I am now no longer a dyeing virgin (wow - I first typed "...dying virgin" - what a strange sentence that was). A couple of weekends ago, my LYS, Two Sisters and Ewe in La Mesa, hosted an all-day dyeing workshop with Margaret Tyler, who is an AMAZING local dyeing and spinning instructor.
My hubby Tony came along and our friend Joanne joined us, and we all had a blast. The three of us each dyed two hanks. Tony used really saturated blocks of blue, purple, red, green and a deep gray-brown color. (See skeins 1 and 2 in the attached pics.)
For my first skein, I applied a dark green and didn't really like it once it hit the yarn, so the teacher suggested trying to rinse some of it out. An unexpected result was that some of the green wicked up into the undyed areas and turned into an almost celadon color, and I started liking it a lot more (skein 3, attached). So I repeated the process in two more spots and added the slightest touches of a burnt orange color. Finally, I used some of Tony's left over purple and red for the last skein, along with some sapphire blue, and then added a touch of the blue to the soaking tub and dunked the skein in it for just a moment or two (skein 4 in the attached) to achieve an overall wash.
I wish I had pics of Joanne's yarn - she made two marvelous skeins using these really rich gold-orange-red-brown autumnal colors. She got the best results of the three of us. I think she ended up hooked on spinning, too.
Anyway, I really enjoyed myself, and I can see why so many of you have taken to hand-dyeing.