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Raising Alpacas - How much does it cost?

How much does it cost to raise alpacas?<p>After months of researching on the in’s and out’s of raising alpacas it’s getting close for us to add a few to …

Alpaca Facts: 10 Things You Never Knew About The Llama's Quirky Relative

<i>From Mother Nature Network's Melissa Breyer:</i><p>Alpacas may just be the cutest of all the <i>Camelidae</i> family, which includes llamas, guanacos and vicunas from South America, and Bactrian and Dromedary camels from Asia and Africa. With their floppy furry tufts, slender necks, ingénue eyes and coy Clara Bow …

Shear madness: Hairstyle dos and don'ts for alpacas

If you’re an alpaca, you know how it is: You’re standing around, grazing and minding your own business, and all of a sudden some human comes along and shears off your fur so they can turn it into sweaters, coats and socks.<p>The experience is always a jarring one — but you know what? It provides an …

Alpaca Warrior Gloves

These Alpaca Warrior Gloves from Men In Cities are certainly the most unique gloves I’ve seen in a while. Made in New York, these soft gloves appear …

Alpacas Find New Dust Bath And Jump For Joy (VIDEO)

Dust baths to alpacas are apparently like corgis to Buzzfeed employees -- the joy is simply incomparable. This charming video was originally published in 2008, but has resurfaced this week grabbing our attention.<p>Alpacas are apparently big fans of taking dust baths in summertime/good weather. …

Elderly Care Home in Germany Uses Therapy Alpacas to Make Residents Happier

Just looking at the picture of an alpaca will make you want to pet the adorable creature. So it comes as no surprise that the camel’s super fluffy …

How-To: Insulate a Chicken Coop with Alpaca or Wool Roving

If you’ve got chickens and are lucky enough to have access to large quantities of (not fancy) alpaca or wool roving, you can turn that leftover fiber into wonderful natural winter insulation for your chicken coop with this easy-to-follow tutorial from Annette at Fiber Artsy.<p>What a fantastic way to …

The History of Llamas and Alpacas in South America

The largest domesticated animals in South America are the camelids, quadruped animals which played a central role in the economic, social, and ritual …

Anthropology

Alpaca learns to surf in Peru

A Peruvian surfer is teaching an alpaca how to surf.<p>Domingo Pianezzi, 44, has slowly introduced his alpaca Pisco, a domesticated Andean highland animal that resembles a small llama, to the waters of the Pacific Ocean over the past several months.<p>The duo caught three waves on a yellow 10-foot …

South America

Alpaca Sweaters, Pima Cotton Replacing Design Within Reach on Columbus Avenue

Reformation may have recently released an eco-friendly Alpaca wool collection last fall, but the mother-daughter team behind women's apparel and accessories brand Peruvian Connection have been selling sweaters made of the furry creatures' excess hair for more than three decades. And now for the …

Here’s Why Alpaca Soap Should Be The Only Type Of Soap To Exist

Have you ever seen an alpaca? They’re basically sheep llamas with really kind temperaments and soft fluffy fur. Baby alpacas (called “cria”) have long eyelashes and look like this:<p>There’s a reason why I’m mentioning these adorable creatures. A month or so ago, a few members of the Say Media video …

Beauty

Salma Hayek Shows Fans How She Spends Her Days With Alpacas, Parrots, Dogs And Hens

Although her husband Francois-Henri Pinault owns several luxury fashion brands, Salma Hayek prefers to spend her days away from faux fur coats and heels to devote her time to caring for real fur coats.<p>Since she launched her Instagram account in March, the Mexican actress began to share with her …

Pets

It’s a wrap: Alpaca wool hits the runway

Shearing alpaca in Peru is full of ceremony and ritual. The animal, which resembles the love child of a small camel and sheep, is prized for its …

The Hunt for Alpaca … Skeletons

Changing Planet<p><i>Sarah Kennedy is a zooarchaeologist investigating the lives of native Peruvians under Spanish rule in their colonial period. By analyzing the remains of animals in past settlements, she is able to piece together a mosaic of knowledge about how ancient people lived.</i><p>Midway through my …

All products are MADE IN THE USA from members' fiber

Are you a local yarn shop?<p>NFP, Natural Fiber Producers is a for profit agriculture co-op established to support member farms with commercial fiber …

Felted Dryer Balls Tutorial

Want an eco-friendly way to dry your clothes? Hanging them on a clothesline is the best! But if you don't have 7 days of sunshine like we do here in …