Our sock yarn is a bit different than what you’ll find at most hand-dyers’ studios. Ours is made for socks, not just any fingering weight project. It’s a worsted-spun American Targhee wool and creates a plush, hard-wearing and robust sock. These will be the socks you reach for time and again in your sock drawer.
Little Skein House Sock
90% superwash American Targhee wool, 10% nylon
410 yards | 100 grams
Inspiration: A Wrinkle in Timeby Madeline L'Engle
Color notes: Deep night sky with random speckle bursts of quasars and nebulae.
Yarn details and care instructions on the tabs (above).
House Sock is a robust fingering weight yarn. You might find that it knits up a bit more plush than other sock yarns.
• House Sock is composed of 90% Targhee wool and 10% nylon.
• Ideal for socks, mitts, and hats where you prefer a bit of body, rather than drape.
• Targhee is one of the newer sheep breeds and its wool is three-quarters fine wool (like merino) and one-quarter long wool, making it a wonderful combination of soft and strong.
• Read more about the Targhee sheep's fascinating history here.
• For socks, aim for a gauge of 7.5 to 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.
Machine or hand wash, and always air dry.
House Sock can be machine washed on a delicate cycle 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. If you prefer to wash your socks in warm water, I recommend adding a color catcher to the wash. 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.