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 Winter Sock
55% superwash Merino wool, 20% kid mohair, 25% nylon
430 yards | 100 grams
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).
• Winter Sock is composed of 55% superwash fine Merino wool, 20% kid mohair, and 25% nylon.
• Kid mohair is softer than other mohair fibers, and it has a silk-like quality. Mohair is made from the fiber of Angora goats and is durable, resilient and has a high lustre. When dyed, it tends to look softer in color.
• Winter Sock makes for a wonderful substitute for MCN socks. It is soft and yet extra durable because of its mohair and nylon content.
• Ideal for socks and also looks beautiful as a shawl or in a fingering weight garment.
• For socks, aim for a gauge of 8 stitches per inch, which is usually achieved with a needle size of 2.25mm to US size 2 (2.75mm).
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.
Although Winter Sock contains superwash Merino wool, because of the kid mohair content, it should be hand washed 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. You can learn more about how water affects color in this article in the June 2018 issue of Spin Off magazine.
Always let your socks air dry to prevent shrinking and to keep them looking their best.
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.