Nestled peacefully in McLeod county west of Minneapolis graze the little sisters and brothers of The Abbey. With quiet enthusiasm, Jennifer White and her team are dedicated to breeding and raising quality ‘Huacaya’ alpacas. They currently manage a herd of 15 alpacas with 5 new crias (babies) expected summer 2020.
Each alpaca produces about 10 pounds of fiber (fine wool) per year, which The Abbey has processed at local mills in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. When the yarn comes back from the mill, they dye it and then use the yarn to hand knit and crochet their products. The Abbey’s best selling products include felted hats, double knit and lined mittens, fingerless gloves and scarves. They strive to use all the fiber from the alpacas, so the less desirable leg and neck fiber is used to make our very popular dryer balls, felted boot liners and “Alpaca for the Birds” (cage filled with alpaca fiber that the birds love to use to line their nests!).
Jennifer sells all of these products, plus yarn, blankets and socks at the Mill City Farmers Market, a few other regional markets, at their farm store and online at www.theabbeyalpacas.com