On Monday I dyed 4 pounds of Romney roving. It’s great stuff from Per Ardua Farm in Paris, Ohio. Usually I split my pounds into quarters (4 ounces each) and dye them one at a time. It sounds time-consuming, but I have three or four pots going on the stove, sometimes I have a couple crockpots cooking, and occasionally I bake fiber in the oven. I believe each of these methods has a name, like hot pour and cold pour, but I just do what I do and don’t think much beyond that.
Lately I’ve been trying to dye in larger batches for those people who can’t think of anything to do with 2.75 ounces or apparently 4 ounces. So far I’ve gotten up to dyeing 8 ounces of the same thing. It’s easier to do it when I bake the fiber in a turkey roasting pan. I can get 8 ounces in at one time and the colors don’t swim around as much. Plus it’s a little more predictable. I’ve been trying to write down the recipes so I can use them again later. Each of the ones below I’ve already done. The blue/purple came out just the same. The one at the far end didn’t really duplicate well. I am curious to try it again!
I’ve been thinking about selling these in 8 ounces rather than splitting them in half. Would these be more appealing as a single large amount or split into two smaller amounts?