EMB_COVER_FINAL_adj.indd    I know crochet has been a ‘thing’ for quite some years. While I love crafting and making many things, crochet has not really been something I’ve been inspired to take up…. until now. I’ve been introduced to the world of Edward’s Menagerie: Birds. The book released by Kerry Lord, founder of TOFT a British DIY knitwear and wool company, features 40 patterns for quite frankly the cutest collection of amigurumi (Japanese art of crocheting very cute stuffed animals) birds I’ve ever seen.

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I cannot wait to make one for my girls! I’m already planning which amigurumi bird I want to make for Littlelish and Tinylish and while I’m at it my nieces and nephews AND the rest of my family and friends. I’m thinking they will make the perfect maternity leave project and I have a feeling if I get hooked, everyone will be getting one for Christmas!!

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To celebrate the book release, Friday the 28th of August will be a family- friendly celebration at the Toft Alpaca Shop in Warwickshire http://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk. From 11am-3pm you can visit for FREE farm tours, drop-in workshops, and a 2pm short talk about the process of designing the book. RSVP is essential though so please email help@thetoftalpacashop.co.uk with the number of people attending!