HOOK AND A BOOK REVIEW

I own a set of Clover Soft Touch Crochet hooks and I love them. So, when these new crochet hooks from Clover arrived in the store I was surprised because I didn’t think that Clover could better the Soft Touch hooks. Boy, was I wrong!

Waiting for my crochet students to arrive, I picked up one of our books, ‘Amineko’, the Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat. A couple of pages into the book and I was smitten. I just had to make one. Actually, that’s not true, I just had to make them all, was my initial reaction.

After my class I picked up Amineko and a 3.25mm Clover Amour Crochet Hook. My week end was organised. Result: A hook and a book review…

Clover Amour Crochet Hooks

The Hook:

The working hook part is exactly the same shape as the soft touch crochet hook. It is also smooth and easy to work into the stitches. The shank is about 3mm longer. It feels a little lighter than the Soft Touch hook. The colour coded handles are fun and make it easy to identify hook sizes. We have sizes starting at 2.25mm to 6.00mm with 3.00mm mysteriously missing. Maybe the supplier was out of stock. I’m not surprised! Above all, however, the one thing about the new Amour Crochet Hook that will get you hooked, pardon the corny pun, is the handle. It is just a tiny bit longer than the soft touch. It is soft, rubbery and slightly squishy. I was working an Amigurumi project for the review and I found that my hands did not get as tired.

Hello my name is Amineko

The Book:

Hello My Name is Amineko. The Story of a Crafty Crochet Cat by Nekoyama.

It’s a storybook and a project book. Amineko, to say the least, is a cat with attitude. It’s well worth reading the story that comes before the instructions. You will fall in love with him! He is crochet in the Amigurumi style of crochet. I used Morris and Sons 8 ply Estate and a 3.25mm Amour Crochet Hook. The translation of the instructions is a little different to regular Amigurumi pattern instructions but not so as to put you off completing the project. The images in the instruction section of the book are so good it makes up for the unusual pattern writing style. As I said before, you’re in love with this cat. He has to be made.

And on that note, we are running Amigurumi classes in our Melbourne and Sydney stores. Check out our website for dates and times. Come and join us and make your own Amineko!

Happy crocheting,

Judith

Fresh Spring Samples and a Fantastic Free Scarf Pattern!

Now that spring is here, we have some new lovely samples knitted up in store at York Street.

Using Grignasco’s Champagne and pattern #008 from Knitting Notes (shown below) the lovely blue top was created.

Grignasco Knits – Knitting Notes (42313)
Front View
Back View

and another lovely Grignasco design! But from the book Knitting An Italian Day

Grignasco Knits – Knitting An Italian Day (42312)
“PAUSA” pattern from Grignasco Knitting An Italian Day (42312) Front View
“PAUSA” Back View
Back Detail …..This is a better colour representation of the yarn used!!
Noro Magazine Premiere Issue – Fall 2012 (41572)

This fantastic new addition to our magazine collection… Noro Magazine’s Premiere Issue. It’s packed with great knits ranging from more simpler starter projects to patterns for the more advanced knitter. Something for everyone! The Man’s slouchy hat featured in the magazine was knitted up by the lovely Bel here at York Street. She used two different colours of Noro Kureyon to create this design.

Beanie from Noro Knitting Magazine – Premiere Issue Fall 2012 (41572)
Front View
Side View

The image below shows how the beanie is worn in magazine

(On Page #50 of magazine)

And now we have a fantastic and versatile free Ayr Scarf Pattern just for you. It’s a fantastic stash buster only using 1 or 2 balls. We’ve done it in Morris Norway 14ply, Noro Taiyo 10ply and Schoppel Reggae Ombre 12ply yarn and it looks great every time!

