Elder Wand | Smooth Sock

  • A bouncy and versatile yarn

    Smooth Sock is my most versatile yarn base: a plump, color-loving merino/nylon blend. It knits up beautifully for both socks and shawls and creates a plush fabric with optimum stitch definition.

    Smooth Sock
    80% superwash merino, 20% nylon
    400 yards | 115g
    3-ply construction

    Colorway: Elder Wand

    Inspiration: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

    Color notes: Shades of deepest oak, with etches of bone, power, and memory.

    More yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).

  • Smooth Sock is a fingering weight yarn that leans to the plump side.

    • Composed of 80% superwash Merino wool and 20% nylon.

    • Works well for both socks and shawls

    • 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).

    • For shawls, aim for a gauge of 5 to 6 stitches per inch, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 6 (3.5 to 4mm)

  • Hand wash, air dry

    Smooth Sock should be hand washed with a gentle wool wash and cold-water rinse. Always air dry to keep your knitwear looking its best.

    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.

     

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.