Double 8 Alpaca Ranch

Double 8 Alpaca Ranch Owners - Doug & Bonnie Kittrell, The name "Double 8 Alpaca Ranch" was derived from Bonnie and Doug's wedding date. We were married on 8/8/2003.
Double 8 Alpaca Ranch is a breeder of excellent quality alpaca stock, producer of high quality alpaca yarn, and provider of education about alpacas. Double 8 Alpaca Ranch has the finest black & fawn Champion award winning alpacas in the U.S.
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Double 8 Alpaca Ranch is a full service alpaca operation. We are buyers and sellers of alpaca livestock, fiber and fleece products including yarn, rovings, and knitted clothing and accessories. Our speciality is black, since it never goes out of style. For the new alpaca owner we provide assistance with your alpaca selection based on your goals and consult about farm layout and business plans.

The Double 8 Chicken Coop is disinfected and ready for its new owner. Looking forward to getting a bigger coop and more ...
04/21/2020

The Double 8 Chicken Coop is disinfected and ready for its new owner. Looking forward to getting a bigger coop and more chickens so we can start selling, “Not Alpaca Eggs” jumbo chicken eggs at the Bluemont Farmers Market this summer! Loudoun Farms #Bluemontfarmersmarket
#freerangeeggs

04/15/2020
We are so happy to be able to fulfill customer orders and deliver them to the Leesburg Farmers Market tomorrow, Saturday...
04/10/2020

We are so happy to be able to fulfill customer orders and deliver them to the Leesburg Farmers Market tomorrow, Saturday, April 11th. If you are craving our soft socks, dryer balls, need an alpaca figurine for your spring baskets, or some of our locally grown yarn or a felting kit to keep you or your kiddos creating, please place your order online. We also have been busy making more Lavender/goats milk alpaca loofah soaps to help exfoliate and soften those gardener or dry hands.

We will fill orders received by 7PM Friday and have it ready for pickup tomorrow, Saturday, April 11th between 9am - 12noon at the Leesburg Farmers Market.

We will have socks, loofah soaps, some yarns available tomorrow at the market if you don't get your order in this evening. But it's preferred to pre-order and pay online. Thank you.

Shop at our online store: https://bit.ly/3ean9Lq
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04/09/2020
We are down to 3 of the larger stuffed crochet alpacas and still have plenty of the 3” alpaca figurines and yarns. Place...
04/09/2020

We are down to 3 of the larger stuffed crochet alpacas and still have plenty of the 3” alpaca figurines and yarns. Place your order by Saturday for pickup!

Forget bunnies, they’re so last year. Alpacas deserve a moment in the spotlight! Fill your kiddos’ spring baskets with #LoudounMade and #LoudounGrown alpaca 🦙 figurines. They’re super soft and super adorable. 🌸🧺

For adults looking to embrace a new craft during the quarantine - try crocheting with local colorful yarn!

Get it all from the Double 8 Alpaca Ranch online store: bit.ly/2yNiMpv

#TakeLoudounHome

Only 60 degrees and had to turn the fans on for the pacas. Too hot in our winter coats here! Shearing has been pushed se...
04/07/2020

Only 60 degrees and had to turn the fans on for the pacas. Too hot in our winter coats here! Shearing has been pushed several weeks due to 2 shearers retiring in February and one shearer stuck in. New Zealand due to COVID19. Our wonderful shearer is trying to stay healthy and pick up as many farms as he can to help the stranded farms.

Alpaca Stand off. The only alpaca on the farm who torments the dog.
04/07/2020

Alpaca Stand off. The only alpaca on the farm who torments the dog.

04/04/2020
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03/25/2020

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03/24/2020

This is our kind and gentle shearer, Joel Mariacher, instructing the shearing volunteers of the shearing process with one of our beautiful alpacas, Magic Moment. This video was taken 4 years ago while I was laid up in the house recovering from ACL knee surgery.

