Friday, September 1, 2017

Fall Clases




Hi Everyone,

Autumn is right around the corner and with it comes  lots of great knitting classes  (and even a crochet class) to get your creative juices going. Hopefully one or more of the classes listed below will be of interest.

If there is something you don't see but would like us to teach, just send us an email and we will see what we can do.

Please email and register ASAP as space is limited. You can easily do so by replying  to this email.   If fewer then 3 people register for  the class it will be cancelled.

Thanks and Happy Knitting!


Beginner Crochet with Cathy McCracken

We will use worsted weight cotton and a 4 mm crochet hook to create a dishcloth in this single class.
For those who wish to learn the basics of crocheting this class is for YOU!

Date & Time : Wednesday September 13 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Class Fee: $25 +HST which includes a 50g ball of yarn, 4.00mm crochet hook and a printed copy of
the pattern.

JMCO (Judy's Magic Cast On) beyond the sock toe! with Cathy McCracken 

In this short 2 hour class we will learn to use this cast on created by the incredible Judy Becker. Once
mastered, this technique can be used for so much more than just the toe of a sock.

Date & Time : Monday September 18 from 3-5 pm.

Class Fee: $20 +HST which includes printed handout of links and tips. Materials are not included.
Bring smooth light coloured yarn and a 32 inch circular needle appropriate for the yarn you bring.
Worsted weight and 4.00 mm needles would work well for example. If you don't have needles we certainly  have some here you can buy.

Knitting with the Magic Loop with Jane Steeves

Have you heard  of the Magic loop method of knitting but not sure how to do it?
Do you want to learn a new way to knit in the round instead of using double points?  Then the magic loop method is for you!
Using the magic loop method you will learn to  knit a simple fingerless pair of gloves or boot toppers. We will use a basic pattern to get you started knitting using a magic loop and circular needles, covering casting on, joining, and knit and purl stitches.
Date and time:  Tuesday September 12th, from  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Class Fee:  $25.00 & HST  this includes a pattern and a ball of  yarn to make either wrist cuffs or boot toppers.  Please bring  4 mm or  4.5mm circular needles  with a flexible  32" or 40" long cable. If you don't have them, there will be needles here you can buy that night.

Short Rows: the Basics with Cathy McCracken

This class will teach one of the the most commonly seen short row techniques, the 'wrap and turn',
while knitting a simple but stunning dishcloth over 2 evenings.
Date & Time:  Monday September 11 and Monday September 18 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Class Fee: $40 +HST which includes a 50g ball of yarn and a printed copy of the pattern. Knitting
needles (4.0 mm) are not included so please bring your own or they can be purchased that evening at
the store.


 Drop Spindle Class with Jane Steeves 

                     Making your own yarn can feel very satisfying and fun. In this, beginner  learn to spindle  spin class, you will learn the basic steps of using a drop spindle to create your own yarn. Instruction will  be given for learning the park and draft method of drop spindling to creating beautiful single plies of yarn. In the second class we will take those lovely singles and learn to ply your very own hand spun, creating a 2ply yarn and then we will set the yarn to make it ready for knitting or crocheting. No previous experience is required, fibre and spindles are provided as part of the class as well as a hand out detailing the steps learned. So if spinning is something you always wanted to try , come on out and give it a go. This is a great way to get started  at a very modest cost!!

Date & Time :  Monday October 23rd and October 30th 2017 from   6:30 PM  til  8:30 PM

  Class Fee:   $50.00 plus HST , this includes everything you need to get started.

Basic Sock knitting with Lynn Stitchman 

Have you always wanted to learn to knit sock but been unsure how to start, well this is for you as long as you know how to cast on and cast off and knit and purl, I will teach you all the rest.
You will learn to use double pointed needles, (dpn's) and all it takes to knit a pair of nice warm socks!! These are boot socks so we will be using a heavier weight of yarn and they will knit  up quickly!! So come on out and give them at try!!  You will be knitting all kinds of fancy socks before you know it!!
Date & Time:   Wednesday September 20th , September 27th and October 4th  at 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.

Class Fee:  $50.00 & HST. This includes your yarn and the pattern.
You will need a set of 5 size 3.75mm double pointed needles which can be purchased here at the store if you do not already own a set.

Beginner Knitting with Lynn Stitchman 

Have you always wanted to learn to knit, it is never too late to start.

This is a very basic class there are no prerequisites for this class, just a willingness to try something new. You will learn to do the knit stitch, cast on and cast off, as you knit your very first cowl on a circular knitting needle, in this three week class.

Date and time: Thursday September 14th, September 21st and September 28th   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Class Fee: $60.00  & HST which includes a 100g ball of yarn,  a printed knitting pattern and a set of knitting needles. Basically everything you need to get started!!

Learn to knit Brioche: Jane Steeves

Brioche is a style of knitting where you use yarn overs, slip stitches and knitting two stitches together to make a warm but airy rib. It is very popular with Stephen West and many of his newer patterns. In this class you will learn the basic pattern of Brioche stitches while creating a warm and soft cowl in the round using two colours of yarn.
Over the 2 classes you will learn the Brioche pattern with two soft and warm bulky yarns. After working this cowl you'll understand how to create using the brioche method of knitting and then you can take it to new heights. A simple pattern to start and you will leave with a cowl that you can give as a wonderful gift or wear yourself!

Date and Time: Tuesday October 17th and October 24th   6:30pm to 8:30 pm.

Class Fee:  $60.00 & HST.   this includes 2 classes, the pattern and the yarn. You will need to bring 5mm 24" circular needle. If you don't have one you can purchase this needle the first night of the class. 

Fingerless Mittens with Jane Steeves 

With fall coming and those chilly mornings  wouldn't a nice pair of warm fingerless mitts be just the thing to keep you hands warm? In this class you can practice your  magic loop skills and make a pair of fingerless mitts with a thumb. Using a worsted weight yarn these are a quick knit and have a nice pattern but not too hard for new knitters. You'll learn to build a thumb gusset, reverse stockinette and cast off in pattern. You will need to be comfortable with knitting in the round,  either by magic loop or double points.
You would need 4.5mm or 5mm needles, either double pointed needles or a 32" or longer circular if you are planning to do magic loop, depending on how tightly you want them knit.
This pattern comes in all sizes  so once you have made one pair you can make your whole family fingerless mitts.
Date and time: September 19th , September 26th and October 3rd.   6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Class Fee: $60.00 & HST which includes a pattern and yarn and 3 two hour classes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Just take a peek at

these sweet little

packages of fun!


Hello everyone,

Just look at these wonderful little treasures from Sweet Paprika! Another great Canadian company!! Each set of Crescendo! contains six mini skeins for a total of 477 metres.

This 100% Superwash is just perfect for  shawls or that special project where a gradient will be just the yarn to achieve the effect you want!

I just love the colours here...I think I just might have to tuck away one of the purple ones just for me, lol!

Happy Knitting,

ps..and don't forget, if you cannot get into the shop, just give me a call or an email, and we can arrange shipping. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Another Great Canadian Yarn!!



Hello Everyone!

Our newest Indie Dyer is from Cambridge, Ontario (in keeping with my penchant for searching out and carrying Canadian yarns for you)..her YARN INDULGENCES (love the name of her company!) yarns are incredible!

We are offering her yarn in two blends...the "Indulgent Silky" is a 50/50 blend of Merino and silk in fingering weight with 437 yards and 100 grams per  skein..and her "Zed Lux Sock" is a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% nylon, with 400 yards and 115 grams per skein..ooh, I can feel that on my feet right cozy!

So come on it and check it out!!

Happy knitting


Friday, July 21, 2017

Great Summer sock yarn !!



Hi Everyone:

Ahhhh, the joys of summer knitting! Especially with this terrific new yarn called "Comfort Stretch"!

With 45% superwash wool, 35% cotton, 13% Polyamid and 7% Elite....all of these fibres combine to make one great pair of socks!

With lots of colours, and 420 metres, this yarn, made in Italy, and so reasonably priced is just what you need to take to the cottage, or on a road trip, or to sit on your front porch...come on in and check it out.

If ever there is a yarn you would like and you can't get in to purchase it , I am more than happy to mail it too you. Just send me an email and we will arrange it.

Happy Knitting,

Thursday, June 8, 2017

You are all amazing !!

A big Thank you to everyone
has knit  hats!! 

Hi Everyone 

Just wanted to let you know how amazing you all are!! I asked for little hats and you certainly came through!!  I didn't think to count the first batch but have done a guess on the number , which was about 100 and I have another 138 here to send down to them, which means we have knit approximately  238 hats!! That is just amazing!!

Please note this is an on going project so whenever you feel like knitting hats feel free to do so and drop them off!!  Below is a  lovely letter I received from HPIC thanking us for the first batch I sent and giving some more information about the hats.  I thought you might be interested in reading it. 

Take care and Happy knitting


Dear Friends and Knitters at The Purple Sock;                                                                                                        

First of all, thank you so much for your donation of infant/preemie hats to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC).  They are beautiful and we love that they are made with different kinds of wools. Since we ship all over the world, we appreciate the variety.

Did you know that something this simple knitted hat helps save a newborn’s life in many impoverished communities?  It’s a scientific fact: A newborn’s head makes up to 21 percent of the total body surface area. Heat loss can occur for a newborn by escaping through the body surface. Because of the large ratio of head to body, it is important to keep the newborn’s head covered immediately after birth to reduce heat loss through the head. Using your knitting/crocheting skills has helped give a new baby a better start.

All hats will be distributed through our Humanitarian Medical Kits with a focus on Mother/Child health.  program that runs in many developing countries. The Mother and Child Health Kit is an important initiative within HPIC’s Humanitarian Medical Kit Program. HPIC aims to support the ability of frontline health workers to provide responsive, quality care to young children and to women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and the earlypost-partum period.  The infant/preemie hats will be used in place of Styrafoam packing in these kits.

Again, thank you so much for your donation of infant/preemie hats to Health Partners International Canada (HPIC).  The
mother of the infant who receives it knows that someone took the time and care to make something special for her child. (Just a little note, we shipped a number of the hats to Uganda and Kenya.  They should already be being distributed!)

On behalf of HPIC,

Nanette Hoogsteen
Nanette Hoogsteen

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A new shipment of Hedgehog Fibres!!

More great Hedgehog Fibres

Yarn has arrived and it will not

last long!! 

Hi Everyone

It never gets old!! I am always so excited when a shipment of Hedgehog Fibres Yarn arrives.  This time I have brought over just for you, some colours of the Merino Dk weight!!  Also lots of new colours of Twist Sock and a few new colours of Sock.
Oh how could I forget to mention a new batch of sock Mini's in great colours!!

So come in and get them before they are gone!!

If you don't live close or can't get in and there is something you want, I am more than happy to mail it to you or set it aside til you can come in, just do a reply to this email and we will arrange it.

Don't forget it is not too late to sign up for our "specials" mailing list, a new special every couple of weeks and lots of great suggestions of what to knit with it, and just for you the people on the list!!
Take care and Happy Knitting


Thursday, June 1, 2017




JUNE 3RD!!  

Hi Everyone,

Well, it is almost that time of year again for the Lakeside Yarn Crawl!

This year there will be 11 shops on the route for you to go and check out!!  The dates are June  3rd  til September 4th.   Each shop will have an in store draw prize, and there will also be a Grand Prize to try for if you have a completed passport, and also a prize to be drawn for even if you only went to a few shops, so make sure you hand in your passport as there are many chances to win something fabulous!

This year several shops will be featuring yarn from "Sweet Paprika Yarns", an indie dyer from Montreal. She has dyed us a special colourway called "Canadian Maple"  pictured above in honour of Canada's 150 Birthday!!. Different shops will be carrying different bases of this wonderful red colour. The yarn I have chosen is called " Pizzicato".  It is a 3 ply fingering weight blend of  80% superwash Blue-faced Leicester and 20% nylon. It is 115g. and 407 yards. It will make a wonderful pair of Canadian socks, or a great little shawl!  

