2:00, South Tent
by Kristin Ems
Kristin Ems and her husband, Willie, bought their first alpacas in 2001. Willie had farmed and raised cattle, and Kristin had an interest in fiber arts. Starting with five alpacas, they bred them to generate excellent fiber and conformation and at one time had a herd of 31 alpacas.
Kristin will share some insights on alpacas and explain how she has used the fiber to make yarn, both hand spinning and processing through a fiber mill. Examples of the various stages of fiber processing will be exhibited and explained. Kristin’s career was in laboratory medicine and hospital administration.