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

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

Socktober & Yarn Clubs & Knitalongs, Oh My!

Exciting things are happening at The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For, and we have been biting our nails eagerly awaiting the opportunity to share with you all.

Firstly, The Fibre Studio is sponsoring the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 sock knitting event. The Carolina Fiber Girls is a weekly podcast (hosted by Ann Clingenpeel and Janis Ficker) who discuss their favorite knitting and spinning projects–what goes right, what goes wrong and what’s upcoming. They created SOCKtober three years ago as a month-long KAL utilizing either patterns or fibers from small companies who may not receive a lot of media attention. Makers who participate can create a small project to keep their feet warm and use a pattern or yarn from a company they previously have never heard of or tried.

To participate in the Carolina Fiber Girls SOCKtober2016 KAL, go here. You can order The Fibre Studio’s Socktober sock kit here.

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Later this week we will also introduce two, YES TWO, new yarn clubs! Our Keep Pounding Yarn Club is making a reappearance with even more options to show your support and wear your Panther’s colors. We will also introduce our Inspired by the Cinema Yarn Club, which will celebrate the birthdays for Breakfast at Tiffany’s (55th) and American in Paris (65th).

Lastly, we are dyeing some beautiful fibers for the Boo Knits Halloween Taboo MKAL, which goes live on October 1. We’ve chosen our Sea Song Lace [59% Cultivated Silk, 29% SW Merino, 20% Sea Cell ™] for this project, which will create a beautiful soft drape to the finished shawl.

Stay tuned…more exciting news to come!

Peaceful stitching, y’all!

 

Socks – Top Down, Two At One Time

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During this class, you will learn to knit two socks at one time, from the top down.  You should already be comfortable using the the Magic Loop method for knitting in the round.

I have chosen the Broad Spiral Rib sock pattern by Tracey Ewing because of the construction.  You will learn to knit a cable without a using a cable needle, her process for turning the heel is very decorative as well as the star toe finishing.  It is a free download on Ravelry.

Materials:  Approximately 480 yards of sport weight sock yarn.
Size US #3, 47 inch circular needle, and darning needle.

Cost:          $45.00 – Three session, two hour class.

As with all our classes, you will receive a 10% discount on all materials.  Check our calendar for dates and call The Fibre Studio to reserve your spot.

Houdini Sock by Cat Bordhi

Diane B. will teach a class for the Houdini Sock.  This is an ancient method that has been updated by Cat Bordhi.  The here for a free pattern.

In this class, you will begin by making a “foot print” of your sock.  This class will guide you in determining the placements for creating the foot and then the leg openings for your sock.  We will “hold your hand” through the squeamish process of cutting your knitted piece to create your leg opening.

Check our calendar for dates and times.