Mom Loves You

Annie’s mom, Mabel Anna Williams Modesitt, & unnamed goat, c 1946.

You know that, though.

Moms have bad days, and good days, and days that are indescribably complex.  Most of my days fall in that last category.

But the through-line of motherhood is love.

It surrounds everything a mom does, even if she doesn’t realize it.  It inhabits every waking moment and most of the sleeping ones.

Some of us are born with a terrific mom, some of us “adopt” one (or several) along the way.

Some of us are fortunate enough to BE moms (either physically or emotionally) to a child, a friend, a furry creature, or even a movement.

Hockey Gothic!

I’m a mom to two amazing kids, but I also feel that I mother (albeit for a brief time) students in my classes, the young women who work for me, sometimes my husband and even my business partner (and she mothers me, too, when I need it!)

One of the happiest, most positive changes in our American society in the past 25 years is the degree to which men are happy to embrace the more “maternal” sides of their natures, some men make the best “mothers” I know.

Two Cool Kids

We demonstrate our love in myriad ways.  Recently I’ve reflected that the amount of time I’ve spent driving kids around is probably one of the better metrics of my mom-ness; this lifestyle would have been a mystery to my grandmother (born 1889).

I wonder if my not-yet-even-imagined granddaughter will someday return to a method of mothering that doesn’t involve hundreds of hours sitting in a car surrounded by children.

In the past few years I’ve been using baking to demonstrate my love to my kids (video: max eats cake); they’re away from home at college, I miss them, and baking is something physical I can do with an end product I can send to them.

Gerry, Andy, Elaine, Gayle Jasper

This week I’ll have both kids home — Andy semi-permanently after college graduation (video: Andy Graduates!) — and I’m SO looking forward to it.

Speaking of the graduation, it was such a lovely event, and so wonderful to be able to have Gerry’s mom, Elaine, come out for the event along with Gayle (Gerry’s sister)  Elaine is a force of nature, in the quietest way.  At 91 she moves better and goes farther than many folks my own age.

One of Kathleens kids, Max

Our home is small, we will be ‘on top of each other’ for a while until we work out the daily dance that 4 adults, 3 cats & a dog must engage in to avoid bad feelings.

There WILL be some bad feelings, and tense words, but that comes with the territory of parenting and living with other folks.

But my kids will both be home for Mother’s Day, and that is a joyful thing.

This Mother’s Day we will also be all working together at Shepherd’s Harvest, a great Minnesota Fiber Show and one of our favorite events of the year!

Kathleen and I LOVE Shepherd’s Harvest, even if we usually end up freezing our butts off one of the mornings, it’s just part of the ritual!

So if you’re in Minnesota, and you’re looking for a fun-yet-usual activity for Mom, or just looking for a great gift (there are SO MANY OPTIONS at Shepherd’s Harvest!) please come by our booth and say, “HI!” and visit with us!

Kathleen*, Layla, Annie Becca.
*The pretty one!

Kathleen’s not allowed to bring her cats, or she’d have her own “kids” with her!  However, if you use the secret code, “Kathleen is the pretty one” you can get 20% off of your entire booth purchase at Shepherd’s Harvest!

For those of you unable to visit this great festival, you can shop here at our website, and use the code, “PrettyKathleen” for 20% off of your order until midnight on Sunday!

Back On The Road!

Knitting With Wire,June 8, 9am, Estes Park, CO

Spring means many things to many folks.

In Texas and Kansas, it means tornadoes and tulips.  In Minnesota, it means snowfall generally reduced to 3″/day instead of the Winter average of 8″/day.


For Kathleen and me, Spring means the start of our BUSY-AS-HELL season.  We are busy.  And we love it!

In the past 4+ years, ModeKnit Yarn has grown steadily, and the number of shows we do each year grows as well!  We’re doing some brand new (to us!) shows this year, and returning to some of our favorite stomping grounds, too.

Estes Park

The most important show to mention right up front is the Estes Park Wool Market in Estes Park, CO June 7-10.  Not only will we be at the market selling all kinds of beautiful yarns, patterns and kits, but I will be teaching on Thurs & Friday (my classes are filling up, sign up soon if you don’t want to be disappointed!)

Charted Entrelac, June 8 1:30 Estes Park, CO

Some of my classes at Estes Park are already sold out, but two of my most FUN classes still have openings; Knitting With Wire and Charted Entrelac.

Both of these are excellent for ALL skill levels, and will introduce you to techniques that transcend the subject matter and can be incorporated into your every day knitting!

If you’ll be in Colorado or missed out on my classes at Yarn Fest, this will be a GREAT chance to take a class and enhance your knitting skills!

Mid Plains Fiber Fair

This weekend, May 5-6, Kathleen is in York, Nebraska for the Mid-Plains Fiber Fair.  It’s our first time at this show, and I’m sad not to be there, but thrilled that Karen (our erstwhile booth helper and cheerleader) will be traveling and working along with Kathleen!

I’ll be in Richmond, IN for the graduation of number one child, Andy Brooklyn Landy from Earlham College.  Amazing.  (I’ll write more about this later, but just thinking that the tiny, red haired baby I brought home from Beth Israel Hospital to Brooklyn is now old enough to have a college degree is overwhelming.  Happy tears.)

Shepherd’s Harvest

May 12-13 we’re in our backyard, back in Minnesota for Shepherd’s Harvest!  This yearly event is one of our favorite fiber shows, and never fails to bring the fun and fiber for the whole family!  Come and visit us in Booth B, and leave room for Kettle Corn!

We’ll have some beautiful new colorways to show off, and it’s always fun to take mom out to look at the sheep and goats on Mother’s Day!

Late Spring

Immediately after Shepherd’s Harvest we load up the trailer and head back on the road for fiber shows in Kentucky and Ohio!  More about those next week, but we’re working on adding a trunk show at 614 Studio in Columbus, OH in the week between the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival and the Great Lakes Fiber Show.

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Our 2018 Spring Travel Schedule

Our 2018 Spring Travel schedule is set, and boy it’s a DOOZY!

We’ve added a few new-to-us shows, we’re headed back to a show we did a few years ago, and we’re definitely back at our usual spring shows!



Annie is teaching at MANY of these shows, we’ll update the blog and our calendar as soon as we know her schedule.

The unknown knitter!

We’re super excited to be heading back to Madison, WI for the Madison Knitter’s Guild Knit-In. It’s been a few years since we’ve done this show, and we’re happy to be back!  Did you know our yarns are carried by Wisconsin Craft Market?  If you’re in the Madison area stop by their amazing store and see all they have to offer!

We’re also thrilled to be at Yarn Con this year! We’ve wanted to participate for several years now, but always had another show the same weekend.  Our schedules aligned, and we’re headed to Chicago!

Did you see that pink llama?

We’re back at Interweave Yarn Fest in Loveland, CO (where Annie is teaching) and Yarnover in Minneapolis, MN (one of our hometown shows). We love both shows and are looking forward to seeing friends old and new!

Kathleen is headed to Mid-Plains Fiber Fair in York, NE with someone from our part-time staff while Annie heads to Andy’s college graduation.

Mid-Plains is a new show for us ( it’s their second year) and we’re looking forward to it.  We’re back together again the following week at Shepherd’s Harvest in Lake Elmo, MN.  Shepherd’s Harvest is one of our absolute favorite shows of the year!

We then load up and head out the The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Fest and Great Lakes Fiber Show. Both shows are absolute gems; just large enough to be exciting and just small enough to get to know everyone.

Where will we see you in 2018?