Our ranch, Alpaca on the Rocks, is located near the small town of Weed in northernmost California. Open for visitors on Saturdays we have 16 alpaca along with mini-donkeys and horses, a mini-mule, assorted cats and dogs, and a pot- bellied pig.
You may not be familiar with alpaca fiber. It is very soft, warm, and hypoallergenic and so gives a special character to the whole range of standard apparel and accessories. We offer a sampling of hand-crafted alpaca products: scarves using traditional weaving methods like peg looms, knit hats in natural and hand-dyed colors, and related items such as original artwork. For those experienced in working with fiber we carry rovings, batts, and the raw fibre itself. A belated introduction here– I am Nancy, the owner, and I specialize in needle felting, a technique that changes a ball of fluffy fiber into a dog portrait, a textured landscape, and the occasional purple dragon with green wings.
We welcome visitors. Ours is a small ranch, one that will allow you a closer look at the daily routine, the necessary chores and minor tasks that keep us moving. There is the hay that needs parcelling out, the water troughs that must be kept full, a garden that needs tending (the rosemary bush is overdue for a trimming). There are the sounds – the odd mutterings of the alpaca, the constant hooting of doves, the off and on braying of donkeys. There are the sights of the country life that surrounds us, the pumpkin farm on one side, the cattle and sheep of the ranch behind us, and the horses grazing in the meadow across the road. And a final and impossible to miss addition to the sights and sounds for you to take home – the solitary 14,179 foot Mount Shasta presiding calmly over its domain.
Open Saturdays 10-4 (unless I have a show or shearing) and available Friday-Monday by appointment.
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