Alpacas

The Girls and the cria

Here we have the cria (baby alpaca) Cooper, his grandma Rose and his mom Ultress.

Ben is my beautiful black alpaca so all black yarn and items are from him.  There is a front view of one of my barns.  It is red!

Here I am with girls that have been shorn.  Next we see a white suri and tan huacaya waiting to go for a walk.

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Alpacas are members of the camelid family.  They were domesticated by the Incas more than 6000 years ago.   Their fleece was used to clothe the Incan  royalty and this set them above other animals at that time.  Alpaca fiber is processed into yarn for knitting and weaving or sheet goods.  There are two types of alpacas:  Huacaya which is dense, crimped, wooly, water-resistant fleece and Suri which is very fine lustrous fiber that grows parallel to the body in long pencil locks.   Alpacas are sheared annually, usually in the spring.  They are gentle and curious animals and can be easily handled.  Each alpaca has its own personality, and yes they do spit but usually at each other!

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