The calm before the storm

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 winds and that means we will very likely lose power. Since we have a well for water and no emergency generator, we have to prepare … Read More

Fiber Festival of New England

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 Exposition in Springfield, MA on Nov 3 & 4. This is a great show in one large building, making it warm and dry no matter … Read More

Room with a View

This is the view from my fiber studio. It’s not very exciting on this gray day, but it’s looking a lot like Fall and we love it. And the alpacas, who have quite a bit of fleece grown back by this time of year, love the cooler temps. This is a busy room this time of year as we get ready for Fall fiber festivals. As usual, we have a nice selection of natural colored alpaca yarn as well as … Read More

Fall Fiber Festivals

Fall is fast approaching and that means it’s almost fiber festival time! We’ve received a few new shipments of our alpaca yarn back from the mill. Much of the white and light colored yarn will be dyed like the 100% alpaca fingering shown in the photo. We also have natural colored alpaca yarn ranging from white to very dark brown. This year we have a new sock yarn that’s a blend of alpaca, wool and tencel (to replace the nylon). … Read More

March madness…on the farm

After the craziness of fall alpaca shows and fiber festivals, we always have big plans for all the “free” time we’ll have during the winter. Well, March is here, the first spring show is in just three weeks, then shearing starts start soon after. And all those big plans for winter? Still in the planning stages, for the most part. Where does the time go? This week I have promised myself that I will finish painting the addition to my … Read More

New Alpaca Yarn

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We received a new batch of alpaca yarn back from the mill. This is yarn is spun from our finest white fleeces and we have both laceweight and fingering weight. Today’s task is to reorganize my fiber studio so I can get some dyeing done soon. I’ll get that yarn and more uploaded to our farm store soon!

In with the new…

Here at Snowshoe Farm we are looking back at 2011 and counting our blessings. Despite a down economy, we’ve managed to sell quite a few alpacas this year; we had a beautiful crop of crias – mostly female (yes, that’s a good thing); our homegrown herdsire, Snowshoe Aristides, won another Championship (his sixth banner) and our fiber business continues to grow. We are both in good health and have the love and support of our large families and very dear … Read More

Green Mountain Fiber Festival

I’m all packed up and ready to head to White River Junction tomorrow morning for the Green Mountain Fiber Festival.  This will be the last festival is what has been a very busy fall season. I really enjoy participating in fiber festivals, seeing so many of our old friends and customers and meeting new ones. Nothing beats getting out and seeing all the wonderful new fibery creations from both vendors and the public to get one inspired to start new … Read More

Back online!

We’re finally back online after over a week without internet! It seemed like longer! Today we delivered three yearling male alpacas to their new home on a beautiful horse farm in NH. We try to be very careful about where we place our alpacas and this will be a wonderful home for the boys. Acres of pasture, a beautiful barn and a loving owner who will be dyeing and knitting with their fiber – perfect! Last weekend was the Fiber … Read More

Dyeing yarn

The NYS Sheep & Wool Festival is coming up next weekend and we’re busy getting ready. We have a nice selection of alpaca and alpaca blend yarns we’ll be taking to the festival. The last of the white DK yarn is skeined and washed and dry – ready to label. Today I’m handpainting sock yarn. There’s more yarn to be skeined and washed tomorrow so things dry before packing up on Thurs. I have some knitting to do to – … Read More

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