On Sunday, I dyed yarn for the warp which had me stymied. I found some yellow which had previously been dyed with Yellow Bedstraw. It was for a sampling project and is leftover. It's pretty close in size to the Harrisville Shetland I'd wound off and I had enough of it to finish the warp and probably do the weft of at least one of the projects. I didn't want it yellow though. In my stash of supplies there isn't a lot which will produce brown. I have a few Oak galls, but not enough for this quantity and they'd require crushing and soaking. Walnuts I normally just harvest in the autumn. There were two little bags of Cutch though and I'd never tried it before. It was interesting researching this dye because depending on where you check, it is suggested you use a 20% - 400% dye to fibre ratio. That is a huge range! I ended up using 50% Cutch by weight to the yarn and then added a second skein in for an exhaust dip. Interestingly, they are both very close in colour. The exhaust vat dyed yarn will be weft.
I decided to dye outside for several reasons. Cutch is supposed to time to dissolve and then the colours are reputed to be be stronger, with more undertones with long soaks. It was hot outside and I didn't want to have the stove on all day. We have lots of scrap firewood kicking around so keeping a fire going all day, wasn't going to be an issue.
I left the pot outside all night. After much rinsing, this is what the final colour is. I'm quite pleased as it will look very nice with the other two colours of the warp.