Natural Dye Wool Yarn - Hand-Dyed with Black Walnut Hulls - Worsted Weight - YAW101724 - 100 grams

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Made in White Lake, Wisconsin

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Worsted-weight wool yarn naturally dyed with locally foraged black walnut hulls. Fresh materials, low heat and slow cooking produce rich color. I gather when the hulls are green in northern Wisconsin. To remove the hull from a nut (we dry those to eat), I thwack it with a rock and pull it from the nutshell. To make the dye, I simmer hulls slowly in an antique iron pot and let it cool in the pot overnight. Then I filter the dyebath into a slow cooker and add yarn. It's a slow process, but worth it for the color (and the fragrance of fresh hulls is fabulous!).

Each skein is unique. This listing is for the skein pictured. It's one mill-spun 100-gram skein -- approximately 220 yards. 4.5 - 5 sts = 1" on #6 - 9 needles.

Leaves, bark, blossoms and other parts of willow, goldenrod, mullein, 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. 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 . Or to simplify shopping, use the "Search Items" box at the top of the main shop page ( 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 concerned colors might read differently on your screen than mine, please send me a convo. I'm happy to take a snapshot of the skeins you're considering so you can see them together.

In addition to yarn, I use materials I grow and gather and eco-friendly processes to color and pattern silk scarves, which you'll find at Learn more about my dye processes and materials at

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