Ch-ch-ch-CHANGES!

Hey Folks!

madison_knit_in_booth12015 is SUCH an exciting and busy Summer, if it seems that at times The ModeKnit Yarn Team of Annie & Kathleen (& Becca part time!) has been incommunicado, it’s because we’re crazy busy.  And busy is GOOD!

As we grow our company and develop some wholesale accounts, do more fiber shows and just generally get a better handle on WHAT we’re actually doing, we’ll be making changes and improvements (hopefully the changes WILL be improvements!) on our product and on our website!

So stay tuned, we’ll be updating you here on the blog, and also in our newsletter (sign up here!)

Mini Skein Changes

A Few Of Our Current Mini Skein Sets
A Few Of Our Current Mini Skein Sets

We’re changing the put-up of our mini skein sets, and the number of colors included in each set.  The Mini Skein Sets are a labor of love and we really enjoy making them, but the truth is, they are pretty labor intensive.

In order to create a better and more consistent product, we’ll be changing the number of colors in each “No Spoilers” set to SIX, and the skein sizes will be 25g (6 skeins x 25g = 150g set) and 50g (6 skeins x 50g = 300g set)

AND WE WOULD LOVE YOUR HELP!

CONTEST!

Current Knitting Dead Colors
Current Knitting Dead Colors

Help us decide WHICH colors we should keep in each mini skein set! Choose your favorite colors and you could WIN a set!

Pick Your Favorite No Spoilers Colors Contest!

One set of each colorway will be awarded to at random to a registered survey taker. Pick your favorite six colors from each set!

The contest closes on Saturday, July 18th at 11:59 pm. We’ll announce the winners via email and this blog on Monday July 20th.

CHANGE NUMBER TWO

We’ve added a new yarn, ModeLuxe DK, and boy is it DELICIOUS! ModeLuxe DK is a 4-ply 50% Silk / 50% Superwash Merino DK weight blend. If you’ve been to our last few shows, you’ve had the opportunity to see and feel this amazing yarn.

Backyard leaves By Annie Modesitt
Backyard leaves By Annie Modesitt

You’ll be able to see  Annie’s popular  BackYard Leaves Scarf knit up in this beautiful yarn in August at Stitches Midwest, where we’ll be in booth #730.

Stitches Midwest
August 6-9
Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center
Schaumburg, IL
ModeKnit Yarn is Booth #730

It’s our first time at Stitches, and we’re very, very excited! We’ve got a new booth set-up, new products, and new garment samples, as well as Annie’s new book for sale (see future blog posts!)

The times, they are a changin’, and we couldn’t be more excited about it!

Fiber Love In LoveLand

We just spent the last week in Loveland, Colorado, vending and teaching at the inaugural Interweave Fiber Fest.  Two days driving out, two days driving back, three days of vending and teaching, one day of taping online classes for Interweave.

It was an amazingly full week that just FLEW by!

Boom! Shredded tire.
Boom! Shredded tire.

Minor road mishap just outside of Sterling, CO.  One of the tires on the U Haul wagon went flat! THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP.

We pulled to the side of the interstate by mile marker 138, waiting for U haul roadside assistance, passing the time the way fiber folks do (aka Knitting).

A nice service guy came out to help (aka ZZ Topp), and we were back on the road again, headed to Fort Collins and Loveland.

Always time for knitting!
Always time for knitting!

 

 

 

Interweave YarnFest was held at the Embassy Suites hotel and conference center in Loveland, CO. The weather turned gloomy with snow and rain, so it was great to have everything under one roof. The classrooms were right near the market, our room was right upstairs in the fancy glass elevator.

Thanks Interweave, it was an AMAZING weekend!

Interweave Yarn fest Booth 2The market was HUGE! So many vendors from all over and so many shoppers!  We met many amazing fiber folks!

We had so many goodies for sale; FLOW, mini skein sets (including the new Game of Thrones set) and  Slippy Cowl kits. ModeFlax was a huge hit, and so was Annie’s Knitting Millinery book.

We unveiled our Game Of Thrones colors, Dragon Dances, and pretty much sold out of everything with a Dragon we put out!

By Saturday afternoon we had sold out of ModeSock in FLOW and sold most of our mini skein sets. We met so many talented folks who knit and crochet. Our Fingal’s Cave Scarf and Granny Square Shug were popular samples.

Annie’s classes were sold out as well, and the students were quite talented – fearless and confident and full of knitterly self-respect. Perfect students! New techniques were learned, and skills were honed.

We headed for home on Sunday afternoon pulling into Saint Paul late Monday afternoon. A whole week on the road!!

The road home through Nebraska.
The road home through Nebraska.

And now back to business- This coming Saturday, April 25, 2015, we’ll be vending locally at Yarnover, hosted by the MInnesota Knitter’s Guild.

YARNOVER
Hopkins High School
2400 Lindbergh Drive
Minnetonka, MN 55305

The market is free and open to the public. We’re in Booth #10.

