If you have friended me on Crackbook, you are aware that I have been consumed with the heat index in my neck of the woods. It has been over 100 for almost 2 weeks, and I am one cranky grouch!
Always one to see the silver lining (HA!) I decided to use the wall of heat outside my door, and try my hand at solar dyeing. When dyeing protein fibers, like wool, you need an acid dye (this just means that with the specific acid dye powders, you use vinegar instead of soda ash, to change the pH.) Plus you need a heat source. Got that, and plenty of it.
Here are the results of solar dyeing, in jars (the fiber is CVM– from California Variegated Mutant sheep. Oh yeah!):