What you need to know...
Before the workshop, we need you to look at our website and have an idea which garment you might like to make so that you can bring the right sized needles with you. We also ask you to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements so we make sure you have something delicious for lunch (email us). We think it’s best if you bring a selection of knitting needles with you and we also ask you to bring shoes you can walk across a field in. If wet weather is forecast, bring a raincoat and hat (but not an umbrella as the alpacas don’t like them).
ON THE DAY
There is ample parking and we ask you to arrive about 9.45, ready for our 10.00 a.m. start. There will be a choice of tea or coffee on your arrival. After introducing ourselves, you choose which design you would like to make and try on samples to see which size fits best. We then ask you to choose your yarn colour and then we collate the pieces and put your knitting pack together.
Once you’re settled, you can read the pattern, check everything is clear and commence knitting your tension square; any stitch tuition or pattern questions will be answered and this means the pattern is thoroughly understood and the stitches explained so you can start your garment with confidence and finish it with ease.
After everyone has started knitting and the excitement and chatter gives way to concentration, Tracy will entertain you with a brief introduction to alpacas, show you raw fleece and the characteristics she looks for to create our yarn. She does like a good story so you’ll hear about alpaca behaviour and quirks of character and she will answer any questions you may have.
It naturally follows that you should meet some. There is something quite magical about these animals and meeting them has proved a very popular part of the day. This is when you can feed one of the girls an apple (if you want to) and please make sure you wear shoes you can walk across a field in!
Whilst you’re playing with the ‘fibre providers’, lunch is collected from our local shop where the local ingredients have been made into an authentic curry with rice.
After this, we get back to some serious knitting! We give you individual attention and tuition if needed and just chat generally or answer questions.
About 3.30 Tracy will start writing everyone a receipt for their purchases and ask for the balance of payment; we accept cards, cheques and cash.
We have become friends with many of those who attend our workshops and they’ve told us that every time they wear the garment they started there, they remember the day and smile.
“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 believe that I am finally managing to knit stranded colours. Thank you.”
Barbara H Dec 2018
“Thank you I really enjoyed the workshop on Saturday and the opportunity to knit with such lovely yarn, be in such nice company and especially to see the alpacas what a delight! ”
“It was a fantastic day, the Alpacas were a pure dose of love and happiness! I am still smiling. And the Duchess… my new BFF… I’m in love!”