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Apr
21

Get started with crochet! Crochet is one of the simplest of the fiber arts, and yet perhaps the most versatile. Whether you used to crochet years ago and need a refresher, or are just learning, this is the class for you! You will learn how to read a pattern, how to hold a hook, and the basic crochet stitches to make a headband. You will learn to chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, and join two edges together. If time allows, you will also be shown how to make a flower for your headband. One skein of Snuggle yarn is needed and is included in the fee for this class. To register, click here or call Julie Petty at (419) 529-8152.

Apr
21

The MAPACA Jubilee is one of the largest and most well attended alpaca shows in the United States. These shows have something for everyone. All activities are indoors, so come rain or shine and see what all the fuzz is about!

Apr
22

It's finally SPRING!!! The alpacas are really excited to shed their winter coats. Come share in the harvest event on Sunday, April 22 from 2 - 4. Watch these little guys go from fluffy to skinny - either way they're the cutest animals on the planet! Stop by our gift shop for fiber demonstrations by Susan Lee of Chelaubree Farm. Bring your knitting or spinning wheel and join her! Or browse the gift shop for yarn, socks, scarves, giftware & supplies - all at 25% OFF during our final harvest open house. Join us, bring cameras, ask questions and enjoy an afternoon at Storybook Alpacas.....Where Happily Ever Afters Begin. We can't wait to see you!

Apr
22

Alpaca Open Farm Day celebrating Earth Day and Natural Fibers In celebration of Earth Day, receive $2 off every skein of alpaca yarn - made from our local, sweet alpacas! We'll be Open for Alpaca Visits and Shopping local, Sunday April 22 from 11am-4pm. Did you know that wearing alpaca fiber, and other natural fibers, instead of synthetic fibers, can help save our planet from the growing problem of plastic pollution: Synthetic (plastic) fibers from washing clothing are known to be accumulating in our waterways, ecosystem and food supply (i.e. in your seafood)?* Come celebrate the natural goodness of alpaca fiber, by visiting our alpacas on Earth Day 2018. We'll even help support Earth Day 2018 by offering you our alpaca yarn at $2 off each skein that is made from our alpacas! In addition, we are celebrating Local Yarn Store Day, on April 22 (not April 21) at our farm store! So come and meet the sweet alpacas that give delight to so many in so many ways! Many fiber artists love to use alpaca yarn (and batt and roving) in their knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, or other fiber art projects. Or just simply delight in wearing 100% natural alpaca fiber for your well-being. We have special alpacas looking for new homes too, so please ask us about these. 1PM: Alpaca 101 FREE - Come learn about the basics of alpaca care 2PM: Fiber Demo - What do you do with the fleece once off the alpaca? FREE Free! Please dress appropriately for a working ranch! No dogs please. Come join the earth friendly fun at Sierra Rose Alpacas. An Environmentally Friendly Way to Enrich Your Family's Lifestyle.Come Join in the fun! We have a variety of alpaca products for sale, including yarn from our alpacas. If you are interested in purchasing alpacas, or breeding's from our top males, we are happy to introduce you to them today too.

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ABOUT ALPACAS

Alpacas are gentle creatures that are easy to care for and can be raised for either profit or for pure enjoyment as a hobby.

Although they make wonderful pets and are exceptionally gentle with children, they are primarily known for their high quality, luxury fiber. Alpaca fiber is highly prized for its exceptional softness, durability, incredible warmth, and is hypoallergenic. In fact, it is considered to be a luxury fiber.

Like other natural fibers, alpaca wool has excellent thermal and wicking properties, so it will keep you warm and dry, yet will allow your skin to breathe. Alpaca fiber makes great socks, hats, sweaters, scarves, and gloves. Lower grade fiber from the legs and belly area makes excellent rugs and blankets.

Alpaca Breeds

A Suri alpaca has long, silky fiber that hangs in narrow twists or locks and resembles dreadlocks. The Huacaya looks like a plush toy animal and has shorter, dense, crimpy fiber that is soft and fluffy looking. The Suri is not as common as the Huacaya, and therefore its fiber tends to be more expensive.

Alpaca History

Alpacas originated in South America and were imported to the United States in the 1980s. They are part of the camelid family, which also includes camels and llamas, but they chew their cud the same way that cows do.

An alpaca's diet consists mainly of grass and hay, and it can obtain most of its food from grazing in the open pasture. They will also trim the grass carefully without pulling out the entire plant.

After the initial investment, the cost of maintaining alpacas is relatively low and they are considered to be a very healthy, 'green' animal, having very nutrient-rich manure. Alpacas are shorn once a year, and their fleece does not take long to grow back.

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