The New World of Knitting Acronyms, Abbreviations and Words in general.

When did this whole new language start? Not completely sure if it was the advent of SMSing or computers, but it seems like it is definitely part of the new knitting world order. We thought that a blog post on what they all mean would be quite in order. As strange as we find this, we will respect it and educate ourselves. We hope that this will equip you with the language tools to confidently walk into the LYS and flaunt your knitting parlance.

And there you have it! LYS!?

LYS – Local Yarn Store.

LYSO – Local Yarn Shop Owner.

DPNs – Double Point Needles.

UFO – Unfinished Object.

KIP – Knit in Public.

WIP – Work in Progress.

CIRCS – Circular Knitting Needles.

FROGGING- ripping out knitting, from ‘rip-it, rip-it’.

TINK – is KNIT spelt backwards and means un-knitting.

TINKING – the act of un-knitting.

SABLE – Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. Similar to the patchwork world’s, she who dies with the most fabric, wins.

SSS – Second Sock Syndrome.

KAL – Knitalong. Is when a few or many knitters knit the same garment in a given time period and sometimes for a particular cause or event or sometimes, just because.

WHACO – Wool Housing and Containment Overflow. No cure, sorry.

YARN BARFa big lump of yarn that accidentally gets pulled out of a new center-pull ball, when you’re trying to find the end.

If you really want to get into it and learn a whole new language there is a page on the Ravelry Knitting lingo page. If there are any we should of, let us know.

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Last blog post we were looking at Manos Wool Clasica. This yarn just grows and grows on us. Here is the hat we promised. You can find the pattern here. We used one skein and had quite a bit left over. Making it more slouchy, as we did, will not be a problem. Our sample is in colour 7458 Mulled Wine.

A little more colour for this blog post. Noro Haniwa. Find the pattern for the blanket and beanie here.

Rust and Iron Garter Stitch Bias Blanket

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Into the Woods Crochet Beanie for Babies

Cicero said, “A home without books is a body without soul”. There’s just one word to replace here, wouldn’t you agree?

Until we meet again.

Rainbow Scarf Pattern

This is a scarf that Maureen was wearing when she came shopping in our store. It looked so cheerful, we whipped it off her neck and wrote up the pattern for you.

Next time you visit us in our store wearing something fabulous that you have made, beware! There is no telling what we will do.

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Maureen’s Rainbow Scarf

You will need

3mm crochet hook. (these are currently our favourite hooks).

1 x Schoeppel Zauberball (sample is made in colour 1564).

British crochet terms used throughout.

Ch – chain

Dc – double crochet

Tr – treble

Sl st – slip stitch

Sts – stitches

Rep – repeat

 

Method

Chain 32.

Row 1: work 1dc in 3rd chain from the hook, work 1dc in each chain stitch to the end of the row. (31sts)

Row 2: ch3, *miss 2sts, 3tr into next stitch, rep to the end of row. (there should be 10 sets of 3 trebles).

Row 3: ch3, *miss 2sts and tr3 into space between trebles, rep to the end of the row.

Repeat row 3 until there is enough yarn left to make the scalloped edges for the top and bottom of the scarf.

Last row: (scallop edge) ch3, *work 6tr into next space between trebles, sl st into middle of next treble set (from previous row), repeat from * to last space, work 6tr and 1 sl st in last space.

Fasten off.

Repeat last row along beginning of scarf working over the row of dcs into the spaces.

Fasten off and sew away any ends.

 

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From all of us, happy knitting and crocheting. Come in and say hello and show us what you’re making.

 

 

 

 

Manos is in the house!

Manos del Uruguay has arrived in our stores. It’s all here and we are selling it out of the boxes. These kettle dyed fibres will break down all your resistance to building yet more stash. Remember that resolution you made to use what you have, well forget that, that resolution is gone! We found a customer wandering around the pillar, mumbling ‘delicious, delicious’.

In our delicious woolly arsenal we have the following:

Manos Maxima – 100% extrafine merino, Manos Fino – 30%silk and 70% extrafine merino, Manos Silk Blend – 30% silk and 70% extrafine merino, Wool Clasica – handspun pure wool, Manos Serena – 60% baby alpaca and 40% pima cotton, Manos Lace – 70% baby alpaca, 25% silk and 5% cashmere, Manos Alegria (sock yarn) 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide.

100% Fair Trade and Handmade in Uruguay. You can read all about the history and the way the co-ops function here.

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Marelle’s sock is coming along nicely and the colours are awesome. Knit in colour 9275 and loving how the heel colour has worked out.

