At the end of last week I returned home after a month travelling and working in Peru. The aim of the trip was to source and meet with suppliers, including yarn mills, knitters and label manufacturers, that I hope to work with in the future and to return home with samples of my current designs.
I’m happy to say that the trip was a success! That’s not to say it went without challenges, there were many, starting with the theft of my yarn, 100% baby alpaca, ordered in advance so I could work with it whilst in Peru. The replacement yarn did not arrive until 5 days before I left, which meant the plans for my trip were thrown up in the air and resulted in a last minute rush to get everything completed. I also had to learn to adapt to the Peruvian style of working…lets just say I spent quite a lot of time waiting for things to be done! But in the end I was very happy with the results. I met some very talented knitters and it was a wonderful experience to be able to visit their workshops and teach them how to make my designs.
I am probably one of the very few people who has visited Peru and not been to Machu Picchu! It’s definitely on my list of things to do, but it’s something I didn’t want to rush and squeeze into an already busy trip. Besides, Peru has a lot more to offer than just Inca ruins and some of my journeys out to the knitters workshops really gave me an insight into Peruvian lifestyle. I spent the majority of my time in the huge sprawling city of Lima, but my travels also took me to the south of the country where I visited Arequipa, hiked in the Cañón del Colca and then headed back towards Lima, stopping off on route to fly over the Nazca lines, climb the sand dunes in Huacachina, take a boat out to the Islas Ballestas and a trip into the desert of Paracas National Reserve.
Whilst I was away I took a photo (or 2!) a day and posted them on Instagram keeping a diary of my journey. These are my snapshots from my month in Peru (to see bigger images and view my captions please follow me on Instagram).