Our 5 Favourite Things: Staff Picks for the Winter Sale!

With the sale ending this Sunday we decided to ask Morris and Sons staff what are their favourite things they have been snapping up in this Winter! There were so many we have compiled a list of the top five! So…

In Number 5 position of our favourite things we have:

The Louenhide Bags! At 30% off, in great colours and with lots of hidey holes and pockets for all your knitting needles and accessories. These are definitely one of the must haves of the season.

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Our Favourite Things Number 4:

Ehrman Cushion Kits! Truly beautiful designs and now 20% off. Whether you’re a Klimt, Kaffe Fassett or Blue Willow fan there is something for everyone. Be sure to check these beauties out if your looking for that ongoing stitching project that would be perfect in your home.

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Our Favourite Things Number 3:

Sale Packs! 10 balls of quality yarn at an amazing price. What more could you want? Particular staff favourites have been Cleckheaton Country Paint Box – particularly Colour 31 the Dark Blue and Brown the perfect colour for men’s sweaters, and our Patons Jet 12ply and Inca 14ply. These lovely chunky yarns knit up super quick and looks great. Just see one of our favourite homewares books, Patons Family and Homewares below for proof!

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Our Favourite Things Number 2:

Schoppel Crazy Zauberballs! Can you ever have enough socks?!? Well we don’t think so and with one ball per pair you cannot go wrong. Usually $24 per ball, now $19.20 each and in a wide array of superb colours.

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Our Favourite Things Number 1:

Morris Empire! It’s no surprise that our lovely Morris Empire has been a hit this winter. And who doesn’t love it! It is a beautiful merino wool yarn, comes in 2, 4 and 8ply AND looks especially greats when it is done in fair isle. If you’re looking for a project to knit on these long winter nights then check out our Ainsley Fair Isle Beret. This has been a hit here at Morris and Sons and we’re sure you’ll love it too.

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So these are our favourite things for this Winter Sale ending on Sunday, 23rd of June! Tell us, what are yours?

Staff Share Colourway Inspiration

On Tuesday, we went through two great books for getting started and expanding your skills in colour knitting. Today, we’re getting personal with colourways as the staff show off their selections for knitting our new Fair Isle pattern!

Hot off the press is the pattern for the Ainsley Fair Isle Beret! This is a great pattern for you if you’ve knitted in the round before and want to try your hand at Fair Isle, as a small piece like a hat is a good size for an experiment!

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The pattern may be written up in green and blue, but there are so many great colours in the Morris Empire 4 ply range (51 to be exact!) that we thought we’d have some fun picking out what colours we would use if we were to knit this hat! Colour can be such a subjective thing that by showing you these, it’s like you’re getting to know us all a little!

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1: Azure’s

It’s fairly fitting, given her name, that Azure has picked out a range of blues – and a lovely selection at that! A nice cool-coloured combination.

AzureThese colours are:

  • #401 Chalk
  • #422 Indigo
  • #408 Bluestone
  • #454 Charcoal (Main colour)
  • #420 Rainstorm (note: this yarn appears more blue in this image than it is – it has a slightly greener tone in real life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2: Joey’s

Loving this warm set! I think it should affectionately be dubbed ‘pumpkin’ after the name of the main colour!

Joey1These colours are:

  • #401 Chalk
  • #440 Sesame Twist
  • #404 Clove
  • #441 Rust Twist
  • #409 Pumpkin (Main colour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3: Joey’s #2

A combination of neutrals and greys over a deep, rich red-brown.

Joey2These colours are:

  • #438 Beluga Twist
  • #440 Sesame Twist
  • #454 Charcoal
  • #441 Rust Twist (Main colour)
  • #443 Seascape Twist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4: Maria

Bright colours balanced out with a lovely caramel brown and a crisp pale grey. This hat is bound to be fun!

MariaThese colours are:

  • #403 Biscuit
  • #409 Pumpkin
  • #426 Vivid Red
  • #408 Bluestone (Main colour)
  • #428 French Grey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5: Jess

A purple to pink gradient with a cream and grey that give the combination a soft appearance. Oddly enough, after choosing these, I noticed that the pinks, grey and cream all feature on the shirt I was wearing – subconsciously it gave me inspiration!

Jess These colours are:

  • #421 Luxe
  • #414 Orchid Smoke
  • #413 Ballet
  • #401 Chalk
  • #429 Smoke (Main colour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…And how about you? What would your colourway be?

Christmas Sale!

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It’s that time of year again! We’ve been working really hard to get ready for our Christmas sale starting this Saturday. All stock store wide and online will be 20% off until years end with further discounts available on our special sale packs of yarn. For Morris & Sons loyalty club members an extra 5% discount will also be available so now is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for your summer projects!

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Would You Like to Teach Crochet?

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Do you love to crochet? Are you a passionate teacher?

We are currently looking for an experienced crochet teacher to teach classes at our Melbourne store, starting January 2013. If this sounds like a job for you please enquire via email on info@morrisandsons.com.au or by phone on 02 9299 8588.

Happy Crocheting!

Employment Opportunities!!

Do you love craft?

The following positions have become available here at Morris & Sons (please click on the links below for more detailed information on each role)

We are looking for a candidate with managerial skills to join us and lead our team in our flagship Sydney store. This position is long term and full time with many areas for future development.