Shearing is right around the corner for us, coming up next month. Sending well wishes for our shearers’ and crew safety and health while they are out helping all of their client's alpacas take off their winter coats, which is necessary for the health of the alpacas. They need to be shorn once yearly to prevent heat stress or heat stroke. Thank you always to our volunteers! Kathy Brown Doug Kittrell Alexis Deacon April Deacon Paula Cardiman Deacon Jim Bajzath Brandon Bajzath Nadia Flikova Alex Deacon - Real Estate Professional

To learn about our fiber CSA, go to: https://www.double8alpacas.com/csa_orders___custom_order

03/22/2020
Alpaca Needle Felting Kit | Double 8 Alpaca Ranch

Looking for creative activities for your teens or adults? Needle felting is incredibly stress relieving!! Finishing up packaging an order of 6 alpaca needle felting kits with 💯% Loudoun Grown Alpaca fiber for a dedicated client. I currently have 13 left. Will have more than that in stock by next week. https://double-8-alpaca-ranch.square.site/product/alpaca-needle-felting-kit/39?cs=true @orangeoffroad @loudounvafarms @loudounfarmmkts @loudounstrong
Leesburg Farmers Market

Make a cute Alpaca figurine. Included is 100% alpaca fiber from our alpacas right here in Loudoun County, an alpaca cookie cutter, barbed needle, finger protector, and felting pad. Also included are written and picture instructions on how to create this cute needle felted alpaca figurine.

Why is today’s generation so lazy?
03/22/2020

Why is today’s generation so lazy?

Photo shoot with WLK Milano. 🥰
03/20/2020

Photo shoot with WLK Milano. 🥰

We have yarns and more. Check out our website. We’re not charging a fee for credit card orders during the pandemic. http...
03/20/2020

We have yarns and more. Check out our website. We’re not charging a fee for credit card orders during the pandemic. https://double-8-alpaca-ranch.square.site Pick up your order at the farm. Hand sanitizer inside bin to disinfect your hands. Thank you for supporting our farm and small business! 100% of the money we get from your purchases go back into the farm for feed and hay. #Iworkforfree #farmgirl

03/20/2020
I asked one of my very creative 4-H kiddos to create an “Alpacaing the curve image. Way to go, Eden!!
03/20/2020

I asked one of my very creative 4-H kiddos to create an “Alpacaing the curve image. Way to go, Eden!!

03/19/2020
Leesburg Farmers Market

For those wondering about the Leesburg Farmers market. Here’s a list of vendors who will be at the market this Saturday. And we have updated our online store for you to shop for your favorite socks, yarn, and other alpaca fibery items. https://double-8-alpaca-ranch.square.site

As we said, things are changing daily. At this time, Virginia has placed farmers markets in the same category as restaurants instead of grocery stores which means we will have to restrict the number of customers who come into the market at a time, only food vendors will be allowed set up, and any prepared food will only be available for take out. Below is a list of our vendors and if they will be at the market this Saturday or not and how you can reach them for pre-orders or deliveries. We are working with as much detail as we have right now to share. Again, this is only the current status and things may change before Saturday. Thank you.

