Gotta Give 'Em Hope (Harvey Milk) | House Blend no. 2

  • Yarn that feels like coming home.

    House Blend is the yarn that welcomes you into a quiet, full-hearted place where your needles move quickly and your knitting is full of love.

    Blend no. 2 is my perfect yarn for shawls, cowls, and lightweight sweaters. It is a plump fingering weight with a luxurious 20% cashmere content for drape and next-to-skin softness. Each skein is gently dyed by hand and inspired by a story that has left its fingerprints on your heart.

    Little Skein House Blend no. 2
    70% superwash fine Merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
    400 yards | 115 grams
    3-ply construction

    Colorway: Gotta Give 'Em Hope

    Inspiration: Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the history of California, where he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors

    Color notes: Tiny rainbow speckles against a hopeful background of pale blue grey sky.

    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 4 inches, 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.

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