Actually, comfrey will make a lovely sage green, I just haven't figured out how. I know this because I've seen it done many times on Google Image Search. Just not by me. By the time I find a real recipe the plants will be dead for the winter & I'll have to wait till next year.
|Comfrey. Useful. Horrible. Weed.|
|Ooh, pretty green! How promising...|
So, in an attempt, perhaps a misguided one, to get rid of this horrid plant of many uses, I decided to chop some leaves off & cut them up into itty-bitty pieces courtesy of kitchen scissors & a blender; then toss all that green gook into a pot & boil me up some dye! Surely this will produce a lovely soft sage green as all of the internet claims...
I can only tell you that I filled the pot, not how much things weighed. Actually, I filled the pot twice, the second time after the first bit boiled down to an incredibly icky spinach looking thing that I don't want to contemplate eating. So, two sauce pans of chopped green gloppy stuff to make a small dyebath. (Surely I'll get a lovely sage green)... strained out several times through a paper towel & squeezed for any residual pigment...
|Comfrey dye soup? No thank you.|
After all that straining & draining we still have green stuff "stuck in our teeth." Yuck. (don't eat it).
Um... yarn's lookin' a bit yellow... OK, maybe it'll turn green later.
30 minute simmer as per (OMG there were directions!.. kinda)...
|Not-green comfrey dyed yarn|
|Not noodle soup, really.|
Um... no green. The green literally leached out into the vinegar leaving me with even MORE yellow. Wasn't happy about that at the time. (Note to Self: vinegar makes things lighter - sometimes).
|Best Pasta Impression of the Year|
Comfrey Yellow Dye Recipe:
1 saucepan of pureed comfrey (put it in a mesh bag, ok?) boiled/simmered for 1 hour.
Strain. [Compost goop... or incinerate it in a Biohazard bag - that stuff will grow anywhere!]
1 skein of alum mordant wool yarn.
30 min. simmer.
Water/vinegar 4:1 rinse bath after-mordant
lots & lots of cold water to get the icky green bits out.
Spin wool out (Salad Spinner!), hang or lay to dry.