TOFT Edward's Menagerie by Kerry Lord

Emmaknitted Photograph

Emmaknitted Photograph

This has to be my favourite animal crochet book of all time! There will never be one to beat it! The fun, adorable little crochet characters to make in this book are full of charm. From Sheep to Zebras, I can guarantee a handful of faces you'll be dying to make. I can spend hours just flicking through the pages of this book choosing which animal to add next to my crochet list.

Photograph taken from TOFT website

Photograph taken from TOFT website

The book begins with a short and sweet story about Kerry and how she became hooked (excuse the pun!) I won't tell you too much as I know you're eager to buy the book yourself already. One of the wonderful things about the animals in the book are that you can use any weight of TOFT Alpaca and adjust the hook size to create an array of size options, I really love the customization available! The crochet instructions themselves are clear and precis with the sweet and simple layout TOFT are known for. Each animal has it's own name and charming personality, each quirk lifts the animal off the page. When I received the PDF for review I knew I had to buy the paper book and with tickets booked for my mum and I to visit Yarndale in the coming months I ceased the opportunity. We stopped by the lively and friendly stand of TOFT surrounded by these beautiful little animals suspended from barn beams made into a frame. The aim to create an organic and animal barn feel to the stand really worked! The wave of beautifully balled alpaca is over whelming, the different, soft natural shades are very difficult to choose between, there is also the dilemma of which weight. You finally choose a soft and pretty shade of grey but its available in DK, Aran and Chunky! Check them out hereI was also at the Let's knit British Knitting Award at Alexandra Palace in October 2014 where TOFT picked up 4 fantastic awards which they seemed very pleased about!

Emmaknitted Photograph

Emmaknitted Photograph

Been a massive fan of Sheep, especially British, you can imagine the sequel I made when I came across the three adorable woolly sheep! I could literally spend forever deciding which one, can you see why I haven't begun to crochet yet?

Photograph taken from book

Photograph taken from book

I also have a soft spot for the little bunny named Emma, not just because it share's my name but, I am also overwhelmed by it's sweet little face and floppy rabbit ears. This is only the beginning of the adventure for this book and I, making an executive decision to crochet Emma the Rabbit and my continuation to teach my mum to crochet, we will work our way through a family of TOFT animals.
I also have a wonderful and extremely soft alpaca pompom on my wishlist.
Don't forget to follow this link now and buy yourself this wonderful little book, you won't regret it!
I'd also appresiate your help in sharing the link to buy this book with your friends and family as well as instagram, twitter and facebook. #edsanimals
Also keep tuned for updates on my crochet Emma the Bunny, which animal are you going to crochet?

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