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The Alpaca Fence is coming…

A while ago, we asked our newsletter readers if they would be interested in sponsoring Tracy’s alpacas by donating £10.00 towards a fence. Then the project had to be put on hold, but is starting to move again! The first three sponsors have all put some money into the pot and Tracy and Kari-Helene have gifted them 2 patterns of their choice to say thank you.

Claudia has appeared on our blog before, modelling her beautifully made Breeze top. Well, life has changed for Claudia as she is now not only married, but has just given birth to a gorgeous baby boy, she says:

“Hello and thank you for the patterns! I am thrilled to help out with the fence for the alpacas. It is currently snowing outside my window in Maine and I am thinking of the alpacas’ cozy fleeces. It will probably take me a year or so to make the sweaters, but I will send a photo when they are finished. In the meantime here is a picture of my wee family when Eliot Herman (named for his great-grandfathers) was only five days old. I am of course knitting in the photo — little booties.”

Mary in Ireland has donated to our fence and we’ve sent her Al Paca and Cate Egg Cosy.  Here she is, looking very summery, and says:

“Hi Tracy, I have just sent the donation as promised.  I am glad to hear all is working out well. Photograph of me with Burren  Donatello who was reserve champion at the Tullamore show on Sunday August 9th 2013. I was helping Damien Dyar with his alpacas at the show.  He has the best alpacas in Ireland; he and his partner imported alpacas from Australia, Peru and other countries in 2000.  I bought my first 3 alpacas from them in 2006 and have remained good friends since then.

Mary’s herd in Ireland called Derrycooley Alpaca.  She had 4 alpacas at the show and Damien had 10. She also organises the alpaca side of the show on behalf  of the Alpaca Association of Ireland. Clever lady!

Jane, her daughters and friends helped Tracy when she was exhibiting at The Alpaca Futurity Show.  Here she is wearing her much loved Isis Tailcoat.  She says:

“Just to say thank you so much for these patterns;  I shall be looking to build my collection of these patterns too, they’re gorgeous!!”
Jane then wrote back with her photograph to say that she has lost the best part of 1.5 stone since knitting Isis, so will be frogging it and re-knitting in a smaller size at a tighter gauge, partly also because it’s been worn rather a lot!

Congratulations Jane on your weight loss and we love your cat!

Their combined donations have bought 50m of heavy gauge netting which will be used to cover an existing barbed wire fence.  Thank you again and the fence should be going up this week (weather permitting); photos to follow.

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