It’s over! And with the help of very good friends, shearing not only was not painful, it was actually fun! Many, many thanks to Larry from Twilight Ridge Farm, Jane from Berry Hill Alpacas and, last but not least, Kathy and Tracey from Foggy Bottom Ranch who went above and beyond to help us.
After many requests from customers and just a bit of procrastinating on my part, I am getting ready to launch an e-newsletter featuring Alpaca Fiber & Yarn from Snowshoe Farm. I plan to use this platform not only to announce the addition of new yarns or other fiber-related products, but to offer discounts, free patterns [...]
Finally! Our online farm store is live again after months of inactivity. The fall fiber festivals depleted our inventory and we’ve been working hard to skein, wash and dye yarn. You can now purchase alpaca yarn, alpaca roving, knitting needles, crochet hooks and dyes from our online store at www.VermontAlpacaYarn.com.
We will be adding patterns [...]
We’re packed up and ready to head to the annual Vermont Farm Show. Lets hope this snow let’s up tonight and plow comes through early in the morning! This will be the second year in the new location at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction. We’ll be there tomorrow with alpacas. Just look for [...]
This is the time of year our efforts turn to the necessary and sometimes challenging task of wrapping up our financial records for income tax purposes. This is a chore that I can procrastinate about for quite a while, but once I start getting emails from the accountant, I know it’s time to hustle. I’m [...]
Adding value to the fiber produced by our alpacas is an important part of our farm business. But finding time to sort through all the fiber during the busy spring through fall months is difficult. This year, our project (one of many!) has been to weatherize my fiber room in the barn. Insulation, new windows [...]
Fall fiber festival season has finally come to an end for Snowshoe Farm. That means I can unpack all our boxes of yarn, roving, knitting needles, patterns, dyes, etc and inventory what we have left on hand for our farm store. I know I have a batch of laceweight yarn and one of our alpaca/merino/tencel [...]
Herd health day takes on new meaning in cold weather. We’re not quite there yet; today was brisk, but not freezing. A light pair of fingerless gloves was all that was needed to keep hands warm while giving shots. For those of you not familiar with alpaca husbandry, alpacas require a monthly deworming injection in [...]
The last few days have been such a gift…mild, calm and dry. We’ve managed to get quite a lot done from our “get ready for winter” list, but Hurricane Sandy has thrown in a few extra chores. While northern VT is not predicted to bear the brunt of this storm, we are expecting very high [...]
Snowshoe Farm had a fabulous time at the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck last weekend! The weather was perfect and the crowds were huge. But with only two weeks between fiber festivals, I’m busy skeining and dyeing for the next event.
The Fiber Festival of New England will be held at Eastern States [...]