Cafe. Yarn. Friends

1162 Queen St. E. Toronto, ON. M4M 1L4
416 463 1162



  November 2015


We have soooo many exciting things going on this November! It is, of course, our birthday! 8 years and counting, we are sill in awe of how fantastic our knitting community is. We have a few exciting new brands about to hit our fine yarn cellar and we are really excited for you to play with them. We are releasing a special Anniversary Design at our Birthday party.

We have three save the dates for you...

Sunday, November 15th for our anniversary festivities, and Saturday, November 21st for a trunk show and meet and with Julie Asselin who will be joining us all the way from Quebec. Also coming up is a Charitiy Knitalong being hosted Wednesday, December 2 at the One of a Kind Show, which we hope you will join us at!

    It's That Time Again! ...we are turning 8


    The Traditional theme for an 8th anniversary is Lace...

    We thought it would be fitting to run a feature all month on Instagram and Twitter featuring Lace patterns with yarns that we think they would be really nicely paired with.

    LACE 101

    Never tried Lace before? We have a Wednesday evening Lace 101 Primer with the wonderful Kate Atherley on November 11th ... She will teach you the basics of lace knitting - including working from charts and written instructions, and build your skills with swatches. Plus Kate has key tips for making lace easier and more fun.


    When we think of lace we often think of teeny tiny yarns stitched up into pretty open fabrics. Delicate and feminine and lovely. But lace need not be worked up on tiny yarn to be impressive! We love how wonderfully (and quickly) lace patterns worked on chunky yarns stitch up!

    Like the Pembroke Shawl, in Malabrigo Mecha for example.

    For our 8th anniversary we are releasing our special Anniversary Design - Purl's 8 Cowl. This pattern shows off the wonder of lace in several gauges of knitting! We can't wait to show you the deliciousness of Merletto(lace), Amuri (dk) and Moonshine Chunky (chunky) all knit up in a winding lace pattern. They will be on display to feel and try on starting November 15th. We will be providing this design as a free gift during our birthday festivities, so be sure to join us for the fun!

    AAANNND for something extra fun...

    Just below you will see a lovely collection of new yarn that we scheduled to arrive just in time for our Birthday bash that you will want to be first in line to collect ... And speaking of enhancing your stash... you will earn Double Purly Points on all of your purchases Sunday, November 15th!


    Yarn, Yarn, Yarn...


      We have several exciting yarns arriving just in time for our anniversary party!




      We are very pleased to introduce the lovely lace weight yarn Merletto, by Julie Asselin to our shop this month as well! A Merino Cashmere, Silk blend... this yarn is 800 yards of dreaminess to stitch. Plus... as an added bonus, Julie Asselin will be joining us in person Saturday November 21 with a collection of her other yarns to see, squish and buy.... Details Here.





      New to our shelves from Handmaiden is Helix - a gorgeous Cashmere that we just fell in love with when we got to play with it in person at the past Knitter's Frolic! So delightful. Plus we will have a happy restock of the very squish-able Casbah.



      Our restock has just arrived from Ashley of Red Sock Blue Sock! A magical collection of busy variegated colours.

      The wonderful Emily, of Viola Viola, has been generous enough to dye up a special birthday event collection in honour of our 8th anniversary! We will have a small collection of her Viola Sock and her Merino Lace available in shop on November 15th!


      We are excited to be introducing the fun and impossible to choose from colourways in Socks That Rock(TM) from Blue Moon Fiber Arts!

      Our first order will arrive any day now!


      And as you know, we introduced the gorgeousness of Sweetgeorgia to our shop in a big way this year and we continue to keep a well stocked selection to choose from!


      A sneak peek at a couple skeins Emily is sending our way...



    Coming Up On The Classes Front...

    Be sure to go have a peek at all the class pages!  We have posted the updated class roster until the end of December!

    Hat - Knitting in the Round

    Get comfy with those DPNs

    Sunday, November 22

    Quick Mitts

    Sunday, November 29

    All About Stripes

    Wednesday, November 4

    Design Your Own Fair Isle Mitts

    Saturday, November 14

    Reading Charts -

    How to follow those lace and cable charts

    Wednesday, November 18

    Cables are Easy

    Thursday, November 19


    Crochet Snowflakes


    A Pretty Gift idea!
    Thursday, November 26

    Project 911

    Ongoing Help Classes

    Friday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am
    Saturday Mornings : 9:30-11:30am

    Got some questions? Don't need a private class, but need more than a 3 minute quick peek, these sessions are for you too. Get help with your Knitting and Crochet Questions

    Tackle a new project with guidance!


    Meet Canadian Yarn Dyer and Designer...


    Saturday, November 21st


    We are very happy to announce that Julie Asselin will be coming to our shop this month!

    Please join us for a Meet & Greet and Trunk Show of several of Julie's designs! It is such fun to actually get to see and feel and even try on designs. Not only that, while we will already have her Merletto Lace yarn in stock, she will be bringing other selections of her yarn collection with her for our event which will be available for sale as well. So if you are interested in checking out her other lines please do swing by to help us choose which lines we will expand our shop collection with next.


    In The Community...


    This year OOAKX15 is partnering with local charity Covenant House, Canada's largest homless youth agency. In addition to ecouraging you to give local, The Christmas One of Kind Show is inviting everyone to get together for a good old fashion Knitathon to work up warm knits for a good cause. We will be there!

    They also are providing a special ticket discount offer ...

      2 for 1 Ticket Offer When You Bring Your Knits

      If you are joining us for the knitathon, simply show us your knitting (and the finished pieces you plan on donating) and you and a friend can get into the Show with a special 2 for 1 adult admission offer (valid for onsite ticket purchases only; regular adult admission $15). Offer valid from 4pm to 8pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 ONLY.

    If you can not make it for the Knitathon and still want to participate...

    The Purple Purl is a drop off point to collect any knit/crochet donations you would like to donate to keep the youth of Covenant House toasty this winter! We will collect for the month of November ending December 2nd, when we will take our haul with us to the Knitathon at the show. So get your charity knitting on!


    And right now...

    We feel really lucky to be a place where you come for inspiration, friendly support, to cheer up, to calm down, and to get your creative juices flowing again. We are so pleased to be a part of your life and fiber addiction. 

    This coming year ...

    will see more small batch, exquisite yarn from our wonderful indie-dyers. We will attend the Knitter's Frolic again in April. A couple of KALs are being noodled up. And classes will continue to roll, including the new Saturday morning Project 911 help class. Tuesday evening Stitch Nights will continue to be a great place to catch up and be inspired by what everyone else is creating. And of course this newsletter will still keep you up to date on what is coming up. Be sure to keep an eye out on our Instragram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds to be the first to know as new stock arrives to the shop... we splash about it there as soon as we get it unpacked (and sometimes when it is still in the boxes).

    We are venturing forth into our 9th year with so much gratitude to the many people with absolutely unending generosity that make up the community that has become the absolute heart of The Purple Purl. Thank you. To our Clients, Teachers, Friends, Family, and Suppliers: your constant support, involvement, presence and thoughtfulness overwhelms us and we adore you!


Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko

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