Also new to Spencer Hill's family of fiber (and destined, I think, to be my favorite), is Ruth. My yarn bases are usually named after children's book characters, illustrators, or authors, but I had to name one for my personal hero, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Ruth is a 100% superwash Merino singles, which means there's only one strand (which sometimes is referred to as "single-ply"). It takes dye in amazing ways. The limited range of colors I'm able to offer at the moment pleases me greatly, and I can't wait to bring you many, many more.

Colors from left to right:
Bleeding Heart, Thanks Easter Bunny, Birthstone;
Good Day Sunshine, 12-Bar Blues, Raspberry Beret;
Sunny-Side Up, Under the Sea

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 400 yds/100 g
6-8 sts/1"
US size 2-4

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.


  • Birthstone - 2 in stock
  • Good Day Sunshine - 2 in stock
  • 12-Bar Blues - 5 in stock
  • Under the Sea - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • Sunny Side Up - 3 in stock
  • Bleeding Heart - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • Thanks Easter Bunny - 2 in stock
  • Raspberry Beret - 3 in stock
  • Blue Monday - 2 in stock
  • Aquamarine - 2 in stock
  • Blue Monday - 2 in stock
  • Fiddlehead - 3 in stock
  • Bluestocking - 4 in stock
  • Bleeding Heart - 0 in stock Sold Out
  • Daydream Believer - 4 in stock
  • Save It For A Rainy Day - 4 in stock