That's 4-ply wool on a cone. I love the way it looks when it's neatly wound like that. Also string:
A new ball of string is a thing of beauty.
The 4-ply wool on the cone was about to be un-wound into a skein, with help from a small cat of course.
I do the skeins on the legs of an upturned chair and the small cat frequently finds this too hard to resist. She's sitting on the underside of the seat there if you can't figure out what you're looking at. But eventually, with the cat untangled,..
a 54g skein of 4ply waiting to be mordanted (alum/cream of tartar) ,
What is different this time is that the bean solution did smell (it didn't last time), not terrible but pungent and distinct, and also you can see in the picture that the dye bath was a bit frothy too.