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Feature Friday #9

We’ve been so busy here on the farm, that Feature Friday slipped right by us, so we’re extending it to Saturday!   Our feature this week is one of our cornerstone products.  Each animal here on the farm contributes fiber to our products, and we try to honor that contribution by showcasing that particular animal in their YARN!  Although it isn’t always the easiest, or most cost efficient way to have yarn produced, we choose to process most of our fiber by animal.  There is nothing like having a customer purchase a skein of yarn from their favorite animal, and then come back with their finished product to take a picture with that animal!  If you purchase a handmade item from our store, you know the story of the animal behind it, and chances are you’ve met that animal during your visit.  Each one of these items are truly one of a kind, and it all starts with the yarn.

 

We offer our yarn in 200 yard hanks of DK/Sport weight and a few in fingering weight, in both Suri and Huacaya.  We offer yarn in an array of natural colors, as well as exclusive, indie dyed semi solids, tonals, and colorways.  Our dyed yarn is for sale only on a limited basis, and in small runs, so if you see one you love grab it while it is in stock!

Great handmade items start with great yarn, great yarn comes from great fiber, and great fiber comes from happy, healthy, fabulous animals.  We are proud to be home to a herd that embodies that idea.  Stop by and pick up a skein ( or two or twelve!) of our yarn produced right here in Tennessee; meet the animal who created that gorgeous, squishy goodness, and take home a bit of alpaca magic for your self!

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Feature Friday # 8

This week’s feature Friday is a nod to the the holiday season

Alpaca fiber filled christmas ornaments

One of our top holiday sellers are our alpaca fiber ornaments.  Each ornament is completely unique and one of a kind.  The ornaments are filled with hand dyed alpaca fiber straight from our farm  This season we are offering round ornaments and Christmas bulb shaped ornaments, in a variety of colors.  Each ornament is $5.00 and a hanger is included.

Our ornaments make the perfect gift for secret santa, co workers, friends, teachers, and so many more!  You can purchase online, in our farm store, or at one of the vendor events we will be at this holiday season.

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Feature Friday #7

Happy Friday,everyone!  Hopefully our US friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving, while our international friends are enjoying a peaceful Friday.

We are hosting our Annual Open Barn/Holiday Shop this entire weekend, so we’ve been out giving tours and hosting shoppers in the farm store.  While I was in the farm store I noticed one of our family’s favorite products, but until today  I never thought to showcase them because they aren’t made from alpaca. They were just so pretty with the Christmas lights reflecting in them and up against the pine walls of the store.

 

Our hand etched glassware features alpacas. We offer wine glasses in clear, and colored glass; beer steins ( with a pair of socks included for a ready made gift !) ; candle holders; and lighted glass bricks.  All are handmade right here on the farm.  Our selection is constantly changing and evolving and we are happy to do custom orders.  If you would like to purchase any of our glassware, please contact us via email for current availability and pricing, or stop by the farmstore.

Happy Friday y’all 💚

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Feature Friday #6

Feature Friday this week will showcase an annual event here on the farm.

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Each year ,we open our gates the weekend following Thanksgiving.  We are happy to host our Annual Open Barn/Holiday Shop November 23-25th from 11 am- 4 pm each day.  The farm store will be open for holiday shopping, and the barn will be open to meet the alpacas!

Make plans to come by, visit with the alpacas, and get your holiday shopping done!

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Feature Friday # 5

We’ve showcased fiber, and we’ve showcased a few of our favorite products, so this week we are showcasing one of our newest products:

ADOPT AN ALPACA

Our newest product launched November 1st- just in time for the holidays.  If you’ve ever wanted an alpaca, but you don’t have the room or the time for a herd- you can adopt a member of our herd!  

There are three “adoption” levels that offer varying degrees of sponsorship. Your payment of support does not constitute ownership of the animal but entitles you to exclusive benefits.

