Ever wanted to know how to make those crazy, tiny, cute, Japanese amigurumi toys? Well now you can, and with a Christmas theme too!
On the 16th of November we have a Christmas amigurumi class in our Melbourne store! This class is suitable for those with very basic crochet skills. In this class you will be introduced to reading amigurumi crochet patterns, learn the basics of making different body parts, and joining them to make a cute little toy.
The skills you learn in the Christmas amigurumi class will help you shape many different crochet objects.
Book in online, or over the phone on (03) 9654 0888 to reserve your place today.
Have you ever wanted to knit socks but just didn’t know how? Socks can be a little bit tricky when starting your first pair. There are a few ins an outs that would be easiest to do if you had a little help, or a lot of help if need be. Emily has an amazing sock workshop running for the next three Sundays in our Sydney store. She will teach you the beginning, middle and the finishing of socks in these three workshops. Morris and Sons also have an amazing range of sock yarns to choose from.
Continental knitting, sometimes referred to as German knitting or European knitting, knits with the yarn in the left hand. It’s a very interesting technique which can make knitting up to 25% faster. It is also a popular and more natural style for left handed people. There is less movement in the wrists and less muscle strain, so this can be a great option for people who have arthritis, or carpel tunnel syndrome. The Continental style also allows for a looser tension, so keep that in mind when trying this technique with your garments.
Interestingly it was less popular in England after the Second World War. So the English turned to the English style knitting, with the yarn in the right hand. In this style the right needle is held like a pen. This technique was initially adopted by upper-class ladies in the Victorian era in order to look more ladylike. However, it is now one of the most common techniques used in Australia.
The above depicts some French Ambulance drivers, knitting some socks for the front using the Continental technique.
For those who Fair Isle: Continental knitting can make working with colours a whole lot easier. The Continental style allows you to work with at least three colours at once, and colour changes become quicker and less effort.
Above image is of Fair Isle colour work using both the left and right hand techniques. (Image from: http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/shetland/).
Morris and Sons is holding a continental knitting class on the 17th of November. In this class you will learn the difference between the “English” or “Throw” style of knitting, and the Continental style. You will learn how to knit and purl comfortably in the Continental style, the easy transitions between the two for ribbing, and how to do the main decreases and increases. So if you’re interested in taking part in the class, hop on to our website, or call us in store to make a reservation on (02) 9299 8588.
May Blossom designs is coming to our Melbourne store this November! The fantastic workshop shows two of Simone Gooding’s designs.
The workshop is oriented around making one of two felting projects. You can choose the Jumbleberry Santas or the Sugarplum Medallions. These felting kits are a beautiful way to decorate your home this December.
Simone creates many wonderfully fanciful designs, using 100% wool felt, gorgeous fabrics, linen and wool. Many of her designs have components of each of these, which come together to represent Simone’s own unique style. Simone lives in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne with her husband Daniel and their four beautiful children Lily, Scarlett, Louisa and Alfie.
Bookings are essential! You can reserve your spot in the class by booking online or calling the shop on (03) 9654 0888.
So this week we are mad about Noro! Take a look at the beautiful new Noro Garments we are knitting at Morris and Sons! We are also proud to announce the winners of the class give away – the lucky winners are listed at the end of this post.
First up we have ‘Vina’ from the Noro Passion book knitted in our lovely new yarn Noro Kirara. If you are looking for that Spring Cardigan to start then this is definitely a pattern that you should check out. Kirara’s content is 51% Wool, 29% Cotton, 10% Silk, and 10% Angora. The cotton gives it a delicate softness and as a fibre it is perfect for that in-between season! These rich hues are Colour 15 and the chevron pattern makes it comes alive!
And if you’re still knitting for winter then check out Design 7 from Noro NOW!. This has been knitted in Noro Odori a chunky 16ply, knits up super quick and uses 7.00mm needles. Odori is made up of 45% silk, 45% kid mohair, 10% lambswool and it is super warm. Although Design 7 is simple the cables give it attitude and balance the bright colours. This is Colour 9 and they’ll definitely see you coming in this jacket!
For the crocheters out there check out this sweet bolero. ‘Hiba’ design from Noro Passion has been crocheted in Silk Garden Lite #2094 using a 4.00mm hook. The pattern is cute, easy and quick – could you want more? The one size fits most but it is also easy to adapt. If you would like to make it longer simply add another row of squares to the bottom. And with the crocheted border you can have as many or few buttons as you like. We have used Mother of Pearl buttons which compliment the silk thoughout.
This cardigan ‘Karma,’ has been knitted in Noro Mossa another one of our new yarns. With it’s lovely texture and simple style, this is going to be one of those cardigans that is worn everyday. The warm reds, oranges, yellows, purples and greens are colour 12. This design is also from the Noro Passion pattern book and is finished by our own beautiful button!
