Alpacas!

alpacas

Today we went to the alpaca expo at the showgrounds. So many alpacas!

such big eyes

It was really more of a breeder’s show-and-tell than a fibre extravaganza, but I was so caught up with meeting all of the alpacas that I didn’t really mind. The whole building was full of small pens which were full of hay and alpacas. So many different colours!

We chatted to several farmers and learnt lots of things about fleece quality and breeding. They talked a lot about which male you should ‘put over a female’ (erm…) and one was very excited that I knew enough statistics to understand her herd averages (who ever thought standard deviation would have such a useful application?).

We interrupted several lunchbreaks

a snack

suri alpacas

and I got to cuddle the sweetest, softest baby alpaca!

cuddles

I was just so amazed by these wonderful animals—they have such personality, and they’re all so different. And such big, liquid eyes! Everywhere I turned, alpacas were sizing me up, giving me that calculated gaze.

staring

There was yarn for sale, and fibre, and knitted hats, jumpers, and scarves. So soft and squishy! I managed to control my impulses, and only bought two small skeins—the first undyed yarn I have ever bought. But with so many natural fleece colours, why would you want to dye this?

alpaca yarn

The larger one still smells delightfully of alpacas, which makes me smile every time I pick it up.

baby alpaca

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3 Responses to “Alpacas!”

  1. annie Says:

    yay! love the new blog, and the alpacas look awesome! now, tell me… you’re not thinking of going into alpaca breeding yourself, are you?? ;)

  2. lacepetticoat Says:

    :D they were so cute I wished I could! Apparently you can keep them as pets though, so long as you have at least two…very tempting!

  3. Comfort knitting « An odd assortment Says:

    […] that lovely dark brown alpaca yarn I bought at the alpaca expo? It was so soft and brown and wonderful I couldn’t wait to use it, so I started an ishbel […]

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