Like most people in the
Lucky for us it’s getting properly chilly now and we’re all go for head to foot alpaca-chic – how we love the autumn and winter!
Toft’s fabulous army of knitters have been working their alpaca socks off recently to keep up with the demand for items in the shop and online but particularly on the road during Toft’s grand
Snoods are a huge part of the Autumn/Winter trend, worn as we do at the farm over chiffon or silk blouses tucked under our baby alpaca pinafore dresses or in fact with just about any outfit. New this season is our lace knit baby alpaca snood,
a sumptuous circle of lace patterned fabric. It’s the alternative to our unisex baby alpaca snood, but just as beautiful and versatile and perhaps even more suitable for evenings out, especially in the run up to the party season! They are available in cream, Oatmeal or Charcoal, and they’re selling fast (no fear an order is on its way from
Along with this new look Toft Alpaca Shop website we also took receipt of brand spanking new Toft Cotton Tote Bags that all our knitting kits will now be sold in. Not only that but they also hold our new goody bags- worth far more than the £20 we are selling them for, these bags are a random lucky dip purchase of our finest yarn in a selection of colours, available in Lace through to Chunky weight. We'll also throw in some vintage patterns for you to enjoy (or giggle at!)- they are a perfect selection for any toy or blanket knitter or Toft Alpaca yarn enthusiast! They can be purchased individually and our large totes will be available soon too- great for minimal effort present wrapping or indeed any stylish shoppers!
Due to popular demand another Toft bag that has made it’s debut is our Mini
Bulb Bag knitting kit. Knitted with our Aran weight yarn and then lightly felted, this cute version of Toft’s famous Bulb Bag is perfect for those who like a smaller handbag and it’s great for evenings out. Toft’s Mini Bulb Bag kit is available in all our beautiful colours with a small hand turned button all wrapped up with the pattern in a Toft Cotton Tote. For the non-knitters of you it is of course available as a finished product in a selection of colours and your choice of button.
In preparation for the coming months in which knitting becomes even more popular and our winter proof products come into their own Kerry and Rob have been doing lots of fleece sorting andgrading, more photos of this process and those involved and covered in fluff can be found on facebook. Several hundred kilos (slight understatement!) have been delivered to Haggers Mill in the past three weeks and now we’re just
waiting for all the gorgeous yarn back! This will include a few new additions to the Toft Alpaca Yarn range– more details to follow.
Toft Alpaca Farm Workshops are proving very popular with our Cable Workshop being featured in Knitting Magazine’s October issue. Two of our kits, the Felted Baubles and our Cable Beanies were featured in Simply Knitting’s Top 20 Christmas Knitting Treats. Talking of which we’ve opened bookings for our two Christmas Retreat workshops which will be lovely days of crafty relaxation here at Toft Manor, away from the hustle and bustle of December. We’ll be showing attendees how to make our gorgeous Felted Baubles that can be customised with needle felted stripes, spots or even lettering, as well as giving you a tour of Toft stud farm and a homemade lunch of course. Of course there’s also a circular knitting workshop and two workshops in the New Year, dates to be confirmed but more details can be found on our website or give us a call to book your place. Carrie is also running a one-off Christmas workshop at The Vyne a National Trust property in Hampshire for Toft fans in the South. Bookings for this one can be made through National Trust’s Box office on 01553 764864, lunch and roaring fire included!The last thing to tell you about are some new sale items that are available in the shop and on line including our thick and toasty Wellie Socks in colours to brighten any winter day!