And even better, I have a gift card to give away to one of you to do the same!
But first, a bit about the company:
Alpaca Direct is owned and operated by Kelley and Jim, who first got into alpacas when their daughter began showing them in 4-H. They soon fell in love with these charming animals and their scrumptiously soft fiber, and now own an alpaca ranch and a lively brick-and-mortar yarn store in Idaho (which I'd love to visit someday) in addition to the ecommerce site. I had the privilege of talking to Jim and Kelley on the phone, and they are as friendly as can be- their enthusiasm and pride for their business really shines through. They know their products inside and out: Kelley told me, "We test knit every single yarn we carry- if we don't like it or can't figure out what to do with it, we don't carry it."
The site itself is super well organized- you can search by brand, fiber content, or weight, and though of course they specialize in alpaca, there are lots of other natural fiber options and blends as well. When I was browsing just before the holidays, they warned me that stock was a little low due to the rush, but there were still plenty of tempting options. They also carry roving and spinning supplies, as well as alpaca clothing and gifts... which is lovely if you don't feel like knitting alpaca socks but do feel like wearing them (this girl, right here.) Have you guys ever held an alpaca teddy bear? 'Cause let me tell you, they are SOFT. The one thing I did recommend with regard to the website is "MOAR EYECANDY!" Because, as I'm sure many of you are painfully aware, knitters are prone to "oooh pretty" impulse buys ;-) Not that that's how I acquired most of my stash, or anything.
Speaking of my stash, I went for primarily alpaca (because, duh) but tossed a little Silky Wool in too. The shipping was super fast considering it was right before Christmas (and they had a free shipping promo going on, woohoo!)
Obviously I have some black projects planned.
Aaaaaand get excited, 'cause one of you can win a $25 Gift Certificate to Alpaca Direct!
All you gotta do is comment and tell me what you'd name your alpaca, if you had one, and I'll randomly select a comment in one week's time (Sunday January 12th).
I think I'd name mine "Herman"...
Unlike the noble alpaca, Pog produces no useful fibers of any sort, though not for want of trying.
Disclaimer: I was provided a gift certificate in exchange for my honest review;
however this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own :-)