And then we also got YARN!!!!!! From left to right: a skein of superwash merino Aran, a skein of 100% silk, one of cotton, and a laceweight merino too.
It doesn't look the most appetising, but just you wait. . .
The lovely thing about dyeing with indigo is watching the object emerge from the dye bath as a shade of yellow and then as the oxygen hits it, it starts to turn various shades of blue. I could watch this alchemy all day long.
Here is a shot of my dyed objects drying. I particularly like how the tote bag turned out - I just dipped the bottom third in.
I went a little crazy snapping shots of everyone else's dyeing too - you can really see all the different shades that can be achieved, especially with the yarn. You could go from the palest, almost seafoam green, to the deep midnight blue of the darkest denim.
And all of our shirts were hung outside in the sunshine to dry. People passing by must have wondered what the heck was going on.
I hung my yarn up to dry in my hotel room overnight. After soaking and rinsing several times to get the residual dye off, the colours do fade a little, but I was still so pleased with the end results. The skein on the far right was an extra one of a Masham/BFL mixture that was naturally a rustic grey and turned into a lovely blue-silver after soaking it in the darkest dye bath.
Whew - and that was only the first two days. I'll show you some of the further outcomes and works in progress in my next post.