'Cause I was dyeing with Dyer's Knotweed again! They are calling for frost this weekend, so I did another Knotweed harvest yesterday. This time I had enough to pack 4 jars full- all about 1 litre sizes. I was a tad worried that because it was late in the season, and some were new growth from one of the earlier harvests, that there wouldn't be very much pigment in them.
I tried something a tad different after reading about processing woad leaves in a slightly acidic waterbath. I added a 1/2 teaspoon of plain old acetic acid ( white vinegar) to each jar of leaves. I set them to soak in the bain marie - much nicer name than double boiler, although it is the same thing and followed the same method I have used before. If this dye vat didn't work because I was fiddling too much or the pigment levels were low, due to the fact that it is October, I wasn't too worried, because, well, it really is October and any plants I'm harvesting now are a bonus.
I had to run some errands, so I got the dye vat ready to reduce and ran to town. I did have to add a wee bit more Thiox when I got home, as it wasn't reduced to my satisfaction, but about 15 minutes later, I was able to add my rovings.. I had 250 grams of Bluefaced Leicester rovings, purchased at the K-W Knitter's Fair, just for this purpose. I also found 9 balls of Patons classic wool which I picked up for $1 a ball. It is a grey and white barberpole stripe, which I bought because I thought it would give interesting dyeing results.