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!

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

Spinning Tops & Other Yarns

Hi Everyone,
This week, we want to remind everyone about our upcoming World Wide Knit in Public Day as well as talk a bit about spinning. Let’s chat, shall we?

World Wide Knit in Public Day
Hang out with The Ewe Crew for our Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day Celebration on Saturday, June 9. We are hosting our fifth World Wide Knit in Public Day event (the third at this location). We welcome 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 a new color way for sale as well a raffles and giveaways, 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, a reusable water bottle (or buy one from us) to use our water fountain, and perhaps even a beach umbrella if you want to sit outside on the (very safe) grassy knoll.

Spinning Tales
While we usually focus on knitting and crochet (since that comprises the majority of our followers), we love to support other fiber arts as well. We’re going to miss our Spinning Saturdays, which we put on hiatus through the hot summer months so we will give spinning our attention here in this climate-controlled Etherverse.

There are unique spinning terms just as there are with any of the fiber arts. Some of them are a bit more fun than others. For instance, “spinning a yarn” means something quite different to fiber artists than it does to the non-making community. So do the terms “getting carded” and “putting a crimp” in someone’s style and “top knot.” This makes us think of other pseudo fiber-related phrases like “getting my weave on” and “yanking my chain” too. Ha!

The Fibre Studio is most known for our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line of products including yarn, roving/top, and our deja vu sock yarn. However, spinners can create gradient yarns at the wheel (or slightly before) in a couple of different ways.

SupPLY Chain
Spinners can organize their braided hanks in a couple of different ways to create gradients. Firstly, makers should take a variegated hank of roving and separate it by color…from light to dark or even into a rainbow effect. A very helpful video can be found here. Secondly, spinners can also ply chain spun fibers to blend those yarns into true ombre effects, marling the fiber when necessary to get a good blend.

Getting Carded
Spinners have stashes and leftovers too. If s/he wants to stash bust in order to spin ombre yarns, carding a variety of colors (or fiber types) together into color-concentrated bundles is a great way to create a gradient effect. A helpful video is found here. When creating a gradient effect, the maker should just vary the color concentration from light to dark as it is carded. Bag and organize those resulting bundles and then spin the bundles in the appropriate order to get the desired effect.

Spinning from the Top
Spinners may already have top ready to be spun. There is a simple “formula” to use to create a nice gradient effect. For instance, if the maker has two, 6- or 8-oz hanks of roving, s/he can organize the top into smaller bundles and then spin and ply into gradient yumminess.

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

Shining a Light on Greene

Hi Everyone,
Thank you to everyone who visited us during Spring Thing over the weekend. It was great to have an additional opportunity to visit with those customers who cannot visit us during the traditional work week.

This week we’re featuring patterns by Marie Greene, a designer located in the Pacific Northwest newly discovered by us (how we’ve missed her for this long, we’ve no idea). Miss Greene (Ravelry shop is Olive Knits) creates garments for the modern wardrobe, which marry the play of light with different stitch combinations. She is inspired by architecture, the Oregon coast, and desire to make garments fun and easy to wear.

River Light Tee
The River Light Tee is an exploration of light and texture – named for a lighthouse on the Oregon Coast. This tee is the perfect addition to a capsule wardrobe. With delicate sheen and drape, it can easily be dressed up or down. It’s knit top-down and seamless with a contiguous saddle shaped sleeve.

We love our multi-season fibers like Merino Bamboo – Fingering and our Sea Song – Fingering for this project.

Lotta Dress
Lotta is the hand-knit equivalent of your favorite linen dress – loose-fitting, easy-to-wear and comfortable enough for every day. Vertical lines on both the fronts, back and hem are created with twisted stitches.

The dress is knitted top down with the upper bodice worked flat, then joined in the round just after the sleeve divide. The front pleat is created by casting on stitches just after joining in the round.

This pattern calls for a sport weight yarn and would be beautiful in our SW Merino – Sport, with its tight plying and defined stitch definition. However, it is also possible to pull a fingering weight yarn like our Merino Bamboo – Fingering and a lace weight yarn like our Sea Song – Lace together, creating a beautiful, soft heathered fabric while also adding breathable fibers like rayon of bamboo, silk, and Sea Cell© to the mix.

Bateau Pullover
Bateau is a sleek, modern and flexible tee with boat neck shaping and a dramatic double cable offset on a landscape of reverse stockinette.

As several makers on Ravelry have observed, this tee is actually reversible giving the wearer options about both textures and which side of the body the pretty cable is displayed.

We like our Studio Sox, Studio Solo, Walkabout – Fingering, and Merino Bamboo – Fingering for this project.

