Goldie Errata

Correction to Goldie Collar pattern version 1 Oct 2014.

Remove the following section from the top of column 2, page 2:
Continue as set, including a further
10 sts on every row for a further 4

Replace with:
Row 20: Purl 47 sts, WT.
Row 21: Knit 57 sts, WT.


Alpacas are thriving at Burwash Manor

The alpacas are settling into their new green fields really well and Tracy is getting used to looking after them again. The alpacas are also getting used to Tracy again, which is good! The alpacas are happy to come eat apples out of your hand again and they were all very curious when we brought a group of 12 over to the field a couple of weeks ago. Some behaved better than other (we won't be mentioning any names, will we, Inca?) but all in all they did a decent job.

 These are all the girls in their field, and behind the trees at the bottom of their field are the boys. When we were there the boys were staring longingly in the direction of the girls. We'll just have to hope they won't be able to jump Tracy's fences!

The new addition to the herd is Bollinger. As Hero, one of Tracy's best boys were related to most of the females he could not be used as a stud male for Tracy's herd, so she swapped him with another breeder in a similar situation and got Bolly in return. A fabulous boy with really dense and fine fleece, we can't wait to see what creas will come of this next year!

Yarndale 2014

Northern England is beautiful. If you haven't been to Yorkshire or Cumbria or the surrounding areas we strongly recommend you go! And if it just happens to be on the weekend of one of the many fabulous knitting shows found in that part of the country, hey, who can blame you if you swing by? You're there for the scenery right? And maybe just a little bit for the fluff... We won't tell if you don't.

We went to Skipton the weekend before last and it was fabulous as always. The weather was spectacular, our journey there was easy (no nearly running out of petrol this time), we met with our lovely friends from County Alpacas and the Yarndale show was bigger and better than last year! It couldn't get much better!

 The queue to get into the show on Saturday morning was even longer than last year and doubled back on itself. However, the show seemed much better organised. They were prepared for the crowds, catering and toilet facilities were improved and we didn't hear any complaints about traffic or parking issues.

 This is Ross. Last year she bought the Iago kit and she has done a marvelous job of making it! Well done, Ross!

 This isn't one of our designs, but we thought this little Toft elephant was so cute, we had to show him off. Their book, Edwards Menagerie is great for crocheters and amigurumi fans!

This is the lovely Meghan. She made Isis since last year and she looked fabulous wearing it! Every time she came onto our stand we'd sell another kit. We should pay her commission.

Thank you to Yarndale for yet another fabulous show, we had a blast! And thank you to all you fabulous knitters for coming to see us on the stand, showing us what you had made, telling us about your experience with our kits and just saying hi! We had a fabulous time and look forward to seeing you again next year!


New Collection is launched!

Yes, it's that time of year again when the latest Purl Alpaca Collection is unveiled for the delectation of all knitters. The collection can be viewed from 8th October at Alexandra Palace Knitting & Stitching Show and will be available on our website from Monday 6th October.

This year’s theme combines lightweight knits with lots of lace and as few seams as possible.  Kari-Helene's favourite piece is the Venus Coat, with its full swirling shape and 'empire line' bodice, creating an understated elegance.

Whilst Tracy's favourite is Grace: anyone who has made Balboa will instantly recognise the structure of the shaping detail, but this time, Kari-Helene has created a different look entirely by adding sleeves.

Cyrene is a fabulous tailored jacket with collar and lapels; it just oozes natural simplicity and chic:  

Niobe is another of the romantic knits; a stunning jumper with lace striped detailing. (Kari-Helene loves this image - definitely one with attitude):

In contrast to this, Glacier is a wonderfully cosy, box jacket; designed specifically for our chunky yarn. The simplicity of the design makes this an easy knit whilst the structure, texture and drape makes it look accomplished and luxurious.

 Bryony has a waterfall front with ribbed detail across the yoke at the back for that casual sophisticated look. It's a great piece for layering, very versatile and comfortable. The clever thing about this design lies in its construction. Knitted in one piece with only two seams it will give even the experienced knitter something to think about!

