Winner winner chicken dinner!

The winner of the skein of ModeWerk Bulky is Shelly D!! Shelly you have been emailed. Your “blue batwing” comment made us smile!

Life continues to roll along here in Saint Paul. We are smack in the middle of the MN State Fair. Kathleen headed over there on Friday last week, and what did she find there?

ModeSock in Gilmarite

ModeSock in Gilmarite

She found Twinsetellen’s fabulous socks, knit in ModeSock Gilmarite, with a fifth place ribbon!! So exciting!! Kathleen actually danced a little dance (like a knitting nerd) right there in front of the window before she snapped the picture.

There may have been a second ModeSock sighting at the Fair, but we’re waiting for confirmation…

Kathleen stopped by to visit her friend Renee from Ghana Crazy. Renee has lovely baskets, imported from Ghana. You may have seen her at Shepherd’s Harvest, and she’ll be at North Country Fiber Fair in September, along with ModeKnit Yarn and many others.

Baskets anyone?

Baskets anyone?

Annie continues her recovery from shingles. It’s been a rough road these past few weeks, but she’s heading in the right direction. Both ModeKnit partners have acupuncture appointments this week.

Coming soon, we’ll have an update on this project. Remember Color Affection?

Brazilianite, Garnet, I Will Burn You!

Brazilianite, Garnet, I Will Burn You!

A new pattern- Lanark Plaid Cowl-and a contest!

If you’ve been following Annie this past week, then you know it’s been a little crazy in the ModeKnit Yarn world. The brightest spot by FAR was reading all the lovely, uplifting comments left by our amazing and wonderful ModeKnitters!

And because we love you all so much, we want to re-share our latest free pattern, the Lanark Plaid Cowl. Print your cowl pattern here. The cowl uses our new ModeWerk Bulky in three contrasting colors.

And, because you all are so amazing, we would like to give away another skein of our new ModeWerk Bulky yarn. Please leave us a comment on this post and tell us something that will make us laugh; a joke or story, or knitting mishap that’s just too funny to keep to yourself. The contest will end Sunday, August 24th at midnight (central time). Kathleen will put all the entries in the hopper, and will name the winner sometime on Monday the 25th.

Go forth and make us laugh!! We need it.

Fingal’s Cave Scarf

Annie has designed a scarf using all eight of the new Caledonian Colors!

Fingal's Cave Scarf

Fingal’s Cave Scarf

This brand-new pattern was inspired by the naturally occurring hexagonal basalt formations found in Fingal’s Cave in Scotland & The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. The pattern is an excellent way to hone your crochet skills- it’s completely crocheted (and it’s easy, too).

 

Did we mention the pattern is FREE!!!

Get your pattern here!!

Order your mini skein set here!!

Note: The pattern makes a narrow scarf but you can make a wider scarf by increasing the number of hexagons and increasing the number of hexagons in each row.

We’d love to see pictures of your completed projects!

Email us at kathleenatmodeknitdotcom (be sure to use @ and .com instead of the words…)

ModeKnit Yarn Peeps, ye best be preparing yer’selves!

Claire and Jamie

This season, NO SPOILERS heads to the Highlands of Scotland to introduce a series of colors based on the characters and locations of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of books. We’re calling them Caledonian Colors.

(Caledonia is the name the Romans gave to the area we now call Scotland).

If you’re unfamiliar with the Outlander books, you have quite a journey ahead of you! Romance! Action! Adventure! Time-travel! Annie has read nearly the entire series. Kathleen just discovered the books very recently and fell head over-heels on a flight to NYC.

Jamie Fraser

Jamie Fraser

If you know the books, then you’re probably looking forward to the Starz mini series as much as we are! It looks like the first episode is currently available online, but we are waiting to watch it. Anticipation! What do you think of the casting? It’s always interesting to see someone else’s vision of a book.

 

There are EIGHT new ModeKnit Yarn colors in the series, each inspired by a descriptive phrase from one of the books. Read them here.

(Click on each picture to embiggen)

Caledonian Colors

Caledonian Colors

The new colors are available in mini skein sets as well as Flow. They are also available in all of our yarn bases, including our new ModeWerk Bulky.

Choose your favorites and knit or crochet along as we revel in all things Scottish!

Plaid Cowl in ModeWerk Bulky-Caledonian Colors

Plaid Cowl in ModeWerk Bulky-Caledonian Colors

 

Fun at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair

It was a lovely weekend in Grayslake, IL!  We were vendors at The Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair and had such a fabulous time!

Hitting the road

Hitting the road

We met so many lovely people at the Fair. The Knitting Goddess and Fleur de Fiber were our neighbors; much fun and hilarity was had in our little corner of the show. Our booth looked good- it’s an evolving work-in-progress that changes and adapts to each new show space.

 

 

 

The lovely Karen

The lovely Karen

Our dear friend Karen came along to help us out, and we could not have done it without her! She drove both ways (six hours +!), helped with set-up and break-down, and worked in the booth with Kathleen while Annie was teaching.

 

 

Annie’s classes were great. Plaid Cowl anyone?  We showed a new cowl knit in our new ModeWerk Bulky. Pattern coming soon.

