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Everything was great except the weather!

The first of our workshops took place this week in the Secret Garden Wedding Marquee and we limited the numbers so we could make sure everything was right.  We were delighted to be joined by Moira and Elena, Jenny and Kate.  Much excitement was enjoyed as everyone tried on samples before deciding which garment to make.

Moira chose Esme in Light (ivory), Elena chose Icon in Rain (taupe), Jenny chose Esme as a short-sleeved version in Storm (dark Grey) and Kate decided to make Allegro (also in Storm).  With tea, coffee and home made cookies, everyone settled down to knit, natter and get their projects under way. Kari-Helene was working on new ideas for our next collection and Tracy was making the sole of a knitted boot idea she’s making (so her feet don’t get so sore when we’re at the Knitting and Stitching Shows!).

The downpour stopped about midday and so to take advantage of this, we trapsed across to the alpaca field.  Tracy had moved on ahead and penned the alpacas in, then, with the help of Adie, everyone was able to stoke an alpaca (although, to be fair, it was more like stroking wet velvet!).  After a bit of training, the alpacas were each fed an apple and Tracy talked a little bit about these fabulous business partners of ours.

We had a scrumptious lunch which was a wonderful onion and mushroom quiche, with                      salads and homemade bread rolls, served on retro ‘Poppy’ china and cut glasses filled with fruit juices from M&S.  Much chatter later, some serious knitting commenced and there were a few knitting techniques people wanted to learn.  Kari-Helene showed and tutored how to do picot hem, cabling, button holes and adapting a pattern to fit and Tracy showed the magic of splicing.

As usual, time ran away from us and too soon it was time to say “Good-bye”.

Kate wrote to us and said:

“The tuition, advice and help were first rate and it was lovely to learn from others on the course too. I learnt a new method of casting on, two new stitches and how to cable.
It was wonderful to have my pattern made bespoke by the original designer!
Alpaca wool is fabulous to knit with, it just glides on the needles not catching at all.
The cookies and lunch were sublime, thank you Kari-Helene.
I cannot recommend the Purl Alpaca workshop highly enough and have been raving to all my friends about it.
I had a fabulous day and learnt so much about the yarn from hoof to needle!
Tracy and Kari-Helene and all the Alpaca ladies made my day enjoyable, informative and fun. Thank you

Kate xxx”

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