We moved to Calgary in 2000, shortly after our first grandson was born. In 2005, we sold our house in the city and bought 5 acres out in the country. That spring, we attended the Acreage Lifestyle Show in Calgary, where we met an alpaca breeder, this was the perfect opportunity to get "an alpaca". But we quickly learned - first thing - you don't get just one alpaca - like us, they like company! So, before our house was even finished on the acreage, we had fenced the property and our first four alpaca boys arrived.
What you need to know
The alpaca is a species of South American camelid mammal. It is similar to, and often confused with, the llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas. The two animals are closely related and can successfully crossbreed. Both species are believed to have been domesticated from their wild relatives, the vicuña and guanaco. There are two breeds of alpaca: the Suri alpaca and the Huacaya alpaca
Our yarn from Huacaya alpaca, quilt batts, and rovings are made in the natural colours as you would see the fibre on our alpaca boys! For those of you that like pure fibre to craft with, we carry 100% alpaca, but also offer yarn and roving blends, such as alpaca/silk, alpaca/merino, alpaca/bamboo, and alpaca/merino/nylon. Since the fibre is the final product for which we strive all year, we want it to be the best it can be.