Our original four boys came from Ardo Alpacas in Aberdeenshire. We are not alpaca breeders and have our boys purely as pets. Our experience is that you don't need to be a breeder and that a 'batchelor herd' can give much pleasure to the owner. We have 5 acres including our big garden and grazing for the boys, 15 miles north of Inverness, Scotland. I spin, knit, felt and crochet with the fleece from the boys.


Just a reminder that clicking on (most) of the photos will show them greatly enlarged.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

I love alpacas!

The cowl scarf neck warmer is the latest thing to come off the knitting needles with white(ish) fleece from Fidge and brown fleece from Rufus.  The hat was knitted and felted some time ago with a crocheted band added and I used a mixture of fleeces for this.
Another view of the unsmiling face!
It's a lovely but cold day here and we went out to the paddocks to see if the boys had finished their sugar beet.  Looks like they've been there and eaten it all and only the bowls remain!
It was not long before the boys come to see what was going on, led as always by Faro the boss, who likes to be the first to check out whatever is happening.  He is followed by Fergus who just wants to see if there is anything else to eat!  Rufus is behind Fergus.
Gully in front with Gaucho (left) and Faro behind.  Behind them lies the veg garden, almost ready for the first dig over before Spring.  A dusting of snow appeared over the hills again last night, so it is pretty 'nippy' today.
The grass is well cropped at the moment but the boys seem to like that.  They will spend hours nibbling away at nothing it seems, but they can obviously get at small shoots and blades of grass.
And finally..........I couldn't resist putting up another photo of Gully with his inquisitive look - and the usual piece of moss sticking out of his mouth!


  1. Beautiful hat and cowel!!They look sooo warm!! good job!! I love the landscape photos! Such a pretty country!! The boys are looking rather splendid too, must be the sugar beets!! ...debbie

  2. Clever you! However...it sounds as if you should be wearing the hat and cowl, not the "dummy"! At least those gorgeous boys don't seem to be worried by the cold temperatures you're having!

  3. Made just in time...for those chilly wintry sunny days...looks lovely and warm ,,the boys do a good job at leaving empty dishes ! no washing up required by the looks of things !.....Jayne