Monday, June 15, 2015

Review & Giveaway: ModeKnit ModeWerk Flow Yarn

In the first of many reviews and giveaways made possible by my TNNA 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!
The colorway I chose to knit with (shown below) is called Tequila Mockingbird, and it's a very pretty and vibrant gradient which reminds me a bit of sherbet ice cream. If you know me well, you know that pink is absolutely my least favorite color, but it was nice to step outside of my norm and knit with something that I wouldn't typically choose on my own.

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.
Even prior to blocking, the stitches looked nice and even despite having been in a cake for at least a few weeks. Even though the label said machine wash/air dry, I still washed this hat by hand, as I tend to do with all of my projects knit with superwash yarns. There weren't any "surprises" after blocking (i.e. the hat didn't grow several sizes in the process), and the slight halo I detected as I laid it flat to dry quickly disappeared as the moisture left the hat.
Giveaway Time! 
Now for the fun part: one of my lucky readers gets to try this yarn out to see for themselves! I'm giving away this 50g sample ball of ModeWerk Flow in a red-to-pink gradient; there is enough yardage to complete a small project such as a baby hat, or you can use it for  sock yarn blanket squares, hexipuffs, or to weave zoom loom squares.

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. If you would like a bonus entry, please like my Facebook Page or follow me on Instagram or Twitter, then leave another comment telling me you did so - just be sure to mention your Facebook or Instagram name so that I can verify everything (if you already follow me on these channels, just let me know in the comments for your bonus entry, too)!

I will randomly-select one lucky winner to be announced next Monday, June 22 here on this blog. Good luck!

82 comments:

  1. I was immediately drawn to Mary's Maids and Plum Jasper and Old Fashioned Villian. Excuse me, I need to make a list. Follow on twitter as Common Sense (@tsita) and instagram as @smartmouthedwench

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  2. It was a tie between the Shabby Chic and Hydrangea colorways.

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  3. I love officer grimes....
    I'm squiggi on ravelry

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  4. I also liked your Facebook page (Teresa Knittingdancer).

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  5. I love 026 Lizzie Samuels.
    If this comment should be double, sorry for that. I had a problem with signing in...
    Christine,
    tine1411 on ravelry

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  6. My favourite colourway is Jennie Kissed Me. My Ravelryname is Loves2Dance. Liked your facebook page. (Suparna Vinod)

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  7. I like Licorice All Sorts Flow. I'm globalite on ravelry.

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  8. Wow, those colours are amazing! I really like London General.
    Rav ID is Kimert

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  9. I love Plum Jasper, but all of them are beautiful!

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  10. Love the Sterling flow... but it was hard to choose just one! I really like that designers are coming out with their own yarn. jayellesea on Rav

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  11. Daryl Dixon of course, love Walking Dead
    sparky135 on Ravelry

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  12. I liked your FB page
    sparky135 on Ravelry

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  13. My first choice would be Mary's Maids. The skein being given away is quite lovely as well. Thank you for a delightful giveaway.

    sisterrobinson on ravelry.

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  14. I follow you on Bloglovin and twitter.

    sisterrobinson on ravelry.

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  15. I had a tough time choosing! If I have to pick just one, I'll go with A Study In Pink.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    My Rav ID is Berrycah.

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  16. My fav colors are Mary's Maids and the Licorice AllSorts Flow. I'm suzieknittingmama on Ravelry

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  17. The colors don't show very well on my screen. They are all very dark. I like the one you show above. I like fuscia. I think Wulfentine Flow looks like it might be fuscia. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I also follow you on Rav and Facebook- I'm Susan Ipavec on facebook

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  19. I followed you on Twitter. :)
    Berrycah on Rav.

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  20. I follow you on FB. (Rachel Marie Furlong)

    BTW, I am sharing this giveaway at this week's Yarn Fanatic Party. http://www.thephilosopherswife.net/2015/06/yarn-fanatic-41.html

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  21. I follow you on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook all under NorCalNapTime. Rav ID is battygrl. Favorite colorway is Mary's Maids...I love purples!

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  22. I love "Jennie Kissed Me"!

    deeannebenson on ravelry
    ecochickcba on Instagram
    And I just followed you on Facebook. :-)

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  23. Love the Sterling flow! Pretty stuff....thanks for telling us about it!

    tktl

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  24. My favorite is the Lazurite Flow. It would be perfect for a winter hat!

    I'm vernalequinox on Ravelry.

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  25. I would have to say that Winter is Coming is definitely calling my name!

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  26. I already follow you on Instagram and Twitter @daritrout, but now I've liked your Facebook page, too!

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  27. It is so hard to pick a fave, but I like Jennie Kissed me the best. I love yellow and grey together! Rav name: jaguarrior

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  28. So many pretties! Gilmarite is one of my favorites.
    Quinn on rav

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  29. I love the Aquamarine Semisolid color! :)

    I'm SaraMCrafts on Ravelry.

