Fingering-weight 100% wool yarn plant-dyed with black walnut hulls foraged locally in northern Wisconsin when the hulls are green. I simmer hulls slowly in an antique iron pot and let it cool in the pot overnight. I filter the dyebath into a slow cooker and add yarn, then add more water to the hulls in the iron pot and brew another bath from those hulls.
Each skein of my naturally dyed yarn is unique. This listing is for the skein pictured, which has tonal variations. It's one mill-spun 100-gram skein of Peruvian Highland Wool -- approximately approximately 436 yards. 7 - 8 sts = 1" on #1 - 3 needles
Leaves, bark, blossoms and other parts of willow, goldenrod, mullein, and other local plants find their way into my yarns. Long soaking, slow heat, and patience produce colors that play well together, however you combine them. I love to crochet with two strands of fingering held together, choosing different values of the same color or complementary dyes like walnut and willow.
I dye with plant materials I grow or gather myself using processes that are safely disposed of in my compost pile -- mostly. Black walnut hulls contain juglone, a substance that inhibits the growth of other plants. Instead of putting the waste in my compost I happily throw it on the invasive Oriental bittersweet that keeps trying to push the roof off my studio.
See more plant-dyed yarns at https://www.etsy.com/shop/DonnaKallnerFiberArt?section_id=14425260 . Or to simplify shopping, use the "Search Items" box at the top of the main shop page (https://www.etsy.com/shop/DonnaKallnerFiberArt) to narrow down choices to one weight of yarn (I generally sell fingering, worsted and bulky). You can also use that search box to shop skeins of a particular color or plant dye (indigo, walnut, goldenrod, willow,hops, etc.) If you're selecting skeins for a particular project and would like to see a snapshot of the skeins together, please send me a convo with the product numbers in the titles.