Make Beautiful Hand-Dyed Yarn with Strawberries

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    Preparing the Dyebath and Yarn

    Strawberry Dye Bath
    Sarah E. White

    A pound of strawberries weighs 454 grams, though it will be a little less when you cut off the stems. This only matters because the book suggests a weight of fruit that is 100 percent of the weight of the yarn.

    Allow the berries to simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. The water will be nice and red, and the berries won't be anymore. Let cool a little and then strain.

    Preparing the Yarn

    Fill a pot with water, add the alum and the yarn in hanks. Bring up to a simmer slowly and allow to simmer for at least 30 minutes. 

    Allow to cool and remove the yarn from the water. You can either go ahead and dye right now with the same water or put the wet yarn in a plastic bag to keep it moist for later having the yarn wet before it meets the dye allows the color to adhere better.

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    Dyeing the Yarn

    The yarn dyed with strawberries came out a pretty pink.
    Sarah E. White

    Once the yarn and the water have cooled it's time to dye the yarn with strawberries. You can use the same water you used to mordant the yarn or get fresh if you prefer (or if you're doing this step days later).

    Pour the dye into the water, adding more if necessary to cover the yarn. Put the yarn in and stir a little to make sure the yarn is covered.

    As before, bring to a boil slowly and allow to simmer for at least an hour or until the yarn is the color you want or the water has become clear.

    Again allow the yarn to cool a bit in the pot before removing. Drain off what water you can, then allow the yarn to dry on a towel.

    If desired, you can rinse the yarn first until the water runs clear; this will keep the yarn from running so much should you ever wash it again when it's knit into a project. After drying, roll back into a ball and use as you would any other yarn!