House Blend is the yarn that feels like coming home, full-hearted, soft as a puppy, and gently dyed by hand. It's 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.
Little Skein House Blend no. 2
70% superwash fine Merino wool, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon
400 yards | 115 grams
Colorway: Land's End
Inspiration: The rocky, windswept shoreline at the edge of the Golden Gate
Color notes: A cool, deep grey.
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).
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.
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.