Alpaca Farm Days at Alta Vida Alpacas

A few months ago I ran into someone I knew from my last job, Cari Corley, while cruising the booths at the Interweave Yarn Fest. What a shock; she had an alpaca ranch!! She practically had me at hello; a few minutes into the conversation I had volunteered a set of drop spindles and offered to help at her summer camp for special needs kids. The summer camp was great. One thing has led to another over the last few months. I began to design and knit mitts for them and we have plans for many other patterns and projects. Cari had me put the dates for Alpaca Farm Days into my calendar and I began to realize that this was an event.

Cat at Comptuter
Last week Cari and I worked late into the night while we edited the patterns for our mitts via e-mail. MacKenzie was extremely helpful during this editing process…

Last weekend was Alpaca Farm Days. Oh, my goodness!! Who knew that events such as this existed?

This really was farm days!! The Corleys had a sign out on the highway inviting people to visit the ranch. There was a steady stream of cars onto the property
This really was farm days!! The Corleys had a sign out on the highway inviting people to visit the ranch. There was a steady stream of cars onto the property bringing loads of friends and strangers who wanted to see the animals. This pen contains “the boys”, the young male alpacas who aren’t yet ready to mix things up with the stud males. The black and white llama is their guard animal.
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There was a sweet little shelter and farm store that offered information about alpacas, bags of alpaca food, and alpaca-related products for sale such as yarn, scarfs and hats. There were little kits with yarn and beads made up with the patterns that Cari and I had created along with knitted samples. There was also home-baked cookies and free water for all.
Boys and alpaca
The pasture containing the alpaca moms and crias was open for everyone to enter. For all the kids it was a dream come true!
Girl feeding alpaca
The kids all bought little bags of alpaca food…
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which was greatly appreciated by the animals! There is a sheep pushing in for her share too in this picture. Why did I not get taken to event like this while I was a child. This is way better then a petting zoo!

The two days were extremely busy. While the kids fed and petted the alpaca the adults asked questions about alpacas. Many were interested in how to acquire their own stock. Others wanted to find out about alpaca yarn, fleece and finished products such as the woven scarfs and the knitted mitts. I sold my first mitt and pattern, and gave my name to the knitter in case she needs help. The little stuffed toy alpacas were all sold out and many people took away wicker balls full of alpaca fiber for birds to use as nesting material in their yards.

Everyone learned more about the ranch and Alpaca Partners. It was extremely successful (but tiring!). At the end of the day Sunday Cari began to talk about organizing Saturday morning craft days and holding another farm day event in a couple of months when the weather get colder and we begin to near the holidays. That is the best part about Alta Vida Alpacas; not only are they raising alpacas as a business, there is a serious commitment to serving and interacting with the community.

Oh, boy! I took home a case of fabulous yarn to start knitting more mitts.

Time to cast on. Fall is coming fast!

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Author: Midnight Knitter

I weave, knit and read in Aurora, Colorado where my garden lives. I have 2 sons, a knitting daughter-in-law, a grandson and two exceptionally spoiled cats.

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