Fingering-weight wool yarn naturally dyed with the outer hulls that surround the black walnut nutshell. Foraged in rural northern Wisconsin. 100-gram skein, approximately 436 yards. Mill-spun 100% Peruvian Highland wool. 7 - 8 sts = 1" on #1 - 3 needles
I dye with plant materials I grow or gather myself using processes that are safely disposed of in my compost pile. Leaves, bark, blossoms and other parts of willow, bracken, goldenrod, walnut hulls, onion skins, mullein, tansy and other local plants find their way into my yarns. Long soaking, slow simmering, and patience produce colors that play well together, however you combine them.
One of my favorite ways to use naturally dyed fingering weight yarn is double-crochet lace holding two strands from different balls. These tonal colors are pretty on their own, but in combination the rich color really elevates a simple pattern.