Give Manos Maxima a go and crochet a little kerchief with two hanks of Manos Maxima, It’s soft, squishy and warm. Also, a heads up to those of you who find wool a little uncomfortable against the skin. Not this one.

You will need:

4.50mm crochet hook

2 hanks of Manos Maxima in your chosen colours. Our sample uses M2552 Foil and M2175 Shocking.

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Work 8ch and close to a circle.

Row 1: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr, 5ch, 1tr, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 2tr into the circle. Turn.

Row 2: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next stitch, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next stitch, 7tr in 5ch space, 1tr in next stitch, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next stitch, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 3: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 2 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 4 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 4 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 2 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 4: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 3 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 5 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 5 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 3 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 5: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 4 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 6 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 6 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 4 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 6: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 5 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 7 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 7 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 5 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 7: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 6 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 8 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 8 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 6 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 8: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 7 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 9 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 9 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 7 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

Row 9: ch3, 1tr into base of three chain, 1tr in next 8 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 10 stitches, 3tr in next stitch, 1tr in next 10 stitches, 2ch, 2tr, 2ch, 1tr in next 8 stitches, 2 tr in top of turning chain. Turn.

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If you don’t want to put beads in, just ignore the little black dots.

At this point the increases will make sense. Continue until the yarn has been used up. The colour sequence runs as follows. (Of course, you know you can buy more yarn and keep going and make a big wrap around for winter).

19 rows in colour A, 1 row in colour B, 3 rows in Colour A, 2 rows in colour B, 4 rows in colour A and 11 rows in colour B. Last row in Colour A, scalloped edge as follows:

Ch3, 4tr into base of chain, skip 2sts, dc in next stitch, skip 2sts, *5tr in next stitch, skip 2sts, dc in next stitch, repeat from * all around.

Sew away any ends and block if you so desire.

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Yarnman Miranda discovers Manos! It really is that good!

Until we meet again. Happy crafting.

 

 

 

 

Alpaca Mittens for the Anzac Day Long Week End

Alpaca Crochet Mittens

There’s still time to run into the store and buy the Morris and Sons 8 ply Alpaca needed for these.

Mittens
Materials:1 x 50g Morris Maya 8 ply. Sample in 3819 Ablaze (MC) and 1 x 50g Morris Maya 8 ply, 3817 Harvest (CC)
Needles: 3.50mm crochet hook
Tension: on 3.50mm hook measured over 10cm equals 22sts x 11 rows.
These mittens have a left hand and right hand respectively. This way the seam line formed by the beginning and end of the round is in the palm of the hand.
To fit: an average woman’s hand

NOTE: We used 1 x 50g MC for a pair of mittens. We had about 2metres left. Work sparingly and check your tension so you don’t run out of yarn!

Abbreviations: (Bristish crochet terms are used throughout).
Ch – chain ; Tr – treble ; Dc – double crochet ; Rep – repeat
2 dc Cluster – yrh, work into the side of previous dc, yrh, pull through, yrh pull through first 2sts, yrh, work into side of previous dc, yrh, pull through, yrh, pull through first 2 sts and then through remaining 3sts.
sk2sts – skip 2 stitches
yrh – yarn round hook.

METHOD
Left Hand
Using 3.50mm crochet hook and MC chain 42. Join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: ch3 (this counts as 1tr throughout), 1tr in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (42 sts, includes beginning 3ch).
Round 2 and 3: rep round 1.
Round 4: ch3, 23tr into next 23 sts, ch10, skip 4 sts, 14tr to the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (thumb hole made)
Round 5: ch3, 1tr in each stitch around, including 10ch for thumb. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (48sts, includes beginning 3ch)
Round 6: ch3, 24tr, tr2tog, tr4, tr2tog, tr15, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 7: ch3, tr24, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr15, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 8: ch3, tr23, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr14, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 9: ch3, tr22, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr13, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 10: ch3, tr21, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 11: ch3, tr20, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr11, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 12: ch3, tr21, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 13: ch3, tr20, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 14: ch3, tr19, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 15: ch3, tr18, tr2tog, tr12, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (31sts)
Round 16 and 17: 3ch, tr31sts, no shaping.
Edging around wrist end of the mitten:
Join in CC to the top of the mitten at the seam line.
Round 1: Ch1, dc30sts around top of mitt. End round with a slip stitch into 1st chain.

