Nickelby at Darnum
In 2008 I opened Nickelby At Darnum. After finding a totally bare 67 acres with no buildings, no house, only three paddocks, no electricity and no water I decided that I had found the perfect place to set up shop as it were. Finding a fabulous builder we set about to create what is now Nickelby At Darnum which is not only a farm gate shop where I sells beautiful alpaca garments but also a licence café where you can come and have coffee and cake or ring the day before to book in for lunch, it is also the home of over 50 alpacas who on most days would be happy to say hello.
Why Alpaca? I believe totally in wearing natural fibres and I also believe that non surpass alpaca in terms of wear and comfort. Alpaca is softer, lighter and warmer than wool and it doesn't scratch so to me that makes it perfect.
I also believe in creating a range of clothing with very few miles on the clock. I either use Australian Alpaca processed here in Victoria or I process my own yarn and I use Victorian made dyes to dye all my yarn so in this day when we are all looking for a bit of sustainability and being careful of the environment I am proud of my paddock to (clothing) rack approach and methods.
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