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Aran Sweater Dyed with Black Walnuts

13547754634_75b850891f_b13547466885_7a455297e5_b13547580193_9871993194_b13547810044_8ccb12c1ea_b13547526295_9dfc091ba0_bThis is my first attempt at a cardigan.  I knit it over six years ago and am currently working on my second cardigan.  I remember wanting to do a pattern with cable and chose this from one of my mom’s 1970s knitting pattern books.  It was initially white, but with my mom’s help we dyed the sweater once it was knit.  We collected black walnuts from around Peterborough lawns and parks, made the broth and put the sweater in.  This was the result.

My sister, Cassie currently wears my sweater awesomely.

2 Responses to Aran Sweater Dyed with Black Walnuts

  1. KimK says:

    Love it. I’ve been eating beets lately. How do they die? Does the colour hold? I have 2 aran sweaters from church bazars that I’m sure are just waiting for something new.

    • Cassie Shaw says:

      Hello! Our mom loves to experiment with natural dyes, but the easiest way to get an intense colour like that of beets would probably be to use Koolaid. Beets’ colour doesn’t stay in the garment. I think that madder might give a rosy colour, but I really don’t know.

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