Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Straw head

The day after Thanksgiving our local alpaca farm, American Alpacas, had a special open house. My mother in law, daughter, and I went to visit the alpacas last year, and the purple yarn that I used for my Flower Basket Shawl and airy scarf (last post) was from the farm.

We decided checking out alpacas would be a fun way to work off the turkey dinner. Of course, we didn't expect them to have a fancy chuck wagon catering spot set up... The chuck wagon was providing Slovacek Sauages, cowboy coffee, biscuits, chicken wings, cupcakes, sweets and more--all complimentary. A good way to wake up and get the energy needed to look at the sweet animals.

A Chuck Wagon
Originally uploaded by amyeetx.

We were able to look at their entire herd, who are incredibly sweet and friendly. Anna wants a a "paca" for Christmas.

I want a paca
Originally uploaded by amyeetx.

The little girl was really interested in Anna, the source of food!

Originally uploaded by amyeetx.

Isn't this one (below) goofy? Take a look at this picture from last year. The alpaca looks exactly the same as last year, including the straw on the head. What is up with that?

Straw head
Originally uploaded by amyeetx.

There were tons of baby alpacas. This little boy was really curious and allowed us to scratch his head before dashing off to his mama.

Baby Alpaca
Originally uploaded by amyeetx.

I keep trying to convince my husband that an alpaca or two would be a nice addition to our pasture. He figured out that you could probably generate 2 sweaters from an alpaca a year. Given the cost of an alpaca (1,000-50,000) and their upkeep, he informs me that it would make for an expensive sweater --yeah. You know he doesn't understand the lure of the yarn... or the alpaca. Who can deny that little face?

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