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!

Shades of Summer

Hi Everyone!

As many of us have just realized, we are heading towards summer at a pretty quick clip. How did this just happen? Along with summer’s incipient return, we have projects and color ways to revisit.

Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day…parades and fireworks and Sousa marches…it’s a great time to show off the Red, White & Blue. It is also apropos in support of our allies as we remember Manchester this weekend while their red, white, and blue Union Jack is at half-mast. Thus, we’ve invited our color way Old Glory back for a visit. Available in three product lines: 1) a gradient cake from our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line, 2) a Freckles – Fingering skein, and 3) a Color Play Kit (CPK5) for those looking to make a more generously-sized project.


We are still taking orders for Sunshine Coast, our summer KAL. This pullover, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier, is quite simple in appearance, but comes with a few little design details that make it special. The A-line body shape is flattering on many body types. It is intended to fit with ½ to 3 inches of ease at the bust.

Knit entirely seamlessly from the top down, it is also quite easy to execute. The side details are formed through basic increases and decreases.

The gauge as written is suitable for a heavy DK or light worsted yarn, however, it can be turned into a four-season garment by knitting it loosely in a fingering-weight yarn. We recommend several of our yarn bases for this pattern.

If you want to create a loosely knit, light-weight sweater, select Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cotton Bamboo – Fingering, SW Merino – Fingering, or Walkabout – Fingering.

If you are a stickler for following a pattern or a nervous knitter–no problemo. Simply select Cotton Bamboo – Worsted or SW Merino – Lt Worsted as your base.

If you order your yarn by Wednesday, May 31, it will be available to ship or to pick up by or at our June 10 World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration so you can knit a long with us and with your greater fiber community.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend and, as always, peaceful stitching!

Put a Little Sunshine in Your Life

Hi Ewe Crew!
Last week we announced our next KAL project–Sunshine Coast, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier. We are currently taking pre-orders for this project; yarn will be available to mail or pick up by June 10, at our World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration. We have gathered additional information here for your use and will update the pattern page also.

SAVE THE DATE!!

The Fibre Studio is hosting it’s fourth World Wide Knit in Public Day event (the second at this location) on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 10:30am to 5:30pm. We invite all fiber artists and makers to come and be with other makers.

Come rain or shine, we will swing open our industrial doors and make room for fiber, friends, and nature (not necessarily in that order). There will be new color ways for sale, raffles and giveaways, a spinning demonstration, and light refreshments.

Visitors who plan to stay awhile should bring a knit/crochet/drop spindle project, sunscreen, a brown bag lunch, a folding chair, and perhaps even a beach umbrella if you want to sit outside on the (very safe) grassy knoll.

THE KAL PROJECT


Sunshine Coast is a lovely little pullover, is quite simple in appearance, but comes with a few little design details that make it special.The A-line body shape is flattering on many body types. It is intended to fit with ½ to 3 inches of ease at the bust.

 

Knit entirely seamlessly from the top down, it is also quite easy to execute. The side details are formed through basic increases and decreases.

The gauge as written is suitable for a heavy DK or light worsted yarn, however, The Fibre Studio is turning this sweater into a four-season garment by knitting it loosely in a fingering-weight yarn. We recommend several of our yarn bases for this pattern.

If you want to create a loosely knit, light-weight sweater, select Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cotton Bamboo – Fingering, SW Merino – Fingering, or Walkabout – Fingering.

If you are a stickler for following a pattern or a nervous knitter–no problemo. Simply select Cotton Bamboo – Worsted or SW Merino – Lt Worsted as your base.

Yarn Requirements (By Pattern Size in Yards)
(LW) = Lt Worsted | (F) = Fingering
XS – 840 (LW) | 1050 (F)
S – 945 (LW) | 1185 (F)
M1 – 1030 (LW) | 1290 (F)
M2 – 1220 (LW) | 1525 (F)
L1 – 1325 (LW) | 1655 (F)
L2 – 1440 (LW) | 1800 (F)
XL – 1570 (LW) | 1960 (F)
XXL – 1670 (LW) | 2085 (F)

See you soon and happy stitching, y’all!

 

Celebrate Mom and Much More!

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Hi Everyone! The Fibre Studio at Yarns to Dye For has much to celebrate, and we want you to be a part of the celebration!

Enjoy a 20% Off Mother’s Day Discount on us! Use LUVMOM17 at checkout! This offer is good on our regularly-priced hand-dyed yarns and kits and expires at end of day May 15, 2017.

We’ve “rebooted” our online shop to display even more products and color ways. We think the new eShop is bright and fresh and will enable us to grow along with our fiber community’s needs.

Visit the new shop here.

We have identified our next KAL project–Sunshine Coast. This lovely pullover, by designer Heidi Kirrmaier, is quite simple in appearance, but comes with a few little design details that make it special. The A-line body shape is flattering on many body types. It is intended to fit with ½ to 3 inches of ease at the bust.

Knit entirely seamlessly from the top down, it is also quite easy to execute. The side details are formed through basic increases and decreases.

The gauge as written is suitable for a heavy DK or light worsted yarn, however, The Fibre Studio is turning this sweater into a four-season garment by knitting it loosely in a fingering-weight yarn. It is a great project for Merino Bamboo – Fingering, Cotton Bamboo – Fingering, or for those who are sticklers for following patterns, Cotton Bamboo – Worsted. Order your yarn today–take advantage of the sale–and it will be ready to pick up or mail by June 10–our World Wide Knit in Public Day Event where we kick off the KAL.

If you are part of the Joji Locatelli ewe crew, there’s still time to order your Starting Point Wrap MKAL Kit. This MKAL is HUGE, and makers worldwide are participating. Kits are available for pre-order now with options and details listed here.

So many options–so little time. However, it is the PERFECT time to stock up on a few special KAL projects with the 20% off sale. Leave the dust and prevent the rust…on your needles!

Happy stitching, y’all!