Although the blend was primarily composed of black alpaca, I wondered about overdying it. I'm not a big fan of painted yarns, because they can sometimes be too "stripey." Handspun yarn from painted roving provides a softer look; batts disperse the color throughout the yarn even more. However, I like to dye using a technique I call "ply dye." First, you spin singles and skein them.
Then you dye the singles. I dyed these skeins each a single color (one purple and the other green), but you can use multiple colors or paint the skeins.
I have three skeins of "ply dye" ready to go so, I'm knitting up a scarf using an easy, peasy dropped stitch pattern.
I'm sure I didn't invent this technique, but I don't know anyone else that uses it. Perhaps because it is time-consuming as you have to skein, dye, and then wind the singles into balls for plying. I think it's worth it!
And, I have over five pounds of this cloud to spin up, so I will probably be blogging about it again and again and again...