Are you ready to let your creative juices flow? Are you ready to add some color
to your life? Are you looking for a fun activity that you can do with your
If you've answered yes, then its time to dye your alpaca fiber using Kool-Aid.
With Kool-Aid? Yep, you read that right. Alpaca fiber really takes the dye quite
easily and it’s just so much fun to see what you've created. I'm kind of into
instant gratification, so this works extremely well for me.
Note, the only downside to using Kool-Aid is that it will stain so please make sure you cover your work area and use gloves if you don't want people to look at you funny when you go out.
Once you've decided on which alpaca fiber you want to dye, you will want to let it soak in cool water for about 20 minutes. I add about ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar which will help to set the dye later.
While you’re waiting, you can decide on which Kool-aid color you want to use. Make sure to get the unsweetened Kool-aid. The colors are pretty much what you would expect:
and make up your own combination. You can also make multiple colors of fiber by sprinkling different colors all around. You can even leave some of the alpaca fiber the original color. The Kool-aid will blend together in some spots whereas other spots will main a constant color.
This is where you might end up with Kool-aid stained fingers. If you don't want to wear gloves, you can use my method which is just to use a tablespoon and push the Kool-aid mixture down into the alpaca fiber so that it gets soaked all the way through.
Now, its microwave time. Since each microwave is different, its best to start out slow. I generally microwave my alpaca fiber for 5 - 6 minutes. However, my microwave is really small and it takes 2 - 3 minutes to get hot water for tea. So, again I advise you to start slow say 2 minutes. When you check on the alpaca fiber, it is done when all of the liquid at the bottom is a clear color. Remember, that this will be hot. So I let mine sit for about 20 minutes. Once its cooled down, I run cold water over it making sure to drain the access water out of it and then it’s time to let it dry.