100% alpaca 3-ply yarn handspun from my alpaca Hugh. This is a medium-dark brown with an auburn hue, the photos do not do it justice, although the one draped over the spinning wheel is pretty close to the actual color. The photos with the small green bag are also fairly close, oddly the red color pops as long as there is green in the camera view. Hugh's fleece is one of my softest and finest, and I just love the color! This is a worsted weight yarn (~56 yds/oz, worsted weight is 44-75 yds/oz), and is a huge skein! This would make a great cabled sweater, thick shawl, several big scarves or wraps, or any number of hats and matching mittens. 3-ply Yarn is literally made for cabling, the rounder yarn (compared to a 2-ply which is flattened) makes the cables really pop out of the background knitting. I have been impressed at how much better my cables look when knitted in 3-ply rather than my usual 2-ply, and I spun this specifically with a big, warm cabled sweater-coat in mind. I spin all my yarn on my wonderful Lendrum spinning wheel, and then gently soak-wash the yarn using my own mild homemade soap, then a rinse in a very light vinegar-water solution to neutralize the soap, then a final rinse in rainwater. And no, it doesn't smell like vinegar - or soap, I only use unscented soap. Alpaca fleece is so soft, and I spin fairly loosely so it stays fluffy. To keep yarn soft and bouncy the twists per inch should match the crimps per inch of the raw fiber - for alpaca that's pretty low. This yarn looks thicker than it is since it's so fluffy. I highly recommend using needles several sizes larger than your usual gauge (especially if knitting lace) so as to not "crush the spirit" of this beautiful yarn - it will fluff up so light and airy! As with all my yarn, this is from our own small herd of 14 alpacas here in rural Tennessee. This fleece was taken to a local alpaca fiber mill and processed into roving for me, which I spun myself. Most of my fleece I hand-process from start to finish, but every couple of years I just get too overwhelmed with the towering piles of fleece I haven't gotten to, and take some to the mill (please take a look at my Life on the Farm blog here to see what else I am doing other than playing with alpaca fleece!).
I generally ship USPS - being rural that is the most convenient - but can ship UPS when appropriate. I ship items as soon as possible - if already made then within 1-3 days usually, and if custom-made then within 2-3 weeks. If the actual shipping cost is more than $1 or so less than my listed shipping costs then I will refund the difference.
I pack and ship with 100% re-used and re-purposed materials, I do not buy anything except the tape. Because I have virtually no packing and shipping expenses, I do not charge anything more than the actual shipping.
My soaps usually ship in bubble mailers, although more than 4 bars or so may go in a small box. The mailers are all re-used, in fact my wonderful USPS clerk even saves me any mailers that she can peel the previous labels off of, and I will, of course, take off any previous labels on mailers and boxes as well.
Larger orders (sheep or alpaca fleeces, for example) may be in branded boxes (Amazon, soap supply companies, etc), and wholesale soap orders will be in USPS Flat Rate boxes.
I use bubble packing materials or brown paper that I receive with my supply orders, or my local newspaper to pack the orders for shipping. I virtually never use packing peanuts, I prefer the sheets of bubble material or paper.
I hand-address all packages, so I don't use printer ink, and I print the invoice on the back of the blank paper sheets left from the sticker-labels for my soaps.
A vital part of our life philosophy at SFH is to leave as small a footprint in the physical world as we can. We are committed to making as little waste as possible, and hope that you support us in these wishes! If you prefer any part of our packing and shipping process to be different, please convo me with your request – paper rather than plastic packing, for example, or only an unmarked box/mailer – and I will do my best to accommodate that!
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Custom or personalized orders
Perishable products (like food or flowers)
Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Additional return information
I am committed to creating and maintaining relationships with customers - I want you to be completely happy with your purchase. Please let me know immediately if you are not completely satisfied so that I can correct the issue to the best of my ability.