Natural Dyeing – 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon Show And Tell


This past weekend I went to a spinning class (Yay!!!) and continued to skein yarn but did not do anymore dyeing – so this week is another show and tell of what is done.

One of my favorite bases is the “Skinny Bugga” base that I purchased when Sanguine Gryphon split up.  It is – as the title states – 80% Merino Wool, 10% Cashmere and 10% Nylon.  This makes it a pretty perfect sock yarn in that you can wash it but it still has that bit of cashmere to make it feel special.

I knew that I wanted to get some deep purples with this base, so I mordanted 10 skeins with a 25% alum mordant.  That means I took the total weight of the yarn and then weighed enough alum mordant to equal 25% of the yarn weight.  That would get the mordant level I needed to hold the logwood dye in the yarn.

I am going to show you two photos of the logwood purple dyed yarns – one without the flash . . .

and one with the flash.

They are both fairly accurate in that the colors do look brighter in the light.  The first one in the row on the left is a tonal varigation that I did with Jesse which hooked him on the “ombre” type dyed yarns.  He wants to do it with all of them now.

I also had some cochineal/logwood dye left in a pan after making the pink/purple yarn I showed you last week, so I added a skein of this base to the dye in the pan and got this soft rosey pink.

I tried to get a picture where you could see the lighter purple tones that run through this yarn, but it did not photograph well in this morning’s light.  When I added the flash . . .

it just looked shiny and the purple was lost even more.  Sigh.  It is a very muted yarn.

Then there is the yarn which is my sister’s consistent favorite.  It was on the niddy noddy in the pictures I posted last week.  It is the fustic, black walnut, cochineal blend.

I want to try an acidic dye pot for the cochineal next week to see if I can get this red to come out more.  I WANT a red yarn really really badly.

Finally, here is my attempt at getting an orange/yellow blend using a fustic dyed yellow yarn base.  This yarn spent some time in sandlewood and madder and cochineal and gave me just some beautiful muted tones which just made me happy as it ran through my hands as I wrapped it around the niddy noddy.  Happy.

That’s all for the yarn today.  On the home front, Markus and Chip discovered a robin’s nest hidden in the yard near the dog run – with two babies already hatched.

Here they were yesterday . . .

and today.

Can we all say Awwwwwww. . . . . .

And here’s the proud Mama

Pretty cool day in the garden.

The sun has come out – which means that Markus will have his baseball game tonight – and I have to work the concession stand.  Sigh.  All the rest of you, enjoy your evening.

Onward and Upward.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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6 Responses to Natural Dyeing – 80% Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon Show And Tell

  1. Danielle says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE all the purple ones! They’re fabulous and grapey. I even like the pink one a lot, and I’m not a pinky person. In this round of pictures, I’m not so sure I love the fustic blend anymore…it looks a bit different than from in recent posts. I can’t wait to see them all in person in September! (Or whatever ones you haven’t sold by then. 🙂

  2. agujasblog says:

    Nice purples. Cute birdies.

  3. Barbara Antonelli says:

    i like the purple a lot….but the birdies took precedence over everything….great pictures!

  4. Maryann says:

    Masha’Allah, your purple came out so nice! Those baby birds are so cute!

  5. Shelly R. says:

    Thank you. We won’t tell the younger boys where the baby birds are so they don’t bother them. That little boy curiousity is just too strong.

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