Wednesday, March 23, 2011
I dyed the roving using food colorings. Wilton's cake decorating gels are great, and I also have a few of the liquid kind you find at the grocery store. I have an old canner kettle that I use for dyeing. You pre-soak the wool for 30 minutes, add it to the kettle (already filled with water and a few glugs of vinegar) and slowly heat it to a simmer, adding your dabs and drops of food dye at will. Nothing terribly scientific about it. When the color disappears from the water and seems to be absorbed into the yarn, you take it off the heat and try to be patient while it cools. You should soak it in water the same temperature as the cooled dyebath to make sure any excess dye gets removed. Still, while I was spinning it, my thumb and fingers got pink.
The top photo is the truest color, but the strong natural light washes it out a bit. The lower photo is too blue, but shows the tonal variation a little better.