When using plants sourced from the environment in which we live, the dye-pot yield will be dependent on the volume of plant material on hand. Often, I have foraged only a handful, or armful of plant material...sometimes a single, large mushroom! Some plants yield color liberally, while others seep out barely enough color to dye a single small skein of yarn. Rarely do I have a dye-pot that will yield enough color to dye the number of skeins (5-6) needed to knit a sweater. This makes for a growing stash of single-color skeins of yarn. These yarns are great for knitting a stranded-color project like Fair Isle hats, mittens, or sweater yoke, or for knitting small projects that use a skein or less of yarn.
This year, I dug into my stash and knit up some wrist-warmers as gifts for family and some of my fiber-friends, The pattern is "Staghorn Cable Wrist Warmers," by carriebee; a free pattern found on Ravelry. It is a quick, easy knit for great last-minute gifts.
|From left to right: Indigo, Tansy over indigo, Madder root,|
Indigo,, Indigo over tan, Indigo
|From left to right: Brazilwood, Indigo over tan, Tansy over indigo,|
Walnut hulls on mink, Fresh-leaf indigo.