Crochet Kits for making the famous TOFT Amigurumis
The Toft Alpaca Shop yarn brand was born in September 2006, a product of the successful and established Toft Alpaca Stud farm upon which Kerry Lord had grown up.
Kerry Lord says, "Sitting in a James Joyce seminar in the last term of my degree, I desperately clung onto a scrap of a sentence I had at least some chance of selling my intellect on: Councillor Nannetti's alpaca jacket. On completion of my finals I made a somewhat sheepish return back to Toft (colander and pot plant in hand) to be thrown back into the midst of shearing week and my enforced enlistment as 'broom girl'. One hundred and fifty fleeces later and the barn, garage, and what was formerly my bedroom were bursting with fluffy crimpy softness. Sleepy eyed and unthinkingly inquisitive I boldly asked; 'so what exactly are we doing with all this fibre?' Amidst the dust and spit and toenail clippings, I now take great joy in seeing the fleeces roll off the backs of the animals at shearing time. I now have a concrete idea of what every fleece will become within that season’s collection even before the alpacas had time to feel the sun warming their freshly exposed unmentionables. I never thought that I would be deferring dreams of Dublin libraries, in exchange for casting on, K2tog and sewing; trying to make (and most importantly sell) that perfect alpaca jacket."
Ten years on and three books later, The Toft Alpaca Shop has evolved into TOFTuk, offering luxury 100% wool yarn in a variety of colours and weights alongside a small amount of alpaca, still spun from the animals on the farm itself. TOFT is dedicated to getting more people knitting and offers a great range of beginner easy knitting and crochet patterns for total craft newbies, including kits for the best-selling Edward's Menagerie and Edward's Imaginarium range.