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Werk, Annie, Werk!

Dear Ann,

Recently I got a little package in the mail from dear Annie Modesitt. Being an inventive knitwear architect and globe-trotting teacher, Annie is pretty much always up to something, but even so, this was news: Annie is in the yarn business.

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This was in the package: a luscious hank of ModeSock, a fingering weight wool blend that includes bamboo.  Like all of the ModeKnit yarns, ModeSock is hand-dyed. The collection will grow as Annie and her partner, Kathleen Pascuzzi, perfect each colorway.

Being a dutiful blogger (shut up), I immediately sat down and swatched up the ModeKnit sock. By which I mean, I added it to my Never Ending Sock Yarn Fantasia of Log Cabin Love. It looks like it is going to fit right in. I love the sheen, and the saturation of pinky red.

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Annie has other yarns available, including a washable wool, in two weights, called ModeWerk, which for some reason I find to be a hilarious and perfect name for a yarn by Annie. For now, the only way to get Annie’s yarn is from her website.

Here’s to knitters making yarn!



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  1. Thank you for the great close-ups of the beautiful Grannies shawl! I’m working on my own (fingering weight) squares and experimenting with joining techniques as well as the top-stitch detail that appears on the original inspiration. Not there yet, but these pics are helpful. 🙂 Katherine

    • You’re welcome. I have it out in my bedroom so I can admire it daily. It makes a great backdrop (I think). Not sure what you mean about the topstitching on the original inspiration, so I will have to go examine it more carefully.

      • It looks to me like there’s a long chain stitch over the top of the flat seams. Maybe only 4 or 5 across the width of each square. ??? To my eye it adds a nice finish.

  2. What is this “Never Ending Sock Yarn Fantasia of Log Cabin Love” of which you speak? My curiosity must be satisfied! Also, I’m pretty sure I want one.

  3. Thanks for the post about Modeknit Yarn. I just ordered a sampler of the Sherlock Holmes inspired colors in the fingering weight. The colors are intriguing.

  4. I love you with the heat of a thousand blazing A trains in August! THANK YOU for the shout out, baby!

  5. Can I just say I love how you’ve adapted the granny square blankie as your photo backdrop. Snaps for that. Double snaps!


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