The Castro | Merino DK

  • The perfect yarn for hats, cowls, and mitts: soft, squishy and an affordable luxury.

    I chose my House yarn bases for their softness, bounciness, and quality. You put time and love into your knitting project, and we 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, one of my dye partners or I will create the colorway by hand in small batches of just 4 or 5 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
    4-ply construction

    Colorway: The Castro

    Color notes: This is a one-of-a-kind colorway I developed for Stitches West. It's a rich, layered cool purple.

    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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