Where in the World is ModeKnit Yarn?

It’s Spring Festival season, and Modeknit Yarn is heading out on the road! Will we be at a show near you?

Yarn Fest

We are at Interweave Yarn Fest in Loveland, CO April 16-19, 2015.  We will have our new colors, mini-skeins, kits and FLOW, Annie is teaching classes as well (there are still spaces in Knitting with Wire on Saturday afternoon and Knitting with Beads on Sunday morning).

12297-YF-were-exhibitingYarn Fest Marketplace Dates & Times
Thursday 4/16, 10-6
Friday 4/17, 10-8
Saturday 4/18 10-6

FREE to the public! Stop by booth #601
We would LOVE to meet you!

 

YarnOver

Yarnover 2014

Yarnover 2014

On April 25, 2015 we are back in Minnesota at Yarnover, held once again in the Hopkins High School,  2503 Lindbergh Dr, Minnetonka, MN.

Hosted by the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild, Yarnover is a fabulous day-long event with classes, a beautiful marketplace, knitting celebrities, dinners and talks! The Yarnover Marketplace is FREE and open to the public April 25, 8-4:45.

We would love to connect and reconnect with all our local friends so be sure to stop by and see us!

 Shepherd’s Harvest

Andy welcomes you!

Andy welcomes you!

On May 16 & 17, 2015 we will be at Shepherd’s Harvest in Lake Elmo, MN. Shepherd’s Harvest is one of our favorite festivals, and we’re so excited to be vending again this year! Two days of fun and fleece and sheep!

We are in Building B with a larger  booth full of our yummy yarn! Admission is $5.00 (ages 8 and under are FREE).

We’ll be posting show specials and coupons!

DON’T MISS OUT!

Sign up for our email list  and be the first to know what’s happening with ModeKnit Yarn! You’ll receive coupons, learn about specials and find out what classes Annie is teaching at various fiber shows!

And we have a winner!

The random number generator has spoken and the winner of the skein of semi-solid ModeWerk Worsted is Michelle H!!

Her winning comment: “My favorite color in third grade was hot pink, the same exact shade as the dye tub in that first pic. Now it’s purple, with turquoise as an honorable mention”.

Michelle H, you have been emailed! Thanks to everyone who left a comment!!

Solid As A Rock [granite, to be precise…]

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Experimentation!

Dyeing yarn is fun.

It can be hard, creating colors that can be recreated consistently, working up large orders, coming up with original and compelling inspirations – that can be difficult.

But, overall, it’s a blast, and I feel grateful to every customer we have who allows me to continue to dye beautiful yarn!

Pewter

Pewter

I love dyeing rich and varied colorways, they’re so gratifying! But sometimes I forget that, as a knitter, I REALLY enjoy working with semi-solids!

There’s something peaceful and compelling about working with a nice solid, one with subtle variations and some give-and-take in the depth of hue, that makes me very happy.

Platinum

Platinum

We have various semi-solids in our stable of colors, and we’ve added a few more. I’ve been dyeing up large amounts of these to fill orders, and also to take with us on our Spring/Summer Fiber Shows.

Some of our newest semi-solids are shades of grey; Pewter & Platinum.

2015-01-26 16.02.51Joining them as a gradient FLOW colorway is Granite, not specifically a semi-solid, but rather subdued as FLOW colors go!

Sapphire

Sapphire

Another great semi-solid addition is Sapphire. We’ve needed this color for quite a while; a generous and lively blue, not as dark as Lazurite or as attention-grabbing as Aquamarine, it’s a beautiful and compelling BLUE that sings when knit up with any of our other colors!

I hope you enjoy knitting with the semi-solids as much as I do. Solids are a simple pleasure, perhaps not as showy or vibrantly exciting as a variegated block, blend or FLOW, but semi-solids are still very satisfying.

We’d love to give a skein of one of our Semi-Solid colors (in ModeWerk Worsted) to a lucky customer! Just leave a comment telling us what your favorite color was in the 3rd grade, and what it is now. I always find it interesting to see how our color favs change (or don’t) as we grow from childhood to adulthood!

We’ll pick one commenter at random, contact the winner and ask what color they’d like, and send the skein off!  This contest closes Friday, Mar 20 at 5pm Central Time.  GOOD LUCK!

