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Breezy Ridge Alpacas

Where Fiber Becomes Fashion

Connie Blechle
908 PCR 810Perryville, MO 63775-7415

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Why Suri Socks?

The Socks

The Socks

I've been asked from other breeders/farmers, "why make more socks?" Let me tell you why. I don't want to end up culling my herd as I breed for fiber on my farm.

Most all alpacas get higher micron count as they age. Some alpacas are still quite nice, maybe not for a next to skin softness as a sweater or scarf but still nice for outer garments or better yet, SOCKS. I believe the suri alpaca fiber is very useful in higher grades of up to 32 micron. Anything over that,well it needs read more...

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Serendipity, the Three Legged Alpaca (Children's Book)

Meet Sera short for Serendipity. This beautiful girl was born with a deformed leg. So after watching her thrive in this condition and happily run, play and graze as the others, I was inspired to write a children's book about her. The book coming out early Jan. 2016. It will also have an education section in the book, on how an alpaca is sheared for the fiber. I felt this was a part of information that needed to included to educate children as well as adults that no harm comes to an alpaca wh read more...