On Friday my friend Sue and I took part in a workshop at Toft Alpacas www.toft-alpacas.co.uk
We were making felted reindeer boots for an advent calendar using alpaca fleece, some of which came from the 220 alpaca herd that is kept at the farm.
Our day started with a walk around the farm to see the various groups of alpaca. Linda looks after the herd and was a wealth of information. She knew each one's name, which was a combination of their father and mother's name and they obviously knew her very well as they all came running to see her.
It was a chilly misty morning and all of us were glad to be back in the warm and eager to get on with our felted boots. Most of us managed two boots so I think it is unlikely I shall be making another 22 before the 1st December so maybe I will embellish each of these with a J for James and a T for Ted so that my grandsons can have one each for the Christmas tree.
There was lots of tempting alpaca related goodies for sale in the shop as the fleece from the alpacas is spun locally into wool so not only was there wool for sale but also clothing, bags, hats and scarves all in natural colours. Gorgeous! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area (Dunchurch, Warwickshire) and you are looking for a present with a difference.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend,