Sunday, October 21, 2007

too late in the season for poke salad

I've been picking poke berries. [These are not the same berries because the ones I picked are picked.] I meant to take pictures but the next thing I knew my hand was covered with red drippy sticky juice. That would have been a good picture too .

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I picked berries into the paper sack that our bbq sandwiches came in. It got a little soggy, well, a lot soggy so I let it rest in a plant pot and cut down a gallon water jug for more pickings. I'm guessing I ended up with a little over a gallon of berries total. Then I cooked them up with vinegar as in The Joy of Spinning by Marilyn Kluger (checked out from the library recently). For a couple of hours. It didn't smell to great, but I'm not sure whether it was the berries or the vinegar.

We stopped at Dollar Tree after church to pick up a $1.00 colander. I use my soap pans for dyeing so I'm stocked up in that respect but I didn't want to use my regular colander or my jelly bag.

So then I dyed some roving and yarn. A test really but I think it turned out well:

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The yarn is some leftover Regia sock yarn, formerly blues and grays, and some kp bare yarn.

The fiber is spinning up nicely. It felted just a touch but with some pre-drafting to loosen it up, it's fine.

The stems look interesting too. I wonder whether they would dye fiber?
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Blogger Michael said...

Jeri, it's beautiful! I'm curious to see how fast it is - I haven't ever tried it, but I always thought poke was fugitive.

10/22/2007 7:15 PM

Anonymous llamafarmgirl said...

Jeri - I found my way here from Spinning Spider Jenny's Blog - and just read all 4 links that she mentioned in her last post - what did you use as mordant?

I have lots and lots of poke berries and llamas - the llamas don't eat them (and shouldn't) but they walk through them and for a while in the fall until the next rain anyway they are a beautiful pink. I have dyed with them before and have found it to be fugitive - but I would think the right mordant could make some difference.

Thanks for the great posts and lovely pics!

2/03/2008 3:12 PM


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