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Celebrating alpaca yarn with champagne!

It’s no secret really that we are crazy about alpacas over here at Purl Alpaca Designs. We love the animals with their sweet and funny nature. We love the fibre they produce and the stunning yarn we can make with it. We love the garments we can knit from an alpacas’ proud product. However, we also love all the stunning natural colours the alpacas produce! That’s right, natural colours! All the different shades of yarn we sell are totally natural and completely undyed! Amazing, right?

We think this is worth celebrating! And what better way of doing this than with champagne?


Now, we might not be talking about the real thing here, but Champagne coloured yarn is celebration enough for us! The perfect colour for the spring and summer season, we think designs like the Olivia Coat, Sherri Shrug, Linatra Bolero and Allegro Shawl would make perfect summer items when knitted in a light and fabulous colour such as champagne!

Allegro laceknit shawl purl alpaca designs knitting kit


Allegro knitted lace shawl purl alpaca designs knitting kit

The champagne coloured yarn is created by carefully selecting top grade white fleece, most of it from Tracy’s own alpacas, and mixing it with equally soft fawn fleece. It’s a process almost like mixing paint and Tracy has developed her own formulas for getting the colours just right. The individual fibres of the alpaca fleece we use are so fine you can’t really tell the different coloured strands apart and they all blend beautifully to create an even shade. However, our yarn will never be dull! There are subtle differences in the yarn making it interesting and unique, a beautiful result of using natural coloured fleece.

If you would like to use our Medium yarn to knit another pattern, that’s no problem! The most important thing to keep an eye on is your tension. We cannot stress enough how important this is, especially when you are not using the intended yarn for the intended pattern.

Our Medium weight is a Worsted weight, this means it lies somewhere between DK and Aran weights on the yarn scale. However, yarn weights are not always very specific and a tension square will help you work out how well a yarn will fit a pattern. Kari-Helene has written this helpful blog post on how to work out if yarn and pattern will go nicely together.

We spotted Erika’s Flaum Cardigan on Ravelry when browsing projects knitted with our yarn and we absolutely love it! It is a fabulous example of excellent use of our yarn with a different pattern and we love Erika’s photos too!

“I find that I very rarely use the yarn suggested by the pattern designer, instead I go by the weight of the yarn and then swatch, so the Purl Alpaca yarn I spotted at Unravel was exactly right for this pattern: the weight, the softness, the colour – it had everything I was looking for!” Erika

Erika's Flaun Cardigan in Purl Alpaca Designs' yarn

We would love to see your projects using our yarn. Have you made a successful substitution? Send us your photos or share them with us on our Facebook page!

Happy knitting!

Tracy, Kari-Helene and the alpacas!

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