters and Color Matters, we’d like to feature two projects with BIG potential for customization.

Not every gradient or color blocked project must be completed using multiple yarns and color ways. The reverse is ALSO true. Below we have featured two projects we dearly love and a few options for customization. Our recommendations incur NO waste, proving once again that both size and color matters.

Glacier Sweep is a top down shawl by Stephen West. It is shaped with yarn overs to create a semi-circular shape. Garter stitch short rows are worked to add length to the wingspan and they form sleek wedges that increase in size. An I-cord bind off is worked for a smooth finished edge.

  Stephen’s photo (above left) and description encourages the maker to use a “solid” or tonal yarn for this project to show off the short rows and the eyelets. It is true that a lot of this detail would be lost if a speckled, variegated or striping yarn were used. Not so with a gradient, however, because a gradient IS a tonal yarn with very slow color changes.

Glacier Sweep is a great project for a 7-ounce cake (approx 980 yards) of our Fifty Shades of Gradient. Our shop sample (above right) was completed in color way Glenda of the East by our very own Glenda T. of the southeast. (Did you see what I just did right there?! Haha!) The maker can also go for that classic tonal shawl with an 8-ounce skein (approx 980 yards) of our Walkabout – Fingering yarn so there’s very little yarn remaining. As makers, we LOVE that!

Another featured project is Streetscape by Jana Huck. It is a garter stitch triangular shawl worked from tip to end, with a quirky zig-zag element that adds a touch of challenge to the otherwise soothing garter stitch. Wide blocks of stripes are visually striking, and when knit in the lovely grey and neutral shades, it is reminiscent of the German Autobahn, which inspired the designer.

There are a lot of graphic or color-block shawls and projects out there, however, most of them require “odd” yardage. This can mean that when you free or find that fade, you’d better free or find that wallet! Streetscape is NOT one of those. It uses almost all of three skeins of SW Merino – Sport, and we have created a few Streetscape Kit suggestions here.

As always, if you don’t see a “kit” option on the kit “page” that calls out your name, visit the appropriate yarn pages (we always include the names of our recommended yarn bases in the kit) and build your own OR use our yarn to complement fibers you already have in your stash. We LOVE seeing our yarns mixed with other fibers to achieve truly unique results and endeavor to share them on our social media pages to inspire other makers.

Happy stitching and stashing, y’all!

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Dog Days of Summer Sale – Our Biggest Ever

Hi All,
Those hot, humid August days are upon us. The fans emit a slight burning smell as they labor so industriously to keep us cool. And, if it wasn’t humid enough already, we like to boil large vats of water for various purposes here in the studio. Our skin looks great….our hair, not so much.
The one cool customer who says it’s time to shake up the lethargy and create some fun is studio dog, Lola. She says, “Bring it on, y’all!” [Maybe not in those exact words woofs.] So….here we are with OUR BIGGEST EVER SALE dedicated to Lola and those dog days of summer.

During the sale, from August 1-5, 2017, add your items to the cart and then at checkout, enter the appropriate discount code for your purchase amount as shown below.

Exclusions: This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts or sales. It cannot be applied to previous purchases. Items in our Spin and Weave Collection are not included. Sale ends at 11:59pm on August 5, 2017 EDT.

Qualifying Items Include:

We don’t make any promises that this sale will cool things down, but it sure is fun to throw shade on the bland and the blah and perk things up a bit.

Stay cool and peaceful stitching, y’all!

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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!

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Unraveled: Fiber Q&A 05 – Binding Off

Hi All! We are again tackling a highly-personalized topic for knitters. Continuing from our last Unraveled blog post in the series, which was dedicated to cast on methods, today we will discuss bind off methods.

While there are many bind off methods available to knitters, here are several methods which will be utilized repeatedly. We think these methods are great tools for any maker to have in his/her knitting arsenal.

