Beatrix Box no. 2 | Additional skeins of Merino Sport

  • Thank you, Beatrix Box subscribers! I have your orders in my dye queue and if you ordered extra yarn and it should ship with your late June/early July box.

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

    Because of supply chain issues related to COVID-19, I am using both my regular base and a similar, but not identical base that is 80% Merino wool and 20% nylon blend. The blend with nylon behaves nearly identically to my traditional base when knit and dyed and it has precisely the same yardage (328 yards per 100g), so I doubt you will notice a difference. I'll take care to label them correctly.

    Your additional skeins will ship together with the Beatrix Box colorways you've already selected here.

    Color options are:

    BRIAR ROSE
    (photo 2/speckle) is a juicy warm rose with tiny speckles of brown forest leaves and the thorns of wild roses. It's warmer than Radish, which was in the last box, but similar in intensity.

    FOREST RASPBERRY
    (photo 2/semi-solid)is a semi-solid companion to Briar Rose and is the juiciest, warmest, raspberry pink I can imagine. It's deeply saturated and so rich, I can imagine the taste of wild rasperries as I look at it.

    LICHEN LOVER
    (photo 3/speckle) is a grey-purple speckle with liberal dashes of forest green, decaying brown leaves, and dots of purple light that might stream through the leaves.

    PORTOBELLO
    (photo 3/semi-solid) is the semi-solid companion to Lichen Lover and it's a warm brown-leaning purple. It looks brown in some light, and deep rich purple in others, just as the loamy forest floor looks to me in the depth of summer.

    CHAMPIGNON
    (photo 4/speckle) is an exuberantly speckled pale yellow that ties the entire palette together. It has speckles of bright raspberry, loamy forest brown, and a dot of green or blue here and there.

    CHANTERELLE
    (photo 4/semi-solid) defies description. In some lights, it leans towards mustard and in others, it looks like the gold of a Bosc pear. It's somewhat green, but mostly golden, and perfectly deep forest.

    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.


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