Saturday, June 10, 2017
It's summer and my house tends to be warmish so I didn't want to keep the lentils in their soaking water just out. I decided to try it in my mini-fridge set to a lower temp than my big fridge and give it 4 days instead of 2 days of soaking.
I'm using the formula for the deepest blue 1:1.25. I have 32 oz. of black lentils divided into 4 jars and have poured 10 oz. of yarn into each jar.
Here are yarn and lentils:
And here are the beans soaking in jars:
I could have done one jar at room temperature but I have 200 grams of yarn and didn't want to lose a drop of "dye".
6/11/17. The beans soaked up their 10 oz leaving an inch or more of dry beans. I added 10 more oz of water to each jar. It is an experiment, after all.
6/13/17, the fourth day. I waited until evening to pour off the liquid from each jar. I decided that since the website mentioned not wanting the bean proteins I decided to filter each jar through a coffee filter. I ended up with almost 40 oz. of bean water! I'm pretty happy about that.
Look how beautiful these lentils are after soaking. I see not just blues but quite a few colors. I'm excited to see what will happen.
Today's steps: Strain the beans and water through a mesh strainer, I held the beans back with some plastic wrap. Then strain the water through a coffee filter. Return bean water to refrigerator to use another day, hopefully soon.
So, yesterday, I soaked the yarn, put it in a pot with mordant and let it heat up. In my worry I don't think I ever really let it simmer. But, I did rinse it and put it in the dye. And sure enough after a day soaking in the "lentil juice" there is no color but beige and even that it's probably just the dye water. So, I took it out to re-mordant with the Alum and the Cream of Tartar. I'm thinking I may have just botched this batch.
On the other hand, I also soaked the 2nd skein, put *it* in the pot with the mordants and promptly forgot I had it on the stove so it simmered for at least an hour. Today I rinsed that yarn out and put it into some unfiltered cherry juice that's gone past it's expiration date. I did filter it before using it. Didn't think I needed all the sediment at the bottom of the jar.
I put it where I'm less likely to fiddly with it and will check on it on Sunday.
We shall see.