The Andresen Acres Alpaca Yarn & Gift Shop will open its facility with regular business hours on November 20, 2015 in Eagle Point, Oregon. Shop hours will be Fridays and Saturdays Noon – 5 pm and will continue after the holidays. Located at 924 West Linn Road the new facility is full of soft and luxurious items made from alpaca fiber.
“The Andresen Acres Yarn & Gift Shop will offer wide variety of raw and finished products; bright hand-dyed and lovely natural alpaca yarns, batts, rovings, and finished products like socks, gloves, hats and scarves as well as hand-made equipment like beautiful wood looms and spindles will be available for purchase. Sign-ups for specialty fiber classes and farm tours will also be available. The shop is a great location for Rogue Valley artists, crafters, and the general public to learn about alpacas, fiber products, and perhaps sign up for a class or two. All of the yarn comes from alpacas that reside in the Rogue Valley.
The Andresen Acres Yarn & Gift Shop will also feature their ever popular alpaca socks. These lovely warm alpaca socks will be available in a variety of colors and sizes. Alpaca socks are some of the most comfortable, long wearing, and warmest socks on the market. Unlike wool products that have a high “itch factor” alpaca socks are extremely soft and easy to care for. With winter just around the corner, anyone who wants cozy feet or those with foot problems like neuropathy should stop by to check them out.
Norm and Noreen Andresen, owners of the shop, will also be on hand to talk about alpacas and how they turn raw alpaca fleece into finished products on their Eagle Point ranch. Alpacas may be seen right next to the shop, grazing in the field, to enrich the experience. Open to the public, Andresen Acres welcomes the inquisitive, new or seasoned crafter, and families of all ages.
During a visit to Andresen Acres, there will also be opportunities to sign up for classes like fiber dyeing, spinning, knitting, and crocheting. An experienced hand crafter – Noreen Andresen has decades of experience with knitting and crocheting and in the last dozen years has perfected the dyeing and spinning processes with alpaca fiber. She takes alpaca fleeces annually from her animals and processes them by hand: sorting, washing, carding, dyeing, spinning it into yarn and then knitting or crocheting it into unique and beautiful finished products and selling them in the store. “My hope is to teach others how to learn a new skill, and create unique works of wearable art. I really enjoy teaching raw fiber processing – taking it from the alpaca through the process to finished product. Sharing my skills and knowledge with others in these areas, is very satisfying” says Noreen Andresen.
Norm and Noreen Andresen are both retired, and have been in the alpacas business for nearly 16 years. They raise a small herd of 15 Huacaya alpacas at Andresen Acres. Noreen is also a certified fiber sorter and Norm is the pasture and farm manager and also hand crafts looms and spindles out of fine woods.
“Don’t miss this opportunity to start your holiday shopping early, especially for the hard-to-shop-for-person on your gift list. Alpaca socks, scarves, hats and gloves make great gifts, especially with a cold winter coming,” says Norm Andresen.