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Aug
18

2-day show out door venue. ELK HUNTING TAG DRAWING Over 200 venders, foods, music, drawing. 10,000 people in the 2-day show. Alpacas Creations will be a vender with Rovings, yarns, socks, and hand Knit alpaca apparel.

Aug
18

For this crochet class, we'll be using our Paca Paints alpaca yarn. The color pictured is called Playful, but you may choose any of the Paca Paints colors, just click on the link to see them. The shawl pictured took two skeins of yarn. If you'd like to make a smaller shawlette, you can get by with just one skein. This rectangular shaped wrap is called Virus Shawl because it has been such a popular pattern that went it first came out, it went viral. It's a beautiful lace design, and so fun to watch it grow. It is actually quite simple to work, even though it may look complicated. It is best suited for an advanced beginner to intermediate crocheter.

Aug
24

He will be at the Massey Fall Fair with our Alpacas, Alpaca products, and Alpaca Meats. We will be located in the Emiry Building where farm animals of all sizes can be seen. See you there.

Aug
25

Join us for three days of learning a kind, efficient, safe and science based approach to training and managing llamas and alpacas. Whether you have 2 llamas or 200 alpacas CAMELIDynamics will save you time and make living with your animals easier and more fun. There is no substitute for seeing CAMELIDynamics in action… …taught by the person who invented it! Marty has traveled over a million miles around the world teaching her brand of animal understanding. It isn’t enough to have a mastery of the material, a teacher must be able to excite and inspire. Marty is exceptional at both working with animals and teaching people. She uses training aids she developed herself, along with a variety of role playing exercises designed to help owners really understand their wooly buddies. There is nothing like feeling what it is like to wear a halter or to be led, to give you a very different point of view. Have fun, be inspired and leave with a higher level of skill and understanding. This three day event is designed for all skill levels and includes Marty's very popular "Show like a Pro" day. If you have been to a clinic in the past* consider coming back for a refresher and to see for yourself how the methods are constantly evolving.

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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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