Saturday, October 20, 2018

Another Trunk Show coming


Hi everyone,

I just love hosting these Trunk Shows and this one in particular has me very excited!

On Saturday October 27th from 10am til 3pm..Lizzie Ann Yarns will be here! They are an amazing Mother-Daughter Indie dyer team whose mandate is summed up here...

"We are a mother-daughter indie dyer team totally addicted to hand dyeing yarn with love in Canada.

We get our inspiration from each other and everything around us.  We love colour and inspiring others with our colourways. "

So, with that lovely enticement..we invite you to join us for yarn and tea and cookies!!

Hope to see you then!!

Happy Knitting,

Saturday, September 15, 2018

This is the perfect cross between a sweater and
poncho...A Swoncho!!!

Hello everyone,

Fall is here and winter is coming, so this is the perfect transition piece! This KAL will
be run by my friend and super knitter Sonya, and will start on Wednesday, October 3rd from 1:30 to 3:30. and run for as many weeks as we need to get most people finished it.

 We will be using a gorgeous Estelle Alpaca and Merino yarn in  23  lovely  shades.

The swoncho is here at the shop for you to
come in and try on, and fall in love with! It might look a bit strange  but once you try it on you will be amazed at how great it feels. Also check out the pictures on Ravelry as the ones I took do not show if off so well.  The link is below.

     I cannot wait to choose my colours and start this project with you all!  As always,  this is a KAL not a class so there is no charge but  I do  appreciate you purchasing the pattern and yarns from me. This is going to be a fun one for sure!

Happy Knitting,

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Crochet-a-Long with me!!.

Hello everyone!

I love throwing something different into the mix every once in a while, and this is it!
A “Crochet-a-Long”!

While we have had many KAL’s, this CAL from King Cole is a beautiful blanket called “Flowers in the Window”. In this gorgeous colourway, the kit comes with 34 balls of lovely, soft, DK weight acrylic yarn that will crochet up into a gorgeous squishy heirloom.

This project is perfect for even the very novice crocheter. If you read this blog post they talk about that. Don't be confused by  the date that they say it starts, that is the date that you would receive the yarn requirements and hook sizes etc. The actual patterns do not start til Oct. 8th. As Estelle has made us up kits we don't need to worry about picking yarns as in your kit you will have everything you need. As an added bonus I will include the crochet hock in the size you need!!

As always, this is not a class per se....a different clue will be released every two weeks, and we will help each other through this exciting project!

The kit costs $138.00 and the CAL will start on Friday, October 12th from 1:30 to 3:30pm and we will meet every other week.....shoot me an email to let me know you are interested and I will add your kit to the order. See you soon!

Happy Knitting,

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


Hello everyone!

You all know how I love colour!! And these sweet little packages from "Tigger-ific"  are just that..precious little gems jam-packed with gorgeous colours of roving  and comprised of Superwash Merino or Mixed Fibres or 50/50 Merino Bamboo, take your pick!!

And the price point on these little packets makes it easy to pick up a few for your spinning pleasure. Hope to see you soon!

And, as always, if you cannot get in, just give me a call or an email, and I will tuck one of these little treasures away for you.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

More Gorgeous Ontario Yarn!
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Hello everyone,

I love bringing you local yarns, so when I found this one, I just had to order it! From Napanee, "All Dyed Up" is a stunning hand painted fingering weight yarn.

In two blends, one with Super-wash Merino and Nylon, and the other with the Merino, nylon and a lucious touch of cashmere, both blends have 365 metres and are perfect for socks, shawls or sweaters.

If one of these colours strikes your fancy I am happy to set it aside for you.  As you know with hand dyed yarns you might never see the same colour again!! I am also happy to pop things in the mail if you can't get in.

Hope to see you soon!

Happy knitting,

Friday, July 20, 2018

Looking for some summer

activities for the kids?!


Hello everyone,

Well, summer is truly here, hot weather and all, but when the next rainy day arrives, you will be a real hit when you bring out these kits for everyone!

From the knitting looms which are super easy to use and let your young crafters create hats and cowls and scarves, to the fantastic fun of Kumihami, a Japanese braiding technique that produces friendship bracelets, keychains, and a myriad of funky, braided items.

