New Year, New Cheer

Hi Everyone!
Happy 2019! Yes it’s a new year with lots to cheer, lots of plans and projects, AND plenty of new color inspiration. We can’t wait to tell you all our nEWEs!

Gemstones
In the fall 2018, The Fibre Studio offered a mystery colorway in its Halfvent and Crown JEWEls kits called Gemstones. This kit was the precursor to our offering each birthstone as a Bo Peep during each month of the 2019 calendar year. Garnet, the January birthstone, is our first offering.

Our Bo Peeps are new color ways, for which we will take pre-order sales only. While we offer them on multiple bases (including yarn weights perfect for sweaters) for a limited time, these color ways will not be reproduced or replicated so please order enough yardage in the desired fiber base for the 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.

Whether you select a color way to make a birthstone gift, specific to the one(s) you love or decide to collect all of the colors to add to your stash, your options are simply BRILLIANT!

Wizard of Oz Yarn Club
Also beginning in January is our Wizard of Oz 80th Anniversary Celebration Yarn Club. We will share the story, trivia and movie/music factoids, as well as a new monthly color representing a pivotal character or scene from the movie. These color ways will be dyed in limited quantities on our SW Merino – Fingering base in a four-ounce skein (approx 560 yards) except for November’s and December’s color ways, which will be dyed on an exciting and special base. The color ways will include tonals, variegated, and even gradients.

Our first (January) offering is Toto, a variegated tonal color way reminiscent of Dorothy’s beloved dog, who is the catalyst for the entire story made into The Wizard of Oz. We love our yarn shop dog Lola so much, this initial offering is dedicated to her!Yarnies can ensure they don’t miss a single strand of this adventure by buying into the Club with the Annual Membership (must sign up by January 25, 2019) or order from the limited quantities, which will be dyed only once per month as the color ways are offered.

Customers who buy the Annual Membership will get all twelve (12) of their skeins at the 2018 price as well as special treats delivered with their yarn. The Fibre Studio is announcing its first price increase in three years on all our yarns as of February 1, 2019 due to the industry’s increased costs of fiber and shipping.

Kanuga Trunk Show
The Fibre Studio is happy to announce our participation as a vendor in the 2019 Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat.

The perfect weekend escape for knitters and quilters of every ability level, Kanuga’s Knitting and Quilting Retreat offers chances to make various projects showcasing different sewing or knitting techniques.

Knitters and quilters can choose a project to work on during this three-day retreat. Projects will be offered for beginning to advanced knitters and beginning to intermediate quilters. You are also welcome to bring your own project to work on. In addition to daily classes, there will be get-togethers by the fire, time for hiking to scenic mountain overlooks, and visiting area yarn and quilting shops.

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 in the New Year, y’all!
The Ewe Crew

Carolinian Rhapsody

Hi Everyone,
We are celebrating color in all its delicious glory this week and are so very thankful we have such a fantastic fiber community to support our little Charlotte, North Carolina studio.

Half-Vent MKAL Kits
No time for the full fiber advent calendars? We have just the project for you! We’ve developed kits for Laura Aylor’s Half-vent MKAL (details here), which has a pre-release of November 15 and will begin on December 13.

The Fibre Studio has six micro-sized kits modeled after the Crown Jewels, and we’ve added a seventh mystery “Gemstones” kit just for this project. Pssst…you will love the mystery kit color way as it includes something for “everyone.”

Each kit contains one, 4-oz skein and twelve, 8-gm mini skeins of SW Merino – Fingering yarn for your knitting pleasure, which is approximately 1050 yards total in each kit. Order your kits now so you will have your yarn ready to go by December 13.

BFSSCM Weekend Sale
Is it already that time? Yes! Next week our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday deals will begin. While the brick and mortar studio will be closed over the Thanksgiving Holiday, our online store is open 24/7, and we will offer on-line specials on those three days that are not available at any other time of the year.

Catawba on Our Minds
Our Catawba color way was dyed with the 2018 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Fletcher, NC in mind.

The color way was born of the moody hues found in and around the Catawba river and Lake Wylie areas and is reflective of the flora, fauna, and waterways found there.

This color is perfect when paired with another Fifty Shades of Gradient™ or with our tonals such as Dark and Stormy or Kale.

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. In celebration of of the rock band Queen and the recently-released movie (Bohemian Rhapsody) about Freddy Mercury, we have a little poem to be sung along to We Are The Champions. Enjoy.

We are the knitters, my friends.
We’ll fix a dropped stitch and weave in ends.
We are the knitters, we’re crocheters and knitters.
Making and doing,
Sip some wine, we are cruising.

We love good fibers, my friends.
Our knit a longs, quality demands.
Acrylics are for losers, so don’t be a loser.
Like Fifty Shades of Gradient,
Great yarns should be radiant.

We’re in good company, my friends.
With community ’round the world, end to end.
Ravelry connects us, our neighbors are the universe.
Spin, knit, and weave it, making can be so diverse.

We connect on the Internet.
We share our content on…the…Internet.

We’re makers and doers, nap time is for losers.
Except for Lola, it’s for losers.
Maybe it’s NOT for losers.
When we dream of yarn, it’s not for losers.
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Shifts & SAFF & Secrets, Oh My

Hi Everyone,
It’s that fabulous fiber-centric time of year again. Hip Hip Hurray for Fall! This week we want to talk SAFF, secret color ways, splendid kits for shifts and feathers, and treats (no tricks) of course! After all, Halloween is just around the corner!

A Return to Wicked and Sleepy Hollow
Fly your freaky fun flag and choose a Fifty Shades of Gradient™ in color ways Wicked (below left) or in Sleepy Hollow (below right). We bring these colors back a few weeks each autumn for those of you who want to make something “For Good.” Available in both 4 oz (approx 560 yards) or 7 oz (approx 980 yards) cakes of squeezable, fluffy 2-ply fingering 100% Superwash Merino yarn. Makers will find that adventure awaits in every skein.

Birds of a Feather Shift Together
One of our latest and favoritest is the Birds of a Feather (below right) shawl by designer Andrea Mowry. We’ve created the softest kits for this project and think this is a textural project that will bring hours of pleasure to the maker.
Another of our newest addKNITctions is The Shift, a cowl pattern (top left) also by designer Andrea Mowry. We’ve created some fun, limited-time-only kits for this project as well. We chose our Studio Solo fiber in color combinations surely to fool the viewer into thinking this cowl was woven and not knit. We admit we’re obsessed!

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
The Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) will be held October 26-28, 2018. The Fibre Studio can again be found in the Davis Arena, only this time in booths 336 & 338.

This is one of the largest fiber festivals in the southeast and is a perfect opportunity to schedule a girls’ day out or even a weekend retreat. Be prepared to learn about fiber-producing live stock, take classes, shop, and generally have a total blast.

The Fibre Studio loves to offer a mystery color way each year at SAFF. This year, we took our inspiration from our own greater Charlotte, North Carolina area with our newest offering Catawba in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line. The color way is beautifully-hued and reminiscent of the flora, fauna, and waterways in the area. It may just be our favorite SAFF mystery color yet.

We are currently taking online pre-orders until October 19 and can bring those pre-orders to SAFF if instructed during checkout. Order yours today because the inventory we bring to SAFF often goes very quickly.

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

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!

Gems for All

Hi Everyone,
We are excited to share with you lots of new–colors, kits, and projects. This week we are showcasing our family crown jewels in such an array of colors, we hear Meg may be back in the States reconnoitering for the Queen.

Crown jEWEls
The Fibre Studio has created these dynamic, 12-color kits for designer Casapinka’s The Crown Wools MKAL, which will begin July 19, 2018.

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. With these color options, everyone can be crowned a prince(ss)!

Not into mystery KALs? Perhaps you are more in tune with your….