“Why are you sharing several bind off methods but only highlighted a few cast on methods?” you ask. It’s simple really. With a cast on, there’s just “empty space” with needles and a bit of working yarn. However, when there are infinite types of projects and stitch combinations already on the needles at the end of a project, selecting the correct bind off really pays homage to the finished project. It can even “make or break” it.

The Bind…Off (BO)

 

 

 

 

Knitted BO Method: This is the most basic bind off method and should be utilized with right side of fabric facing knitter. Tight knitters should go up 1-2 needle sizes to prevent puckering.

Knit two stitches, pass the first worked stitch over the second worked stitch, leaving remaining stitch on right needle. *Knit another stitch, and pass first worked stitch over last worked stitch, leaving remaining stitch on right needle.* Repeat from * to * as necessary until project is fully bound off.

Stretchy BO Method: This bind off method is great for most all projects, but especially for lace knitting (where projects are aggressively blocked) and for finishing projects which may need to stretch and shrink (e.g. hats, cuffs, socks, et al). This method is already stretchy (most makers do not need to go up a needle size) and is worked with right side of fabric facing the knitter. We’ve included the link to a helpful video here.

*Knit two stitches together through the back loop and move worked stitch back to the left needle.* Repeat from * to * as necessary until project is fully bound off.

Stretchy Rib BO Method: This bind off method is quite useful for rib combinations (1:1, 2:1, 2:2, et al) when the maker doesn’t want that “flare out” at the end of their project. You know what I mean…that stretched out appearance which can make brand new garments look worn and socks not stay up on the leg. This method is worked with right side of fabric facing the knitter; the method alters based on the “next” stitch. We’ve included the link to a helpful video here.

Based on rib stitch in row below, knit/purl first stitch. *Looking at the next stitch to be worked, twist existing worked stitch by turning right needle 360 degrees (clockwise for an upcoming knit stitch and counter-clockwise for an upcoming purl stitch), and then work the next stitch as usual in the rib. Pass first worked stitch over second worked stitch.* Repeat from * to * as necessary until project is fully bound off.

Icelandic BO Method: This semi-stretchy bind off method is appropriate for binding off those projects knit in garter or with slipped stitches because the resulting edge has very defined horizontal bars. This bind off can be completed from either right or wrong side facing rows. We’ve included the link to a helpful video here.

*With yarn in back, insert your right needle into the first stitch as if to purl. After insertion, take tip of right needle and insert into second stitch on left needle as if to knit. Wrap working yarn around right needle and knit that second stitch. Move worked stitch back onto left needle.* Repeat from * to * as necessary until project is fully bound off.

Picot BO Method: This decorative method can really finish a lace project beautifully. There is a simple math equation used herein. Basically, the maker should bind off twice as many stitches as he/she casts on. The more stitches cast on, the larger the picot bump. Also, due to the additional cast on stitches, this bind off method utilizes about twice as much yardage to bind off. We’ve included the link to a helpful video here.

For a small picot – *Cast on two stitches. Knit two stitches and pass first worked stitch over second stitch. Knit the next stitch and pass the first worked stitch over the second stitch…three more times. Slip remaining working stitch back to left needle.* Repeat from * to * as necessary until project is fully bound off.

I-Cord BO Method: This bind off method is the most complicated and possibly the one utilized the least. However, understanding how this method works is of great benefit when the maker wants to create a beautifully smooth finished edge to a garment and is also beneficial for baby blankets and wash cloths. This method creates a closed edge (and can use 3 or more stitches depending upon the maker’s preferences) so it holds up to wear very well. It also utilizes a lot of yarn to finish the project. We’ve included the link to a helpful video here.

For a 3-stitch I-Cord, cast on three new stitches. *Knit two of the new stitches. Knit the third new stitch along with the next “old” stitch together through the back loop. Move all three stitches on the right needle back to the left needle.* Repeat from * to * as necessary until project is fully bound off.

Feel free to share this or any of our blog posts with your greater fiber community and/or those newbies you’d like to teach to knit. Sharing is caring, and we love welcoming new fiber artists and makers into our community.

Happy and peaceful stitching, y’all!

 

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