One of my co-workers raises alpacas on her farm. How cool is that? Admittedly, I skipped a lot of steps between alpacas and clothing since I bought the yarn from her.
It turns out that animal fibres are pretty easy to dye: no mess, no hazmat suits, and no ruined kitchen pots. I used this dyeing tutorial from It’s A Stitch Up: the whole process went just as described, quick and easy.
So, yarn + Kool-Aid + vinegar…
Makes beautiful colours!
That’s 450g of fingering-weight alpaca yarn, dyed with 10 packs of Kool-Aid. There are some irregularities in the colour where the yarn was tied: I initially thought about re-dyeing it, but when I knitted it up, I liked the effect.
The end result is more feminine than my usual style, but perfect for the winter climate. The knitting pattern I used was the Mie Danish shawl from the Filcolana yarn company: you can find the English translation by Exchanging Fire on her blog (thanks!)