Saturday, July 09, 2011

Today I fell in love with an Alpaca

... ok if I'm being totally honest it's not just one but a whole herd that stole my heart today when I went on a visit to Latton Alpacas. I mean seriously look at this and then try and tell me you don't think they're adorable too.I was made to feel so welcome during my visit. These animals are obviously well loved and cared for and the owners, Mym and Adrian were so generous with their time and their knowledge as I bombarded them with questions.I was lucky enough to be allowed in with the alpacas for a while and got to feed a few from my hands, honestly you wouldn't believe how soft their fleeces are. If you haven't already passed out from cuteness overload check out this adorable little girl.If I'm remembering correctly she is about 10 days old and her name was Keira, but there were so many names to take in I might be wrong!

All of the adult alpacas have recently been shorn, they have a little craft shop which is open over the weekends where they sell all manor of alpaca goodies. Including some fleeces and yarn made from the boys and girls in the herd.Of course I wasn't able to resist coming away with a few goodies myself! I ended up with this beautifully presented kit to make some wrist warmers.And also this little drop spindle spinning kit, and the most adorable hedgehog pincushion.I've not tried spinning before so it will be interesting to see if I can get the hang of it.

If you live anywhere near Cricklade/Swindon/Malmesbury I would so encourage you to go along and make a visit yourself. You can find out more info on the website here or facebook here. They do have mail order if you want to buy any of the goodies yourself just have a look round on the website :)

7 comments:

Fran├žoise said...

So cute!

Miss 376 said...

Can't wait to see how you get on. I've always fancied spinning

Sarah said...

I adore Alpaca - they are very cute!

Stitching with Schnauzer and Siamese said...

Its a great place I agree Angela. They came and gave us a talk, which was great fun.

Best wishes
Maggie

Vi said...

The are adorable. :-)

Vicki said...

They are adorable. That hedgehog pincushion is so cute.

A close friend, her son and daughter in law are just getting into Alpaca farming and have 12 breeding females and currently 8 babies about a month old.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I did a very similar post myself a couple of years ago which started with the words 'I'm in love with this alpaca'! Who could not be?! I wanted to get two and keep them in our garden but the husband was having none of it... Good luck with the spinning!