Welcome to the ModeKnit Yarn website!

A tisket, a tasket, ModeWerk DK in a basket!

Click here to view the available yarn.

Looking for something specific?  Our current selection includes all weights from Lace to Bulky.

Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2018

Backyard Leaves by
Annie Modesitt

This year Annie is a participating designer in the 2018 Indie Design Gift-A-Long over on Ravelry. What’s this all about? We’re so glad you asked!

The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 6 week-long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by an extensive list of independent designers.

From November 23rd, 2018 at 8:00 pm US EST to November 29th at 11:59 pm US EST tons of indie designers will be discounting between 10 – 20 of their patterns 25% for this event.

Use coupon code:
giftalong2018 for 25% off Annie’s bundled patterns. 

Click on “Bundles” to see the Gift-A-Long patterns on sale for this event. You’ll find some Annie Modesitt classics as well as a few favorite ModeKnit Yarn Patterns!

Learning Curve

ModeKnit Yarn is in it’s 5th year, which kind of blows Kathleen and me away.  And every day we learn new things.

The Slippy Cowl, Our First Pattern!

We started this with $2,000 and an agreement on who would do what (which was pretty fluid, but for the most part I do the dyeing, and Kathleen does all of the less-sexy-but-more-important stuff like insurance, taxes, booking us into fiber shows, etc.)

Kathleen is also the booth maven.

It’s her world, I just hang out and tell bad jokes.

When we first started it took us 4+ hours to set up our booth, and almost as long to take it down.

Our First Year At Yarn Over in Minneapolis

So much blood, sweat, tears and toil…

Now we can get the booth up in 2+ hours (depending on helpers…) and our breakdown time runs from 1-2 hours (depending on how difficult it is to get to our trailer from the show floor.)

We’ve recently streamlined our yarn display, now we use pants hangers so we can display an entire range of colors on one hanger, and make it easier for folks to pull out yarn and compare it with other colors (or carry it to the doorway to see it in daylight, etc.) 

New Yarn Display at Shepherd’s Harvest, 2018

As a side benefit, it also REALLY cuts down on our setup and breakdown time, and allows us to organize our yarn by color much easier.

For a few years now we’ve displayed our yarn in long, un-twisted skeins, but now we’ve been able to cut out a great deal of grid wall and those metal arms!

Layla & Her Beautiful FLOW

All of this has taken time, and we’ve had ‘bright ideas’ that were anything BUT bright when we actually implemented them.

But that’s how we learn!

Another learning curve was making our FLOW yarn.  It’s a pretty labor-intensive product, it takes time to knit the fabric, dye the fabric, then UNKNIT the fabric into balls so the color change is visible from the top of the ball.

When I think of my first experiments in trying to create a slow-color change gradient yarn, I could both laugh and cry.

WORKING Machine!

Now we have a pretty streamlined method, and the best part is we’ve been able to teach our employees (Becca, Layla, sometimes Andy) how to create relatively consistent colorways, which has always been our goal.

But in the time since we started, I’ve become an expert at taking apart and repairing Silver Reed 150 knitting machines, and have discovered resources for some of those pesky, easy-to-break parts.  The things we learn…

Broken Machine…

I’ve also become a dab hand at taking apart and cleaning our electric ball winder and swift.  Because I love the glamour.

We’re still growing, we’re still working on breaking that ‘more going back into the biz than in our pockets’ threshold, but we’re both very lucky that we love what we do, and love spending time together and meeting so many lovely fiber folks at the various festivals where we vend.

2015 Our First 5×8 Trailer

One thing we’ve learned THIS year is that we are NOT superwomen.  This Spring Kathleen seemed to go from one cold to another, with sinus infections along the way.

When bronchitis reared it’s ugly head last week, we made an executive decision to opt out of one of our favorite fairs, The Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Fest, and stayed home so that BOTH of us could rest.

2018 Our NEW 5×10 Trailer!

It was perhaps the best decision we made all year, and taught us what we both already knew; you can’t run on empty and expect to go very far!

We hope to see you at one of the shows we WILL be able to attend, just coming up in the next weeks are The Great Lakes Fiber Show; Estes Park Wool Market; Iowa Sheep & Wool Fest and Houston Fiber Fest.

So, yeah, I guess it IS good that we took this week “off”!

And now, for your visual enjoyment, here’s some of what Layla and I worked up this week.!

FLOW Yarn Drying, May 2018

Hockey and Hat Tricks!

We’ve added six new colors to our ModeKnit Yarn lineup! We’re celebrating Minnesota’s favorite pastime (and Kathleen’s favorite sport) with our new Hockey Colors, also know as Chix with Stix! 

Choose one of these lovelies paired with Pearl to make our new Hat Trick Mitten or Hat kit!  Hat Trick uses the same slip stitch technique used in the Slippy Cowl and would be a fun match!

The Hat Trick kit contains enough yarn to make the hat OR the mittens (order two kits if you’d like to make both). The kits are available in our ModeWerk DK or our ModeLuxe DK. Order now through January 31st during our Winter Sale to save 20.18% using code winter2018.

Hockey Gothic!