And the last of our larger pieces to introduce you to is Devon.  This is a seriously romantic, blouson top combining cabling, lace and a drop stitch pattern creating a stunning result:

For accessories, we have two fabulous hats, Holly, with lace knit detail:

Based on Florence Cowl but with the brim turned up and caught with a stylish button:

The Rhea Wrist Warmers have two sides, lace detail on the front and practical ribbing on the palm:

Then there are two types of neck warmer, the lace knit, blouson style Dilly Cowl:

 which is a stark contrast to the more regimented Goldie Collar:

We hope you enjoy the natural simplicity, subtleness and authentic sophistication of the Wonderland Collection.  This also means that the download prices for our Manor Farm Patterns have dropped to £4.00 for the larger size and £3.00 for the smaller. All the patterns from the Wonderland Collection are also available both as download and paper patterns and on Ravelry.

We look forward to your comments and to seeing you soon.


Competition time!

We have just been given some complimentary tickets to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace between the 8th and the 12th of October. We thought we would share this with you by running a competition!

We will be running the competition on Twitter, but fear not, if you do not use Twitter you can enter by commenting on this blog post with your email address so we can get in touch with you.

How to enter:

Go to our Twitter profile: https://twitter.com/PurlAlpaca
Retweet our competition post from the 25th of September, then reply to it saying you would like to win! Easy peasy! We will choose a winner on the 2nd of October and send the tickets out shortly after in time for the show.

Good luck!


Behind the scenes of the Wonderland Collection

Are you curious to see the new collection? It's not long now until the launch of the Wonderland collection; the patterns will all be out in time for The Knitting and Stitching show at Alexandra Palace in October! If you would like to receive an update from us when they are ready, why not join our mailing list? At the lower right hand corner of our home page is a box to fill in with your email address. Do it now to make sure you do not miss out!

On Saturday we headed out to our fabulous location, a wonderful and quirky cottage and surrounding land full of quirky photo opportunities around every corner! There was a handmade log cabin, an original gipsy caravan, a velvet sofa in a field, a pond with water lilies, apple trees, a tractor, a dog, a sheep, two horses and so much more! We were spoilt for choice!

The team was small but excellent, photographer Tiffany Mumford was there as always, this time hair and make up was by Carolyn Ann Wren and our lovely model for the day was Eleanor from Models 1. Kari-Helene was in charge of styling and the general organisation of the day and Tracy made sure everyone had a great time! We do like to make sure everyone has fun! If you like the lovely tulle skirts the model is wearing in a few of the shots, they are from Tall Yarns 'n Tales. They are a lovely yarn store who sell a few other bits as well and Kari-Helene loves the romantic feel of the tulle with the knitwear. You can find Linda's store online!

Everything went swimmingly ad we got our shots in record time! The location, the looks, the model - everything came together to create fabulous images. We are so excited to share them with you. In the meantime you will have to make do with Kari-Helene's snaps on her phone. Hopefully they are enough to start getting you all just a little bit excited for what is to come next!


"The Boys Are Back In Town!"

Referring to the lyrics of Thin Lizzy:

Guess who just got back today?
Those wild-eyed boys that had been away
Haven't changed, haven't much to say
But man, I still think alpacas are great

Well, okay, we have slightly amended the last line, but George, Charlie, Iago and Hero have just moved to Burwash Manor.  They seem to be pretty happy about sharing the meadow field and unlike the girls are not fazed by dog walkers wandering around the perimeter of their fence.  In fact, with tails up, necks arched they follow the dogs, just daring them to try and come into their enclosure!

Tracy was really concerned that the two studs (George & Hero) might try and break the fence and 'bond' with the girls.  She created a 2m wide gap between the two paddocks and apprehensively watched what would happen.  The boys ran round the field, rolled in the long grass, ate a lot and then fell asleep.  The girls however, batted their eyelashes from across the way trying to attract attention!  
The boys have been back in town for six days and, luckily, everyone seems to be ignoring eachother.