Avonlea palette | Merino Sport

  • The perfect sport-weight yarn for sweaters and accessories.
    Merino Sport is a bouncy and versatile mid-weight yarn. It makes beautiful shawls, with just the right amount of sheen and drape, as well as mid-weight sweaters.

    My Avonlea palette is hand-dyed in my watercolor speckle style. I firmly believe that color applied by hand, like this, takes on a vibrancy and life that can’t be mass-produced. Each skein is full of kindness, beauty, and an authentic connection to a story you love.

    Little Skein Merino Sport
    100% superwash merino wool
    328 yards | 100 grams
    3-ply construction

    Available colorways: as listed below

    Inspiration: Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery

    This listing is for single skeins. If you will be knitting the Avonlea shawl, please note that you will need two skeins.

    This is a pre-order and will ship in approx. 8 weeks (~early August). Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • House Merino Sport is my perfect yarn for mid-weight sweaters and accessories. It's a soft and squishy pure merino yarn in a bouncy sport-weight weight. It is round 3-ply yarn that takes on color with joyful abandon.

    ● Use for next-to-skin sweaters and accessories.

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

    ● Looks best at a gauge of 20 to 22 per 4 inches, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 5 (3.5 to 3.75 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.