Tuesday Treasures

Among the very first color inspirations for ModeKnit Yarn were minerals and gemstones.

 Amethyst crystals
Amethyst crystals

My background is in the jewelry business; I started working in jewelry stores when I was just out of college way back when, even though my degree is in theater and education. I even started the coursework to become a gemologist, but store management became my focus. By the summer of 2012, when I was downsized from my store, I had been in the jewelry business for more than 22 years at three different stores.

When Annie and I started ModeKnit Yarn, we thought colorways inspired by minerals and gemstones would be a great way to combine some of our interests and create some interesting color.


My favorite of all the Gemstone Colorways is Plum Jasper. I love the pink with streaks of black running through it. I actually have a stone pendant that looks very much like this yarn! I found it in a local thrift shop and it been a favorite ever since. I usually wear it on a long silver chain for a pop of color on a dark outfit. (I think I’ll wear it today!).

I’d love to knit up a cozy pink Plum Jasper scarf to wear all winter. Great for chasing away the winter blahs (although it’s been an absolutely fantastic fall. It’s bright and sunny today, with a high temp around 70!!!).

Here are some other mineral and gemstone colorways:

Our full range of colors can be found here on our website.

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See you tomorrow for some Wednesday knitting!

And we have a winner!

The random number generator has spoken and the winner of the skein of semi-solid ModeWerk Worsted is Michelle H!!

Her winning comment: “My favorite color in third grade was hot pink, the same exact shade as the dye tub in that first pic. Now it’s purple, with turquoise as an honorable mention”.

Michelle H, you have been emailed! Thanks to everyone who left a comment!!

Solid As A Rock [granite, to be precise…]

dyeing flow2

Dyeing yarn is fun.

It can be hard, creating colors that can be recreated consistently, working up large orders, coming up with original and compelling inspirations – that can be difficult.

But, overall, it’s a blast, and I feel grateful to every customer we have who allows me to continue to dye beautiful yarn!


I love dyeing rich and varied colorways, they’re so gratifying! But sometimes I forget that, as a knitter, I REALLY enjoy working with semi-solids!

There’s something peaceful and compelling about working with a nice solid, one with subtle variations and some give-and-take in the depth of hue, that makes me very happy.


We have various semi-solids in our stable of colors, and we’ve added a few more. I’ve been dyeing up large amounts of these to fill orders, and also to take with us on our Spring/Summer Fiber Shows.

Some of our newest semi-solids are shades of grey; Pewter & Platinum.

2015-01-26 16.02.51Joining them as a gradient FLOW colorway is Granite, not specifically a semi-solid, but rather subdued as FLOW colors go!


Another great semi-solid addition is Sapphire. We’ve needed this color for quite a while; a generous and lively blue, not as dark as Lazurite or as attention-grabbing as Aquamarine, it’s a beautiful and compelling BLUE that sings when knit up with any of our other colors!

I hope you enjoy knitting with the semi-solids as much as I do. Solids are a simple pleasure, perhaps not as showy or vibrantly exciting as a variegated block, blend or FLOW, but semi-solids are still very satisfying.

We’d love to give a skein of one of our Semi-Solid colors (in ModeWerk Worsted) to a lucky customer! Just leave a comment telling us what your favorite color was in the 3rd grade, and what it is now. I always find it interesting to see how our color favs change (or don’t) as we grow from childhood to adulthood!

We’ll pick one commenter at random, contact the winner and ask what color they’d like, and send the skein off!  This contest closes Friday, Mar 20 at 5pm Central Time.  GOOD LUCK!

ALL of our beautiful Semi Solid Colors!