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Half Agony, Half Hope | House Blend

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  • The perfect yarn for shawls and accessories: ultra-soft and a luxury to work with.

    House Blend is my perfect fiber blend for shawls and accessories. It's an ultra-soft combination of merino, cashmere and nylon, with a gentle twist that neither too tight nor too loose. It's soft, drapey, is beautiful to touch and work with, and takes on lovely tonal colors.

    Little Skein's House Blend
    Colorway: Half Agony, Half Hope
    Inspiration: Persuasion by Jane Austen
    80% superwash merino wool, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon
    435 yards | 100 grams
    4-ply construction

    Color notes: Half Agony, Half Hope is one of our watercolor speckled colorways. It has swirls and tones of soft, warm blues and is then speckled with the rich red wines of desire and chocolate brown. It coordinates beautifully with our two additional Persuasion-inspired colorways, Desire and Wentworth.

  • House Blend is a soft and drapey yarn. It's best used for next-to-skin accessories such as shawls, hats, mitts, and cowls. It's not ideal for socks, because of the cashmere content which isn't hard-wearing like our House Sock yarn.

    For accessories,, aim for a gauge of 22 to 24 stitches per 4 inches, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 6 (3.5 to 4 mm).


  • The colors for our house yarns are dreamed of in San Francisco, where my home studio is located, and hand-dyed by me in my small studio or by my colleague in Maine.

    I use a variety of creative inspirations for my colors, from the colors of my beloved San Francisco, to literature, to Pantone inspirations. I design the yarn from color to style and it is then brought to life by my expert dye partner.

    Yarn is dyed in small batches, with color applied by hand and using professional acid dyes.

    Care: We recommend that you hand wash our yarns in cold or lukewarm water and lay your knitted item flat to dry. While superwash yarns are treated so that they can be machine washed, taking care to wash by hand and air dry will greatly prolong the life of your handknit item.


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