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Edging around fingers:
Join in CC to the bottom (finger end) of the mittens at the seam line
Round 1: ch1, 41dc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in top of 1st chain. (42sts)
Round 2 and 3: repeat round 1.
Round 4: ch1, dc in first st, *ch3, 2dc cluster in side of last dc worked, sk2sts, dc in next st, rep from * across. Fasten off.
Right Hand
Using 3.50mm crochet hook and MC chain 42. Join with a slip stitch in first chain to form a ring.
Round 1: ch3 (this counts as 1tr), 1tr in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (42 sts in total).
Round 2 and 3: rep round 1.
Round 4: ch3, 13tr into next 13 sts, ch10, skip 4 sts, 24tr to the end of the round. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (thumb hole made)
Round 5: ch3, 1tr in each stitch around, including 10ch for thumb. Join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain. (48sts includes beginning 3ch)
Round 6: ch3, 14tr, tr2tog, tr4, tr2tog, tr25, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 7: ch3, 14tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr25, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 8: ch3, 13tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr24, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 9: ch3, 12tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr23, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 10: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr22, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 11: ch3, 10tr, tr2tog, tr2, tr2tog, tr21, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 12: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr22, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 13: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr21, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 14: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr20, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 15: ch3, 11tr, tr2tog, tr19, join with a slip stitch in top of 3rd chain.
Round 16 and 17: 3ch, tr31sts, no shaping.
Finish edgings as for other mitten.

Have an enjoyable long week end. We hope you do get round to making a pair or two of these. If you do, remember we love to see your work.

Morris and Sons Estate, 100% Australian Wool

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‘I just want a stock standard, good quality, well priced, Australian wool, ball of yarn’. We hear this in our stores all the time. We may have mentioned this before, we aim to please and deliver. Enter, Morris and Sons 8 ply 100% Australian wool in 50 colours, Morris and Sons 4 ply 100% Australian wool in 54 colours (a dream come true for Fair Isle knitters, we think) and Morris and Sons 14 ply 100% Australian wool in 55 colours. The 14 ply yarn is the ideal yarn to get somebody started on the road to knitting bliss. There is no need to tell them about the pitfalls in this road just yet. Get them good and hooked. They’ll find out soon enough!

We were lucky enough to arm wrestle a very accommodating (thanks Mum) crocheter into crocheting us our Rainbow blanket using all the Morris Estate 8 ply colours. Winter is around the corner why don’t you give this a go. Watch it morph from a tummy warmer to a knee rug to a blanket big enough to cover a person or two on the couch.

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And, as there will definitely be yarn left over you might want to keep your eye on this little work in progress. The pattern should be available soon. That’s if you want it?! Let us know via Facebook or leave us a message below whether we should write up the pattern.

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A Little Promotion using Morris and Sons Estate 8 ply

To get you started we have teamed up with Jen from Little Yellow Cat to offer our readers a little promotion. She has designed a Fair Isle hat, the Katie Beanie, in Morris and Sons Estate 8 ply. The pattern for her Katie Beanie normally costs $6.00. Up until midnight on the 30 April it will be available to you for $3.00. Using the download discount code: morris2014

To take advantage of this offer go to Little Yellow Cat and click on “add to cart”. Don’t forget to enter the discount code morris2014 to get your pattern at the discounted price.

Brown beanie uses #8036 Egg Yolk, #8007 Chocolate and #8047 Fishing Green.
White beanie uses #8018 Posey, #8002 Voile and #8045 Canopy

Until the next time, here’s wishing you all a lovely week and as usual make time for needlecraft every day.

 

Crochet Wild Animals

“Unleash the creative beast in you with the 15 wild animal projects you’ll find in Crocheted Wild Animals, including a rabbit, a camel, a frog, a flamingo, an owl, a polar bear, and a chameleon. Projects vary in complexity, but you’ll want to make every one – and with the easy-to-understand instructions you can!” That is what it says online. We decided that this book was so cool it deserved an in depth review and definitely at least one sample. To the rescue came our very own Emily in Melbourne (we have an Emily in Sydney as well, thus the geographical distinction).

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Crochet Wild Animals by Vanessa Mooncie
Difficulty: Intermediate
Reviewed by: Emily (Melbourne)
Let me start off by saying, wow, this book is gorgeous! This crochet book is a step up from your typical crocheted toy or amigurumi book. Flipping through the pages for the first time was filled with squeals of delight from us girls at the counter, with the general consensus being: We must make everything!

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I’d say the book is ideal for those who have played around with the basics of amigurumi and are wanting a bit more of a challenge, a bigger project. The patterns are written out in typical amigurumi style, with the addition of crochet charts. As a lover of charts I was very excited about this, and found them handy as a quick visual reference for basic patterning. But you definitely need to pay attention to the written instructions, as some parts are quite technical and don’t always translate well into a chart (I have been watching Poirot lately and whilst working on the flamingo’s tail my “little grey cells” certainly got a work out!).

