Muir Woods & Stinson Beach | House Blend no. 2

  • House Blend no. 2 is a 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's a plump fingering weight with a blend of 70% extrafine Merino wool and a luxurious 20% cashmere (plus 10% nylon) for drape and next-to-skin softness.

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

    Colorways: Muir Woods (layered brown) and Stinson Beach (blue sky)

    Color notes: Muir Woods is a complex and layered brown, like old growth redwoods. Stinson Beach is a soft sky blue and a respite from the fog.

    More 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.

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.


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