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!