Bulky 100% wool yarn plant-dyed with black walnut hulls foraged locally in northern Wisconsin. To make this natural dye, 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 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: Fresh materials, low heat and slow cooking produce rich color.
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 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 heat, 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 would like to see a snapshot of the skeins together, please send me a convo with the product numbers in the titles.