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

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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

 

We Filled Our Nest for Mother’s Day

Hi Everyone,
Just in time for Mother’s Day, take a gander at our new Bo Peeps. For our U.S. online shoppers, we will offer free shipping for Mother’s Day weekend. We have also added a Spring Thing to our schedule for May 18-20.

New Bo Peeps
This month’s Bo Peeps are about mothers in all their diversity. We selected an inspiration photo (shared with you last week) and dyed three colors to represent what we saw in the photo. The Black Copper Maran is BP003. The variegated containing all the colors is BP004. The Easter Egger which looks a bit like a robin’s egg is BP005.

These are not those sugar-coated, pallid colors often associated with Mother’s Day. These are strong, vivid hues representing strong, deep women. In 2018, we wanted to break the mold and be just a little better.

We love the following project options for these color ways (yardage requirements vary depending upon fiber base):
One-Skein Wonders: Antarktis, BitterBlue, Dawn to Dusk, Evaporate, HitchhikerLocal Yarn Shawl (small), Perhaps Perhaps, Rivercane, and Wildheart
Two-Skein Projects: Cameo, Ceciliana, Double Scoop, Holyrood, Laurelie, Local Yarn Shawl (large), Wild & Free, Yondah Window, and Zorzal
Three-Skein Projects: 3 Color Cashmere Shawl, All Points South, Exploration Station, Find Your Fade, Jujuy, Shawl B, and The Doodler

On-Line Mother’s Day Special
For all our on-line U.S. customers, we will offer free shipping from Friday, May 11 through end-of-day Sunday, May 13. Just use discount code LUVMOM18 at checkout. This discount is good for our hand-dyed yarns, yarn kits, needles, and accessories. [Please note: Discount does NOT include shipping for spinning and weaving equipment.]

Make the smart choice to give choice in your Mother’s Day gifting. We have The Fibre Studio Gift Card in denominations for any budget for all the moms in your life.

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 get a “feel” for our fiber–Black Sheep (experimentals), Bo Peeps (to pre-order), Color Play Station (DIY color play kits), and inventory reduction specials.

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

May 2018 Newes

Hi Everyone,
We have exciting May activities and events to note, including a recap of our Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival experience, our inspiration for the latest Bo Peeps, Mother’s Day trivia, and the Spring Thing.

Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival
Thank you to everyone who came out to see us during this past weekend at the inaugural Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival in Ellijay, Georgia. We had lots of visitors stop by who became first-time customers, and we want you to know we appreciate you all (both nEWEbies and existing Ewe Crew) so much. It was a great first year for this event, and we look forward to watching it grow and evolve. If you are interested in learning more so you can put it on your calendar for next year, visit their website here or their Facebook page here.

Inspiration for May Bo Peeps
In the coming week, we will post the photos and links for our new Bo Peeps. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Bo Peeps are new color ways, for which we take pre-order sales only. While we offer them on multiple bases for a limited time, these color ways will not be reproduced or replicated so we encourage customers to order enough yardage for their 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. For May, we are taking inspiration from the photo at left, which celebrates the diversity of all types of mamas and babies.

Mother, May I?
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13. If you want to celebrate those special mamas in your lives, think about giving The Fibre Studio Gift Card and let them choose the perfect gift for themselves.

Curious about how the observation of Mother’s Day began? The modern holiday of Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother at St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, (which now holds the International Mother’s Day Shrine). Her campaign to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday in the United States began in 1905, the year her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, died. Ann Jarvis had been a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers on both sides of the American Civil War, and created Mother’s Day Work Clubs to address public health issues. Anna Jarvis wanted to honor her mother by continuing the work she started and to set aside a day to honor all mothers because she believed a mother is “the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world.”

In 1908, the U.S. Congress rejected a proposal to make Mother’s Day an official holiday, joking that they would also have to proclaim a “Mother-in-law’s Day.” However, owing to the efforts of Anna Jarvis, by 1911 all U.S. states observed the holiday, with some of them officially recognizing Mother’s Day as a local holiday (the first being West Virginia, Jarvis’ home state, in 1910). In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

Today, over 40 countries around the world celebrate Mother’s Day (yayyy!), with most celebrations being observed in March or May. Thank you to all the mamas out there and to all those who recognize them too!

Spring Thing
The Charlotte inner city yarn shops and studios are participating in an informal Spring Thing. We plan to be open May 18-20 in anticipation of this event. Visit our retail space to enjoy those great deals never seen online or to get a “feel” for our fiber–Black Sheep (experimentals), Bo Peeps (to pre-order), Color Play Station (DIY color play kits), and inventory reduction specials.

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