November 2009
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Hand spinning Alpaca wool adds new twist


Bethany Schofield and Meg Manning demonstrating spinning at the My Sweet Alpaca Farm in Langston.


If you drive by Sweet Home ALApaca in rural Blount County or My Sweet Alpacas a little farther north in Langston, you’ll probably notice the docile creatures humming contentedly as they munch across their neatly trimmed pastures.

But there’s a large group of folks who look across that greenway and don’t just see those four-legged creatures—they see sweaters, scarves, hats and even rugs!

A major part of the recent nationwide Alpaca Weekends held this fall at alpaca farms included demonstrations by many hand spinners utilizing spinning wheels and drop spindles.