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Knitting Workshop 21st of May

On Saturday the 21st of May it was time for Purl Alpaca Designs to debut their workshops at Angelsey Abbey. We had been looking forward to this day for a long time and were excited to welcome everyone to a nicely decked out Robinson Room in the new Visitors Centre. The sun had really come out for us, stunning weather all day. It was almost a shame to be inside knitting… but then again, the tea, coffee and scrumptious biscuits were inside! 

After greetings, our lovely ladies tried on the samples and chose what they wanted to make. A good range of garments were chosen, a Balboa, an Olivia, a Drambuie and an Adie and Charlie set were all started on the day. Everyone got a good start on their garments before we broke up for lunch.  The restaurant at Angelsey Abbey is known for their fresh and local produce and we were served some delicious food. We had a Ploughmans Pie for mains and the vegetarians had a tomato crumble thing, both of which were accompanied by some yummy veg.  This was followed by a choice of strawberries and cream or a delicious Bakewell Tart for dessert. We were served red or white wine with the food, but everone were a bit careful with the wine as we didn’t want it to interfer with our afternoon’s knitting! 

After lunch we went through the beautiful gardens (where we had our Woodlands photoshoot) to visit the alpacas. Liz gave us a talk on the little cuties and Virginia was brave enough to get properly acquainted with the two beauties. Alpacas are usually shorn in May, and these ones had just had their annual haircut. Trendsetting styles! 

On the way back we visited the the antique water powered mill and were given a demonstration on flour making. Then it was back to the Robinson Room where we knitted a bit more, exchanged some handy knitting tips and drank some more tea – funnily enough, no one wanted more biscuits which were the size of a wagon wheel!  At about 4 pm it was time to head home. Everyone came away with a good start to their project and we are very curious to see the results! Photos, ladies? 

We were also very lucky to get a visit from Karen Jinks from UK Handmade and Cambridge Creative Network who wrote this great review of the day.

Walking through the birch trees where we shot some of the accessories from the Woodlands collection.

Visting the alpacas. Laurie (to the left) paying close attention. Usually they live at Houghton Hall with Liz and Mick George.

Virginia meeting the alpacas.
Visiting the mill.
 And testing the goods…

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