Gradient sock-weight yarn: Owl Moon
Owl Moon is named after one of my family's favorite children's books, a picture book written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr. A bold combination of deep and icy blues, shadowy grey, snow white, and charcoal, this colorway was originally dyed on a sock blank, and then unraveled, washed, and wound into a ball, ready for knitting or crocheting. Sock blanks are machine-knitted strips, which are then dyed to produce long gradual color changes with beautiful transitional colors. There may be pale or white speckling throughout the skein, where the knitted stitches overlapped and dye didn't completely penetrate.
This gradient cake is 3.5 oz (100 g) of 75/25 superwash merino/nylon fingering yarn, measuring approximately 463 yards. The merino is soft and springy, while the nylon lends it durability. Recommended needle size: US 0-2 (2.0-2.75 mm). While items made from this yarn can be machine washed, hand washing in cold water is recommended, to extend the life of your handmade items. Lay flat to dry.