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As to the layout and feel of the book, the 15 animals are gorgeous and bursting with personality. From the elephant to the giraffe, the deer to the owl, and with some surprises like the chameleon who can flip inside-out to be a second colour! The instruction’s layout is clean and the pictures are fabulous, with lots of different angles which is great for assembling your new little friends. You can’t help but fall in love with all of the characters in this book, and for those who haven’t yet learnt to crochet, now might be a good time…

Hi, my name is Fernando and I can be found sitting around in the shrubbery, hanging out on the counter in the store or floundering around on the tiles trying to get control of my legs.

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For Fernando we used Morris and Sons Maya 100% Alpaca and his glorious tail was made out of Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Colour Fruit Salad. This is no ordinary bird!

We thought it would be a good idea if the readers of our blog could get to know our staff a little better. We’ll shine a spotlight on Emily this week. Emily works in our Melbourne store. She is also our Crochet Stage 1 teacher and our Amigurumi Teacher. Have fun reading about what rocks Emily’s world and what makes her get out of bed in the morning. We asked her a few questions.

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Favourite crafts: crochet, knitting, sewing, play doh.
Current project: Haha, too many… But I finished making a giant flamingo last week!
Favourite beverage whilst crafting: Chamomile tea.
A bit about you:
I Love Colour! I always have loved colour. From when I was six telling
mum “No mum it’s not purple, it’s Magenta”, to surrounding myself with
pretty flowers in the garden, to my two stacks of folded,
rainbow-ordered fabric which sit on my bookshelf. Some people say it
borders on obsessive. …I am one of those people!

 

Sewing!…At Morris and Sons!…Really?

It’s a busy blog post today. We have a caption winner. It’s also time to take it up a notch in the woolly world of Morris and Sons, as we wait for all of our fabric to arrive. Yes, we are going to stock fabric. It’s on the ocean somewhere, but it’s on its way. Let’s hope it encounters favorable winds and gets here soon. In the meantime all the sewing books have arrived. It’s so exciting and we just couldn’t wait to review just one of them. To whet your appetite even more we have a really quick sewing tutorial. As if that is not enough we had a response to our request for a ‘hug me tight’ and an explanation of what exactly it is. Thank you to everybody who let us have patterns and images. It’s all on Facebook.

First things first. Congratulations Robyn Lee. You are our caption winner. Of course we loved them all and most of them made us giggle. In the end we decided to go with the caption that got the most ‘likes’. It’s witty and funny as well. If you want to read them all, they’re on Facebook.

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Sewing Books: ZAKKA STYLE, compiled by Rashida Coleman-Hale. A design Collective.

24 Projects stitched with Ease to Give, Use and Enjoy. ‘Rashida has gathered talented designers from around the world to bring you 24 delightful Zakka projects’. What does Zakka mean? We have been hearing the word bandied about a bit lately. It’s a Japanese term meaning “many things.” According to the explanation on the dust cover of the book it is all about the little things that improve your home and appearance. We all need a little thing or two to make us happy and this little book surely does deliver. All the products in the book are simple, sweet and relatively quickly made. We chose to make the project featured on the front page.

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Sewing Kit on Page 23.

It is by Theresia Cookson. Toss it into your craft bag or take it on a trip with you. It’s small and handy.

The instructions are well presented. All measurements are in inches. A little irritating if you are used to the metric system, (our sample maker had to re-cut the odd little square here and there as a result).

A tip for the beginner sewer. Linen is actually not that easy to work with. It has quite an unstable weave. If you don’t like your piece to keep moving about and changing it’s shape, calico or any other homespun is a really good alternative.

We used some linen and fabric we have in the store and made our own sample.

TUTORIAL: Crochet hooks and double point needles lying all over the show. Let’s tame them and get them into some kind of order. Turn off the television and turn on your sewing machine. This will take you all of an hour. Make a few for friends.

Follow these easy how to steps. You will need:

2 main pieces of fabric 20cm x 50cm

Enough iron on webbing or fusing to back the above two pieces of fabric.

1 piece of pocket fabric 25cm x 50cm

2 pieces of ribbon or cord 30cm long each and a fabric marker.

1 button. Whichever button you choose to use, make sure it has a shank.

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Step 1: Fuse the two main pieces of fabric.

Step 2: Iron pocket piece in half lengthwise.

Step 3: Place the pocket at the bottom of one main fabric piece. Raw edges of pocket in line with raw edges of main fabric. Pin

Step 4: Place ribbon pieces on top of pocket fabric.

