Monday, December 17, 2012

christmas hours

Hello Everyone!

Well, the Holidays are here, and I just wanted to send my Warmest Wishes to all my friends, customers and supporters of The Purple Sock.
It has been a wonderful year, filled with incredible "happenings" here in my little shop...from a newly decorated bathroom, to TWO additions to my shop, more retail space, more Sip 'n Stitch space, wonderful classes, my FIFTH Purple Sock Anniversary, and also, the First Annual Fibre Arts, what a year this has been!! My sincere Thank You! to all of you for making these fabulous things happen with your support!
Here is a re-cap of my Holiday Hours:
Wednesday......December 19th.......10AM til 5PM
Thursday..........December 20th......10AM til 5PM
Friday...............December 21st.......10AM til 6PM
Saturday...........December 22nd.....10AM til 5PM
Sunday.............December 23rd......11AM til 3PM
Monday.............December 24th......10AM til 3PM....(Christmas Eve Day)
We will be closed from December 25 th until January 1st, and will re-open on January 2nd at 10 AM.
There are some wonderful new goodies in the shop, including ball winders and swifts, some great quick and easy knit projects, fabulous new yarns, terrific books, wooden buttons, and as always, my wonderful selection of Christmas please, drop in for a visit, see the newly expanded shop and enjoy all that our pretty little Village on the River has to offer!
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and my warmest wishes to you all!
Happy Knitting!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Customer Appreciation Night in Coldwater

Hi Everyone
Just wanted to let you know that on Wednesday Nov 21st a lot of the Coldwater shops will be open from 6 till 8:00 pm and offering specials as customer appreciation.
At The Purple Sock I will be offering 10% off storewide and you can sample a cup of my special Christmas Tea Blend while you shop.
Other stores will be offering things like a % off, no tax or specials on some items.
So come on out and get a good start on your Christmas shopping. Hope to see you then.
Take care and Happy Knitting

Friday, November 2, 2012

First Annual Purple Sock Fibre Arts Retreat!!

Well! The Purple Sock Fibre Arts Retreat is behind us, but what a time we had!!! Everything went great, from checking in  to our comfy rooms to having a great "Meet & Greet"in our private lounge, with wine and cheese and treats, and of course! Goodie Bags!! Check out my new Purple Sock bags next time you are favourite colour with gorgeous bright lime green printing...very cool! My vendors were very generous and the ladies "oohed" and "aahed" over al the little treats in there, yarns, needles, measuring tapes, needle holders, pattern books, all kinds of treats and treasures to welcome them to the Fibre Arts Retreat!

It was wonderful meeting everyone and seeing how people just went up and introduced themselves to the ladies they hadn't met yet. Then we headed down for supper...WOW! All I can say is that the food was fantastic! And I just love the fact that there was no shopping for food, bringing it home, cooking it, serving it or cleaning up, YUP! That worked for all of us!!We had heard that Geneva Park had terrific food....and they really do!

 After supper we headed back to our private lounge and and settled into our first workshop...see the photos below! Gayle had put together an awesome kit and I bought tons of roving and embellishments and we wore our name tags throughout the whole was fabulous seeing how everyone's  name tag was different and how creative everyone was...I will post some more name tag photos later....

Monday morning brought more workshops, Debbe taught a hooked sunflower basket top

 Tori kept her students busy with new toe up class

 and I was busy teaching a lovely lace shawl...sorry, no pictures of that one!

 Then came lunch, another great meal.....and workshops followed in the afternoon. Jessie taught the Tunisian crochet (photo above),and I had great fun with the girls who took the 'Learn to Spin" class...while Jan's "Body Building" class complete with duct tape brought lots of laughs to the ladies who took it....

And in between all of this, if we weren't teaching or taking a workshop, the private lounge facing the lake was there for us to sit quietly and knit or hook or just chat with new friends...and oh, the snacks! We had great dinners with two entrees each night and then as we settled into the evening, up came terrific trays of grapes and strawberries, veggies and hummus and dips....a girl could get used to this!

One of the wonderful things about hosting this "Fibre Arts Retreat" was that for "Show & Tell" on Monday night, the ladies brought the most amazing pieces! Quilts, weaving, dyed skeins of silk and cotton, knitted sweaters, felted pieces, Nuno felting, you name it, it was there! Below are just a few of the fabulous pieces that were shown:

So that was Monday evening and, all too quickly, it was Tuesday!! But more was yet to come!!

