We collaborated with Annie Modesitt in this month's KnitCrate and KnitCrate Sock subscriptions. 
Below is Annie's story of how she started knitting and her adventures in the fiber world!

Personal Knit & Design History

In 1983 I taught myself to knit just as I was being transferred by my company from New York City to Dallas, TX.
I completed my first sweater in a weekend and realized that my destiny lay in fiber and needles.
Dallas was not part of my destiny, though, and upon my return to NYC I began knitting for designers and eventually submitted my own designs to knitting magazines. I was hired by Vogue Knitting as a technical writer but unfortunately my unorthodox, self-taught knitting style wasn’t – at that time – well received by the more established knitting world.
I continued designing for most of the major knitting magazines and yarn companies, but reaction to my knitting style (which didn’t affect the final look of a garment) led to my decision to leave knitting and move into Costume & Set Design.

Aforementioned Children in Knit Garb, Now They’re In College!

 

After the birth of my 2nd child, during a hiatus from television and theatrical design work, I happened to read an article by Priscilla Gibson Roberts in the Fall 2000 Interweave Knits Magazine. It changed my life.
Her article was an outline of the major world knitting styles, and the method I’d been using was described as the “Combination (or Combined) Method.”  The legitimization I felt when reading the article was a turning point in my life. I re-entered the knitting world – not just as a designer but as an instructor.
I expose my beginning students the Combination Method as well as the various forms of the Western Method, but more importantly I stress the different ways of forming a stitch and convey an appreciation of how a stitch is seated on the needle.
 
A native of Ohio,  I taught myself to knit at age 25 before a move from NYC to Texas.  The Texas tenure didn’t last, but knitting did, and upon my return to the NY area I began knitting for other designers and designing for major knitting magazines.  I knit using the Combination Method and believe that there truly is no wrong way to knit. I live in St Paul, MN with my husband, and assorted pets, and seasonal visits from our college age kids.
My work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework and many international fiber & yarn oriented publications.
I teach knitting worldwide and across the United States and am the main dyer for ModeKnit Yarn, LLC, which I started with Kathleen Pascuzzi in 2013.  We’ve visited over 10 states and many fiber shows going on the road with our ModeKnit Yarn Booth!  Stay updated on new colorways and upcoming fiber shows and appearances at www.modeknityarn.com.  
January 2017 KnitCrate and KnitCrate Socks Yarn by Annie Modesitt:
ModeKnit KnitCrate January 2017 Collaboration
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"Yarn" the movie?! Read all about this at the article here and see the trailer below. The trailer description reads:
"Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art's hottest trends."
Just because it's Summer doesn't mean you have to put down the needles - keep on knitting lightwegith projects with these fun ideas and free patterns. See the list and read more HERE.
Great review of Andrea Jurgrau's new book "New Heights in Lace Knitting." Read the review HERE.
Small flock yields quality fleece from a husband and wife team! Read more HERE.
Breast cancer survivor supports fellow cause to make life more comfortable for fellow survivors - love! Read the article HERE. Our 50% off sale ends tomorrow...learn more HERE.

May Reveal is UP!!!

May 25, 2016

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MAY REVEAL IS UP!!  Get your groove as May Indie, Sock and Minis enjoyed Molly Girl Yarn's fantastic colorways inspired by music...inventive and fun themes and labels help project this fun dyer's personality and talent! May Knitcrate "main" had a treat of yarn in Mountain Colors' bold, exotic and gem-like colorways that graced their packages. The patterns included were fun, hip and inspiring and perfectly curated just for your enclosed yarns!!

See all the May Knitcrates HERE and we've procured a limited amount to purchase (first time in years!) at our Past Packages page at Knitcrate.com/past
50% OFF SALE ENDS THIS WEEK What better way to start your Summer than with yummy yarn, notions and more at 50% off?!?!?! Use code SUMMER50 and you'll get 50% off everything at Knitcrate.com/sale HERE by May 27, 2016 while supplies last...first come first served (very limited quantities on these items so act fast!).
Survey says...we LOVE men who knit! Read the article here, but don't blame it on David (which we posted about here back in March).
ENDS THIS WEEK What better way to start your Summer than with yummy yarn, notions and more at 50% off?!?!?! Use code SUMMER50 and you'll get 50% off everything at Knitcrate.com/sale HERE by May 27, 2016 while supplies last...first come first served (very limited quantities on these items so act fast!).
Are you an "extreme" knitter? Learn more about this artist, her current display, and see pics and video HERE.
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