Category Archives: NO SPOILERS

Two Weeks of Marathon (no, IRONWOMAN!)

Oy, what a two weeks I’ve had!  Perhaps the hardest two weeks in my professional career, and also the most satisfying!

The Pascuzzi-Mobile, Ready To Roll!

The Pascuzzi-Mobile, Ready To Roll!

First, this was preceded by a few months of hard graft; one show after another, one teaching gig after another, personal trips that don’t bear mentioning (but were a bit fraught) and LOTS of yarn dyeing.

The two weeks started with the final touches of readying yarns for Interweave Yarn Fest, last minute dyeing and skein making.  Work, work, and more glorious work!

Then the drive out to Colorado.  I love driving, I was thrilled to drive out. It’s something I do well, and I really enjoy the feeling of the wheels on the pavement. I think it’s my own type of meditation.

Wire Knitting While Waiting For ZZ Top To Fix Our Flat

Wire Knitting While Waiting For ZZ Top To Fix Our Flat

But it is a bit tiring, that long, hard focus. Especially across the high plains – lots of trucks, lots of tumbleweeds, and almost an entirely uphill drive.

Once in Colorado the shift to upper altitude didn’t kick in immediately, which was great because my first day there Kathleen, the other half of ModeKnit Yarns, and I had to set up our booth in the Yarn Fest Marketplace.

The following day Kathleen womanned the booth while I taped two classes for Interweave Craft Daily.

Interweave's AV Guys

Interweave’s AV Guys

It’s always a lot of fun to work with the IK video crew, they’re sensational guys!

A morning off, which was necessary because by now the altitude had caught up with me and I needed some reset and hydration, then full-on teaching for four very full classes, LOTS of selling in the marketplace, and general fun with other yarn folks!

2015-04-16 12.01.56We tore down the booth on Saturday night, packed up, and after teaching one last class on Sunday morning we started our drive back to MN.  I drove, because I love it, and we were home in St. Paul by Monday afternoon.  Huzzah!

I slept for half a day, much needed, then Tues, Wed & Thurs were dyeing days.

Yarn Fest was sensational – we sold out of several of our yarns (we returned with only FOUR balls of ModeSock Flow!) so I was trying to fill up our yarn coffers before the wonderful Minnesota Knitting Guild’s yearly event, Yarn Over!

Yarn Over has a very special place in my heart.  It was at Yarn Over in 2006 that I began to hatch my plan to move my family out here to MN. It’s a move I’ve never regretted, and I feel I owe a great deal to Minnesota (including my husband’s continued health – thank you Mayo Clinic!)

The kids have thrived here, life is very good for families here, and I think all of us felt less pressure to live up to a certain perfection of appearance and lifestyle we may have felt in NJ (which we also love!)

Today was Yarn Over, and once again it didn’t disappoint!

Mini Skein Sets

Mini Skein Sets

What an amazing gathering of fiber and yarn loving folks, crossing all skill levels, ages and genders. And we sold out of several of our yarns again. We return home with all of our 221B and Dragon Dances miniskeins sold out, with just a few of our Caledonian Colors, Knitting Dead and Midwife Speaking left.  And a TON of orders to fill in the next few weeks.  This kind of busy I’ll take any day!

This feels amazing.

2014-10-25 13.11.17We have had good fiber shows in the past year (ModeKnit Yarn’s first fiber show was actually 2014 Yarn Over) but these last two weeks have exceeded all our expectations. SO much work, and SO much reward!

THANK YOU to all of our customers, to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth (even if you just looked or commented!) and THANK YOU to the staffs of Yarn Fest and Yarn Over. Your own hard work is GREATLY appreciated by this fledgling yarn dyeing company – we’re very grateful!

Mini Vacations

I take my vacations where I get them, and sometimes they’re as short as 15 minutes.

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The Knitting Fairy is in HERE somewhere…

Right now I’m enjoying a mini evening vacation, here in Arlington, Texas, where I’ve been brought in to teach 4 classes for the Knitting Guild of North Central Texas and two classes for the Dallas Knitting Guild.

Happily, all 6 classes will be happening at the same location, a LOVELY yarn shop called The Knitting Fairy  I stopped in for a brief visit to meet the owner, Alissa, and look at her great selection of yarns! Her space is excellent, but I can see where it might be hard to find…

Duckie

Shall the Duck be Mother?