*Arielle Oyster Company LLC - OUT
*Baker's Farm Fresh Pork - at market and Steve is offering deliveries. You can place your order with him by emailing [email protected] or call/text 540-325-9076
*Bee Chic - OUT
*Beechwood Orchards - at market and you can pre-order by emailing Melissa at [email protected] or 717-752-8171. Pre-orders are for 1/2 bushel quantities, but exceptions made for immunocompromised or elderly customers.
*Bigg Riggs Farm - at market
*Blue Ridge Dairy - at market
*Bread House - at market
*BreezyMeadowFarms/ Cannabreezellc - at market and you can order online. free shipping over $75: breezymeadowfarms.com
*Catoctin Coffee Company - at market and can order online for delivery at catoctincoffee.com and beans are also available at Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese farm stand, Dinner Belles Kitchen Cupboard, and Spring House Farm and Farm Store
*Chase Your Tail Bakery - at market and dog food also available at Dog Day Afternoon
*Chef Eloy's Kickin' Salsa - at market
*Cold Pantry Foods - Pizza - at market and you can place orders and pick up directly from Carol. contact her at 540-532-3938
*Dancing Cow Farm - at market for take out ONLY and frozen meats
* DMV Empanadas - at market for take out. pre-orders of frozen empanadas available by emailing your name, phone #, and market location (Leesburg) to [email protected] or texting 301-693-6686 with the # and type that you want. Flavors are chicken, beef, cheese, cheese & bacon, vegetable, shrimp, spinach & cheese, cheeseburger, BBQ pork, and spicy pork
*Dogwood Blossom Gifts - out, but offering online ordering and shipping: dogwoodblossomgifts.com
*Double 8 Alpaca Ranch - out and farm tours temporarily on hold
*Glascock's Produce - at market
*Green Acres Family Farmstead LLC - at market and you can pre-order with Ashley or contact her about deliveries. [email protected] or 301-660-1817.
*Greenheart Juice Shop - at market and offering free delivery with an order of 4 or more drinks: greenheartjuiceshop.com
*Happy Crêpe - OUT
*Hint O’ Smoke Snacks - OUT and offering free delivery of $20 or more. message them through facebook or instagram.
*Honey Brook Farms - at market and pre-orders and delivery are available: honeybrookfarms.com
*Kochany Wellness - OUT
*Milcreek Farm - at market and you can contact Donnie for farm pick up email [email protected] or call 540-822-4181
*Mill Road Farm - at market and you can contact Chris for farm pick up call/text 703-727-4210
*Noshy - at market THIS WEEKEND ONLY and also online ordering and free shipping: getnoshy.com
*NRJSPICE FOOD LLC - at market
*Number 1 Sons - OUT this weekend and offering online ordering and delivery with a $25 minimum: number1sons.com
*October One Vineyard - OUT but setting up home delivery. Check their website for updates: octoberonevineyard.com
*Panda Wokking - at market for take out ONLY
*Potomac Vegetable Farms - OUT but contact for preorders and on farm pick ups
*Rock Hill Honey Bee Farms - at market
*Rooster Dirt Farm - at market and you can preorder through the Contact Us part of their website: roosterdirtfarm.com or text Jess or Logan at either 717-491-0481 or 717-860-1568.
*Root and Marrow Farm - at market or you can find their produce at Georges Mill Farm farm stand or you can sign up for Erik's newsletter on their website to find out about delivery options: rootandmarrowfarm.com or call 540-822-0336
*Sacred Hearts Breads & Dips - at market and you can message through facebook or instagram
*Shenandoah Seasonal - OUT
*Sweet Potato Mike - Willow Grove Farm CSA - at market
*Shepherd's Whey Creamery - at market and doing pre-orders that can be bagged and ready for you and brought to your car. You can also phone in orders during the market that will be brought to your car. 304-283-5203. Products also available at Bushel & Peck.
*The Baekehaus - OUT
*Vale of the Blue Ridge Maple - at market
*Valley Roots Farm - at market and can pre-order through facebook/instagram or email [email protected]
*What The Heck Barbecue - at market for take out ONLY. also offering pre-orders and deliveries. You can also prepay with Venmo @kevin-heck-3 or paypal paypal.me/wthbbq
*Woodtrail Graziers - OUT but you can text John directly for farm pick up 703-608-9151
*Yummyworks - OUT but you can order online for shipping: yummyworks.com

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Double 8 Alpaca Ranch is taking the advice of our Governor and limiting our interactions with others in order to flatten...
03/18/2020

Double 8 Alpaca Ranch is taking the advice of our Governor and limiting our interactions with others in order to flatten the curve. We will be closed for farm tours until further notice from the CDC. Thank you for your support. Stay safe and much alpaca love to you!

Fence-line winter weed whacking
03/15/2020

Fence-line winter weed whacking

So proud of our hard working and kind 4-H members! Great work ethic amongst these youngsters!! Loudoun County Fair Loudo...
03/13/2020

So proud of our hard working and kind 4-H members! Great work ethic amongst these youngsters!! Loudoun County Fair Loudoun County 4-H

Beautiful day here on the farm!
03/12/2020

Beautiful day here on the farm!

The Loudoun County 4-H Alpaca Club is collecting canned, jar, and boxed food for their Community Service Project. Our ne...
03/12/2020

The Loudoun County 4-H Alpaca Club is collecting canned, jar, and boxed food for their Community Service Project. Our next drop at Loudoun Hunger Relief was scheduled for April, but due to schools closing for a week, we should consider taking our donations received so far tomorrow. If you can, please consider dropping off some non-perishable food items at our host club’s farm, Double 8 Alpaca Ranch, located at 40205 Quailrun Court, Lovettsville, Va today before 7pm. A collection box will be left at the bottom of the driveway by mailbox. Thank you!

Loudoun County 4-H Alpaca Club
Double 8 Alpaca Ranch

Training day 3 here on the farm. Mystique and Little Jack are doing the best.
03/11/2020

Training day 3 here on the farm. Mystique and Little Jack are doing the best.

We have em if you need em
03/06/2020

We have em if you need em

The hay mobile.  That’s some nice stacking Juan.
03/06/2020

The hay mobile. That’s some nice stacking Juan.

