Wednesday Knitting: Brahmin Moth Shawl Edition

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Pictured in Pearl, Drogon, and Daryl Dixon

Annie  just released a new shawl pattern designed with our beautiful ModeWerk Fingering yarn!

The Brahmin Moth Shawl  is inspired by the Owl Moth, a uniquely patterned moth seen in both North and South America. The moth often looks like there are owl eyes on the wings and back, with dark and light lines on the body for a pronounced striping effect.

 

(Take a look at some very cool images online!)

The shawl is worked as a series of large mitered squares nested on a slip-stitch edge. On small (3.25mm) needles this creates a tight, angled scarf. On larger (3.75mm) needles it can be a lovely draping shawl. The pattern is available on Ravelry for $5.00. See  this beauty in person in three different colorways this coming Saturday at Fall Fiber Festival in Hopkins, MN. Not in Minnesota? We’ll have all three samples in our booth in 2016 as we travel to different shows.

 

Tomorrow: Throwback Thursday, or how Kathleen “learned” to knit!

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!

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!