A few years ago I went down to Devon for a little solo holiday. I was still juggling a full time job with my freelance work and had just finished writing Cute Little Knits alongside pre-selling the Autumn/Winter yarn ranges for Rowan and Patons in my day job. This meant I’d had very little sleep and was in much need of a little holiday!
I ended up being down there for my birthday and spontaneously decided to visit the The Alpaca Park as a treat. I had the most fantastic day and have been completely besotted with alpacas ever since. I particularly like the ones with interesting teeth!
I’ve come across Toft Alpaca a few times when I’ve been working at knitting shows and decided that I wanted to pay them a visit for my birthday this year. On my birthday weekend they were offering a farm walk and cream tea for £15 – so it didn’t take much pursuading to get a few friends on board for a road trip!
We had a fantastic day and were very lucky with blue skies. The Toft shop is great and I couldn’t resist buying an Alpaca pom pom – I need to knit a new hat now! The cafe was also lovely and they catered for my low fodmap diet with a gluten free sandwich and soy hot chocolate.
But of course those things were just the icing on the cake and the real highlight was meeting the beautiful alpacas!
We were told not to hug them, so instead we attempted some alpaca selfies (Rebecka’s is definately the best)!
We learnt lots of interesting facts including: there are two types of alpaca – The fleece on a Suri alpaca looks straighter/less fluffy, and they produce the softer yarn (used in Rowan Fine Lace). Alpaca are pregnant for 11.5 months and can prolong their gestation period by upto 6 weeks if they’re not happy with the conditions! Each Alpaca produces one fleece per year which is enough to make approx one and a half jumpers.