7 Ways To Tell The Difference Between an Alpaca vs Llama

7 Ways To Tell The Difference Between an Alpaca vs Llama

by Kelley Hobart December 05, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

We're often asked what the difference is between llamas and alpacas.  Both llamas and alpacas are south american camelids and they are related but definitely not the same.  

Here are 6 quick ways to tell the difference between an Alpaca and a Llama. 

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How to Grade Alpaca Yarns

How to Grade Alpaca Yarns

by Kelley Hobart December 02, 2018 0 min read 0 Comments

When grading alpaca yarns for knitting, there are different classifications depending on what knitting association you reference. In this article I will highlight the most common ways we grade alpaca yarn so you can make the best choices when choosing alpaca for your knitting and crochet projects. 
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Project Tutorial: How To Create Owl Fingerless Gloves- Free Pattern

Project Tutorial: How To Create Owl Fingerless Gloves- Free Pattern

by Kathleen Cubley June 30, 2017 6 min read 0 Comments

Knit up a pair of toasty owl fingerless mittens and never choose between cute and smart again!
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Welcome Alpaca Yarn Company!

by Kelley Hobart August 31, 2015 2 min read 0 Comments

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Independent's Celebration - Malabrigo

by 6 July 24, 2015 4 min read 0 Comments

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How Baby Alpacas Launched a Business and Built Family Ties

How Baby Alpacas Launched a Business and Built Family Ties

by Kelley Hobart November 29, 2013 3 min read 0 Comments

About 9 years ago my dear friend and neighbor on a nearby ranch stopped by to say hello and mentioned our neighbors down the road had Alpacas for sale. I asked her why she had not purchased one as she loved animals and rarely resisted the urge to bring home another animal to add to her “collection”.  She laughed and we scooped up my daughter Lauren and headed back down the road to see the alpacas.  The moment we saw the baby alpaca’s we were in love.
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Fall Arrivals Have Begun

by 7 October 04, 2013 1 min read 0 Comments

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Celebrate Success

by 7 August 09, 2013 1 min read 0 Comments

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Alpaca on the Green-- a match made in heaven!

by 7 April 20, 2012 2 min read 0 Comments

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No one does alpaca like Alpaca Direct!

by 7 April 05, 2012 3 min read 0 Comments

It’s tough to get knitters, spinners & crocheters to agree on anything-- let’s face it, we’re an opinionated bunch of people! Fiber lovers of all stripes get into heated arguments at our Idaho storefront: whose craft is easiest for beginners, which stitch is best for a breathtaking scarf, whether metal or wooden tools are better & under what conditions... But underneath all the lighthearted (or occasionally not-so-lighthearted!) squabbling, there’s one thing that draws us all together once more: an appreciation for fiber of true quality & value. That’s why we at Alpaca Direct are so passionate about crafting with alpaca yarn & rovings!
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Ski with Warm Socks from Alpaca Direct

by 7 January 23, 2012 2 min read 0 Comments

Protect your feet from cold, discomfort & blistering with a pair of carefully constructed Dahlgren socks from Alpaca Direct!
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Idaho Store Grand Opening!

by 4 June 17, 2011 1 min read 0 Comments

Come celebrate our yarn and apparel store opening in North Idaho!
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