Do you have a passion for making things entirely by hand or appreciate it in other people? In my teens and twenties, I got a thrill out of being my own mechanic on my old '75 Mustang. Yep, I've changed a few water pumps and brake pads. I have sewn every stitch of handmade rag dolls with a needle and thread (no machine stitching), and I prefer to cook from scratch. Isn't it much more rewarding to gather family and friends to put in fence posts, and raise barns? So naturally for me, prepping the fleece, learning to spin, and then making things from the alpacas' luscious fiber is my idea of happiness! -Kaylen
Recently the spinning group I am part of had a Dye-in. What a great time playing with color with such a fabulous group of people, a beautiful day, and the perfect setting. Here is a link to the group's blog - A Day of Dyeing and Spinning.
There was a lot of fancy dying, and I was a bit embarrassed to bring my tiny attempt at color-making with Kool-Aid! You might remember my first attempts: Kool! and Valenine Hearts. I should have known that most of the ladies had done it before and would be completely supportive!
Here is what I started out with. Teddy's roving.
This is the mess that came out!
This is after spinning!
Another friend decided to give her yarn a dunk.
Some of the pretty projects.
Here are a couple of things I've made with Kool-Aid dyed yarn.
Yes, the color is permanent, and yes I need to try something
other than Black Cherry!
If you'd like to try it yourself, I used this tutorial: