Bulky wool yarn colored with natural dye brewed from black walnut hulls foraged in northern Wisconsin in a friend's yard. I gather when hulls are green. To remove the hull from a nut (we dry those to eat), I thwack it with a rock and pull it away 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. Each batch of walnut hulls will produce several dyebaths, becoming progressively lighter. It's a slow process, but fresh materials, low heat and slow cooking produce rich color in a range of shades.
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 100% Peruvian Highland Wool -- 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.
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 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.