I picked up this yarn at a farmer's market, it was so pretty, hand-spun and ready to be dyed whatever beautiful color I chose.
I found this really helpful tutorial online and thought I would try to dye my yarn with red cabbage and blueberries.
I started by soaking my yarn in lukewarm water.
Then I chopped up the cabbage in my food processor, until it was really fine and boiled it for 45 minutes with 2Tbs of salt and 1.5Tbs of baking soda.
Then I strained the cabbage and let the yarn boil for about an hour.
Next I boiled 1/2c of blueberries for 30 minutes with 2Tbs of salt
Then I boiled 1/3 of the yarn in with the blueberries (I didn't strain so the yarn would have a deeper color and it's easy to pick the berry skins out of the yarn)
I put the opposite 1/3 in a bowl with the cabbage water. I let this sit overnight.
I put the skien in our bathroom to dry.
It took almost two days to dry completely.
Here's the finished yarn! It didn't come out exactly how I thought it would, but it was really exciting to see how I could change the colors by adding salt or baking soda.
Have you ever made natural dye?