She had some lovely stuff, and when I got to my hotel room I looked up her website and was enchanted by many of her patterns, especially this adorable Duck Tea Cozy (Hmmm, who do I know who drinks a lot of tea… Moi?)

The Arlington/Dallas area is experiencing a bit of a cool down after a hot spell, and there’s supposed to be rain over the next few days. That sounds JUST FINE to this Minnesota Mama who is experiencing a skin condition that doesn’t react well to heat!

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Beautiful yarn, lovely tag!

Another indy dyer named Jennifer Thompson who owns Theodora’s Pearls was setting up her trunk show at The Knitting Fairy as I arrived, and everyone was drooling over her lovely yarns! Her yarn tags are pretty sweet, too!

But back to my vacation; I just took a luxurious bath, now I’m enjoying a cup of tea and some gluten free cookies in my beautiful room (okay, it looks like every other hotel room, but I don’t have to clean it and that enhances it’s beauty a thousand fold…)

Modesock_ComClinic_CrochetI flew First Class (the $90 upgrade was only $2 more than paying for my baggage AND a seat with enough legroom for my long pegs, a no brainer!) and enjoyed every second of it, from the way the baggage guy sat up a little straighter when he saw my boarding pass, to the PRIORITY fast lane I got to go through at the TSA to the first-on-the-plane boarding and free drinks.

I had a whiskey, I poured it into my Pumpkin Chai Latte from Caribou Coffee, yum!

And now I will continue on my current project, a crochet diddy worked up in ModeSock in Community Clinic.  The crochet in this colorway has an especially “shabby chic” look about it, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

According To [Business] Plan!

Tonight I’m reveling in the enjoyment of an Epsom Salt bath, a nice warm dip on a cool, almost Autumnal evening here in MN, watching TV on my iPad while I bathe my sore skin. Absolute heaven.

If I could have another child I would name it Epsom.

I visited my acupuncturist (Susan at Crocus Hill Acupuncture) today for the first time in a LONG time, she said that she’s seen quite excellent results with acupuncture and shingles, and also gave me an herbal oil essence (Yin Care) which does seem to help a bit.  Having said that, the pain continues in insane ways, but knowing what it is removes the mystery aspect, which is always the hardest part of pain (at least for me!)

I’ll keep you posted on the efficacy of the above therapies; if I’ve learned anything, it’s that – as Gerry’s wonderful Aunt Arlene says – “EVERYONE gets shingles!”
If I can save someone some of this pain, I’ll feel that it’s been a bit worth it!

So with that squared away, I have dyeing to do!  We’re having an EXCELLENT August, lots of great orders, and I think the excitement about our Caledonian Colors (in honor of the Outlander mini series) has a lot to do with our increased sales!  Our Lanark Plaid Cowl doesn’t hurt, either!

Personification of Caledonia by the Victorian artist William Hole, photographed by Kim Traynor

Personification of Caledonia by the Victorian artist William Hole, photographed by Kim Traynor

Caledonia is the Latin name given by the Romans to the land in today’s Scotland north of their province of Britannia, beyond the frontier of their empire. The etymology of the name is probably from a P-Celtic source. Its modern usage is as a romantic or poetic name for Scotland as a whole, comparable with Hibernia for Ireland and Britannia for the whole of Britain. — Wikipedia, Caldonia

COLOR CHOICES

These colors are very close to my heart, as is Scotland (where I felt immediately at home the first time I set foot in St. Abbs to stay with Louise of Woolfish)  She runs an an amazing shop, by the way, you should stop by there if you’re on the East coast of Scotland!

Some of our earliest Semi Precious colors, as interpreted in FLOW

Some of our earliest Semi Precious colors, as interpreted in FLOW

I’m enjoying working up our FLOW colors, creating colors that graduate in hue and value as the yarn is unwound. In fact, I find it more satisfying than the way I’ve been doing all of our yarns so far, so I’m trying to figure out a way to create our basic colors along the same lines of our FLOW colors.

The No Spoilers line is doing extremely well, and YES, we DO intend to bring the 221B Colors back.  We were going to wait until the next season of Sherlock, but we may break down and do a holiday run… Stay tuned!

All of this is exciting because it’s pretty much exactly what we’d envisioned for this section of our business growth.  Our plan had been to develop some good base colors (our Semi Precious) then add new colors as they seemed pertinent (No Spoilers) and to introduce different ways to display those colors in the yarn (semi solid, chunky colors, blends and now FLOW)

I’m also working hard to develop uniformity, to make follow-able recipes and techniques to create our colors so that, as we grow, I can hire dyers and hand off some of the more physically difficult work.  The importance of this has become very evident these past 2 weeks.

