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Handknit Alpaca Infinity Scarf

Hand knit infinity scarf from our own fiber.
Hand knit infinity scarf from our own fiber.

Alpaca infinity scarves give you endlessly soft comfort and warmth. These are handknit by local Whidbey fiber artists. Various colors from black and rich brown to fawn and white are available. Stopping by the farm to meet the alpacas and visiting the farm store will give you an opportunity to see what beautifully soft clothing can be made from alpaca fleece.

 

 

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Farm Hours

Sorry, the farm is NOT OPEN for visitors. All of our alpacas have found homes on different farms in the region. We have a limited selection of alpaca products still available. If you are interested in some items please send us an email or leave a voice mail. We will contact you as soon as we can.

Send us an email  farm cell 206.778.9619

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Mail: PO Box 1189
Clinton, WA 98236

 

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Spring is in the air.

One day it’s warm and sunny. The next day it’s cold and rainy. It must be spring in the Northwest. The boys pictured above are longingly looking towards the girls’ pasture hoping to get their attention.

Aster-CU_250Here’s Aster, our youngest girl, who is brilliantly bright white on a dry, sunny day.  But today she’s looking a bit gray. The alpacas’ fleece gets wet and muddy this time of year.

The alpacas have two and half more months of fleece growing until shearing day comes in June. Their thick, fluffy coats are keeping them warm on our cold and rainy nights.

 

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Wrap your sweetie in soft alpaca.

Bendito in full fleece.
Bendito in full luxurious fleece.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we can help you wrap your sweetie in the luxury of soft alpaca. Bendito here invites you to stop by the farm so you can touch and feel clothing made from alpaca fleece. You’ll love it.

Fashionably soft alpaca hats, gloves, socks and scarves will chase away the winter chill. Your favorite knitter will warm up with our premium yarns from our own alpaca herd.

A handwoven alpaca rug will keep your feet toasty warm and guaranteed to become a family heirloom. Other gift ideas include adorable felted alpacas, handfelted locally made soaps and felted pin cushions and one-of-a-kind handcrafted handbags by local fiber artists. Let us help you think outside the chocolate box for Valentine gifts this year.

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Naturally curious.

Alpacas: luxuriously soft and curiously charming.

Look into the eyes of an alpaca and you’ll see an intelligent and curious animal — each one with its own personality. They produce luxurious fleece that rivals cashmere in softness and is warmer and lighter than sheep’s wool. Here are some quick alpaca facts to get you up to speed on camelids.

We’re open most days. 10 am to 4 pm. Call ahead to be sure we are there to welcome you. 206.510.0434.

• Alpacas are native to South America in high altitude regions found in Chile, Bolivia, Peru.
• There are 2 distinct breeds – Huacaya and Suri. Our herd are huacayas.

• Alpacas graze on pasture and eat orchard grass hay.

• Alpacas are found in 22 natural colors – white, various fawns, browns, grays and black.

• Alpaca babies are called cria. [ cree-uh].

• Alpacas are friendly and curious but may keep their distance until they feel comfortable with you.

• Do they spit? Yes, it’s just one form of communication between them. However, they rarely will spit intentionally at you.

• Alpacas and llamas come from the same family – Camelids and they get along fine together in the pasture. Our llamas are guards for the alpaca herd to protect from coyotes.

We welcome visitors all year round. A visit to the farm will give you an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the sweetest alpacas you’ll ever see.

 

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Happy New Year 2015.

As the calendar turns over to a new year, we typically think about a fresh start, and maybe make a resolution or two to do something different in the new year. Our fresh start for 2015 is a new website for the farm.  We will continue to post about activities on the farm, update on new offerings of alpaca yarn and products made from alpaca fleece.

Since one present under the tree this year was a fancy, schmancy new camera, we’re promising to post a lot of photos of our charming alpacas this year.  We invite you to look around the new site and see some new photos as well as alpaca products in our farm store.  If you see something in the farm store you’d like to have send us an email or give us a call and we’ll help you out. Our next task for the new year is to make it easier for you to shop online. But that will take a bit more time.

We have had a lovely holiday with family. It’s always a treat to have our college girl at home. We survived the adventure of a major windstorm which resulted in a couple of downed trees. Two benefits are opening up a bit more of our view of Puget Sound from our house on the hill and at least one new cord of wood for next winter. Most of all we look back and remember the wonderful visitors who have come to the farm during 2014.

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a peaceful 2015.

 

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