Ed’s Animals & The Toft Alpaca Shop, Rugby

For the past eight months I’ve been teaching myself to crochet using various books and online resources. The best book I’ve found by far is ‘Edward’s Menagerie’ by Kerry Lord. It contains 40 adorable animal patterns to make, ranging from easy to hard difficulty, plus another ten emailed in pdf if ordered direct rather than through Amazon. I’ve found myself addicted to making them, finding any excuse to make them as gifts for friends and family, I’m currently working on a herd of Reindeers to give to everyone I know for Christmas!

Here at RW HQ we love supporting small, local businesses, and when we found out that the author, Kerry Lord, owns TOFT alpaca farm & shop, local to the Ruby Wren Studio, we just had to visit!

Located between Warwickshire, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire, the farm contains over 200 alpacas. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon, take a walk around the farms and see the alpacas, then pop into the shop to stock up on wool for your projects, or stop by the Cornflower cafe for a cup of coffee and piece of cake! I had a little fangirl moment when I was even served by owner and author Kerry Lord herself, with my arms full of alpaca wool, while Ed (the inspiration for the menagerie itself!) sat close by!

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