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  • Named for poet Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman is my spring palette for 2020.

    When I created this palette (originally released at Stitches West in February), I envisioned a much different year than it's become. And yet, somehow, the feeling of this collection holds true. It's full of hope, a belief in brighter days ahead, and honor for the powerful women writers and thinkers who illuminate dark times.

    This color palette brings to life the feeling of thinking differently about what it means to be a woman. It says: stand in your truth and hold fast to hope.

    You can preorder any of these colors on any base between May 7 and May 21, and your order will ship in 4 to 6 weeks, sooner if I can.

    Color notes (clock-wise from top)

    Phenomenal Woman is a soft mauvey pink. It's unabashedly feminine: soft and yet with a core of cool resolve.

    On the Pulse of Morning is the soft yellow of breaking dawn, with speckles of bronze and fiery orange.

    I Dissent is a deep, cool grey with undertones of wine and the very tiny random speckle of dark chocolate.

    Blue Christmas is the connection of ice and pine, a pale cool blue-green, speckled with forest green and grey starlight.

    Garcia Girls is a deep green-leaning teal, colored like the Caribbean Sea that surrounds the Dominican Republic.

    Jo March is a rich, dreamy purple, with splashes of navy blue ink stains.

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

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

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

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

    House Sock ($28)
    90% superwash Targhee wool, 10% nylon
    465 yards | 115g
    3-ply construction

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

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

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

    Merino DK
    ($30)
    100% superwash merino
    231 yards | 100g
    4-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, even superwash yarns. 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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