My surgeon’s nurse was fascinated by the knowledge that I had a flock of sheep. She let on that she liked to knit and shyly let on that she wanted some yarn. So, I was on a mission.
While I was home, I dethawed some blueberries and prepared to mordant some of my raw yarn I had prepared by the Pioneer Fiber Mill.
I modified a mordant recipe and procedure from Botanical Colors. Once I had finished mordanting the yarn, I was ready to dye it.
Meanwhile, I had been preparing the dye itself.
Once the blueberries had simmered for 45 minutes and cooled, I strained the liquid. I then placed the yarn in the strained dye for an hour. After rinsing the dyed yarn in cold water, I decided it needed to be simmered in the dye in cast iron for another hour. After that, I decided to let the yarn to sit in cooled dye overnight as I was looking for a much darker color.
Needless to say, my surgeon’s nurse was thrilled with the gift and tickled that I remembered her shy request.