Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Canada's 150 Birthday!!



CANADA IS TURNING 150

THIS YEAR!!

WE NEED TO CELEBRATE!! 





 


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 street....so, 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,
Lynn

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Great summer yarn

CASCADE ULTRA PIMA

COTTON

GREAT FOR

SUMMER KNITTING 

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,
Lynn

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 !!

Lynn 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

10 Year Anniversary



I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT HAS

 BEEN


10 YEARS!!




Hello everyone!
 
  Well, I know that we all wonder where the years go, but I am really, really wondering where TEN YEARS has gone?! Because The Purple Sock is turning TEN!!


  When I look back from those early days in my tiny little shop, and fast forward to now, I see so many changes, so many exciting happenings...from offering classes, to giving workshops with other teachers, to adding more space, starting a website, and creating our very own Fibre Arts Retreat!! I have tried to focus on local and Canadian yarns and fibres and that has introduced me to some amazing indie dyers right here in our own back yard!!

  Our fledgling "Sip & Stitch" meetings have grown from one day to three, including the spinners on Friday mornings...and we have done a lot of charity knitting, have yarn bombed the main street of Coldwater for Canada Day, and celebrated "World Wide Knit in Public Day"  out front of the shop under an awning. We have donated yarn and needles to local schools to get new young knitters started, and been a popular destination on the local Yarn Crawl.... so, all in all...it has been a busy ten years!!
 
  So, to THANK YOU, my dear customers and friends...I am inviting you to the shop on Saturday, May 6th from 10am to 5pm  to share this special day with me! There will be TEN PERCENT OFF STOREWIDE!..plus cake, and tea and door prizes and other surprises!! 


  Without all of you, this day would never have happened, so please come celebrate with me!!
 
Hope to see you all then!
 
Happy Knitting,
Lynn

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baby Hats

THE NEED IS GREAT AND

THE KNITTING TIME IS

SMALL 

Hi Everyone,

    After all the lovely Izzy dolls, hats and facecloths were picked up, I received an email from the organizer with another request. I have copied part of her email below and am hoping there will be some interest in knitting for this worthy cause. This will be an on-going project, so you can drop off these easy little hats anytime, and we will make sure they are delivered to the organization for distribution. There is a pattern on their web page for both a knitted and a crocheted version .  This can be found under the donate tab. If you can't print it out, I am happy to provide you with a printed copy of the pattern.


Thanks, as always, for your continued support in these very needed endeavors. Your help is so appreciated.  So lets see what we can do for them.

From time to time I have a box of odds and ends of yarn that you are certainly welcome to use for this project, so if you need some yarn come on in and check out the box.

Thanks so much, and Happy Knitting!

Lynn

 
"Health Partners International of Canada website is http://www.hpicanada.ca/   is looking for help with knitting tiny hats for babies in Haiti and Africa- often born with a birthweight of only 4pounds.
They pack Humanitarian medical kits containing medications ( which they receive  free from Pharmaceutical companies in Canada)  and always include a few izzy dolls and little hats. We carry these kits every year to the Dominican.
When I went to pick up our kits this year the warehouse supervisor told me about the desperate need for these tiny hats."

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Christmas is coming!!

Well not for a little
 
while yet!! 

Hello everyone!!
 
 Just kidding! But when you come across a deal like this? It is best to grab it now and tuck it away because this one 200 gram ball knits up into a cool beanie, a cowl and a pair of wrist warmers!!
 
Lang Mille Colori has brought out this yarn in several colourways, each one with a fabulous sheen that makes it just pop! More colours are on their way to the shop..see you soon!

 All of you wonderful customers that are not just around the corner , anytime you see something you would like and can't get in to purchase it, I am more than happy to mail it to you. Just give me a call or an email and we can arrange it!!
 
Happy Knitting,
Lynn

Monday, April 10, 2017

Great Job ladies



A big THANK YOU,  to you  all ~
and Easter weekend hours and events!!



Hello everyone,


  Every year, The Purple Sock puts out a call for Izzy dolls for the nurses from Georgian College to take with them on their teaching trip to the Dominican Republic. And every year, the Purple Sock Ladies deliver!!

In addition to the ever popular Izzy dolls, lovely little extras like cotton hats and little face cloths are added to the list of items the nurses take with them.

This year, we are sending 158 Izzy dolls, .....51 face cloths and....100 cotton hats!!  These will bring so much happiness to the little ones there who have nothing...

Thank you, as always, for your kindness and  your generosity.

On another note. This weekend will be Easter and Coldwater has a great event for the kids. On Saturday, April 15th,  from 11 am. to 1 pm.,  there will be Pinatas to break, and Easter bonnets to decorate,  plus popcorn and other goodies.  So bring  the kids, or  Grandkids and have a bit of fun!!

