NEW Knitting Dead Colors Revealed!

Farewell Friends

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Penny Blake

Saying goodbye is never easy, but this season we’re bidding a fond farewell to two colors in order to make way for two new colors!

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Hershel Greene

We’re sending off Penny Blake (The Governor’s Daughter – yeah, no one knew who she was…)

We’re also sending off Hershel Greene (the best damn father figure since Dale Horvath!) and we’re very sad to see both of them go!  But this allows us a chance to introduce 2 bright, shiny new colorways!

NEW COLORS!

Don’t mourn the old colors for long, we have two NEW colors with which to enchant you!

Glenn Rhee

Happy, Loving, Humble Glenn

Happy, Loving, Humble Glenn

Glenn is the best. Period.

Glenn is positive, upbeat, a kick-ass defender but still very humble at the same time.  Maggie is one lucky woman.

He may have been a simple delivery boy pre-outbreak, but now Glenn’s the soul of Rick’s band of merry folk.

Dressed to Kill

Dressed to Kill

Glenn doesn’t act out of pride, he acts out of LOVE and compassion. Glenn is amazing.

Why didn’t we do a Glenn color before? Perhaps it was because of his humility. Glenn can be easily passed over, which is a deadly mistake a few walkers have made (to their eternal chagrin.)

Glenn Rhee in ModeWerk Fingering

Glenn Rhee in ModeWerk Fingering

Our new Glenn Rhee color is a faded red (for his ubiquitous baseball cap) and a deep black (for his ink-dark hair) mixed in a dependably repeating color (be forewarned, it will either stripe or pool, depending on how it’s worked up)

Twinset Jan suggested this color, so she will be our first winner of the Mini Skein Set of The Knitting Dead featuring our two new colors.  Congratulations, Jan!

Lizzie Samuels

We’re officially calling this color, “Lizzie Samuels” but we all know that the REAL name is, “Look At The Flowers, Lizzie”

Look at the flowers, Lizzie...

Look at the flowers, Lizzie…

Why Lizzie had to go.

Why Lizzie had to go.

Perhaps the most shocking scene in all of The Walking Dead, the Carol/Lizzie/flowers scene was hard to watch and remains burned in the memories of all TWD fans.

Carol Peletier is a strong, caring woman whose love is encompassing enough to protect those around her, even if it means making very hard choices (setting fire to contagion carriers, eliminating a pint-sized threat-with-a-knife, etc.)

The way she eases Lizzie into her end is dreadfully loving, painfully caring; pure Carol. And this compelling scene is the source of our second new color.

Lizzie Samuels in ModeWerk Fingering

Lizzie Samuels in ModeWerk Fingering

Lizzie Samuels is a field of green dotted with yellows, oranges and a bit of pink (that’s poetic license on my part, the actual flowers in the scene were simply yellow)

It’s the prettiest colorway in The Knitting Dead series, I though it would be a relief to have at least ONE color that wasn’t dotted with blood bathed in a grey/green patina.

However this isn’t a brightly colored field of daisies, the overdyeing of the green adds some interesting mixes and blends, making it more complex, and a bit darker, than any ordinary meadow walk.

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Not convinced.

The color was suggested by Lizzie Kate (sorry I didn’t add the splash of blood you suggested, see above for the reason) who will also receive a Mini Skein Set of The Knitting Dead featuring our two new colors.

Congratulations, Lizzie! (the winner of the skein… not the other one.)

 

The KNITTING DEAD Returns…

Did you REALLY think we could keep it in the vault?

The Knitting Dead is back, but two of our beloved colors have experienced the True Death (uh oh, I’m Crossing the Memes … and here I go and do it a third time!)

So we bid a fond farewell to Hershel Greene and Penny Blake (the Governor’s zombie daughter, yeah, no one knew who she was…) and bring in two new colors.

NEW COLORS?

I haven’t seen Season 5 of Walking Dead (airing October 12), although I know that Abraham Ford (Ginger, ex-Army guy) and Mary (Terminus big wig) will figure into it, but I don’t know enough about them to create a color for them.

SO, I’m asking YOU, our knitting audience & the general public, to submit your ideas for TWO NEW COLORS based on The Walking Dead TV show on AMC.

Help Us Choose our new colors for The Knitting Dead 2!

  • Maybe you feel there’s a character I’ve slighted by not giving them their own color [nods knowingly in the direction of a certain young fellow with a baseball cap, a great attitude & undying love for Maggie...]
  • Or perhaps there’s a location or event you’ve always wanted to see portrayed in yarn.
  • Or maybe you’ll be inspired by the first episode of season five, and want to see one of the new kids shown off in a beautiful, knitable (or crochetable) colorway!

Submit your ideas in the comments below right up until the Friday before the second episode of season five airs on Oct 17th.knitting_dead_color_sub_calWe’ll be unveiling our new colors immediately before the second episode airs on Oct 19th.

AWARD!

Leave a comment below to submit colors.  If someone else beats you to the punch, go ahead and submit your idea (we’ll be tallying up votes for Glenn, missing Baby Judith, or any notable Zombies and your vote/comment could tip the scale).

We’ll be choosing TWO winners, not necessarily at random (funny or incredibly useful color suggestions get high priority) and these two winners will receive a mini skein of the Knitting Dead Colors 2.

So get your thinking caps on and give us a SHOUT OUT! What colors do you want to see!

Great Faces. Great Places. South Dakota!

