Beth Lutz turned her love of fiber and knitting into a full-time occupation. She was the co-owner of Uncommon Threads, a full service yarn store in York, PA for 11 years. Beth and her husband, Neal, started raising alpacas mainly for their fiber in 2001 and began breeding in 2002. They now have about 40 animals at their farm, Painted Spring Farm Alpacas in Spring Grove, PA. Beth remains focused on the fiber and all that can be done with it. She has been an avid knitter and crocheter since her pre-teen years, and has been weaving and spinning since before purchasing her alpacas.
In 2004, Beth purchased the yarn division of the AFCNA, and is now running that business as The Alpaca Yarn Company. The Alpaca Yarn Company is a wholesale distributor of 100% alpaca and alpaca blended yarns to retail yarn stores and farm stores across the US, in Canada and Germany.