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Our knitting shop in Hood River, Oregon specializes in natural yarns and offers a wonderful selection of quality yarns, raw alpaca fiber, alpaca rovings, supplies, books, alpaca socks, and gifts. We sell Kromski, Ashford, and Schacht spinning wheels, looms, and weaving and spinning tools and supplies.

Foothills Yarn & Fiber Shop

Compare our discount yarn prices on the web, and then take advantage of FREE SHIPPING FOR ORDERS OVER $50!

Plymouth Yarns Trunk Show

July 15 - 30, 2017
See hand-knitted garments made of alpaca and other yarns from Plymouth Yarns. Alpaca yarn is lightweight, soft as cashmere, and warmer than wool, making it perfect for creating lovely knitted and crocheted garments that will be cherished. While you're here, meet our alpacas.

See us on TV, on the Web, and in print

May, 2016
Documentary for Stanford Center on Longevity

This eight-minute film tells three stories of how people are planning to live and are living during their retirement years. Play the video titled, "What would you do with 30 extra years?"

May 2015
Video by Xplore Film and Oregon Lifestyles

See the video about our alpacas, yarn shop, and the Hood River County Fruit Loop.

January 2014
Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life by Jane Pauley

In 2014, every baby boomer will have reached the milestone age of fifty. For most, it's not the end, but the beginning of something new. Read our story and the delightful, compelling, and inspiring stories of many others who started their own businesses. Find the book on Amazon.com.

October 2013
What Do Alpacas and William Shatner Have In Common?

Read the blog of Quirky Warrior Woman Writer, Kimberly A Cook, to find out!

June 2013
William Shatner Interviewed Thomas

Thomas flew to LA on June 20 to tell his story to William Shatner who is writing a book on entrepreneurs who started businesses when over 55 years old. Hire Yourself will tell the stories and relate to us the lessons we can learn from them. We'll announce the book when it's published!

December 2012
Oregon Lifestyles

The episode of the Oregon Lifestyles cable show that features us aired on Comcast cable channels 11, 22, and 23 in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, and Oregon City at the end of December.

December 2011

CNN interviewed and filmed us for a short "Small Business Success" segment that aired for a second time on December 12 & December 14.

May 2011
Localite TV Show

We were guests on the Localite TV show here in the Gorge. The 30-minute program aired at 7 p.m. on May 6 on Charter Cable Channel 7 in the gorge.

Winter 2011
Oregon Lakes and Rivers

Read a little bit about us and our alpacas in an Oregon Lakes & Rivers article. You'll need to register for a free account.

April 2010
NBC's Today show

See us in a feature that was aired on NBC's Today show on Arpil 13, 2010. Jane Pauley visited our ranch to interview Thomas about his career change from being an Operations Manager at West Marine to becoming an alpaca rancher. You can read three articles about us and about alpacas:
- A Rural Reinvention
- Alpacas Are Awesome
- Reality Check: Alpaca Ranching

Fall 2010
National TV Commercial

Thomas, Connie, and some of their alpacas are in an American Express TV commercial that was filmed in Hollywood and aired during 2010. You can watch an early version of the commercial.

Watch a video of our alpacas and yarn shop
Here's a fun video of what you'll see when you visit our ranch and our alpacas. See you soon!


This two-minute video is a quick description of our business.

Alpaca Socks!
Luxurious alpaca socks breathe and are comfortable all year round. Soft, durable, wrinkle-resistant, and eco-friendly, alpaca fleece is a warm, natural fiber that you'll love to wear every day.

We Have Spinning Wheels and Weaving Looms!
Find out more about the gorgeous Kromski spinning wheels and the best-selling looms in the United States—the Baby Wolf.

The Baby Wolf
Yarns We Carry
We offer luxurious alpaca yarn, including baby alpaca, at affordable prices.

We have knitting yarn and crochet yarn from silk yarn to bamboo yarn, as well as the softest wool yarn for knitting and to crochet.

We have bamboo knitting needles and Skacel Turbo circular knitting needles in a full range of sizes.

If you don't see the yarn you're looking for on our website, give us a call. The following are the yarns we carry in the shop.

Chunky (5: Bulky,
3–3.75 sts/in)
Worsted/Aran (4: Medium,
4–5 sts/in)
  • Foothills Alpaca Yarn Worsted
  • Foothills Hand Dyed Alpaca Yarn Worsted
  • Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Cascade 220
Worsted/Aran continued
  • Lamb's Pride Worsted
  • Tahki Cotton Classic
  • Cascade Yarns Pure Alpaca
  • Cascade Yarns Eco A;paca
  • Cascade Yarns Cash Vero
  • Crystal Palace Moochi Plus
DK/Light Worsted (3: Light,
5.25–6 sts/in)
Sport (2: Fine,
5.75–6.5 sts/in)
  • Brown Sheep Nature Spun
(1: Super Fine,
6.75–8+ sts/in)
  • Plymouth Baby Alpaca Lace
  • Foothills Hand Dyed Sock Yarn
We also carry Fiber Trends and Oat Couture patterns.

Shop Hours
March–May: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00–4:00
Memorial Day 11:00–4:00
June–October: Open daily 11:00–5:00
November–December 24: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11:00–4:00
Veteran's Day 11:00–4:00
Always open by appointment.

Contact Information
Phone: 541.354.3542
Email: info@foothillsyarn.com
Located at the Cascade Alpaca Ranch, visitors are also welcome to meet these rare animals. Come see our newest babies!

Cascade Alpacas of Oregon

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