Step 5: Secure with a 6mm seam.

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Step 6: Mark stitching lines 2.5cm apart all along pocket. Stitch up and down all along.

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Step 7: Place second main fabric on top, RS facing. Pin.

Step 8: Stitch around leaving an opening for turning.

Step 9: Turn and press. Top stitch around, closing the turning opening.

Step 10: Sew on the button.

Step 11: Store all your crochet hooks and dpns. Roll up and twist cord around button.

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Last Minute Knits

It’s happened to all of us. A friend’s birthday is upon us. It’s the end of the year and Johnny’s teacher needs a Christmas present. Your five year old wakes you up at 6 a.m and tells you that he has to bring a gift for the Principal as she is leaving. Other human beings (you’re not other human beings, you’re a knitter) would hop into their car, find the nearest gift store and within 10 minutes, beautifully wrapped, have the problem solved. You, on the other hand, have a whole different approach to this kind of dilemma. Us, who can make anything by hand, labor under the misconception that we can whip something up in no time at all. We really do believe it. While everybody around us thinks we’ve gone mad, we soldier on firmly believing that there is such a thing as a quick knit.

Today, we’re here to help. First of all, to clear up a couple of problems related to semantics.

A quick look in the dictionary. The word ‘quick’ does not relate to knitting at all. Never ever. Remember this. Have it tattooed on your arm. Quick: moving fast or doing something in a short time. No, not knitting. On the other hand: ‘last minute’. Now, there’s a statement that could work for knitting: the period just before a significant or concluding moment such as a deadline due date (that baby better not come before I finish this blanket) or scheduled event. Now, that sounds more like something that is doable!

Last minute gifts. One for when you have an evening and the other for when you have 15mins. Yes, 15mins.

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Make sure you have the following: 4.00mm knitting needles and 2 x 50g Morris and Sons Maya 8 ply 100% Cotton. Tension is really not important and your wash cloth will measure about 23cm square. Cast on 46sts.

Rows 1-4: knit.

Rows: 5-8: k3, *k4, p4, rep from * to last 3sts, k3. Rows 9-12: K3, *p4, k4 rep from * to last 3sts, k3. Rep rows 5 to 12 six more times.

Rows 57-60: knit. Cast off leaving last stitch on the needle.

For the loop, using last stitch, cast on 20sts. Cast off. Sew loop to base and sew away all ends.

Done and dusted. If there’s time, pick up a good soap.

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Now to the 15 minute one. All the way from The Granny Square in Katoomba from the lovely Jenny.

Hakuna Matata

(the No Worries Necklace)

Image1 x Rosarios 4 Web and 1 x 12mm Tulip Bamboo Crochet Hook.

Make a row of chains until you run out of wool. Fold rope of chains into a three ring circle. Use yarn end and wrap around all three. If you have time, sew on any embellishment in form of a button or bloom. Seriously, you can do this while the family is having breakfast!

ImageI hope we have helped solve some of those last minute moments. If you have any last minute anecdotes, share in the comments box. Send us pictures if you do make use of our last minute problem solvers. We love to see your work and we love hearing from you.

For The Love Of 2 Ply

We already have the slow food movement. Let us introduce you to the slow knit and crochet movement. A very odd comparison. We think not. A quick google search on the definition of 2 ply, confirmed that it is a very thin yarn that lends itself to fine cobweb knitting or crochet. Historically, we have visions of Shetland shawls passing through wedding rings. Babies wrapped in shawls, crafted patiently by great aunts from mother countries far and wide. Words like, tradition, unhurried and simple pleasures come to mind when creating with 2 ply yarn, minus the calories.

Come into any of our stores and enjoy the journey with our free crochet Silver Fox Scarf pattern in Morris and Sons Maya 2 ply lace weight 100% baby Alpaca Yarn

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Click to download the Silver Fox Scarf

The new Rowan No 55 has arrived in store as well. Fortuitously it has some darling 2 ply patterns in it. We have a favourite on page 75. Come and see…….

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The beautiful Slovenia on page 75 is free to download when you register on the knitrowan website. We have pulled out the colours from our 2 ply alpaca range.

So, before you embark on that heirloom baby shawl put your toe in the water by trying smaller projects and fall in love with the joy that is working in 2 ply.

Christmas Amigurumi in Melbourne!

Image from: http://www.pepika.com/pattern-snowman.html

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.

For some more amigurumi inspiration check out Ana Paula Rimoli’s book “Amigurumi World”. You can order it over our website too!

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