Wayne and I live 20 kilometres Northeast of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta on a 4 acre parcel of land we moved to over 36 years ago. In March of 2000, after researching and looking into various animals, like alpacas and miniature cows, Wayne attended an auction to browse and continue that research. That night, he came home with 3 pregnant females and no hay, fencing or shelter!! Needless to say we were scrambling! Our neighbour supplied us with a large bale of hay and we built a small crude shelter out of scrap lumber, and jumped into our new lives as alpaca owners!! We immediately fell in love with these gentle, unique animals. With a few more purchases, including our incredible herd sire, Cinnamon, we were showing our Alpacas by the summer of 2001.
Over the next few years we won numerous show ribbons. We no longer show our animals but are concentrating on the production of the fibre. At one time we were up to 30 Alpacas. Today we have numerous shelters, a barn, fencing and 13 animals!
As someone who has been crocheting and knitting since I was a child, I have loved not only getting to work with their incredible fibre, but I have also learned to card, spin, weave, and felt! I love creating products from the fibre of my very own animals! I currently have: 3 knitting machines, a loom, a sock machine, and a spinning wheel.
Check out pictures on Our Animals page as well as our Fashions/Fibre page for information on their fibre and all the items I make with this amazing fibre!
A lot of people ask where we got the name "Ravenscrag" from. A close friend of Wayne's had an oil and gas company called Ravenscrag Resources. He died a few years ago unexpectedly from brain cancer. We chose this name in memory of him.
-Linda Tarney, Owner & Artisan of Ravenscrag Alpacas