In this class we will take a journey to discover the path the alpaca fleece will travel from the alpaca, after shearing day, all the way through the processing steps to become a scarf.
Location: Quarry Critters Alpaca Ranch – Littlestown, PA
Instructor: Julie Wysong, alpaca ranch owner
A special class called “Let’s Grow an Alpaca Scarf “
You will have the opportunity to purchase a 2024 fresh alpaca fleece from one of our very special alpacas and at a 20% discount. Then we will process your fleece in class with hands on experience and continue the journey, all the way to knitting the scarf. Experience is not necessary but helpful. Should you want experience in spinning or knitting you can take a class prior to this journey class. If you choose to take a spinning or knitting class you will receive a 10% discount if you sign up for 2 or 3 classes at the same time. For example, sign up for knitting + spinning, and receive 10% discount. etc.
Please bring your motivation to learn and plan to have fun.
Here’s what we will do in this class:
*First class-we will adopt an alpaca. That means you will visit with your alpaca at the beginning of each class. You can take pictures, ask questions, learn to halter, walk it and learn some fun facts about alpacas. Also on the first session you will purchase the fleece from your adopted alpaca. Alpacas fleece with Grade 1-2 cost $2.75 per oz. Grade 3 -4 fleece cost $2.00 per oz. An alpaca fleece weighs from 3 – 5 lbs. We will process the fleece together, wash, dye(demonstration), card, spin fibers to make yarn, and use your handmade yarn to knit your own scarf.
Special discounts & offers for class participates with paid class fee. and are currently enrolled in, “Let’s Grow an Alpaca Scarf”, will be eligible
Supplies needed: (qualify for 10% Discount )
Supplies to card: choose hand carders, bring your own drum carder, combs or flicker (like a dog brush). Each carding device will be described in class. Kromski Hand carders and Flickers are available for sale at QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop. We recommend fine teeth 108 points for alpaca fiber.
Supplies to Spin fiber into yarn: you must bring your own wheel, use a classroom wheel, or plan to purchase a new Kromski wheel.
If you want to use the class wheel you must make an appointment to spend time in the studio for your personal independent time to practice. Appointments can be made anytime between Wednesday-Saturday 11-3. for extra personal practice. We have 3 class wheels, the first to request use of wheels will be eligible to use. Class wheels do not leave the studio.
Should you decide to purchase a new Kromski wheel you may take advantage of a payment plan. With this class,when you make your wheel purchase, we will pay for the shipping of your new Kromski spinning wheel and provide one lb of prime alpaca fleece.
QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop now sells Kromski spinning wheels and accessories. We have the whole line of spinning wheels, looms, hand carders, Niddy Noddies and parts available for purchase. Service charges for repairs available by David Wysong
Optional Supplies: niddy noddy, 12 “ruler, tape measure. Kromski niddy noddy available for sale in QCAR alpaca gift shop.
Supplies for knitting: needles to match the yarn weight. Knitting needles by Knit Picks are available for sale at QCAR Alpaca Gift Shop.
Sound like fun?
Here is more….
The 2024 class starts March 1, 2024 runs through May 25, 2024
Saturdays Time: 1:00 – 4:00.
We will have 8 session of instruction, here are the meeting dates –
March 1, 2024 first Day of class – meet the alpaca and its fleece, skirting and washing fleece
March 9- Dye Demonstration
March 16-Carding alpaca fleece, alpaca fleece characteristics
March 23 – Spinning Lesson #1
March 30 – Spinning Lesson #2
April 6 – no class Harrisburg Farm Complex Alpaca Show, come if you want, its fun and has lots of alpacas.
April 13 – Spinning Lesson #3
April 20- No class Alpaca Show in Westminster, Md at the Ag Center. Your are invited to come watch.
April 27- No Class – Fiber Pals meet, please come join us at QCAR with like minded enthusiasts, bring your spinning wheel and continue making yarn.
May 4- Knitting Lesson – cast on. Start scarf pattern using your own handmade yarn
May 11- Knitting Lesson – Cast off.
May 18- No Class QCAR will be preparing for Shearing Day on May 19 where the alpacas all get a haircut. Come join us Sunday, May 19 “Shearing Day”, as a volunteer or spectator.
May 25- No Class Fiber Pals – Come celebrate your finished scarf that you made from fleece to scarf all by your own hand.
The class cost is $170, plus the price of the fleece you choose and other supplies you might want.
2024 Supplies you will need:
The class size is very small only 4 participates so please register early. (Click here ). Let me know if you are bringing your own wheel, if you want to use the class wheel, or want to buy a new Kromski Spinning Wheel.
We are going to meet the alpaca, buy it’s fleece, wash it, dry it, skirt it, tumble it, dye it, make yarn, and finally knit it into a scarf that you can brag about. Made from your own alpaca fleece from start to finish.
Note- the last Saturday of each month, or there abouts, you are invited to join Fiber Pals, which is the alumni of other “Journey Classes”, Just to return for fun. Work on and talk about your current project, or future projects. It’s a time to connect with other like minded fiber folks and get ideas or answers to questions.
So to get started enroll in the 2024 class. You can pay for the whole class now or make a non refundable deposit, (store credit)
Call if you have any questions 717-359-9989, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t wait to get started. How about you?