(As promised, a brief chronicle of the onion skin dyeing experiment)
30g onion skins
150g superwash merino yarn (fingering weight)
1/4c? (very approximate) white vinegar
big ol' nonreactive pot (I used an enameled Dutch oven)
small squirt bottle
Brought onion skins to a boil in enough water to cover. Reduced to a simmer for about an hour - till skins were floppy and translucent. While onion skins were boiling, soaked yarn in a bowl of warm, briny water (with aforementioned 100g salt dissolved in).
|That's what 30g of onion skin looks like, as it turns out.|
|Just after adding the dye|
The result is a more pinky-peach than I'd expected. It's also way more colorfast than I'd worried it might be. It'll be interesting to see how (much) the color changes over time, but the salt and vinegar fixatives really seem to have done the job. And now I'm craving chips.