Please note The Purple Sock will be closed on Friday,  April 14th , Good Friday  and also Sunday, April 16th  Easter Sunday,  but we will be open as usual on Saturday,  April 15th.

Hope to see you then,

Happy Knitting

Lynn 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

More great needles!!



Someone has done it again!! 



 
Hello everyone!
 
I did not know it was possible to have/"need" so many different needles, lol! But different projects require different needles and these are just perfect!

 
These LYKKE fixed circular needles are terrific and so pretty, I love the Driftwood look of them! Actually made of smooth, hard birch, the "Driftwood" striations are gorgeous and just add to your knitting experience.
 
In sizes from 2 to 12 mm, and with cord lengths from 16-40 inches, these are the perfect addition to your project bags.


I also have back in stock there wonderful sets of interchangeables  that I introduced to you just before Christmas.

So as an introduction to these great needles I am offering them at 10% off from now til april 9th.  So come in and buy a pair to try today!!   This offer is just for you my faithful followers, so make sure you mention you read  about them on my newsletter!! 




 
Happy Knitting!
Lynn

Monday, March 27, 2017

lot of great classes

LETS LEARN SOMETHING NEW!! 
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Hi Everyone

I know spring is on the way but there is still lots of time for knitting!! Hope one of these classes will be of interest to you.
Please email as soon as possible to get your name on the list as they seem to fill up fast!!

Happy Knitting Lynn

Lets knit these simple but really fun mitten with Jane Steeves 

Want to knit mittens but don't want to worry about the thumb gusset? Or have never made mittens
 before. Then Newfie mittens are for you! You can knit them using double points or using magic loop. It is a simple but fun pattern that looks  harder than it is. For your thumb you use some waste yarn for the stitches that will later become your thumb and then continue with the mittens. After the mitten is complete we go back and pick up the thumb stitches and create your thumb. These mittens are super warm and look like you worked hard to make them. Everyone will be impressed, and you'll know that they are super easy!

You can see a picture of them here on Ravelry  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/newfie-mittens

You need to have basic knitting skills , cast on , cast off and knit and purl. The rest we can teach you.

Fee:  $60.00 & HST  this includes the pattern and 2 balls of yarn. and 3,  2 hour classes 


Date and time: Tuesday April 4, 11th and 18th   1- 3pm.


Beginner top down sweater knitting   with Lynn Stitchman

Lets knit a sweater!!  this easy top down sweater can be knit in sizes from 0-6 months right up to adult 4XL in a worsted weight yarn.  So you can make whatever size you would like.

In order to make this sweater you should have basic knitting skills , cast on, cast off and knit and purl. All the rest you will learn as we go along. 


Fee:  $60.00   this includes 4 ,  2 hour classes total of 8 hours instruction and a printed copy of the pattern.   All other  supplies will be extra.   All yarn and needle bought for this class will receive a 10% discount.

Date and time:   Thursday April 27, and May 4 th  , May 11th  and May 18th ,   6:30 pm to 8:30 PM

Toe-up socks with Cathy McCracken

    Have you heard about knitting socks from the toe to the cuff and wondered how it works? Wondered why on earth you would approach sock knitting this way? This 3 week class will answer these questions and more! You will be using one 2.50 mm 32” long circular needle and using the magic loop technique for knitting in the round.

     This is NOT a beginner sock class, you should be comfortable with fine yarn while using the magic loop method for knitting in the round and have knit several pairs of socks prior to this class.

Date & Time:  Monday April 3, Monday April 10 and Monday April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.No class on April 17 as that is Easter Monday.

Class Fee: $60 +HST which includes a 100g ball of  sock yarn and a printed copy of the pattern. Knitting needles are not included but can be purchased that evening. Bring your tablet or smartphone so that we can add our projects to Ravelry!


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 double points?
Maybe you want to learn how to knit in the round and want to try using the magic loop method.
Then this class is for you!  Using the magic loop method you can can knit wrist cuffs or boot toppers. We will use a simple pattern to get you started knitting using a magic loop and circular needles, covering casting on, joining, and knit and purl stitches.

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. 

Date and time:  Tuesday April 18th  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm 


BASIC SOCK KNITTING WITH LYNN STITCHMAN 

You will learn to use double pointed needles, (dpn's) and all it takes to knit a pair of socks!! These are boot socks so we will use a heavier weight of yarn and they will knit up quickly!!

Basic knitting knowledge is required: You need to know how to cast on and cast off, and to knit and purl.

Date & Time:  Wednesday May 10th, May 17th and May 24th  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
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 have them already.

