ShearedDelights

Quality Yarns and Rovings from our alpaca ranch.

Woodland, Washington · 0 Sales

ShearedDelights

Quality Yarns and Rovings from our alpaca ranch.

Woodland, Washington 0 Sales On Etsy since 2014

Announcement   Alpaca, the affordable luxury fiber in yarn, roving and fleece

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Alpaca, the affordable luxury fiber in yarn, roving and fleece

Karin Finch

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Karin Finch

About

Living our Dream

The heart of White Oak Alpacas is our Victorian ranch house. It sits on a slope with a spectacular view of Mount St. Helens in Washington State. Our namesake is a magnificent, centuries old Oregon white oak tree, Quercus garryanna. There are two spacious barns adjoining lush pastures for the alpacas, our Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dog, Chet, and his barn cat buddies, Nala and Snickers.

White Oak Alpacas started many years ago with a dream of someday owning a little piece of rural land to retire on, away form the hectic rush of the city. Though many years from retirement we always had our eyes open and in 1994 opportunity and preparedness crossed when we found that perfect spot to live and ranch. It was love at first sight even through our "little bit of land" had grown to thirty acres. The challenge that soon faced us was how to afford the potential property tax consequence of owning so much land. Alpaca ranching was the answer.

Being raised in the city and naming every animal we owned, we knew we didn't want to raise anything that might be killed for its market value. So cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs were out; and we didn't know enough about horses. Besides, they are huge! As fate would have it we saw an ad about alpacas in the in-flight magazine on a trip to Seattle. It was love at first sight for Karin. Randy took a bit more convincing. Alpacas looked like a cross between a giraffe and a teddy bear. They were small enough that Karin could look them in the eye with mutual respect not intimidation. Not only were they cute but were raised for their fiber (wool) not meat. So we could name them but hug them too. A perfect match!

The next five years was work and planning to enable the transition from hectic urban life to a country life style. Randy designed the house and site plan while structuring his business in southern California for telecommuting. Karin joined the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association and started her research on care and management of the animals. Classes, study and workshops on alpaca care and training, on spinning, weaving, and knitting became her routine. Even today education is not only important but fun as she continues to expand her knowledge in all aspects of the alpaca industry, ranching, and the subtle joys of country life.

In March 1999, we moved to the country and started building our home while improving the ranch to bring our first alpacas to their new home. In May we bought our first girls, a maiden and a pregnant female. We agisted (boarded) the girls nearby until the pastures and barn ready for them. March 2001 was the dream became a reality as we brought our little herd home along with five other animals that would be agisted by us for another family. Two years later we had thirty alpacas on the ranch with eleven crias (baby alpacas) born under our care.
Our beloved Chet has passed on after 11 years of protecting his alpacas, cats, chickens, us and our grandchildren. Nala and Snickers are still catching mice in the barn.
In 2013 we welcomed a new puppy, a Labradoodle named Lolli and 2 polidactile kittens, Toe-Fu and PD. Never a dull moment with all the animals around here.
Watch for Lolli's and the kittens featured picks in the coming months. Lolli likes fun, PD, soft is her thing and Toe-FU is all guy.
As our knowledge and herd has grown, now 60 alpacas reside with us, we have decided to enlarge our network of friends and fiber lovers to include the internet, Etsy was the perfect choice.
Etsy is the newest part of our adventure and we are looking forward to a wonderful future meeting new people online

Randy & Karin Finch
White Oak Alpacas home of ShearedDelights

Shop members

  • Karin Finch

    Owner, Fiber Artist, Animal Caregiver

    City girl always wanted to live in the country . Fiber really excites me . Wife of 43 years, mom of 2 grandmother of 5. Sharing the love of our alpacas is really the heart of what we do. Fiber artist, spinner, knitter, dyer love it all

  • Alpacas

    Creator, Production Staff

    Our herd of 38 girl and boy alpacas produce the lovely fiber we have to make our products. They each have a distinct personality and make everyday on the ranch memorable.

  • Randy

    Photographer, Assistant, All Around Great Guy

    Randy is retired US Navy Capt, submarine service, master woodworker, cabinet maker, wood turner, photographer, Mr fix it on the ranch, fantastic grandpa and all around great guy.

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Last updated on April 7, 2014
Welcome to Sheared Delights our boutique at White Oak Alpacas.
We are a small ranch in SW Washington State and strive to create unique, quality yarns, roving and products from our alpacas wonderful fiber. I am a hand spinner, knitter and fiber lover.

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Please notify me within 3 days of receipt, after 7 days sales are final. If you are not satisfied with the product please contact me re return or replacement.
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