Bulky 100% Peruvian Highland Wool yarn plant-dyed with bark I harvest from willow I grow in rural northern Wisconsin. A traditional 9 year anniversary gift, willow is strong but flexible. The plant regrows after cutting, providing a sustainable harvest. Each summer when I peel bark from a willow patch I planted 20 years ago, I give thanks for how reliably these plants renew -- and for the husband who helps me tend them. (By the way, he uses the peeled willow sticks in rustic furniture he builds.)
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 -- approximately 137 yards. Approximately 3 - 3.75 sts = 1" on #10 - 11 needles. In nalbinding with Broden stitch, one skein will make a solid-color hat similar to the indigo sample pictured.
The rose-gold color of this yarn is called "buff" among willow basketmakers, who get that color by boiling or steaming rods with the bark on then peeling it off before weaving. Instead of boiling willow bark for dye, though, I prefer long soaking, slow simmering, and careful attention to pH.
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 goldenrod, tansy, walnut hulls, mullein, and other local plants find their way into my yarns. The colors play well together, however you combine them. One of my favorite combinations is willow bark and black walnut, like the nalbinding hat shown in the last image.
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 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.