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    1. I'm following you on IG. My u/n is StitchedbySara

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  30. I like Mr. Jesmond! dayana on Rav, and I've liked your FB Page.

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  31. How beautiful! I like the Hydrangea Flow! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Mamagiff on ravelry

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  32. Many lovelies, but my favorite is Mary's Maid which is not so surprising given that my Rav ID is purple.

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  33. I love Iris Flow. pokdej on Ravelry.

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  34. I love London general thanks for introducing me to this yarn

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  35. I love the colorway Gilmarite! Thanks for the giveaway!

    JKnits51 on Ravelry

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  36. I was immediately drawn to the rich reds in 'Glenn Rhee,' so I think that one is my favorite. Thanks!
    -TempusMori (Ravelry)

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  37. All of them are beautiful, especially the Pewter.

    sherryglover1 on RAV

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  38. Liked and commented on Facebook.

    sherryglover1 on RAV

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  39. I really like the OLIVE. I can see it mixing beautifully with many variegates and semi solids
    poodlelady on Ravelry

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  40. Thank you for sharing!
    Olive and Iris Flow at the top of my list, but it's a very long list.
    I already follow you on IG
    I'm NanaMamah there and on Rav

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  41. I think it is a toss up between Mercury and Michonne, they are both beautiful.
    Littlemomto2 on Rav

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  42. Followed you on FB, Nikki Williams

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  43. Wow! My favorite right now is Tanzanite. I'm mypark on rav

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  44. Wow! My favorite right now is Tanzanite. I'm mypark on rav

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  45. It's a tough pick, but I think Winter is Coming is my favorite. My Ravelry name is RubraBaronissa.

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  46. Shabby Chic Flow is my favorite!
    Girlieknitwit on rav

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  47. I really like the Rufeous Kingfisher color!
    jld2247 on Ravelry
    i_love_books at aol dot com

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  48. Like your page on Facebook with the name Jess Ica D
    jld2247 on Ravelry
    i_love_books at aol dot com

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  49. I really like Daenerys eyes
    Ohlalalaine on Ravelry

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  50. I really like her Lilac colorway. Very pretty with a subtle gradient.

    Purlescence

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  51. I like Iris Flow

    canuckeh on rav

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  52. JaniceBye on twitter

    Janice Bye on fb

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  53. JaniceBye on twitter

    Janice Bye on fb

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  54. I like Iris Flow

    canuckeh on rav

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  56. Mary's Maids is pretty. Rav amchart

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  57. Hydrangea Flow is the way to go!
    TesoroStitchery on Rav; anitasama@gmail.com

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  58. I absolutely adore Pearl, Daenerys Eyes, and A Study in Pink!!
    Thanks for the giveaway! Followed on Instagram, goodnightmoonxo.

    If possible, please contact me by IG or by replying to my comment (I've turned 'Notify me' on), but my rav is: jazzystarshine

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  59. I love Fuchsia and a study in Pink
    asteride on Ravelry

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  60. I follow you on IG as asteride

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  61. Tequila Mockingbird works for me. Love yellow!

    Also liked you on FB
    batya7 on ravelry

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  62. Wow! I really like Sherlock's kitchen!! Thank you for the giveaway!
    RAV ID - NLemonds

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  63. Wow! I really like Sherlock's kitchen!! Thank you for the giveaway!
    RAV ID - NLemonds

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  64. Lovely giveaway,love the colors,my fav is London general.Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I love the 057 Mary's Maids color way. I'm Ljm2150 on Ravelry.

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  66. I love 080 Dragon Drogon.
    I am lingfing on Ravelry

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  67. I love 080 Dragon Drogon.
    I am lingfing on Ravelry

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  68. I like the Hydrangea colorway.
    Lmecoll on Ravelry

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  69. Gorgeous color - great giveaway
    ravelry ledaloux

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  70. Mrs. Moss - I am just loving all the beautiful Red Hues
    kcscrapper on Ravelry

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  71. My favourite colourway is "Jennie Kissed Me". However it was so hard to choose just one.
    My Ravelry name is knitbybitdesgins.
    I liked your facebook page and follow you on instagram

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  72. Love so many of the colorways - I think I'd like to try Iris Flow. rizamerk@cox.net

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  73. following your twitter 2ScrappyChix (rizamerk@cox.net)

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  74. I love London General, so pretty!
    Lindacee on Ravelry

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  75. Love your hat with the gradient! My fav color is Mary's Maids. I'm stealthystitcher on Ravelry.

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  76. Hard to choose, but I love Jennie Kissed Me [Flow] (asimpehomestd on Rav)

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  77. I already liked you on Facebook

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  78. Mrs moss is great! I am loveofcuteness on Rav :).

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  79. Also liked on facebook! Katie Dillingham

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