Store Manager, Full Time

With all applications please attach a completed copy of our application form along with your resume to careers@morrisandsons.com.au or alternately post to:

Job Applications
Morris & Sons
50 York St
Sydney NSW 2000

What could you knit with sock yarn?

This week we would like to show you what is in store for our sock knitters and 4ply enthusiasts.

Schoppel Zauberball 4ply 100g (colour #1564) with knitted sample

The Schoppel wool range has a fantastic array of self patterning yarns and wonderful colour blends like the Zauberball(pictured above).

Schoppel Wunderklecks 4ply 100g (colour #2139) with knitted sample
Munchkin Hats – Made from Morris Empire 4ply and Schoppel Crazy Zauberball

These cute little Munchkin Hats are from our Morris and Sons pattern collection. 1 ball of Schoppel Crazy Zauberball (colour # 2092) and 1 ball of Morris & Sons Empire (Colour:Seascape Twist, #443) were used to make both hats! And many more could be made with your left over yarn!

The socks above have been knitted with the same ball of wool but started from different ends . A good thing to keep in mind when knitting with these types of variegated, self-patterning wools; pattern changes can be drastic!

Schoppel Admiral 4ply 100g, in a selection on solid and print colours

Sock yarn one-skein Wonders has a vast selection of patterns, 101 to be exact! This book includes patterns from socks, garments for little ones to a turtle neck sweater for your dog!

Sock Yarn One-Skein Wonders. Edited by Judith Durant (#39270)
Design 11 from Noro Mini Knits Two

A gorgeous little cardigan for size premmie to 12 month olds, knitted up in Noro silk garden sock yarn from Noro Mini Knits Two by Jenny Watson (#35427).

Noro Taiyo Sock. Left to right: colour #S1,#S10,#S3 and #S7
Noro Kureyon Sock. Left, colour #S217 and right #S233
Araucania Ranco Multy(M) and Ranco Solid(S) – Colours from left to right: #305(M), #487(S), #945(M), #491(S), #330(M) and #490(S)

Lastly, just to note; there is a wide range of colours in all the wools mentioned above. I could spend all day photographing all the colours we have in stock!

Look online here, or pop into one of our stores to see for yourself!

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.

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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

Felt!…….and Christmas!

With daylight savings having just past and summer gradually nearing, its quite possible that knitting/crocheting with wool is far from your mind!

If you still haven’t tried our Morris And Sons Avalon 100%Pima Cotton, you really must! It’s truly lovely to work with, comes in a great range of colours and three different Plys.4ply, 8ply and 10ply.

Also, why not give felting a go! We have tons of great books in store now. Many of our books feature projects that are suitable for adults, children and would be excellent to do within the school holidays that are coming up soon.

NOTE: Needle felting tool should only be used under adult supervision!

The most commonly used wool for felting is roving. It’s soft, fluffy and comes in many different colours.

The darling little felted items below are all made from patterns in the May Blossom by Simone Gooding range. Be sure to check in store for more designs.

The cup cakes are perfect for pin cushions!

Some really cute felted animals books we have in store are Sweet Needle Felts and Fuzzy Felted Friends

Sweet Needle Felts by Jenn Docherty

And is it too early to bring up Christmas?? no i think not, its fast approaching! So now is a great time to get all your Christmas projects and present making on the go!

We have several cross stitch kits for making stockings

Checking His List Stocking Kit
Hugging Penguins Stocking Kit

And lastly a great knitted toys pattern book, Jean Greenhowe’s Christmas Treasures

Happy Crafting! 🙂

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What We Are Working On and Finished Projects : Part 1

This week we’d like to show you all what we have been working on at home or in any moment we have spare!

Firstly an anonymous knitter/crocheter and avid green lover has been very busy making the following items

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This great little knit project is from the book GRIGNASCO KNITS Knitting An Italian Day using Grignasco Iceland 12ply( colour #929)

Joey has been doing some felting and made this wonderful row marker shown below. It is one of her own designs!

This lovely cardigan was knitted up by Jan in Lana Gatto Super Soft( colour#13210)

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The pattern used was from the following book, Aran HandKnits In 12ply by Cleckheaton.

Michelle has knitted the design below but in a lovely pink (sorry no photo!)

this design was knitted in Empire 8ply (colour #819 Sheen) but as a summer/cotton substitute Avalon(100% Pima Cotton, colour #4111 Citrine) 8ply could be used

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……Part 2 to come soon!!

Melbourne’s Pink Day and Blankets for Hamlin Fistula Relief and Aid Fund

At the Melbourne Morris & Sons store last year the team had put together a Pink Day to show support for breast cancer month. A group of women and men from all over Melbourne came together to knit squares that were sewn into blankets and will be sent off to the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia to aid women that suffer from obstetric fistula ( caused during the child birthing process). Recently the blankets have all been completed and ready for shipment!

– a very special thanks to all those involved!

“PINK DAY” 2011 …….The wonderful people in Melbourne knitting in support of some great causes!!
The finished blankets!

If you would like to help out by making a donation to either of the above causes please follow the links below

http://www.nbcf.org.au/Support-Us.aspx

http://www.hamlinfistula.org/how-to-help.html