Sweaters ‘n Crawls, Y’all

Hi All,
It’s September, can you believe it? While it may take weeks for the leaves to change here in the Charlotte area, it’s really okay as we aren’t sweating the small stuff. Besides our Save the Knockers Campaign, which is in full swing, two things we are focused on this week are….sweater weather is almost upon us AND so is the Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl.

Sweater Weather is NOW!
If you’re in the mid-Atlantic or Southeast, you’re probably thinking, “It’s still 80F out there. It is NOT sweater weather.” You would be correct. [Unless you’re Heike N. who wears sweaters and three shawls throughout the year. Who wouldn’t, when she knits so beautifully. However, I digress.] How long does it actually take to make a sweater? For most makers, it takes several weeks so if you want to actually wear it during the fall and winter months, the time to begin making is NOW. That’s right…make those needles “Move Like Jagger.” Here are a few of our favorite sweater projects (click on photos for yarn recommendations) for making this sweater season the best EVAH. No U-G-L-Y holiday sweaters here!

Top Row (L to R): Juicy Gloss, Easy Folded Poncho, Hitofude
Bottom Row (L to R): Winter Wheat, Chance of Showers, Sunshine Coast

Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl
It’s coming very soon! The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is September 22-30, 2017. This year’s crawl has eleven participating area yarn shops and studios. 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 two new color ways in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line (as seen below) for the yarn crawl, and we are taking reservations (aka pre-orders) since we always run out the first couple of days. Don’t miss out…get yours now so it will be ready during the yarn crawl for pick up or for shipping.

Introducing the two newest color ways in our Fifty Shades of Gradient™ line:
Amsterdam (left), which evokes the rich hues of the international city of the same name–the vibrancy of the art scene, the water ways, and the colorful buildings; and
Joplin (right), which speaks to those colors found during Bonnie and Clyde 1930’s blazing trail through the midwest, including herringbone suits, fedoras, red brick general stores, and get-away cars.

Are YOU ready to gather your shopping bags and your yarnie friends and prepare to hunt for treasure?

For now, wishing you the very best Labor-less Day and happy stitching, y’all!

Shawls ‘n Crawls, Y’all

There is just a slight, very slight, change in the temperatures…a slight cooling off that hints the autumn season is approaching. However, the very opposite is happening on the yarn scene. Things are heating up around here!

The Charlotte Area Yarn Crawl is coming!  The 2016 crawl will take place from Friday, September 23 through Saturday, October 1, 2016. More info soon to come, but empty out those project bags and make room in your stash because the new color ways and projects are fabEWElous!

Shawl Capture

(L to R) Beastkeeper | BitterBlue | My Cryptonite

We have been eagerly anticipating several new shawl patterns, which have just been released. Today we’d like to highlight Beastkeeper by Justyna Lorkowska. This is an easy-to-knit garter stitch shawl, which uses a five-skein color play kit along with a main color. The color options are endless, and we’ve recommended some of them on our pattern page.

We love it when our customers share their projects with us. We received a beautiful post on our Ravelry page from grumpygirl73 about her BitterBlue shawl by Barbara Benson. Mandy knit her version of the shawl in Fifty Shades of Gradient in color way Dark Side of the Rainbow. What’s so interesting about this shawl pattern is it uses a gradient yarn combined with gradient beads. We’ve seen many patterns that utilize two gradient yarns or use color play kits simultaneously, but this unique pattern allows the beads to create the depth, texture, and reverse striping effect.

Uranium, Day Glow, the Sun, Particles, Blow Pop, and Red Fox. What do these terms have in common? Perhaps one of these will be your cryptonite. We have exciting new colors that will blow your mind (pun intended), and we will share later this week.

Peaceful stitching, y’all!