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Alpaca my bag.

I had a grand day out on Friday.

I visited the a lovely show called p-Lush which was an Alpaca show and trade stands selling gorgeous yarns and related items.

Don’t you think that Alpacas are fabulous? So cute and they produce such fantastic yarns and fabrics. Here I am with family and friends doing a spot of Alpaca trekking a few years ago.

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I’d heard about his show on twitter and thought it sounded lovely but maybe a bit far for me to venture on my own. I’m just not used to traveling very far alone these days!! Then when Helen Jordan visited us in February to teach our Beginners Crochet class, she told us that she would be having a stand there.

So I thought if she could go then so could I!!

It was lunch time when I arrived so I relaxed for a while and had something to eat. Then I wandered around the lovely stands looking at all the beautiful colours and having a bit of a squish of all the gorgeous fibres.

The show was not crowded with people like some shows can be and it was a very relaxing yet inspiring experience.

It was great to see Helen on her stand. IMG_0794

 

 

 

 

 

There was the opportunity to sit and knit for a while, making a contribution to this lady in red.

IMG_0795I was feeling a little shy so instead of joining the crowd of ladies happily knitting together I sat quietly by myself, picked up some knitting needles and a ball of red UK Alpaca yarn which was delightful,  and created a something that I hope they will have found a little place for. I don’t mind admitting that I wish I’d been brave enough to sit a and chat but never mind…

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I had a little wander around and looked at the beautiful animals which were being shown.

There was a nice atmosphere to this show

I was very pleased with myself for making the effort to visit this show and I could not have come home without adding to my stash. I am studying for a City and Guilds qualification in Hand Knitted Textiles and we have to knit lots of samples. I need to use a variety of types of yarns and fibres and, although I have a choice of fantastic yarns at Needlecase, I like to collect samples of special yarns, especially from small and independent spinners and dyers. I didn’t make it to Woolfest (where I often pick up lots of goodies) last year and we had a stand at the British Wool Weekend, but I didn’t indulge in any yarn so my stores were looking a bit depleted. I seem to have quite a bit of 4ply and laceweight though so was keen to lookout for some thicker yarn weights, especially chunkies. I found a reduced bin on one of the stands, Rosies Moments, and had a great rummage, coming up with some treasures.

I also picked up some interesting mixed packs

IMG_0808and some Camel hair yarn in one of my favourite colourways.

 

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I headed home very pleased with my newly acquired stash!!

 

 

 

 

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