Two Birds, One Sox

Hi Everyone,
This week we’ve gone to the birds! We have a fun project to feature, amazing color recommendations for that project, and a winter Olympics trivia blurb.

Zorzal by Lisa Hannes
In Spanish, a zorzal is a thrush….a plump, soft-plumaged bird, and this project is soft and eye-catching in the way it’s designed, reminiscent of the back and forth movements of a busy bird. The Zorzal crescent-shaped shawl by designer Lisa Hannes is worked in a mix of garter stripes and short-row wedges to create a fun interplay between two (or more) colors. The tassels at the tips add an eye-catching element to highlight one of the colors.

Designed for fingering weight yarn in two contrasting colors, it is a fun and addictive knit that creates a modern, easy-to-wear item for your daily wardrobe. We love our Studio Sox and our Walkabout – Fingering yarns for this project. Some of our favorite combinations are shown below.

Phoenix Rising in Studio Sox
Our color way Phoenix Rising is a variegated color way containing reds, raspberry, pink, and gold on a natural background. These colors sometimes combine and mix within one skein to create tones evoking the mythical phoenix as it flies too close to the sun, only to burn, and then rise from the ashes. This color way–paired with either Raspberry Jam, Deep Woods Red, Butterscotch, or Pearl–is a great option for a new Zorzal!

BoHo Chic in Studio Sox

Evoking the modern hipster and polished denim-loving crowd, our BoHo Chic color way combines a myriad of blues and golds and reds, with warm touches of secondary olive and purple and hints of persimmon. Another fantastic option for the Zorzal shawl, this color can be brightened by combining with Autumn Gold or Harvest or certified hipster by combining with Loden or Denim.

Murano in Studio Sox
Any fan of hand-blown Venice glass is familiar with the splendor of the tones found in our Murano color way. When Murano glass is melted, it is generally applied in one of two ways–as individually-spaced droplets as on hand-made beads or melted and blended together to create new colors in the overlap. Pairing Murano with the deeply brilliant tones of Blackberry, Juniper, Purpleicious, or Raspberry Jam, could make your Zorzal the fairest of them all.

Winter Olympics Trivia: The Winter Olympics has been hosted on three continents by eleven different countries. The 2018 winter games are being held in PyeongChang, South Korea this month. However, as of 2017 no city in the southern hemisphere had ever applied to host the cold-weather-dependent Winter Olympics. Perhaps it is because the winter Olympics are held in February at the height of the southern hemisphere’s summer. Snow birds may fly south for the winter, but winter Olympians stay north where the cold weather is found in February!

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

No Faded Fade Here

Hi Everyone,
With all the trending fade projects out there, we’ve seen only a few that use tonal versus speckled yarns. We like to occasionally buck the trends and use yarns that others may have not yet chosen to try our hand at personalizing a project. We have a gorgeous What the Fade Shawl to share with you below and also want to share a new reference button on our eShop called Palette.

What the Fade Wrap
Designed by Andrea Mowry, this wrap pattern is her first ever Drea Renee Knits Mystery Knit (ahem) FADE Along!!  What a fun time to mix and match color ways to personalize this large, comfy shawl.

While we’ve seen many speckle-ful variations of the What the Fade shawl, our sample (at left) is the first deeply-hued tonal shawl we’ve seen of its kind. Can we just say…we LOVE it!

The combination of saturated color ways and stitches actually create a woven look; this is a masterful accessory for any wardrobe.

We love our Studio Sox and our Walkabout – Fingering yarns for this project. The sample above was knit in Walkabout color ways Edge of Night, Emma’s Favorite, Redwood, Santa Fe, Tobacco Road, and Juniper.

Palette: A Color Family Tree
We’ve added a little button on the Home page of our eShop. It’s called Palette and is a reference for all you yarnies out there who are dreaming about projects and colors and would like to see some of our favorite color combinations.

When it comes to the marriage of projects and colors, the options are endless. Here we have provided a color guide to display a few of our most popular color collections. Most of these color ways are available in all of our fiber bases although the tones and hues may vary depending upon the fiber content.

If you do not see a color way in the fiber you desire in our online store, please contact us to discuss options. This palette is by no means all-inclusive, and the options are limited only to your imagination.

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

SAFF Recap, Halloween & Sheep Ninjas

Hi Everyone,
Ready for some tricks or treats?

For those of you who attended the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Fletcher, North Carolina, you’ve already enjoyed a few TREATS. After a few initial TRICKY technical difficulties with the Davis Arena wi-fi, this year’s SAFF was another huge success. We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to those of you who came by our booth to see us and support our participation. We appreciate you!

