Ok, I started with #3, so I’ll start working backwards. The very first yarn I dyed was wool that I hand-spun (why yes, this is #2. In #1, I dyed roving). I had made several short pieces that I tied together to make a skein that was actually long enough to make something. I decided to dye it with turmeric. I had a nice, big bag in the pantry that I had bought at the local Indian store. For the record, the wool I used was mixed Blue-face Leicester.
I soaked the yarn for 30 minuted in 1 cup white vinegar and 4 cups tap water. You might look at the picture and wonder if some is single ply and some double-ply yarn… you’d be right. First attempts at spinning, so I was experimenting.
While this was soaking, I added 1 tablespoon turmeric to 3 cups of water in a sauce pan. I boiled this for ~10 minutes, let it cool, and added an additional 1/2 cup of water. I then transferred this to a large pickle jar. I squeezed the excess liquid out of the yarn, and stuck the yarn in the jar with the turmeric.
I let this sit overnight. In the morning, I rinsed (and rinsed and rinsed and rinsed) the yarn to remove the excess turmeric. Next time, I need to filter the liquid. I was still getting bits of turmeric off the yarn when I made the cake….
It made a beautiful sunny yellow! The pictures don’t do it justice. I knitted it into a nice broken seed stitch (aka moss stitch) cowl. I’ve read that turmeric color will fade in sunlight, so I am trying to keep it out of the sun. Hopefully if it does fade, it will still be a nice yellow. I don’t normally like yellow, but this is a really beautiful shade!