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Jan
27

Knitting isn't just for old ladies anymore ... women and men of all ages are learning to master this fun and enriching art! Not only that, but brain research tells us that it is good for your brain. Have fun, learn something new, and make yourself smarter! In this class you will learn to cast on, knit, purl, cast off, and weave in your ends. This is the perfect class if you have never knitted or if it has been years since you last picked up needles! You will be getting started on the Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf pictured above. This pattern creates a deep and lofty rib that looks like so much more work than it actually is. We will be using our Snuggle Alpaca Yarn for this project. Two skeins of this yarn are needed for the scarf and are included in the cost of the class. Register here or call Julie Petty at (419) 529-8152.

Feb
3

Winter Meeting: Mark your calendars for our Annual Member meeting, starting at 12:15 p.m.

Feb
9

The 2018 TXOLAN Sweetheart Spectacular will include competition, education, vendors, silent and live auctions open to the public and more. Once again we will be in the Will Rogers Complex on Lancaster in Fort Worth, TX. Cattle Barns 2 and 3 with the adjoining arena affords us a large and extensive facility that provides a venue that compares with anything in the nation! In 2017 the event had over 300 alpacas, multiple vendors and an extensive array of educational offerings. 2018 will add performance competition targeting younger competitors and hopes to add even more vendors. We are getting the word out early so that everyone will block their calendars and be sure to tell all their contacts. Look foward to seeing you there!!

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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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New Jersey Alpaca Community

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Alpacas of Oklahoma - A-OK

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Alpaca Owners and Breeders in Ontario

AO

Georgia Alpaca Association

GAA

Ohio Alpaca Breeders Association

OABA

State of Jefferson Alpaca Association

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Michigan Alpaca Livestock Products And Commerce Association (MI-ALPACA)

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New England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association

NEAOBA

Upper Midwest Alpacas

UMA

North Sound Alpaca Association

NSAA

Pacific Northwest Alpaca Association

PNAA

Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

ABANC

Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

MOPACA

Kentucky Alpaca Association

KAA

Empire Alpaca Association

EAA

Great Lakes Alpaca Assoc.

GLAA

Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

PAOBA

California Alpaca Breeders Assoc.

Calpaca

Alpaca Breeders of Arizona

ABA

Illinois Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

IAOBA

Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

CABO

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

MABA

Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

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Maine Alpaca Association

MAA

TxOLAN Alpaca Association

TxOLAN

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

ABR

Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

VAOBA

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

MAPACA

Indiana Alpaca Association

IAA

Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

SoCalpaca

Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

CABA

Alpaca Association of Western Washington

AAWW

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

FABA

Suri Alpaca Network

SN

New Mexico Alpaca Breeders

NMAB