Free Shipping!

Snowshoe Farm is offering free shipping on all products from our online yarn shop through December 31. Use coupon code SHIPFREE. VermontAlpacaYarn.com lists alpaca yarn, roving and felting fiber as well as dyes, needles & hooks and free patterns. All alpaca fiber used in our products is grown on our Vermont farm. We do our own shearing every spring, then carefully skirt and grade each fleece. We send only the very best quality fiber to Sallie’s Fen Fiber Mill to be spun into … 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

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

End of Summer

It’s difficult to believe that autumn begins in a couple days!  The summer has flown by and the weather in recent weeks has been so warm that it has not prompted thoughts of fall. This morning, however, we woke to a temp of 34, a brisk reminder that the season is changing – and fast! The light is different and the trees are turning color. And at Snowshoe Farm we are busy dyeing yarn and preparing for fall fiber festivals.  This … Read More

Shearing alpacas – the next step…

Now that we’ve finished our spring shearing, we’re faced with piles of fleeces waiting for the next step.  This is just a portion of the fiber that will be sorted, skirted and sent off to various destinations: fleece shows, yarn mill, felting fiber, etc. The first thing we’ll do is pick out a few fleeces for the AOA National Fleece Show which is coming up next month. We’ll also keep in mind the fall shows and hold out from processing … Read More

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

Alpaca Shearing 2014

Done!  Shearing is THE big spring chore at Snowshoe Farm and it feels so good to have finished. We shear early – usually the end of April – and, being spring in the NEK, the weather rarely cooperates. Generally, the alpacas have to endure a period of chilly temps before warmer spring weather arrives and stays for more than a day or two. We’ve done our shearing during snowstorm on more than one occasion. Yes, our alpacas will probably be … 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

Making Progress

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 and door are just about done. Ron will finish putting new boards up on the walls and hang a few lights and the space will … 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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