Here are the results of my weekend dyeing spree.
The worsted weight wool that was pour-dyed and wrapped like a sausage before steaming in the microwave - a little on the bright side but I'll use it.
This is the other skein of worsted wool that is pictured in the last post but I overdyed it (immersion method) with yellow to fill in the white gaps. Yikes! Can you imagine a grassy field with dandelions? Now imagine it on steroids...
This is a skein of sport weight Knit Picks Bare Superwash Merino that was pour-dyed. I thought that I had diluted the colors a lot but they're still pretty vibrant. It'll be okay for socks. I really saturated the wool with dye but it is still dyed unevenly. I like the effect but I guess you have to immerse the wool to get complete coverage.
I obviously have a lot to learn about color theory and dye intensity so will be heading back to the books to do a little research before trying the next round of dyeing. I have new respect for the wonderful fiber artists out there that are producing such beautiful yarns. If you haven't already done so, check out Etsy for some great examples.
I resisted trying to dye my own wool for a long time because I thought it would be messy and complicated. Using the microwave, this is not a difficult process at all.