Return of the FrankenBlanks


What on earth is a FrankenBlank?

Well, it starts out as a sock blank. A length of machine-knit stockinette (there aren't enough hours in the day, people) without a bound-off edge. A lot of folks paint them up flat and leave them there (I had originally offered them like this) but I got kind of bored and wanted to try some new techniques. I decided this time to ravel them into skeins, but maybe next time I'll leave them flat as well. It's a lot of fun, and something different from my usual semi-solids. They're all still naturally dyed, though.

To order, they skeins are numbered 1-13, left to right, and they've been photographed in that order. That's how they're listed too. Just click on the number you want.

Natural dye materials used may include (depending on the color) lac, madder, cochineal, logwood purple, weld, osage orange, quercitron, fustic, indigo, Saxon blue extract (indigo cooked with sulfuric acid), logwood grey, and chestnut. I mordant with alum and cream of tartar, and may also use chalk, ammonia, vinegar, or extremely small amounts of tin (only occasionally in red dyes).

Every effort is made to represent colors as accurately as possible. Click on the thumbnails for a larger view.

superwash Merino/nylon 75/25
463 yards 100 g
8 sts/1"
US 1-2

Gentle handwash in cool water and wool wash, then drying flat to preserve the beauty of the natural dye material. Please refer to the "Yarn Care & Knotty Problems" page for additional care information.


  • one - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • five - 1 in stock
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  • eight - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • nine - 1 in stock
  • ten - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • eleven - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • twelve - 1 in stock
  • thirteen - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • Two shorts (not pictured) - 2 in stock