Three on Thursday-Snow Day Edition

One of our New Year’s intentions is to blog more in 2018.  We kind of fell away from blogging last year as we got busier with shows and travel.  And today is the perfect day to blog because it’s SNOWING!

Outside Kathleen’s side door!


It been a snow drought this winter here in Saint Paul, so  a snow day is exciting and fun!  (Well, until the deep freeze comes back tonight and everything ices over…)  It’s been frigid up until the past few days. Then it got warm (34 degrees!). And now it’s back to below zero. Brrrrrrrr.




Three Perfect Things About a Snow Day

  1. A snow day is the perfect day to catch up on paperwork!  Today I’m organizing things to send off to our accountant for taxes. It’s so easy to let these little jobs pile up, but it’s nice to have the time to get organized.
  2. A snow day is also great for online shopping! I ordered this binder to carry at shows to hold our sales tax licenses and applications and all the paperwork I’m always stashing in my bag or the cash box.
  3. A snow day is the perfect day for some knitting! I’ve decided I need some finger-less mitts to wear at our spring shows, so I’m planning on casting on Ragtop by Susan Lawrence in our ModeWerk Worsted, color Daenerys’ Eyes.
ModeWerk Worsted in Daenerys’ Eyes
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ModeKnit Yarn Dye Studio is MOVING!

Our Current Dye Studio
Our Current Dye Studio


We, Chez ModeKnit Yarns, Yarn are THRILLED to announce that we’re moving our dyeworks!

A week from today, Sept 9th, we’ll be transferring all of our material possessions, including what I fondly like to call the Dye Studio, from one address in St. Paul to a different address in St. Paul.

This means that because of packing and storage, we won’t be dyeing any new orders until after September 15 (when we return from the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Fest)

If you place an order, please know that it will be given our full and complete attention AFTER we set up in our new studio on Sept 15, and it will be all the more beautiful for that!

1005 Hawthorne exterior
The New Manse (a scaled down version of our current home – convenient, nu?)

My husband and I are downsizing as both kids are now in college.  As we searched for a new home one of our criteria was to find a good place to resettle ModeKnit Yarn Dye Studio (aka, our basement)

We found it!  We found a lovely, lovely home in a great neighborhood over by Lake Phalen (bike trails! dog paths! dragon boat races!) which is perfect.  But the all time BEST part (aside from a friend from my knitting group living directly behind us – score!) is the HUGE modern garage, built in 2012, with three bays.

ModeKnit Yarn’s NEW Dye Studio! Interior shots tk post-move, big door on right = MINE!

One bay will be for our solo car, and the other two will be walled off and will be my amazing, HEATED, ground level DYE STUDIO!  No more schlepping up and down stairs with kilos of wet yarn (my knees are very grateful!)

The current owner is a gifted woodworker who uses the space as his studio, he built it to his specs, and they’re perfect for me, too!

When we first started looking at homes in June I had tried to find something with a “garage workroom” or “studio in garage” but we could find NOTHING.

This garage, though, wasn’t even mentioned in the real estate listing!  It just was — there! — when we looked at the home.  It was love at first sight.

This means that as our business grows, and we gain more wholesale accounts and attend more fiber shows each year, we will have a large space in which to dye all that beautiful yarn!  Huzzah!


We’re gearing up for our yarn clubs, and this year we’re basically offering two options;

Wulfentine Flow in ModeWerk Worsted
Wulfentine Flow in ModeWerk Worsted
Flow Club

There will be 3 shipments (Oct 15, Dec 15 & Jan 15) and you can choose a warm or cool color family AND choose the ball size (100g or 150g – great for shawls or large socks).  The yarns available will be ModeWerk Fingering or ModeSock.

Sock Yarn Club

There will be 3 shipments (Oct 15, Dec 15 & Jan 15) of these variegated skeins,  you can choose from warm or cold colors.  The skein size will be 100gr, the yarns available will be ModeWerk Fingering, ModeSock or our new ModeLuxe Sock.

We’ll open up the ordering for these clubs on Sept 15 and we’ll have general color concepts for each of the three shipments at that time!


We started a podcast and have produced 5 episodes.  We have another 5 to release, but due to computer constraints (my old MacBook is showing it’s age…) the podcast is on hiatus until I get a new setup — which should be soon.  Hmmm, tomorrow’s my birthday, maybe then?

We apologize for the long wait between episodes, but once we’re back up we anticipate regular releases every 2 weeks featuring interesting interviews with knit designers, authors, celebs and just plain folk who happen to love fiber!

…So they loaded up the truck…

BeverlyHillbillies_620Anyone who knows Annie, even a little bit, knows two things about her:

  1. She comes from Hillbilly stock (both sides of her family hail from WV/Western VA for over 300 years)
  2. She has the gift/curse of remembering EVERY TV theme song she’s ever heard.

So, there’s a constant loop in Annie’s brain of TV jingles, musical advertisements, or anything else that embeds itself in her consciousness.  (It’s not easy to live with, and even harder to be around on a 7 day road trip, right Kathleen…?)

140_montageThis week the song on a repeating loop is the Beverly Hillbillies theme, because Annie and her family have been working hard to get Chez Modesitt/Landy packed up and ready to put on the market.

Yes, they’re moving on up.

Actually, Annie doesn’t know exactly where they’re going, but they know they’ll stay in the Twin Cities.  The goal is to find a nice 1-story 3BR home with a good working basement with a walkout door onto a backyard. Oh, that would be Annie’s idea of heaven! She could dye yarn, then just WALK it out to dry instead of lugging kilos of wet yarn up stairs to a back deck.

Why this even REMOTELY matters to you, our beloved customers, is that once her house is on the market, Annie won’t be able to use their basement to dye yarn.  The goal is to get the house listed by early May.

Dining Room Wall
Dining Room Wall

May also happens to be a month when ModeKnit Yarns LLC will be traveling to MANY fiber shows, staying away two full weeks while we attend fiber festivals in Kentucky & Ohio, so we wouldn’t be dyeing much yarn anyway!

If the house stays on the market longer than a month (which doesn’t seem likely in the current market in St. Paul, but we’re probably jinxed it by saying that…) then we’ll look into renting space for our dyeing needs until the old house is sold, a new house is procured, and the new dye studio set up.

It shouldn’t make a huge difference for most of our orders, but we wanted to make you aware that from May 1 to ?? some dye orders may take additional time to get out to you.  We’ll let you know when you place your order what the estimated time of yarn arrival will be.

And, if you’re interested in seeing Annie’s Home Sale Fix Up adventures, follow the hashtag #HomeSaleFixUp on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!