Edward’s Menagerie Book Launch

Against an idyllic backdrop of 60 acres of Warwickshire farmland, 150 people and 200 alpacas celebrated the launch of Edward’s Menagerie on 25th July, billed as one of the hottest crochet books of 2014.

Edward’s Menagerie is the brainchild of Toft Alpaca Shop founder Kerry Lord. With two weeks to go before her baby Edward was due to be born, Kerry picked up a crochet hook for the first time and made her first crochet animal — Bridget the elephant — and from there a new obsession began. Over the next 12 months the collection of crochet animals expanded week on week until Edward’s Menagerie was complete with 40 unique patterns, which have now been published by David & Charles.

From Georgina the hippo to Lawrence the tiger, from Hank the sheep to Esme the fox, and from Richard the pig to Clarence the bat — this staggering array of animals, all made in a natural colour palette using supersoft alpaca yarn, well and truly deserved a day of festivities to celebrate their appearance in print!

The official book launch party took place at the Toft Studio in Dunchurch, home of Kerry’s yarn business, where she runs knitting and crochet workshops amidst the hustle and bustle of the family alpaca farm. With farm tours, beginner’s crochet workshops, finger crochet for children, crochet masterclasses, cream teas and fun and games, the day was a fabulous way to launch this remarkable book. Amongst the press and the craft world elite, I was lucky enough to go along with my (terribly excited) children and captured some of the fun on camera…

Edward’s Menagerie book launch party… in pictures

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Have you crocheted any of the animals from Edward’s Menagerie yet? Share your photos on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #edsanimals and they will appear on our Edward’s Menagerie photo board Head over there now for more photos from the launch party and to see more of the cute characters from the book… and don’t forget to share your own!

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Ame Verso is the daughter of legendary cross stitch designer Jo Verso and has been cross stitching since the age of 10. She also sews and crochets and is the face of the SewandSo YouTube channel.