Alpacas are members of the camelid family along with camels, llamas, vicunas and guanacos. There are two different breeds of alpacas – Huacayas (on the left) and Suris (on the right). Both are bred for their fibre. The fleece on Suris hangs flat in ringlets and has a silky texture. Huacaya fleece has a distinctive crimp to it similar to sheeps wool. We use both types of fleece in our yarns. Alpacas come in a wide range of colours from pure white, creams, fawns, browns, grey and jet black.
Cashmere goats have a coarse outer coat and a soft fine downy undercoat. The fibre is harvested by combing their undercoat. It then needs to be washed and de-haired. These goats belong to Kate at Lakeland Valley Goats.
Bluefaced Leicester Sheep
Bluefaced Leicester sheep are local to this area. Many farmers keep a small flock in addition to their main breed of Swaledales or Rough Fells. The wool is long, curly and very fine.
Shetland are small, primitive sheep. They come in a wide range of colours and markings. Their fleece is fine, but is often short.