Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Christine Charikofsky, Alpacas of Windswept Farm
1. What is your website?
Website - www.WindsweptAlpacas.com
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Where are you located?
2887 Station Road
Middletown, MD 21769
We are located just 15 minutes west of Frederick, just 1.5 miles from I-70
4. What do you make?
We raise alpacas and produce yarn made with natural fibers. Last year we mixed Bamboo with the Alpaca fiber. We also sell raw fiber, roving and batts for quilt making.
5. Do you make fiber/yarn/etc. full-time?
For me, taking care of the farm is a full-time job. The spring season is birthing time and shearing which keeps me hopping. After shearing, I spend a lot of time preparing the fiber for shipment to a small U.S. mill for processing.
6. How did you get into making stuff?
For us, we began as a breeding farm but it was a logical extension to produce product from the wonderful fiber that is shorn every year.
7. How long have you been doing this?
We purchased our first alpacas in 2003 and began producing our first products in 2005.
8. Where do you find inspiration?
I am always looking for new ideas to try and something new to create. I never really know where the inspiration will come from. I do spend a lot of time reading and researching on the Internet.
9. Any funny stories, words of wisdom, something else to share about you or your business?
The funniest story I can think of was an incident that occurred about a year ago. My husband and I were sitting in our office on a sunny morning and all of a sudden here comes one of our boys pronking by our window (pronking is a 'Pepe Le Pew' style jog that the alpacas do for fun). He and a few other boys were having a great time just running around the house and heading for the neighbors corn field.
We got the boys rounded up and back safely in their pen plus as an added bonus, we got our exercise that day.