UpstreamAlpacas

Upstream Alpacas

Oregon, United States · 1676 Sales

UpstreamAlpacas

Upstream Alpacas

Oregon, United States 1676 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(836)

Announcement   Welcome to my shop. I love wonderful, soft alpaca fiber, and I hope you will too. I am a long time obsessive knitter, and now spinner, whose love of fiber led to the establishment of Upstream Alpacas in 1998. I would love to share some alpaca with you!

Items for sale have been made by me in my home. We are non-smoking, but animal friendly (obviously, since we raise alpacas). We also have cats who love alpaca fiber, but I try to keep them away from the sale items. I store my sale items in tubs with lavendar, a natural moth repellant.

I try my best to accurately capture the color of the items in natural light, but computer screens vary, so some variation in color may occur.

If you have interest in larger quantities or a special order item, please convo me. We have alpacas for sale, too. You can see our alpacas at http://www.upstreamalpacas.com.

Please join my Ravelry group - Upstream Alpacas Fans. Follow me on Instagram - UpstreamAlpacas. Post your finished yarn or knitted projects to be eligible for quarterly free drawings!

Announcement
Last updated on Mar 11, 2016

Welcome to my shop. I love wonderful, soft alpaca fiber, and I hope you will too. I am a long time obsessive knitter, and now spinner, whose love of fiber led to the establishment of Upstream Alpacas in 1998. I would love to share some alpaca with you!

Items for sale have been made by me in my home. We are non-smoking, but animal friendly (obviously, since we raise alpacas). We also have cats who love alpaca fiber, but I try to keep them away from the sale items. I store my sale items in tubs with lavendar, a natural moth repellant.

I try my best to accurately capture the color of the items in natural light, but computer screens vary, so some variation in color may occur.

If you have interest in larger quantities or a special order item, please convo me. We have alpacas for sale, too. You can see our alpacas at http://www.upstreamalpacas.com.

Please join my Ravelry group - Upstream Alpacas Fans. Follow me on Instagram - UpstreamAlpacas. Post your finished yarn or knitted projects to be eligible for quarterly free drawings!

Christine Riley

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Christine Riley

Baby Alpaca Combed Top - Purple Haze
US$25.00
Baby Alpaca Combed Top - Pumpkin Pie
US$25.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(836)
sandy notjustyarns

sandy notjustyarns on Sep 18, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

my favorite seller and fibers to spin..perfect in every single way!

weaselspinner

weaselspinner on Sep 17, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Gorgeous colors and the softness is luscious. Wonderful service as well. Thank you!

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Autumn Harvest colorway on 100% baby alpaca combed top.

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Silk Tiger colorway on 50% black alpaca / 50% tussah silk.

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Baby alpaca & tencel fingering weight yarn. Lovely luster and drape. 400 yds, 100 gr, $25.

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About

Alpaca fiber love!

I have always loved to knit, and discovered alpaca yarn about 20 years ago. My husband always wanted to move from the suburbs to the country. In 1998 we found a way to address both of our passions, and bought a small ranch in the beautiful Oregon wine country. Within months we bought our first alpacas and began our breeding program. Alan was able to become a full time alpaca rancher a couple of years later. I kept working as a manager in high tech, but became more and more interested in the whole process of getting fiber from the backs of my wonderful animals to the luxurious yarn I love to knit with. I bought a spinning wheel, a drum carder, and some English combs, but had no time to use them.

Then, after retiring a few years ago, I used my new free time to learn to spin. I love it! From ads on Ravelry, I discovered that Etsy was a place I could buy great spinning fiber. I met some other spinners and started going to group spinning events and fiber fairs. One of my new friends was making hand painted rovings - mostly merino - and had a successful Etsy shop. I loved her beautiful fiber, but she didn't dye alpaca. She offered to give me a lesson on her process for my birthday, and I took her up on the offer! I brought some baby alpaca combed top to dye, and it turned out beautifully.

On the way home from this "dye day" I purchased some dyes and a steamer, because I wanted to dye more alpaca for myself. When I showed my results to my friends, they encouraged me open my own Etsy shop. Since there is so little overhead to do so, I thought I'd give it a try. I was delighted when my fiber started to sell right away! A year later I added hand painted alpaca yarns. I recently acquired a large electric carder and am now making batts for sale, as well. I anticipate adding a few more products in the near future.

My operation is small. I dye fiber and yarn in my garage. I make batts and store fiber in bins in my living room. So no pictures of my operation.....

You can see photos of our lovely alpacas on our ranch site:
www.upstreamalpacas.com

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  • Christine Riley

    Owner, Dyer, Spinster

    Life long knitter, alpaca owner, spinner, and now Indie dyer. Since retiring from high tech a few years back, I've made the fiber arts my full time "job".

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