Ayr Scarf in Morris Norway
Ayr Scarf in Noro Taiyo

Ayr Scarf in Schoppel Reggae Ombre

The Measurements:

Morris Norway scarf 14 x 180 cm

Noro Taiyo scarf 16 x 150 cm

Schoppel Reggae Ombre scarf 16 x 223 cm

What You’ll Need:

2 balls Morris Norway 14ply (120m / 100g) Colour # 2402

or 1 ball Noro Taiyo 10ply (200m / 100g) Colour # 10

or 2 balls Schoppel Reggae Ombre 10ply (100m / 50g) Colour # 2133

1 pair 10.00mm knitting needles

1 wool needle

The Abbreviations:

K: knit

Kfb: increase by knitting into the front and the back of next st

LH: left hand

Patt: pattern

Rep: repeat

RH: right hand

St/s: stitch/es

Trf: transfer

Tog: together

The Pattern:

Cast on 20 sts using lace cast on. (A lace cast on is similar to a cable cast on but the RH needle is inserted into each stitch as if to knit instead of behind each stitch.)

Row 1: K1, kfb, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1

Row 2: K

These 2 rows form patt. Rep patt until work measures desired length, allowing at least 180 cm of yarn for cast off.

Cast off using the lace cast off. (To work lace cast off, K2, * tfr these 2 sts back onto LH needle and K them tog, K1, rep from * to end. Pull yarn through last st to secure.)

Using wool needle, weave in ends.

Happy Knitting!

C is for Cardigan, Crochet Class, and Cross Stitch…

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.)

Thank you for joining us for another post! Make sure you subscribe to our blog, and don’t forget to leave us a comment letting us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.
Happy creating!

Best,
The Morris and Sons Team

New patterns, and a twist on an old one…

Our expert pattern-writer has been tremendously busy over the last while. Here is a preview of some of the lovely new garments we have for you to make…

Beginning with something classic, we have the Emily jumper in Morris Norway 8ply.

Patterns are available with both vee- and crew-neck options. This sample is made in colour number 2803, but with the whole Estate and Norway ranges at your finger tips there are plenty of colours to choose from.

Another simple and classic pattern is for the Alice vest in Morris Empire 4ply. This particular vest is made in the colour Sesame Twist, one of the several “twist” colours in the Empire range, which gives it a very subtle texture. There are many other colours available too, including some that are variegated if you’re after something a bit more adventurous.

Next, if you want a quick and simple cardigan, look no further than the Emma cardigan. Made from Morris Fuel 20ply, it knits up quickly making for a very gratifying project, particularly if you’re new to making full garments.

This chunky knit looks wonderful in off-white, but for those of you who love a bit of colour we have a vibrant red and electric blue, among other shades. Not to mention several variegated colours.

A favourite among the staff members, here is the Hannah jumper in Morris Woollahra. The colour shown here is Grass Stain. The tweed fleck in the yarn gives it some texture, while the sweet button detail makes it a little bit more interesting than a plain sweater.

The patterns for these, and other new garments, are available in store and over the phone, and will soon be available to order online.

For those of you familiar with our single-leaf patterns, you might recognise this little beauty. A recent experimentation with some of our new yarns, namely Merinogold 8ply and Kid Seta mohair 2ply from Grignasco, has resulted in this glorious take on our very popular Alexandria cowl pattern.

By substituting the Empire 2ply with Kid Seta mohair*, you get a gorgeously soft and lush texture; perfect for keeping you nice and cosy. Experimentation is the key to discovery, and in this case we’ve made a wonderful one.

(*Note: You will need two balls of Kid Seta in place of the one ball of Empire the pattern requires as they are shorter in length.)

Thank you for reading. We’d love for you to leave us a comment! Which of these patterns would you consider making? Would you make it for yourself, or do you have someone else in mind?

Best,
The Morris and Sons Team

What’s new!

Hi dear crafty friends,

We’ve received the first installment of a delivery from Schoppel-Wolle and Grignasco, so The Morris and Sons Team thought we’d give you a little taster of some of the wonderful new yarns available in store. We are all tremendously excited, and busy coming up with new projects to make use of all of our new stock. Read on to find out about the recent changes to our store, including a wall-full of sock yarn and plenty of mohair.

