Appealing Alpacas, Fiber Warmer, Lighter Than Wool

People at the recent Fiber Festival of New England represent a microcosm of producers, creatives, designers, spinners, weavers, and a host of others. One is Pine Hill Alpaca Farm of Sterling, Connecticut, a family-owned and -operated business, with a herd of these appealing camelids on 8.5 acres in the “Quiet Corner” northeastern section of the Nutmeg State.

Spinning fiber at the Fiber Festival of New England.

Spinning fiber at the Pine Hill Alpaca Farm booth, Fiber Festival of New England, 2016.

Howard and Becky Hopps, owners, have an on-site farm store with fleece, yarn, roving and alpaca products for sale. For the long-lasting qualities of this fiber, the Wall Street Journal did a story (Nov. 2014) about alpaca, cashmere and vicuna for gift giving, linked here. For a comparison of alpaca versus cashmere, visit this link to a chart on Alpaca Direct.

Chris Brunson