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About Us

Tracy Birch

In her own words:

"This summer I was contacted by Louise at Cambridge TV School asking if I would be interested in having a film crew here.  Being an educational establishment, tutors would supervise the students (who are all adults) and it would be good for them to try and capture live animals in their own habitat.  Of course I said yes, not really remembering that they wanted to film me too.  Well here’s the link to their newly finished efforts and I think it’s lovely but wish I didn’t look so old!"

August 2017, we opened our first shop at the alpaca farm and welcome visitors between the hours of 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.  We do alpaca stuff in the afternoons, so are around if you want to visit, just email tracy@purlalpacadesigns.com to make an appointment. 

Our exclusive range of garments enhance your natural shape and are a joy to make and wear.

Tracy has had a varied career including actress, legal assistant, recruitment consultant, business development manager and proprietor of a candle factory. You can see her making candles at YouTube. After selling her business, she work at the National Grid; after being made redundant, she decided to go to university to study for a degree. Tracy commuted for the first year, then moved to Cambridge in 2004 and graduated in 2006 with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Communication Studies.

After a bleak period in her life, Tracy bought three alpacas in 2007.  She's not sure why, just love at first sight and a good idea at the time!  Most people who buy alpacas already have the land to graze them on; not Tracy though, so it has taken 10 years to find a suitable location where everything has a home, the alpacas, the knitwear and Tracy herself.

Purl Alpaca Designs was set up with Kari-Helene Rane as the knitwear designer and Tracy as the yarn producer and designer.  Kari left the business in 2017 to have a baby and work on her own whilst Tracy continued.  She's quite adaptable, so this new website has been built by her at the end of 2019 and we hope you like the result!

We are very environmentally aware and actively trying to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible. Our latest skeins are from our own herd of alpacas and those belonging to Dawn French only 10 minutes drive away.  The fibre itself is, of course, a totally natural product and keeping alpacas is a very low carbon enterprise.  Our spinning is carried out by Two Rivers Mill in Dorset and we source our packaging material from sustainable development providers.

You can interact with us in many ways. We have a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a group on Ravelry and a profile on Pinterest. Come join the fun!
 

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