SAFF, Spinning and Stitches

Hey Everyone! It’s that time of year when the area’s fiber community is buzzing with activities. We wanted to share a few of them with you.

Mosaic Stitch Patterns & Kits
We’ve identified three beautiful mosaic stitch shawl patterns (all use the same ratio of two contrasting colors of yarn) and created kits for them, which are available on our eShop here. The patterns are Eifelgold by Melanie Berg, The Girl in Me by Melanie Berg, and Walk in the Woods by Lisa Hannes. The mosaic stitch is created simply by using the slip stitch in various places to create right angles. In all three shawls, only one color is worked at a time so the patterns are interesting without being frustrating or complicated.

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Note: Because the total yardage required for these shawls is a nice even eight ounces, buying two 8-ounce skeins in contrasting colors allows the maker(s) to get TWO of these lovely shawls knit from two skeins of yarn. What a great mini KAL opportunity for you and a friend or family member to knit shawls together, which result in complementary but not matching shawls. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and November being Memory Awareness Month, these shawls provide another way to buddy up WITH or knit FOR someone you care about.

All About That Bass SAFF!
The Southeast Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) is almost here! It will be held October 28-30 at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, North Carolina. We wanted to post some logistics information like driving directions and fairgrounds venue map for those of you who plan to attend. For those of you who had not planned to attend, PLEASE change your mind! Ha! It’s just such a great opportunity to play, browse, and buy your favorite supplies, notions and yarns…some of which will only be available at the fair. It’s also a great way to meet and greet the woolly animals and artisans who actually produce these products we love so much.

For this 2016 fair, The Fibre Studio will be located in the Davis Arena. While it is NOT the Debbie Davis Arena :o) we are sure happy to be placed there. We will be in Booth 3 right down the same row from the cafe. Stay tuned as there will be more to come…

Sit & Spin Saturdays
Sit & Spin Saturdays have begun at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For. We welcome spinners on the first Saturday of each month to bring their wheels, roving, and even a bag lunch if desired to our studio to share your spinning projects and interests with other like-minded spinners. All skill levels welcome. The Fibre Studio is open on the first Saturday of the month, from 10am to 4pm. We update these activities via Facebook.

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and 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.

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(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.

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(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!

 

Knit to Win!

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Yes, my friends. You read that correctly. You can win prizes just by knitting (and sharing your work).

During our upcoming June 18 World Wide Knit in Public and Anniversary Event, we are going to have prizes drawn on the half hour between 1-6pm. You CAN stack the deck to increase your chances of winning fabulous prizes like a cake of 50 Shades of Gradient yarn, grab bags, a 40% off voucher for any regular price item currently available in the studio, or a Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) pattern of your choosing.

“How do I increase my chances of winning?” you ask. Well, folks, you can do the following:

1. For every week you show us your Melanie Berg (@Mairlynd) Knit Any Shawl KAL Work in Progress on The Fibre Studio’s Ravelry KAL discussion board, your name goes into the kitty. Note: Names will only be entered once per week per person.
2. If you wear or bring your Melanie Berg shawl to the event, your name goes into the kitty.
3. If you buy yarn during the event, your name goes into the kitty for each sku you purchase.
4. If you wear a shawl, sweater, scarf, or other item made from The Fibre Studio yarn, your name goes into the kitty…once so don’t bring your entire wardrobe…well, unless you want to do so. Ha!
5. If you are tagged by one of The Fibre Studio employees as a Sample Gallery Model (i.e. we want a picture of YOUR project for our website), your name goes into the kitty. Each attending employee will select only one model.
6. If you win, you must be in attendance at the time of the drawing. Drawing times are: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, and 5:30pm.

Upload those WIPs to our Ravelry page; the payoff is big, Huge, GINORMOUS. Of course, we hope to see you at our event. Did I mention there would be cake–both yarn AND the frosted kind!?

Click here for additional information about the event.

Happy stitching, y’all!

 

 

 

 

 

Mairlynd Knit Any Shawl KAL

Mairlynd Any Shawl KAL 2016

(c) @Mairlynd / (c) Melanie Berg

As previously shared, the 2016 Mairlynd (aka designer, Melanie Berg) Knit Any Shawl KAL began Monday, May 9. You can join this Knit-A-Long three different ways:

  1. Visit The Fibre Studio during Wednesday Open Knit/Crochet from 10am to 2pm;
  2. Join The Fibre Studio KAL on Ravelry here; or
  3. Join the Mairlynd Knit Any Shawl KAL on Ravelry here.

Mairlynd is ending their KAL on June 12, however, we are extending our KAL until Saturday, June 18 in order to make it part of our World Wide Knit in Public and First Birthday event in our new dyeing studio location.

We hope you will join us for our KAL as well as our June 18 event to celebrate with us and to show off your Mairlynd projects? Which Melanie Berg patterns have you purchased? What’s on your needles?

Happy stitching, y’all!

P.S. The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has a new phone number (980-475-4705) so please update your contacts lists accordingly.

 

Oh Mairlynd!

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We love to give shout-outs to those vendors who provide us some of our greatest pleasures. This month, we are supporting one of our favorite designers, Melanie Berg (aka @Mairlynd).

For several years, The Fibre Studio and our customers have ooh’d and aah’d over Melanie’s patterns.  We’ve saved, loved, and purchased her patterns and forwarded her social media posts, usually with the comment,”Have you seen THIS one?!”

We’ve knitted alone and A-Long, all within our small community.  But, hey world…we are branching out!

In support of the annual Mairlynd Any Shawl KAL, to begin next Monday, May 9, we encourage our readership to put the revelry back in Ravelry and join us in person (at our dyeing studio on Wednesdays, from 10am to 2pm) or online at The Fibre Studio Ravelry KAL or alternately join Mairlynd’s Ravelry KAL.

So what’s in YOUR queue from Melanie Berg? It can be a new project or a work in progress!

Have you Rheinlusted over shawls such as On the Spice Market?  Used your 50 Shades of Gradient to move a Spark of Grey into the light of Sunwalker or Solaris? Are you WIP’d by an Ashburn?  Or Perhaps, Perhaps you finished your one-on-one with The Miller’s Daughter and moved on to A Joker and a Thief?

Heno Joker and Thief

We hope you have and hope you will again. There’s no judgment here. What happens at The Fibre Studio stays in the studio…except when it’s on a KAL!

Please visit our Ravelry or Facebook pages to share your project pictures and happy stitching, y’all!