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Silky Yak, Naturally Dyed

I used wood chips from my brother Eric's woodworking shop as well as plants from the garden out behind the shop and a few things I've gathered on walks with Winnie up behind the school!

And of course I dipped some of this yarn into the 32 gallon indigo vat I keep going at the shop to give me a nice blue and the lovely pine green.

Every year I purchase cochenile from the Peruvian vendor at Maryland Sheep and Wool and the Lac I purchased from a natural dye supplier, since I have no contacts in southeast asia! So there you have it - I used logwood, eucalyptus (bloodwood), madder and osage orange sawdust/wood chips from Eric; rudbekia from the back yard, goldenrod gathered from behind the school, indigo from the pot out back and also lac and cochenile from outside sources.

The yarn I offer here is a fingering weight 7 st/inch blend of 20%yak, 20%silk and 60%merino. And it is superwash! It is a lovely 3 ply yarn spun in Italy.

The yak fiber gives an underlying earth tone to the skeins so the colors are a bit darker than the colors I achieve using these same woodchips and plants dyeing over the NFAC Merino (also naturally dyed if you are looking for a dk. gauge - I'll get this yarn posted next week 9/30).

Each skein has 400 yards.

I found this pattern on Ravelry by Martina Behm that I am going to knit up for the store model - Karnickle uses about 400 yards each of 2 colors in a sweet gradient - one color starts the shawl off in a double moss stitch for a bit of texture, then there is a region of garter stitch striping to transition to the second color, and then the last part of the shawl features a simple lace/eyelet pattern. So you'll not be bored knitting this, but it will be an easy to pick up and put down, mindless knit. And perfect for 2 skeins of Silky Yak!

Price per skein: $31.99/sk




logwood,cochenile, taupe, kiwi, khaki, madder

indigo, madder (again)


indigo, pine

kiwi, logwood, khaki