Linear Moods
This large cushy wrap, by designer Xandy Peters, uses contrasting gradient yarns to create a stunning visual effect. Stripes provide color contrast; shaping bends the stripes into a chevron shape; and the addition of short rows changes the width of each stripe.

As the stripes cross the center line, the proportion of colors reverses from thick to thin and back again. Picking the colors for Linear Moods is a lot of fun. Makers can choose harmonious hues for a subtle look or pick wildly contrasting tones for a statement piece.

The Fibre Studio has amazing gradient options to create this lovely shawl. The maker can use one small (4 oz) and one large (7 oz) Fifty Shades of Gradient™ cake to construct this shawl. Another option is to use one small (4 oz) cake of Fifty Shades of Gradient™ with one 6-ounce Color Play Kit. As the designer noted, selecting ombré hues can produce a sutble look while using gradients that vary in actual colors can create an art piece. Here are some ideas showcasing three combo options in each grouping.

Top Left: Two gradient cakes in Black to the Fuchsia and Business Suit OR either of those gradient cakes with the Fuchsia color play kit.
Top Right: Two gradient cakes in Mallard and Juniper OR either of those gradient cakes with Undertow color play kit.
Below Left: Two gradient cakes in Dark Meadow and Latte OR either of those gradient cakes with Cherokee color play kit.
Below Right: Two gradient cakes in Mountain Thistle and Purpleicious OR either of those gradient cakes with Mountain Thistle color play kit.
The possibilities are always “to infinity and beyond” here at The Fibre Studio.

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

Three-Color Blends

Hi Everyone,
This week we are going to discuss two projects, both of which utilize a blend of three colors of fingering-weight yarn. Also, please note we will be on the road on Friday, June 15, heading to a pop-up shop in Raleigh, NC.

Impressionists MKAL Shawl by Helen Stewart
When you stand in front of an Impressionist masterpiece, what do you see? Quiet vibrancy, indistinct edges, and clear warm light. The richness of ordinary moments captured in glimpses: this is the true magic of the Impressionists. The Impressionists showed us what they saw, but left room for our vivid imaginations as well. The Impressionists MKAL shawl (all clues are in at this point) offers us a way to to show the world what WE see.

One of the strengths in looking at Impressionism is the breadth and width of topic and color. The maker could choose subtle colors as in the water or street scenes of Monet or Renoir or go with rich and vibrant colors as with the landscapes and still lifes of Van Gogh or Degas.

No matter your creative direction, The Fibre Studio has a variety of wonderful fibers perfect for this three-color shawl. Choose from Studio Sox, a springy, versatile yarn, which is easy to maintain. Studio Solo is our newest base, takes color magnificently, and has that lovely simple single-ply effect, which is both clean and soft. Of course, our Walkabout – Fingering, creates beautiful stitch definition and embodies the richest of hues. Use our Freckles yarns to blend your color palette. What will your impression be?

Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Urban legend has it that a goldfish has a memory or attention span of about three seconds, just the time it takes to swim around a standard fish bowl. According to designer Casapinka, this sometimes describes her attention span, and it describes the myriad of changes to this parallelogram-shaped wrap she titled Goldfish Memory. Slipped stitches, little garter stripes, bigger garter stripes, simple lace, stockinette stripes…that’s what you’ll find here. The maker will need three colors of fingering-weight yarn, and all the fibers mentioned above are great choices for this project as well.

Pop-Up Shop at Admit Ewe Knit
The Fibre Studio and Baaathsheba are packing up the fiber cart and heading to Admit Ewe Knit in Raleigh, North Carolina [1025 Bullard Court, Suite 105 | Raleigh, NC 27615 | 919-876-4640] on Saturday, June 16, from 10:30am-4pm.

If you plan to be in the Raleigh area, grab a friend and c’mon out and see us! We will have project kits, our WWKiP 2018 color way, and a great selection of our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ cakes.

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

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