Marly Bird Designer Dinner swag bag, I'm pleased to share a review of a new-to-me yarn that I have been seeing around Ravelry and instagram: hand-dyed yarn from Annie Modesitt. It seems like the current trend for designers is to branch out into other related avenues such as stitch markers, project bags, and, of course....yarn!
ModeKnit Yarn is hand-dyed in Minnesota in shaded solids, variegated colorways, and the ever-popular gradients, which are new this season. They offer four different yarn blends and three different yarn weights (lace, fingering and worsted), and the color options are always changing (you can view more info about the yarn bases and colors here on the ModeKnit website).
I received two sample skeins of ModeWerk Flow (they use the word "Flow" to indicate gradient colorways in yarn, and I think they are available across several bases within the brand), which is a machine washable 100% merino yarn available in both fingering and worsted weights. Both of these sample skeins were fingering weight, and the 50g ball contains a generous 185 yards; full-sized fingering weight skeins of ModeWerk weight in at 100g and 386 yards. I decided to use one of them to knit a baby hat and give the other one away to a lucky blog reader - more on that in a sec!
I used one of the Heirloom Hats for Newborns patterns from Purl Soho, which are available for free here on their site, and my trusty Knitter's Pride Dreamz DPNs. I enjoyed working with this yarn - though the two plies are a little on the loose side, I didn't find the yarn to be splitty as I worked. It felt good in my hands and gave my stockinetee nice, crisp stitch defnitition. I think it would be awesome with cables and textured stitches.
To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling me which hand-dyed colorway is your favorite. Be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that I can contact you if you win.
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I will randomly-select one lucky winner to be announced next Monday, June 22 here on this blog. Good luck!