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.

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

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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Front View
Back View
Back View

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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Front Detail

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

Knit Pro Bamboo Needle Tips Have Arrived! and more!

Hi Everyone,

This week has been a busy one for us here at Morris & Sons. It’s been all hands on deck unloading a large shipment of needles, hooks, accessories, patterns and books!

And we are excited to show our new range of Knit Pro bamboo interchangeable needles

Knit Pro Bamboo Interchangeable Needle Tips

Sizes we have available are(from top left) 3.00mm,3.25mm, 3.50mm,3.75mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm and 5.50mm

(from bottom left) 6.00m, 6.50mm, 7.00mm, 8.00mm, 9.00mm, 10.00 and 12.00mm

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We also have the fantastic CarryC interchangeable bamboo knitting needle sets by Tulip.

Each set contains:

11 pairs of bamboo needles (3.50mm, 3.75mm, 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 5.50mm, 6.00mm, 6.50mm, 7.00mm, 8.00mm and 9.00mm)

3 cables(40cm,60cm and 80cm)

1 adapter

6 stoppers

2 tapestry needles

1 gauge and built-in yarn cutter

+ storage case

Tulip Interchangeable Needle Tip Set – carryC

set comes packaged with this bronze case, to keep everything tidy and ready to go!

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And no, we haven’t forgotten our crocheters out there!

Amour Crochet Hooks

New in this week are Clover’s Amour crochet hooks. They are fun and bright and are super comfy to use with their soft grip handles.

Sizes (pictured above) 3.25mm, 4.00mm, 5.00mm and 5.50mm

NOTE: more sizes available, we just haven’t unpacked those boxes yet!!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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)
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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)
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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!

Debbie Bliss – NEW COLOUR ADDITIONS

Debbie Bliss fans will be pleased to know that at Morris and Sons, we are stocking a few new additional colours to our range. New colours come in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino, Cashmerino Aran and Andes. Here they are!

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Debbie Bliss Andes

This following book has a selection of patterns for young children which would look great in the new Baby Cashmerino colours! ……I wish they made some of the patterns in adult sizes!

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino 4 (41672)

MELBOURNE BICYCLE COMPETITION

We have a great competition going for all of those who are able to pop into our Melbourne store.

The Bicycle!

This fantastic creation was made by Judith in Melbourne. Most of which she didn’t use patterns for and uses our very own, Morris and Sons Estate 8ply!

The Prizes!

You can start your very own project with all the knitting treats, as seen in the bicycle basket which are up for grabs. For your chance to win, drop by Morris and Sons, Level 1, 234 Collins Street, Melbourne, and take a picture of yourself with the bike. Send photograph to info@collins234.com.au

a very FOXY seat!

Several of the little tiny creatures patterns came from the book shown below which is available at Morris and Sons.

75 Birds & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet by Lesley Stanfield (39989)

And the little mouse on pedal is available as a free downloadable pattern

Follow this link… http://www.whodunnknit.com/2011/12/24/toerag_pattern/

We look forward to seeing your entries!

Good Luck!!