Plaid Cowl in Modewerk Bulky

Plaid Cowl in Modewerk Bulky

Caledonian Colors

Caledonian Colors

Flow was a hit, as were our new Caledonian Colors in both Flow and mini skein sets. And ModeSock. The ModeKnitters went crazy for ModeSock, especially in Flow!

 

 

 

It was an amazing weekend, and we are going to do it again next month. Look for us in Watertown, SD at the North Country Fiber Fair September 19th-21st. We can’t wait to meet you!NorthCountryFiberFair

 

The Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair

2014LogoModeKnit Yarn is hitting the road and heading to Grayslake, Il for The Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Festival on August 1,2,3 2014 at the Lake County Fairgrounds. (Why yes, it’s air-conditioned!).

We are in Booth #224F, right on the corner!

 

Annie is teaching at the Festival- check out her classes and register today! Annie is also signing books in our booth Friday and Saturday at 5:15 pm. We’ll have several of her current books available for purchase, including Confessions of a Knitting Heretic. Confessions

Kathleen will be manning the booth all three days, so make sure you stop by to say “Hi”. If you have a project you made with ModeKnit Yarn, please bring it along to share with us!

We are bringing lots of new yarns to the Fair! A large assortment of Flow,  our Semi-precious colors in ModeSock and ModeWerk, and mini skein sets! And all kinds of kits. Slippy Cowls for everyone!

Here’s a coupon for all your ModeKnit Yarn Fiber and Folk Art Fair needs. Just print it out or show us on your smartphone and save 10% in our booth.

Midwest Coupon

 

We are so excited to meet you! See you at the Fair!

 

 

Wrapped In Flow

Back in April, we brought the first balls of Flow to Yarnover.

A basket of ModeWerk Flow.

A basket of ModeWerk Flow.

You can see right there in the basket some Flow that is grey and yellow. There is also some that is grey and pink. We called these “Licorice Allsorts” and they were a huge hit with the knitters at the event.

Our dear friend Ellen from Twinset snagged some of the grey and yellow Flow. Our new friend Stacey of Fresh Stitches fame got some of the pink and grey Flow.

Both friends knit wraps from their Flow, and each wrap is as special and unique as the knitter who created it.

 

 

Ellen used her Flow to knit “Wrapsody in “Be” Fabulous” by the folks from StevenBe. StevenBe is an amazing yarn shop in Minneapolis owned by the fabulous Steven Berg.

Wrapsody a la Mode used one skein of Flow in ModeWerk Fingering (386 yds, 100 grams).

(Click on each picture to make larger).

 

Stacey is knitting Heartbreak with her Flow. Heartbreak is a garter stitch project with short rows. Stacy used all of one ball of Flow in ModeWerk Fingering, along with some black and a matching grey as the one ball was not quite enough to finish the project.

We love love love both of these projects! It is so amazing to see the Flow used in two distinctly different wraps. Each wrap showcases the color change beautifully.

 

Licorice Allsorts

Licorice Allsorts

Flow is now available here on our website. In the Chicago area? We will have Flow in our booth at the Midwest Folk Art and Fiber Festival August 1-3 in Grayslake, IL.

Order your Flow today and make something nice!

 

Introducing FLOW!

“Let it Flow, Let it Flow”…..(Now it’s in your head. You’re Welcome!)

Let it Flow

We are SO Excited to introduce a new ModeKnit Yarn; FLOW! We have been developing Flow for some time now, experimenting with long, graceful, gradual color changes.

As you knit, the yarn automatically changes from one color to another, blending beautifully with many lovely hues between the main colors in the yarn.

We are creating brand new colors in Flow, as well as deconstructing our Semi-precious colorways and creating Flow colors in our No Spoilers! colorways.

Flow is currently available in ModeWerk Worsted and supplies are limited. Order Flow here on our website. If you are in the Los Angeles area, A Major Knitwork in Van Nuys has a limited amount of Flow as well. Flow will also be available at The Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair  in August and The North Country Fiber Fair in September.

Special Orders

If you’d like us to create a blended gradient FLOW color for you, or would like to purchase a substantial amount (more than 300 gr) of an existing colorway, email us at kathleen at modeknit dot com (you know the right format) and we’ll work out the details with you.

How does Flow knit up? Pictures of a completed project coming soon…

 

Mini Skein Monday!

Back in April, ModeKnit Yarn was featured at A Major Knitwork in Van Nuys Ca during the LA County Yarn Crawl.

The Knitting Dead- 8 30g skeins

The Knitting Dead 30g mini skein set

ModeKnitter Minminlea purchased this mini skein set during the event.

It’s The Knitting Dead in ModeSock. Eight 30g/ 116 yd skeins of colors inspired by the tv show “The Walking Dead”.

 

 

Minminlea knit this lovely shawl!

Tre O Molti shawl

Tre O Molti shawl

This is Tre O Molti by Anthony Casalena. Tre O Molti means “Three or Many”. We think this is a great project for our 30 g mini-skein sets! The pattern calls for small amounts of different colored yarns.

Lovely lovely color!

Lovely lovely color!

View the project notes here.  There are great notes and in-progress pics. (All pictures here are used with permission.)

Mini skein sets are available here. Purchase Anthony’s pattern here.

What are you knitting with your mini skein set? Share your pictures and pattern ideas with us at kathleen at modeknit dot com.