I grew up sewing, knitting, and crocheting, so most of the alpaca fiber activities I’ve engaged in have seemed very natural to me. Not so with dyeing fiber. I was involved with alpacas for a full ten years before I finally got up the nerve to even begin to try dyeing my own fiber and yarn. It just all seemed so technical and mysterious: managing the pH of the fiber, getting the heat right, mixing the dye to get the color I wanted. There were too many variables to content with.