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Workshop dates for 2019

Here are the dates for the next few months, either book online or email tracy@purlalpacadesigns.com to be put on the register:
20th July 2019
10th August 2019
14th September 2019
5th October 2019
16th November 2019
7th December 2019
Tracy and the alpacas are looking forward to … Read More

Man’s Cable Jumper in Black

Just finished making this one for a customer order, I’ve changed the neck and the pattern will reflect that.  Really like this:

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Man’s Cable Jumper

Had a hectic week last week, with a workshop, event, shearing and a photoshoot for my latest creation, which I think I’m calling Milo.
I don’t mean to brag, but I’m really proud of this jumper!
 

 
Roger King took the photographs and … Read More

Annual Haircut

Yes it’s that time of year again when the ‘fluffies’ become ‘baldies’ and I start to grade my annual harvest of fibre.  I’m really impressed by how fine many of my animals are, even though older.

 
The first fleece of … Read More

A cold drink on a hot day

We all need a cold drink on a hot day and the alpacas are no exception, it’s just that Lorelle and Miko want to drink directly from the hose – see what I mean here:
 
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Customer Gallery

As you know, I love seeing your hand knits and this is the latest selection:
The Monroe jumper made using Tracy’s Yarn colour Storm

 
Suzanne wanted to make a bed jacket for her sister in law and we adapted the Olivia Coat … Read More

Spot the difference

I am often asked if you can machine wash alpaca knitwear; the answer is of course you can, but you might not want to.  The pictures below are of the Olivia Coat, one needs to be hand washed (as I’ve … Read More

I’ve won an award!

Maybe it’s a sign of our times, but when I was emailed about this I thought it was a scam or a ‘vanity award’, but the company assures me it’s legitimate.  Apparently, data is gathered from a variety of online … Read More

Crafty Collaborators

I’m thrilled to announce I have two lovely new partners.
After putting a comment on Facebook, my post was shared, shared and shared again until it came to the attention of the new owners of the Sew, Knit, Craft  shop in … Read More

Short Row Shaping – forget the wrap

I’ve been commissioned to design a man’s cable jumper in black with a roll neck and I’m really pleased with how the back is looking.

 
When I came to the shoulders, I like to use short row shaping for that smoother … Read More

10 Patterns for £20.00

Yes it’s that time of year again when I don’t want to count patterns at stock take.  My year end is the 31st March, so to make my life easier, I’ve decided to make pattern packs of my medium yarn patterns.  I haven’t a huge amount of stock, so on a strictly first come first served basis and I’ve decided to keep the offer for the kids patterns too.  The ...

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Knitting workshops – dates announced

These are the first three:
20th April 2019
18th May 2019
22nd June 2019
“This is just to thank you from both me and Alison for a great day at the Purl Alpaca Workshop on Saturday. I picked up some excellent tips and can’t … Read More