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

Fall Fiber Events

This is a busy time of year for Snowshoe Farm! October is when many people start knitting for the season, especially if they’re making holiday gifts. We have a series events on October weekends which started with the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. What a great weekend we had! Next weekend, we will be at Burketoberfest at Burke Mountain on Sunday afternoon. Come on up and enjoy the spectacular fall foliage and check out the new lodge and some very talented … Read More

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

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!

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

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

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

Headed to MAPACA

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Next weekend is our second and last alpaca show of the spring, the MAPACA Jubilee. We will be showing the same three males who went to the North American Alpaca Show earlier this month: Snowshoe Ammonoosuc who took fourth in his class (which was won by the color champion), Rasalas who took sixth in his class and FBR Zeke who came in second in his class. The competition at North American, as usual, was tough, but MAPACA is a bigger show … Read More

Dyeing Alpaca Fiber

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I know most folks are gearing up for the “big game” today, but with no interest in football and no TV, that’s not happening here.  Instead, my afternoon is full of fiber (not unusual for me!). Today I’m dyeing fiber for felting. Here at Snowshoe Farm, we use only our finest alpaca fiber for making the yarns we carry in our shop and online. But we try to make use of all the fiber we harvest from our herd. Not … Read More

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