The perfect yarn for hats, cowls, and mitts: soft, squishy and an affordable luxury.
I choose my house yarn bases for softness, bounciness, and quality. You put time and love into your knitting project, and I make your yarn with an equal amount of care.
The process begins in my San Francisco home studio. First, I imagine a fresh color palette that brings to life the story we’re celebrating. Then, depending on the technique needed, I create the colorway by hand in small batches of just 4 skeins at a time.
I firmly believe that color applied by hand, like this, takes on a vibrancy and life that can’t be mass-produced. Each skein is full of kindness, beauty, and an authentic connection to a story you love.
Little Skein Merino DK
100% superwash merino wool
231 yards | 100 grams
Color notes (clock-wise from top)
• I Dissent is a deep, cool grey with undertones of wine and the very tiny random speckle of dark chocolate. (available by preorder only)
• Garcia Girls is a deep green-leaning teal, colored like the Caribbean Sea that surrounds the Dominican Republic.
• On the Pulse of Morning is the soft yellow of breaking dawn, with speckles of bronze and fiery orange.(available by preorder only)
• Phenomenal Woman is a soft mauvey pink. It's unabashedly feminine: soft and yet with a core of cool resolve.
• Jo March is a rich, dreamy purple, with splashes of navy blue ink stains.
• Blue Christmas is the connection of ice and pine, a pale cool blue-green, speckled with forest green and grey starlight.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
House Merino DK is my perfect yarn for heavier-weight accessories. It's a soft and squishy pure merino yarn in a DK weight. It is a bouncy 4-ply yarn that takes on color with joyful abandon.
•Use for next-to-skin accessories like cowls, mitts and hats.
•Not ideal for socks because of the fine wool content (the regular wear and tear of socks will cause pilling, so they won't last as long).
•For hats, aim for a gauge of 21 to 24 stitches per 4 inches, which is usually achieved with a needle size of US 4 to 6 (3.5 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.
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.
This is a lovely brown color and I can't wait to make it into a hat. I think it will be a Boston Streets hat by Joji Locatelli. I also love that Anne donates money from purchasing yarn named for Harry Potter items to the Trevor Project.