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Time for new adventures – Kari-Helene bows out

It is with mixed emotions I have decided it is time for a change in my life. It seems like life is throwing changes at me left right and centre at the moment anyways, so why not go with the … Read More

Celebrities and knitting – early careers

The other day we stumbled across some amazing photos of none other than James Bond himself modelling knitwear! That is, one of the Bond’s at least; Roger Moore!
Doesn’t he just look so handsome?

The stunning garment in the picture appears to … Read More

Food from our knitting workshops

After Saturday’s successful knitting workshop we had a few questions for recipes for our food. I do adapt things to suit the seasons and my taste a little, but a lot of what I make have their starting point in … Read More

Design Focus – Esme Jumper knitting pattern and kit

When we went to the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show earlier this month one of your absolute favourite designs was our Esme Jumper. And no wonder, it is such a versatile pattern with options for a sleeveless version ideal for … Read More

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 … Read More

5 perfect knitting kits for warmer weather!

As we have just returned from the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show we have come to think of knitwear for warmer weather. Although it still feels rather chilly out there most days it is never too early to cast on … Read More

5 crafty ways to treat you mum for Mother’s Day!

With Mother’s Day only a month away we thought we would give you some ideas for gifts you can easily knit up in time for the day, popular knitting kits to buy for your mum and lovely days out for … Read More

Design Focus – Lorelle Jumper knitting pattern and kit

Since we posted it on our Facebook page yesterday, so many of you have told us how much you love Susan’s Lorelle! Take a look at her blog post here if you didn’t spot it yesterday. Lorelle is a super … Read More

Knitting for Valentine’s Day – hand made with love!

Valentine’s day is coming up rather quickly! Are you giving your loved one a home made present? There are of course lots of traditional presents you could get them; flowers, chocolate, perfume, but how about something a little more hand … Read More

Make Do and Mend – the era of New Materialism

Last week I finally got my act together and dug out my favourite Purl Alpaca Designs garment, the Duchess Cardigan, from the mending pile. Long neglected due to wearing thin under the arms it had been left in the to-do … Read More

Knitting event calendar – February to April 2017

We’ve got some exciting events for you over the next three months, both in terms of three new workshop dates and also three of our most favourite knitting shows! We’re visiting Scotland for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival, Wales for Wonderwool … Read More

5 cosy knitting kits to make and wear in winter

Watching the weather forecast this morning we realise that although the days are getting every so little brighter and longer winter is still very much upon us! Snow has fallen in Scotland and the forecast is threatening to bring us … Read More