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British Alpaca Society National Show

National Show 24th/25th March 2018

The British Alpaca Society have an annual National Show and for the past five years it’s been held at Telford International Centre. Over 600 alpacas were at the show this year coming from all over the country.  The 2 days are filled with showing the alpacas on the quality of the fleece. They are put into different categories Huacaya and Suri (2 different types of alpaca), colour and age. The quality of the fleece is judged on the micron, staple length, density, crimp and consistency throughout the fleece.  At the end of the 2 days a supreme champion from the Huacaya and Suri group will be crowned and the winners this year both came from Houghton Hall Alpacas, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

There was also a fibre zone competition made up of various categories – household, shoulder wear, neckwear, garments, toys & yarn.  We entered in a few categories but we were absolutely thrilled to win the Neckwear category with a hand knitted brioche Infinity scarf made with Coco Alpaca yarn and knitted by Jen Bartl who calls herself The Prolific Crafter and is part of the Coco Alpaca team.  The fibre zone was judged by Alison Pearce and Iain Ager who are both from Newman Pearce Tailoring in London.

We also had a stall at the show which was very successful, so all in all we had a very good week-end and the win with our Infinity Scarf  was the icing on the cake!

1st prize Hand Knitted Brioche Infinity Scarf at the British Alpaca Society National Show

Brioche Infinity Sacrf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

January – March 2018

We’ve had a bit of lapse with our blogs so I propose for 2018 I will write them quarterly. Facebook is our way of letting you know what we have been doing and what events are coming up. If you haven’t seen our Face book page just type in Coco Alpacas and have a look and if you like it then please click on Like at the top of the page as this increases our following and credibility! Continue reading

November Blog 2017

Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not for the two young boys who joined in one of our needle-felting workshops with Jen Bartl on October 13th- they made some amazing pumpkins, proving that this is a great activity for the whole family! Continue reading

August/September 2017

I’ve been wearing my midwife hat for the last couple of months, caring for the ante-natal and post-natal patients- my beautiful alpacas who have produced seven new cria (four females and three males). Continue reading

June 2017

This month I’m excited to announce that Coco Alpacas has joined the county-wide collaboration of artists and designer-makers Made in Shropshire, and we will be taking our products to a wider audience from now on. Continue reading

May 2017

Get your knitting needles out and your creative hats on- this Saturday (May 6th) is Yarn Shop Day, a great opportunity for us to celebrate the great British wool shop. Continue reading

March/April 2017

This weekend coming- March 25th and 26th -is an exciting one in the world of alpaca breeding, as the British Alpaca Society National Show is taking place at the International Centre in Telford. Continue reading

February 2017

Are you an emotional person, with lots of ups and downs, or do you enjoy a calm, placid existence as you sail through life? Continue reading

December 2016

November was a busy but happy month. We celebrated the first anniversary of the Coco Alpacas wool shop with our customers on Saturday November 12- many people came along to enjoy our spinning and tapestry weaving demo and enjoy a few drinks and nibbles. Continue reading