Goldenrod Madder Fingering

Beautiful Goldenrod Madder wool/mohair heavy fingering weight yarn dyed with Goldenrod tops and Madder roots harvested right here on the farm.

The Yarn

  • 70% Shetland/Cormo Wool
  • 30% Mohair
  • 3 ply heavy fingering
  • ~408 yards/4.4 oz (125 g)

The Natural Dye

  • Triple dyed, first with Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) then in two Madder (Rubia tinctorum) baths if different strengths
  • The flowers and tops of Goldenrod are used
  • The roots, dried and ground, of Madder are used
  • Each bath is simmered for several hours¬† to create the dye bath, then strained before adding mordanted yarn

Washing

  • Hand wash or gentle machine cycle
  • warm/warm small load
  • inside out in sized delicates bag is good practice (not too loose, not too snug)
  • no bleach
  • dry flat

This is Beauregard, whose fleece forms the base of this Goldenrod Madder fingering weight natural dyed yarn. His mother, Beaulagh, is a Shetland x Cormo Ewe and his father, Chas, is a purebred Shetland Ram who hails from the home of the original North American breed rescue flock of Colonel G.D. Dailley, the first person granted permission to import the rare Shetland Sheep directly from the Shetland Isles to Canada.

Beauregard is a Wether, so his only job is to grow beautiful fleece. His fleece is processed at Wellington Fibres, a short drive from the farm. There it is blended with 30% mohair from the mill’s own her of Angora Goats. It is spun and plied with a good twist into a 3 ply sock yarn.

Goldenrod is prolific in my area Рthe meadows, roadsides and marginal land burst into golden yellows when they flower in later summer.  The flowers, leaves and stems all contain dye compounds. Different results can be obtained depending which parts are used, when they are harvested, and how long and at what strength they are simmered when creating the dye bath. After dyeing in Goldenrod I overdye the skein in a Madder dye bath, and following that I dye half the skein in a second, stronger madder dye bath. This results in a two tone presentation of the final colour.

Beauregard, a Shetland x Cormo Wether