Bodhi, a Bengal cat who lives with Corry and Robin Pratt in Unity, models an alpaca wool sweater for small animals, which are available at the Maine Alpaca Experience on Main Street in Ellsworth. PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINE ALPACA EXPERIENCE

Ward off winter’s lingering chill

Capes are for superheroes but they also can look super no matter what you’ve got on underneath.

So, we were thrilled to discover a slew of capes in bright and neutral colors at the new Maine Alpaca Experience at 112 Main St. in Ellsworth.

Corry Pratt and her wife, Robin Pratt, own the shop, which offers everything from socks, mittens and gloves to baby outfits, sweaters, scarves, wraps and coats all with alpaca wool. There are even lightweight socks for golf or tennis made with the soft fiber.

“It keeps your body temperature at whatever it is,” Corry said.

Alpaca wool products also stay drier longer than other wool because alpaca fibers are hollow.

The shop has dog sweaters made with alpaca wool, too, which are suitable if you have a larger cat like the Pratts’ half-Bengal, Bodhi.

Knitters are welcome. There is an area in the back of the shop for people to sit and knit at no charge.

There are basic knitting supplies for sale and also skeins of wool originating from alpacas at the Pratts’ Unity farm, Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm.

This gives new meaning to the question “who are you wearing?”

Each of the skeins from the farm is tagged with the name of the alpaca that provided the fiber.

The couple intends to only sell alpaca yarn in deference to Shirley’s Yarns and Crafts in Hancock, where Corry is a loyal shopper.

Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info, call 356-4146 and visit


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Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.

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