Take the plastic wrap and bring both sides up over the roving, scrunching the two sides to make a seam down the middle. Then wrap that baby up just like a little burrito.
I know....it looks a little gross at this point, but hang in there....it all works out in the end.
I used a large roasting pan. To keep the roving out of the water, I placed a small colendar in the bottom of the pan. You could also use a steamer or even bend a wire clothes hanger to hold the roving. I added just enough water to the pan to barely touch the bottom of the colander.
I placed the roving in the pan and covered the pot with a lid.
Then I brought the water to a slow boil and let the steam penetrate the roving. I let it steam for about 30 minutes. At the end of the 30 minutes, I turned off the heat and let the roving cool to room temperature. When it is cool, I rinsed the roving in room temperature water until the water ran clear. Remember to handle the fiber gently so that is doesn't felt.
At this point, I remove the excess water by givng a spin in the washing machine. Just set it on the last spin cycle. Don't take through a whole wash.
Now I let it dry and voila.....
Here it is drying and this is what it looks like once I braided it....
And here it is spun.....
So what did I learn? First, I would use fewer colors--maybe three-- and I would leave some white space in between the dyed areas. This would let the dyes run into each other. I also need to learn more about how to measure dye and how to control the intensity of the color. This turned out darker than I have envisioned. But all in all not too bad for a first attempt.