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Liberty Alpacas is a leading alpaca breeder located in Maple Valley, WA who has been raising alpacas since 2007.

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The power of a single skein of yarn

I was so excited to donate our Liberty Shawl to the Quechua Benefit dinner held in conjunction with the Education with Destination this past weekend! 

You see, it all started with a skein of yarn that was won at the 2014 Education with Destination and a “throw down, show down” with another local alpaca breeder who won the same. We challenged each other to bring back the skein this year, made into something! Almost like a boomerang, that yarn came back and we did!

Thankfully, with the expertise of master knitter, Wendy 3 more skeins later (of our herd’s yarn, a lovely fawn by Mermalada) Wendy crafted a beautiful shawl or wrap! Her skills and our yarn, along with Amanda VandenBosch’s single skein prize!

Dr. Brett Kaysen, in my opinion one of the most engaging auctioneer’s out in the livestock industry today – created a lively night and the Liberty Shawl sold for $325, the bidder winner was Stellar Alpacas! Happily, $325 is enough to pay for a child’s food for an entire year!

BIG KUDOS goes to the Quechua Benefit, Wendy Huber, Tina & Gvido Bars, and finally -- the Education with Destination team (Scott/Debbie Miller and Vince/Amanda VandenBosch)!

And the legacy will continue…..2016 Quechua Benefit will have another donation because we won two skeins of yarn this time!

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  • Tina Durham-Bars
    Tina Durham-Bars says #
    This shawl was so beautiful and so warm. I kept it in my farm store for just under a year; however, I did sell it for what I paid

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This time of year means nicer weather, the promise of babies being born and most importantly, fleece harvest. Shearing is one of the most exciting processes that validates the quality of our fleece output, herd, health and breeding improvements made from the year before.

The manual process is done by our shearer, a professional in her own right who works very hard to ensure best the fiber yield, animal & human safety and pleasing style. A shearer’s job is a difficult one and a good shearer makes this hard work look easy. Alas, it is not. Watching this process year after year makes us truly appreciate just how hard it can be. 

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