And finally, our favourite. This is ‘Mabel’ from the Noro Vintage book. Created in Noro Kureyon Colour 308, this rainbow vest is ever so versatile. Firstly, with so many colours it is bound to match many outfit – as a vest, over a t-shirt or peeking out from under a jacket. This Chevron stitch is relaxing to knit and looks better with every row. If you have been looking for a first garment to knit in Noro then I recommend this one. The Noro Kureyon is 100% wool, very warm and worth every stitch.
Class Give-away Winners!
And now for the winners of our class give-away. A huge congratulations to….
I would love to learn Knit Stage 1 in Melbourne. I’ve done lots of crochet but I always want to learn to knit.. It would be a great experience and the best wedding anniversary present for myself if I win.
Congratulations Hmil and Paula. You have each won a free class! Please call (02) 9299 8588 and ask for Adelaide or Lexie to arrange your prize classes. I hope you enjoy your Cable and Knit Stage 1 classes.
A big thank you to everyone for posting your comments. We loved your participation and excitment for our classes!
With July just around the corner, we are pleased to announce the launch of our Semester 2 class schedule! Whether you want to advance in your craft or learn something new we are sure to have something to interest you in Knitting, Crochet or Stitching.
To celebrate the launch of our classes we will be having a give-away! If you leave a comment telling us which class you would like to attend, at which store and why. You will be put into the draw to win a free class of your choice! We will be giving away two places; one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. Leave a comment below before 9:00pm Wednesday, the 3rd of July to enter!
We are very excited that we are going to be hosting the talented Sue Grandfield for a two-day colour knitting workshop in Melbourne on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of June! Sue is an expert colour knitter, with her own designs on Ravelry, where she is known as RiotousAssembly. Just take a look at these examples from Sue’s Ravelry page – aren’t they incredible?!
You can learn all sorts of colour knitting techniques in this workshop including slip stitch colourwork, “faux isle” mosaic, colour stacking and pooling as well as Fair Isle, intarsia and duplicate stitch. Not only that, you will learn how to use colour picking tools and charts and other ways to arrive at stunning combinations!
Learning these things will set you up for life when it comes to colour knitting, but you’ll also have the immediate satisfaction of creating your own hat, like these:
The workshop costs $240, and for that you get tuition between 10:30am and 4pm both days, yarn, notes, knitting graph paper and lunch is even included! You will need to have some experience in knitting, and knowing how to knit in the round is desirable (though not a prerequisite).
You can book in online or in store, though be quick – there are a limited number of spaces and some are already filled!
Lastly, we encourage you to visit Sue’s blog – she has some really interesting posts. Her blog post from yesterday (June 5th) includes a picture of 17 of our colours of Morris Maya baby alpaca wool in an attractive arrangement, ready for colourwork!
With the new year fast approaching many of you may be looking to learn a new skill or refine an existing one so we thought we’d post our class timetable for 2013 to help you out! We have classes available that cater to the needs of various skill sets from beginner to advanced. Our classes include a range of crafts: knitting, crochet, cross stitch, tatting and embroidery. Pictured below are some of the projects you can undertake in class.
This week we have a whole mix of exciting things to show you! There are new patterns, new yarns, new cross stitches and new classes, as well as some sample garments waiting for new homes.
First up, here are a couple of wonderful garments made from some of our new Grignasco yarns and patterns.
This gorgeous and soft cabled cardigan is made from Tikal 14ply, a baby alpaca, merino, polyamide blend. The pattern is “Marea” from ‘Knitting an Italian Day’. Tikal yarn comes in a number of neutral browns and creams and knits up super quickly.
Another fantastic Grignasco pattern is this poncho-style coat from the book ‘Knitting Notes’. The yarn used is Loden 10ply, which has a lovely tweed fleck, and a slight fluff as it contains alpaca.
This coat makes for something a bit different if you’re looking for a change from cardigans and jumpers. And just look at those sweet matching crochet covered buttons!
In other crochet news, we have our Sydney Learn to Crochet Stage 2 class coming up this Saturday (25/08). If you’re wanting to further your crochet skills and progress beyond the humble granny square make sure you reserve yourself a place! The class focuses on making this fantastic floral scarf in Morris Estate 8ply…
Over the three hours you will learn how to make and join these floral motifs and cover techniques such as changing colours. You can book in store, over the phone, or online here.
And now for the stitchers among us, here is something for you! We have some lovely, new Lanarte cross stitch kits which we’re just dying to stitch.
Pop into our store and have a look, or check them out on our website here.
We’ve been clearing out a bit of space for all our new stock and so we’ve decide to part with some of our samples. At the rear of our knitting department we have this display of knitted and crocheted garments and homewares that are for sale. These items include jumpers, cardigans, scarves and children’s clothes*. Make sure you come in and have a look!
*(These samples are made from yarns or patterns that we no longer stock at Morris and Sons.)
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