I’m still learning, and as with any yarn there are differences from dye lot to dye lot, but my goal is to create colors that I can recreate with a certain level of consistency.

Finally my 20K graduate degree in “folding” (and dyeing) is paying off!

YARN CHOICES

We’re offering five yarns right now

  1. ModeWerk Superwash Merino Worsted
  2. ModeWerk Superwash Merino Fingering
  3. ModeWerk Superwash Merino Bulky
  4. ModeSock Superwash Merino/Bamboo/Nylon Blend
  5. ModeLuxe Silk & Merino Blend

Before we offer a yarn we test it thoroughly for wear, washing, knitability and just general good yarn juju.  We haven’t yet found a lace we love, or a MCN we want to stick with, but we promise that we won’t add a yarn to our permanent line unless we LOVE it ourselves!

We are also working with suppliers who we feel will be able to continue to carry these yarns for a long time, it’s so annoying to fall in love with a yarn only to see it head off to yarn heaven!

PROFIT MARGIN

As well as things are going, Kathleen and I keep reminding ourselves that we didn’t intend to be able to pay ourselves quite yet, and that being able to pay off all of our yarn, dye, and the cool (but expensive) equipment we purchased in June (using only profits from the business) is actually a huge WIN!  Aside from our initial investment and a couple hundred dollars more a few months in, the business is paying for itself so far.  Now we have to grow it so the business can pay US, too!

CLUB, ANYONE?

To that end, we’ve been discussing different types of Yarn Clubs we might work up.  We’d love to have your input on the type of club that you would like to belong to – tell us in the comments what your ‘dream club’ would be!  Would you like it to be project oriented?  Yarn centered? Maybe a mini-skein club?

IMG_0810Would you like different weights of yarn in different deliveries of the same club, or would you prefer to have a sock yarn or bulky yarn only club?

And what do you feel would be a fair price for this dream club you may be envisioning?

Obviously I’m asking you for some market research, but any advice you’d care to share would be happily and gratefully accepted!  I’ve committed myself to making at least one pattern a month available for free (patterns move yarn!) and perhaps one aspect of the club would be patterns which are only available to club members?

So, friends, as we grow and develop and try to address the hand-dyed-easy-care market we’re carving out for ourselves, know that we appreciate your comments, your business, your chatter and your good thoughts.  Thank you!

I must have been VERY bad

In a past life I must have REALLY pissed off someone – or maybe in this life – because the pain I’ve had the last few days is crazy.  A sore back sent me to bed early on Tues, where the pain became SO bad at 3am that Gerry said we should go to the ER.

Test, test, test.

Test, test, test.

Apparently I had had a kidney stone. Different tests showed that there’d been one, and the fact they couldn’t see it on the scan led the doctor to say that I’d passed it. “The pain should go away now, just rest for a few days and make an appt to see your own GP.”

But the pain didn’t go away, it got worse.

And added to this pain was an incredible skin sensitivity (think of how your skin feels during a bad flu, then add poison ivy pain to that) and I had a lot to talk about with my doc on Thursday. As she was examining the part of my back that hurt the worst, in the general location of my right kidney, I half joked, “It couldn’t be shingles, could it?”

Yes, yes it could.

My constant companion

My constant companion

I’m on the watch for shingles all the time, but for Gerry, not for me. Because of his stem cell transplant and various drugs he’s on, he’s more susceptible to develop shingles. There has been at least one time when I caught the symptoms on him just in the nick of time (earning raised eyebrows and a smile from our oncologist) At the time it was taken care of with a quick course of Valtrex.

But these shingles had a bit of time to settle in, and they are intense.  Everything you’ve heard in those TV ads is true. I have so much pain that I’m nauseous.

The nausea makes it hard to keep the pain meds down. It’s a vicious circle, and I’m in the center of it.  I haven’t had this kind of out-of-control nausea since my first pregnancy.  I can’t wear anything but the loosest cotton dress, anything touching my body is cause for agony.

In other words, I’m not a good date.

In fact, if you asked me what was going on with my body (and if I hadn’t had a hysterectomy and wasn’t 52) I’d say, “Obviously I’m in labor!”

Since Tuesday. This sucks.

