Lily is our most posh blend at Spencer Hill, being 50/50 silk/non-superwash Merino. Unless you don't walk on your feet, I wouldn't suggest using this one for socks. That silk makes for luscious drape and shine. It does not, however, have much stretch or bounce-back (the Merino helps). Besides, wrapping a shawl, scarf, or cowl of Lily around my neck makes me smile just thinking about it. Your feet will understand.
This base is named for the main character, Lily, in Kevin Henkes' "Lily's Purple Plastic Purse." The story of a little mouse with red boots, her beloved purple plastic purse, and something of a conflict they cause with her favorite teacher is one of my favorites.
Pictured left to right:
Good Day Sunshine, Raspberry Beret, If I Only Had A Brain, The Yarn From Ipanema;
You Only Dye Twice, 12-Bar Blues, Greensward;
Bleeding Heart, Fiddlehead, Wineglass, Bluestocking;
Buffalo Nickel, Save It For A Rainy Day, Tutu, Sunny-Side Up.
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.
Approximately 435 yds/100 g
Gentle handwash in cool water; dry flat to preserve the beauty of the natural dye material. Please refer to the "Yarn Care & Knotty Problems" page for additional care information.
- Tutu - 2 in stock
- Bluestocking - 1 in stock
- 12-Bar Blues - 0 in stock Sold Out
- Good Day, Sunshine - 1 in stock
- The Yarn From Ipanema - 0 in stock Sold Out
- Raspberry Beret - 4 in stock
- Sunny-Side Up - 1 in stock
- If I Only Had A Brain - 3 in stock
- Buffalo Nickel - 1 in stock
- You Only Dye Twice - 1 in stock
- Greensward - 3 in stock
- Wineglass - 2 in stock
- Save It For A Rainy Day - 4 in stock
- Bleeding Heart - 2 in stock
- Fiddlehead - 0 in stock Sold Out
- Easter Egg - 1 in stock
- Fabaliss - 0 in stock Sold Out