Summer Solutions

Hi Everyone!
Don’t know about you, but that song, Cruel Summer (circa 1983 by Bananarama) has been on our minds here in the studio. The opening lyrics are just so appropriate right now.

Now, I don’t know where the ladies of Bananarama lived, but when it’s 95ºF with 150…thousand…percent humidity (or so it seems here in the Charlotte area), it’s definitely NOT dry. It’s also really difficult to think about knitting, especially with wool.

Our suggestion? Don’t. Don’t knit with wool….or at least don’t knit with just wool or with animal fibers which conduct heat. Select both yarn and projects, which allow you to breathe while still being creative, while still making…while still experiencing yarnie happiness. Here are a few of our summer favorites.

Love the luxurious feeling of Cashmere Silk – Fingering but want something a bit lighter in weight? Try our Sea Song – Fingering. This fiber blend (made with 51% Cultivated Silk|29% Merino|20% Sea Cell™) is absolutely luscious, with a radiant sheen, and a great four-season option for cowls, shawls, and even sweaters.

With 243 yards (1.75 oz | 50 g) or 487 yards (3.5 oz | 100 g) per skein, it is easy to made a 3 Color Cashmere Cowl (above left) at half the price, and what feels like half the weight and heat, of cashmere. Don’t see those perfect colors you crave on the Sea Song – Fingering yarn base? Do NOT despair, my friends. We are indie dyers, and we ARE HAPPY to dye it for you.

Another one of our summery yarn bases is Cotton Bamboo; we have it in both a Fingering and a Worsted option, providing our customers with some project flexibility. Our summer KAL is the Sunshine Coast, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier. We’ve seen a few of our customers’ completed projects, and they have all been gorgeous.

 

The ability to size and personalize this classic pullover ensures the most flattering fit for all body types. The ability to create the same sweater in either Fingering or Worsted weight yarns ensures the most comfortable density for all seasons. Again, not seeing the color way you desire pictured on the Cotton Bamboo yarn base? We ARE HAPPY to dye it for you.

With an unlimited palette and such a large selection of seasonally-appropriate yarn bases, we don’t dye every color in every fiber as we just don’t have the storage capacity in our small studio. However, being the self-admitted yarn pushers that we are, we will dye it for you, put it in a nice little bag, and send it home with you. Stash-building, like team-building, is very important…healthy even.

Now THAT eases the “summertime blues.”

Happy stitching, y’all!

New Yarns at The Fibre Studio

I am very excited to announce several new yarns to The Fibre Studio family.

  • Kid Silk Lace – is a lovely lace weight yarn that is a combination of 70% Kid Mohair and 30% Silk. Each 100g (3.5 ounce) skein has 1085 yards.  It has a wonderful sheen when dyed.
  • Starlite – is 65% Silk, 23% Kid Mohair, 11% Nylon and 3% Polyester.  It is a bit heavier than fingering weight with a touch of sparkle.  Each 100g skein has 325 yards.
  • Sea Song Fingering – is 51% Silk, 29% Superfine Merino and 20% Sea Cell.  Each 100g  skein has 500 yards.
  • Sea Song Lace – is the same fiber combination as the fingering and has 868 yards per each 100g skein.

I have dyed each of these yarn bases to see how they react to the dyeing process and I am very pleased with the results .

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Kid Silk Lace on left in Neptune, Sea Song Fingering on right in Speckled Egg.