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Caption: Gerald The Giraffe

Another day, another collaboration announcement! A huge warm welcome to our new pattern designer Alison Firth!

Alison has designed some beyond adorable patterns to add to our pattern kit collection. You have already met Gaja, our Elephant companion that joined us earlier on in the year. Well, now Gaja has a friend of his own to hang out with, welcome Gerald the Giraffe! Gerald is the perfect companion to take on a big adventure (mostly notably because he’d be able to get your luggage down from the overhead lockers with complete ease). Knitted using our Pura Lana Aran yarn from Baruffa he is extremely soft and always huggable. Gerald is also a bit of a courageous one so he won’t mind one bit if you want to pop him into the washing machine.

Before joining the Todds Hand Knits pattern team Ali graduated with a BA Hons in Knitted Textiles and went on to complete a MA in Fashion Knitwear at Kingston University, exhibiting a workshop and a catwalk show at London Fashion Week. Ali then started work at Bucks New University as a Senior Knit Technician and is currently working on many exciting projects through her teaching, in collaborations and freelance work.

Design and handicrafts, especially knitting, drive her to appreciate the craft as a whole and just what can be achieved when you take inspiration from the past and push the boundaries of the present. Ali is a lover of creating something by hand as it will always have value no matter what. Whether following a pattern, creating your own or experimenting, you can pass on a message through the hands that is truly a personal one. We whole heartedly agree Ali!

You can find Ali's fabulous pattern kits here: http://www.toddshandknits.com/shop-by/pattern/by-designer/alison-firth.c.aspx 

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