All About That Lace

Hi Everyone,
This week we focus on two new projects, both of which are perfect for color play kits (or stashbusting); both projects utilize lace with other unique textures to create the motif for which they are named.

We are also in the last days of accepting pre-orders for our Crown jEWEls 12-color kits for the July 19 launch of Casapinka’s MKAL. [Psssst….here’s a tip….just one of our Crown jEWEls kits, combined with a MC will make BOTH of these two new projects too!]

Anemone Shawl
Anemone, a free pattern by The Noble Thread, is a semi-circular shawl inspired by the beautiful sea anemones it is named after. It is fluid, graceful and colorful. Each simple section uses only one stitch pattern, and is only repeated once in the shawl. Easy bobbles, slipped stitches, and eyelet and mesh stitches are used. The sections flow from one to the other through texture and color. The changing stitches and colors will keep you entertained and wanting to get to the next section.

Select one of our Color Play Kits (or a Crown jEWEls kit) with our SW Merino – Fingering and make something beautiful and unique.

Cascadial Wrap
Have you been hunting for a great pattern to show off mini skeins, gradients, or favorite leftover bits? Is mosaic knitting on your list of things to try? Then say hello the Cascadial Wrap by designer Erin Kurup.

Mixing simple lace and mosaic motifs makes this wrap a great intro project for exploring a popular colorwork technique while being varied enough to hold the interest of experienced knitters. The bias construction sets the bands of color and lace on an angle, lending drama to the overall effect and drape to the finished piece, which can be fully-customized.

The name is drawn from two sources: the peaks of the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, Oregon (the mosaic motif) and the image of frothing water cascading down a waterfall (the lace motif). As with the previous project we love our Color Play Kits (or a Crown jEWEls kit) combined with our SW Merino – Fingering for maximum flexibility.

Crown jEWEls for Crown Wools MKAL
The Fibre Studio created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, which will begin July 19, 2018. However, these generously-proportioned kits are quite versatile and can be used for multiple projects including those listed above.

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 through July 9, 2018. With these color options, everyone can be crowned a prince(ss).

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. Our current song du jour…a parody of All About That Base. (Wink) Enjoy.

Because you know we’re all about that lace
‘Bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
It’s all about that lace. ‘Bout that lace. Boom!

Yeah it’s pretty clear, we are The Ewe Crew.
And we can dye it, dye it, like we’re supposed to do.
We got that boom boom yarn that all the girls chase.
All the right stash in all the right places.

We see those IG posts with all those wannabees,
Copying our color ways; you think that we don’t see?
Being creative’s great so shoot for the moon.
But smart girls pick OUR yarn and then make their projects soon!

Some mamas they told us to always weave in our ends,
And we’d rather not worry about how much cash we spend.
As long as we have fun, all the while using our minds,
We’re happy, productive, and still escaping the grind.

Because you know we’re all about that lace
‘Bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
We’re all ’bout that lace, ’bout that lace, no trouble
It’s all about that lace. ‘Bout that lace. Boom!

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!

Making Memories (Inspired by the Cinema)

One of our favorite quotes is, “We didn’t realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun.”

This state of “being in the moment” or of “being present” begets the opportunity to create or grow memories. Sometimes these memories are revisited by a sensory experience or by what’s happening in our immediate environment. The Fibre Studio often uses these experiences when developing new color ways to share with our fiber community.

Our latest yarn club was Inspired by the Cinema yet evokes the warm memories that arise due to a holiday season spent with family and friends. Whether you’re looking at old photos, watching home movies (or even those classic holiday marathons from the cinema), or snuggled up in front of the fire dressed in your new knits hugging the ones you love…you’ll totally understand the warm, rosy glow of our Then in Paris color way.

then-in-paris-photo

Then in Paris was inspired by the 1951 musical An American in Paris, which celebrated its 65th birthday in 2016. This movie, allowing a glimpse into the life of an expat artist living in Paris, is all about dance/movement, music, and nostalgia. The movie’s hero loves the people and the atmosphere of Paris with all the exuberance of an American puppy. Not yet acclimated to the Parisian ennui he confronts regularly, he looks through eyes tinted by rose-colored glasses as he falls in love, loses, and then reclaims his girl and his new city.

In other words, this man was living life–creating memories by having fun, embracing love, and staying in the moment. He even danced in the rain like no one was watching. Although we were, and have been, for the last 65 years.

Let us know what you think about our new color way, and let us know what evokes your memories!

Happy stitching, y’all!

Deep Space…Mine!

For the past two months, we have been following two knitworthy patterns that are out of this world — the publication of My Cryptonite and Beastkeeper.

Crypto Live Long Photo

(L to R) Beastkeeper | My Cryptonite

Every knitter has his or her cryptonite — an addictive stitch, irresistible yarn, or shawl shape that becomes an obsession. Designed by Melanie Berg, My Cryptonite is a generously-sized triangle shawl combines some of the designer’s favorite infatuations: thin stripes, funky lace, and crazily contrasting blocks of color.

The sideways construction creates an asymmetrical “spine” throughout the shawl, and the combination of textures and colors will make your knees weak! Of course, the only way to save yourself is to cast on immediately!

Completed shawl measures 102 inches wide by 43 inches deep after blocking.

The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has created six, YES SIX, new Triple Treats (aka color combinations) in our Walkabout – Fingering yarn to really allow you to indulge your obsession. These kits can be purchased on our eShop here. Fun and dynamic, we are sure your cryptonite is found in one of our new color combinations.

Crypto Live Long Photo 02

(L & R) My Cryptonite Color Kits | Live Long & Prosper Colors

 

It is the 50th anniversary of the show Star Trek, produced by none other than Lucy…as in I Love Lucy (aka Lucille ball of Desilu Productions).  Yes, in the mid-1960’s, Lucy took a chance on a show that no one thought would be noticed. It became a cult classic with a world-wide following.

Our resident Trekkies have been avidly discussing project and color way options for months. We began dyeing the colors light years ago, but the right project had just not presented itself. Finally THAT project dropped in the form of the Beastkeeper  by designer Justyna Lorkowska.

Beastkeeper is a simple but stylish shawl and is easy to knit and fun to wear. The whole body is worked in garter stitch with colorful stripes which give a nice touch and make the knitting interesting.

Completed shawl measures 65 inches wide and 15 inches deep at center spine after blocking.

This project is perfect for our Live Long & Prosper Kit or one of our other Five-Skein Color Play Kits combined with one of our Main Squeezes in SW Merino – Fingering yarn.

Live long and prosper, even after you find your cryptonite, y’all!