Keep Calm - Start An Alpaca Farm The Alpaca Boys Blog
www.duprem.com is finally live.
Many thanks to all you patient spinners, knitters and crocheters we have met since our yarn taster day at The Knitting Hut and also at our first craft show at Fibre East 2014. We hope it was worth the wait. Here's to a busy season full of crafting!
The Alpaca Boys
Alpacas are arriving at DuPrem in more ways than one. Kate E Hancock, A.K.A Patchwork Moose, got her creative hands on a range of our Royale Baby and Baby Yarns and designed us a fantastic Crochet Alpaca kit that crafts up in only 100g of our yarn. Each kit comes with easy to follow step by step instruction to make even the newest crocheters feel at ease with their hooks. Alfie and Ameila are the first in a range of crochet kits inspired by life in the french countryside and more will be joining DuPrem soon so keep an eye out to see who's next.
A huge public display of thanks and affection is in order for all the support prior with designs and test knitting that went into the Alpaca Boys first show at fibre east. Sue Stratford has done an amazing job creating our first collection of designs with the cable and lace socks and the knitted alpaca and her cria proving hugely popular across both days. Also to kate E Hancock for working patiently with us via post and email to create our crocheted Alpaca who proved a star in the making over the weekend and led to Daimen, who only learnt to crochet three weeks ago, offering several free crochet workshops to purchasers. To Phyl and Janet our test knitters who calmy and professionally told Daimen when he was wrong in such a way that he didn't once throw his toys (now crocheted and knitted) out of his pram and lastly to the endless melody of customers we had over the two days who never stopped touching n' praising and never stopped buying and we hope very much to see you all again at the next one. A brand is born.
After a fantastic yarn tasting launch at The Knitting hut owned by the fabulously creative Sue Stratford who we have been working with closely, more on that later, and now call friend, the very first verdicts were in. Crocheters and Knitters alike loved the colours, texture and enjoyed making a fabulous on trend corsage designed by Sue but the quote of the day had to be two knitters who hailed our yarns from the 4ply to chunky as "better than cashmere"!!!! causing us to sell out in some of range shortly after lunch. PHEW!!!!! Not bad for a start. It was a great Saturdays knitting and many thanks to Sue, Heather and the gang...Bring on the Tricot Revolution de France!!!!
And so the story began... After 18 months of Us, well Paul, visiting Alpaca farms up and down the UK, going over close to 2000 animal we finally selected our first 8 Alpacas. Two Boys (one Grey and one Solid Mid Brown) along with 6 Girls (two white, two black, one modern grey and one rose grey) now form the basis of our Duprem Herd. Cant wait until shearing! oh and the warmer weather as this must have been the coldest day ever to go shopping for Alpacas!! Has anyone seen my nose?