Work Continues…

Our newest design, Lanark Plaid Cowl, worked in Bulky Loch Ness, Thistle & A Wee Dram

Lanark Plaid Cowl, worked in Bulky Loch Ness, Thistle & A Wee Dram

The worst part is that I can’t get much work done. I finished up some schematics for my new book and got that out the door, and yesterday I wrote up a simple plaid pattern for a multi colored cowl (in our new Caledonian Colors) but my concentration is poor, and I can only knit for a few minutes before pain causes me to change my position into a non-knitting one.

Thursday evening we had to reshoot three sweaters for my upcoming book, and I KNEW that if we didn’t do it, it would be BIG TROUBLE. Andy goes off to college next Thursday, and I really needed to get front shots of 3 garments.

My photographer (Lara Need of Math4Knitters) is amazing, and she did most of the work. The models (Andy & our friend Lydia) were beautiful with great attitudes, so it was as stress free as a shoot could go.

I consider it a huge success that I was able to wait
until we got home to be sick. We all have different yardsticks.

I haven’t been able to ride my bike (the idea makes me break out in a cold sweat) and that makes the fibro pain grow in unwanted ways.

Well, what doesn’t kill us… right?

I find myself SO hesitant to write about this (I’ve actually been rather hesitant to blog at all these days…) because I know that someone will pop up to say, “Stop whining about your pain, just work through it!”

And they’d be right in a sense. The best thing to do with pain is to find a path through it, and sometimes talking about it isn’t the best path.

But the last 3 days have been overwhelming. I gave birth twice, to two big babies, the last one (11lbs) with no medication. This pain is worse. And it doesn’t seem to want to end.

Having said that, the pain does seem infinitesimally better since yesterday. I think the meds are working, but the nausea is as bad as ever.  But even that small change for good is reason to hope.

The cowl, down Jasper gets around

The cowl in it’s down position.
Jasper gets around

Your Reward

For reading my long tale of woe is that I’d like to gift you with the cowl pattern!

Lanark Plaid Cowl To download click on image of pattern.

Lanark Plaid Cowl
To download click on image of pattern.

Bear in mind, it’s been written by a woman in pain, and the tech edit was pretty quick and dirty. But the pattern is crazy simple [notice I didn’t say EASY, just SIMPLE] and if you want, you can consider it a fun test knit…

And (because I’m not in my right mind) I’ll pick ONE name from the comments of a person to receive a ball of ModeWerk Bulky. This is soft, beautiful yarn – it knits up like a dream – AND it’s super wash. I so hate making a gift for someone, then attaching a “care instructions” card to it.

Just leave a comment below, I don’t care what it’s about, and your name will go in the hopper for the drawing!  I don’t want to restrict this to US folks, so if you want to participate and you’re in a foreign country you’ll have to pony up $10 for shipping (I’ll cover the rest, and all of the shipping costs if the winner’s from the US) Leave your comment by midnight on Sun, Aug 17th (US Central Time) and we’ll pick a winner on Monday.  Good luck!

So go, leave a message, and make me laugh.  Please.

“Nonnatus House, Midwife Speaking…”

You’ve probably noticed how quiet I’ve been – I apologize for that! Believe me, it’s all because of work, and that’s a good reason!

We just shipped our first wholesale order, which was huge (to me) and this adventure will NOT be duplicated until 2015, when we’re set up to seriously seek wholesale accounts.

All those things you read about businesses growing too fast are actually true,
and this first huge order gave me a glimpse of how easily that might happen!

NEW ‘NO SPOILERS’ COLORS!

Peace Rose Colorway

Peace Rose Colorway

If you’re as big a fan of Call The Midwife as I am, you will be SO excited tonight when Season 3 begins on PBS stations all across the US!  Our friends are back, and the art direction and costumes in this season are absolutely amazing! The Midwives and Sisters are moving into the 60’s in London, with all the color, light and edgy fashion that entails (Jean Shrimpton hair, anyone?)

Mid Century Industrial Extravaganza!

Mid Century Industrial Extravaganza!

They’ve moved into a new location (still in Poplar) with a new Community Clinic where new ways of dealing with the pain of childbirth are taught, along with many other new lessons.

Sadly, as we bring in eight new colors, we will have to say goodbye to six of the 221B colors (we’re keeping A Study In Pink and Bristol Pool! Huzzah!) 

