I found that I can watch wool float in water like a child watches fish. It is amazing how you can watch the yarn soak up the water and begin to bloom
I use my washer to soak and rinse the yarn because the spin cycle takes out most of the water. I just let it fill, turn off the agitator, toss the yarn in, and come back 30 mins later to put it on the spin cycle. Presto, 10 mins later I have damp skeins that are ready to dye or be dried.
Ben snapped this photo of my mixing dyes before Caren and Meghan came over. I used really hot water to mix the dye in as the directions say, but then the bottles are really hot so I started using warm tap water instead. I admit that there is a bit of a learning curve and I think its going to come down to my preparing the dyes the day before with hot water so that all of the dye dissolves. I also learned that I can use less dye (directions lied about that one).
Caren and Meghan had a blast on Saturday. We had homemade pizza, and I just let them at it. Their color choices are amazing (just like them)
The next day I had Clair and Penny over. Penny brought the best basil limeade and lemon bars ever (I ended having a lemon bar frozen for breakfast on the 4th). We had pizza and dyed the roving and rest of the skeins. Penny was a wealth of information on the mixing dyes, watering them down, how I should market, and just everything. She actually owns a few small businesses and has been most helpful at getting me to speak up a bit more then I have.
Check out the shop as I'm putting up the skeins as I can. I'm nearly through the first batch and I still have to get photos of the second batch.
Next time on Radioactive Rabbit I'll be sharing photos of knit night and what people bought!