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Open Day on the alpaca farm 29/08/11

On the bank holiday Monday in August we packed all the Purl Alpaca exhibition equipment and set of to Houghton Hall in Huntingdon to participate on their open day. Tracy had taken the initiative to the day and was feeling a bit nervous about the outcome… Turned out there was no need to! The sun was shining, and although it was bitterly cold we managed to keep warm using some of the Purl Alpaca knitwear.

Tracy is unpacking the different yarn colours.

Kari-Helene is labeling the Purl Alpaca cotton canvas kit bags. And here is also a sneak preview of one of the items from the new collection, the stripy headband. It kept Kari-Helene’s ears very warm all day! 
Alison from Yarnscape setting up her stand. 
Here is her wonderful blogpost from the day with lots of cute alpaca photos!
The Purl Girls were coming up from London to join us, and detour included, they got to the farm with 5 min to spare! Good thing they made it as they had all the samples in their car! So with everything finally in place we got the stand ready in time. 
Fiona is modelling her beautiful Balboa knitted in Fawn and Tracy is wearing her Olivia in White.
A massive thank you to everyone who cam along to demonstrate their skills. Bronwen and Pauline were knitting. Showing magic loop, basket weave and cabling. In the photo Pauline is modelling Fantasia. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of Marianne and Heather spinning. They tried using Suri fleece as well as Huacaya. Incredible skills, ladies! Alyson was demonstrating weaving and people could also try their hand at one of her looms. These are all wonderful skills and we thank you all for coming to show us your talents!
Huacaya alpacas in tones of dark brown and black.

Funny looking Suri alpacas. Don’t you think they look like rastafarians?
At the moment Purl Alpaca Designs is using Huacaya fleece in our yarn. These alpacas are fluffier and have the traditional teddy bear look. The yarn is lightweight, fluffy and warm. Suri fleece has very different qualities, it is much heavier and have a lot more drape. The yarn is a lot silkier, although still very warm. There might be some developments with using Suri fleece in the future. Watch this space!

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