It’s a catchy tagline! And it’s so, so true!  This past weekend we were vendors at North Country Fiber Fair in Watertown, SD.

There weren’t a lot of vendors, but the ones there were exceptional! Excellent yarns, gifts, baskets, buttons, ceramics, LOTS of spinning fibers and tools – just a wonderful variety of great small businesses!  We made so many new friends and got some leads for new shows and festivals. Kathleen is already hard at work creating our vending schedule for 2015.

Speaking of shows and festivals-Is there a fiber festival you love? We would welcome suggestions in the comments. We are thinking smaller shows, (large shows like Rhinebeck and Maryland Sheep and Wool and Stitches are already being considered). We enjoy meeting everyone at these shows!

In other ModeKnit Yarn news, the start date for Claire’s Cabled Capelet Knit-Along is officially October 1st! Join our Ravelry group and knit this fun (and POPULAR) pattern. Annie and Kathleen will both be moderating the group. Please please join us!

 

Claire’s Cabled Capelet – FREE!

Stone Circle in Raphoe, Ireland

Stone Circle in Raphoe, Ireland where I did not, sadly, fall into the past.

I LOVE Outlander! I’ve loved the books by Diana Gabaldon for years, and I’m totally in love with the Starz Mini Series (which is incredibly well done, small costume issues aside – huge, bulky knit cowls, I’m looking at you…)

But overall the details are perfect, the story is exceptional, and if you’re watching it, I want you to pay attention to the editing, which I think is first rate.

It’s not easy to do a time-travel type of thing and have it make sense. This mini series moves back and forth from 1743 to 1945 with a lovely grace and ease, the editing is in large part responsible for this excellent, graceful movement.

So I’m willing to forgive a decolletage that’s a bit too popping (poor Claire’s not terribly well endowed, so I’m thinking they felt they had to push her up farther than she probably would have been in order to appeal to modern eyes…) and some hand knits that look remarkably modern (it would be more likely that knitting was used to make stockings, caps, and smaller gauge garments based on the yarn that was being spun at the time) because I just LIKE the show so darned much.

Free Pattern

And because I like – no, LOVE – Outlander,Outlander 2014 I’m in a generous mood and I’m gifting to everyone who wants my own version of the lovely capelet that Claire wears during the boar hunt episode.

However, I’m beginning to think that any SANE person would head for the hills when they see Claire coming near them, wherever she goes someone gets hurt, or sick, or has an accident and she is, almost magically, able to pop up with the correct diagnosis to save a life. A veritable encyclopedia brown of floral medicine.

claires_capeletAnyway, my version of the cape is a bit more involved than the original in the TV show. It has some cables, a short row, textured collar and a twisted cord tie.

And it’s blue. Aside from that, when you wear it, it will be just like being time-transported back to Jacobite Scotland and meeting a tall, beefy, red-haired handsome fellow with ice-blue slanted cat-eyes and a slow smile that warms the heart…

But I forget myself.

It’s modeled by a lovely young woman who was in my recent classes in Dallas. She agreed to model for me in exchange for a ball of yarn, and I think I got the better end of the deal. She’s absolutely lovely, AND she let me pile her hair on top of her head like Claire. What a champ!

Here’s the link to download the pattern.

Knit Along

I’d love to do a knit along of this, Kathleen and I would host it over at Ravelry, at the ModeKnit Yarn group. If you want to participate, go on over there (and for heaven’s sake, sign up for the group if you’re not in it yet!) and soon we’ll start casting on together and working through the techniques one by one!

I’m new at this knit along thing, so be gentle with me! You help me work through leading a knit along, and I’ll help you mistress the cool techniques in this great garment!

ModeKnit Yarn Club — and — A COUPON for the NCFF in South Dakota!

Announcing the ModeKnit Yarn Club!

We are very excited to introduce our very first yarn club!!!

C—L—U—B! ModeKnit's The Club For Meee!

C—L—U—B!                               ModeKnit’s The Club For Meee!

  • Three shipments of worsted weight yarn
  • Yarn arrives as four 60gr/106yd skeins (240gr/425yds total) dyed in CLUB EXCLUSIVE colorways available only to club members
  • Extra skein sales to members will be available while supplies last.
  • Each shipment arrives with an exclusive pattern designed specifically to work with the yarn in that shipment.
  • Shipments will arrive in October, December, and February.
  • Memberships opens in late September
  • Memberships are VERY limited for our first-time club

Click here to sign up for the ModeKnit Yarn Club beginning Thurs, Sept 18th.

And sign up for our newsletter to receive up-to-the-minute details about the club.

 

 

North Country Fiber Fair

ModeKnit Yarn will be vending the the North Country Fiber Fair this coming weekend, receive 10% off your purchase in the ModeKnit Yarn Booth at the North Country Fiber Fair!

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NORTH COUNTRY FIBER FAIR
Codington County Extension Complex
1910 West Kemp
Watertown, SD
Saturday, Sept 20: 9-5:30
Sunday, Sept 21:  9-4

 

North Country Fiber Coupon (1)As usual, Kathleen will be wo/manning the booth and Annie will be teaching classes when she’s not at the booth. We will have plenty of Flow, mini skein sets, and skeins so come out and see us, we would love to meet you!

This is a SWEET fiber fair, the PERFECT destination for a beautiful early Fall weekend, lots of great stuff and NOT overwhelming!

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.

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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