Your new favorite sock yarn: delightfully sproingy and gently dyed by hand.
Our sock yarn is a bit different than what you’ll find at most hand-dyers’ studios. Ours is made for socks, not just any fingering weight project. It’s a worsted-spun American Targhee wool and creates a plush, hard-wearing and robust sock. These will be the socks you reach for time and again in your sock drawer.
The process of creating your yarn begins in my San Francisco home studio. First, I imagine a fresh color palette that brings to life the story we’re celebrating. Then, depending on the technique needed, one of my dye partners or I will create the colorway by hand in small batches of just 4 or 5 skeins at a time.
I firmly believe that color applied by hand, like this, takes on a vibrancy and life that can’t be mass-produced. Each skein is full of kindness, beauty, and an authentic connection to a story you love.
Little Skein House Sock
90% superwash American Targhee wool, 10% nylon
410 yards | 100 grams
Colorway: This is a "best friends" sock set. You get two 50g skeins plus a 25g heel/toe skein.
Inspiration: Anne of Green Gables
• A Mouse in the Sauce: 50g of a delightfully soft mauve with speckles of plum pudding, named for the lovely sauce Anne crated for her tea with Diana—when she famously forgot to cover the sauce overnight and a mouse fell in!
• Raspberry Cordial: 50g of a juicy pink with identical speckles of plum pudding, named for the beverage Anne believes she is serving Diana.
• Plum Pudding: 25g of this dark, plummy shade perfect for heels and toes.
Choose matching 50g skeins or coordinating. Either way, your set includes a 25g heel/toe mini of Plum Pudding.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
House Sock is a robust fingering weight yarn. You might find that it knits up a bit more plush than other sock yarns.
• House Sock is composed of 90% Targhee wool and 10% nylon.
• Ideal for socks, mitts, and hats where you prefer a bit of body, rather than drape.
• Targhee is one of the newer sheep breeds and its wool is three-quarters fine wool (like merino) and one-quarter long wool, making it a wonderful combination of soft and strong.
• Read more about the Targhee sheep's fascinating history here.
• For socks, aim for a gauge of 7.5 to 8 stitches per inch, which is usually achieved with a needle size of 2.25mm to US size 2 (2.75mm).
Beauty in difference. Each skein is dyed by hand in small batches of just 4 or 5 skeins. There will be variations in color intensity and placement. We think that’s part of what makes each skein perfect – they’re not identical. If you will be using more than 1 skein in your project, alternate skeins to blend any color differences.
Machine or hand wash, and always air dry.
House Sock can be machine washed on a delicate cycle with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse.
Depending on the difference in chemistry between your local water and mine, there may be some color bleeding in the wash process. Washing and rinsing in cold water will help to minimize this. If you prefer to wash your socks in warm water, I recommend adding a color catcher to the wash. You can learn more about how water affects color in this article in the June 2018 issue of Spin Off magazine.
Always let your socks air dry to prevent shrinking and to keep them looking their best.