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Things are heating up….

Traffic is picking up at the indoor Prudential Farmers Market.  And it seems as though people are starting to FINALLY think about Christmas!  But there are still a LOT of people in the office building and the residential buildings ajoined to the Pru who still don’t know we are there every Thursday 11 – 4.  So please spread the word.  Tell your coworkers to visit us during their lunch breaks, or as they get out for the day.


And we are still all loaded up for Market #2 at Amherst Middle School, Saturday (Dec 10th) 10 – 1.  There’s live music, raffles, and SO many vendors of all kinds.  It’s more of a shopping “event” than a market!  Come on down and bring a friend!  I will have some of our NEW COLORS in our 100% baby alpaca yarn.  It’s dry now and just GORGEOUS!

And once again my farmstore will be open on Sunday 12 – 4  December 11.  Hope to see you at any of my venues!


New Colors & Prudential Market

I was busy yesterday in an all-day-yarn-dyeing session.  We got over 130 skeins dyed and added some new colorways, such as Gem Stone, Slate & Desert.  SO PRETTY!  We also dyed a couple of test skeins of some 100% baby alpaca in a worsted weight.  It feels SO LUXURIOUS!  Use it double and you have a squishy decedant chunky weight yarn!  Ooooo baby!  We hope to have this for sale in the Spring.  Sorry we won’t have it done for this season, but we’ve got to start somewhere!!!  I’ll have all spring & summer to knit up some fabulous samples with it to tempt you all.   I had one woman tell me I was EVIL for doing this!  Hey – whatever it takes……

We are looking at some interesting weather in the morning hours tomorrow.  Could make for a slippery commute to Boston, but I do plan on being there for the Thursday Market.  Come on out and see me.  It’s warm and dry in the mall!

CHRISTMAS IS ONLY 18 DAYS AWAY!  Give the gift of warmth this Christmas season – Alpaca!

Post- Amherst Market day!

I want to thank everyone who came out to the 1st week of the Amherst Winter Farmers Market.  It was a great turnout!  For those of you who didn’t make it, there were craft vendors, veggie vendors, bakers, chefs, demonstrations, and live music.  It was a great atmosphere.  And I saw many familiar faces!

Many of you took cards, and I referred many to my blog.  As I mentioned, I am looking for consumer feedback.  I’d love your ideas of what you like to see for sale from Hampden Hills Alpacas.  I’d also love to hear any comments you may have.

Tell your friends about me, spread the word about the website, and let your presence be known!  I look foward to hearing from you.

My Farmstore will be open tomorrow, Sunday, December 4th, from 12:00 – 4:00.


See you at the Amherst Market!!!

Tomorrow is the opening day of the Amherst Farmers Market at the Amherst Middle School, 10 – 1 (Saturdays).  There’s is plenty of parking, great vendors and usually live entertainment.   I will have an assortment of hand dyed yarns, winter accessories such as scarves, hats, gloves/mittens/glittens, socks as well as hand made winter coats, vests, rugs, and more!  My son, Kevin will even have some paintings on display for sale.  Want a preview?  search KevinDeeArt on Facebook.

Spread the word, subscribe to my blog and please send me comments on what you’d like me to make for sale.  I’m still working on a couple of shawls ( alpaca & silk) and some 100% cotton dishtowels.    I hope to hear from you all soon.


Week at H.H.A.

Hand dyed alpaca yarn

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.  It was special here as we had guests from Belgium with us.  They do not celebrate Thanksgiving, so it was nice for them to experience a true AMERICAN Tradition!  They leave for home on Monday.

But….. in the meantime, no time to slack off even with company here!  I’ve been busily setting up the Farm Store which opens tomorrow (Sunday November 27th) from 12 – 4.

Then this Saturday is the first Amherst Winter Farmers Market of the season ( December 3rd) from 10 – 1 at the Amherst Middle School Cafateria.  Then of course, I’ll be in Boston on Thursday in the Prudential Center, but this week you can find me right across from Barnes & Noble as a lure to get customers down the Belvidere Arcade to see the rest of the Market Vendors.

I’ll also be very busy creating new products for sale.  Tuesday will be another marathon yarn dyeing day.  and two of my looms are loaded up and ready to go with 2 shawls and a dozen cotton dishtowels.  I hope to have these done over the next 2 weeks.  The hand woven cotton dishtowels make a great teacher/hostess or other kind of small gift.

Any of my readers who live in the North Shore of Massachusetts area can visit Haley’s on Rt 1 in Newbury (?) where the Sandersons of Parker River Alpacas have set up a beautiful holiday shop loaded with alpaca garments, accessories as well as goods from local artisans.  If you stop in, tell them you saw their shop mentioned here on my blog.    Their shop is open AT LEAST Friday – Sundays until Christmas.  They may even add more open days to their schedule.

Let me know what you’d like to see for sale for the Holiday Season.  I’ll do my best to provide what you’re looking for.  Any comments?  Please post them.  I love to hear from you.


Farm Store Opening!

Thanksgiving is only days away!  And so is Black Friday!  But, after you’re done fighting the crowds, come to our Hampden Hills Alpacas Farm Store open on Sundays between Thanksgiving and December 12 – 4pm.    You’ll find a selection of hand-made and Peruvian alpaca products like scarves, gloves, hats, socks, bears, coats, vests, and more.  And can’t forget the YARN!  New this year, Knit Pick Needles to go with your yarn purchase!    Special orders are also welcomed!

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email.  We’d love to hear from you.

Happy Thanksgiving!



Come see us in the Pru

We’ll be at the Prudential again this Thursday, Nov 17 from 11 – 6.

We’ll have hand-painted alpaca yarns, hand woven scarves, shawls, American Made alpaca socks, hand-woven rag & alpaca rugs, hats, accessories and so much more!  Give the gift of WARMTH this holiday season.

You can find me and all the other vendors of the Prudential Winter Farmers Market in the Belvidere Arcade in the Prudential Mall!  Support your local businesses.

Feel free to leave a comment as to what you’d like to see us carry, suggesstions for the market or whatever else you’d like to comment on.