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By Barbara Patterson
Golden Pine Alpacas 

The reason why we raise alpacas



Contributed Welcome!: Rose will welcome guests to Golden Pine Alpacas' Open Farm Days this weekend

Visitors to Golden Pine Alpacas farm often say "How adorable they are!" followed by "but what do you do with them?"

"Sink your hands in this," we say, pointing to a basket filled with alpaca fiber. The response is "ahhh, yes, now I understand!" accompanied by a big smile. We then show the visitors products produced from the fiber sheared from our alpacas, including yarns, rovings, rugs, and a wide variety of hand-knitted and needle-felted items.

Every part of an alpaca's fleece can be used for something. The prime fiber is reserved for yarn used for knits, woven fabrics and blankets. The neck and leg fleece can be used for woven rugs; felted fabric for hats, handbags, and vests; and...

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