Tuesday, February 28, 2017

stripes are in at least here at The sock!!

Striped yarns are so fun to knit

 especially this one!!

Hello everyone!

   Some days it is just like Christmas around here! Boxes being delivered from all over the world..England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany and now this one from warm and sunny New Mexico....and what a fabulous yarn this one is!!
   This terrific self striping sock yarn comes in 75% Merino and 25% Nylon and is in the most delicious colours ever! Each skein comes with an adorable stitch marker ( I just love that little feature!),
Plus, check out the label where it tells you how the yarn stripes up...another cool feature!
  So chase away the winter blues with these bright and beautiful colours...guaranteed to perk up your feet!
 Happy knitting,

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Oooh! The Colours!!

Oooh! The Colours!!

Hello Everyone,

  While TotallyInked may not be a brand new yarn at The Purple Sock, but it flew out of the store so quickly that I just had to order more. And it is easy to see why, with the depth of these colours, they are just mesmerizing.
  This BFL is so soft, it is lovely to spin and would make up into the most gorgeous shawl, or socks or cowl...I am particularly fond of that one right in the centre! Reminds me that summer might just be coming,lol! And how stunning would this be to use in Nuno felting or wet felting?!
  The yarn in 80% Merino and 20% Nylon is dyed equally as beautifully, and we now have a great selection back on the shelves for you to check out.
Happy Knitting,

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Another great local yarn!!


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Hello Everyone,

  You all know how keen I am to support local indie dyers, and to offer their gorgeous yarns to you, so take a glance at the newest yarn at the Purple Sock !!

  From "Essence of Autumn" near Midland, comes this squishy,and beautifully shaded, simply wonderful, heavy worsted/Aran weight yarn.

  In 100 gram skeins with 240 yards in each, this 100% yarn is priced very nicely, and is just begging to be made into something warm and fabulous...just look at these colours!!
 See you soon!
 Happy knitting,

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Another great new yarn at "The Sock"

Beautiful Yarns Just keep coming!! 
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Hello Everyone,

This stunning Peruvian alpaca yarn is from Virginia's Juniper Moon Farm, and is simply scrumptious!!  The Herriot, in super Fine, is ultra soft, with the gorgeous loft that only aplpaca can provide, with 25% nylon added.

And the Moonshine, with alpaca, wool and silk, is just heavenly in your hands, slipping over the needles effortlessly...I just love the depth of colours in these yarns.

In addition, there are some fabulous patterns written for these yarns, I am just in love with the "Everyday" cardigan, and I cannot wait to make it!

The cowl in the pictures was a pattern from Ravelry  pattern called
My knitting fairy tells me it knit like a dream and is ever so soft. So come in for a feel !!

Happy Knitting


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Valentines day sale


Hello everyone,

  In the midst of winter, it is always nice to start a new project and hunker down and create!

   So we are here to help you out with that and give you an early Valentine's Day gift as well...by offering EACH and EVERY PATTERN IN THE SHOP for 50% OFF!!
 This will happen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 10th, 11th and 12th only. 
Patterns for men, women, children, babies, accessories, you name it...all at 1/2 price! Come on in and look through the hundreds of patterns, and while you are here, check out all the RED YARNS which are being offered at 20%  off as well...I mean seriously?? What is Valentines Day without RED YARN!?
 Hope to see you then ...
 Happy Knitting, and Happy Valentines Day!! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Up coming classes


Hi Everyone

Hope you are all staying warm and cozy and are ready to learn some new skills. We have several different classes coming up and I am hoping you will find something of interest. Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in one of the classes by email, as space is limited and I don't want you to be disappointed . The best way is to send me an email to either classes@thepurplesock.ca 

Happy knitting to all!!


"Adding Bling with Beads" with Cathy McCracken

We will be using a crochet hook to add beads to a pair of fingerless gloves. With this technique you
learn to  add bling to all your knitted items!

You can use double pointed needles, two circulars, magic loop method with one circular needle, or
one 9 inch circular, which ever you are comfortable with for knitting in the round.
These are knit on a 3.5mm needle, if you have some bring them, if not there will be some for sale.

This is NOT a beginner knitting class, you should be comfortable with using fine yarn while knitting
in the round.

The technique is quick and fun to learn and adds real glamour to simple gloves.
The pattern can be seen here http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/queen-lucys-fingerless-mitts

Dates: Wednesday, February 22 and Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Class Fee: $50.00  +HST which includes a 50g ball of yarn, .75mm crochet hook, beads 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!

"OH MY GOODNESS Short Rows" workshop with Cathy McCracken 

Do you quake when you see the words 'short row' in a pattern? Look longingly then decide it is too
difficult? Well fear no longer! This class will introduce 3 commonly used short row techniques
(wrap&turn, Japanese and German) and which one might be the best to use. Tips and techniques for
taming those naughty short rows will  be discussed.

We will knit a funky pair of fingerless mitts using all 3 techniques for practice and fun. Please bring
2.5mm circular needles (24 or 32 inch length) as the mitts are knit flat and seamed at the end.

Dates: Wednesdays  March 1, 8, 15 from 6:30 to 8:30pm

Class Fee: $50.00  +HST which includes 2-25g balls of yarn, stitch markers and a printed copy of the
Bring your tablet or smartphone so that we can bookmark a helpful free Craftsy class and add our
projects to Ravelry

"Toe2toe Socks" with Jane Steeves 

You'll learn new techniques, and have fun creating new socks with colourful sock yarn!!

Toe2toe socks are socks knit with an after thought heel and toe. You just keep knitting until the base of the two socks is complete. Then you add the heels  and then the toes. This lets you just keep on knitting, and hopefully eliminate the second sock syndrome!

For this class you need to have  knit a sock before, and to be able to knit in the round, either on double points, magic loop or 9 inch circular  needles and we will show you the rest!

Dates:  Wednesday,  Feburary 21  and Wednesday,  March 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm 

Class Fee: $30.00  plus HST  this includes the two classes and the pattern. We will have a selection of sock yarns for you to purchase ( either hand dyes by Jane or  commercialy dyed sock yarn ).   If you don't have needles, there will be some available for purchase that evening.


" Spindle Class for beginners!!" 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!!

Fee: $40.00 & HST  (this includes a beginner drop spindle and some fibre to get you started) 

Date & Time:   Tuesday, Feburary 28 and  Tuesday, March 7  6:30 to 8:30 pm