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 http://www.berroco.com/yarns/berroco-remix-light 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 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,

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 !!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

10 Year Anniversary



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,