Monday, February 17, 2020

Shearing Day 2020

Shearing day on an alpaca farm happens just once a year and this year it's Saturday, May 9th! This is the most important day on the farm where we harvest all the fiber the alpacas grew for the past year. They will be more comfortable for warmer weather that's on the way and we'll have plenty of fiber to turn into yarn or roving! If you'd like to see what the alpacas look like before and after and watch how shearing is done, then stop by the farm! 

We will be very busy while shearing is taking place therefore the shop will not be open on this day, but we will be open 10 - 4 Sunday and Monday.

Shearing Day
Saturday, May 9th
9:00 - 12:00 pm
Gift Shop - CLOSED

 This photo shows Buddy being sheared.  

 Jerry before shearing.

 Jerry after shearing!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Needle Felted Scottish Highlander Tapestry

Learn how to create this "wool painting" style, scenic Scottish Highlander tapestry. Painting is completed by applying layers of wool in different colors and wool blending. You will learn how to create the texture of the highlander, which will bring him to life! The finished tapestry will be approximately 6" x 9". All felting supplies (wool, needle, and use of tools) are provided along with step by step instruction by Lori Neumann of Menagerie.
Custom handmade Ford Frames will be available for purchase for those who want a finished piece ready to hang.
Class is limited to 13 students ages 12 and up.
Thursday, March 12th from 6 - 9 pm.
$50
Class is held in the gift shop at Lavender Hill Farm.
411 Beach Pond Road  Voluntown, CT  06384

If interested please email lavenderalpacas@gmail.com in order to be invoiced, which once paid will reserve your space.


Monday, June 18, 2018

The Alpacas are Sheared!

Shearing day at our farm was May 12th this year.  We expected a bit of rain in the early morning hours, so the alpacas were penned in and kept under the roof of the barn for the night in order to keep them dry.  Rick and Jeremiah from Twist of Fate Spinnery in Portland, Connecticut were our shearers once again this year.  They also had the help of Rick's son which made them even more efficient than usual!  Overall, we were very lucky with the weather as the rain held off!  We had many visitors stop in to witness the transformation of the alpacas.  Now we have beautiful fiber that we can have processed into yarn and roving! 

Ryan Hargraves of EagleEye LLC created this video showing the entire shearing process from start to finish!  This video shows one of our girls, Mia, being sheared. Check it out! https://youtu.be/sAf7tX01iaI


 
Champ before and after shearing.  Such a cute face!
 

Smokey before and after shearing, pictured with his brother, Thor.


Jerry before and after shearing! Jerry has very dense fiber!


A sea of fiber that will soon be heading to the mill to be processed into yarn and roving!

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Shearing 2018

Shearing day on an alpaca farm happens just once a year and this year it's Saturday, May 12th! This is the most important day on the farm where we harvest all the fiber the alpacas grew for the past year. They will be more comfortable for warmer weather that's on the way and we'll have plenty of fiber to turn into yarn or roving! If you'd like to see what the alpacas look like before and after and watch how shearing is done, stop by the farm! We will be very busy while shearing is taking place therefore the shop will not be open on this day, but we will be open 10 - 4 Sunday.


These photos of Buster Brown show how he looked before and after shearing!  What a difference! 


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Alpacas in the Winter

The alpacas have plenty of fiber to keep them warm throughout the winter.  They don't mind to be out in the snow at all.  Here's some photos of the alpacas from this winter so far!

 Smokey 

 Mateo

 Rose Petal

 Peggy

 Acura

 Rose Petal and Acura

 Champ

 Thor

 Mateo

 Red

 Bella

 Chance

 Mikey

 Jerry

 Buster Brown

Buddy


It's the New Year!

And just like that we're onto 2018!  We had a very busy holiday season and have been able to keep our doors open on the weekends for all but two weekends where we had absolutely frigid temperatures.  We hope that those who received a gift of alpaca this holiday season are thoroughly enjoying the warmth and softness of them!  Here's some photos from the holiday season and this winter so far!


 We had two "Very Christmas Evening" events this year, one of which was on December 9th.
We got a beautiful show of snow that night!





Even the chicken coop was decorated for Christmas!







Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Holidays Are Approaching!


The holidays are approaching quick!  When you visit our farm you can head straight to the barn to visit our friendly alpacas or head into our gift shop where you'll find many unique items.  Here's a preview of what we have to offer!


Our year-round tree is decorated for the fall with beautiful warm colors.
 

We carry delicious local honey from Tuckerbees of Voluntown.  In addition to honey in many sizes, there are different body balms and chap sticks which use the bees wax from the hive.
 

These needle felted alpaca ornaments are handmade by us with fiber from our animals and come in many different colors and patterns!  They are a great way to remember your trip to our farm or would make a great stocking stuffer for the alpaca lover in your life!


 We also have local maple syrup from Sweet's Farm available!


If there's an alpaca you fall in love with during your visit,
 you can enjoy a photo of them with one of these magnets!
 

The apparel in our shop is made in Peru where alpacas originate, such as this sweater and hat.  You will also find the warmest socks, hats, gloves, mittens, glittens, scarves, shawls, and throws!  There are many one of a kind freestyle weavings throughout our shop handmade by us like this pretty pastel shawl.


We have a variety of roving available from our alpacas!
 

We also have a variety of yarn from our animals in their natural colors.
 

We have catnip grown right on the farm for the cat lover on your list!  You'll find these fuzzy bears along with alpacas and chickens all made with super soft alpaca too!
 

We have rag rugs and alpaca rugs available, all made at our farm.
 

This is just some of what we have to offer!  Stop by to see what unique gifts you may find for those on your shopping list!  Definitely stop in at the barn to meet our 21 alpacas and take some photos of your experience feeding them hay!


Lavender Hill Farm is open on weekends from 10:00 to 4:00 each day or by appointment.  
You can contact us for more info at lavenderalpacas@gmail.com or call or text Paulette at (860)917-5154.