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Pure alpaca yarn in totally natural shades

“Money can’t buy happiness, 
but it can buy yarn and that is 
kind of the same thing.”
Especially if it is soft and cuddly and made from pure, undyed alpaca fibre! We’ve heard all sorts of fancy descriptions of our yarn over the years; “like running your hands through soft soap suds” and “like spun unicorn fluff”!
Kari-Helene was knitting a pair of Happy Cuffs last weekend and this reminded her of how much she loves our yarn in the colour Dew. This specific batch was made using exquisite black fibre from New Barn Alpacas in Cambridgeshire and we are knitting alpaca breeder Dawn a pair of the cuffs as part payment for her fleece!

Happy Cuffs in the making whilst Kari-Helene tried to ignore all the emails she had to reply to…
The colour Dew is made mainly from top quality white alpaca fibre from our own gorgeous herd mixed with a small amount of Dawn’s amazingly fine black fibre. Each individual fibre is so fine you can hardly see them with the naked eye, they range between 18-25 microns. To give you something to compare that with; a human blood cell is 7 microns! This means that when two colours are carded together, it is almost like mixing paint and you end up with a beautiful shade of pale grey that is uniform without being flat.
Katherine of the blog Knitting with Katherine is currently working on the Isis Tailcoat that she bought at Edinburgh Yarn Festival last year (we’re going again this year! Yay!) and she posted this fabulous photo of her work in progress on Instagram yesterday.
Katherine is knitting the Isis Tailcoat in the colour Alpaca Dew
Katherine said this about working with our yarn:

“Every opportunity to handle the alpaca is a delight: It’s so light and so smooth to work with, has the most pleasing drape when knitted and, when it catches the light, it gives off a sheen. The subtle variation in colour gives the fabric warmth and interest. I cannot wait for my Isis to find its home in my wardrobe.”
Tempted to treat yourself or a loved one with a gift of yarn? 
We can’t promise happiness, but this yarn is pretty close!

Tracy & Kari-Helene xxx

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  1. Katherine: February 9, 2016 7:10 pm

    "Spun unicorn fluff": I love it! Great blog post and thank you so much for including my photo (what an honour!). Looking forward to seeing you again at this year's EYF – hopefully wearing my Isis and a wide smile 🙂

  2. Purl Alpaca Designs: February 10, 2016 2:28 pm

    Thank YOU, Katherine, for your lovely words and for letting me use your photo! We look forward to the follow up photo of you wearing Isis next.

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