Fee:  $55.00 & 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 have them already. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Start your own flock!!

Easy and quick little workshop!!

Hello everyone!


   Well, Spring is coming, and with it, little lambs are being born everywhere, so we thought we would "birth" some of our own!

   In this class, you will learn how to needle felt a sweet little sheep using roving, a needle felting needle, and black pipe cleaners for the "skeleton" of your sheep.

  Debbe will teach you the in's and out's of needle felting, so you can go home with this sweet little ornament or display piece. Extra kits will be available for purchase because, trust me! once you make one, you will want a whole flock of them!! They are addictive!

Class Fee: $20.00 plus HST , this includes  a needle felting needle and materials to make 2 sheep.

  The class will be on Saturday, April 1st from 1-3 PM. No supplies required, just  email to reserve your spot!

Happy Knitting,
Lynn

















































































































































































































Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Lots of classes coming up!!

Hopefully you will find something of interest.

Hi Everyone
We have some very exciting classes coming up, I hope you will find something of interest and be able to take advantage of them. Please send me an email to add you to the list if interested as space is limited. You can do either a reply to this email or send to classes@thepurplesock.ca


Happy Knitting

Lynn

BASIC SOCK KNITTING WITH LYNN STITCHMAN 


You will learn to use double pointed needles, (dpn's) and all it takes to knit a pair of socks!! These are boot socks so we will use a heavier weight of yarn and they will knit up quickly!!

Basic knitting knowledge is required: You need to know how to cast on and cast off, and to knit and purl.

Date & Time:  Thursday March 16, March 23, and March 30th at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

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 have them already.

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 double points?
Maybe you want to learn how to knit in the round and want to try using the magic loop method.
Then this class is for you!  Using the magic loop method you can can knit wrist cuffs or boot toppers. We will use a simple pattern to get you started knitting using a magic loop and circular needles, covering casting on, joining, and knit and purl stitches.

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 32" or 40" long. If you don't have them, there will be needles here you can buy that night.

Date and time:  Tuesday March 21st.  1 - 3 pm.
 
 


Toe-up socks with Cathy McCracken

    Have you heard about knitting socks from the toe to the cuff and wondered how it works? Wondered why on earth you would approach sock knitting this way? This 3 week class will answer these questions and more! You will be using one 2.50 mm 32” long circular needle and using the magic loop technique for knitting in the round.

     This is NOT a beginner sock class, you should be comfortable with fine yarn while using the magic loop method for knitting in the round and have knit several pairs of socks prior to this class.

Date & Time:  Monday April 3, Monday April 10 and Monday April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30pm.No class on April 17 as that is Easter Monday.

Class Fee: $60 +HST which includes a 100g ball of  sock yarn and a printed copy of the pattern. Knitting needles are not included but can be purchased that evening. Bring your tablet or smartphone so that we can add our projects to Ravelry!


Ravelry 101 workshop with Cathy McCracken

       Have you heard us talking about Ravelry at the shop and wondered what its all about? Or have you looked at it and been unable to get started? If so, this is the workshop for you. We will create a Ravelry ID if you don't have one, log in to Ravelry and do some basic navigation to see what the fuss is
all about.

Date & Time : Monday April 3 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Class Fee: $15 +HST.

    Bring your tablet, laptop computer or smartphone so that we can explore this wonderful fibre art resource. You may also want to bring a current knitting project including the pattern and yarn ball band so we can put your first project into the Ravelry database.


Ravelry 201 workshop with Cathy McCracken

     This  is the followup to the Ravelry 101 class. In this second workshop we will look at advance search techniques, investigate the reasons to stash our yarn, and maybe take a virtual yarn shop tour! You must be familiar with Ravelry, have an ID already, and be able to create projects in the database.

Date & Time :  Monday April 10 from 2:00 to 4:00pm

Class Fee: $15 +HST.

Bring your tablet, laptop computer or smartphone so that we can continue to explore this wonderful
fibre art resource.


Beginner knitting with Cathy McCracken

      Do you hear your friends talk about knitting and wish you could join in? There is solid evidence that crafts such as knitting are good for your brain and may help delay the onset of diseases like Alzheimer's and Dementia. By the way, it is really hard to knit and eat at the same time so it may even help achieve fitness goals!

       There are no prerequisites for this class, just a willingness to try something that may feel awkward at first. You will learn to knit, purl, cast on and bind off as you make your choose of a scarf, cowl or dishcloth in this 3 week class.

Dates: Sunday March 19, April 2 and April 9 from 1-3 pm. No class March 26.

Class Fee: $60 +HST which includes a 100g ball of yarn, class handouts , a printed knitting pattern, and a set of knitting needles. Basically everything you need to get started!!