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TOFT is a relatively young yarn company, but it is well known for its luxurious yarns and the Edwards Menagerie series. It was founded in 2006 at Kerry Lord’s family alpaca farm at Toft Manor.
The family had kept alpacas there since 1997, but their attempts to sell the raw fleeces were all unsuccessful, so they had the idea to turn the fleece into yarn. It turned out to be an amazing success!
TOFT is named after the hamlet in Warwickshire where the farm and business are located.
The pompoms are designed in Britain and imported from Peru. TOFT only uses fairtrade importers who ensure fair pay and working conditions.
All the pompoms are made using skin from alpacas that have died naturally, so no alpacas are harmed to produce the pompoms.
All TOFT yarn is spun in the UK. All the sheep wool used is museling free, and the alpaca fibre is from the fleeces from the herd at TOFT.
When pregnant with her son, Kerry Lord crocheted an elephant, which was the beginning of Edward’s Menagerie.
Now the series has grown into several books and dozens of patterns. The patterns range in difficultly and are suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced knitters.