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For all the details of our Adopt an Alpaca program, and to pick your “adoptee” click HERE

 

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Feature Friday #4

Friday is here, and with it another post in our Feature Friday series!  You can catch up with our previous posts HERE , HERE, and HERE .

Today we’ve chosen to highlight another of our personal favorite products, and one of the reasons we didn’t hesitate to make the jump into alpacas:  SOCKS!

If you were to ask any of us here on the farm what our #1 must have alpaca product would be ,I would be willing to bet you’d hear socks.

David and I bought our first pairs of alpaca socks from a fledgling alpaca farm over 16 years ago!  The price seemed high to us, but we wanted to help a local farmer out, so we each bought two $18.00 pairs of socks, and David grabbed a pair of glove liners.  Those socks were one of the best investments we’ve ever made!  David “retired” a pair of his socks about a year ago when they finally wore out in the heel.  He still wears the other pair on a regular basis.  I still have both of my pairs, but one is starting to look a little thin.  We didn’t care for them in any special way, we just threw them in the washer and dryer with our other laundry and went about our day.  The glove liners were in perfect condition right up until last year when David cut them while working on a fence.  Our $72.00 investment (not counting the glove liners) into what we thought were the most expensive socks we’ve ever owned, has turned out to be $4.50 a YEAR and counting.   Not too shabby for socks that have kept us comfortable and cozy for many a season.  We couldn’t believe a pair of  “luxury” socks could last that long, and actually do what we were told they would do.

Jump forward to today, and we are still amazed at our lowly little alpaca socks. They are cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.  They wick moisture away from the body better than any other socks I have owned.  They feel good on!   They don’t bunch up in my shoes and don’t rub my heel. Even after long days in hot weather they remain odor free.  They are durable, and easy to care for.  I still throw all of my socks in the washer and dryer.  No special care needed.    If you read our fiber facts post last week, you know all of this is due to the alpaca fiber itself.

I wear a pair daily, whether on the farm or in my “other” job.  My feet stay comfortable year round.  I have pairs that are great with my tennis shoes, muck boots, hiking boots, barn boots , dress socks, and just to lounge around the house in.  David has pairs specifically designated for hunting and fishing, and everyday wear.  Each one of the kids have a pair or two or twenty!

Our socks have come a long way since that fledgling alpaca farm sold us some!  We carry socks for every need and in multiple price ranges, colors, and styles.  We sell socks to runners, hikers, skiers, nurses, doctors, EMTs, office workers, construction workers, teachers, attorneys, and more!  They make an amazing gift for yourself or for someone special.  We’ve even had them featured in raffle prizes!

If you see us out and about, ask us about our socks!  If you’d like to grab your first pair, or you 50th pair, let us know and you can stop by the farm store.  If you’re not local, we’d be happy to send pictures of our stock and walk you through finding the right pair.

We proudly carry socks made in the US out of US alpaca fiber, but we also proudly carry socks made in Peru out of Peruvian fiber.  Socks aren’t one size fits all, and our supply shouldn’t be either.

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Onward and Upward!

National Alpaca Farm Days was a roaring success thanks to all of our farm friends who chose to come and spend some time visiting with the herd.

 

Every year gets just better, and this year was no different.  This year we were honored to have Jennifer and John Troyer demonstrating their fiber arts skills on the front porch of the brand new farm store.  Jennifer kindly demonstrated hand spinning for us both days, while John showed off his needle felting skills.  They also brought some of their completed fiber arts projects to showcase their work.  Jennifer also brought another of her passions with her to share with our guests.  Much to everyone’s delight, we were witness to the hatching and release of two Monarch butterflies!  Jennifer is passionate about conservation of our butterfly friends.  Each year she raises hundreds of caterpillars and tends them until they are ready to release as adult butterflies.  Her knowledge of these farm friends, and the passion with which she cares for them was a truly delightful addition to this year’s event!

