New World Alpacas Textiles began at the 2nd Street Market last fall, as a Saturday-only vendor and have now become a permanent vendor, open all three Market shopping days. The NWAT booth contains a treasure trove of wonderful, soft, warm clothing items, wearable works of art, yarns, dryer balls, and home accessories such as table mats, rugs, and decorative pillows.
Owner Maryann Simpson has about 15 alpacas, and the herd is pastured on pesticide-free grasses and each one knows his or her name.
Alpaca wool naturally comes in varying degrees of softness, depending upon the location of the wool while on the alpaca. After shearing, the softest, plushest wool is used for the ultra-soft scarves, shawls, and luxurious yarns, the majority of the very soft wool is used for the socks, hats, caps, gloves and other fashions and home décor, and the coarsest wool and bits that cannot be used for anything else are fashioned into dryer balls and wonderful, cushy padded insoles for shoes! Baby booties, purses, fingerless gloves and hunter’s masks (ski masks) are a few of the more unusual items to be found. Maryann does as much of the spinning and weaving as possible, and work that cannot be done on the farm is largely shipped out to a co-op south of Dayton.
The dryer balls are designed to help absorb moisture in the clothes dryer, reducing drying time and saving you money on utility bills!
The variety of socks boggles the mind, featuring everything from colorful fashion socks to rugged boot socks and everything in between.. The socks contain a small amount of polyester/spandex in order to retain their shape. The socks are warm in the winter yet very ‘breathable’ in the summer, wicking moisture away from the foot. This wicking ability makes them a good choice for diabetics, and therapeutic socks – with less snug elastic tops - are available at the market booth.
Stop in at the New World Alpaca Textiles booth (towards the west end of the Market) and see all the wonderful, soft items available!
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