Let me introduce you to one of my favorite hand-dyers.
Steve and Andy, the dyers behind Leading Men Fiber Arts, created this colorway for my very first Sock School, and it sells out every time I'm able to restock it. This gorgeous colorway, named Longstocking, is an exuberant homage to my favorite Swedish sock-wearing scamp, Pippi.
Leading Men Fiber Arts
75% superwash fine Merino wool, 25% nylon
463 yards | 100 grams
Inspiration: Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
Leading Men Fiber Arts' Show Stopper base is a fingering weight yarn.
• Composed of 75% superwash fine Merino wool and 25% nylon.
• Ideal for socks, mitts, and hats.
• 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.
Machine or hand wash, and always air dry.
This yarn 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 the dyer's, 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.