Welcome to Pondview Farm. Where all of your dreams are about to come true. Okay, maybe not yours, but certainly mine. I’ve had a love affair with these animals long before they got popular in our everyday society. Nowadays, you can find llama and alpaca pillows, bags, sutffies, candle holders, keychains, shirts and SO MANY MORE. Before that though, alpacas have been known in the knitting community for their luxurious fibers. They’re soft, sturdy and hypo-allergenic. Truly a dream to work with and my personal all time favourite fiber to use!
So naturally, when my friend Leesa told me that a family friend had an alpacas farm, I knew I had to visit! Cue me counting down the days until we could go to Smiths Falls! Judy, the proud owner of the farm, was such a delight. She educated us on all things alpacas and answered all of our questions ( belive me, we had a lot of them) patiently. Her heart and soul goes into the care for these animals and it made me so happy to watch her interact with them. She is a wonderful woman, humble and always quick with a smile. She even gifted me with a couple of skeins of 100% Alpaca wool from her own herd and I am now scouring the internet for the perfect pattern! (If you have any, please let me know! I want to make the PERFECT thing with this luxurious wool)
Pondview actually does sell amazing alpaca goods including socks for those of us that always have cold feet, beautiful woven blankets, mittens, gloves and hats. I highly recommend getting them as gifts - my favourites are the socks and blanket! None of the fibers get dyed by the way! Everything is natural, hypo-allergenic and from her herd. Support local, her goods make great gifts!
Pondview actually had two llamas on the farm that serve as guard dogs. They keep an eye on the pack and make sure everyone is safe. Llamas stand at just under 2 meters while alpacas stand at about 1 meter. Both are known for spitting and kicking as defence mechanisms and have their own quirks.
Alpacas are pack animals, they like to stay together and get overwhelmed easily. They are skittish and skeptical of things they’re not familiar with. The love carrots and can become quite possessive of the special treat. Precious, one of the girls on the farm, actually spits in the carrot bowl if left unattended to keep her friends from having any more.
If you’d like to learn more, you can go check out! Send Judy a message about visiting and I am sure she’d be happy to have you. If not, have a look at their facebook page where they keep everyone updated on events (like shearing) and the day to day life of farming alpacas.