I really adore alpacas - they make me laugh and raise my spirits. I was really amazed to discover that when they are happy, they hum! The alpaca equivalent of a cat purrrrring. Should I ever become wealthy I will retire to the country with a gang of alpacas and a collection of snooty pussycats. I would like to run creative workshops in a tranquil setting. Alpaca wool is very soft and unlike sheeps wool, does not have scales, so it is very slippery and more difficult to spin and weave - I suppose that is one of the reasons it is so expensive. It would be really amazing to be able to use yarn "grown" on your own land. Ah, the stuff of dreams!