Don & Lorraine Bray
Site 707 Comp 15 RR#7
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 1N2
Canada Phone: (306) 934.1682
Fax: (306) 931.1694
bray@sasktel.net
Prairie Wind Alpacas

Great Cold Weather Mitts

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 28, 2013 09:45

2 pairs of Zuken mitts - great for keeping your hands warm this winter and the perfect wind blocker!
Available in a variety of colours and sizes.

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Supper Time

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 27, 2013 14:25

 Female alpacas watching the bale coming in

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Hungry Girls

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 26, 2013 10:53

The girls are eagerly awaiting the new bale that is on its way into the pasture!

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Why Alpaca?

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 24, 2013 17:27

Why Alpaca?

Alpaca fiber is known as one of the finest natural fibers in the world.  For  years Alpaca fiber was considered the clothing of royalty because it was rare, luxuriously soft, and warmer than the more common wool.  

Alpacas originated in Peru, Chile and Bolivia, but in the last few decades they have been imported to North America as people realize the benefits of caring and raising these gentle, curious animals. They were first imported to Canada in the 1990s. Since then, the Canadian Alpaca Industry has developed an international reputation for quality breeding stock.  

Although alpaca are fairly new to Canada it is becoming more widely known and we love introducing people to its natural benefits and silky-softness.   

Breathable & Comfortable 

 Unlike wool, alpaca fiber has a hollow core, which allows the fiber to breathe which provides comfort.  Pockets of air become trapped in the hollow core and  act as insulators against both cold and heat.  

Hypo-allergenic 

 Because Alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin (a natural oil that wool contains), it is naturally hypo-allergenic.

 

Advantages over Wool

·         Stronger

·         Hallow fibre

·         Warmer

·         Softer, less irritating to the skin

·         Naturally hypoallergenic

·         Lanolin free - which results in it staying cleaner longer

·         Won't mat or pill

·         Less shrinkage

·         Thermostatically superior

 

Advantages over Synthetics  

·         Superior breathability

·         Naturally wicks moisture away from the body, keeping you warmer and more comfortable

·         Lighter and warmer due to hallow core

·         Flame resistant  

·         Naturally windproof

·         Stain resistant

·         Easy dyed

·         Resists acquiring odors

 

Benefits of Alpaca Socks

·         Alpaca fibre is naturally breathable and wick moisture away from the body so your feet stay warm and dry, even as body and room temperatures fluctuate

·         Keeps you warmer in cold weather and cooler in warm weather

·         Less irritating and softer than wool - great for diabetic feet

·         Because of the smooth hairs alpaca fibre resists acquiring odors.

·         Protect your feet from blisters and bacteria

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Its been noisy around here

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 22, 2013 23:48

Luckily the alpacas haven't minded the helicopter flying around the farm doing seismic testing - can't say so much for the dogs!

 

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Thrum Mitts

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 22, 2013 23:31

 Here's a thrum mitt under construction that is using the teal rovings we dyed a few weeks ago

 

 

 

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Happy Valentines Day

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 14, 2013 23:34

Happy Valentines Day from all of us! 

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Dyeing Rovings Teal 5

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 4, 2013 13:43

Rovings drying. The ones on the left had more dye and are therefore darker than the right.

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Dyeing Rovings Teal 4

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 4, 2013 13:21

The roving have taken in all the colour - the water that was teal is now clear and the rovings that were white are now teal.

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Dyeing Rovings Teal 3

posted by Prairie Wind Alpacas    |   February 4, 2013 12:44

After soaking for 20 minutes in hot water the rovings go into the dye pot for 40 minutes

 

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