Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter clothing from North Star Alpacas [giveaway]

The wind was blowing around today and it hurt my face. Why do I live where the air hurts my face? Anyhow, it's cold and I need warm clothing.

I have a new friend in my wife's home state of Michigan, Maple of North Star Alpacas. She gets up in the morning, gets to the barn, and takes care of her 20 alpacas and two horses. I envy that life...

Maple loves working with her fleeces. She washes, dyes, picks, cards, and spins the gorgeous fleece that the alpacas grow. That's a lot of work! Some of the fleece is sent to Zeilinger's mill in Frankenmuth, Michigan to be made into roving. The mill also spins her sock yarn, which is then sent to Minnesota to be knit into socks.

And we're going to be giving away some socks again!

Alpaca socks, and a horse on the farm!

My wife really likes her new slouch hat (or beanie, beret, whatever you like to call it), which you can find a variety of in the shop. I see this style of hat every so often and I think it's becoming more popular.

Maple herself knit this slouch hat with farm grown alpaca yarn. My wife loves the way this soft, drapey, slouchy hat feels on her head. It's got just the right snugness to stay on your head with lots of room for hair. Jennifer has a lot of thick hair and the hat fits just fine. Hopefully she's not offended if she reads this.

Slouch hat. Promise I'm not married to a mannequin.

Did you know there are more than 20 natural shades of their fiber? It's soft like cashmere and stronger than wool. Soft and strong is not very common. It's unique in that it's extremely light, yet retains the ability to keep you (and the alpacas) very warm.

Maple's alpaca socks are 60% alpaca fleece, 20% Corriedale sheep fleece, and 20% nylon.
  • The 60% alpaca in these socks is from the farm's alpacas.
  • The 20% wool is from a friend's Corriedale sheep.
  • The 20% nylon is added to the yarn so that the socks will wash nicely and hold shape.


Check out the shop for hats, scarves, insoles, and other items. There are more than 2,400 positive reviews so you can expect quality stuff.

Who wants a pair of socks for the winter?! Maple at North Star Alpacas has been gracious enough to offer a pair of crew-style alpaca socks to one lucky Giveaway Guy reader.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter form below. You may share on Twitter once a day for extra points for the duration of the giveaway.

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This giveaway is open to users worldwide. One winner will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter, which I will contact by email after entries are verified. The winner will have 24 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary product in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.


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