Fall Festival and Show Season

Fall is here and that means a very busy time on the farm! During the next month, most weekends bring either a fiber festival or an alpaca show. Weekdays are filled with getting ready for the next weekend’s event. That means dyeing yarn, skirting fleeces, chasing down all the odds and ends that go into setting up a vendor space at a fiber festival or a farm display at an alpaca show…and paperwork. Lately, I’ve been skirting fleeces for multiple … Read More

Felted Pillows with Alpaca Fiber

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Last year I was invited to dye some of our alpaca yarn for felted pillows. I worked with Alison at woollymama fiber arts and her client who was looking for several pillows to match the colors in her rug. With surprisingly little difficulty, I came up with two colors, a red and a green, that coordinated well with the rug. I had the mill, Sallie’s Fen, spin a worsted weight yarn made from 50% alpaca and 50% wool. This turned out … Read More

Knitting Projects with Snowshoe Farm Alpaca Yarn

Lace shawls and shawlettes are very popular knitting projects and there’s no better use for a luxuriously fine, drapey alpaca yarn. I just finished the Annis shawlette in 100% hand dyed alpaca from Snowshoe Farm. Annis is a fairly easy pattern. Just be sure to set up for the nupps by working LOOSELY on the knit side. Trust me, it will make the purl 7 together on the purl side work a lot more easily. You can download the pattern … Read More

Alpaca Yarn from Snowshoe Farm

Christmas in July!!  Yesterday we received seven batches of yarn from the mill. This is the last of our 2013 clip. The yarn includes fingering, dk and worsted weight; some are 100% alpaca and some are alpaca blended with wool or wool and tencel.  The colors range from white to light fawn to dark gray. As you can see, we order our yarn on cones and skein it ourselves. This allows for different skein sizes to match up with some … Read More

Coming Events

We’re busy gearing up for a number of craft and fiber events coming up this summer and fall.  The first event is the Waterville Valley, NH Artisan Fair on Saturday, July 19. Snowshoe Farm will be there selling alpaca yarn and fiber. If you’ve never been to Waterville Valley, it’s a beautiful setting the in midst of the White Mountains. They have a lot of activities planned for the fair day or you can spend some of your time hiking, … Read More

Handcrafted in Vermont

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Let’s talk about fiber for a change! Taking the beautiful fiber that we harvest from our herd and turning it into yarn and, ultimately, a finished product, is extremely satisfying. But it’s not always easy to find the time to see the whole process through to the end. That’s one reason that we sell much more yarn than finished products from our farm. So I was delighted last year when I were asked to provide yarn for a project that … Read More

Last fiber festival of the season

Wow – didn’t fall fiber festival season just begin?  Well, it’s over for us!  In past years, we’ve done more events and had a longer season. But we’ve eliminated festivals that were not convenient or good markets for us and this year scheduled only two. The last one of the season was this past weekend in Rhinebeck, NY. The NYS Sheep & Wool Festival is an amazing event and one that we really enjoy. This year the weather was perfect … Read More

Vermont Alpaca Yarn

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 to the store very soon and have several new batches of yarn waiting to be skeined and added to the store. Please check back often. … Read More

Taking Care of Business

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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 a pretty well organized record keeper, but a bookkeeper, I am not. I do keep track of all our finances during the year, but rely … Read More

Vermont Alpaca Yarn

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 blend waiting to be skeined and dyed, so we ‘ll have plenty of yarn to offer through the winter. This week, I’ll reorder needles, hooks … Read More

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