Update on the Poke Berry Pumpkin Dye

You may have read my previous post about dyeing yarn in a Pumpkin using Poke Berries. What I failed to mention was that I had also included 2 skeins that had been purchased on Ebay. They are the same as the ones I used when I dyed with the Goldenrod. These balls of yarn were too good a deal to pass up – or so I thought. They are not made from the fiber advertised and therefor do not take the dye well at all. However, I’m not totally disappointed.


When I emptied out the pumpkin, there was still quite a bit of juice left over. I just couldn’t bring myself to waste it so I put it in a jar and tossed in some 100% Superwash Merino. I left the jar in the dark (under a big pot) to prevent the sun from damaging my color.


As with the Pumpkin Dye, I wanted to let it sit for a few days in order to fully take advantage of the fermentation process. This creates the mordant for the yarn and helps the color to adhere.


I love the color in conjunction with the 2 skeins of Ebay stuff. The one on the bottom is the Merino. The other 2, while they were supposed to be the same thing are.. well, who knows.

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