During the summer, I was invited to attend a book launch for the latest title to join Edward's Menagerie...
The launch took place at the Toft Alpaca Farm near Rugby, which is well worth a visit for the wool shop, cafe and a tour of the Alpaca fields.
During the day I was there, Kerry herself gave a number of workshops taking us through the process of making one of the birds from start to finish including stuffing, sewing up, joining limbs and also adding the eyes.
There were other members of staff on hand to instruct crochet for those who were either a beginner or (like me!) had not done any crochet for a very long time. Everyone there was lovely and very welcoming.
Also included, was a tour of the farm and the chance to meet the Alpacas up close.
They are adorable!
While I was there, I bought some Alpaca fleece to do some wet felting with.
As far as the book itself is concerned, the first Edward's Menagerie book was hugely popular so following that with birds is a natural step. The birds are cute, comical, colourful and bursting with character. Design wise, they all follow a similar pattern, as in body, legs, head, and wings, the idea being once you have made one, it becomes easier and easier to make more. The crochet side is well explained and the patterns are graded for difficulty so anyone from beginner to advanced will find a project to suit them. You can easily alter the scale of your bird by using thicker wool and a larger hook too.
There are over 40 patterns in the book, making it good value for money, and unlike sewing books where the pattern may need to be traced from the book, these instructions are all in written form, so it is only a matter of preference over print copy or digital. Although, for me, I prefer to buy in print. In our house, music and movies are all pretty much digital nowadays, but for books, nothing beats an actual book!.