When we got home, Bob and I did a little garden prep and put in a few tomato plants, and some giant zinnias. Bob worked on getting a fence up around the area to try and keep the munchy critters out.
After we finished all of that, I got to start on a dyeing project.
I bought some ugly yellow wool yarn at an estate sale and thought I would try to turn it into a brown. I wound off almost a pound into four skeins, and soaked it, to prepare for the dye bath. I figured I could start with purple, since it is opposite on the color wheel from yellow, and would get some sort of brown.
My first attempt ended up being a little toward the purple-plum side, so I asked a friend if I should try adding a bit more yellow to the mix and dye it again. Back to the dyepot with the yellow added.
Thank goodness Bob was around to pull those hot, heavy skeins out of the dye bath. As the steaming picture shows, I did get a brown after adding lemon yellow. My conclusion to this dye experiment is to use a lot less dye. The directions I found said to use between 1-5 teaspoons of dye powder (fiber reactive Procion MX). I used about 1 1/2 teaspoons of the purple, and added 1/2 teaspoon of yellow. That was directions for dyeing a pound. My yarn weighed slightly under a pound (14.4 oz.). Under a teaspoon would have been plenty.
The two small skeins on the right are a different color brown, and are a different yarn. There was still dye in the pot after finishing the first four skeins, so I took some dirty yarn, washed it, and dyed a bit of it with the remainder in the pot. That will be added to my "someday this will become a wool rug" stash.
It was a wonderful day!