so i’ve heard rumours that people dye their own roving for spinning, but i have no idea how it’s done. as if that would stop me from trying it anyways… *
starting with white merino roving from texere, some cherry kool-aid, & a pyrex dish, i just laid the roving in the dish & poured the kool-aid over the top (very scientific, eh?). then i microwaved it for a couple of minutes – i’m not sure if i microwaved it for long enough, but i was a bit worried about the whole thing going up in (cherry/sheep scented) smoke! after it cooled down, i rinsed it out & hung it up to dry, which took a while.
i tried to spin it up fairly thinly, and as consistently as i could manage. i’m not someone who feels that i need to be 100% consistent; if i wanted that, i’d just use machine-spun yarn. i think that part of the beauty of handmade objects are the tiny imperfections that remind us that they were made by a person, and not a machine.
and the result – about 225 yards of a 2-ply yarn, slightly heavier than sock weight, of a colour that i can only describe as “candyfloss”. it’s more pink than i would have hoped, as i’m not a big pink fan, but all in all i’m really pleased with the results.
* after i did some online research (naturally, i didn’t do that before i tried dyeing, don’t be silly!) i’m pretty sure that my method isn’t that great, & i’m concerned that the colour may not stay. so don’t try this at home – look it up somewhere else first!