Waxing On About Walnuts

I know I just announced that the shop update is coming up (October 30th!) and showed a handful of walnut dyed goodness that was thanks to a dear friend giving me a million walnuts, but I have to wax on about those walnuts and what they've produced a little more. I think they are my favorite dye source. Not because I'm a huge fan of browns, but because they are so dependable. (Maybe it's the Taurus in me?) 

The two skeins in the 1st photo are going to be hard to part with. Normally, I have an unspoken rule that I can only keep what I call "seconds"--yarns that have a few problems, like inconsistencies, dark spots, etc, or ones that are too rare or sentimental to not keep. But, occasionally, there are perfectly sellable skeins that I want to slip, quietly into my own personal stash. It's going to be hard to ship these out but someone out there will enjoy them.

Then there is a shot of about half of the walnuts I was given.

The 3rd photo shows most of the new bases I'm debuting in this update. Yarns from New England, New Mexico, and out West; from angora goats and specific sheep breeds; organic, gently processed, etc.

Then there is a shot of the varying shades of walnut you can get--depending on fiber and amount of walnuts used.

The 5th shows nearly all the skeins I'll be adding.

Since the walnut baths were still going strong, I dropped in three skeins of mystery yellow yarn I've had for years. I caked it up and am tumbling around ideas on what to do with it.

And then there's a puppy. Because, you know... a puppy.

Now, to start an avocado bath so I can, hopefully, get some other colors besides brown in the next update! Have a great week!