My first choice of color for our yarn is it’s natural color. I love the idea of tracing back who is who in the flock to the mittens, hats or sweaters we wear. Oh, these mittens are from Milverton’s fleece, or this blanket was from Annie & David & Morris, and here is a sweater from Ruva, and so on.
My second choice is probably indigo, but I love almost all of the colors. My favorite colors are the result of when we overdye yarn that is browner or grayer. Usually the colors are deeper and richer. The strength of the dyepot is also a large contributor to that depth.
I’m so eager for harvesting lichens and mushrooms, flowers and leaves for the spring dyepots. I’m rushing the season a bit by harvesting last fall’s Sumac seedheads that were mostly intact on the bushes out behind the chicken coops. There were all of those beautiful deep maroon colored flowers that made it through winter, ready for the plucking.
Without mordanting any of the fiber, just wetting it, the color is “light rusty” upon drying. It’s very pretty. I’m going to give another batch a bit of mordant, maybe alum, and see what happens. Meanwhile, enjoy the pics of this week’s folly: