Colorways inspired by The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
From the start of this adventure, to the last page, Claudia Kincaid needed her brother Jamie's help. With problems to be solved, sibling squabbles and Claudia's wonderful desire to correct Jamie's grammar, The Mixed Up Files shows that one can be full of family and yet still alone against the world. To bring this story to life, I focused on The Met, the site of Claudia and Jamie's grand adventure.
The process began in my San Francisco home studio. I created the color palette from primary dye colors and dyed the yarn, by hand, in small batches of just 4 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.
This is a preorder, so choose the base, colorway, and quantity you wish. It will ship in 2 to 3 weeks, and sooner if I can.
• The Met (gently speckled mid-tone grey)
• We Don't Have Money for a Taxi (a soft yellow with taxi colored speckles)
• Penny Wishes (watery blue with the random speckle of copper pennies)
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 inch, 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.