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.

 

Get Sewing for Spring!

Over the past couple of weeks Morris and Sons have been coming up with some fantastic new sewing patterns which are now hot off the press ready for you to get your hands on. These garment patterns have been designed specifically for beginners, so if you’re keen to start sewing then make Morris and Sons your first stop.

The patterns which are currently available are: Bush Baby Booties, The Eyre Infinity Cowl, and Kelly Kangaroo. These patterns have been tried and tested by our Morris and Sons team.bootiesinfinitycowlyellowkangaroo

Currently we have two different lines of fabric in store. These are Aboriginal Print 100% cotton fabric, and Saffron Craig’s 100% organic cotton fabrics. Not only are these fabrics perfect for quilting, they are also great for sewing garments. Their 100% cotton make up means that they are durable, but also breathable for comfort in the coming months.

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We look forward to see you in store and are ready to help you with any queries.

Thanks,

The Morris and Sons Team.

Beautiful Knits from Melbourne

Knitters in Melbourne have been busy creating many fabulous things! We have had the pleasure of being inspired by some of these finished pieces when they have been brought into the store, and would like to share them with you.

This jumper looked superb in real life (and very nice in the photos)! We hear it feels great to wear, too!

 

Hal's Jumper

 

Hal knitted this in our Morris Norway 14 ply, in colour #2403. ‘Cara’ was designed by Gudrun Johnston of The Shetland Trader, and you can buy the pattern on Ravelry for US$6.50. While the pattern says that it uses an Aran/10 ply yarn, the original yarn has a tension of 14-16 stitches to 10cm, which is actually closer to a 14 ply. (Morris Norway 14 ply has 14 stitches to 10cm). It’s a good reminder to check the tension carefully when choosing a substitute yarn, and to knit a tension square! If you’re not quite sure how to measure one, this video might help. You’ll need 10 balls to knit a ‘Cara’ jumper in Norway 14 ply – pictured below.

 

Norway 14 ply

 

Also brought in recently was this colourful and fun blanket, knitted by Joanne. This must brighten up her day every time she sees it, which is a just reward for her efforts!

 

Joanne's Mitered Square Blanket

 

It uses many of the Reggae Ombre 10 ply colours from Schoppel Wolle, and shows them off fantastically! The squares are knitted in mitered garter stitch squares. If you’d like to learn how to knit them, this site is a good one to visit.

Here are some of the Reggae Ombre range (with a Reggae Print ball thrown in too – can you guess which?)

 

Reggae Ombre

 

Thanks Hal and Joanne, and keep up the good work everyone!

 

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?

Cosiness Loves Company…

…That’s why it’s a good thing that we have not one, but two new blanket patterns, both of which are just as snuggly as the other!

Everleigh’s Flower Blanket

This crocheted blanket is so much fun! It just glows happiness from every brightly-coloured angle! It’s made from Morris Estate 8ply which comes in over 56 colours. You could easily customise your own colour scheme for this to suit your décor.

Everleigh's Flower Blanket

Everleigh's Flower Blanket Pattern Cover

 

Rochester Throw

There’s something luscious about this throw. It’s thick, warm and heavenly. And in Morris Empire 8ply it feels so soft! What’s even better about this is that you don’t have to wait until it’s done to enjoy it – once you get to a certain length you can sit and knit it with a cup of tea and the end draped over your knee!

Rochester Throw

Rochester Throw Pattern Cover

 

Blankets and throws can be just the thing on a cold winter’s day, but when you’re not curled up under them they can also look great draped over a lounge, or smoothed out over the end of a bed. It’s a good thing too, because if you made one of these beauties, you’d never want to put it away!

 

 

Unveiling Avalon Cottons!

We all know that Sydney’s weather is unpredictable, but judging by the increasing warmth and humidity, spring has almost sprung.
Which means, it’s time for cotton!

