Evelyn purchased the Amish home and out buildings nearly three years ago. Now it is the YB Normal Alpaca Farm & Store. She has a little over fifty animals, a beautiful shop, a seasonal market stall, and a newly formed CSA.
The store has yarn, carded and dyed fibers for felting, sweaters, gloves, scarves, hats, socks, toys, soaps, honey and so many other delightful items.
Evelyn shares, "I have spun yarn for 3 years now and absolutely love to spin the Suri alpaca right from my animals. After shearing I choose a fleece that has extremely high luster and give it a bath in shampoo.
Lavender shampoo is my favorite. I dry the fleece and then hand paint the locks with acid dyes that I order. I tried natural dyes but found them too labor intensive.
After the fleece is dyed and dried, I either hand card the locks of Suri alpaca or just spin right from the uncarded fiber. I enjoy pairing the colors that my remind me of something from nature or around me. The hand carded rovings here are called “Little Chautauqua Creek” A beautiful stream where the water tumbles over colorful rocks and I often see fly fishermen casting their lines. This is 100% Suri Alpaca Yarn that was hand dyed, carded and hand spun by me. "
Alpacas come in over twenty-three colors and patterns. Their hair is prized for its softness and is four times warmer than wool. They are related to camels, being members of the camelid family. Mild-tempered, inquisitive, intellengent, clean, and gentle. They only spit, buck or kick when they feel they must, not for spite, but only when startled or threatened. Especially if they fear for their cria, their babies.
Evelyn has two types of alpaca on her farm, Huacaya and Suri. Huacaya are the most common breed. Like teddy bears, their hair forms a dense ball of fiber that makes the alpaca look big and fluffy. The fiber has a crimp and it is usually fine and bright. Huacaya fiber creates beautiful soft warm garments like sweaters, throws, hats and gloves.
Suri fiber is different and very rare, making up only one to two percent of the world’s alpacas. Their hair hangs from their body in locks that can be twisted, wavy, curly or flat and are lustrous.
Her store is open Sunday through Friday from 10 am to dusk at 5782 Stockton Hartfield Road in Dewittville, NY.
It is best to call ahead if coming, especially in groups greater than five. If you would like a tour please call at least one week in advance and bring cash for the tour fee. You can reach Evelyn at 716-450-7459 for more information.