We’ll be restocked with freshly dyed yarn and ready meet you!

Stop by and say “Hi” and be sure to use our coupon.

Yarnover 2015 Coupon

 

GAME OF THRONES!

Drogon, Viserion & Rhagal, angst filled teen dragons.
Daenerys, Drogon, Viserion & Rhagal; A girl and her angst-filled, teen dragons.

We are so excited to FINALLY offer a No Spoilers colorway set based on one of my favorite television programs of all times, HBO’s Game Of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire).

I’ve read the books, I’ve watched the programs MULTIPLE times, I have my favorite characters, I’ve engaged in online discussion forums about them, I follow the actors and production people for the show on Twitter, and I’ve even had one dream about dragons. I am a proud GOT nerd.

dragon_dance_labelWe’ve chosen eight compelling Game of Throne inspirations for this latest colorway in the NO SPOILERS line, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Because I’m a bit obsessed about the Dragons (and Daenerys) FOUR of our colors are directly influenced by these flying raptors & their mother.

 

 

Daenerys Eyes

Daenery's Eyes
Daenery’s Eyes

In the books the Targeryens are a family known for their silver-blonde hair and purple eyes.

In the first season of the HBO series, the Game Of Thrones production team tried to represent this with purple contact lenses for actress Emilia Clarke, but these proved too much of a barrier to expression by the actress. According to Dan Weiss & David Benioff, “actors act with their eyes, and [the lenses] really hurt the emotion.”

So this color actually will resonate more with the readers of the books, but it allows us to have a beautiful purple color (without resorting to the particular shade of Joffrey’s face at the “Purple Wedding”)

Dragon Drogon

Dragon Drogon
Dragon Drogon

Born in the funeral pyre of Khal Drago, the most forceful and commanding of Dany’s three dragon ‘children’ is Drogon, named after the Khal.

Drogon’s scales are black, his horns and spinal plates are blood red,and his eyes are smouldering red pits. — A Dance With Dragons

Dragon Viserion

MKY_067Dany’s brother Viserys, before his untimely (but perhaps well deserved) death-by-gold, often warned his sister not to ‘wake the dragon’, so it only seemed fair that one of her three dragon children would be named after him.

The majority of Viserion’s scales are cream, but his horns, wing bones and spinal crest are gold colored.[1][2] His teeth are shining black daggers. His eyes are two pools of molten gold and his flame is pale gold shot through with red and orange. — A Storm of Swords

Dragon Rhaegal

Dragon Rhagal
Dragon Rhagal

Name for Rhaegar Targaryn, the crown prince of Westeros who died in Robert’s Rebellion after kidnapping Lyanna Stark, Rhaegal is the green dragon;

His green scales are a dark green, the green of moss in the deep woods at dusk, just before the light fades, and they gleam like jade. His teeth and claws are black. — A Clash Of Kings

Lannister Gold

MKY_081One of the constants of A Song of Ice And Fire is the sheer wealth of the Lannister family. Clever and powerful, House Lannister’s words are “Hear Me Roar!” but unofficially their motto is “A Lannister always pays his debts.” They have the means and will power to pay any debt in full.

The Lannisters never declined, graciously or otherwise. The Lannisters took what was offered — Tyrion Lannister

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming
Winter Is Coming

While the words of many houses are boasts, House Stark’s words, “Winter is Coming” is both a a promise and a threat.

The northernmost of the great houses, I drew from my own Minnesotan reality of a land of ice, and used the bright snowflakes and deep blue shadows of an evening blizzard, when one can almost imagine a White Walker strolling down Minnehaha.

Red Wedding

Red Wedding
Red Wedding

Dynastic marriages aren’t love matches, they’re contracts. When Robb Stark broke his contract with Walder Frey of the Twin Towers and marries Talisa, the stage is set for a massacre. By the time the check comes, everyone has either been killed, or has killed someone. Good times.

But is the Red Wedding solely the work of the Freys?

The Lannisters send their regards.
―Roose Bolton

Lyanna Blue

Lyanna Blue
Lyanna Blue

Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister & Robert Baratheon’s fiancée, has not yet been introduced in the HBO series (although Arya – one of my favorite characters – has been compared to her in her looks, temperament and physicality)

That’s Lyanna, my father’s sister. King Robert was supposed to marry her, but Rhaegar Targaryen kidnapped her. Robert started a war to win her back, he killed Rhaegar, but she died anyway.
Bran Stark GOT Season 1, Episode 10

Lyanna’s abduction by Rhaegar Targaryn (who had earlier rebuffed his wife, Elia Martell, at a tournament at Harrenhal to present a blue winter rose laurel to Lyanna) sets the stage for the entire saga of A Song of Ice And Fire, and may provide the plot point upon which the drama concludes (rumors abound online…)

Resources

Some of my favorite GOT links are: