Tuesday, June 25, 2013

New Feature!

We've added a new feature to the blog to help you stay up-to-date on store happenings! You can now sign up to have new blog entries sent to you by e-mail. Our blog entries include information about special events, sales, classes and other store going-ons! 

Look over on the right-hand side, just under the photo of the lovely rug hooked by some talented ladies who frequent the shop, and you'll see a box with a small heading "Follow by e-mail". Type your full e-mail address in there and hit submit. You'll get a pop-up box asking you to type in some random letters to confirm your request. Check your e-mail for a confirmation link; you may need to check your spam folder too depending on your e-mail settings. Follow the instructions there to complete your subscription.

If you are already receiving newsletters and other updates through us, please take a moment to subscribe to the blog, and then drop us a line at info@thepurplesock.ca. We will remove you from the old list so you don't receive information twice. We will be phasing out the old system eventually so please do take a moment to sign up to be kept informed!

If you have any questions or run into any issues, please e-mail us and we'll do our best to help you out.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day Everyone!!!!

  Wow, where did the first half of 2013 go??! But here we are at Canada Day 2013, and ready to celebrate with all kinds of fun stuff in town! From 11-3 there will be a Bouncy Castle for the kids, free popcorn, a great band, a pie eating contest and of course, terrific sidewalk sales...and speaking of sidewalk sales....
  At The Purple Sock we are offering 5% off every yarn in the store!! We have some gorgeous new yarns in stock, fabulous summer weights, terrific cottons for light summer tops and shawls, stunning, shiny ribbon yarns to work into that special piece, and some new baby weight yarns for adorable booties and hats.
In addition, we have lots of clearance yarns in bins for you to go through and save up to 40%!
So, pop on into the Purple Sock for Canada Day and celebrate with us! 
The Purple Sock will be open regular hours on Canada Day weekend plus Monday,July 1st from 11 am till  3 pm. 
Happy knitting!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Short Row Techniques

Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock Yarn
On Wednesday afternoons we are currenly enjoying a KAL for Vitamin D, using Sweet Georgia Yarn's Tough Love Sock. This lightweight cardigan uses short row shaping, and we've been learning about different techniques for working these.

Today was my favourite; Japanese short rows. These are worked without wrapping the yarn, and create a smooth, no-gap finish on the right side. We've also looked at some different wrapping techniques for short-rows and yarn-over short rows. If you're interested in learning these techniques, Craftsy is currently featuring Carol Feller's workshop for free!  It's well worth taking a look and trying the different methods  to see what you prefer.

I can't wait to see how everyone's cardigans start to come together and hope to see some progress pictures in the KAL thread on the Ravelry group soon!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Weekend wrap with Versa by Berocco

Hello everyone!
Well, summer is definitely here, and this "Weekend Wrap" is the perfect warm weather knit....light, easy and quick.
Berocco's Versa ( 50% cotton and 50% acrylic) comes in several gorgeous colours ... seeing as this is such a quick knit on such large needles you can easily make up a few for various outfits, or as gifts for your friends with summer birthdays

And as always, mention this blog post
 and get 10% off this yarn at The Purple Sock for the month of June!

Oh, and one more thing.. the latest Create & Decorate is here with lots of fun projects, come in and check it out..

Happy Knitting!