Written by Kate Curry
With the end of July comes the start of New York’s bustling blueberry seasons. Families are rushing out to their gardens and local orchards to spend some time together to pick those delicious little blueberries to be made into nutritious breakfasts, cakes, jams, muffins, and….yarn dye?
Natural yarn (I’m using our Lace Weight Silk Yarn in White)
2 cups frozen or fresh organic blueberries
8 cups of water
A large bowl
Measuring spoon - tablespoon
Let’s Get Started!
Step 1: Unwind your yarn into a loose hank. Soak your yarn in the warm water mixed with a tablespoon of salt in a large bowl.
Step 2: Chop up your blueberries and put them in your pot with the 8 cups of water and set to a simmer.
Let the mixture simmer anywhere from 1-3 hours. The longer you simmer, the deeper the dye will be.
Step 3: Remove the blueberries from your pot! If you don't (like I did) you will have little chunks of blueberry bits in your yarn. Using the tongs, place your hank into the pot of blueberry mixture, making sure the yarn is submerged. You can leave your yarn soaking for anywhere between 2 hours or overnight.
Step 4: Rinse your yarn under warm water until the water runs clear. Let it dry out in the warm summer sun!