I chose my House yarn bases for their softness, bounciness, and quality. You put time and love into your knitting project, and we make your yarn with an equal amount of care.
The process 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 Merino DK
100% superwash merino wool
231 yards | 100 grams
Colorways: from left to right: Blue Christmas, Jo March, Phenomenal Woman, Lake DistrictColor notes:
• Apple Strudel is a warm, golden brown, the color of a buttery slice of crisp apple strudel and is my dye interpretation of the lovely colorway created for Crisp Apple Strudel mitts by Katy Carroll, which I lovingly published.
• Herdwick is a rich, vibrant, deep green. It has an underlayer of blue, and yet leans yellow-green in other places, so it can swing between warm and cool, depending on how you pair it.
• Sugar Maple is rich ruby red, the color in my mind's eye of maple leaves as they hit the perfect peak of autumn.
• Tart is a saturated cranberry red. It leans blue, and almost makes me scrunch up my face with the tart bitter-sweetness of the imagined taste of cranberries.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
House Merino DK is my perfect yarn for heavier-weight accessories. It's a soft and squishy pure merino yarn in a DK weight. It is a bouncy 4-ply yarn that takes on color with joyful abandon.
• Use for next-to-skin accessories like cowls, mitts and hats.
• Not ideal for socks because of the fine wool content (the regular wear and tear of socks will cause pilling, so they won't last as long).
• For hats, aim for a gauge of 21 to 24 stitches per 4 inches, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 6 (3.5 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.
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.
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.