A Smoky Mountain Treat
Our secret SAFF color way was posted on Facebook and Instagram just as we were pulling away from our doors and heading to SAFF. This Nantahala color way, part of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, was dyed with SAFF in mind. This fiber festival takes place at the end of October and is in a particularly beautiful and colorful part of the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.

Nantahala (our color’s namesake) is Cherokee for “Land of the Noonday Sun.” The Nantahala National Forest is also located in the Smokies. This area has richly-hued autumn foliage with crystal bright waters, which feed into Fontana Lake. For you Game of Thrones lovers, this color way IS “the song of fire and ice.”

For those of you looking for a new project, we made our shop sample from the lovely Laura Aylor shawl pattern called Touchstone, which is currently a free download on Ravelry here.

One Trick, More Treats
These are the last days customers can order our Halloween colors. Two of these colors will be placed in hibernation until next year.  Even though we’ve gifted these color ways with groovy Monster Mash-friendly names like Wicked (below top left), Slip Sliming Away (below top right), Eastwick (below bottom left) and Sleepy Hollow (below bottom right) doesn’t mean they aren’t great all-year-round colors to delight and enjoy. The TRICK is to get these spookilicious TREATS before they, like Casper the Ghost and really great chocolate truffles, go POOF!

It’s Coming
Although the weather is not yet be frightful and the turkey hasn’t been bought or stuffed, we want you to know the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Ewe Ninjas of the biggest holiday shopping weekend of the year WILL have your back so stay tuned to this same sheep time, same sheep channel….

Want to know what The Ewe Crew is up to? 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 stitching, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Starting Points, Fades & Crawls

Hi Everyone,
During the past few weeks, we’ve had the most lovely completed samples and customer projects, which were knit in our fibers, brought to our studio for our customers (and us) to enjoy. We’d like to share some of these sample photos and projects details with you to offer inspiration for the upcoming Charlotte Yarn Crawl.

Starting Point Wrap by Joji Locatelli
Whether you’re looking for Starting Point Wrap kit ideas or just want Joji’s pattern to create a one-of-a-kind project, this is what the process can become!

Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry
We now know you can Free Your Fade, exclaim What the Fade, or (in this case) Find Your Fade in the most delightful color ways.

Wild & Free by Amanita Agata Mackiewicz
Then there are those who don’t want to cast off into the fading lands; they just want to be Wild & Free as in this beautiful and simple shawl.

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
The long-awaited Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is just around the corner. Local and visiting yarnies will crawl from September 22-30 to eleven local yarn shops and studios. As previously mentioned, there will be a LOT going on this yarn crawl including:

  • Treasure Map: Get maps stamped to be entered for a grand-prize;
  • MKAL Pattern: Each location will make available a part of the pattern to shoppers;
  • Swag Pins: Show your LYS support by purchasing a swag pin at each shop/studio;
  • Community Project: Learn about our Save the Knockers Campaign or plan to visit the Pink Lady Truck at one of the LYS; and
  • New Yarns & Colors: Many shops will offer new yarns or color ways during the crawl. The Fibre Studio has several new color ways in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, which are perfect for a fall crawl! Below (from L to R) are Amsterdam, Queen of Hearts (which made its recent debut at the Annual Wool Gathering in Ohio), Joplin, and Autumn’s End (another Annual Wool Gathering first).

     

Are you ready for this most splendiferous of fiber seasons? We certainly are! Happy shopping and stitching, y’all!

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!

Get the Elf Off the Shelf

Hi Everyone! For any of you who are looking for those last-minute holiday gifts, we are seeking kit-friendly homes for some of our lovelies.

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Top Row (L to R) – Walk in the Woods, Holyrood, Shawl B; Bottom Row (L to R) – Double Scoop, Match & Move, Eifelgold

Currently in inventory and ready to go home are:

Walkabout – Fingering kits (980 yards total) perfect for Holyrood (by Justyna Lorkowska) or Match & Move (by Martina Behm) shawls:
Cherokee/Deep Woods Red
Cherokee/Harvest
Cherokee/Kale
Cherokee/Slate

SW Merino – Fingering kits (1120 yards total) perfect for Eifelgold (Melanie Berg) or Walk in the Woods (by Linda Hannes) shawls:
Noir/Holly G’lightly
Juniper/Pearl

Walkabout – Fingering kits (1470 yards total) perfect for Shawl B (by Justyna Lorkowska):
Dark Side of the Rainbow/Summer Wheat/Sand Dune

SW Merino – Fingering kits (1120 yards total) perfect for Double Scoop (by Ash Alberg) shawl:
Charlotte/Summer’s Retreat

If you want to share a gift of yarn but are confused by the selection, don’t forget The Fibre Studio has Gift Certificates as well!

Happy Holidays and peaceful stitching, y’all!