Fresh out of the box, we present ‘Avalon’. This stunning new range of pima cotton comes in 4, 8 and 10 ply, each in 47 glorious colours. Yes, you read correctly; fourty-seven. For those of you who counted the 42 colours in the above photo and are wondering about the other five, here they are!

Here we have five lovely variegated colours to add to the mix. Just think of all the possibilities! (We know we’ve tried to!)

These are some staff selections of magazines and books that contain patterns perfect for putting the Avalon cottons to use.

We absolutely adore Debbie Bliss’s magazines! They come packed with patterns, some of which are taken from her equally wonderful pattern books. We have her Spring/Summer 2011 and Spring/Summer 2012 magazines available in store and online, as well as a great range of her larger books. This ‘Knitscene’ magazine from Interweave Knits is also filled with wonderful cotton creations. We have several editions in store and online. Browse through and be inspired!

This here is one of Debbie Bliss’s fantastic pattern books, ‘The Knitter’s Year’. The reason we love this book is there’s a pattern for every week of the year, organised seasonally. For cotton patterns, check out the spring and summer sections of the book. There’s a mix of homewares and garments for both adults and children. It’s one of those books where there really is something for everyone.

Although, if you’re just dying to try out all those colours, then we have just the thing for you. ‘300 Classic Blocks for Crochet Projects’ by Linda P. Schapper is a hugely comprehensive guide to crochet motifs. All shown in white, the only thing left is your imagination as to which colours you’ll use. Cotton afghans are useful and hardy, and with so many options as to which motifs and colours you can use, there’s plenty of room for you to create a truly special blanket. That said, many of these motifs can be used as decorative embellishments and incorporated into other projects. If you just feel like trying out some of the motifs, why not make a set of coasters? Or a centrepiece for your dining table? Options, options, options!

And then there’s ‘Knitting Block by Block’ by Nicky Espstein. Just about every knitting technique imaginable is covered in this book in order to give you a wondrous collection of squares to mix and match for your own afghan. Think cabling, I-cords, sewing other knitted pieces to your squares, beading, intarsia, textural stitch patterns… the list goes on! What’s more, there is also a section on ways to use your squares to make things other than afghans such as bags, hats and garments. This book is a great way to practice some more advanced knitting techniques as finishing a sample square is far less daunting than a whole project.

We all know that wool can be harsh, and with the weather warming up, it can be totally impractical for those of us who want to make something for baby. Cotton is perfect for young, sensitive skin. ‘Knits for the Modern Baby’ has plenty of sweet baby knits that will work up in next to no time and make great use of Avalon. The hard part will be choosing which pattern, and then which colour…

So there you have it. Cotton galore, and more crafting possibilities than you and the Morris and Sons Team and most any other person can poke a knitting needle or crochet hook at.

What would you make with Avalon? And for whom would you make it?
Comment and let us know. We’d love to be inspired by your ideas!

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

Welcome!

So, you’ve heard the news. Or if you haven’t, you’re about to find out!
Morris and Sons is starting a blog.

Crafters are an open, welcoming, and sharing group of people, and so it only seemed good and proper to create a space where the Morris and Sons Team could share with you the goings on of our store right from the comfort of your homes.

The blog will feature tips and tricks, product information, information about classes, staff projects and plenty of other needlecraft-related tidbits. If a new yarn is fresh out of the box from the supplier, the blog will be sure to let you know. If one of the staff has finished a fantastic project, then the blog will tell you what you need to know to go and make it yourself. If there is a particularly spectacular pattern that we all think you should try then, the blog will… you get the idea!
The wonderful thing about the internet is it is so interactive. And that is what this blog aims to be as well. We invite you to share with us your creations, expertise, dilemmas, and most everything else creative and crafty. We will occasionally feature a customer who has impressed us with one of their projects.

So expect some wonderful crafty things coming your way. We’re very happy to have you join us! Pull up a chair, and get ready to be inspired.

Best,
The Morris and Sons Team