Only my 2nd 'dye job' (tried Kool-Aid awhile back), I pulled out some egg dye I bought at the Dollar Store last year, my gallon jug o' vinegar, and every glass dish I could find in the house (including a loaf pan and a pie plate). Quick read of the package and an online tutorial or 2 (sorry, didn't pay attention to which ones; they're all about the same), and me and the microwave are off and running!
I dug out some undyed Wensleydale roving, some bamboo noils, and some hemp - completely forgot that this is the wrong-o dye for either of the latter 2. Doh! So the first batch was hinky. But no worries, I soldiered on.
I used 2 tablets per batch of ~2oz. of roving, plus a couple of glugs of vinegar to dissolve the tablets and a half cup or so of cold water. Found that the roving took the dye better and more evenly when wetted before entering the dyebath (gee, just like the tutorials said!). Then 2 mins in the nuker, and 2 mins. of cooling - each 3 times for a total of 6 mins. in the hot box and 6 cooling. Then they sat for an hour or 2 out on the deck and cooled some more, while I had some more coffee and waited for them to set and exhaust the dyebaths. All but the orange and the green did, which was weird. That's them sitting all pretty in their various receptacles.
Then a rinse with the hose, a whirl through the Oxo salad spinner, and on to the drying rack. (Notice the disc golf basket in the background).
I like all the colors, although I wish the green was less Xmas and more lime. The purple is very splotchy, which I didn't initially like, but it's growing on me. I'm thinking maybe I didn't get the dyebath stirred up properly with that one?
These short lengths of roving will be the perfect additions to my new BOMBits art yarn ingredient kits. Look for them in the COLORBOMB Creations Etsy shop this week!