Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Ahhhh! Noro strikes again!  

Hello everyone,

I am not sure what it is about Noro, the colour, the texture, the patterns...wait, it is ALL of those things!

It is just one of the coolest yarns to come along in years, and it just keeps getting better and better.

I just adore this sweater, especially the lovely lacey edging, and the patterns in the latest NORO magazine are fabulous..with both knitted and crocheted items, there is something for everyone.

This  Noro Kureyon  works up so quickly, and with Christmas less than two months away? Well, what can I say,  but to hurry on in and check this out....gorgeous colours, quick knit and great pricing? Sounds like a win-win to me!

Happy Knitting!

p.s. There are some great free patterns too, with purchase of yarn, just in case you don't see anything in the Noro magazine....

Monday, November 13, 2017

Order your today and save!!

Hi Everyone

  I just met with my Lykke  salesman and he showed me these beautiful  new sets of needles. They were so lovely to look at. I can't decide if I like the Umber set or the Indigo set the best!!

  The same great quality as the original sets of Lykke interchangeable's but now it two great new colours.
  Each set comes with  12  pairs of needles - one pair  each of 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm,6mm, 6.5mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm and 12mm.
plus two 24" cords, two 32" cords, one 40" cord, two connectors, four keys, and eight stoppers.
  Just about everything you need for your knitting pleasure!!

  As a special introductory offer you can  pre-order your colour preferance and  I will give you 10% off the price.  This is a $14.00 savings off the $140.00 list price. This special  includes the original driftwood set.

  I need to know soon so I can get them ordered.  They are expected to arrive the beginning of December.

  So don't delay, send me an email  and I will add you to the list!!

Take care and Happy Knitting


Monday, November 6, 2017

Dragon Strings is coming to


Hi Everyone 

Dragon Strings is an indie dye studio that focuses on fantastic one of a kind colourways and smooshy-smooth yarn bases. Inspiration is taken from photos, nature, geek culture and literary sources. You never know what's going to come out of the pot this week!

Visit the shop on Saturday, November 11th to see all the pretty yarns that she's bringing. We'll have the whole line on display from gradients to lace to new super chunky light as a feather smooshies. We might even have a few of the 'can't keep in on the shelves' Yaksha! Come early for best selection as everything is One Of A Kind, although she does take custom orders if you find something that you just NEED to have in blue, or green, or rainbow.
Annika will be here for you to meet and talk with about her lovely yarns from  10 am to 4 pm , so don't miss out on this opportunity to see and purchase  her wonderful  yarns and meet this talented dyer!! 

Happy Knitting 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"And the wheel stops at...


 Hello everyone!

 I am so excited to share the newest addition to The Purple Sock!!

Up until now, it has been lovely new yarns, great needle sets, hand dyed rovings and cool notions, but this is even bigger!

TA-DA!! I am a new dealer for  SpinOlution
and Louet spinning wheels!!
There is lots of information  and pictures on their websites.

I host a spinning session here every Friday morning, which exposes me to so many different wheels and one which caught my eye was the tiny little SpinOlution Pollywog that one of the spinners forward a few weeks, and both the SpinOlution Pollywog, and her big sister, Echo, are now in the shop, ready for you to take a test drive!

And in addition to the SpinOlution line, the Louet S17, which is a fabulous single treadle wheel, is here as well, all beautifully painted by a local artist.  This wheel comes unfinished so you can make it your own!!
They have a great special on this wheel til the end of December!!

So come on it and give them a try!!

Happy Knitting ( and Spinning!)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

A treat for you from Italy!

Hello everyone,

I have always wanted to go to Italy to see their gorgeous yarns! But seeing as that is not happening right now, I thought I would bring some Italian yarns here!

Ella Rae is simply luscious...the chunky weight is called "Splash", and it is 100 grams and  110 metres of pure extra fine Merino. And the handpainting? Just fabulous! I love how they do those wonderful,"speckles".

The other Ella Rae yarn is their Lace Merino, a superwash extra fine Merino with 276 metres in a 100 gram skein. There are some gorgeous colours, come on in and check them out!

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Yay! Sugar free and fat free

Sweet Rolls!!

Hello everyone,

Well, I hope that caught your attention, as what could be better than that?! But actually, this new Sweet Roll yarn really is better, because with just one ball you can make so many projects!

And if you want to make something a wee bit larger, perhaps a baby blanket? then just pick up an extra ball or two  and you are on your way. The colours are beautiful, with one shade drifting into the next, plus, the yarn is machine washable,and can be dried in the dryer on tumble, just perfect for new Moms or kids off to college.

We have a wonderful array of colours in the shop, too many to show here, so pop on in and take a peek..and check out the links to some fun patterns too...

Happy Knitting!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fall Clases




Hi Everyone,

Autumn is right around the corner and with it comes  lots of great knitting classes  (and even a crochet class) to get your creative juices going. Hopefully one or more of the classes listed below will be of interest.

If there is something you don't see but would like us to teach, just send us an email and we will see what we can do.

Please email and register ASAP as space is limited. You can easily do so by replying  to this email.   If fewer then 3 people register for  the class it will be cancelled.

Thanks and Happy Knitting!


Beginner Crochet with Cathy McCracken

We will use worsted weight cotton and a 4 mm crochet hook to create a dishcloth in this single class.
For those who wish to learn the basics of crocheting this class is for YOU!

