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

Antsy for AnneZ & LYS

Hi Everyone!
This week we are excited to share the news about our new fiber base, a new color way, and a LYS Day recap.

LYS Day Recap
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the inaugural LYS Day on Saturday, April 21 with us. This brand new event was amazing and felt almost like a national yarn crawl. For those of you who could not make it in to your LYS or did not have a participating store in your area, designer Casapinka’s Local Yarn Shawl pattern is now officially released and on sale.

This asymmetrical shawl pattern was written for two different sizes and is quite flexible in that it can be knit in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ (she used our color way Lothian for her pattern sample in size small) in either the 4oz or 7oz size cakes, Merino Bamboo – Fingering (for tonal options), or mix and match a tonal with a variegated or speckled yarn like our Studio Sox, Walkabout – Fingering, or Freckles yarns.

Studio Solo
The Fibre Studio now has a new single-ply base, we’re calling Studio Solo. Made of 100% SW Merino and squishy soft, this base takes dye beautifully and is a great yarn for hats, gloves, shawls, and even sweaters.

We are slowly adding new color ways to our online store, however, if you see a color way in another base and want it on the Studio Solo, just contact us here, and we will get a dye order started for you.

Got AnneZ?
While we’re not giving up our employee AnneZ, we now have a gorgeous new color way inspired by and named for her. This variegated color is saturated and warm, however, it goes with a myriad of our other color ways and is perfect for a variety projects. Thus far, we’ve added the color way to our Studio Sox, Walkabout – Fingering, and Studio Solo fiber bases and will continue to update our online store.

AnneZ would be beautiful paired with color ways Noir, Charcoal, Loden, Tobacco Road, Deep Woods Red, and Slate and is a great option for the Zorzal shawl, Match & Move shawl, or even the new Local Yarn Shawl! The options are endless.

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

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

Hook, Line & Kitsters

Hi Everyone!
This week, we have a few new gorgeous crochet (and FREE) projects we love and want to share, which may create a trend towards hooking. Woot! We also have a few color updates, especially for those who were or are interested in the Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival
Our fearless leader, Debbie D, left for Edinburgh on Sunday. She is heading to sunny (ahhemm) Scotland this bright, warm March to discover all the hidden gems (besides men in kilts) Edinburgh has to offer as she eagerly anticipates the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, scheduled for later this week.

In anticipation of this festival, we would like to introduce a new Fifty Shades of Gradient™ color way we call Lothian, named after the regional district in which the capital city of Edinburgh sits. We’ve also created several four-color kits for the Your Slip Is Showing shawl, by designer Casapinka. The Lothian-inspired kit contains the colors Lachlan, Lothian (variegated), Lothian (Freckles), and Glacier and is being used by Debbie for her Your Slip Is Showing (fabric close up below).
  

Calling All Hookers
We are always looking for new projects to share and one recent customer question we received was, “Why don’t you feature more crochet projects?” We don’t feature as many crochet projects because all of our employees knit, but not all crochet so…we simply have more eyes on the knitted projects. However, we love our crochet community as well; two of our associates, Glenda and Darci, have been looking at picking up their hooks again. Here’s what they’ve found.

The Lost in Time shawl (at left) is a beautifully-detailed crochet scarf using 775 to 1100 yards of fingering weight yarn and can be a great stash-busting project or can be made using one skein of your favorite color yarn. Designed by Johanna Lindahl, it is currently a FREE pattern available on Ravelry.

We love our Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Walkabout – Fingering, and Studio Sox for this project.


The Kaziena Shawl pattern (at right) is a lovely shawl with shell and scallop details, which is perfect for an ombre, gradient, color play kit, or stash-busting fade fiber project. Designed by Kirsten Bishop, it is currently a FREE pattern available on Ravelry.

We love our Color Play Kits combined with a main color of our SW Merino – Fingering as well as our Your Slip is Showing Kit for this project. [Yes, you can absolutely use a kit of a different name!]

