one single baby alpaca was spun and one single silk (didn't enjoy spinning the silk - this is really hard work) and then plied.
the colour idea was hot reds, pinks and oranges for a chilli mix.
my favourite way of mixing colours is to pour the dye solution into a little bowl and use a sponge to saturate sections of the yarn (or top) with the dye
now all the different colours are added and i will put
the skeins on top of each other and roll them into a big fat roll, put them into an oven bag (thank you for that idea, carol) and then put the bag into my big dye pot with water. that went onto the gas stove to simmer for approx. 30 min.
i let the water cool down over night (outside to give michael a chance to cook dinner - aren't i lucky!!!)
the next morning i rinsed the skeins in cool water. not much rinsing was necessary - there was hardly any dye remaining.
...and after drying this is what i got: not red hot chilli peppers but beautifully soft shades of pink, purple, orange and red - just like the hibiscus in front of the house.
not what i wanted - but - i am pleased.
and start thinking about what to make with this soft yarn. a scarf?