These are two of the colours we have had to dye. For the technically minded, the pale blue is Lanaset Blue 2R at 0.05% WOG. The peach is Lanaset Orange RN at 0.05% WOG.
To do the dyeing, 10gm samples are first dyed in a range of shades that look as though they might be useful. The best match is chosen and then a skein of that mix is dyed. I.m getting better at this now. The first skein I dyed which should have been the peach in this phot, turned out to be bright almost fluorescent orange - yes I'd miscalculated the amount of dye stuff needed. Put the decimal point in the wrong place and made it ten times too strong.
This morning I spent bleaching two skeins of the natural wool to a brighter white. It looked OK coming out of the dyepot but we'll see in the morning when it comes out of the dryer. The yarn was bleached by boiling in a solution of 'hydros' - sodium hydrosulphite for 30 minutes.