A Bit More

IMG_1030We had so much fun dyeing Easter eggs over the weekend, I decided to hop on the natural dye agent train and go for a real ride.  I had one skein of wool left after I finished  making the woolens in this post, and a few left over beets from dyeing eggs.  I decided I would try to dye the wool yarn.  Here’s what I did…

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Put the following ingredients in a large stainless steel pot:

4 large beets, peeled and chopped

16 cups water

4 cups white vinegar

Bring the ingredients to a boil.  Let it slow boil for about 20 minutes.  Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the yarn.  (I tied off the skein a bit more too.  I didn’t want it to get tangled while it “cooked.”)

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Then remove the pot from the heat, cover and let it rest overnight.  (Yes, just leave those beets in there…It’s fine.)  Rinse the yarn 2-3 times in luke warm water.

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Allow to dry completely on a drying rack.

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Just Go With It

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Yes, it is March 27th.  Yes, it is Spring.  Yes, we are completely snow-covered and freezing.  I’ve decided I need to move to the positive of this situation instead of dwelling on the negative.  So, woolens it is.  Why not sit under a quilt, with a mug of steaming hot coffee and crochet with a bit of lovely wool.  And that’s just what I did.

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The yarn is from this farm in Wisconsin.  They can be found at the weekly farmers’ market in Madison, and they normally have their yarn for sale at their booth.  (If you have never visited the Dane County Farmers’ Market, you must go!  It is absolutely amazing…no matter the season…it’s year round and awesome!)

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This is me embracing the frigid March temps.  I’m just going with it.