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Overdye effects: depth of shades vary by starting tone.

By a change of mind, or by accident, sometimes we end up with yarns that we no longer like the color of. Often, this can be a great opportunity to create a new custom color. In a previous post I discussed over-dyeing a variegated yarn to unify the color...

Eco-printing on sock blanks: direct dyeing with plant parts

Eco-printing is a method for directly transferring the shape and color of whole plant materials to fabric or paper. I’ve tried this technique in the past, but only on cotton fabric. I knew it must work on wool as well, and immediately thought of using sock blanks as a...

Dyeing wool with black hollyhocks: blue made easy

This year has afforded several opportunities to try new-to-me natural dyes, and this week I’m discussing my first trial dyeing with black hollyhocks. The flowers resemble a very dark purple, verging on black in the center of the flowers. Use the petals only for dyeing. If you want to...

2019 VT NanoFest – Small Breweries with Big Ideas

VT NanoFest is a tiny festival celebrating some of Vermont’s smallest breweries, and it’s held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds, which means it’s right in our back yard. In this week’s video we’re sharing our impressions of old favorites and new brews that we sampled this year. The 2019 Vermont...

How to dye yarn with Black-eyed Susans

For a while now I’ve been aware that Black-eyed Susan flowers can be used for natural dyeing, and they’re specifically used to achieve a pale or sage green. But I admit, I’ve been skeptical. Green is a difficult color to dye on it’s own, and past attempts on my...

Spicy Greens, or: What to do with that mystery veg in my CSA box

Hot chili oil can make any bland vegetable more interesting and fun. When you’re overrun with fresh greens this summer, or not sure how to use up the other half of that huge cabbage you bought, try this dish. Ingredients 1 pound of green leafy vegetable of your choice:...

Glazed Zucchini: A quick and tasty side dish for summer

I remember years ago, when we had a garden overflowing with vegetables, that I was stopping the neighborhood children on the sidewalk and telling them they had to take some before they could pass by. Whether in your own garden or in a mystery box of CSA vegetables, zucchini...

Strawberry Melonball MIPA: A First Attempt Combining Fruit & Lactose

A trip to Portland, Maine in February 2019 reminded us that there is still some fun to be had with even with the most familiar styles of beer. Strawberry Melonball is our first attempt at the milkshake style as well as working with whole fruits, and after some unexpected delays we...

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