The indigo vats got another look with a view to exhausting them a couple of days after the recent big event. I prepared a little more fabric (ah, holidays).
The fructose vat seemed in order but I thought it might be exhausted.
The first dip confirmed this. Well, we’ve been discussing this in the comments… but this was the conclusion I drew on the day. The fabric was very pale even when wet.
Reheating and adjusting Ph and adding more colour run remover produced spectacular results on the colour run remover vats.
I adjusted the Ph for one vat to suit cellulose fibres and re-dipped my calico samples several times.
The other I adjusted to suit wool. In with some pale, spotted polwarth (cream and tan).
There still seemed to be colour left in the vat so I entered a lot of grey crossbred fleece. The last, overlooked bag of Macchiato the Mongrel. I think he was named a mongrel partly because, you know, crossbred. And partly because he ate the neighbour’s pea crop and had to be found a new home. Thus capturing both meanings of this word in Australia.
I’ve been spinning the deep blue result with delight since. This is quite a coarse fleece, but I have just loved spinning every bit of it, and one of Macchiato’s humans brought me another fleece a while back… so once I’ve washed it, I can go again with all that pleasure. Most of the first fleece went to a friend of my beloved’s who wanted to knit a jumper from it. I don’t know whether she ever did, though!