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Jun
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Dear UMA Members & All Fiber Enthusiasts, Everyone is welcome, but we are limited in size. We are getting a good response with Fiber Enthusiasts signing up for a full day of fun as we learn from knowledgeable instructors, Leslie Hall and Norrie Macllraith, about working with wool (alpaca or a wool of your choice) and natural dyes. We will dye with Black Oak Heart Wood (yellow), Madder Root (orangey red), Walnut (warm browns), Logwood (purples), and Indigo (blues). Participants are asked to bring: 2 four-ounce skeins of fiber (alpaca, sheep, llama, etc.) White and Fawn alpaca yarn will be available for sale at the time of the class. A T-shirt or scarf to dye. (further instructions on preparing these will be sent to you after registration) An extra chair would be appreciated. Once registered, you will receive additional information from the instructors, so be sure to include your current email address. For specifics about preparing for the class call: (507) 269-1172 or lesliehallconsulting@charter.net Enjoy a full day at beautiful High Prairie Ranch, near Northfield Minnesota, while you learn the ancient art of dying fiber with naturally occurring plant dyes.

Jun
25

Shearing & Pen Sale Do you need you Alpacas, Llama, sheep, or any fiber animal sheared? We can do it! Schedule your animal today! June 9th & 10th 9 am to 5 PM And June 25th 11am - 4pm Hosted at: Longneckers Alpaca Ranch 9506 131st Ave NE Lake Stevens, WA 98258 360-651-2647 We will be hosting one of the best fiber animal shearers in the US. Come experience the Great Matt Best! Check out his website: www.bestshearing.com Matt has been shearing for over 20 plus years & has sheared thousands of alpacas, Llama's, sheep & goats too. Cost: $ 40.00 includes nails & teeth if needed. (price is based on one year of fiber grow out) $ 50.00 for each animal that was not sheared last year. We can also provide you with a Fiber Tax Donation slip if you wish from the Fibershed of the Greater Northwest We keep the fiber and you can write off up to $200.00 per fleece. We are an affiliate of Fibershed.com which is a non profit. Questions Please feel free to contact us.. Marlene Longneckers Alpaca 425-773-8860

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3 ABJA Shows 1 JABGA Show

Jul
7

American Dairy Goat Association National Show

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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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