Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Valentines Day!!

Hi Everyone,

  As much as I love flowers and chocolates, I think one of the nicest gifts

I can give

  ( or receive!) is a pair of hand knit, squishy, soft and lovely socks!!

  So, to that end, I wanted to share these fabulous  yarns that have arrived

at the Purple Sock...AND as my gift to you, these yarns will be 14% off from

now til  Sunday!

  The Regia 4-ply Design Line by Arne & Carlos will entice you with its'

traditional "Norwegian" effect in six extraordinary color combinations.

Thanks to this effective colour way , you get an amazing highlight for your


  And next....I know that the sock knitting world is firmly divided into two

camps...the "life is too short for matching socks" group, and then there are

the "what the heck do you mean, OF COURSE they need to match


  So, for those of you who fall in the matching we have a yarn for

you!! It is called "Pairfect".. and it makes the job of matching your socks

perfectly SO EASY!! The yellow yarn lets you know exactly where to start

your second sock, and away you go, ending up with two perfectly matched


So, for Valentine's Day Week, come in, choice your yarns and receive 14% off

as my Valentines present to you  ..see you soon

Happy knitting


Monday, February 1, 2016

New knit along and a couple of classes

Hi everyone

Hope you are all doing well and knitting up a storm, below is information about another upcoming knit along and a couple of classes, hope some of it appeals to you!!  As always space is limited so  please let me know if you are planning to attend any of the knit- alongs or classes.
Happy Knitting
Lemongrass Knit along.
As always this is a knit along not a class, we will be knitting this sweater together and helping each other along the way, there is no charge to come and do it but I do ask you to buy your wool and pattern  from me.
I have started to carry a new yarn and what better way to get to know it then do a knit along. I am really excited to knit this great sweater. We have knit a sweater by this designer before,   take a look and see if you are interested.  Lemongrass ,
The yarn I am planning for us to use is called Nepal from Garnstudio in Norway. It is a lovely blend of wool and alpaca.
You can see the colours at the link below and I have a few colours in the store now.  It comes in 50 gm balls and most of you will need 12 to 14 balls for this sweater. It sells for $4.99 a ball.  You could also use the Cascade Eco wool if you wanted which is 100% wool.
Please pick your colour asap so I can order them in and then we can get going on this sweater.
I am hoping to start on March 2nd if we receive the yarn in time.  We will meet on Wed afternoons 1 pm to 3 pm once the yarn has arrived and will meet til most of us have finished our sweater .  I do have a few colours in the store now, so you can see what it is like. I also have a booklet with the colours or you can look at them on line at the below link.
Introduction to Sock Adventures (perfect for new sock knitters):
 We are running the "Introductory Sock Adventure" sessions on two consecutive Tuesday mornings from 10 am to noon, from February until May:
  Please note Must have knit at least one pair of sock in order to sign up for these sessions. This is not a beginner sock class.
February 16 & 23
March 15 & 22
April 12 & 19
May 10 & 17 
The first Tuesday is to get the pattern I have selected for that month, select your yarn, and learn some new techniques.  The following Tuesday is to get help with any issues or problems you may encounter.
The cost will be $40.00 + HST each month, which includes the printed pattern, yarn and instruction.  Needles are available to purchase but are not included.  There is no commitment to attend every month, please email call the shop to register for the February 16th  & 23rd  10 am til 12 noon
 Please note: These will be sock patterns that have been previously knit as "Sock of the Month"or "Adventures in Socks" projects.  If you previously attended the evening sock sessions you may have knit these socks already.
Eco Warrior Market Bag.  You read it right, a CROCHET-along! In the spirit of using our brains to improve our health, we are stretching into the crochet world. This is a simple crocheted bag that expands to hold A LOT and is very pretty. 
 Very basic skills (single crochet, chain, slip stitch) are all that are required. and will be taught Feb 11th. No previous crochet experience required.
The cost will be $35+HST and will include yarn, pattern, and crochet hook.  All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a willingness to STRETCH!
 Date: Thursday February 11th and 18th from 1:30 pm  - 3:30 pm
Cost: $35 +HST
To see samples of this bag see: Crocheted Market Bag in Ravelry or we have one at the store.
Successful Sundays:
The Friday afternoon "help sessions" with Cathy have been a hit, and are now also available for a few Sunday afternoons from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.  The cost is $10 per session, cash only please.  You can get basic knitting help, pattern reading assistance, or fixes to your knitting mistakes.  Pre-registration by phone or email is required  as we can only accept 4 people for each session.
Dates: February 7, February 21, March 13 and March 27.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Up coming Classes and knit-a-long

Hi Everyone
I am happy to offer you a couple of classes and a new knit along, see below for all the details.   Please keep watching as we have some more great ideas and  will have some more coming up soon!! Or if you have a idea   anything you are interested in let us know and we will see what we can do!!
This course is designed for anyone who can thread a needle. As there is only one stitch to learn it promises to be an easy and fun filled project. We will make a small penny rug and then adhere it to the lid of a little box, a perfect wee gift or a special place for those treasured trinkets.
COST:  $40.00 [this includes the kit]
DATE:  Sat. Feb. 13 , 2016
TIME:  11:00 – 3:00
SUPPLIES:  You will need to bring a sharp pair of scissors and a pencil
INSTRUCTOR:   Gayle Gunby
Please space is limited a non-refundable deposit of $20.00 is required to hold your spot.
We will take a lunch break and you are more than welcome to bring your lunch and eat at the shop or you may wish to try one of the town’s eating establishments.
This course requires a basic knowledge of rug hooking.
Magdalena, a prolific, primitive rug hooker in the late 1800’s found inspiration in her surroundings. We will discuss her unique style and the elements that made her rugs so endearing. Afterwards we will design a rug in the Magdalena style using things that you find inspiring.
COST:  $35.00
DATE:  Sat. April 09, 2016
TIME: 11:00 – 3:00
SUPPLIES: You will be required to bring the following ...backing of your choice in your desired size with the edges sewn or taped; scissors; sharpie; hook and hoop; a selection of wool (various shades of browns; blues;reds;greens and neutrals]
INSTRUCTOR:   Gayle Gunby
As space is limited a non-refundable deposit of $15.00 is required to hold your spot.
We will be taking a lunch break and you are welcome to bring your own and eat in the store or you may wish to try one of the town’s eating establishments.
Knit along for The “ Baa- Ble Hat “
This will be a quick little knit along maybe just a couple of weeks. Everywhere I look I keep seeing this hat on the internet!! So I think we need to knit it!! Will be fun to see what different colour combos we come up with.
You can see it here on Ravelry  baa-ble-hat
We will be doing this hat starting next Wednesday February 3rd. 1 pm to 3 pm. This takes four colours of yarn and you certainly can use Cascade 220 , you might have some colours already leftover from one of the other projects we have been doing.  It takes very little black , so maybe we can split skeins of it. They call for 4mm and 4.5mm  dpns.
I think you should be able to use circulars for most of it , if you have 24” or 16” ones. They have talked about this hat being rather big and I know I knit loose so I will be going down a needle size or two. I will most likely use 3.75mm and 4mm for mine. So bring whatever needles you think might work for you.
As with all knit a longs, there is no charge but I do ask you to buy your yarns from me for it or use ones leftover from other projects we have done.  Please let me know if you will be joining us as always space is limited.
Happy Knitting