How are you enjoying this first week of me Crochet Book Celebration Month? Today I’m going to share with you a cute new stuffed animal crochet book by Kerry Lord called Edward’s Menagerie: Over 40 Soft and Snuggly Toy Animal Crochet Patterns.
About Edward’s Menagerie
This is a wonderful crochet book authored by a relative newbie to the crochet scene who has put her heart into making these animals, first for her own child and now for the world at large. She grew up on a British alpaca farm and she sourced the yarn for these projects from TOFT, the company of the farm she grew up on. They’re eco-conscious and responsible and of course have wonderful alpaca yarns.
The crochet projects in this book are labeled levels 1-3. Unlike most crochet books, there’s no question about what this means:
I love so much about this book and these patterns. The natural colors. The soft, squishy look of them. The fact that they look like classic stuffed animals, without those contemporary big eyes that characterize many of today’s crochet animal patterns (not that there is anything wrong with that, I just love this look).
And I also love the fantastical descriptions of the lives of these little characters. They’re more than just patterns; they’re personalities.
Favorite Crochet Patterns
Some of my personal favorite crochet patterns from the book are:
Piotr the Polar Bear
Simon the Sheep
Angharad, the Surfing Donkey
About Kerry Lord
I love the crochet story behind this book. Author Kerry Lord shares in the book’s introduction:
“It was shortly before my forty-week due date that I first picked up a crochet hook. Since then, I have shelved my knitting needles and not looked back. In the fourteen days in which Edward kept me waiting, fourteen animals were made (albeit several were inside out and I still had little idea how to write down what I had done!).
In my first six months as a new mum with an expanding yarn business I only managed to add a few more animals to the mantlepiece. It was really only once I was living with a baby who wanted to interact and play with my creations that a new wave of enthusiasm took hold of me.
The animals have certainly evolved over the last year, and in the writing of this book many originals have been ‘remastered’ as they have been tested with a more experienced eye.”