Still no pictures, but I pulled the elm bark, the black rice and the 2nd batch bottles.
I would like to know who has dyed with both pure and SW wool in the same dye pot. There is a real difference, since all of the wool was scoured and mortared together. One took a lot more dye than the other one.
Is there a difference between removing the VM (Vegetable Matter) and leaving it in? Yes! There is a difference, at least when it black rice the dye material. The filtered wool is blue/violet, while the unfiltered medium purple. While you are dyeing with rice, stir often, otherwise you will get a tonal effect.
I have the skeins of the fingering weight prepped. The elm was transferred to a bottle. A second bottle was filtered from the rice and a third was filled with rice put into the bottle. I look forward to the color variation.