A special yarn you don’t need a special occasion to use.
I chose my House Blend yarn bases for their softness, drape, and quality. You put time and love into your knitting project, and we make your yarn with an equal amount of care.
The process begins in my San Francisco home studio. First, I imagine a fresh color palette that brings to life the story we’re celebrating. Then, depending on the technique needed, one of my dye partners or I will create the colorway by hand in small batches of just 4 or 5 skeins at a time.
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 House Blend no. 1
80% superwash fine Merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon
415 yards | 100 grams
Inspiration: Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Color notes: A muted and tonal slate blue with the occasional fleck of deep brown-red.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
House Blend no. 1 is a true fingering weight yarn. It creates a soft and drapey fabric and has a mid-range twist, not too tight and not too loose.
● Blend no. 1 is composed of 80% superwash fine Merino wool, 10% 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 20 to 24 stitches per inch, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 6 (3.5 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.