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Yearly Archives: 2010

The joys of having a daughter

Written on November 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm, by

Victoria Hopper met us at the Knitting and Stitching Show and bought the Misty Knitting Kit.  Within a couple of weeks, she immediately ordered 8 more balls!  I wrote asking if she wanted any designs and this is what she … Read More

Thanks to you all

Written on October 21, 2010 at 10:50 am, by

Our new Woodlands Collection was launched at The Knitting and Stitching Show, Alexandra Palace in October 2010. We would like to thank all those who visited us and who bought from us. It was our best show yet and next … Read More

Another Bright Idea?

Written on October 21, 2010 at 10:49 am, by

The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace is a permanent fixture in the Purl Calendar. Preparations for our new collection were well under way, the printers’ were typesetting our designs, the alpaca biographies were written, but we couldn’t find … Read More

Charlie and the plastic bag

Written on September 24, 2010 at 9:03 am, by

Charlie has a new trick; when he was younger, he would either lay on, or roll on the plastic bag holding the apples brought into the field.  Now, at the ripe old age of 4 months, he is big enough … Read More

Pictures of our Purl Apparel

Written on September 24, 2010 at 8:56 am, by

Kari-Helene models her grey Duchess:

Tracy loves her white Olivia, but this is the only photo of her wearing it!

Claudia is proud of knitting her first jumper – Breeze in Black

Pauline feels cuddled in her Allegro shawl

Laura models the three versions … Read More

Grow your Own

Written on September 24, 2010 at 8:52 am, by

Tracy was contacted by a freelance journalist named Sally Nex who wanted to write an article about people who own livestock but don’t have premises!  She found Tracy through her advert on AlpacaSeller.co.uk and, apparently, Tracy’s situation is quite unique!  The … Read More

A visit to Houghton Hall

Written on September 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm, by

So, yesterday I got on the train from Finsbury Park early in the morning heading for Cambridge. The reason being that BBC Cambridgeshire radio wanted to interview Purl Alpaca Designs, and that is worth getting up early for! However, we … Read More

Website of the Month

Written on September 16, 2010 at 12:51 pm, by

Let’s Knit Magazine is promoting us as ‘Website of the Month’ for October!

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Written on September 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm, by

George was the last of our cria to be born in 2010 and whereas the other two were premature, George decided to be late!  He was born on the 9th July and was a text book birth.  He was sitting … Read More

Champagne Charlie

Written on September 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm, by

Champagne Charlie was born two months prematurely and was so weak, his poor little legs couldn’t hold him up; they kept crossing at the knees, making an X shape instead of II!  Tracy bottle fed him hourly for the first few … Read More


Written on September 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm, by

Gaia was born prematurely during the early hours of the 20th May 2010. It is usual for a new-born alpaca (called cria) to suddenly acquire a lot a ‘aunties’. The other female alpacas click and hum at the baby whilst … Read More

Knitting comission

Written on September 10, 2010 at 9:14 am, by

In October last year Kari-Helene started talking to the editor of  Knitting magazine about doing some patterns for them. The work started, and after a long and windy process with drawings and ideas emailed between the two, the final result … Read More