I had purchased lots of wool sweaters and felted them and Tuesdays workshop( after a luscious breakfast!) was to take a sweater and so whatever you wanted to it...create whatever! And boy did they ever! We had brought some sewing machines and Jen tucked in and used her machine to help out some of the ladies with their sewing...and Debbe and I had brought some samples of things we have made from felted sweaters and they were off to the races...out came bags and purses, a Christmas stocking, wristlets, a stuffed bunny, a hot pad, tote bags, you name was created on Tuesday...check out some of the results below!

So, there you have it!! A good time was had by all, and I am thrilled with the First Annual Fibre Arts Retreat...some of the ladies are already emphasizing the "ANNUAL" part of the title, so we shall see...but thanks to one and all for signing up, for coming and for enjoying yourselves..we had a blast!!

See you soon,
Happy Knitting ( and felting and crocheting and hooking and quilting and spinning and weaving, whew...we are a busy and talented bunch!)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Coldwater Witches' Walk 2012

Hello Everyone,

October is here! And with it comes "The Witch's Walk", which ( witch?!) is fast becoming 'the' event of the fall season! The stores are open from 6-9pm, on Wednesday, October 24th. There will be prizes, great treats, special deals and lots of ghoulishly fiendly goings-on, and it all helps benefit the local food bank. So please bring along a can or box of something non-perishable... So ladies shake the cobwebs off your best Witch's costume, polish up the 'ole broom, and fly on down to the FABULOUS SHOPS in Coldwater...see you there!

The Purple Sock is starting yet another great KAL ( Knit-A-Long) on Thursday, October 18th from 1-3pm. We will be knitting a mystery project, this one is called Victorian Winter.
Victorian Winter is a traditional gansey (guernsey) stocking to be hung by the Chimney or Chanukiah with care!”

( there is a coupon to get $2.00 off the price of the pattern and a link to the pattern.)
And last, but certainly not least, Christmas ( yikes!) is not that far away, so just to let you know, I will be having the "Wish List" again this year at the shop. It has proven very helpful to husbands, friends, kids, just write down what you want, and when Santa or his elves come in, your list is ready for perfect is that??

Happy Knitting,

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Winners of the Fish Hat Challenge

Well summer is over and so is the Fish Hat Challenge, the hats got a lot of attention all summer long. Thanks to everyone that entered their hat. They were all amazing. Each one as good as the next. Many people were disappointed they couldn't buy them! But as in all contests there are some winners. Below are the three winning hats. Congratulations to the 3 creators of these wonderful hats. Well done!!  For anyone that didn't know, the hats were in the window for the summer and customers were invited to vote for there favourite.


Monday, August 20, 2012

Where does the time go?

Hi Everyone
I can't believe it has been over a month since I last posted. I just don't know
where the time goes.

In July we did a Mystery Shawl knit along and above are some photos of the finished shawls, everyone had a great time and made some wonderful shawls. Sorry I don't have photos of all of them, Just posted what I could find. We are now doing another shawl knit along this time we know what we are knitting, aleast we know what it should look like, we are really challenging ourselves with this pattern it is called Catkin and you can see it on Ravelry, a beautiful shawl , I am not too far along on mine yet. In the fall we will be doing another one , this time it is quite easy a shawl called Wingspan again the pattern is on Ravelry. So stay tuned if you are interested in joining in on the fun. Not sure when we will be starting it.
Take care and enjoy what is left of the summer
Happy Knitting

Thursday, July 12, 2012

more wet felted flowers

Hi everyone
We had another wet felted flowers workshop and it was just as sucessfull as the first one. Again everyone's flowers are all quite different. We will be doing it again on Sat. July 28th, please e-mail me as soon as possible if interested as it fills up very fast. Here are some photo's from the class this time. If you check an older post you will see the ones we did at the other class.
here we are hard at work

Still working

getting a few pointers from our leader

This bag was done by someone after taking
the class, what a great bag!!

this is samples of our instuctors beautiful work!!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dead Fish Hat Challenge

The Dead Fish Hats are now in the windows. Come on out and vote. If you can't come into the store and vote. You can e-mail your vote into me. I have posted photo's here of all the fish, you just need to e-mail me at
with your vote . Please just vote for one and only one vote per person. The hats are all just wonderful!! Thanks so much to everyone that took part.
So here they are in no particular order. They are much better in person, I am not the best photographer.

Happy Knitting Lynn



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