Here is the yarn inspired by the Iron Druid Series. It’s not done yet. I’d like some copper colors in there, and perhaps tweak the blue. Getting close though!
I don’t know why I should be so happy that handpainting works well in a solar oven. Anything that works in a slow heat oven, should work in the solar oven. I was worried the slower cook time might lead to more color drift & muddy colors.
I presoaked the skeins in water at 3.5 pH. Then painted the skeins and let them sit for an hour. It was fairly damp/slightly drippy. I wrapped each skein in plastic, but I am going to skip this step next time. Instead, I’ll just cover the whole pan set up with a dark plastic bag to make a multilevel steamer.
After painting and wrapping, I put the first skein in a black covered pan, put a smaller pan with another painted skein on it on top. The pans fit so that there is a gap between the two. I covered the top pan with plastic and left the whole setup in the center of the oven to cook for 3 hours in afternoon sun. It was about 75F and mostly sunny.
More on this yarn as I work on the colors. I am also looking at making roving. The big question is what to call it. For now, I’m calling it Kevin’s yarn in my head. I promise I’ll have a proper name for it soon.