Well, I'm finally posting the results of my experiment. I dyed one skein with black cherry Kool-Aid and one with beets from my garden. The Kool-Aid gives nice, vivid color, the beets gave a surprise. I think using different mordants will produce different colors. I used vinegar and ended up with an orange/rust color. I think I'll try alum next time and see if I get a different color. I simmered the wool in vinegar and water for an hour and at the same time simmered the beets for an hour. Then I strained the beet liquid and returned it to the stove. Added the wet yarn and simmered for another hour. Then I let it set in the dye bath for another three hours. I rinsed it in lukewarm water and airdried on the clothes line.
The yarn on the left is the beet dye and on the right is the Kool-Aid. Not sure what to make with it now.
I'll keep you posted on my experiments.
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