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.
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:
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