|Alpacas! And alpaca babies!|
|Sneak peek at some of their stuff, awaiting new shelves|
Unpacking and Alpacas
Works Outing! We needed to drop by and visit our friend Kirsty, of Moss Stitch Yarns, so we could beg her to lend us her gorgeous home for our new patchwork product range photoshoot, and bribe her with some brand new oven gloves.
Kirsty has recently moved to some new premises, where she shares her workspace with the lovely Liz of Chalkshire Alpacas in Buckinghamshire, who runs workshops and spins, dyes and knits yarns into products for sale. They grabbed a break from pots of paint and bits of old wood, which they were valiantly wielding to make shelves and display stands for their workspace, so they could show me their wares.
We had a lovely warm half hour, basking in the spring sunshine in their cabin, while Liz untangled a gigantahoosive ball of wool, Kirsty made coffee, and I talked expansively with my hands, panicking when I got very excited that I was going to throw coffee all over their yarns.
Ethical and Fairtrade
|A box of Kirsty's yarns|
I was desperate to see the various woolly creatures in the fields beyond so I could say hi to them, probably in the voice I use for babies and animals. It's not pretty, the voice, I'll be honest, but I think you'll find that ALL babies, without exception - including currently my little tiddler nephews - love it, especially when it's teamed with my grinning, gurning, funny-looking face. Animals also. Alpacas like a funny-looking face as much as the next ungulate.
A Stroll in a Natural Setting
When I was a kid we had a cavalier King Charles spaniel, so I was pretty pleased to see some clamouring at the gate as we strolled towards the woollier animals. Kirsty too, apparently, because she has accidentally taken one of the puppies home with her. That's what you get when you team up with alpacas, Kirsty. Puppies. Just leave it at that for now, eh? Don't go taking any alpacas home...even babies, coz they DO get a bit bigger.
|Kirsty, with her puppy's Mum|
|And why not? A barge in the yard.|
|Wheely comfy, if you're a chicken.|
|Kirsty gathers and forages for whisps of fleece, mainly amongst the poo.|
|Lovely alpacas, who look like they're wearing woolly leggings.|
You can catch Kirsty over at her Facebook Page, Moss Stitch and go follow her, @mossy_mosstitch on Twitter too of course; why not go and say hi? You can talk to her about the Chalkshire alpacas too, while Liz is in the process of getting on board with technology.
And we'll keep you posted on our imminent photoshoots, in Kirsty's lovely home, where you'll see our new range of patchwork products. Launching soon!
Why not pop your email address in our newsletter box up top there? Then you'll be first to know when the new range and the new website are launched.