ALL of our beautiful Semi Solid Colors!
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The ModeWerk FLOW Yarn Club!

frozen_clubWe’re pleased to introduce the ModeWerk FLOW Yarn Club! We are SO EXCITED to offer you this very special club!

The yarn we’ve chosen for this  club is our ModeWerk, available in three weights; fingering, worsted, and bulky.

Strong, soft, and machine washable, ModeWerk is a truly wonderful yarn for all your projects.

One of our current FLOW colors: Iris

One of our current FLOW colors: Iris

FLOW is a dyeing technique we use to create long, gliding color changes from one color to another.

Some FLOW colorways are monochromatic, while others encompass several different colors. As you knit or crochet, the yarn automatically changes from one color to another, blending beautifully!

Because FLOW is a labor intensive product, we’re limiting this club to 30 members. Our previous clubs have filled up quickly, and we feel this one, will, too!

US Domestic & International Pricing (shipping is included!)
Yarn Type (choose Fingering, Worsted or Bulky)



FLOW Club Details

  • FLOW Club members will receive 1 or 2 100-gr ball(s) of ModeWerk 100% Superwash Merino Yarn
  • Members can choose either fingering, worsted or bulky weight yarn
  • Yarn will arrive in THREE shipments, one shipment every other month.
  • Each shipment will contain a special little gift*
  • During the 6-month club membership period, exclusive club FLOW colors will ONLY be available to members.
  • As a club member, you have exclusive right to order additional 100gr balls of club-exclusive FLOW colors in any yarns we carry.
  • Any order you place during the 6-month club membership period (Feb-July, 2015) will receive 15% off of the non-shipping portion of your order.

*previous club gifts have included SOAK wash, Namaste Notion bags, Hello Kitty tape measures, hand-made stitch markers and other cool swag! We’re always looking for fun, high-value gifts that would make US happy, hoping they’ll make our members happy, too!

Wednesday Wonders Round-up: The Socks!

Joining Crochted Hex's Worked With ModeSock

Joining Crochted Hex’s Worked With ModeSock

One of the most satisfying things about making hand-dyed yarn is seeing the garments our customers create!

The marriage of yarn and project is  fascinating, we love to see how a pretty skein of yarn is utilized in the hands of a skilled knitter or crocheter.

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Toes see 40% in MKY!

Right now on Ravelry there are 19 completed projects in ModeSock, 17 projects here and 2 more here.

The projects run the gamut; socks (of course), hats, cowls, sweaters, scarves,  and shawls. We’ve been featuring customer projects as Wednesday Wonders on our Facebook page.

(BTW: Have you “liked” our Facebook page?  Have you “liked” Annie’s Facebook page as well?)

Dan's Jesmond socks

Dan’s Jesmond socks

Jesmond Socks
Quietdanmn used the Mr Jesmond colorway from our “Midwife Speaking” collection for his beautiful socks.

The pattern is a hybrid; Dan combined several patterns to create his fabulous socks.

Nice job Dan!

Daryl Dixon for your feet!

Daryl Dixon for your feet!

Daryl Dixon Socks
Basketbagley used one skein of ModeSock in Daryl Dixon to knit her – what else? –  Daryl Dixon Socks.

The pattern is Hermione’s Everyday Socks by  Erica Lueder (FREE on Ravelry!)

Congratulations Tracy!

Random stripes, perfect socks!

Random stripes, perfect socks!

Mindless Sampler Socks
Worked up in a Mini Skein Set, Wolfgirl88 knit these lovely socks!

The stripes beautifully highlight each separate color of The Knitting Dead set.  The pattern is Slip Stitch Heel Basic Socks by Wendy D. Johnson.

Great job, Richelle!

BONUS SOCKS!

Diana's Quiver Sock by Ellen Silva

Diana’s Quiver Sock by Ellen Silva

Our dear friend Twinsetellen designed a beautiful pattern specifically for ModeSock.

Diana’s Quiver creates a lovely fabric, perfect for showing off variegated yarns (like our own Semi-Precious colors!)  It’s a delightful pattern and a fun knit!

All these gorgeous socks make us want to cast on RIGHT NOW. What’s your favorite sock pattern? Have you used ModeSock? Share your projects with us in the comments!

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
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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.)