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Diane Peckham grew up in a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania. After graduating from college, she married Nick Peckham and moved to Berkeley. For the next 15 years, she moved from East to West Coast and back again several times before finally settling down in Missouri. While raising three children and working as a medical technologist, she rec...eived a master's degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Diane brought the first alpacas to mid-Missouri 20 years ago and with her husband, founded MOPACA, the Midwest Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association. MOPACA has grown to become one of the major alpaca organizations in the country and is nationally recognized for the quality of its educational offerings and annual alpaca show. In 2004, Diane retired from the University of Missouri after 25 years and has since devoted full time to raising alpacas and indulging in the pleasure of fiber arts. When the FeltLoom™ became available, she and her friends invested in one. Diane sees the loom as a wonderful way to be creative and provide a lovely, durable and unique alpaca product. And she adds that it's really fun! More

Alpaca Breeds: Suris

The suri alpaca has a long lustrous fleece that hangs vertically down its body and is often referred to as dreadlocks.  The locks that make up the fleece should be round, close to the skin and have a uniform twist from beginning to end. The locks in a suri fleece should be uniform in size and style throughout the fleece.  This uniformity in a suri fleece is akin to the uniformity created by crimp in a Huacaya fleece.

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Alpaca Breeds: Huacayas

Whether Suri or Huacaya, both types of alpaca fleece are considered luxury fibers because of their unique characteristics.  In the United States 85% of alpacas are Huacaya while the remaining 15% are Suri.  Both of these fibers can be as soft or softer than cashmere.

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