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Your new favorite sock yarn: delightfully sproingy and gently dyed by hand.
Our sock yarn is a bit different than what you’ll find at most hand-dyers’ studios. Ours is made for socks, not just any fingering weight project. It’s a worsted-spun American Targhee wool and creates a plush, hard-wearing and robust sock. These will be the socks you reach for time and again in your sock drawer.
The process of creating your yarn 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 Sock
90% superwash American Targhee wool, 10% nylon
410 yards | 100 grams
Colorway: Blueberries for Sal
Inspiration: 1949 Caldecott Honor book, Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
Color notes: Blueberries for Sal on House Sock is a mid-range cool blue with hints of grey and tart berry lavender. It's gently speckled with slate blue.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
House Sock is a robust fingering weight yarn. You might find that it knits up a bit more plush than other sock yarns.
• House Sock is composed of 90% Targhee wool and 10% nylon.
• Ideal for socks, mitts, and hats where you prefer a bit of body, rather than drape.
• Targhee is one of the newer sheep breeds and its wool is three-quarters fine wool (like merino) and one-quarter long wool, making it a wonderful combination of soft and strong.
• Read more about the Targhee sheep's fascinating history here.
• 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).
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.
Machine or hand wash, and always air dry.
House Sock can be machine washed on a delicate cycle 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. 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.
Always let your socks air dry to prevent shrinking and to keep them looking their best.
Beautiful yarn! I've never used Targhee wool before, but I love the color and the feel. I look forward to knitting this one up.
My squishy mail has arrived and I’m so excited to use it. I got two amazing colorways and they both exceeded expectations! I had planned on using them in simple projects, but after seeing them in person I realize they need to be the star in something special!!
I looooooove this yarn. I saw Anne describe it on her podcast as 'sproingy' and 'delicious,' two highly technical knitting terms that convey its properties perfectly to yarn enthusiasts;)). In the news I think they call that red meat for the base;), I couldn't order it fast enough. I am knitting Prairie Socks by Kay Jones in the spring pig colorway and they are coming out as my best socks yet! It is my first purchase from Little Skein, but it will not be my last. I am a fan!
My Yarn came and what a fantastic surprise. Love love the color and the feel of the yarn. Can hardly wait to knit it up.