Then, to really ramp things up, the weaving sticks are terrific fun, making guitar straps, belts, name it! And finally, a small loom will make it easy to make coasters, doll blankets or whatever else your young "designers" can come up with!

In addition to keeping everyone busy on a rainy day, these kits make wonderful birthday gifts for the "tween/teen" age is never  too early to get them started on using their hands to create  practical and beautiful items for themselves or for gifts for friends and family! Hope to see you soon...

Happy Knitting,

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Oh! The JOY of silk!!

Hello everyone!

 I am so excited to showcase this Juniper Moon yarn...the ancient Irish name "Aine", means "brilliance and radiance" and that certainly applies to this 100% Mulberry silk. Made in Italy, this lace weight silk is simply fabulous, so very soft and silky, it simply flows through your fingers as you knit.

With stunning colours and some lovely accompanying patterns, this is perfect for a light summer top or evening shawl...and as it is now FINALLY officially spring, that means summer cannot be far behind!

I hope to see you soon, if you see a colour that speaks to you, give me a call or an email and I will set it aside for you.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What a great gift!

Hello everyone!

I have always loved owning a yarn shop, for many reasons...showcasing local and exotic yarns, meeting great people, providing classes so people can fall in love with knitting..all of the above!

But one of the main reasons, is that I get to see the most amazing local creations! When this gentleman came into the shop with his shawl pins, I just fell in love with them!  And I knew that you would too...with woods from as far away as Africa and as local as Hanover, Ontario....these adorable pins are the perfect gift for the knitter in your life, or the perfect accompaniment to that stunning shawl you just knit for yourself.

 I adore the little chickadee, and of course, the cardinal is striking, and the sweet sheep are just so darned cute! So, pop on in and check them out..see you soon!

Happy Knitting,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Irish eyes are smiling!!

Hello everyone!

Well, the Hedgehog yarns that I have been waiting for has
finally winged its way across the Atlantic to my little shop, and oh, the colours!! The photos do not do the colours justice, but they remind me of the fields of heather in Ireland, the deep yellow of the gorse, and the darker, rich shades on the Cliffs of Mohr.

Let's start with their "Twist Sock".. a lucious combination of 80% Blue Faced Leicester and 20% nylon, which will knit up into strong and gorgeous socks which are machine washable.

Next is their Merino DK, a 100% springy twist Merino that has been hand dyed using washfast and lightfast dyes and is also machine washable.

And lastly, is their ever- popular Sock Yarn, a 90% Super-wash wool combined with 10% nylon in some of the most gorgeous new colours that Hedgehog has ever created!

So, if any colour strikes your fancy, just let me know and I will gladly put it aside for you or mail it out,..

Happy Knitting,

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Some great classes just for


Hi Everyone,

We have some great classes coming up that I hope you will enjoy! If you are interested in any of these, just reply to this email with your choices and I will sign you up...don't wait too long as they fill up quickly!!

Happy Knitting,

Beginner Brioche Class : Workshop leader Jane Steeves 
Brioche is a style of knitting developed in the Netherlands where you use yarn overs, slip stitches and knitting two stitches together to make a warm airy rib. Right now it is very popular with Stephen West and many of his newer patterns.

In this class you will learn the basic pattern of Brioche knit and purl stitches while creating a warm and soft cowl while knitting in the round. We will use two colours of yarn, this helps identify what row your on.
Over the 2 classes you will learn the Brioche pattern with two soft 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!

Dates: Monday February 26th , and Monday March 5th , 2 pm. to 4pm. 

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 an purchase this needle the first night of the class.

Learn to knit socks from the toe up: Workshop leader Jane Steeves

Learn to knit socks from the toe up to the cuff.  Knitting socks this way allows you to make the most of your yarn with no need to kitchener stitch. You will learn how  and to cast on from the toe and make a short row heel. Making socks this way will improve fit by  measuring your sock to fit from the toe to heel.

You will be using one 2.50mm or 2.75 mm 32” long circular needle and using the magic loop technique for knitting in the round. This is NOT a class for beginners, you should be comfortable knitting  with fine yarn and able to knit using the magic loop method for knitting in the round and have knit a few pairs of socks prior to this class.

