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Abbey Morris  New Zealander β€’ Yarn Enthusiast β€’ Designer β€’ Sewcialist β€’ Vlogger β€’ Quilter β€’ Bookworm

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The testing call will be going out later on today so if you haven't yet signed up for my test knitting newsletter there is still time. There is a direct link in my bio.
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Tomorrow I will be releasing my latest design If a Mermaid had Feet for testing. If you are interested and haven't already signed up for my testing group newsletter there is a direct link in my bio. .
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My final picks for #bestofhryc were all about the needles and notions.
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Personally I find that needles and notions really make or break the knitting experience. There is nothing quite like having the perfect pair of needles and those little extras to make your precious knitting time more enjoyable.
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These @knitprodeu Royales needles are one of my favourites! Wooden needles are my go to but sometimes I find their tips too blunt. However with these Royales you get the best of both. The shaft is made from wood and then they have pointed metal tips. The metal tips have that just right amount of point without causing them to be injury creating sharp. .
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Additionally each of the different size needles have a different shaft colour. No longer do you have worry if you don't put away your needles straight away. You simply just look at the colour to work out size. How easy!
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Now if you are anything like me you just cannot resist something with a bit of sparkle. And these @hellorosemarlow stitch markers are just the thing! They have a beautiful gentle shimmer to them without being overpowering. Just that extra touch to add to your knitting ✨
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Furthermore these stitch markers are not just all about looks. Actually they are incredibly well made! All the edges and joins are wonderfully smooth resulting in them not being able to snag your knitting πŸ‘ and have just the right amount of weight to them so they don't swing around nor droop from being too heavy. Such a perfect combination!
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When it comes to scissors in a project bag I like them little and I like them sharp. And these scissors are exactly that with the bonus of being shiny and pretty πŸ€— See the third photo for a close up as they have this stunning ornamental rose vine in between the finger bows. Now with these wee scissors βœ‚οΈ weaving in and snipping ends isn't so bad.
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All of these items shared can be purchased from @hollandroadyarn The scissors and stitch markers are available only in store but is well worth the trip! .
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Now that wraps up my #bestofhryc picks from @hollandroadyarn I hope you have enjoyed seeing and hearing about all these wonder yarns and yarnie goodness as much as I have enjoyed sharing them!

When you pick all the spring bulb flowers because the weather is meant to turn πŸ’πŸŒΈπŸŒ·πŸŒΊπŸŒΌ

Yesterday I made a trip over to Carterton to #fabricabrac and just couldn't resist bringing home these two bolt ends from @missmaudenz . Planning on squeezing a skirt out the stretch denim #libertyfabric (yes Liberty does stretch denim 😍) and having a play with this gorgeous @atelierbrunette Batiste to see if I can get another #orladress or a #fringedresspattern top. .
Was lovely to see @emmas_atelier again and to meet Emma the owner of @missmaudenz 😊
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#sewcialist #sewing #handmadewardrobe #forthestash #ilovefabric #atelierbrunette

Ekk! Introducing Orry!
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There is a new vlog up on my YouTube channel about my new baby - link in bio.
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@berninanz @nancysstitchstudio
#sewcialist #bernette #bernettefunlock44

@francespaki has started a pair of Oscillatory socks and doesn't it just look fantastic in this stunning green from @vintage_purls 😍😍😍
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#Repost @francespaki ・・・
I've been working on a pair of Oscillatory socks by @abbeymorrisdesigns I have shortened the leg length by one pattern repeat as that's how I like them, but other than that I'm knitting them as per the pattern.
The yarn in @vintage_purls sock in a glorious yellowish green called Little Olea. It was a limited edition colour and no longer available.
#knitting #abbeymorrisdesigns #vintagepurls #knittersofinstagram #operationsockdrawer #socktawk

