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Gingerbread | Dream Sock

  • Gingerbread, a companion to "Cozy at Home," my 2020 holiday colorway

    I've been looking for a perfect fingering weight yarn — one that can be used for either socks or a shawl, that's soft as a beagle's ears, and that will absorb color with richness, depth, and still keep the speckles crisp. It's a tall order, but this may just be the yarn of my dreams, hence it's name: Dream Sock.

    Dream Sock
    85% superwash extrafine merino wool, 15% nylon
    437 yards | 100g
    4-ply construction

    Colorway: Gingerbread

    Inspiration: the 2020 holiday season

    Color notes: This is a warm cinnamon-clove color, just a little bit spicy and plenty warm and homey.

    More yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • Dream Sock is a true fingering weight yarn.

    • Composed of 85% superwash extrafine merino wool and 15% nylon, it's incredibly soft.

    • Works well for both socks and shawls

    • 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).

    • For shawls, aim for a gauge of 5 to 6 stitches per inch, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 6 (3.5 to 4mm)

  • Hand wash, air dry

    Dream Sock 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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