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,