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fabulous texture and how, once finished, then end garment makes you feel special.


What have been the most rewarding / frustrating part of the business? K-H: Running your own company will always have its ups and downs and Purl Alpaca Designs is no different. But the feeling of meeting an obstacle of some sort, having to sit down and discuss and find a way to deal with it and then doing it gives the greatest high! Again and again we find that we have to be creative with how we deal with situations and we always manage to work our way through!


Realising that you will have to learn new skills can sometimes seem frightening, but afterwards it feels great. Knowing that people out there are knitting our designs and using our yarn gives you such a buzz you can’t help but be eager to start the next collection or work on the next batch of yarn.


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Tell us about your fabulous workshops. K-H: The workshops were Tracy’s idea to begin with and, after talking me into it, we gave it a go. It has proved such a good way of meeting people who would like to make a Purl design! Being able to talk through any issues people might have with understanding the pattern, with tension or anything else before they start working generally means a nicer knitting experience and a happier customer. Meeting the alpacas is also really good fun! It makes everything come together really nicely knowing that your yarn has come from animals that are happy and healthy!


TB: from my point of view, I just wanted to share the whole experience!


What are your goals for the future? K-H: It would probably be easier to list what aren’t our goals for the future! But on a more serious note, we have ideas for alpaca blend yarns,


coloured yarns, making yarn from Suri alpaca fleece and going into producing readymade garments as well as the knitting kits. There will be lots of exciting developments in the future!


For more information visit: www.purlalpacadesigns.com


Images courtesy of Purl Alpaca Designs and Karen Jinks of Chalk Hill Studio


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