What Does A Guanaco Look Like?

Photo credit ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Photo credit ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images

Above: A baby Guanaco is nursed by her mother Hannah in their enclosure at the zoo in Berlin.

Guanacos I’ve encountered in real life haven’t always been this peaceful or cute. But the guanacos I have been seeing on the internet lately have been uber precious so I wanted to share some of these wonderful pictures with you. It is really rare to see a guanaco.

Jim transported a guanaco male once. He said the animal was a big boy, his topline came up to about Jim’s chin (and Jim’s over six feet tall). Jim thinks the guanaco must have weighed at least 500 lbs and it took three men to load him. Guanacos are much larger and wilder than the domesticated alpacas we are used to handling on our farm each day.

According to anthropologist Jane Wheeler, the domesticated llama that we know today and whose primary use is as a beast of burden (think pack animal) descended from the guanaco. Both are members of the camelid family.

Guanaco - Torres del Paine, Chile - photo by Marianne Purdie

Guanaco - Torres del Paine, Chile - photo by Marianne Purdie

Baby guanacos (below) are adorable. Just like all babies in the camelid family, which include baby alpacas, vicunas, and llamas.

Images by Mark Chappell

Image by Mark Chappell

If you like this post you might also like Alpaca History.

The Little Moments

“Never underestimate the value of the little moment.”

~Anonymous

Participating in Wordless Wednesday

Knitting with Alpaca Yarn

Its coming along...

It's coming along...

I have been inspired by some new friends to get back to knitting. I’m not really a new knitter. I just have zero three dimensional thinking skills. Up until now I have only made scarves with garter stitch. That’s fine, but I wanted to branch out.

My friend, Tara from Blonde Chicken Boutique, recommended the book Stitch N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stoller. (Tara also writes and teaches about building your Crafty Business here. She has great ideas!)

So, I started to read the book and got overwhelmed. But I decided not to give up. I grabbed some rose grey alpaca yarn and started trying to learn to Knit 1, then Purl 1 for a cute pattern I saw in the book. It looked easy enough…(thought the woman who had never purled before.)

The beginning was a disaster and my mom had to help me pull it out. Then she taught me how to purl. After some struggling I think I’m getting the hang of it. Here’s crossing my fingers I don’t screw it up again.

Are you a knitter? If not, have you ever tried to knit? Was anyone you loved when you were growing up a knitter? Leave a comment and tell us about your knitting journey or someone you love who knits.

If you’d like to buy some homegrown alpaca yarn, visit the Alpaca Farmgirl Etsy shop. For more fiber-y fun, visit the other participants in Fiber Arts Friday and Creative Friday.