My father, who is in his mid 90's, suffers from being cold like a lot of older people. He has particular trouble keeping his feet warm so I went searching for something that would help.
I found that Alpaca wool is warmer than any other plus it isn't itchy and has the ability to wick moisture away from the body so I went searching for clothing made from Alpaca wool.
Talk about serendipity! I happened upon an posting about an Alpaca breeding farm not far from where we live who was selling Alpaca wool and some garments and socks this weekend only. Well, my husband and I just got back from the farm and I got the only pair of thick socks in my father's size plus I got quite a few photos of the Alpacas themselves!
I haven't finished processing most of the photos but here's a quick sample. Aren't they the most interesting creatures? I'm not sure if I have anything good enough for a painting reference but I hope so as I'd like to attempt the mophead-like hair as shown in this last photo.
That would take more bravery to attempt than I have at the moment though so it might be quite a while before you see an Alpaca painting from me.
Oh, the socks are very soft and cushy feeling so I hope they work for my dad. I know one thing, Alpaca wool must be very excellent indeed as those socks were very expensive!