Hold Your Head High, Keep Your Fists Down | House Blend no. 2

  • House Blend no. 2 is a yarn that feels like coming home, full-hearted, soft as a puppy, and gently dyed by hand. It's my perfect yarn for shawls, cowls, and lightweight sweaters.

    It's a plump fingering weight with a blend of 70% extrafine Merino wool and a luxurious 20% cashmere (plus 10% nylon) for drape and next-to-skin softness.

    Little Skein House Blend no. 2
    70% superwash extrafine Merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
    400 yards | 115 grams
    3-ply construction
    Dyed for us by Duck, Duck, Wool

    Colorway: Hold Your Head High, Keep Your Fists Down

    Inspiration: To Kill a Mockingbird

    Color notes: A beautiful cool blue with a hint of green, as elegant as a box from Tiffany's.

    More yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • House Blend no. 2 leans toward heavy fingering weight. It creates a soft, plush yet still drapey fabric, and has a lovely firm twist.

    • Blend no. 2 is composed of 70% superwash fine Merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon.

    • Use for next-to-skin accessories like shawls, cowls, fingering weight hats and mitts.

    • Not ideal for socks because of the fine wool and cashmere content (the regular wear and tear of socks will cause pilling, so they won't last as long).

    • For shawls, aim for a gauge of 18 to 24 stitches per 4 inches, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 5 to 6 (3.75 to 4.0 mm).

    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.

  • Care for your Little Skein yarn as you would a fine garment.

    Your finished shawl or other item should be hand-washed in cold water 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.

    Learn more about how water affects color in this article in the June 2018 issue of Spin Off magazine.

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Watercolor speckles, dyed by hand in San Francisco

I call my style of hand-dyeing watercolor speckles. Each skein has multiple layers of color that blend, shift and merge, with intentional wee tiny random dots of intense color. When dyeing, I focus on what the final fabric will look like. My goal is a fabric that may look semi-solid from a distance but, when viewed closely, shows a depth of subtle color differences.

There will be variations in color intensity and placement. I 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.


Customer Reviews

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Great colors

The colors ar3 wonderful. Can’t wait to knit them up.

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Great product, shipping questionable

The mini set is absolutely beautiful--the colors, the texture, just everything! Can't wait to start my Bibliophile project! I also ordered a project bag with an autumn theme. Although I love the bag, I was disappointed that it was not shipped until my yarn was available. It was in stock at the time of my order, charged to my CC immediately, but did not arrive until Thanksgiving week. I will not be using it until next fall. That shipping time for something that was in stock and paid for does not seem to be the correct way it should have been handled. Thank you for the beautiful items.

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Rhinebeck minus

These aren’t my usual colors, but I loved them when i saw them online. So glad I got them—the yarn is gorgeous and the colors are perfect. Thanks so much, Anne!

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Rhinebeck mini-skeins

Love them! Beautiful colors, squishy yarn. I’m planning on knitting Bibliophile in the new year. As an aside, I have previously ordered 3 shawl zip bags and love them too - plenty of room for multiple balls of yarn.

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Gotta Give Em Hope

This yarn is absolutely beautiful! Its soft and squishy and a real pleasure to knit with! I will be orfering more in the future!