Carolinian Rhapsody

Hi Everyone,
We are celebrating color in all its delicious glory this week and are so very thankful we have such a fantastic fiber community to support our little Charlotte, North Carolina studio.

Half-Vent MKAL Kits
No time for the full fiber advent calendars? We have just the project for you! We’ve developed kits for Laura Aylor’s Half-vent MKAL (details here), which has a pre-release of November 15 and will begin on December 13.

The Fibre Studio has six micro-sized kits modeled after the Crown Jewels, and we’ve added a seventh mystery “Gemstones” kit just for this project. Pssst…you will love the mystery kit color way as it includes something for “everyone.”

Each kit contains one, 4-oz skein and twelve, 8-gm mini skeins of SW Merino – Fingering yarn for your knitting pleasure, which is approximately 1050 yards total in each kit. Order your kits now so you will have your yarn ready to go by December 13.

BFSSCM Weekend Sale
Is it already that time? Yes! Next week our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals will begin. While the brick and mortar studio will be closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday, our online store is open 24/7, and we will offer on-line specials on those three days that are not available at any other time of the year.

Catawba on Our Minds
Our Catawba color way was dyed with the 2018 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Fletcher, NC in mind.

The color way was born of the moody hues found in and around the Catawba river and Lake Wylie areas and is reflective of the flora, fauna, and waterways found there.

This color is perfect when paired with another Fifty Shades of Gradient™ or with our tonals such as Dark and Stormy or Kale.

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

P.S. In celebration of of the rock band Queen and the recently-released movie (Bohemian Rhapsody) about Freddy Mercury, we have a little poem to be sung along to We Are The Champions. Enjoy.

We are the knitters, my friends.
We’ll fix a dropped stitch and weave in ends.
We are the knitters, we’re crocheters and knitters.
Making and doing,
Sip some wine, we are cruising.

We love good fibers, my friends.
Our knit a longs, quality demands.
Acrylics are for losers, so don’t be a loser.
Like Fifty Shades of Gradient,
Great yarns should be radiant.

We’re in good company, my friends.
With community ’round the world, end to end.
Ravelry connects us, our neighbors are the universe.
Spin, knit, and weave it, making can be so diverse.

We connect on the Internet.
We share our content on…the…Internet.

We’re makers and doers, nap time is for losers.
Except for Lola, it’s for losers.
Maybe it’s NOT for losers.
When we dream of yarn, it’s not for losers.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

In All Their Gourdgeousness…ness

Hi Everyone,
We are celebrating gourds and autumn scenes and are anticipating a Thanksgiving holiday filled with joy and fun and shopping.

A Few of Our Favorite Things
For those of you who are seeking new projects or want to revisit old friends for use with newly-stashed color ways, visit our Favorites board on Ravelry. This special group of bundles features projects in One-Skein Wonders, Dynamic Duos, Triple Treats, and more.

Gourdgeous Fall Colors
The leaves haven’t fallen completely here in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We are still inspired by all those luminous color combinations. Here are some of our favorites below.
We love our Mountaineer in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ paired with our Mountaineer in Freckles. We think it’s a gourdgeous combination. Want to go for a bigger project? Add a skein of Silver to this combination to go big or go home!

 

 

 

A maker can never go wrong with the deep hues of Nantahala. We love our gradient in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ paired with Deep Woods Red and the variegated Nantahala. Want to go deep and rich instead? Pair either the variegated or gradient with Espresso and completely change the feel of this statement color way.

 

During our recent trip to the Asheville, NC area for SAFF, we saw so many creeks and rivers swollen with the omnipresent rains. Wet cliff faces and river rocks were seen everywhere, and we love this combination of Stone in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ paired with Chestnut and Snow at Midnight.

 

 

 

BFSSCM Weekend Sale
Stay tuned for our upcoming Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals. While the brick and mortar studio will be closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday, our online store is open 24/7, and we will offer on-line specials on those three days that are not available at any other time of the year.

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 Color Way & Salty Friends

Hi Everyone,
We are sending out a mid-week message to share some of our favorite things with you.

Catawba, 2018 SAFF Color Way

Our Catawba color way was our autumn mystery color way, dyed with the 2018 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair  (SAFF) in Fletcher, NC in mind. We were a vendor at this fiber festival, at the end of October and witnessed fantastic crowds who ignored the cold wind and rainy weather to support their beloved fiber arts.

The color way was born of the moody hues found in and around the Catawba river and Lake Wylie (as pictured) areas and is reflective of the flora, fauna, and waterways found there.

The Catawba, also known as Issa, Essa, or Iswä means “People of the River” and are a federally-recognized tribe of Native Americans, formally known as the Catawba Indian Nation. They live in the Southeastern United States, on the Catawba River at the border of North Carolina. Their language is of Sioux origin, and they are known as avid hunters and fisher-sans, with talents in both pottery and basket-weaving–skills preserved to this day.

The Salty Sheep
We cannot share with you the happiness we felt when we saw our friends at The Salty Sheep (in Swansboro, NC) display an Instagram photo of their new floors, in their new shop space this week. The recent hurricane just decimated the shop, and Peggy B. has shared the heartbreak, hope, rainbows, and elbow grease it takes to make what you love happen.

If you haven’t friended them on Facebook or followed them on Instagram, their beautiful little shop in the friendly city by the sea is truly an inspiration and a positive influence on anyone’s social media feed. We hope to get to see their new space welcome back their fiber community very soon, and we hope you visit them when they reopen!

