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Agaric palette | House Blend no. 2 | PREORDER

  • I am delighted to offer extra skeins of the Agaric palette for Beatrix Box subscribers. I'll do my best to ship them with your box. As a subscriber, shipping is on the house for US subscribers and international subscribers should use the coupon code COMBINESHIPPING.

    House Blend no. 2 is a yarn that feels like coming home,
    full-hearted, soft as a puppy, and gently dyed by hand. It's my perfect yarn for shawls, cowls, and lightweight sweaters.

    It's a plump fingering weight with a blend of 70% extrafine Merino wool and a luxurious 20% cashmere (plus 10% nylon) for drape and next-to-skin softness.

    Little Skein House Blend no. 2
    70% superwash extrafine Merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
    400 yards | 115 grams
    3-ply construction

    Colorways & color notes
    In order of photos:

    AGARIC: This is the brightest color in the palette: a pinkish, orangey red that is my interpretation of the Agaric mushroom. Like the other speckle in theis palette, it's touched with bronze sunlight, green forest leaves, and bits of bark.

    FOG: This is a long-standing Little Skein colorway, which I brought in to tie the palette together. Fog is a whisper grey and pairs with every single colorway in the palette. It's a lovely cool neutral.

    MOREL: A deep, dark, forest grey-green. It's moody and loamy and reminds me of the deep nourishing shadows where mushrooms can flourish.

    OYSTER BLUE: This lovely mid-tone shade also defies description. It looks green-grey in some light, and blue-green in others. It works well as both a color and as a neutral. I'm especially happy with this one, as it's rich and complex and looks like the blue mushrooms for which it's named.

    PINK OYSTER: A cool pale pink, like a a pink pearl in an oyster. It leans a wee tiny bit mauve and is gently speckled with bronze sunlight, green forest leaves and bits of bark.

    PIXIE CAP: My perfect puce, a mid-tone purple-brown. This colorway is warm but also pairs well with cool colors and looks scrumptious with Pink Oyster and Fog.





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

  • House Blend no. 2 leans toward heavy fingering weight. It creates a soft, plush yet still drapey fabric, and has a lovely firm twist.

    • Blend no. 2 is composed of 70% superwash fine Merino wool, 20% cashmere, and 10% nylon.

    • Use for next-to-skin accessories like shawls, cowls, fingering weight hats and mitts.

    • Not ideal for socks because of the fine wool and cashmere content (the regular wear and tear of socks will cause pilling, so they won't last as long).

    • For shawls, aim for a gauge of 18 to 24 stitches per 4 inches, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 5 to 6 (3.75 to 4.0 mm).

    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.

  • Care for your Little Skein yarn as you would a fine garment.

    Your finished shawl or other item should be hand-washed in cold water 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.

    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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