Maria and John Hall live on the Hall Family Farm near Sugarcreek, Ohio. They currently have seven alpacas, both huacaya and suri. John prefers the soft and fuzzy huacaya, while Maria loves the ringlets and strength of suri. The farm has one acre of pasture and a barn that the Halls build themselves of reclaimed lumber.
Why alpacas? Maria says, “We just really love the sweetness of these creatures. They have soulful eyes and are quite calm and inquisitive. We simply fell in love with them. These are the most gentle animals. We have taken them to the nursing home during the pandemic to do window visits which was fun, and to church community outreach days for kids to feed and pet.”
Maria is a fiber artist as well as helping John with the animals. “I have made yarn and hats, headbands and wrist warmers. I have felted shawls that have lovely scenes in them, and done some nuno scarves. Felting is my favorite to do, but spinning yarn is pretty soothing and methodical.” In the future, Maria hopes to learn more about grading the fiber, then market the highest quality selection to handspinners.
Both huacaya and suri fiber from the Hall’s alpacas will be featured in Pindrop Fibers by fall of 2022.