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.
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.
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.
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.
So these are our favourite things for this Winter Sale ending on Sunday, 23rd of June! Tell us, what are yours?
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!
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!
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.
These colours are:
#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.
Loving this warm set! I think it should affectionately be dubbed ‘pumpkin’ after the name of the main colour!
These colours are:
#440 Sesame Twist
#441 Rust Twist
#409 Pumpkin (Main colour)
3: Joey’s #2
A combination of neutrals and greys over a deep, rich red-brown.
These colours are:
#438 Beluga Twist
#440 Sesame Twist
#441 Rust Twist (Main colour)
#443 Seascape Twist
Bright colours balanced out with a lovely caramel brown and a crisp pale grey. This hat is bound to be fun!
These colours are:
#426 Vivid Red
#408 Bluestone (Main colour)
#428 French Grey
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 02 9299 8588.
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)
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…
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 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!
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!
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!
If you would like to help out by making a donation to either of the above causes please follow the links below