I have been having a great time lately dyeing roving and spinning – here are my latest creations:
Both yarns are quite similar – they started out as undyed polwarth which I bought at Birkeland Brothers Wool here in Vancouver. I dyed them both in using Jacquard acid dyes, by putting my big dye-pot into the oven on 150-200 degrees for 1-2 hours. The purple roving required more heat and time than the multi-coloured one did – I believe this is because the magenta dye has a higher strike point.
The purple yarn is a much belated christmas gift to my knitting friend Helen – I hope she likes it! The multi is for me, but I’m not sure whether I will use it for a hat… though it’s likely not enough… or I could use it in this crocheted afghan that I’ve started, and which is my current obsession!