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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

A new shoot with a few Toft classics.

The frost is heavy here this morning and we've got our hats and gloves on.

The Aran cable headband is perfect for bad hair/chilly windy days. Knit it yourself in a couple of hours for £14.

Our cable wristwarmers are a must have- in several colours to match all coats. £34 or knit for £16.

Team with a beginner snood or cowl knitting kit. East peasy and finished in hours. A great gift for getting someone you know out of Primark and into knitting. From £21.

Our cable and lace scarf is a gorgeous chunky number with the warmth of ten alpacas snuggling into you. A gorgeous gift to knit for someone special (aka yourself!) £61.

This striped jumper has been a hot this autumn. Shown here in mushroom and stone. Knit from £51.

And for the boys...

Sam wears a charcoal beginner cowl ( knit for £21) and some ready to wear fingerless gloves £29.

Get you needles out with these quickie projects (or you can get ready to wear if time is not on your side).

Monday, 28 November 2011

100 parcels!!

We broke a Toft record today, we sent out 100 parcels!  It was a hugely busy week on the website and what with Carrie & Kerry's Harrogate adventures with Laura, Lisbee and Katie it all added up to a manic Monday. Markie Mark the postman with the most-man nearly fell over with the shock but here he is looking very pleased with himself.

So excited were we all by this Toft record that even the doggies got their dickie bows on in celebration.  Don't they look a picture! 

Kerry is heading to Bluewater tomorrow for the last show of 2011 - yipee!!  Catch her at this show in Kent for new alpaca socks and some gorgeous knitwear to warm up your Christmas.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

A lovely autumn day at Toft

This week feels quiet, despite tonnes of orders and knitting queries, features in lots of places (check out today's Metro and Vogue's online gift guide), a photo shoot in London, a delivery of several hundred new scarves and the sample sale still continuing.  Perhaps it is the quiet before the Harrogate storm?!  We can't wait!

Kerry is out on a photo today so look out for lots of new 'urban' style photos on the website soon.  Back at the farm the weather is beautiful and Carrie has some office assistance in the guise of Sharan our new intern who will be with us for 5 weeks.  She's doing a stirling job labelling all the new stock ready for Harrogate and has been enjoying some lunches in the autumn sunshine plus lots of dog snuggles from Pete & Ace.  She just needs to convince her Mum that getting a Pete or a Harvey is a brilliant idea, we'll keep you posted.

Oh and BIG news - Toft Alpaca Shop will be featured in the Life section of this Sunday's Telegraph, a little birdie tells us we might even have the cover!  Exciting stuff!!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Roof's arrived!

After another exceptionally busy week at Toft Towers a very exciting thing happened this Friday. The roof of our new building started to go up! We're sure that Rob would have a suitable poetic observation about this event, but being as we are so overcome with excitement that it might just be finished within a few months you'll just have to settle for a few pics, including a beautiful double rainbow from a few weeks ago instead.

In other news, Kerry has nearly sold out of pattern books & lots of yarn colours at a packed Dublin K&S show (no fear we can ship any orders!). Carrie's felt advent workshop was a huge success and everyone left with about 3 perfectly formed felt booties (just another 22 to go ladies!).

We're now looking forward to a short hiatus, then it's Harrogate here we come!

We're getting a roof!

Another exceptionally busy week at Toft Towers has seen Kerry & Carrie return from NEC & Olympia, Kerry head off to Dublin on the slow boat -

Monday, 7 November 2011

Boy have we been busy! Here's what you missed...

Since we last checked in we've been putting it about a bit.  Following a great week north of the border we headed straight down to London to Spirit of Christmas at Olympia.  We had a great week trading and are now urgently knitting up replacement stock as many lines sold out!  Meanwhile we also had a team at the NEC Hobbycraft show in Birmingham where we also caused quite a fuss and sold dozens of pattern books and tonnes of yarn.

We are now preparing to head over the Irish Sea to the RDS Dublin where we will be at the Knitting and Stitching Show from Thursday through to Sunday.

And PS... we have been in all these magazines this month (plus check us out in this photo montage from The Observer !!)