At last, I’ve finished dying the goats’ hair for the spring season. I have until October to think about it again. I am still experimenting with colors and techniques, but I do see that I am drawn to color more than I am to the basic natural shades as they come off the goat.
I tried out two colors I’ve never used before – Poppy Red and Sky Blue. I did 2/3 of the batch in the red so I can make a nice sweater. In the picture, you can see a little difference between the small batches of Sky Blue and the Iris that I used to dye the white mohair last week. It turns out that you can’t see much difference between the color of Iris applied to silver-gray hair and the same on the white hair. The only real difference is that the parts that did not take up much dye are light on one and dark on the other. I guess that is what I should have expected.
I multi-tasked to the hilt today, cooking dye pots on the stove, carding mohair out on the porch, and drying finished batches out at the barn. In between those tasks, I baked a peach pie. I have earned an evening of sitting around in front of the TV with pie and ice cream.