We have also had some great  project bags made just for the yarn crawl with our emblem on the front, and all the participating shops on the back, and of course, lots of Red Maple leaves for the 150 Birthday!! These bags are also made here in Canada by a flag maker from Barrie!!

I will be offering these as a set, so you will have a great  bag to keep your new skein of yarn in as you knit up your next great project.

Send me an email and I will set it aside for you as there are only a limited quantity of them. They will be $32.99, for one skein of yarn and the drawstring bag to put it in. If you wish to purchase  the bag  alone it will be $8.99.

I have attached the link to the PDF of the passport , so you can print out a copy of it and  be ready to get started on this fun little adventure!
Come and  join in the fun!!

Happy knitting,


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bringing up-cycling to a whole new level

How about this for a
summer KAL??
that is, if summer ever comes,lol!

Hello everyone!

I know we can all be sort of purists when it comes to our favourite yarns, we love our silks and merinos and cottons and linens...but now, there is a terrific new lightweight yarn that combines all of these!

Made in France, Berrocos new Remix Light is an upcycled yarn that combines linen, cotton, nylon, silk and acrylic to make a gorgeous lightweight yarn with a gentle drape, for summer. The patterns for this yarn are just wonderful, and I am thinking that this just the thing for a summer Knit-a-long! You can choose one of the patterns and your fav colour of yarn, and away we go!
For this knit along we will each be able to pick whatever pattern we want to work on but will all be using the same yarn. There are lots of pattern to choose from, So check out the colours and the patterns and give me your order. I have some colours here at the shop but am happy to order in others for any of you. So check webpage for colours and patterns . You can also check  ravelry for patterns.

This Knit along will start Thursday June 22 , 1 pm to 3 pm. Like always there is no charge but I do ask you to buy the yarn and pattern from me. Let me know if you are interested in joining in and your colour of yarn. I need to know by next weekend , so I can order in the colours you want, I do have the ones in the picture in stock but am happy to order in any of the other colours!!

Just a reminder it is not too late to sign up for the "Specials" mailing list.  The first email will come out tomorrow!!

Happy Knitting,

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Canada's 150 Birthday!!





Hello everyone!

 Canada Day is coming up soon, so lets do the the town up right....and bring out our red & white!! 

 For the past several years, The Purple Sock fairies have knit and crocheted some terrific pieces of yarn art to decorate and beautify the tress on our main, as Canada Day 150 approaches, I am hoping you fairies will come out again to help us do up the town!!

Any length is fine, as we can sew several together   but about 17" around will fit most of the trees in town...this is a great way to use up your bits and pieces of red and white! I also have some here in the shop if you need more...

Please drop off any contributions for this at the store before July 1st as we will be sewing them together and putting them on the trees for Canada Day. 

Looking forward to dressing up our pretty town!

Happy Knitting,

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great summer yarn





Hello everyone,

One of the most respected names in yarns is Cascade, and this Ultra Pima cotton, made in Peru, makes it easy to see why.  This yarn is offered in lots of other colours and if there is enough interest I am happy to get in some more.

With delicate, ethereal colours and a soft and supple hand, this is the perfect yarn for light summery tops, shawls and scarves. There are many suggestions of patterns on Ravelry that will work for this yarn. This is also the yarn that most people who knit  "knitted knockers" use. At a Double Knitting gauge of 22 to 24 stitches in 4inches on a 3.75 mm to 4mm. it is a very versatile yarn.

And although it may not seem like it, summer is coming...I promise!!

Happy knitting,

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Big Thank you!!

What a wonderful 10th

Anniversary it was!!

My Dear Friends, and Customers,

I am writting to say a very big heartfelt  "Thank you" to each and everyone one of you. Without all of you, there would not be a Purple Sock!!

My Anniversary was filled with good wishes, lovely cards, beautiful flowers and the most amazing afghan made by an amazing group of people.

I am so touched by all who helped me celebrate this milestone in the life of my business, and yes, my business seems to have a life of its own, and I am just along for the ride!

I have been so lucky to have made so many wonderful friends, people I never would have met otherwise. It has so enriched my life.

Thanks again, and Hugs to you all !!