I got a beautifully dyed skein of sock yarn from Wolop:
It’s dyed with onion peels. From red onions. Because they give green.
(White onions dye yellow. Obviously)
They were dyed in a jar in the window sill. With water, peels and a bit of alum. Just leave it for a bit, like a few weeks, occasionally turning the jar. It’s called solar dyeing. Whodathunk? So easy!
Wolop brought one of her jars to the fair and it was a great conversation piece. Here it is, on the right:
This one has regular white onion peels in it and is dyeing yellow. Obviously.
The colour of my skein is marvellous! So intens and so happy.
It’s the very reason I bought sock pattern Blattwerk by Stephanie van der Linden:
I’ve casted on and am having a blast knitting it. The colour, the pattern, the memories of the fair:
This is where I am this morning:
I’m even wearing a matching longsleeve! For someone who proclaims to be in a silvery grey phase I sure do enjoy my intense ochres…
PS I’ve written about it before but plant dyes may not be light fast? That’s when I’ll dunk my socks in a fresh jar and put them in the window sill for a bit.
Image a window sill filled with jars with all different colours, sun light sparkling through. Knitters are awesome home decorators.