I hate to say goodbye to colors that are selling so well, but the truth is that I just cannot dye so many different colors all at the same time – so for my own sanity we’ll only have two NO SPOILERS color sets going at any one time, and will keep a few colors from each set if they prove to be good sellers!

So, ladies and gentlemen, here are all eight colors of our newest NO SPOILERS collection, “Midwife Speaking”, which I’ve based on characters and incidents of the upcoming season of Call The Midwife.

I’ll not give any secrets away, and the color names are neutral as far as plot points,
but this is going to be a TREMENDOUS season.

I’m releasing all 8 colors tonight so folks can get the mini skein set at once. Besides, I’ve been SO overwhelmingly busy with the dyeing (good) and the designing (also good) that having time to do eight separate days of blogging for “Midwife Speaking” isn’t going to be happening!

But I promise to try to be better about writing. Believe me, dear readers
(and yarn customers, and well-wishers, and all my knitters and crocheters)
I love to connect with you via my blog and newsletter –
I really do miss you when I’m too busy to write!

 

Sooner Than Expected!

I’ve been rather quiet on the blog, and I apologize for that! You see, we’ve been KILLER busy!

According to our [back of napkin] business plan, ModeKnit Yarn, LLC wasn’t scheduled to begin working on acquiring wholesale orders until 2015. Kathleen and I both feel that one of the easiest mistakes to make with a new business is to grow it too quickly.

We didn’t want to create a demand that we couldn’t fulfill, and selling wholesale involves creating quantities of yarn that are just too big for us to turn out on a regular basis right now.

IMG_1042But then we were asked – so nicely – by a friend who owns a yarn shop in the LA area. We will be supplying yarn to A Major Knitwork for the LA Yarn Crawl (April 3-6).

This is a one-time adventure (well, until we begin doing wholesale on a regular basis in a year), and it’s been an incredible lesson in what it takes to put together just ONE wholesale order in a timely manner.

Of course, the fact that we’re donating 30 skeins of yarn to our own Steven Be’s as bag stuffers for their Fiber Fest, and four mini-skein sets as door prizes for the MN Knitters Guild for Yarn Over in addition to the huge wholesale order – and our regular online orders which have kept up steadily – just added to the fun.

Yeah, that’s the word I was looking for – fun.

IMG_1011So while coming up with a new NO SPOILERS colorway set based on one of my favorite mid-century dramas I’ve been up to my elbows in merino, silk and dye.

And it’s been one hell of a good time!

I’ll be revealing the new colors (and my next inspiration TV show) next week.

Right now I’m skeining up yarn so fast it makes poor Jasper the Standard Poodle’s head spin!

Archer Mitts

Archer Mitts shown in Officer Grimes/Daryl Dixon and Michonne/Hershel Greene

Archer Mitts shown in Officer Grimes/Daryl Dixon and Michonne/Hershel Greene

If you get my newsletter, you received a link for the Archer Mitts last week.

If not, here’s your link now!

They’re fun mitts, and — unusually for a free pattern — this involves techniques that are a bit beyond basic.

Provisional cast on? ICord Bind Off? Short Rows? Grafting? Creating a Thumb Gusset?

These are all techniques that you can try out with this simple pattern. Note that I said SIMPLE, which is not the same thing as EASY!

IMG_0810I’ve fallen in love with mitts; they’re not just fun to knit, they’re warm and allow full movement for your fingers. These are worked up in ModeLuxe, but to be honest you can use any worsted weight yarn (although ModeLuxe IS killer soft and delicious to knit up…)

I’ve been quiet because I’ve been dyeing up HUGE amounts of yarn, it’s selling like crazy, and I have more yarn waiting for me at home to dye up when I get back.

IMG_2406Where am I? I’m in Cleveland, preparing to tape a few segments of Knitting Daily TV tomorrow, and looking forward to seeing old friends!

I’m excited, but this evening is devoted to sitting still so my nail polish can dry, and figuring new ways to suck in my chins.

And now, MORE pictures of the lovely Archer Mitts (I can see Daryl wearing these during one of these Georgia snowstorms, right?)

The Knitting Dead, All The Colors

Daryl Dixon, The Governor, Michonne,

Daryl Dixon, The Governor, Michonne, Carol Peletier, Carl Grimes, Hershel Greene, Officer Grimes and Penny Blake, all shown in ModeWerk fingering.

While working up colors for The Walking Dead, I soon came to the conclusion that — unless one views all the colors together — they can just seem like so many variations on a theme of “Grey + Brown + Green + Red = Zombie”

So I’ve made the decision to display ALL of the colors together, in a cohesive group, which I hope will make these more compelling colorways!

