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Jan
20

Come see what all the Yakking is about! This is IYAK’s 19th annual event at the National Western Stock Show. This year they will continue their “on animal” fiber judging and an open “Fiber Arts” event. The Fiber Arts competition is open to iYak members and non-members alike. IYAK shows are free to the public so bring all your friends and help spread the word! See iYak website for the full schedule.

Jan
21

Actually two shows over one weekend, Gold and Silver. Lots of great events. It is an "ungroomed show," with great judges and opportunities to watch llamas and alpacas go over, under and through various obstacles. Events typically include: Public Relations, Performance and Pack on Saturday, with Halter on Sunday. There are youth as well as Novice to Masters classes to watch. Macedo's Mini Acre will be vendors!

Jan
24

Instructor ~ Annette Ehly ~ was voted Best Fiber Artist in Adams Co. PA January 24 - Fiber Processing In this 2 hour session students will learn how to process a fleece. The class is a hands on, participants will learn what to look for in a good fleece, how to skirt, wash, & clean a fleece. Cost of instruction $40.00 Cost of supplies $8.00 Total Cost $48.00 ///////////////////////// February 7 & 28 Drop Spindle Spinning In these 2 sessions students will learn the ancient method of spinning, using a drop spindle. The first session will be learning how to card, comb alpaca fibers in preparation to spin. Students will begin to use the spindles to make singles. In the 2nd session students will learn how to ply & finish hand spun yarn. As well as more time to spin. Cost of instruction $80.00 Cost of supplies $30.00 Total Cost $110.00 /////////////////////////////////////// March 7- Immersion Dyeing of raw fiber/roving Students will learn how to use acid dyes & several dyeing techniques to use on alpaca fiber before spinning. A hands on class as well as instruction in color theory. Cost of instruction $40.00 Cost of supplies $25.00 Total Cost $65.00 ///////////////////////////// March 21- Painting Roving Students will learn how to paint alpaca roving to create that one of kind hand spun yarn. A hands on class. The different methods shown will create different looks in the spun yarn. Cost of instruction $40.00 Cost of supplies $16.00 Total Cost $56.00 ///////////////////////////// Register today Call 717-359-9989

Jan
27

Class Description Learn to knit is a beginning knitting class. It is a 3 week course meeting on Fridays. By the end of this course each student will know how to knit and will have a finished luxurious alpaca item such as a hat or scarf. This class is designed for beginners. You will learn the basics such as: cast on knit cast off read a simple pattern understand some basic knitting pattern abbreviations. Will will answer your questions about knitting such as: What are the different yarn weights and what to do with them What is a needle gauge? How do I count my stitches? How do I fix my work if I should make a mistake? In this small class students will learn by hands on, step-by-step instructions. You will have homework in between classes. Homework will help you know your knowing and prepare you to bring back questions. Each student will finish this course with the confidence to start and finish another project. Register now, plan to have fun... When: January 27 - Feb 10 2017 or March 3 - March 17 2017 Meet once a week for 3 weeks on Fridays Time: 1:00 - 3:30 Teacher: Margery Erickson Materials: If you would like to bring your own supplies Yarn, light color. Needles: size 7-8 Supplies are available for purchase from our yarn farm store Where: Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch, 580 Basehoar Rd. Littlestown, PA 17340 Register: email JuliesAlpacas@gmail.com or call 717-359-9989

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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 England Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

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Upper Midwest Alpacas

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North Sound Alpaca Assoc.

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Pacific Northwest Alpaca Assoc.

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Alpaca Breeders Alliance of N. Colorado

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Midwest Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

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Kentucky Alpaca Association

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Empire Alpaca Association

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Great Lakes Alpaca Assoc.

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Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

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California Alpaca Breeders Assoc.

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Alpaca Breeders of Arizona

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Illinois Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

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Carolina Alpaca Breeders & Owners

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association

Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

Florida Alpacas and Fiber Coalition

Maine Alpaca Association

Maine Alpaca Association

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Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

Alpaca Breeders of the Rockies

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Virginia Alpaca Owners & Breeders Assoc.

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

Mid-Atlantic Alpaca Association

Indiana Alpaca Association

Indiana Alpaca Association

Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

Alpaca Breeders of Southern California

Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

Columbia Alpaca Breeders Association

Alpaca Association of Western Washington

Alpaca Association of Western Washington

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

Florida Alpaca Breeders Association

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Suri Network

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New Mexico Alpaca Breeders