We grow hops for homebrewing. After harvesting the cones, I use the leaves for natural dye. This 100% Peruvian Highland Wool is mill-spun yarn then plant-dyed. 100-gram skein is approximately 137 yards. 4.5 - 5 sts = 1" on #6 - 9 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.