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  • Every day as I drive my son to school, we pass a mural of Harvey Milk, bright and bold, that says: Hope is never silent.

    This feeling stays with me, particularly this year, and it makes me hold fast. As the centerpiece of my Stitches West 2020 debut this year, I’ve tried to capture the feeling of tender, vulnerable hope that is equally as strong as steel.

    Color notes
    A layer of pale fog, speckled with sunshine yellow and bronze peeking through, and speckled and layered with roses and red wine grapes. Tiny tiny specks of turquoise blue sky peek through.

    Available on
    Six bases (from lace to fingering to sport to DK weight).

    Color differences
    Hope is Never Silent looks lighter and softer on Smooth Sock and House Blend no. 2. It is a stormier grey (with nearly no bronze speckles) and with strong fuchsia speckles on Merino DK, Merino Sport, and Mohair Lace.

    Available on
    Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • Hope is Never Silent looks beautiful on the following six bases:

    Merino DK($30)
    100% superwash merino
    231 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Merino Sport
    ($30)
    100% superwash merino
    328 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Smooth Sock
    ($28)
    80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
    400 yards | 115g
    3-ply construction

    House Blend no. 2
    ($33)
    70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
    400 yards | 115g
    3-ply construction

    Winter Sock ($32)
    55% superwash merino, 25% nylon, 20% kid mohair
    438 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Mohair Lace ($30)
    72% kid mohair, 28% silk
    459 yards | 50g
    1-ply construction


  • Hand wash, air dry

    Finished projects knit with my yarn should be hand washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse. Always air dry to keep your knitwear looking its best.

    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.

     

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.


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