It's been up and down with the indigo. One of the three miniature vats was ready at one point and I was able to do a little bit of dyeing.
When it works, dyeing with indigo is all they say about it - magic. The blues are dreamy.
Looking after the vats, keeping them warm, feeding them bran is like having some strange pet. They are alive and have different temperaments.
Maybe it's because of the small size but the vat would only allow one dip a day. Even with due care it's all too easy to throw it out of balance and it takes many hours to recover.
Impatiently dyeing in a vat that is not well reduced can strip the colour of an already dyed fabric. That's partly why I haven't got much to show in this post.
Whenever I deal with indigo, snippets of Jim Liles's book are running through my head (he's my favourite author on indigo vats): "Experience and proper judgement are necessary." That could take years but I'm working on it.