About 18 months ago two men wandered into The Knitting Hut and asked us if we could teach them to knit. 'Of course!' we said, little knowing that Daimen and Paul were at the beginning of a very exciting journey into the world of alpacas and knitting . . . with a French twist.
'Du Prem' (or The Alpaca Boys as we like to affectionately call them) will be moving their herd of beautiful alpacas over to France as soon as they are able. They are currently building a business that revolves around these gentle creatures, and for the past 18 months have been learning all the animal husbandry skills they will need, together with accruing a wealth of knowledge about fleeces and the fibre that is spun from it.
The boys were incredibly generous and have given me A HANK OF EVERY SHADE IN EVERY WEIGHT to play with . . . HEAVEN!! We are now working together to produce a range of easy to knit patterns that really showcase this beautiful yarn. I have to say that the feel of this alpaca is amazing - I am loving knitting with it and can't wait to show you what I've come up with so far!
I love the colour blends in the range - the colours are quite strong and not at all what you would normally expect from alpaca. The blends lend themselves perfectly to colourwork and each pattern I'm working on has a couple of variations to make the best use of the colours and texture of this exquisite yarn.
And it's not just me who can get my hands Du Prem alpaca yarn - you have the chance to knit with this luxurious yarn for yourself! We are hosting a Yarn Tasting event at The Knitting Hut on Saturday 8th March and everyone is welcome. All their fabulous yarn will be in store and you will have the opportunity to touch and knit with it - The Boys would love to know what you think. Oh, and if you're a spinner then you may even be lucky enough to pick up a prize-winning fleece!
We are still in the process of putting the finishing touches to the day, but if you would like to join us then call the shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your morning or afternoon slot. I have been reliably informed that there will be canapes and bucks fizz, so all in all a real treat of a day!