Taking a spin: Learning the art of spinning alpaca yarn

By: Fran Ruchalski 
Photo: Courtesy of Pixabay  

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On Saturday, Beth Anne and Tim Sheets hosted a "Spin-In" at their Heritage Farm outside Flora.

The couple has a herd of about 60 Suri alpacas which they raise for wool and breeding stock. The alpacas on the farm are such beautiful and gentle creatures.

The Suri's fiber is thought to be soft as cashmere and warmer than wool, with the luster of silk.

Several folks came to spend the day spinning yarn from wool and enjoying good food, lively conversation and camaraderie. Some also brought wool from their own alpacas and sheep. Spinning may be considered an old-time kind of thing, but spinning yarn from wool is such a simple process — and so fascinating.

One 15-year-old girl who’d never spun before was there and learned how it’s done, spinning like a pro before long.

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