I’m also offering a free pattern to make the stylish Archer’s Mitts (perfect for keeping your hands warm during these cold Georgia Winters) Every zombie fighter knows that fingers only get in the way when firing a crossbow or slashing a Katana.

Archer Mitts shown in Officer Grimes/Daryl Dixon and Michonne/Hershel Greene

Archer Mitts shown in Officer Grimes/Daryl Dixon and Michonne/Hershel Greene

If you’ve signed up for the newsletter, you’ll get a link to this pattern via email during tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead.  If you’re not on the mailing list, you’ll be able to download it in few days on this site or at Ravelry.

See, there are benefits to being a ModeKnit newsletter subscriber,
and you still have time to sign up now if you click here!

As always, ALL Knitting Dead colors are available in every ModeKnit yarn, and can be part of any ModeKnit Kit.

I can save lives. And that’s enough reason to risk mine.

Hershel GreeneHershel Greene personifies hope. He is the character most likely to envision a bright future–ironic as he’s also the oldest character. I can’t

Hershel’s colorful name aside, I wanted his color to bring to mind a field of soybeans or corn, spreading off into the distance, as a dark cloud looms on the horizon.

Greens, yellow-green and black are the defining colors of Hershel Greene.

“Grrraaaaaaah!”

Penny BlakePenny Blake is one of the many lost children that seem to float through this series.

Kids seem to be either the first victims or the most desensitized survivors. Penny falls into the first category, and her back story is unknown (except for the exceptionally creepy “Bye Baby Bunting” song that her father plays for her)

All we do know is after her death she rose again as the zombie apple of her father’s eye.

Penny Blake is a composite of pinks, greens and browns, all of them faded as befits a zombie child who has been locked away from the world for an undetermined amount of time.

“They were a threat. I was trying to save lives. I had to try. Somebody had to.

Carol Peletier is one of my favorite characters, a survivor before the zombies arrived, moving from victim to victor as the world goes to hell.

Carol PeletierBurned raw of any emotion after the loss of her daughter, Carol has been propelled through the crucible of loss to emerge as stronger, more galvanized version of her earlier self.

Seeing what needs to be done (teaching children to defend themselves, burning bodies of the mystery virus to prevent contagion) links her to Daryl as one of the Humans Most Likely To Survive.

Carol Peletier is fractured black hue, scattered into bits and fused together by the pure gold of Carol’s soul.

“I still know how to survive. Lucky for us. I don’t need you anymore.
I don’t need you to protect me anymore! I can take care of myself.”

Carl GrimesCarl Grimes grows up before our eyes, with the intensity of adolescence and an emotional depth far beyond his years, Carl lost any small piece of innocence he may have retained when he took it upon himself to shoot his mother after she died in childbirth.

At this point Carl is a sharp mix of strength and weakness, bravado and fear, not yet developing the subtlety that often comes with age. Carl sees things starkly, which is only to be expected by a child carrying the weight of a man as the world seems to end.

Carl Grimes is the iconic blue jean mixed with a strong black and white and touches of red.

If he was here right now, I’d cut him in two, because that’s how it needs to be.

MichonneMore than any other character, the persona of Michonne was created by the zombie apocalypse.

Her fire, passion, skill and drive to survive cannot be quenched, even by the deaths of her most beloved family and separation from every friend she’s made since the world went mad.

We’ve seen a tiny bit of Michonne’s past life, and now it’s understandable that it took a full season before we ever saw her crack a smile —what was there to smile about?

Michonne is a rich, vibrant blend of pinks, purple and reds over a base of deep brown, reflecting her passion (both in terms of intense emotion and intense suffering)

“Kill them all!

The GovernorSherlock can joke about being a highly functioning sociopath, but Phillip Blake (The Governor) is the real deal.

Motivated by a lust for power, which often trumps his secondary motivation to protect those whom he considers “his”, The Governor is an interesting portrayal of the type of man who emerges at the head of totalitarian regimes throughout history.

The fact that he can present vastly different sides of himself, chameleon-like, depending on what is required at the moment makes him one of the more interesting (if repulsive) characters in The Walking Dead.

The Governor is the most diverse mix of colors in the The Knitting Dead series, reds, yellows, pinks and greys stand out against a black/white background.

I just want my brother back.