Date & Time : Wednesday September 13 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Class Fee: $25 +HST which includes a 50g ball of yarn, 4.00mm crochet hook and a printed copy of
the pattern.

JMCO (Judy's Magic Cast On) beyond the sock toe! with Cathy McCracken 

In this short 2 hour class we will learn to use this cast on created by the incredible Judy Becker. Once
mastered, this technique can be used for so much more than just the toe of a sock.

Date & Time : Monday September 18 from 3-5 pm.

Class Fee: $20 +HST which includes printed handout of links and tips. Materials are not included.
Bring smooth light coloured yarn and a 32 inch circular needle appropriate for the yarn you bring.
Worsted weight and 4.00 mm needles would work well for example. If you don't have needles we certainly  have some here you can buy.

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 using double points?  Then the magic loop method is for you!
Using the magic loop method you will learn to  knit a simple fingerless pair of gloves or boot toppers. We will use a basic pattern to get you started knitting using a magic loop and circular needles, covering casting on, joining, and knit and purl stitches.
Date and time:  Tuesday September 12th, from  6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Class 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.

Short Rows: the Basics with Cathy McCracken

This class will teach one of the the most commonly seen short row techniques, the 'wrap and turn',
while knitting a simple but stunning dishcloth over 2 evenings.
Date & Time:  Monday September 11 and Monday September 18 from 7:00 to 9:00pm

Class Fee: $40 +HST which includes a 50g ball of yarn and a printed copy of the pattern. Knitting
needles (4.0 mm) are not included so please bring your own or they can be purchased that evening at
the store.


 Drop Spindle Class 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!!

Date & Time :  Monday October 23rd and October 30th 2017 from   6:30 PM  til  8:30 PM

  Class Fee:   $50.00 plus HST , this includes everything you need to get started.

Basic Sock knitting with 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:   Wednesday September 20th , September 27th and October 4th  at 6:30 pm to 8:30pm.

Class 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 already own a set.

Beginner Knitting with 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: Thursday September 14th, September 21st and September 28th   6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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

Learn to knit Brioche: Jane Steeves

Brioche is a style of knitting where you use yarn overs, slip stitches and knitting two stitches together to make a warm but airy rib. It is very popular with Stephen West and many of his newer patterns. In this class you will learn the basic pattern of Brioche stitches while creating a warm and soft cowl in the round using two colours of yarn.
Over the 2 classes you will learn the Brioche pattern with two soft and warm 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!

Date and Time: Tuesday October 17th and October 24th   6:30pm to 8:30 pm.

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 can purchase this needle the first night of the class. 

Fingerless Mittens with Jane Steeves 

With fall coming and those chilly mornings  wouldn't a nice pair of warm fingerless mitts be just the thing to keep you hands warm? In this class you can practice your  magic loop skills and make a pair of fingerless mitts with a thumb. Using a worsted weight yarn these are a quick knit and have a nice pattern but not too hard for new knitters. You'll learn to build a thumb gusset, reverse stockinette and cast off in pattern. You will need to be comfortable with knitting in the round,  either by magic loop or double points.
You would need 4.5mm or 5mm needles, either double pointed needles or a 32" or longer circular if you are planning to do magic loop, depending on how tightly you want them knit.
This pattern comes in all sizes  so once you have made one pair you can make your whole family fingerless mitts.
Date and time: September 19th , September 26th and October 3rd.   6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Class Fee: $60.00 & HST which includes a pattern and yarn and 3 two hour classes.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Just take a peek at

these sweet little

packages of fun!


Hello everyone,

Just look at these wonderful little treasures from Sweet Paprika! Another great Canadian company!! Each set of Crescendo! contains six mini skeins for a total of 477 metres.

This 100% Superwash is just perfect for  shawls or that special project where a gradient will be just the yarn to achieve the effect you want!

I just love the colours here...I think I just might have to tuck away one of the purple ones just for me, lol!

Happy Knitting,

ps..and don't forget, if you cannot get into the shop, just give me a call or an email, and we can arrange shipping. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Another Great Canadian Yarn!!



Hello Everyone!

Our newest Indie Dyer is from Cambridge, Ontario (in keeping with my penchant for searching out and carrying Canadian yarns for you)..her YARN INDULGENCES (love the name of her company!) yarns are incredible!

We are offering her yarn in two blends...the "Indulgent Silky" is a 50/50 blend of Merino and silk in fingering weight with 437 yards and 100 grams per  skein..and her "Zed Lux Sock" is a blend of 70% Superwash Merino, 20% Cashmere and 10% nylon, with 400 yards and 115 grams per skein..ooh, I can feel that on my feet right cozy!

So come on it and check it out!!

Happy knitting


Friday, July 21, 2017

Great Summer sock yarn !!



Hi Everyone:

Ahhhh, the joys of summer knitting! Especially with this terrific new yarn called "Comfort Stretch"!

With 45% superwash wool, 35% cotton, 13% Polyamid and 7% Elite....all of these fibres combine to make one great pair of socks!

With lots of colours, and 420 metres, this yarn, made in Italy, and so reasonably priced is just what you need to take to the cottage, or on a road trip, or to sit on your front porch...come on in and check it out.

If ever there is a yarn you would like and you can't get in to purchase it , I am more than happy to mail it too you. Just send me an email and we will arrange it.

Happy Knitting,

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