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Featured Dye

 

Black Walnut Brown

The nuts ripen up and fall to the ground in August and September. Use whole, and watch the brown dye leach out of the green casing as you simmer!

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Featured Yarn

 

Redwood Gradient set

Pokeberry and walnut dyes mix together beautifully to make lovely shades of browns, reds, and combinations.

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In each Redwood gradient set, the variations come out a little differently.  In this one, the red is stronger. Ideally I try for an even balance of red and brown.  In a custom order I can create your preference.

Hot Redwood Woolpaca gradient

 

 

Latest News

  • Seminar at the MD Alpaca Guild It was nice to be invited back to talk about natural dyes again.  This time I focused on blues made with black beans, showing off the lovely fleece I wrote in an earlier post. I also discussed dyeing with black walnuts, since they are all over the ground now!  It’s a wonderful time of year ...
  • Front and Back of Sweater Vest Done! Fresh out of the blocking bucket! When the variations of grey started happening, they were sudden and hard to control.  The image in the middle is the left vest.  I knit that one first.  When the yarn ran out and I couldn’t find more dark yarn I wasn’t sure what to do.  In the end I ...
  • Olympic Progress I finished the back of the blue and grey sweater vest, then had to put it aside to finish these beauties:  Martha’s little shrug, made with “Tempting Ewe So DK and Sparkly”.  The pattern is called “Entrechat.”  I’ve made this shrug twice now and love it.  All in one piece it’s magical the way it ...
  • Single Ply Spin Yarn Decision Once upon a time in the summer of 2012 a priest in Ohio, named Kathleen, gave my daughter, Rebecca, a silver fleece.  Kathleen’s husband had a flock of 80 sheep, so perhaps this was not a great sacrifice, but it was still a lovely gift.   With similar kindness, Rebecca shared it with me! Looking at ...
  • Favorite Scarf Ever That’s the title of this little gem, written by Lisa Bruce, and given to me by a friend at the MD Central Knitting Guild. (They meet on the 3rd Wed. of every month, by the way, at the senior center in Laurel. I’ve been going for 3 years now, and found that it’s a very ...
  • Summer Honesty If you follow my business and posts, you notice that I don’t write much.  I ENJOY dyeing yarn VERY much, and I LOVE to knit, but I don’t have a deep need to write about it.  I’m coming clean, being honest here:  I don’t really like to write posts.  Since it’s important in this business, I’m trying; and ...
  • Lace Shawl Done Please recall from my “Epic Travel and Summer Knitting” post how much I enjoyed working on the pink lace shawl.  What lovely yarn and WHAT an incredible pattern by Rebecca Osborn!  In the beginning, I worked on it at 5am in the morning before the family awoke, so I could focus on the intricate stitches. ...
  • Maryland Alpaca Festival is ready to go!! After 2 months of hard work and LOTS of dyeing, my dining room table is full of gradients.  I focused on the gradient sets this time, making 60 new sets to add to the dozen I already had.  Yes, stock was low and it was time to get to work! We’re ready for to set up ...
  • Epic Travel and Summer Knitting My mother’s condition is the same, but she’s home now and the family has adjusted to taking care of her.  She lives in an apartment attached to my brother’s house, 150 paces away.  So the 3 households share our lives pretty closely.  I have not minded my little daily part of taking care of Mom,  ...
  • Summer Socks In May I not only participated in the Sheep and Wool Festival, but I also began taking care of my mother.  She’s been very ill, suffering with breast cancer and severe nerve damage.  For some unknown reason, when her body detected cancer cells and tried to destroy them, this her activated immune system in an ...

 


 

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