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Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA

yarnco3Today’s interview is with Cindy, owner of Alamitos Bay Yarn Shop in Long Beach, CA, a LYS with a great selection of yarns, a wonderful sense of community and weekly knitting cruises to boot (how fun is that?).

Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Alamitos Bay Yarn Company is located on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA. where knitters and crocheters from all over So. California enjoy our weekly “Knit & Cruises” from spring through early fall. Imagine, two hours of cruising in an electric boat, enjoying lunch and wine while knitting and/or crocheting with your friends. Pure heaven!

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Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm Shop, Lyndeborough, New Hampshire

purgalp4 Today’s interview is with the folks at Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, who sell their wonderful alpaca yarn and products from their farm home (and through Etsy).

Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Here at Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm, we offer a variety of yarns and roving. It is an atmosphere where you can meet the animal that your yarn comes from as we raise the alpacas and llamas right here where the yarn is sold. Our shop is in our home and so you get to see where Dana weaves her beautiful alpaca scarves and blankets, not to mention rugs and fabulous Gypsy bags. It is a wonderful place and you should plan to spend several hours feeding the alpacas their favorite treat, carrots, and sampling the delightful yarns available in Dana’s hand dyed colors!

purgalp5Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the history of your shop? How did you get interested in knitting/crocheting? How did you come to open or own a yarn shop? Readers will love to hear your story – so tell it!

Tim and Dana started Purgatory Falls Alpaca Farm in 2005 with six alpacas. The yarn shop is an outcropping of the growth of the farm. Dana lives to dye and it shows in the gorgeous naturally dyed and acid dyed yarns she sells in
the farm store. She creates beautiful scarves, blankets and shawls as well. We also do hand spinning of your dog hair or special orders of both dyeing and spinning. If you have a special project and would like some help planning it, we’re here to help.

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Which yarns do you carry? Traditional yarns? Exotic or unusual yarns? Novelty yarns? Local farm yarns? Eco-friendly yarns? How large is your inventory?

purgalpOur inventory is solely our own alpacas and the few woolen fleeces that are special and available to us through local farms that we know. We carry handspun yarns and roving dyed in our shop. Every spring through summer, we are out gathering herbs and flowers to make our beautiful natural dyed yarns.

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What, if any, classes do you offer at your shop? Do you offer any type of social gatherings for knitters and crocheters?

Several times during the spring through fall, we have gatherings at the farm for knitters and spinners. We also offer classes throughout the summer in natural and eco dyeing. We can offer spinning and weaving classes by appointment, one-on-one or small groups.

What trends do you see in knitting in general, and yarn choices in particular?

I am thrilled to see that the craft of knitting and spinning as well as weaving and other fiber arts are very “in.” It’s so gratifying to me to see young folks picking up the art of making your own articles from yarns that are crafted locally.
I take great pleasure in seeing the items that are made from my yarns and knowing that it’s all sustainable here on our
farm.

purgalp2Do you have favorite yarns? What do you use them for?

Alpaca, alpaca, alpaca, both Suri and Huacaya! I use them for everything from hats, scarves, shawls, blankets to felted winter boots and hats. Alpaca is king!

Do you have a mail order business?

We sell through our website at www.purgatoryfallsalpaca.com and the link is Yarn Store.
You can also call us for an appointment to come visit the farm and select your yarns right
here.

purgalp1Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Come see us!

Needle Rock Fiberarts, Telluride, Colorado

needlerockstorefrontToday’s featured yarn place is Needle Rock Fiberarts in Telluride, Colorado. Dubbed The Mountain Knitting Store, it is a LYS that appeals to locals and tourists alike. The interview is with the shop’s owner.

Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Located in beautiful Telluride, Colorado, Needle Rock Fiberarts provides supplies to all yarn enthusiasts – knitters, crocheters, spinners, needle pointers, weavers & needle felters. We host 2 weekly open knitting circles, offer lessons to beginners & workshops for the more advanced. We’ve been called Telluride’s living room, as ladies love to come & hang out with their stitching, enjoy a cup of tea at our kitchen table & share the latest news, gossip & the chance to show off their projects.

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Liberty Alpacas, Maple Valley, Washington

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Today’s interview is with the owner of Liberty Alpacas, in Maple Valley, Washington. They are breeders of champion huacayas who sell their products directly to the consumer.

Can you tell us a little bit about your farm related to fiber arts? The type of animals and number of animals? Is there anything that makes your farm different from other farms?

We raise champion huacaya alpacas, resulting in royal fineness in a variety of colors! Our speciality is grey and fawn but have a full spectrum from light to dark colored fleeces, roving and 100% alpaca yarns from our own herd.

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Easy Go Farm, Hillsboro, Oregon

easygofarmyarnToday’s interview is with the owner of Easy Go Farm, a lovely sheep and alpaca farm in Hillsboro, Oregon that welcomes visitors!

Can you tell us a little bit about your farm related to fiber arts? The type of animals and number of animals? Is there anything that makes your farm different from other farms?

We are owned by alpacas, sheep, barn cats, and about half a dozen hens and roosters who’ve managed to keep themselves away from maurading racoons.
My college roommate taught me to knit. I finished two sweaters, but have done nothing since then. My husband has taken classes in spinning, knitting, weaving, felting, dyeing, and probably some that I’ve forgotten – he figures if he’s going to talk the talk, he has to know how to walk the walk.
For me, love for the animals came first, followed by love for fleece.

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On The Lamb, Uxbridge, Ontario

onthelamb1This week’s interview is with the owner of On The Lamb in Uxbridge, Ontario, a wonderful LYS with great spirit. They do some terrific charity work and  I love how they came up with their name!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

We have a warm, welcoming independent knitting shop located in the heart of downtown Uxbridge. We reside in our very own 135 year old building, that offers plenty of character. Our teaching table is often surrounded by happy folks, laughing, giggling and sipping coffee. And sometimes knitting!

On The Lamb is a safe place for folks to continue to “Honour the Traditions” of those who have come before.

Because we have been blessed with so many wonderful things in our lives, we like to give back. We have some charity knitting programs: Knitted Knockers (knitted breast prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies,) Chemo Caps (we have donated over 400 to Sunnybrooke Hospital in Toronto, and Toques for Troops (a very popular program where we knit helmets for our troops overseas.)

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