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100% Red Satin Angora; 1/2 Red Satin Angora 1/2 Alpaca; Kool-Aid Dyed Alpaca; Brown Alpaca


Did you know that Kool-Aid can be used to dye fibres? Well, it can! After reading up on it I devised my own method. 1) Make up the kool-aid in plastic cups, no sugar needed, no vineger added, in hot water. The more kool-aid the deeper the colour. 2) Put the fibre in the kool-aid (see left photo). 3) Let it sit for about 20 minutes, then microwave for 2 minutes, then let it sit another 20 minutes. 4) Rinse out in luke-warm water until no more dye runs off. 5) Set out to air-dry.


This is a finished skein of light gray Alpaca that I tried to dye in Kool-Aid after spinning. It doesn't work near as well as doing the fibre directly before spinning. The "cherry" took pretty well on the left side, but the "grape" is duller and just gave a lavander tone to the gray.


This is Red Satin Angora from Amarentha. She decided to lose her coat, which is a shame as I was hoping she'd keep it until the next show, but it meant I got nice new Angora to spin. On the left is the plucked fibres, on the right is a finished skein of 2-ply.


First bit started, this is the first yarn I ever spun, it is from Aiden, my blue tort French Angora. I use a top whorl drop spindle, I am told it is best for the Angora and also that you want to spin it thin and ply it. Oh, and the lighter the spindle the better, which makes sense if you want to spin it thin because I found quickly that if you go too thin, the weight tends to pull and sometimes breaks the developing yarn. I have had many issues with the twist and it wanting to tangle up on itself, but the plying takes care of that. The first two completed skeins pictured are...not that great. I worked them into a hat I made anyway.