Our Alpaca Bird Nesting Ball began more than 15 years ago when we needed to keep our fiber from blowing in our pool. It has been a favorite school group project here for years and the birds love it! Over the years we began adding the cut off bits and pieces of yarn from our weaving and other fiber projects that give some of the balls a pop of color. We’ve started pulling tufts out to help our feathered friends. Place your Alpaca Bird Nesting Ball up on top of the “V” of two branches. Tie the ribbon around the branch and let the ends flutter, catching the attention of the birds. This way the birds can perch on the branch and not the ball. We leave them out all year. No two are the same. They make a great gift for the young and the old and even for the hard to shop for relative. Small balls are approx 5″ across, Medium 7″ and Large 8″. (#171)
Are you an avid gardener looking for something natural to add to your garden plot or planters without an obnoxious smell? Try our composted Alpaca Manure. A favorite amongst many Master Gardeners, our composted Alpaca Manure is all natural and composted right here at Whirlwind Ranch. We’ll even load it for you. Please call the ranch directly to schedule a loading time. Note: We cannot load after heavy rains. Our composted Alpaca manure is commonly sold by the truckload.
Our set of four Ranch Reflections Note Cards and matching envelopes make a great gift for anyone. Each original photograph was taken here At Whirlwind Ranch showing life here on the ranch with the Alpacas, dogs and fiber. They are blank inside and each set is tied with a bow. No two are the same. (#270)
These adorable 1 1/2″ tall alpaca pins make a cute gift for the young and young at heart. Choose either white or brown. Made in Peru.
Get a smile when you give either of the Biker Alpaca Birthday Card or the Surfer Alpaca Birthday Card. Sold as a card with an envelope.
Add some humor to your barn with our “Caution, Breeding Area, Spit Happens” sign in bright yellow and black constructed of 100% post consumer recycled plastic. Will not rust, dent or chip and withstands harsh weather conditions and temperatures. Measures 12″ wide x 18″ tall. A real conversation starter! Convenient mounting hole on top and bottom. Made in the USA. (#282)
Do you have a tiny pooch who get’s cold? Well these XS hand knitted in a cable pattern were made with the extra tiny pooch in mind. Made of 100% baby alpaca, your dog will be warm and stylish! Made in Peru. Recommended hand wash in cold water and lay flat to dry. Sweater measures 11″ along the top-line and 5″ across the girth when laid flat.
Here it is modeled on one of our Plush Alpaca toys (as our dogs are over 100 lbs each!!).
These wonderful handwoven rugs measure approximately 2′ wide x 3′ long and are made from our alpaca fiber spun around a core of jute as the weft and cotton as the warp. Each one of these rugs are one of a kind and make a great special gift for a wedding, anniversary, new home, or just to splurge on yourself. Some rugs have fringe (cotton / wool) and others do not (for those who always get the fringe caught in the vacuum cleaner). Made in the USA. We usually ship these rugs rolled up to save on freight charges. Please specify which rug. If you have a second choice, be sure and put it in the comments section when you are checking out. Thank you!
Alpaca felted dryer balls are a great addition to anyone’s laundry room. The alpaca fiber is natural- no harsh chemicals, plastics or synthetics being added to your dryer and thus your clothes. Alpaca fiber is naturally anti-microbial. Using our Alpaca Dryer Balls SAVES you money by aerating your clothes as they tumble, allowing them to dry faster, thus reducing your drying time and electric/gas bill. Smooth felted ball do not damage your garments
By placing a couple of drops of essential oils on one of your felted alpaca dryer balls, you can introduce the scent of your choice.
We recommend using three (3) balls in the dryer all the time. Just throw them in and leave them there. You may have one come up missing on occasion- probably in a sleeve, corner of a fitted sheet or even in a pocket! Dryer balls can also save you money, as you will probably do away with fabric softeners and dryer sheets. It is not uncommon that they get fuzzy at times- this is due to the static in your dryer. Don’t worry, they will go back flat the next time. The dryer balls will last years- the overall life will vary with each person as it depends on how many load you do, and the type and texture (plus zippers, or abrasive surfaces) effect the life span of the dryer balls. They make a great gift for anyone. Sold as a set of 3.
Our Pounds ‘o Pellets is fantastic to use on many of your indoor plants. Just a little will go a long way. Made from our composted alpaca manure and lightly sifted, it is easy to apply to the base of your plant and water as normal. We recommend starting with just a teaspoon once a month for a 6-8″ pot. If you are planning on starting plants from seed, we know tomatoes thrive with our composted manure. Other customers have reported excellent results with orchids, asparagus and strawberries. Packaged in a 2 lb. windowed bag for easy storage.