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

New Kits on the Block

Hi Everyone,
We visited the Great Smoky Mountains this weekend…Maryville, Tennessee to be exact. Thank you to the fine folks at Hook & Needle: A Yarn Studio for hosting such a lovely trunk show for us. If you are in the area, we highly recommend adding their shop as a stop on your itinerary. The area will host a Wool(dot)Calm event (in mid-March), and who doesn’t enjoy meandering through the mountains seeking out yarn and fiber?

The Fibre Studio is excited to share a new project by one of our favorite designers as well as kits (the selection is just cray cray) for this new project.

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.

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 ol’ way that you want!
   

This is a fun and addictive knit that creates a soft and interestingly woven piece for your wardrobe. We love our Studio Sox and our Walkabout – Fingering yarns for this project and have created Your Slip Is Showing Kit suggestions in our Studio Sox for you to peruse.
   

Want to know what we’re deweing? Pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook, and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com.

Happy stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

If It’s Free, It’s For Me!

Hi Everyone,
We realize much of our readership gets overwhelmed during the holiday season. We are all inundated with overlapping sales strategies (including our own), and much of the joy and true meaning behind the holidays is lost during the hustle and bustle of shopping and business.

We are so very grateful for our customers and social media followers as well as for the designers and makers in our greater fiber community. Therefore, we want to spend this week sharing the gifts they’ve offered to us all by featuring these FREE patterns, currently available on Ravelry.

Maori Shawl by Daria Sorokina
Maori is a classic top-down shawl knit in one piece. Patterning is on the right side rows only; wrong side rows are purled. Lace-weight fibers like our Sea Song – Lace or fingering-weight yarn like our Walkabout – Fingering are great options for this project. Gauge is not crucial so use needle size to obtain the desired lace effect. Here are some of our favorite Ravelry projects for you to view and enjoy.
   

Amorous Shawl by Katja Löffler
Unlike many of our featured patterns, this generously-sized shawl pattern is crochet (yayyy!) and is perfect for large-skeins of gradient yarns like our those 7-oz cakes in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line. Look at this selection of beautiful completed projects from Ravelry yarnies.
   

Ghost Ranch Cowl by Jessie Ksanznak
This cowl was inspired by the designer’s travels through the American southwest. She visited Santa Fe and fell in love with the Navajo woven fabric designs. Patterns (similar to those in the cowl), dramatic colors, and simple motifs adorned rugs, pillows, and clothing. This project uses slipped stitches and three contrasting colors to create a woven effect, and the pattern comes in three sizes. We think our Cashmere Silk – Fingering would be a luxe option for this cowl, but we love the silky radiance and three-season flexibility of our Sea Song – Fingering as well. Mixing and matching works too! Here are a few completed cowl projects for you to peruse.
 

Touchstone Shawl by Laura Aylor
Sometimes we need to just knit for the pure joy if it…to remember WHY we knit. The combination of simple eyelets and garter stitch in this shawl make it an easy public knit when with our friends. It’s an ideal project for most all fibers, including tonal, variegated, and gradient yarns. The Fibre Studio has a studio sample in Nantahala in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, but this shawl can be enlarged by using SW Merino – Sport or can really be personalized by stash busting from your existing favorites. Here are some of the beauties found on Ravelry.

Black Sheep Are Ewes Too

The Fibre Studio has long struggled with how to identify our one-of-a-kind color ways or those 4-ounce skeins that broke during the winding process, which ended up being odd-sized skeins after we trim off the broken bits. We decided to name these unique offerings, Black Sheep. So the next time you’re in our studio, and you see our little lavender-faced ewe….there may just be a very special color, product, or price attached.

Want to know what we’re deweing? You can always pop in to see our studio wörks on Ravelry, Facebook, and Instagram as well as on our website at thefibrestudio.com

Happy and peaceful stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew