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Tag Archives: british

Sewing up service

Tracy C asked me to put her Mdina together and this is what I did.  On receiving her jacket back, Tracy said “It looks stunning, thank you so much, worth every penny”.  I really enjoy finishing things off and making … Read More

Remodelling Knitwear

Sometimes ideas just don’t work.  This happened recently with a new Champagne Top with a lace and cable pattern.  It just didn’t hang right and I’d made the neck way too big.  As it was all knitted in one piece, … Read More

One woman and her sink – part II

I got bored.  I used laundry bags and the washing machine….

 
I did use 2nd grade fleece to test this

 
And it is lovely and clean

 
These two rolled and, conceptually, maybe a forerunner of a draught excluder; however, in the meantime, does … Read More

Alpaca Fibre Analysis and how it relates to my breeding programme

All my fleeces have now been skirted; this is when all the rough edges and second cuts are removed, debris is taken out and the remainder is weighed.  I usually bag colours and staple lengths together so that it is … Read More

One Woman and her sink!

The alpacas have been sheared and for the first time, I’ve decided to hand prepare the fleece.  The reason is that I want this batch to be woollen spun into our Medium yarn and Paul at Halifax Spinning needs washed … Read More

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

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

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