The Rush, The Crash

Perhaps starting a new yarn company immediately before a busy holiday season wasn’t the brightest of ideas, but it wasn’t a bad one, either!

We were crazy busy, we sold out; more yarn arrived, I dyed it, now it is in the store.

That one simple sentence contains so much joy, fear, hope and hard work. It seems it should be a full paragraph, but one sentence will do!

$5.50 Flat Rate US Shipping / $15.50 Flat Rate Int’l Shipping

We’ve heard from some of you that shipping costs can be a deterrent, and we really want to get our beautiful yarn into your hot little hands, so we’re offering flat rate shipping on all orders!  No matter how much you order, you’ll only pay $5.50 for a US Domestic package, $15.50 for an International package of our fine yarns!

Etsy Shop

We’re trying new stuff, hopefully in a seamless way which will not cause undue stress for our customers!  Up to now we’ve had a gallery setup on our WordPress page allowing folks to buy our yarn directly from the ModeKnit Yarn website. I’m trying something new with the ModeSock yarn – an Etsy shop!

If you click on any of the ModeSock links on this site, they will take you to our Etsy shop where you can purchase our sock yarn using their shopping cart system.  The reason is to create a better way to manage our inventory and reach a broader audience – stay tuned, we’ll see if this works well, or if it’s not as helpful as I hope!  I’d love to hear your feedback on the ease of using the Etsy storefront vs. the Paypal shopping cart we’ve been using on our site!

The Biz

Kathleen and I are feeling very good about the colors, our Marketing Department (Kathleen) has been meeting with the Purchasing and Shipping departments (Kathleen, Kathleen) to devise advertising strategies that will work for us.  While Research & Development (Annie) has been coming up with some AMAZING ideas for cool colorways that our Finance Department (Kathleen) and Accounting (Annie) hope will sell out like crazy!  All of this is keeping the Production Department (Annie) on their toes.

Designer Life

…meanwhile, back in design land, I’m sending off some finished garments to magazines this week, working up some new designs for the book, and have ideas for several projects using ModeKnit Yarn which I hope will send it spinning off of the shelves and into mailboxes across the US (and THE WORLD! Mwa ha ha ha ha ha!)

MORE YARN!

We’re ordered, and we’re currently awaiting, MANY more kilos of beautiful undyed ModeSock and ModeLuxe for dyeing and loving!

If all goes well, it should be here mid-next week, and be up and for sale in our store by next weekend! Our first order of business; create the ModeLuxe in the colors of the Slippy Cowl so we can fulfill the wishes of the folks who want to make that same item!

Second order of business; knit a few samples in other colors so folks can easily envision different color combinations!

This downtime is perfect for upgrading the website (now each different yarn will be accessible through drop down menus under “ModeKnit Yarn” – try it!) and soon we’ll have different selectable menus for different colorways.

Right now we only show images of yarns that are immediately available, but we have to think of ways to show all the colors AND whether they’re available in an easy to update way.

I’m using a WordPress plug in called “Catablog” – which has much more power than I’m currently using – so the time is right to figure out how to use all that extra database goodness!

AND it’s a perfect time to get some projects for other books / magazines finished, and to begin sourcing yarn for my boleros & shrugs book! If you know of an indy yarn that you really like, I’m trying to use as many indy dyers in the book, and I’m always on the lookout for great new yarn sources!

IMG_0482I’m hopeful that all of you had a MAGNIFICENT holiday, and will continue on through next week (and BEYOND!) to celebrate the light and warmth that we can create in our own lives when it’s so dark outside!

And in that spirit, I’d love to give you a wonderful Crescent Cookie recipe, gf_crescent_cookies.

I’ve made this gluten free, but it’s incredibly easy to just trade out the GF Baking mix for the flour of your choice!

I’m afraid it’s very nut heavy, but has no eggs! It is rich (buttery) but has little sugar.

This is the cookie that always makes me think it’s Christmas!

Bum-bum-bummble Bee!

bumble bee jasper modesockIf you’re of a certain age and grew up on the East coast, then you know the Bumble Bee Tuna song.

I, myself, grew up in the Midwest (well, Ohio) and didn’t learn the song until I moved to NY in 1982 and friends would sing it whenever we made tuna sandwiches. Yes, I have always hung out with the wildest folk.

The song is IN MY HEAD like a – well, like a bumble bee – and it’s because I just worked up THIS colorway:

I like the golden yellow, the greenish overtone and the unexpected black that shoots through it.

We’re naming it BUMBLEBEE JASPER (which is really a thing) and it’s the newest color in our growing panoply of hues!

Screen Shot 2013-12-21 at 1.56.57 PMWhen I work up the colors I go one of three ways:

Semi Solid – A color which is pretty much just one hue in various degrees of saturation, lightness and darkness.

Color Blend – Two hues which are blended after the initial dyeing process, but to such an extent that it’s hard to tell where one color begins and the other ends.

Color Block – Three or more hues which are worked together after the initial dyeing process to produce a choppy, blocky color.

Sometimes it’s hard to determine if a color is a blend or a block, but Bumblebee Jasper is definitely a Color Block.

And now it’s up for sale in our store!  But it won’t be there long if it’s like our other colorways!

BUTTON FRUSTRATION

I apologize to anyone who’s tried to add one of our yarns to the cart and got a bad response. The truth is, the code for the buttons is crazy sensitive (and I’ve discovered that when used together with a lightbox plug in I really like it’s easy to screw it up)

From this point on I’ll be testing every button on a regular basis, but please let me know if you run into any problems ordering from our Modeknit Yarn online shop!

KEEPING UP WITH MODEKNIT YARN

Live Sales: We’re putting together a list of fiber shows we’re hoping to visit in 2014 with our yarns, if you know of one we should consider, please let us know!

If you want to stay up to date on our plans for selling our yarn live (at shows or in yarn shops) sign up for my e-newsletter for the latest news about that!

If you want to hear about our newest colors or latest batch of fresh yarns ready for purchase, follow me on Twitter or like our Facebook page and watch for the messages which start, “COLOR UP!” – that means something really good has just come out of the dyepot and it’s ready to purchase!

If you’re interested in our color inspirations, we have a board at Pinterest where colors that have passed the “can we actually DYE something that looks like this?” test are kept. All colors there may not be yarns yet, but we can always hope!