Purl Alpaca Designs goes on overseas adventures
It has happened! Purl Alpaca Designs is now officially an international company. Sure, we have been sending post to the far flung corners of the worlds for years already but this was the first time we moved our van, stock and ourselves across borders and seas to reach distant shores. We had been brushing up on our language skills and read about foreign cultures only to realise we were only going to Ireland. However close Ireland might be in culture, language and proximity it still felt like a huge step for our little business. You can read about our journey there in a previous blog post. The journey home was of a different caliber all together with missed ferries, 8 hour waits, closed roads, diversions and almost running out of fuel, but that one is best forgotten, so we shall leave it at that.
Dublin, however, was lovely. We arrived to a city bathed in sunshine, and every morning we woke up to blue skies and glorious weather. Every evening was a different story with heavy wind and rain, but that was all forgotten next morning when we woke up with the sun shining through the curtains.
The RDS hall was buzzing with exhibitors when we arrived and setting up the stall was done without problems. Then Kari-Helene dragged Karen through Dublin on a hunt for our flat for the week. We had rented a lovely place for the duration of the stay and was greeted by Wayne on arrival. His flat was perfect for us as a home away from home, he had even stocked up the fridge with a few essentials such as egg, milk and Guinness. Kari-Helene felt obliged to try one. She left it at the one.
The 40 min walk in the mornings were perfect. We got a little insight to Dublin seen from a commuters point of view, and our walks were full of sunshine, swans, canals, gorgeous buildings and scones. Perfect.
The 4 days of the show were full of lovely meetings. We chatted to stall holders and customers and all were very welcoming. We felt right at home. We hope that we have spread the word about Purl Alpaca Designs to a new group of potential customers and friends and really look forward to seeing the first finished projects appear on our social media. Get sharing, everyone!