Little Skein in the Big Wool

Little Skein in the Big Wool

Little Skein in the Big Wool was one of the first independent yarn dyers that I ever discovered.  I was browsing knitting sites online and found this shop, filled with yarn, project bags, and other wonderful knitting goodies.  And what a find it was!

Little Skein is the creation of Anne Vally, a former non-profit sector worker who lives in San Francisco, California.  Anne loves reading the classics so many of her yarns and project bags are inspired by familiar, beloved literary characters and novels.  Her shop is just beautiful!


There are not many bases to choose from in Anne’s shop.  But if you love fingering and DK weight, she has you covered…

House Blend No. 2 (Wool/Nylon/Cashmere)

House Sock (Fingering – Targhee/Nylon)

Smooth Sock (Fingering – Merino/Nylon)

Merino DK (100% Merino)

Merino Sport (100% Merino)

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Anne has some repeating colorways and more that are one-of-a-kind.  I missed out on a one-of-a-kind a few months ago and I’m still sad about it!


If you see something on the Little Skein site that you like, you had best get it quickly.  Things sell out and some never come back. As mentioned above, I’m still sad about missing out on a lovely colorway.

Also offered on the website are kits, using Anne’s patterns, and subscription boxes.  

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Ease of Shopping

Anne’s website is beautiful and her photography is top-notch.  Truly, her project bags are beyond adorable!  

Shipping Costs

The shipping costs for Little Skein have always been high, in my opinion, and they have kept me from ordering more often.  

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The Little Skein shop is one to keep checking out.  Products come and go and it’s always a joy to browse the site.  

Anne also has a great Instagram feed, as well as a podcast that she co-hosts with Must Stash owner, Stacie (the genius self-striping yarn dyer from Texas!).  Anne is not afraid to address hot topics in the knitting world, such as inclusion, test knitting compensation, and the realities of running a small shop.

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