Lazurite Flow Featured In Knitty!!

Lazurite in Flow

Lazurite in Flow

The Winter 2014 Issue of Knitty is up, and ModeKnit Yarn was used to knit a featured pattern!

A few months back we received a request for yarn support. We sent off some ModeSock to New York to designer Joyce Fassbender, and we waited to see what would be created. Would it be socks? Or a cowl? Perhaps some gloves? Or something else?

It’s something else, that’s for sure!

It’s a shawl. A stunning lace shawlette inspired by childhood walks on the beach, combing for treasures. Comber was knit in both Flow and our Semi-Precious hand-painted yarn. We love each version but we admit to being just a little bit obsessed with the Flow shawl. Which one is YOUR favorite? (Click on each picture to make larger.)

 

We love the gradient shading in the Flow version of the shawl. The flow from dark to light to dark and back to light reflect the waves of Joyce’s childhood beach inspiration.  We also love the all-over dark-to-light effect in the hand-painted version. Such a pretty, pretty shawl!

 

 In other news, we have some lovely yarn up on our SALE page! There is some pretty MCN in Flow that would make a great Comber shawlette (just sayin’), and at a 25% discount! Pop over and check out the sale yarns!

Thankful For The Return Of 221b!

SHERLOCK IS BACK!

More about that later…

THANK YOU!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped us to find our footing as a fledgeling yarn company! Our customers, our vendors, those who helped with advice, booth tricks, microwaves (thanks Karen!) and color suggestions – thank you to ALL of you!

Thankful for so much, especially YARN!

Thankful for so much, especially YARN! (apologies to Norman Rockwell…)

Most especially, thank you to our families, who have been SO patient as we devote many, many hours to our start up! Beginning a new venture is never easy, but our friends and families have made it as positive as possible!

Wholesale Accounts!

2015 is the year we’ve always planned to go wholesale, in a small way, and so far we’re on track!

We’ve been updating some of our colors to make them ‘punchier’, adding new vibrant colors, and weeding out some duplicate colorways.

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Non-Flow Color Card

We’re also making up color cards to send out to prospective wholesale accounts. If you own a yarn shop and would like one of our information packets, please contact Kathleen and she’ll add you to the list!

Over the past few weeks I’ve dyed up a skein of EVERY one of our colors (sometimes several times to ‘lock in’ the dyeing method for a specific color) and now we’re taking those 80+ skeins and using them to make up color cards. Huge thanks to daughter Andy for her hard work over the Thanksgiving break!

Sherlock Colors (221b) are BACK!

As we change up our colors, one decision we’ve made is to keep ALL of the NO SPOILERS! colors around, adding them to our full palette of hues.

So 221B colors are BACK! We’ve updated Mary’s Maids (more vibrant) and Old Fashioned Villain (more RED!) and hope you like the changes!

The 221b colorways are available in all our delicious yarns, as well as 30g or 15 g mini skein sets.

Amethyst is the New Purple!

A purple by any other name is still..purple.

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Purple! (Well, actually, it’s Radiant Orchid) Our two newest purples are Amethyst and Lilac!

Amethyst

Amethyst is a purple variety of quartz found all over the world.

The name comes from ancient Greek and means “not intoxicated“. The ancient Greeks wore amethyst amulets and carved drinking vessels from stones, believing the stone had the power to prevent drunkenness!

It's okay, the goblet is amethyst!

Drink up, the cup is made of AMETHYST!

Medieval Europeans believed amethyst had healing properties and kept soldiers cool-headed and quick-witted in battle. Amethyst was once considered equal in value to ruby, sapphire and emerald and can be found in many royal crown jewel collections.

Amethyst is the traditional birthstone for February and the the zodiac stone for Pisces.  It’s also Kathleen’s birthstone.

Our Amethyst is a rich purple, not too dark and not too light. It’s available in all our yarn bases.

 Lilac

Syringa vulgarisor lilac, is a species of flowering plant in the olive family.

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Lilacs up close

Native to the Balkan peninsula, it was introduced to North America in the 18th century. It’s the state flower of New Hampshire, and was chosen because it symbolizes the hardy character of Granite State residents!

We love lilacs! They are a sure sign that early summer has arrived, especially here in Minnesota where winter drags on and on and on and on (you get the idea).

Our Lilac is a lovely medium purple and is available, always, in all our yarn bases.

We have plenty of other purples to satisfy every purple lover!

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Announcing the ModeKnit Sock Yarn Club!

Annie & Kathleen SFF's (Sock Friends Forever)

Annie & Kathleen
SFF’s (Sock Friends Forever)

Did you miss our last yarn club?
Are you a sock yarn fan?
Want to be part of an exclusive group?
Need a really cool holiday gift for a friend?

Are you tired of leading questions
posted at the top of blog posts..?

ANNOUNCING THE MODEKNIT SOCK YARN CLUB!
Subscriptions are LIMITED!

Our delicious 3-ply ModeSock yarn is comprised of 60% superwash merino, 30% bamboo, and 10% nylon.

It’s a perfect combination; the bamboo adds amazing drape, the superwash wool makes it easy care, and the nylon adds terrific strength. A treat for the feet and a joy on the needles!

Future Clubs!

Stay Tuned for future yarn clubs – we’re cooking new ones up every day! If there’s a yarn club YOU’D like to see us run, leave a comment and let us know!

Make sure you are signed up for our NEWSLETTER.

Newsletter subscribers are always the first to know what’s happening at ModeKnit Yarn.

 

 

 

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!