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Friday, 8 July 2011

Soggy alpacas & scrumptious yarn

It's a very soggy day here at Toft Alpacas, so a little cria born this morning was a great surprise to us all.  Not only is she a week early but Alpacas tend to hold off giving birth until nice dry sunny days. We've probably said before that since Alpaca mums don't lick their babies they are usually born before about 3pm and generally on dry days in order that they'll dry in time for colder nights.  Heyho, this mum was obviously keen on today for some reason!  

At first we thought this little girl belonged to Vitoria since she's such a dark colour, but she is actually from November Gold the light fawn alpaca in the photo and Jaina, one of our champion stud males who is a medium brown.  That's why Shirley is looking so happy, a Jaina girl is bound to have a beautiful fleece.  She'll soon be given a Star Wars name beginning with N because of this lineage and Helen is busy scouring a Star Wars website for possibilities.

Kerry went to the mill this morning to pick up more gorgeous yarn.  A few favourites that haven't been around for a while are now back in stock, namely Silver and Steel Chunky and we also have a new addition to the Aran colour range; a beautiful Mushroom that's very soft and has a real shimmer to it. With that news we're off to try and decide which of our new knitting kits to try out next with these fab colours.

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