Daryl DixonDaryl’s the quiet muscle, the thinking wo/man’s redneck, and he’s proven to be a better friend, defender and father-figure than almost anyone else on the show.

Where his brother, Merle, was indignant and cruelly bossy, Daryl is slow to pass judgement. He is fully present at every moment he’s on screen (and remains vital to the action when he’s off screen.)

Daryl Dixon a neutral camo green/tan, with strong blood & gore red/brown overtones and just a bit of gold shining through.

“You pull the trigger, you have to mean it.

Officer GrimesOfficer Rick Grimes, Sheriff Deputy, is the authority figure, the decider, the one who – for better or for worse – most folks turn to within his group for guidance.

Rick has the power to decide where the group goes, who stays within the group, and who is banished to the zombieverse outside of his charmed circle.

Rick can pass his hat on to Carl, he can try to deny that he is the power, but he retains the aura of Officer Grimes to everyone within his group.

Officer Grimes is a blend of the beautiful blue of his Georgia patrol car; the deep, rich brown of his iconic hat, the warm tan of his uniform with just a touch of creamy white.

The Knitting Dead, Color 2: Daryl Dixon

Daryl_Dixon

Daryl Dixon

I wasn’t prepared to like Daryl Dixon as much as I do. He is easily my favorite character in The Walking Dead.

Daryl looked too much like many members of my family; unkempt, rough, a little shady, and probably out on parole.

But it took less than half an episode for me to see that he’s the pearl in his family clam shell.

Daryl Dixon & Officer Grimes together in the "Archer" Mitt

Daryl Dixon & Officer Grimes worked together in the upcoming pattern, “Archer” Mitts

Where his brother, Merle, was indignant and cruelly bossy, Daryl is slow to pass judgement. He is fully present at every moment he’s on screen (and remains vital to the action when he’s off screen.)

He is just THERE when folks need him; Daryl sees what needs to be done, does it, and expects nothing in return but freedom to do the job the way he sees fit.

I have no idea what the upcoming episodes hold in the way of pairings, but – as my 17-year-old daughter would say – I’d “ship” Daryl and Carol, they’d make a formidable couple.

And he is without a doubt the most loyal character on The Walking Dead; when Daryl has your back, he keeps your back.

The fact that he’s a total badass with a crossbow doesn’t hurt, either; the Robin Hood heartthrob of TWD!

Daryl Dixon Colorway in ModeLuxe

Daryl Dixon Colorway in ModeLuxe

Daryl’s the quiet muscle, the thinking wo/man’s redneck, and he’s proven to be a better friend, defender and father-figure than almost anyone else on the show.

Daryl Dixon is our Knitting Dead color of the week. It’s base is a neutral camo green/tan, with strong blood & gore red/brown overtones and just a bit of gold shining through.

The color would pair nicely with just about every other color in our series, and is available in all ModeKnit yarns, and can be part of any ModeKnit Kit.

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The Knitting Dead, Color 1: Officer Grimes

Rick's Patrol Car

Rick’s Patrol Car

Today I begin revealing a series of colors based on AMC’s The Walking Dead which I’m calling, The Knitting Dead.

Personally, I can’t understand why there’s not more knitting (or ANY knitting) in TWD, I feel the producers are missing out on a huge section of their fan base.

The Hat

The Hat

And we KNOW there are some damned fine yarn shops in Georgia! Plus, I refuse to believe that all knitting would cease when the zombie apocolypse begins.

I’ll begin at the beginning; Rick Grime’s former life as an Sheriff’s Deputy in Georgia.

Even after the entire world changes and Rick loses, then finds, his family, he retains the identity as Officer Grimes in everything but title.

Officer Grimes in ModeWerk

Officer Grimes in ModeWerk

Rick is the authority figure, the decider, the one who – for better or for worse – most folks turn to within his group for guidance.

Rick has the power to decide where the group goes, who stays within the group, and who is banished to the zombieverse outside of his charmed circle.

Rick can pass his hat on to Carl, he can try to deny that he is the power, but he retains the aura of Officer Grimes to everyone within his group.

 

Officer Grimes in ModeLuxe

Officer Grimes in ModeLuxe

Officer Grimes is a blend of the beautiful blue of his Georgia patrol car; the deep, rich brown of his iconic hat, the warm tan of his uniform with just a touch of creamy white.

 

Officer Grimes sums up, in a color sense, how Rick saw himself before the zombie virus sets in, and how many continue to see him.