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Local spinners, knitters come together


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RACHEL BRAND is spinning alpaca fur into yarn Saturday, outside Nanette's Knits and Gifts in Wakefield. The spinner holds the hair in their hand, elongating the fur as they pump the wheel and a bobbin places the tight fur into yarn. Jackie Basset says even the inexperienced can spin, but they will make thicker yarn until they get better and more proficient.


WAKEFIELD — Nanette’s Knits and Gifts sponsored an educational fiber demonstration Saturday in Wakefield by inviting three fiber groups to join her for some outdoor knitting on World Wide Knits in Public day. The fiber knitting groups came together from Woodruff, Presque Isle, and of course Wakefield.

Nanette Paquette owns seven alpacas, becoming an alpaca owner in 2009. Paquette shears and turns their fur into yarn, which she sells in her store. According to Paquette, alpacas are calming and curious animals and she does not breed hers, inste...

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