Saturday, May 23, 2015


Alpaca is one of my favourite yarns to knit with because it:
  • is a natural fiber
  • has a silky, soft hand
  • has a natural sheen
  • is hypo-allergenic which means that people with wool sensitivities can wear it
  • is resistant to pilling
  • has excellent insulative qualities (great for our winter climate)

Our knitting group decided that a trip to the Alpaca Farm at Eighth and Mud in Stoney Creek would be a great way to spend a Saturday morning giving us an opportunity to see the alpacas, purchase some wonderful yarn and perhaps get a glimpse of the mill. 

Don and Sharon were such welcoming hosts and greeted us when we arrived at the farm. They gave us a tour of the mill and explained the various processes that happen right from the shearing of the alpaca until we begin knitting from a skein of yarn. It is quite a fascinating process and I especially enjoyed watching the process of blending different fibers and colours. 

I purchased some lovely yarn and will be showing off my knits in the coming months. 

We were able to see the alpaca before they are sheared on Saturday, May 30th. This picture shows a few of the females and the different colour variations.

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