birthday presents this year was a Goody Bag from Toft Alpaca.
I was suitably impressed, not only with the gift but also because Steve had visited the Shop himself to purchase it.
He said the Lady was very helpful.
I think this may be an understatement when his offer was probably "She knits....".
My gift comprised of 100g Toft's Fine British Alpaca Yarn along with a pattern for a Fine Bobble-edge Scarf, Pattern Book 1, a lovely bag to contain it all and a sample card of their other yarns.
The Pattern Book is interesting; it doesn't just have patterns in it.
It tells you about the Company and their Herd, obviously, but also about Alpacas in general and in the UK. It goes on to explain how the yarn is processed and there are tips on knitting. A nice little book.
Toft's fibre is spun in Banbury and I was a little surprised to read that the Mill uses "original Yorkshire machinery". The mystery was solved for me when I discovered that the Yorkshireman Titus Salt was, apparently, the first to use Alpaca successfully and that Bradford remains "the great spinning and manufacturing centre for alpaca".
I like the idea that my yarn was spun on Yorkshire machinery.
The yarn is wonderfully soft and is knitting well.
The label indicates the use of 3mm needles, but the pattern calls for 5mm. Since the Nice Lady gave the pattern for use with this yarn, I am using 5mm and I think 3mm would not have produced the same bobble effect; they would have been smaller.
I am very happy with my gift.
I have also had a quick look for Yorkshire Alpaca and discovered that there is an annual Yorkshire Alpaca Show held in Thirsk. The date for this year's show has not been set yet, it is still showing as 6th or 15th October. The British Alpaca Society website has a programme of all UK events.
We thought about having Alpacas, but we simply don't have enough space for them.
Have you made anything with Alpaca yarn?