The Answer was Orange!
The finished skeins, still wet. I did think I had left them to dry last night, but I left them in the last rinse water. hmmm
The suggestion of Orange from Historic Fibers was great. The Procion MX dye appears to have taken and this being a first try using procion on wool, I am relieved. The instructions call for rinses, firstly with ammonia, and then a neutralizing rinse in vinegar (or citric acid). The dye baths were nice and clear after each dye session indicating a good take up (and that I didn’t use too much dye I think) and the rinse water was clear afterwards.
The previously pink skeins which are the two to the right (more about skeins, balls later) look pretty decent to me. The blue and green look more “interesting” than before and I’ll see what happens when they are knit. I like the brownish and greenish areas contrasting with the rusts and oranges. Maybe not this years colours, but this was an experiment! There are a few “hot” spots that are darker on all of them. Probably this was due to poor dyeing technique, but again just adds to the interest and I wasn’t looking for even results.
Neki Rivera suggested a syringe to inject the skeins with dye and I plan to try that in the next batch. I have a whole bunch more of this pink (and yellow) yarn to experiment with.
I had always called this form of yarn package a ball, but in some recent reading found them called skeins, what one makes on a winder a “hank” and the package from a ball winder a ball (duh!). I had always thought skeins and hanks were the same thing, but maybe not. I will have to do more research – any opinions?