Alpaca fibre on display in Stirling

Inside Belleville
By: Terry McNamee
Photo: By Terry McNamee
 
Photo Caption: Marj Brady of Amazing Graze Alpacas holds up a basket of loose alpaca fibre on Saturday, Nov. 4, during the first of two Fall Fibre Fun days at her farm. The next one is Saturday, Nov. 11.
 
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Stirling — Ever wondered what alpaca fibre feels like and where it comes from? You can find out on Saturday, Nov. 11, when Amazing Graze Alpacas holds the second of its two Fall Fibre Fun days.

The Sine Road farm in Stirling is home to 40 alpacas, which are Peruvian domestic animals bred specifically for their fleece.

“It's softer than wool,” said farm owner Marj Brad on Saturday, Nov. 4, during the first of the Fibre Fun events. “It's warmer, it's lighter, it's magic."

“It doesn't have the lanolin that wool has,” she added. “A lot of people that can't wear wool (which comes from sheep) can wear alpaca.”

For Brady, it's all about the quality of the fibre. She sells a lot of alpaca products, all made from Canadian-raised alpacas. The majority are from fibre produced by her own herd. She said not all alpaca fibre is created equal, and she specializes in grades one and two, the highest grades, which are suitable to wear next to the skin.

The alpaca products she offers include yarn, felts and rovings (unfinished fibre used by spinners) as well as finished items such as mitts, scarves, hats, clothing and more.

“I have three women knitting for me,” she said.

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