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8 Reasons Why You Need Alpaca!

It’s going to 83 degrees today in Franklin, but one thing I’ve learned in my short time here is that winter is just around the corner. I’m savoring the majesty of fall, but also planning for winter.

Yesterday I was re-organizing. It seems like I’m always re-organizing something…moving summer out of the closet and making room for winter.

I love when I find clothing that I totally forgot I had…like my alpaca cozy clothes! Last spring my daughter and I visited Mistletoe Farm, an alpaca farm right here in Franklin and I was taken in by these wonderful creatures. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t spent a lot of time with alpacas!


And…if you ever itch from wearing wool…you won’t with alpaca.


Alpaca is water, stain and wind resistant. So if you’re wearing a poncho or coat, you won’t feel the wind and it will take a very long time for the rain to penetrate the garment. It’s lightweight but also is a natural insulator!

Alpaca is stretch resistant and it’s super durable because those poor alpacas have to withstand some pretty harsh elements in the mountains of Peru.

And finally…the natural colors of undyed alpaca fleece is simple beautiful…shades of warm grey, rich chocolates, vibrant white and tawny hues – 22 standard colors in all but there’s rumors that there might be 300 natural variations of colors. The thing about this is that NO TWO pieces will be alike.


Look at a few of the color variations.


Do yourself a favor and check out the wonders of alpaca. I’ve got my hat, gloves and scarves ready for the first frost.

If you live in Franklin or anywhere nearby…The Barn Door (one of my favorite places) will have plenty of hand-woven pieces from Mistletoe Farm.


Nothing like an alpaca kiss!


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