Assessing Alpacas

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Recently I was asked how early we can assess the quality of an alpaca. I’ve been asked this question before and I usually reply that we generally wait until after the cria’s first “real” shearing (not the shearing that happens a few weeks after birth) and see how the fiber grows back. We don’t assume crias with fine fiber will mature into adults – or even yearlings – with fine fiber. We like to wait and see it happen. In … Read More

Special price on drive-by breedings

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  Snowshoe Ammonoosuc, full brother to our multi-champion, Snowshoe Aristides, is getting the job done this summer. We have several unconfirmed pregnancies so far and have room for a few more breedings. Ammonoosuc’s introductory stud fee is $750. We are now offering a special price of $500 on drive-by breedings to Ammo. Contact us to make a date!

Summer Buy Local Market

Snowshoe Farm will be participating in the Summer Buy Local Market on the Vermont State House lawn on Wed, Aug 10. We’ll have a great selection of alpaca and alpaca blend yarns for sale in both natural and hand dyed colors. We’ll also have washed & picked alpaca felting fiber in various natural and dyed colors. Hope to see you there!

Yearling Alpacas

We’ve had a number of inquiries as to why we don’t show prices on the three yearling alpacas we have listed for sale.  Often, we don’t bother to list our younger alpacas for sale until they are a bit older. For the most part, we just like to wait and see how the alpacas do as they mature. We’re not only looking at fleece quality, but conformation and overall health and vitality. Our current sales list includes three alpacas that were … Read More

Lace knitting with worsted weight yarn

I spend a lot of my knitting time working with fingering weight yarn. Socks are one of my favorite items to knit and I also love fingering for shawls and scarves.  Snowshoe Farm produces a lot of fingering weight yarn in 100% alpaca as well as in a number of blends. We’ve only been making worsted weight yarn for two or three years. Personally, I feel worsted weight is too big for 100% alpaca, so our worsted is 50% alpaca/50% … Read More

On sale – proven female alpacas

We’ve reviewed our breeding plans for 2017 and can see that we have a number of proven females who also have daughters in our breeding program. We have decided to offer some of these females at reduced prices. They are all excellent proven mothers and each comes with a free TRANSFERABLE breeding. Snowshoe Star – 11 years young.  Star is half sister to our multi-champion, Snowshoe Aristides. We have an abundance of females from this line in our breeding program and … Read More

Let the dyeing begin!

Snowshoe Farm has LOTS of new alpaca yarn back from the mill and more yarn and roving on the way. Dyeing will start next week and we will be updating our online alpaca yarn store with new colors very soon. If you are not on our e-newsletter list, sign up now (scroll to the bottom of the page) to receive early notifications of new products and free knitting  patterns. If you are a handspinner interested in raw alpaca fiber, please contact … Read More

And the winner is…

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The first weekend in April was the combined North American Alpaca Show and Northeast Alpaca Expo in MA.  We’re very pleased with our 2 year old white male, Snowshoe Ammonoosuc, who took second place in both shows behind a spectacular male from Cas-Cad-Nac Farm. Like his two brothers before him, Ammo has very fine and dense fiber with well defined crimp. He has excellent coverage on a large, well-proportioned frame. We anticipate Ammonoosuc will hold his fineness as he matures, … Read More

Alpaca Shearing 2016

Done! This is our last victim…er, alpaca…of the day and we are finished shearing our herd.  Snowshoe Allegro, co-owned with Spirit Wind Farm, has the most lustrous fleece I’ve ever seen. I wish I had been able to get a better photo. I’ll give it another try when I skirt his fleece. We are very pleased with the fleeces from last year’s crias and can’t wait to see how they grow back over the summer. Shearing went very well due … Read More

Alpaca Roving

Attention handspinners: we’re getting ready to send alpaca fiber to the mill to be processed into roving. We’ve been busy washing and dyeing fiber and now have a nice selection of natural and hand dyed colors. These will be blended to make several different batches of multi-colored 100% alpaca roving. We’ll let you know as soon as the roving comes back from Sallie’s Fen Fibers. Our roving will be for sale on our website along with our alpaca yarn and alpaca … Read More

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