It was a busy and beautiful weekend on the farm with visitors to the island coming to the farm to meet the alpacas. And what a delightful surprise when a long time friend of mine and her daughter dropped by for their first visit to the farm. Here’s her daughter, Blythe, schmooozing with Freya and Electra in the girls’ pasture.
We captured a couple of other great pictures of the fluffy characters on the farm that day. How could you not love this face! Asa has lovely mahogany fleece and killer eyelashes.
And Pedro seems to be telling the boys he’s in charge and that he’s the most macho of them all.
Spring is a great time to visit the alpacas. They still have all their fluffy fleece. We’re heading towards shearing day so don’t wait too long to plan your visit to see them in their full fleecey splendor.
Oh, and we have just received from the mill more skeins of our true black, bay black and white 100% alpaca yarn — all from our own herd. Plus, for the weavers and fiber artists we have white, beige, rose gray and dark mahogany brown rug yarn spun on a cotton core. It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to get the loom warped up again for more rugs.
It was beautifully sunny day when several carloads of college students arrived at the farm. We were delighted to welcome 29 members of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association at the University of Washington. I think one or two had been to the farm before or had learned about us from postings on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent to twitter!) So they organized a spring day trip to our farm.
With cameras in hand and lots of enthusiasm, our visitors learned all about raising alpacas, their traits and personalities. They quickly discovered that getting an alpaca to stand still for a selfie is not an easy task. They asked lots of questions, took lots of pictures and thoroughly enjoyed their time with the alpacas. Our alpacas have a good bit of experience with the public through their 4H training so they are not particularly fazed by having a group of friendly people in their pasture. We’ve been told that alpacas are like ‘rock stars’ in China. They are very popular and judging by the number of visitors from China that we have had to the farm over the last couple of years I believe it must be true.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we can help you wrap your sweetie in the luxury of soft alpaca. Bendito here invites you to stop by the farm so you can touch and feel clothing made from alpaca fleece. You’ll love it.
Fashionably soft alpaca hats, gloves, socks and scarves will chase away the winter chill. Your favorite knitter will warm up with our premium yarns from our own alpaca herd.
We’re open most days. 10 am to 4 pm. It’s best to call ahead to be sure we’re there to welcome you. farm cell 206.510.0434
A handwoven alpaca rug will keep your feet toasty warm and guaranteed to become a family heirloom. Other gift ideas include adorable felted alpacas, handfelted locally made soaps and felted pin cushions and one-of-a-kind handcrafted handbags by local fiber artists. Let us help you think outside the chocolate box for Valentine gifts this year.
Alpaca infinity scarves give you endlessly soft comfort and warmth. These are handknit by local Whidbey fiber artists. Various colors from black and rich brown to fawn and white are available. Stopping by the farm to meet the alpacas and visiting the farm store will give you an opportunity to see what beautifully soft clothing can be made from alpaca fleece.
As the calendar turns over to a new year, we typically think about a fresh start, and maybe make a resolution or two to do something different in the new year. Our fresh start for 2015 is a new website for the farm. We will continue to post about activities on the farm, update on new offerings of alpaca yarn and products made from alpaca fleece.
Since one present under the tree this year was a fancy, schmancy new camera, we’re promising to post a lot of photos of our charming alpacas this year. We invite you to look around the new site and see some new photos as well as alpaca products in our farm store. If you see something in the farm store you’d like to have send us an email or give us a call and we’ll help you out. Our next task for the new year is to make it easier for you to shop online. But that will take a bit more time.
We have had a lovely holiday with family. It’s always a treat to have our college girl at home. We survived the adventure of a major windstorm which resulted in a couple of downed trees. Two benefits are opening up a bit more of our view of Puget Sound from our house on the hill and at least one new cord of wood for next winter. Most of all we look back and remember the wonderful visitors who have come to the farm during 2014.
Here’s wishing you all a very Happy New Year and a peaceful 2015.