Maple Smith is a retired school teacher who runs North Star Alpacas, an Alpaca Fiber Farm and online store, based in Ithaca, Michigan. She washes, dyes, picks, cards, and spins the gorgeous fleece that the alpacas grow for her. North Star Alpacas offers handspun and millspun alpaca yarn, alpaca roving, raw alpaca fleece, and handmade items from her own alpacas. Some alpaca is as soft as cashmere and most is warmer and stronger than wool making it a knitter's or crocheter's dream.
Maple has a fondness for making hats, and never knits the same thing twice.