Yesterday I dyed some roving. Roving is fiber processed into a form that's ready to spin. I had 7.8 ounces of superwash Bluefaced Leicester which I divided into two 3.9 ounce sections.
Here I am laying out the roving on my outdoor work surface:
I have a very affectionate helper:
Here are the dyes I used. They are weak acid dyes, set with vinegar:
Placing the dye on the roving:
More placing of dye. It was a hot, humid day, so I was going for cool, melon colors:
Another helper strolling out of the garden:
Another helper, waiting for someone to throw the ball:
After the dye was squirted on, I wrapped the rovings up in plastic wrap and microwaved them for 4 minutes to set the dye.
Here they are after being rinsed and hung to dry:
Here they are dry and waiting to be braided up. I think I'll call this mix of colors 'melon patch':
Now I have to go - I'm off to the farmer's market to spend some money!