Alpaca Futurity 2011
Last weekend we were very privileged to be invited by Houghton Hall Alpacas to display our designs on their stand at the Alpaca Futurity Show held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. This is a highly prestigious event and because Houghton Hall Alpacas are gold sponsors, the stand was right by the show ring. The temperature was not exactly tropical, so alpaca knitwear comes in handy and many of our samples were loaned out!
We just love the ‘Stop Alpaca’ sign!!!
The standard of alpacas being shown was exceptionally high and we met some new breeders to buy fleeces from. Having a high standard of raw fleece is essential to our manufacturing process so that the quality of our yarn increases year on year!
Once again Liz and Mick George came away with Champion and Reserve Champion sashes, plus over twenty rosettes for animals placed between 1st and 4th place. They are also the proud owners of Magenta, The Judge’s Choice, a separate category for the alpaca the judge would most like to take home. Magenta is the first of their home-bred animals to be awarded this honour and Liz proudly received their trophy, presented at the Gala Dinner.
The Purl Alpacas are very lucky to call Houghton Hall
their home. Liz and Mick are lovely people and look after their animals very well. They have created an idyllic alpaca farm, set within gentle hills and apple orchards and this is where they have over 500 alpacas leisurely grazing in the morning, resting in the afternoon and playing in the evenings.
Our 10 have fitted in well and whilst we are excited about our 6 pregnancies, Liz and Mick are expecting over 200 new crias!
Purl Alpaca Designs participated in the Gala Dinner Fashion show which was held during the Champagne Reception on the Saturday night. Our collection launched the show, promoting garments made from alpaca fibre and the outfits were very well received. We decided to mix some of yours and our favourite garments (from all our collections to date), to create a few new and interesting looks. Here are some images taken by Liz.