Asking for help is hard, almost as hard as resting. I have to get better at doing both if I intend to do this rather physical job of yarn dyeing for the long haul!
Sleeping is so damn hard because there is NO position that is comfortable. Nightly back seizures are a new trick my body is playing, and I wish I could just knock myself out at bedtime!*
This evening I attended a small gallery opening where items from a class I took were displayed. It was a class in Rug Hooking, taken at my local Textile Center and taught by Rug Artist Mary Logue. The class was AMAZING fun, and I discovered things about myself, my design process, my color likes and …
ModeKnit Yarn is in it’s 5th year, which kind of blows Kathleen and me away. And every day we learn new things. 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 …
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!)
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.
Episode 13 features Amy Detjen, wonderful person and insanely great knit teacher! Amy and I discuss a WORLD of stuff, much of it having NO relation of fiber or knitting, but we certainly have a lovely, fun visit!
Episode 12 features Courtney Kelley, owner (along with Kate Gagnon Osborn) of Kelbourne Woolens, the sole distributor of The Fiber Co Yarns.
Episode 11 is a visit with the popular and gracious Romi Hill! Romi has been tearing up the knit-alongs for a few years now, and has become a favorite among knitters who enjoy a beautiful and satisfying shawl pattern.
Our tenth episode features knit designer, yarn shop owner and knit technique teacher, Brooke Nico. We discuss Brooke’s entry into the knit design world (she was discovered having a soda at Shrafts – kind of…) and our mutual love of history, knitting and our families.
Our ninth episode features Biggan Ryd Dups, a friend of mine who also happens to be an amazing hand knit designer and creator of an incredible line of colorful yarns that are a dream to knit with!
Here’s a lovely conversation with our sole employee, Becca Foster, who works with us a few hours a week (sometimes much more!) and will be a fixture in our booth at our various fiber show appearances.
This is a meandering, wandering, pointless talk – but it’s funny, and diverting, and do you really need anything else than that from a free yarn podcast?
Our seventh podcast is with the unparalleled and very colorful Lucy Neaby.
I love Lucy. One of the first knitting classes I took was with Lucy at Stitches back in 2001, and I’ve loved her since then! It’s an extraordinary thing that I feel I can call her a friend – but she’s so darned friendly that it’s EASY to love her.
This Fall marks the third year of ModeKnit Yarn’s existence. Shocking. In some ways it feels like we just started last month, in other ways it feels as though we’ve been doing this for five or ten years. We have some new ideas coming down the pike (new ball sizes, new NO SPOILER colorways, new …
We’ve added two new colors, available for a limited time only.
They’re colors we introduced before the election at VK Live in Minneapolis, intending them to be simply a one-off thing. But, to our surprise, folks have been writing and asking if they could buy extra skeins!
After a brief hiatus (okay a few months…) due to general busy-ness of a hand dyeing business, a major move (house and aforementioned business) AND an old computer finally giving up the ghost, we have achieved PODCAST again! My new MacBook Pro allows me to do cool things like actually read emails AND edit a …