The Fibre Studio Welcomes Sheri Balke
While Sheri may not be truly salty, we love that our friend and fiber ally is now a member of The Ewe Crew. Sheri will be helping the rest of the crew in the studio be better at everything. Stop in to say hello if you get a chance!

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

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

Gems for All

Hi Everyone,
We are excited to share with you lots of new–colors, kits, and projects. This week we are showcasing our family crown jewels in such an array of colors, we hear Meg may be back in the States reconnoitering for the Queen.

Crown jEWEls
The Fibre Studio has created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, which will begin July 19, 2018.

Each of our Crown jEWEls kits contains twelve, 1-ounce skeins of our SW Merino – Fingering base, which are approximately 140 yards each (~1,680 yards total in kit).

We are currently taking pre-orders for six color ways including Cherokee, Eastwick, Nouveau Rainbow, River Rock, Seaside, and Tourmaline. With these color options, everyone can be crowned a prince(ss)!

Not into mystery KALs? Perhaps you are more in tune with your….

Linear Moods
This large cushy wrap, by designer Xandy Peters, uses contrasting gradient yarns to create a stunning visual effect. Stripes provide color contrast; shaping bends the stripes into a chevron shape; and the addition of short rows changes the width of each stripe.

As the stripes cross the center line, the proportion of colors reverses from thick to thin and back again. Picking the colors for Linear Moods is a lot of fun. Makers can choose harmonious hues for a subtle look or pick wildly contrasting tones for a statement piece.

The Fibre Studio has amazing gradient options to create this lovely shawl. The maker can use one small (4 oz) and one large (7 oz) Fifty Shades of Gradient™ cake to construct this shawl. Another option is to use one small (4 oz) cake of Fifty Shades of Gradient™ with one 6-ounce Color Play Kit. As the designer noted, selecting ombré hues can produce a sutble look while using gradients that vary in actual colors can create an art piece. Here are some ideas showcasing three combo options in each grouping.

Top Left: Two gradient cakes in Black to the Fuchsia and Business Suit OR either of those gradient cakes with the Fuchsia color play kit.
Top Right: Two gradient cakes in Mallard and Juniper OR either of those gradient cakes with Undertow color play kit.
Below Left: Two gradient cakes in Dark Meadow and Latte OR either of those gradient cakes with Cherokee color play kit.
Below Right: Two gradient cakes in Mountain Thistle and Purpleicious OR either of those gradient cakes with Mountain Thistle color play kit.
The possibilities are always “to infinity and beyond” here at The Fibre Studio.

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

Spinning Tops & Other Yarns

Hi Everyone,
This week, we want to remind everyone about our upcoming World Wide Knit in Public Day as well as talk a bit about spinning. Let’s chat, shall we?

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Hang out with The Ewe Crew for our Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration on Saturday, June 9. We are hosting our fifth World Wide Knit in Public Day event (the third at this location). We welcome all fiber artists and makers to come and be with other makers.

Come rain or shine, we will swing open our industrial doors and make room for fiber, friends, and nature (not necessarily in that order). There will be a new color way for sale as well a raffles and giveaways, and light refreshments.

Visitors who plan to stay awhile should bring a knit/crochet/drop spindle project, sunscreen, a brown bag lunch, a folding chair, a reusable water bottle (or buy one from us) to use our water fountain, and perhaps even a beach umbrella if you want to sit outside on the (very safe) grassy knoll.

Spinning Tales
While we usually focus on knitting and crochet (since that comprises the majority of our followers), we love to support other fiber arts as well. We’re going to miss our Spinning Saturdays, which we put on hiatus through the hot summer months so we will give spinning our attention here in this climate-controlled Etherverse.

There are unique spinning terms just as there are with any of the fiber arts. Some of them are a bit more fun than others. For instance, “spinning a yarn” means something quite different to fiber artists than it does to the non-making community. So do the terms “getting carded” and “putting a crimp” in someone’s style and “top knot.” This makes us think of other pseudo fiber-related phrases like “getting my weave on” and “yanking my chain” too. Ha!

The Fibre Studio is most known for our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line of products including yarn, roving/top, and our deja vu sock yarn. However, spinners can create gradient yarns at the wheel (or slightly before) in a couple of different ways.

SupPLY Chain
Spinners can organize their braided hanks in a couple of different ways to create gradients. Firstly, makers should take a variegated hank of roving and separate it by color…from light to dark or even into a rainbow effect. A very helpful video can be found here. Secondly, spinners can also ply chain spun fibers to blend those yarns into true ombre effects, marling the fiber when necessary to get a good blend.

Getting Carded
Spinners have stashes and leftovers too. If s/he wants to stash bust in order to spin ombre yarns, carding a variety of colors (or fiber types) together into color-concentrated bundles is a great way to create a gradient effect. A helpful video is found here. When creating a gradient effect, the maker should just vary the color concentration from light to dark as it is carded. Bag and organize those resulting bundles and then spin the bundles in the appropriate order to get the desired effect.

Spinning from the Top
Spinners may already have top ready to be spun. There is a simple “formula” to use to create a nice gradient effect. For instance, if the maker has two, 6- or 8-oz hanks of roving, s/he can organize the top into smaller bundles and then spin and ply into gradient yumminess.

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