My fourth pick for #bestofhryc is this bag made by @hellorosemarlow .
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Technically this bag here is a notions bag not a project bag. However I found that it was the perfect size for a smaller project. In this case socks. It could fit 100g worth of fingering weight sock yarn, a pair of scissors and a pair of knitting needles. And the best part is that when full with these items it can still fit into my 13" Classic @camsatchelco along with all the other normal items I put in the satchel. Now that is an achievement!
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What drew me to this bag was its incredible quality and fabric print! The outer fabric print is so gorgeous and really took my fancy. Come on - those little bear faces!!! It is a thicker fabric and then the bag is lined with a pretty light blue separate fabric (see second photo). The combination of these fabrics together means it is sturdy enough that your knitting needles don't poke through πŸ‘
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Now the zip on this bag is wonderful! It is a heavy duty metal zip. The robust feel of it is so satisfying to zip up - there is differently going to be no zip breakage here! And the gold colour of the zip contrasts perfectly with the fabric and adds that luxurious touch. .
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All the little details of this bag is what really makes it special. It has been sewn with such excellent craftsmanship! The sewing is incredibly neat and no seams are exposed due to how excellently it has been lined. The softening curves of the bottom corners I find very visually pleasing. This is not something you often see with project/notions bag and I really like it! Then the little leather logo strip just adds that finishing touch πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
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This bag is only available in store at @hollandroadyarn so I highly suggest you pop on in. There is a range of these bags in store with different stunning fabrics. Meg the owner and maker behind @hellorosemarlow has such a talent for putting together these bags with such perfect fabric pairings! So when you are next in Wellington I highly recommend a visit to @hollandroadyarn or making a special trip. It is definitely worth it!!!
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@luanneknits has finished her test knit pair of #updownandallaroundsocks Don't they just look wonderful! Luanne used @malabrigoyarn Mechita in the Mandragora colourway and doesn't it just work perfectly with the stitch pattern πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— Was so lucky to such a lovely test knitter 😊
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#AbbeyMorrisDesigns #knitting #operationsockdrawer #socktawk #knittersofinstagram

My third pick for #bestofhryc is @zealanayarns Cozi. .
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Cozi is exactly as it name says - cozy. Each 50g ball of this sock yarn is made up of a blend of 58% merino, 15% possum down, 5% baby alpaca, 20% nylon and 2% elastic nylon. There is something about this blend that you get the perfect combination of hardiness and softness. It is not a super duper soft yarn but it has a pleasant slight crispness to it. .
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With the alpaca and possum down this yarn is incredibly warm! When I was last knitting socks with it my hands got so lovely and toasty just working with it. Such a treat for your feet especially if you can never get your feet warm. A pair of socks out of this yarn will do the trick! .
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However one of the reasons that I love this yarn so much is that it is locally produced. It is spun right here in the Wellington region of New Zealand in Lower Hutt. Additionally with the possum down it makes it a yarn that can only be produced here in New Zealand. It is a yarn that I often choose to send when doing international yarn swaps due to its local uniqueness and wonderful feel.
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Here in New Zealand possums are a pest. They destroy our native bush and wildlife often eating our endangered birds' eggs and chicks. New Zealand is trying to eradicate possums due to how destructive and damaging they actually are. They have no natural predators besides humans to restore a healthy ecological balance resulting in these creatures increasing to damaging numbers. .
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So through responsible management (yes they do die) of these pests @zealanayarns is using their soft fur to create luxurious yarns. Possum fur is incredibly soft (like rabbit fur) and has thermal properties making it 55% warmer than Merino. Honestly it is so wonderful to wear!
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Two balls (186 yards/ 170 metres per ball) is enough to knit up a generous pair of adult sized socks. Personally I would highly recommend you getting some Cozi to try. I am sure you will love it as much as I do! These two here are in the Sugar colourway and of course you can grab a ball or two (the practical choice πŸ˜‰) from @hollandroadyarn - there is a direct link in my bio.

One navy linen #orladress in progress πŸ€— Just have the neck binding to sew down and the bottom hem to go. Plus a good iron πŸ˜‰
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Fabric from @wearethefabricstore and this stunning pattern is designed by @frenchnavynow .
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#handmadewardrobe #sewcialist #thefabricstore #memade #sewing #indiesewing #indiepattern

With now having my new MacBook I am finally getting on top of writing up all my new pattern designs. You should see the wee pile sitting here that hasn't even been shared yet πŸ™ˆ
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However there will be a steady release over the next few months including this sneak peak of one πŸ˜‰
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If you are interested in potentially test knitting some of these upcoming patterns sign up for my Test Knitting Newsletter (link in bio) to get an email straight to your inbox every time I send out a test knitting call. .
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There is a variety of new designs coming and have many more in the first stages of development πŸ’—
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