Alpaca have me in awe, so do their owners. We ventured out the other weekend to a local Alpaca Farm that was participating the National Alpaca Farm Days. Our chosen day was less than stellar, with a steady mist punctuated by bouts of showers, but the farm family was very welcoming. I learned quite a bit about Alpacas, but the thing that stood out the most was the smell, or the lack of one. Some of you may nod your heads when I say I was not looking forward to the scent of wet farm animals, but there was none, not even a bean smell (that’s what they call Alpaca manure). The kids had fun, my parents came along and enjoyed themselves too. I wanted to bring home six or so.
But of course a trip to see Alpaca would be incomplete without a stop at the yarn barn! Oh so soft & squishy, and the colors, I love the natural colors, but there was a wide range of colors too. Belinda was demonstrating spinning for us on her wheel, I could get into that! It looked very relaxing and the endless possibliites of color and fiber combinations. Yet another thing to add to the Christmas wish list….
Look into visiting a local Alpaca farm in your area, great people, interesting animals, shy but so lovable, you just want to knit ’em up!