— The Openherd Team

Song Meadows Alpacas

Featuring domestic, imported, and hand-crafted items

Cindy Cuykendall
5197 DeWitt RoadSkaneateles, NY 13152

Exquisite Alpaca Fiber Products

A wide selection of hand-crafted and carefully selected domestic and imported alpaca goods.

About Our Store

School Counselor turned alpaca farmer and fiber artist

After 20 years in the public school system, I traded my professional career for the life an alpaca farmer. I started with 2 alpacas in 2001, and currently have 38 on the farm. Using the fiber they produce, I learned to spin, knit, crochet, felt, locker-hook, lucet, and weave on 3 styles of looms. I started attending craft fairs and farmer's markets in the Skaneateles and Central New York area, and eventually established a small farm store. I sort and grade the alpaca fleece myself in order to produce a superior product (sorting and grading ensures uniformity and provides a much softer, smoother end product). In addition to my hand-made products, I also feature alpaca products from 3 co-ops that I contribute fleece to: the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool, the Alpaca Fiber Co-op of North America, and the Alpaca Blanket Project. As president of the Empire Alpaca Association I spear-headed a project to produce an Empire brand of yarn, 100% alpaca yarn raised and milled in New York State, and those yarns are also featured in my shop. Promoting alpaca products that are produced here in the U.S. is very important to me. My favorite thing, though, is producing my own one-of-a-kind items hand-made "From Critter to Creation"!