I decided to overdye the natural moorit brown. I had never done any overdyeing before, and love the really nice depth in overdyed natural yarns I have seen.
So, Sunday night I got out the tubs of Wilton's icing dyes, the white vinegar, some pyrex baking trays, plastic cups, bamboo skewers, and turned on the oven (yes, no microwave yet at the new house, so the oven dyeing is new to me too)!
I had spun 12 oz. of this fiber at about a worsted-light worsted weight yarn. This translated into 4 good sized skeins and one mini-skein. I dyed three of the big skeins, and the mini skein.
After dyeing, baking in the oven for about 30 minutes at around 300, and getting a rinse:
The four skeins, dry now, awash in evening sun:
And now, a series of detail pics:
I dyed two skeins with Mauve and Burgundy (the orangey-reds), and the other two with Purple and Teal.
In my entirely un-scientific way (I don't keep a spinning notebook, a knitting notebook, or a dyeing one either. I'm really a wing it sort. I also hate to rip out my knitting too, but that's another story), I put in approximately 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar into plastic cups, dipped the end of the bamboo skewer into the dye pot a couple of times (two glomps of dye per cup) and mixed the dyes til they looked pretty strong.
Arranged the yarn in the Pyrex, poured the dye on, noted how the yarn looked like poo, worried that the experiment would be a wash, and popped it in the oven! Took it out, noted it still looked like poo, let it cool, then rinsed.
Whoa! No more bad looking yarn! I see color! Yay! Still wet though. Hmmm, will have to see if the color fades when it dries. Wait til morning. Forget to look before work, wonder all day at work if the yarn is still pretty. Go home. Yarn is still pretty!
I have to say. I LOVE this yarn now. I love the way the dyeing turned out. The natural brown really gives so much depth to the colors. I love the variation. I even love the way that the Wiltons separated and gave me little bands of other colors.
I am going to have to order some fancy real dyes at some point.