Winter is here.

Winter has officially arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. For those of you who are seasonal knitters it is time to bring out the needles and begin getting into your winter past time. Those of us who knit all year round often wonder what seasonal knitters do in Spring and Summer. Do we really wonder? Not really. It’s so exciting to see every one get cosy with their needles, some snuggly yarn and a hot chocolate. So many young girls have been coming in for their supplies and YouTube under their arm. Remember, we’re here to help if YouTube can’t!

We have two snippets for you this fortnight. a free book and Yarnman Miranda has his first say.

We have knitted a few items from this Cleckheaton pattern book.

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The yarn used in the book is all California, made in Turkey, 100g balls (185m). An 8 ply yarn. We did use our own Norway to knit up the cream jumper, so fabulously modeled by our very own Emily. Norway is available in 6 natural shades.

Emily reckons this is a very wearable and comfy jumper indeed!

Come into our Sydney or Melbourne store and purchase the yarn to knit one of the jumpers in the book and we will include the pattern book for free. This offer lasts while stocks last.

And just to conclude your winter ensemble. One of the hats and a voluptuous infinity scarf.

We think you should be pretty much set for the upcoming winter.

And, last, but not least.

 

Yarnman Miranda

Yarnman Miranda speaks……….

Actually, she is totally at a loss for words and that right on her first Yarnman Miranda speaks segment, but she is truly speechless.

This is all we could get out of her:

“Ladies, really……….?!

Until the next time. Try to make something beautiful often.

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!

 

Platypus on Collins Street

Cleckheaton have re-issued a delightful pattern book from their archives. Aussie animals. We had a visit from the Platypus who, understandably had a bit of a freak out in Collins Street.

He is knit up in our Morris and Sons Estate 8 ply. The book has 15 gorgeous Australian critters to knit up. Among our favourites are, of course, the platypus, the frilled neck lizard and the emu.

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Cleckheaton Aussie Animals Pattern Book

Cleckheaton Aussie Animals Pattern Book

Cleckheaton Aussie Animals Pattern Book

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.

Knitspiration! Beautiful lace shawl in Morris Empire 2ply

Christmas is coming up and in Morris and Sons we are all preparing our knitted gifts!imogen'sshawl

The very talented Imogen is knitting something very special for her mother in law. The EZ 100th anniversary shawl: Gull Wings! It’s a one ball pattern worked up in 2 ply lace yarn. Imogen chose Morris Empire 2ply, which is a beautiful merino wool. Perfect for seeing all the detail in the lace. The picture above shows her work after only one week! It’s starting to take shape and all the hard work will soon be worth it.

The pattern can be downloaded for free on Ravelry, and the yarn can be bought online.

Get inspired, get creative, and more than anything else, get knitting!

Daisy Crochet Headband

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This lovely girls crochet headband is a new Morris pattern. It is a very quick project and would be perfect for a summer accessory. The pattern can be extended to suit any sized head, so ladies, you can wear it too!

The pattern uses the durable and colourful Morris Avalon Pima cotton in three colours.

The pattern and yarn is available to purchase online or in store.

Crochet knowledge required:

  • Treble decreases (explained in the pattern)
  • Treble stitch
  • Double crochet
  • Chain

Fair Isle knit: Ainsley Beret

This week Emily, our very talented staff member, brought in her newest knit; the Ainsley Beret.

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The Ainsley Beret pattern has been in store for a while, and as soon as Emily started working she was interested in giving it a go. Within a couple of weeks, Emily had knitted up the Morris and Sons Ainsley Beret in the new Morris Estate 4ply yarn.
The Morris Estate is great for fair isle. As it is a merino wool it is great for regulating body temperature. So good for chilly outdoor days. Fair Isle originated in the Shetland Islands on the island of Fair Isle and became very popular during the 1920’s. Traditionally the Fair Isle technique uses Shetland wool which is very sticky. This means that the colours stick together like glue. After blocking the yarn becomes very soft, lovely for garments worn close to bare skin such as berets. The stickiness of the Morris Estate 4ply Merino creates the Fair Isle effect perfectly.

A great achievement for a first fair isle knit. The pattern and yarn can be bought online and also in store.

Skills and techniques used for the Ainsley Beret:

  • stranded colour work
  • knitting in the round
  • knit and purl stitches
  • blocking

The Ainsley Beret is a great short project for someone interested in learning the Fair Isle technique.

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Knitspiration: Gingko Shoulderette Shawl!

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This week one of our team members, Imogen, impressed us all with her beautiful Gingko Shoulderette Shawl by Maggie Magali. It took Imogen about a week to finish the shawl. The pattern is a free download from Ravelry.

The Gingko Shoulderette Shawl uses a mixture of lace techniques and stocking stitch in a top down pattern. Interestingly the lace portion is worked on both knit and purl sides.

It took her just under two balls of the Morris and Sons 4 Ply Avalon Pima Cotton in colour Turquoise #4418.

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Why did Imogen choose the Morris and Sons Avalon Pima Cotton?

While Pima Cotton was cultivated in Peru, and is primarily grown there, it has also been introduced to farming in Australia and the United States. Pima Cotton is known for its durability and absorbency. This makes it excellent for knitting quality garments that don’t fray or wear over time. The Morris and Sons Avalon is made in 4, 8 and 10 ply and it comes in a huge range of colours. These are available for you to purchase online here.

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The Morris and Sons Team