I did my very rough guestimating calculations on how long a skein that would be required to make a sort of self-striping yarn. I set up my chairs and set about winding the first skein. I really need to get myself a swift.
Since I found myself in such a tangle, the best, if not only way of fixing the mess was to wind the mess into a ball from the other end of the skein - very slowly and painstakingly. Transferring this ball into a skein around the chairs was then a breeze. I sat the ball in an empty jar and just walked the yarn round and round. I like to think that I can learn from my mistakes and experience. So for the second skein, I wound it into a ball first off and then repeated the jar exercise. It took half the time of the first. Woo hoo! I forgot to take photos of the yarn on the chairs. I tied the skeins up at my vaguely pre-determined intervals and started the dyeing process. I did the red (tropical punch) last night and then the orange and mango this morning. Next time I think I'd do them all at once which might stop the wool wicking the dye so much.
This Kool-Aid is a bit scary. If this stuff clings so well to protein, then what colour are your insides if you drink it?
After rinsing, the skeins went outside to dry and most likely absorb a smoky smell. There have been bush-fires raging in various large stretches across Victoria for the last few days. They're expected to worsen today with the extra hot and dry weather forecast. Here in the suburbs there is no danger from fire, but the sky overhead is covered in a pall of smoke and there is not a skerrick of blue sky to be spotted.
The yarn dried very quickly. My quilting frame proved a handy substitute for a niddy noddy and the ball winder was employed to produce the final yarn cakes.