We were pleased to open our onsite farm store for the very first time during National Alpaca Farm Days.  Our guests got a first look at some of the alpaca products we make and carry here at Rocking Chair Farm.  We are finish up some of the final touches to the farm store, so keep watching for updates!

If any of our friends would like to share pictures of their visit during National Alpaca Farm Days, please feel free to do so!  You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rockingchairfarm   and tag us in those pictures @rockingchairfarm , or you can email them to us  rockingchairfarmalpacas@gmail.com, and we will post them to the website!

Where can you find us next?

Rocking Chair Farm is proud to participate in:

The 2018 Great Llama Race  Saturday, October 6th from 11-4.  Look for our tent and stop by and say hi!

The Fall Craft Fair at The Winery at Seven Springs Farm  Saturday, October 20th from 12-5 pm.  Start your holiday shopping early, while you sip wine at The Best Winery in East Tennessee, according to Tennessee Magazine

The 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair at The Venue at Lenoir City , Saturday October 27th from 10-2.  Join us for the official kick off of the holiday season!

 

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NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS ARE COMING!

 

 

Once again, the crew here at Rocking Chair Farm will celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days, September 29-30 from 11 am -4 pm.

What are National Alpaca Farm Days, you ask?  The last weekend of September, alpaca farms across North America open their gates to the public!  During your visit with us you can

  • Experience  alpacas up close!
  • Tour the farm
  • Feel alpaca fleece
  • View live demonstrations
  • Learn about raising and breeding alpacas
  • Shop for alpaca products

 

This year we will have live demonstrations of spinning, felting, and other fiber arts throughout the weekend.

We will have tours beginning at the top of every hour beginning at 11 am  with the last tour beginning at 3 pm.

There is no charge for entry, but we do ask a few things:

  1.  NO outside food or drink
  2. NO outside animals allowed
  3. Closed toe shoes are required.

If you aren’t in our area and would like to experience National Alpaca Farm days , please FIND A FARM near you.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We welcome your questions regarding our policies, and look forward to seeing new faces and greeting old friends.

 

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2018 Natural Fiber Extravaganza

Rocking Chair Farm just returned from the 2018 Natural Fiber Extravaganza powered by AOA, held in Lebanon,TN. Check it out HERE! To say we are excited would be the understatement of the year!  Three days of classes, workshops and seminars, the AOA National Fleece Show, National Spin Off,  a Student Design Contest, a phenomenal Fiber Arts show, photo contest, a fiber artist marketplace, etc!  WOW!!!

The AOA (Alpaca Owners Association) and all the sponsors, vendors, speakers and participants worked together to make this a show for the history books.  We were able to see some truly fabulous fleece entries from farms that are redefining just how great alpaca fiber can be, we met new friends, got to catch up with longtime friends and colleagues,  and met in person several “online” friends that have been invaluable to us.

We’ve come away from this show with a renewed passion for the alpaca industry, some great ideas, and some new directions for our farm!

We are also pleased to announce a few wins for our farm!  In the National Spin Off, both Charlemagne’s Rebellion (REBEL), and Legend’s Faber came away with first place in their respective divisions.  In the photo contest, Farmer David won a third place ribbon with his photo of Victory (Vic) and an honorable mention for his close up of Faber.

Our host hotel, Holiday Inn Express and Suites, Lebanon Check them out HERE were gracious and hospitable , and made our stay a joy.

Wilson County Exposition Center also did a tremendous job hosting the event, providing plenty of parking, clean and modern facilities, and a gracious staff.

The Natural Fiber Extravaganza is already gearing up to be held next year, at the same event center.  Make plans to attend NOW!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air!  We love what we do, and we love our customers!  To celebrate we are offering a special discount for all of our customers through Feb 14th.  Shop online HERE and use the code: BEMINE for 14% off your order.  You can also shop here on the farm if you would like, just call to schedule an appointment.

If you are still looking for a unique gift for that extra special someone, choose alpaca!

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