We freely admit: we’ve got a thing for mini skeins.
They are just so darn adorable. Sweet little hankfuls of color and texture that hold big potential for play and experimentation. When you sit down with a set of mini skeins, you know you’re going to have a good time. There is no bogging down with mini skeins. There is no I’m Over This Color Now with mini skeins. There’s only fun, in the form of the next mini skein.
The first yarn offering in the MDK Shop was mini skeins, and we’ll have mini skeins forever.
This year’s Holiday Shop is no exception. We’ve got a smorgasbord of zesty, delectable minis, amuse-bouches for our needles. Let’s peruse the menu.
Amy Lee Serradell, a very clever dyer from Portland, Oregon, is well known for making mini skeins that really sing together.
You have two colorway options here: Sunlight and Candlelight. The third option, of course, is both.
We can imagine these colorways used in the yoke of a sweater, in a vibrant cowl, as the makings of the most elegantly colored mittens ever. These 98-yard mini skeins total almost 700 yards of yarn, which is plenty for your most exotic color experiments.
Silbia Ro of Camellia Fiber Co. is a beloved dyer in Nashville. For a time we were neighbors, so we were destined to collaborate. Silbia works in a gentle set of colors that all look lovely together—a palette so soft that it whispers. Exclusive to MDK, these are perfect for a series of Squad Mitts—play with color combinations as you make these easy gifts.
Now for something completely different: mini skeins where what changes is not the color, but the sheep, the spin, and the weight.
It’s your own starter flock of sheep, in a quartet of 80-yard lamb-sized skeins. Solitude Wool gives us a set that lets you explore the nature of beautiful yarns made from 4 single-breed fleeces: Montadale, Border Leicester, Targhee, and Romney. Not all sheep are the same—discover their unique qualities with this quartet of fluffy skeins, from small farms in Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. It’s sort of amazing to see how much 80 yards of wool yarn can vary.
The Perpetual Quest: What To Make With Minis?
We are always on the hunt for good projects to make with mini skeins, but in truth, great patterns are everywhere. Any stockinette stitch project that is good in a solid color is measurably better and more fun when striped with mini skeins.
For fingering weight minis (Canon Hand Dyes and Camellia Fiber Co. Signature Set), you cannot go wrong with simple socks—everybody loves stripy socks. And of course, there’s our ride or die mini-skein pattern: Ann Weaver’s Squad Mitts, from MDK Field Guide No. 1—it’s made for minis, and we include a free download of the Field Guide with both the Canon and Camellia minis. You can colorblock them as you like, and turn each mitt into your very own Josef Albers color study.
If you’ve got plenty of minis, one of the all-time great patterns is True Colors, a magnificent shawl by Melanie Berg. Ann made her glorious version with two sets of Canon Hand Dyes minis (one set in each colorway), plus a full skein of a solid-color fingering weight yarn for the background shade.
And here’s a wonderful list of mini skein projects, which had their own bracket in a March Mayhem once upon a time. (I’d forgotten about Kieran Foley’s Weaver’s Square! What a brilliant project for mini skeins.)
Are there others? Yes! We know they’re out there. If you know a great pattern for mini skeins, shout it out in the comments.
Our point here, and we do have one:
MINI SKEINS 4EVER. That is all.