Monday, June 23, 2008

Alpacas!

Welcome to the second annual post of the Brainylady Alpaca Appreciation Society (an acronym more suited to sheep, but it will do...). Some of you may recall that my parents live up the road from alpacas, and you may even remember last year's inaugural BAAS post, which can be viewed here. My visit this year is a few weeks later than last year's, resulting in two major differences: haircuts and babies! (Among the alpacas, I mean.)




Aren't they funny, with their mop tops and furry legwarmers? As of yesterday evening, there were three babies, but they tend to hang back and stay close to their mamas. The other ones are pretty friendly. I love all their colours; I match them to yarns, like, "Oh, the skein of Touch of Twist I got at Rhinebeck must've come from an alpaca that looked like this one...." I bought a skein of laceweight chocolate-brown alpaca when I was in Vancouver, which apparently came from a farm in Mission, B.C.

You don't think anyone would notice if I just took one little alpaca and put it in my pocket, do you? Bill, can we keep him? Can we? Can we?


I fly home tomorrow. I'll show you my new yarn soon, plus a few more thrift finds. It's been a good trip, a very full three weeks. Now that it's summer, I actually feel ready to get back to the libraries and embark on thesis research. Big plans, big plans...

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

hee hee....I don't think they will ever know one is missing. NOT! They are like what 30 grand or something? That one looks like an animal cracker.

I love alpacas! They are so darn cute!

beth (big geek)

Gaile said...

holy crap they are so cute! And the lake! I can see the lake! Oh, I do love it there so much. Now even more what with the tiny pocket sized alpacas. Love that last pic! :) Safe journey home!

Steph said...

Hee hee... Mr. Happy and I like taking photos like this of the Navy ships in the harbour.

They are the most adorably dorky looking animals I've ever seen. I love how you can see the lines of their haircuts.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Love how "naked" the alpaca's look!

Jessica said...

The shaving stripes and fuzzy boots totally made my afternoon! Thanks. I love alpacas. I keep trying to convince my husband that it would be less work than having a dog.

Jodi said...

Such cute animals! Sounds like a great, rejuvenating trip. I'm just getting my research mojo back, and I'm thrilled.

gleek said...

hahaha, great photo of your hand and the alpaca. i bet you could fit one in your luggage if it were already sheared ;)

Queen of the froggers said...

They are just lovely, post me over the pocket sized one!:)

danielle said...

My parent's live somewhere just like this - Westbank. I'll have to demand more Alpaca the next time I'm there.

danielle said...

Wait - parents - ack!

Robin said...

Jeez those alpacas are cute when they can fit between your fingers! Glad to hear you are having a good time in BC and scoring at the thrift stores!

Seanna Lea said...

Your last picture is completely adorable! I love the idea of taking one home (like the women with dogs that fit in purses) in my pocket!

Laiane said...

Yarn on the hoof! Woot! Wait, these are camelids; camelids don't have hooves, do they?

Paula said...

Oh dear, all I can think of is Kids in Hall when I look at the last photo...