I created this colorway especially for Denise of the Earthtonesgirl podcast, our official teacher for Sock School 2019. Denise is an amazing teacher and has a wealth of useful content in her podcast library. I'm thrilled she's part of Sock School this year.
Denise's colorway is inspired by the classic children's story, Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse, a tale as sweet and big-hearted as a mama's love.
I drew particular inspiration from the blue shades of the book's ocean and sky illustrations, and layered it with shades of grey wolf, in homage to my own boy who loved wolves as a toddler. The result is a complex shade of grey, blue and teal. It shines a bit deeper and more intense on my Winter Sock base and a bit more matte on House Sock. Both are gorgeous to knit with and will create the socks you'll reach for again and again.
Available on:Little Skein House Sock
Little Skein Winter Sock (top skeins)
55% superwash Merino wool, 20% kid mohair, 25% nylon
430 yards | 100 grams
Colorway: Sing with the Wolves
Inspiration: Mama, Do You Love Me?by Barbara M. Joosse
Color notes: I layered shades of ocean blue, teal, and greys, then lightly speckled the skeins with random, intense bursts of dark night, wolf calls, and the depths of the ocean.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
• 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.
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.
The house sock base is really the most wonderful I’ve ever knitted with for socks. So durable and yet so soft. I’ve started a bit of a collection but they probably won’t stay skeins for long!
Gotta Give ‘Em Hope is my second purchase of House Sock. I love the little colorful speckles in this yarn. The base is so wonderfully soft and squishy. The socks I made with my first skein of House Sock were so fun to knit. The yarn feels good as it slides through my hands and I kept squeezing my WIP. I need more!
This base knits up into lovely, squishy socks, and the Queens' Academy is a such a wonderfully delicate colorway with amazing speckles. Love!
All I can say is this yarn is lovely to look at and knit with. Little Skein is the only yarn I now buy. Thank you, Anne!!
I purchased a skein of Baby Bird to make socks for my sister and I was so pleased with this yarn when I received it. It’s so soft and sproingy, I kept squeezing it. The colors are just what my sister likes and it’s perfect for the KAL I’m participating in! Will buy again.