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5 cute and fluffy alpacas from our own herd!

This week we are focusing on alpacas and although we don’t really have favourites (no parent really have favourites, do they?) we have chosen 5 cute and lovely ones to feature in today’s blog.

Our alpacas graze on the green fields of Burwash Manor, a great destination for a day out. Burwash Manor is a fully operating organic farm that also have a shopping village with an array of interesting shops. The Larder is fantastic and full of local, organic and tempting products and there is also a charming cafe/restaurant across the square. There is a haberdashery, a florist, a clothing store and many more interesting stores to peruse; most definitely a great place for a day out!

When you are there you can also stop by the field and say hi to our herd of alpacas. You might even be able to recognise some of these 5?

1. Champagne Charlie

A cheeky little alpaca named Charlie. When he was little he loved to pick up the bag full of apples, empty them al out and then run around the field waiting for Tracy to try catch him. These days he just eats all the apples. And all the food. He truly is a greedy alpaca, and Tracy has to push him out of the way to let the others eat in peace!
All our alpacas have given their name to one of our designs and this is the Charlie Pom Pom Scarf.

2. Helene

Any ideas how Helene got her name? Sounds familiar to someone we know? She is of course named after Purl’s very own designer, Kari-Helene. Helene is the daughter of Fantasia, the first alpaca from Tracy’s own breeding program. She is a lovely little girl, although now she is not so little anymore, she’s expecting her own cria in a few months! Did you know baby alpacas are called cria?
Helene has provided the name for the Helene Top with cable detail at the waist.

3. Inca

This is Inca when she was only a little cria. She looks pretty innocent in this photo, but trust us she is not! We call her ‘Inca, the tinker’ as she always seems to come up with some sort of naughty behaviour. She and Juno are constantly up to no good, such as escaping from their paddock.

Inca gave name to one of our most popular headbands as the geometrical pattern made us think of ancient Inca designs and architecture.

4. Duchess

This is Duchess. She was the first alpaca Tracy bought when only three months old and has always had a special place in Tracy’s heart. She is a lovely alpaca with a gentle temperament, unless she is pregnant. When pregnant alpacas can very often become grumpy and aggressive and Duchess is definitely one of the grumpier ones! She is a very good mum though and is now the proud parent of George, who’s in the photo with her, Havana and Isis.  She is expecting again and we’re looking forward to seeing the new cria in June

Duchess gave her name to one of our most popular designs and Kari-Helene’s favourite. Even though the Duchess Cardigan is from our Seashore Collection in 2009, it is still a best seller!

5. Isis

When we were launching our Waterways Collection in 2012 we had left naming the designs a little late. The reason was all our new cria were being born very late that year, some not until September! A cria is usually born between May and September, so our girls left it late this year! We were just about to send the patterns to print when Tracy excitedly rang Kari-Helene to say an alpaca had been born and she had to be named Isis! This is after the Egyptian goddess of magic and fertility. This picture is taken almost right after she was born and she is sitting in the warm September sun drying a little before she got up on her feet and started bouncing around.

The design lucky enough to be named after a goddess and a beautiful alpaca was the Isis Cardigan. A very flattering design that could even be worn for smart evening wear, we think!

Happy knitting
Love Kari-Helene & Tracy

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