Manos del Uruguay – Dragón Cooperative

Last month our managers Adelaide and Albert went to visit Manos del Uruguays’s Dragón Cooperative in Placido Rosas, Uruguay. They were enthralled with the beautiful yarns Manos had to offer and are looking forward to bringing it directly to you!

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Manos del Uruguay is an not-for-profit organization which provides craftswomen with paid work in rural areas of Uruguay and some other parts of South America. It is a member of the World Trade Organization and is 100% committed to Fair Trade. The organization allows sustainable economic growth communities and promotes handicrafts of the region, which are culturally significant to the Uruguayan people.

The exquisite Manos yarns are handspun, kettle dyed, and come in a range of plies, colours and textures.

Morris and Sons look forward to these unique yarns arriving in to stores at the beginning of the new year and supporting such a great organization. Watch out for these beautiful creations.

If you’d like more information on Manos del Uruguay you can check out their website here or their blog: http://manosdeluruguay.wordpress.com/.

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(All images are from: http://www.manos.com.uy/dragon_cooperative/)

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!

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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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

Amazing advanced sock workshop!

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Have you ever wanted to knit socks but just didn’t know how? Socks can be a little bit tricky when starting your first pair. There are a few ins an outs that would be easiest to do if you had a little help, or a lot of help if need be. Emily has an amazing sock workshop running for the next three Sundays in our Sydney store. She will teach you the beginning, middle and the finishing of socks in these three workshops. Morris and Sons also have an amazing range of sock yarns to choose from.

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The yarns pictured above are all Schoppel Wolle, made in Germany. These yarns are of the highest quality and are beautiful to knit with. Take a look at all our sock yarns on our website.

Book in to the class online by clicking here, or over the phone by calling 02 9299 8588.

Continental knitting. Tried it yet?

Continental knitting, sometimes referred to as German knitting or European knitting, knits with the yarn in the left hand. It’s a very interesting technique which can make knitting up to 25% faster. It is also a popular and more natural style for left handed people. There is less movement in the wrists and less muscle strain, so this can be a great option for people who have arthritis, or carpel tunnel syndrome. The Continental style also allows for a looser tension, so keep that in mind when trying this technique with your garments.

Interestingly it was less popular in England after the Second World War. So the English turned to the English style knitting, with the yarn in the right hand. In this style the right needle is held like a pen. This technique was initially adopted by upper-class ladies in the Victorian era in order to look more ladylike. However, it is now one of the most common techniques used in Australia.

Drivers of the French Ambulance Corps near the fighting zone, waiting to be called (Italy, 1944). ~Robert Capa photo
Drivers of the French Ambulance Corps near the fighting zone, waiting to be called (Italy, 1944). ~Robert Capa photo

The above depicts some French Ambulance drivers, knitting some socks for the front using the Continental technique.

For those who Fair Isle: Continental knitting can make working with colours a whole lot easier. The Continental style allows you to work with at least three colours at once, and colour changes become quicker and less effort.fairisle continental

Above image is of Fair Isle colour work using both the left and right hand techniques. (Image from: http://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/shetland/).

Morris and Sons is holding a continental knitting class on the 17th of November. In this class you will learn the difference between the “English” or “Throw” style of knitting, and the Continental style. You will learn how to knit and purl comfortably in the Continental style, the easy transitions between the two for ribbing, and how to do the main decreases and increases. So if you’re interested in taking part in the class, hop on to our website, or call us in store to make a reservation on (02) 9299 8588.

The Morris and Sons Team

 

May Blossom Workshop in Melbourne!

May Blossom designs is coming to our Melbourne store this November! The fantastic workshop shows two of Simone Gooding’s designs.

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The workshop is oriented around making one of two felting projects. You can choose the Jumbleberry Santas or the Sugarplum Medallions. These felting kits are a beautiful way to decorate your home this December.

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Simone creates many wonderfully fanciful designs, using 100% wool felt, gorgeous fabrics, linen and wool. Many of her designs have components of each of these, which come together to represent Simone’s own unique style. Simone lives in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne with her husband Daniel and their four beautiful children Lily, Scarlett, Louisa and Alfie.

Bookings are essential! You can reserve your spot in the class by booking online or calling the shop on (03) 9654 0888.

Rainbow Blanket

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To all those crocheters out there!!! One of the most popular Morris Patterns this season has been the beautiful Rainbow Blanket. This is a crochet pattern that is sure to keep you occupied for months.

The chevron design creates a lovely ripple pattern in your blanket. The size of the blanket easily covers a queen size bed. It’s worked up here in 53 different Morris Estate 8ply colours. The Morris Estate yarn is an affordable 100% Merino wool.

At the moment the kit is sold in store or online and can be sent out internationally. You are also able to buy the pattern and yarn online separately.

 

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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