La Jiao Yarn - Two-Ply Sock -100% Superwash Merino Wool - Sock Weight - 400 Yards - Hand-Dyed Yarn


🥢🌶La Jiao🌶🥢
*Lao Gan Ma jar NOT included*
La Jiao / Làjiāo / 辣椒 is Mandarin Chinese for “Chili,” and commonly refers to a chili and oil paste/sauce used as a condiment. La jiao *jiang* if you want be precise. If you grew up in an Asian home, chances are there was some form of spicy condiment in the fridge whose brand demanded a certain amount of loyalty. Lao Gan Ma was mine!

This fiery combo is an ode to that gorgeously colored golden-red oil, and deep dark ruby red chili flakes!

7/4/2021: This batch runs a little more Ruby red than the others. Pictured at the end. Still 🔥🔥🔥

Last picture is La Jiao and Huo Ji, available in a separate listing.

Two-Ply Sock
Bouncy, squishy, and perfect for just about any project from socks to sweaters, this 100% superwash merino yarn is the same as our No. 01 base in spin and ply, simply sans nylon. A more eco-friendly option.

Sock Weight
100 % Superwash merino wool
400 yards / 365 meters
100 grams

*Please note, this is hand-dyed yarn. Colors are truly unique to each skein and therefore may vary from skein to skein. We recommend alternating skeins every other row in the round, or every two rows when knitting flat if using two or more skeins. True colors may vary slightly from screen. We do try.*

From a pet-friendly, smoke-free home.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is hand-dyed yarn so gosh darn expensive?

A great question! The process of hand-dyeing yarn is much different than store bought yarn. While store bought yarn is often dyed in giant batches in an assembly-line fashion and with machine-like precision, their method is of course much more affordable. The hand-dyeing process takes more time and energy, and requires a Hermione Granger-like dedication over pots of boiling water: Waiting for the exact temperature, continuous dunking of fiber, and making sure that each dye recipe is followed to a T. It is a chemical reaction—both a science and an art—that allow these colors and fibers to marry. You are paying for the dedicated manual labor, hard work, and unique colors found here.

Is your yarn mulesing free?

You betcha! While we understand the application of the method, we do not agree with it being used as a regular method for controlling fly strike. Mulesing is a technique used to remove skin from the sheep’s rear end to help prevent fly strike, a parasitic infection—this infection is incredibly painful, and can be fatal. Merino sheep have many folds of wool-bearing skin, so they are often at a higher risk of this infection. However, mulesing is a quite controversial as it is not yet fully regulated; for now, we choose to use mulesing-free wool.

What is “low-exhaust” dyeing?

Typically, low-exhaust is when very little if any dye is left over. This is great for the environment as it means that very little if any heavy metal dyes get poured down the drain. Most of the dye is absorbed by the fibers, but often with rich and saturated colors there is a little (or sometimes a lot) leftover in the pot. We take it one step farther and use an extra skein to soak up any excess dye just to be safe! The benefit of this is a gorgeous, unrepeatable skein with layers and layers of dye. And guess what? You get the chance to purchase these for next to nothing!

What are “Happy Little Accidents”?

As Bob Ross teaches us, we don’t make mistakes: We make happy little accidents. Our HLA section is full of discounted yarn from our dyeing adventures! It’s still beautiful, usable colors—just a happy little accident that didn’t make the quality control cut.

“Penny Skein?” Really?

🎶On Penny Skein, there’s a dyer showing photographs / Of all the dye she’s had the pleasure to know🎶
Our exhaust skeins are created from any leftover colors from our dye. Occasionally, our other skeins won’t absorb all the dye in the pot; rather than pouring heavy metal dyes down the drain, we throw in an extra skein at the end of our dyeing to absorb it. The result is layers upon layers of pastels and diluted vibrant dyes—truly beautiful colors that we cannot repeat! Since very little work goes into these, we feel that it’s only fair that you get to reap the benefits of these beautiful skeins at a ridiculously low price! We takes notes and occasionally semi-recreate exhaust colors to the best of our abilities.

Reviews (4)


I’m afraid that if I leave another review, it’s going to look a bit obsessive. Of course the yarn is gorgeous, vibrant, super soft, my absolute favorite that I’ve been exclusively working with for a year. It’s perfect and April is amazing. Just buy the yarn. You won’t regret it.

Beautiful, squishy, vibrant. I'm in love with the colour combination and can't wait to turn these into socks :)

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