First of all, our baby wool has had a revamp. Along with the traditional white, pink, blue and yellow, we’ve got some fabulous new colours in store for you.

This vibrant wall showcases Grignasco’s Bambi 3ply 100% Extra Fine Merino, a very welcome addition to our store! Just look at all of those colours! These would be superb for some colourful babies’ clothes, or a fun pram blanket. Or if you’d rather knit something for yourself or a fellow adult, why not try using this yarn for Fair Isle? There are plenty of colours to choose from.

Moving slightly to the left, we have our sock yarn wall.

A vast majority of our new stock has come in the form of sock yarn. And for those of you that have never made socks, there’s no need to think that you can’t take one of these lovely balls of yarn home for your stash! Morris and Sons has released its new class schedule, and among the many workshops we have on offer is ‘Learn to Knit Socks’! You can book your place in store, over the phone, or online here. Information on the rest of our classes can be viewed on our website, for Sydney here, and Melbourne here.

Already raided and bought by a number of staff members, let us introduce to you Admiral sock yarn from Schoppel-Wolle. Available in self-striping, self-patterning (similar to a Fair Isle effect, but with all the hard work done for you), and block colours.

Use one of these vibrant and fun block colours and pick a fabulous stitch pattern for your socks. Or, try striping them. Or for those of you that aren’t as outgoing with your socks, why not use them as a contrast toe and heel on your basic, everyday socks and smile knowing that there’s a secret party in your shoe!

More from Schoppel-Wolle, we have the Zauberball. The Zauberball features a smooth gradient of colour, and most colourways have a “Crazy Zauberball” counterpart with a twist running through it. These are just some of the many colours we have in store.

For those of you that love these colourways but would prefer a different ply, some colours are available in a lace-weight Zauberball, or a 6ply Crazy Zauberball. We have had these in stock for some time now, but in nowhere near as many colours. You simply must come in and check them out.

But keep in mind, sock yarn is not just for socks! Any of these yarns can be substituted into a 4ply pattern for some incredible results.

‘One Skein Wonders’, available in store, is a fantastic demonstration of how one skein of sock yarn can be knitted or crocheted to make so many different things. In fact, this book contains 101 great projects. Think gloves, hats, shawls, children’s outfits, bags, and yes, socks!

We know many of you have been asking us for mohair for your projects for quite some time now. So here’s a sampler of some of the mohair we now have in stock. There are plenty more colours available in 2, 8 and 10ply.

Something else exciting you may have noticed if you’ve visited us in the last few weeks is our new branding! We’re really stoked about this change. Here you can see our new ball bands, complete with updated logo and colours.

This particular colour is a new addition to our Empire 100% Australian Superwash Merino. We’ve named it Absinthe and it’s available in 2, 4, and 8ply.

Our very talented Sydney store manager, a big fan of the colour green, has been crocheting the ‘Darcey’ dress from Debbie Bliss’s gorgeous book ‘Simply Crochet’ (available in store). It’s looking incredible so far, and we’ll make sure to post some photos when it’s finished.

Here’s a little close up of the stunning scalloped stitch pattern:

You might notice, from these photos if you’re super observant, or if you’ve visited us in the last fortnight, that the shop has had a reshuffle. We’ll be sharing a post here with more information about the new layout, but if you have any questions when you visit us we’ll be very happy to explain where things have moved. The layout is organised by ply, but topsy-turvied so that the finer plies are at the rear of the store where as the bulky-weight yarns are closer to the stairs. The Noro has also been integrated with all of the other yarns. We hope this new layout will help you have more of a sense of your options when choosing yarn for you project. We know it’s helped us see our yarns in a totally new light.

We look forward to hearing your feedback about the changes to our stock and branding. Don’t forget to leave us a comment below!

Best,
The Morris and Sons Team