I did not use a mordant, because I want to see the difference in colors both ways - with and without a mordant. I'm not an expert at using natural dyes.
First I made sure my yarn was completely wet, and placed it into my dye. I let it set over night.
(photo doesn't show the color here very well either, next to the walnut dyed yarn it appears more of an aran or cream with a pink hint in the color)
I also rinsed the yarn that I let sit over night in the rosehip dye. It's not a pink as I thought it would be. I may need more, or pick earlier for a brighter color. The dye bath was a pretty color, but the yarn wasn't. It's very pale rose color. I may re-dye it with pokeberry if I can find any around here. The instructions I used were different also.
Yesterday I also canned 3 1/2 pints of homemade organic apple sauce. I had to buy my organic apples, as our trees are not mature. However, 6 lbs. should have given me 5 pints or so. I will be weighing my apples at the store next time. I canned it without any sugar or flavorings added. Mmmm! I used Gala apples. They were the only organic apples for sale.
I dehydrated a dryer full of green peppers - no room in the freezer now. I'm starting to grind them to a powder to add to meats later this winter (ground meats).
I baked more Healthy Banana Cookies and then took a tea break. I surely needed it. Then it was off to the library. I had some books come in relating to natural dyes.
The chimney sweep came early, so now we can burn wood. That's a relief.
The day wasn't over then either.....picked a strainer full of green beans.
Dinner was delicious, although I had little ambition in the process. Our green peppers are still exploding, so I made stuffed green peppers. I used a recipe I found at the Gracious Pantry on-line.
Instead of ground turkey (couldn't find it), I used 50/50 lean ground beef and salt/pepper sausage. Instead of adding the powdered onion and garlic, I used fresh. Instead of store bought sauce I used one quart jar of my home canned sauce. I also tossed in 1 cup of cooked brown rice. Oh my word, were these good. You had to use a knife to cut them, but eat with a spoon to savor all that delicious sauce with every bite. Yum! Oh, and I saved the extra filling for burritos or other quick meals.