Date and Time:  Monday February 26th , Monday March 5th, and Monday March 12th,  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. 

Fee:   $65.00 & HST  this includes the pattern and yarn to knit a pair of socks. Plus 6 hr.  of instruction.   Please bring needles and a stitch marker, if you don't have them these can be bought the first night of classes 

My First Hat : Workshop leader Jane Steeves  

Create your first hat in the round. In the my first hat class you will learn to knit your a hat using a circular needle and or double points.
This simple pattern is a nice beginner pattern for knitting your first hat seamlessly in the round. This hat  that suit men, women or children. Using a soft worsted weight yarn such as cascade 220, Or Estelle worsted.  You will need a 4mm and a 5mm 16 inch needle and or 4mm and 5mm double point needles to create this project.
In this class you'll learn to cast on in the round and knit the hat up from the brim.  Learning to knit your first hat will give you lots of gift ideas for all the members of your family!

Date and Time: Tuesday  February 27th , and   Tuesday  March 6th    6:30pm. to  8:30pm. 

Fee: $45.00 & HST   This includes the yarn and a pattern and 4hr of  class time.   If you don't have the needle sizes  needed, these can be purchases the night of the class.

Basic Sock knitting: workshop leader 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:   Thursday March 1st, Thursday March 8th and Thursday March 15th  6:30 Pm to 8:30PM 

Class Fee:  $55.00 & HST. This includes your yarn and the pattern. Plus 6hrs of  class time.
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:  Workshop leader  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:  Wednesday March 7th, Wednesday March 14th and Wednesday March 21st.  6:30 PM to 8:30PM

Class Fee: $60.00  & HST which includes a 100g ball of yarn,  a printed knitting pattern and a set of knitting needles. And 6hr. of class time.   Basically everything you need to get started!! 

Intermediate Brioche Class:  Workshop leader Jane Steeves 

This class is for anyone that has taken our beginner brioche class and would like to explore this stitch a little further . Taking your previous learned skills creating Brioche knit and purl stitches, this class will build on those
skills. In this class we will create a brioche beanie with a few twists and turns to make it interesting. Using DK weight yarn and two colours we will spend two classes working our way through this cute and fun hat. You will need a 16 inch 4mm circular needle to create this hat.

Date and Time:  Monday March 19th and Monday March 26th  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Class fee:   $60.00  & HST.   This includes 2 ball of yarn, the pattern and 4 hr. of class time.

Spinning Review class:   Workshop leader Jane Steeves 

In this spinning on the wheel class we will tackle, creating clean joins, getting a more even yarns, challenges in plying. We will work on skills to improve your spinning and help you create the yarn you want. Bring your yarns and some fibre and we will tackle the above items as well as any other issues you have and we have time to discuss in this class.

Date and Time:  Tuesday March 20th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Class fee:   $20.00 & HST.  this includes  2 hours of class time. 

Friday, February 16, 2018


Hi Everyone,

I am very excited to let you know that Deborah from Yarn Indulgences will be coming to The Purple Sock on Saturday  February 24th from 10 am to 3 pm to do a trunk show!

 For anyone who hasn't been to a trunk show before, what happens is Deborah will 
come to The Purple Sock  and set up with all her wonderful yarns at the back of my shop for you to look at, and get a chance to talk with her. I will also have tea and cookies for you as you shop.

So come on out and support a great dyer from Ontario!!
Below is some info she sent to me about herself and her yarns, and yes they are very yummy!! 

"Yarn Indulgences offers affordable luxury; quality yarn is most important to my process.

Currently we have two lines, the Indulgent line is 100% British wool, the Zed line is Made in Canada.
My colours are as varied as I am.  I love creating new colours by mixing unlikely combinations.
Personally, I have worked in the floral industry, providing business support to florists for 20 years now, I can hardly believe it has been that long... I still enjoy that career and the inspiration that comes from flowers!
Most of all, I come from a generation of women who taught me all about knitting, crochet, sewing, and several other crafts.  My love of yarn is only surpassed by these women, my Mum, my Aunt, and my Nana."

I know  you will enjoy seeing her yarns, and I look forward to seeing you!

Happy Knitting,