WLK Milano! I L❤️VE him!! At 10 years of age, he’s still sporting nice locking and luster. 6X Color Champion Suri Herd S...
03/03/2020

WLK Milano! I L❤️VE him!! At 10 years of age, he’s still sporting nice locking and luster. 6X Color Champion Suri Herd Sire. Call Double 8 Alpaca Ranch to schedule a spring breeding. He produces Champions!! Bonnie Belfiore Kittrell Doug Kittrell

Photo shoot on the farm
03/02/2020

Photo shoot on the farm

Found this baseball laying in the middle of the barn floor this morning while doing cleanup. There are 19 girls in the a...
03/01/2020

Found this baseball laying in the middle of the barn floor this morning while doing cleanup. There are 19 girls in the adult female barn. It takes 18 to field two teams for baseball. The question is which one was umpiring?

LuLu chose to sleep on the obstacle course last night. Loudoun County Fair Loudoun County 4-H
02/29/2020

LuLu chose to sleep on the obstacle course last night. Loudoun County Fair Loudoun County 4-H

Our bellies are full and we’re now bedding down for the night. Sunrise and her son, Little Otis.
02/25/2020

Our bellies are full and we’re now bedding down for the night. Sunrise and her son, Little Otis.

Hello! I’m visiting family and then will be attending the Amber Autumn Alpaca Auction this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. Just ...
02/21/2020

Hello! I’m visiting family and then will be attending the Amber Autumn Alpaca Auction this weekend in Phoenix, AZ. Just thought I’d share some Arizona facts. Pay particular attention to #2.

Herd Health Day here at Double 8 Alpaca Ranch. Mojo kitty is helping me read the weights & doses for Meningeal Worm prev...
02/16/2020

Herd Health Day here at Double 8 Alpaca Ranch. Mojo kitty is helping me read the weights & doses for Meningeal Worm prevention.

02/15/2020

We are sorry to report we will not be at the Leesburg Farmers Market again tomorrow. Bonnie is still trying to recover from the flu which turned into a bad cold.

Happy Valentine’s Day!! I sure am hoping I feel strong enough to be at the Leesburg Farmers Market tomorrow. I miss you ...
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

I sure am hoping I feel strong enough to be at the Leesburg Farmers Market tomorrow. I miss you all!!

Please check our page in the AM to see if we will be there.

This is what I’ve been working on while being sequestered to my farm recovering from a bad cold.

Fingerless gloves and hats with our alpaca yarn. And lots of Hand-dyed Alpaca Yarn! Loudoun Farms #Loudounmade #Loudoungrown

We made the decision to rest up a few more days before heading back to the Leesburg Farmers Market. Bonnie still has a c...
02/08/2020

We made the decision to rest up a few more days before heading back to the Leesburg Farmers Market. Bonnie still has a cough and little voice. Prayers we will back next week to keep your feet, hands, and hearts warm with our alpaca products next Saturday. Weather permitting, we will bring some alpacas so you can get some #ALPACAKISSES 🦙💋

NEAFP
02/07/2020
NEAFP

NEAFP

"Alpaca fleece is the world’s only truly sustainable luxury fibre: naturally plentiful, easy on the landscape, kind to water supplies, and generally low maintenance. Where it takes the hair of four cashmere goats to knit a single sweater, it takes the fleece of a single alpaca to knit four sweaters. Where the harsh hooves of cashmere goats scrape their grazing land to bits, alpacas’ cushioned feet maintain theirs. Take one home—it won’t ruin your lawn like a sheep, which pulls grass up from the root, will. Alpacas’ razor-sharp teeth chomp grass cleanly, meaning it can grow back. The thermal, breathable, flame-resistant, hypoallergenic, and super-soft qualities of alpaca wool put traditional wools to shame. Without the natural lanolin, sometimes called “wool grease,” of other fleece, alpaca doesn’t require harsh washing during processing. And its wide range of natural tones often makes dyeing moot. For these reasons and more, fleece from the world’s 4 million alpacas is key to replacing our destructive penchant for Asian-raised cashmere and embracing “nearshoring,” the practice of bringing industries closer to home."

https://thewalrus.ca/the-age-of-alpacas/

Skeining alpaca sock yarn the old fashioned way in prep to dye.
02/07/2020

Skeining alpaca sock yarn the old fashioned way in prep to dye.

02/05/2020
We’re all starting to feel a little better.
02/05/2020

We’re all starting to feel a little better.

Our family is under the weather.  Double 8 Alpaca Ranch will be closed for the next few days. We are sorry for the incon...
02/01/2020

Our family is under the weather. Double 8 Alpaca Ranch will be closed for the next few days. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

01/21/2020
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Lovettsville, VA
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