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

 

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

Sox on the Run

Hi Everyone,
Happy New Year! We hope your holiday season was as merry and bright as all your colorful projects.

Our new year began with a bang. Our recently-added (and beloved) fiber base, Studio Sox, has taken an unexpected run in a new and fun direction and helped shape the beautiful yarns and projects featured today. We hope you love them as much as we do.

Fifty Shades of Gradient™ – deja vu
Our newest color line within our Studio Sox family, is our deja vu line. We’ve taken our best-selling gradient color ways and applied those to our sock yarn.

These cakes begin and end in the same color order (hence the name deja vu), which is perfect for making socks/gloves two at a time (just pull from both the inside and outside). Exclusive to The Fibre Studio, we offer these cakes in two sizes. The mini skein is 1.75 oz | 50 g with approximately 220 yards, and the regular skein is 3.5 oz | 100 g with approximately 440 yards. The single mini skein is of great use for those projects (like Yondah Window below) requiring a small amount of yardage as a contrasting color. These smaller single gradient skeins do the work of a color play set but without all those ends to weave in. Our deja vu is also a unique option for hats, gloves, and even some stranded projects.

Yondah Window
The latest shawl pattern released by Casapinka named Yondah Window (Rhode Island Shakespeare fans rejoice!) is designed to frame a gradient or eye-popping variegated yarn within the framework of a complementary or contrasting tonal colorway. Simple slipped stiches (mosaic knitting) create the rectangular window panes and garter stitch frames those colorful panes.

While the pattern is currently only available on Ravelry here, our fearless leader Debbie Davis was excited to participate as one of the test knitters on this project. She said the shawl was an easy, but interesting, project to construct. She was so enthusiastic about it, she developed the new deja vu product line FOR this project. Debbie used a mini skein of Cherokee in Fifty Shades of Gradient™ – deja vu and Chestnut in Studio Sox. This is lovely in the photos but even more gorgeous in person.

All Points South
Another fun project by designer Casapinka is this pullover shawl called All Points South, a fun hybrid project meant to drape down over your shoulders to some degree like a shawl but not necessarily fit all the way over your shoulders as a poncho would. Two sizes are available, and the pattern is designed to fit everyone. You can wear it bunched up like a cowl or lay it flat and smooth over your shoulders.
 
It is top down, seamless, with a “V.” There are a variety of stitches to keep it interesting; it’s designed for solids, speckles, variegated or a combination of all three. We like our Walkabout – FingeringStudio Sox (as pictured in our shop sample in color ways Painted ElephantRaspberry Jam, and Charcoal), and Fifty Shades of Gradient™ – deja vu for this project.

Laurelie Shawl
Designed by Lisa Hannes, this bias-knit triangular shawl is combining the interplay of two colors with a bold & graphic mosaic stitch pattern, which creates an eye-catching effect. It is an easy and fun knit (as it only engages one yarn color at a time) that will give you a large and cozy shawl to keep you warm.

This pattern is perfect for one 3.5-ounce skein of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ – deja vu and one 3.5-ounce skein of Studio Sox. Our shop sample features Amsterdam and Blackberry. However, we love our Walkabout – Fingering and Merino Bamboo – Fingering (adds a soft sheen) for these mosaic stitch projects as well.

Wild & Free
While we’ve featured the Wild & Free shawl once before, it is truly a beautiful two-skein knit and worth another viewing…especially since there are more Studio Sox and deja vu options available now!  Designed by Amanita Agata Mackiewicz, this shawl was inspired by mountain peaks and nature. The maker can go very modern and graphic, but this shawl can also go boho or gypsy with the addition of a few tassels and depending upon color choices.

This wrap grows from a couple of stitches, just like a single sunbeam to sunrise. The shawl is asymmetrical, mostly garter stitch, triangle-based, and has three lace arrow sections to match the number of corners and (potential) tassels. Our current favorites (Raspberry Jam and Painted Elephant) are used in the pictured sample.

Don’t Forget Socks!
This is the time of year when socks are the bombdiggity! It also makes sense to use our Studio Sox for socks! The Fibre Studio is in the process of writing our own pattern for ALL FOUR of our sock yarn options (tonalsvariegated, tonal/variegated with different heel and toe, and gradients) so stay tuned for more information! This sock pattern may be the only sock pattern you will ever need again….well….ummmm….can you really ever have TOO many sock patterns?!

Later this month we will also share a cozy sweater project with you all, show you what Wassailing (yes, the hale and hearty drink) has in common with lambs wool, and share where we will pop up (shops and shows) next.

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.

Peaceful stitching and keeping cozy in the cold weather, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Merry Christmas


The Fibre Studio will be closed from Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, January 2 for the Christmas Holiday, our annual inventory, and for New Year’s.  We will reopen in the New Year on Wednesday, January 3, for Open Knit/Crochet at 10 am.

Happy stitching and being with those you love, y’all!
The Ewe Crew