February 2016

There’s been a real buzz around the Coco Alpacas shop since its launch in November- and the great atmosphere looks set to stay throughout February and the rest of 2016 as we continue with our workshops and special events.

January’s sock workshop and a weaving demonstration by Fiona Nisbet were both hugely successful and resulted in great feedback from participants.

Knitting and crochet workshops in our Church Stretton shop

February’s workshops will provide another superb opportunity for anyone new to knitting or crochet to learn all the basic skills in a fun, relaxed environment- and to take a good look at all the high quality yarns available, including our own luxurious alpaca yarn.

You may have already noticed that we launched a new-look website this month, neatly designed to give online shoppers a better experience when buying our gorgeous alpaca wool accessories and yarns. The new website is mobile-friendly, easy to navigate, and you don’t need a username or password to make purchases, so it’s much quicker.

Buy alpaca wool hand-knitted accessories hassle-free

The online shop is divided into simple categories so you can’t go wrong. While you’re visiting the site don’t forget to browse our free knitting patterns which are simple to download. Available patterns include slouch hats, ear flap hats, yoga socks, ribbed hats, ribbed scarves and wrist-warmers, and more!

If you’re interested in the alpacas we have a nice gallery of photographs, including some of the crias born into our herd. You can find out more about these loveable animals, including how to care for them, on the About Alpacas page.

From Easter, you’ll be able to see three of our boys on show at the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm near Church Stretton. I will probably send Derby, Freddie and Finn as they are great favourites with the public. Derby is a dark fawn alpaca with a white neck – I have a wonderful painting of him in the shop- while Freddie is dark fawn all over and Finn is white. If everything goes according to plan the boys will stay for the season, which finishes in October.

If you haven’t visited the Acton Scott estate, try to drop in and experience its timeless appeal for yourself. It’s tucked away in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the income from visitors helps to preserve its historic village character for future generations.

If you’re thinking of attending a workshop in February, they all take place at the Coco Alpacas shop (9 High Street, Church Stretton) and here are the dates:

Wed Feb 3 & 17 – Beginners Crochet (12.30 am – 2.30 pm)

Wed Feb 10 & 24 – Beginners Knitting (12.30 am – 2.30 pm)

Thurs Feb 18 – Spinning Demonstration by Fiona Nisbet (10.30am – 3pm)

Fri Feb 26 – Beginners Sock workshop (10.30 am – 2.30 pm)

You will be very welcome at any of these events, but please get in touch as places are limited. I look forward to seeing friends old and new!