Thursday, September 9, 2010
Last weekend we cooked up a big pot of beets...some were pickled and a few quarts frozen for mid-winter bliss. It seemed a shame to waste that pretty purple water so I added a few teaspoons of alum and a couple of mini-skeins of yarn to experiment with. The skein to the left is white cormo and the skein to the right is light gray Shetland. I simmered the yarn for about fifteen minutes and then let it soak for a couple of hours in the beet juice. After dumping the juice out I rinsed the yarn until it ran clear-ish, and then soaked the skeins in some water with a bit of vinegar in it. I then rinsed the yarn until it ran clear. The skeins turned out pretty cool- I really like the dusty rose the gray turned. I'm not sure how color fast they might be so I think I'll hang a strand of each in a sunny window to test that out.... The next pot of beet juice I'll be freezing and saving for a later date!