Phoenix Feather | House Merino DK

  • When your letter to Hogwarts arrives...

    My Harry Potter-inspired yarns and project bags are up-priced by $1. This extra dollar from you is matched by $1 from me, and together, they are donated to The Trevor Project, an organization that provides a critical mental health safety net to LGBTQ+ youth.

    This up-pricing and donation is in response to the author's anti-trans politics and is done with recognition of and appreciation for the many trans and queer individuals who have found solace in the world of Harry Potter. I am currently opting to continue making this particular collection to raise awareness of the critical importance of caring for and supporting trans youth and adults. (updated March 21, 2020)

    Little Skein House Merino DK
    100% superwash merino wool
    231 yards | 100 grams
    4-ply construction

    Colorway: Phoenix Feather

    Inspiration: The Harry Potter series

    Color notes: A warm clay with undertones of pink, mauve and taupe

    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.

  • 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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