I don't guess this blog will have any kind of order to it, any rhyme nor reason. I'll just write about what I'm doing or thinking about at the time . . .
So here we go.
Another thing I couldn't wait to learn, right after spinning, was dyeing. You can't really make a mistake - it is kind of like tie dying a T-shirt - you don't know what you'll end up with until you're done but the results are always good.
For breeders of fiber animals that are looking for ways to sell your fiber, this is one way to add value to your fiber without adding much expense. Natural colors are beautiful - and alpacas have 22 of them - but oh, there are so many others! I have tried kool-aid dyeing but then I found Gaywool and love it, so I've stuck with it. Gaywool dye comes from Australia, is very safe to use, and has both the mordent and dyebath acidifier, which is all that is necessary to produce true-to-type, color-fast dyeing.
Gaywool comes in over 50 different colors. The Original colors are vibrant hues and Bush Blends are more subtle colors that you might find in nature.
Place your yarn or bags of fiber in your dye pot and fill it about half full. It makes no difference how much water you use as long as you use enough dye stuff for the amount you are dyeing. Be sure there is enough water so that you can turn the fiber over easily. Place on stove and bring water up to steaming, just below a simmer.