Yesterday my knitting group and I visited the Highland Alpaca farm in Grove City, PA. Karen from the crochet group owns a handful of alpaca at the farm and arranged for our visit. The owners of the farm, Fay and Jenny, were very welcoming and gave us the grand tour.
Alpacas are super soft and very friendly. (Don’t mind the pink tinge in all of the pictures. It’s the best my broken camera would do…)
They have such cute faces!
This room contains bags and bags of fleece from the last sheering. The animals are shorn once a year, and the fleece can be turned into yarn or even used as bedding.
This little girl, Georgette is her name (I think), decided my jeans and t-shirt looked good enough to eat. Alpacas only have bottom teeth in the front so I wasn’t worried that she’d bite a hole in my shirt.
After the tour, we headed back inside to make some yarny purchases in their store. They sell sweaters, blankets, gloves, etc. They also sell 100% alpaca yarn, all spun from their animals. I believe they’re working with Karen to expand the yarn portion of their store, and they’ll be selling an alpaca/nylon blend sock yarn in the fall. Many of the store samples were designed and knit by Karen, and if you buy some yarn you get a free pattern.
I bought 2 skeins of some beautifully soft natural chocolate brown sport weight yarn. The ball band shows a picture of an alpaca named Boudicea wearing a blue ribbon. So it appears I bought some award-winning yarn! Alpaca yarn is lovely to work with and it’s incredibly warm.
We had a few minutes to sit on the deck and knit before heading home.
If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, I highly recommend visiting this farm!