Five and a half hours in the mushroom dye pot yielded a beautiful soft gold color. I am holding the leftover singles from the same fiber along with the 2-ply to show how much the color changed. Unfortunately, the picture isn't exactly the true color (too much of a tan color), so imagine a warm soft gold. One of my concerns about using the mushroom water was the odor. While the yarn was in the pot, there was a strong earthy sheepy smell, but that seemed to rinse away after the dye process. Now, after a bath with a little lavender scented shampoo, it has a very pleasant scent. The adventure continues - now to choose a pattern for 340 yards of imperfect handspun.