Cafe. Yarn. Friends

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




  October 2014

    October is such a fibery inspired month! We look forward to Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings and Halloween fun.  Plus Fiber festivals and tucking into a good new project! But most importantly, the woolens come out of hiding and get aired out.  Then the sweater parade begins as it is becoming cool enough for us to sport our yarnie finery!  So much knitwear to oooh and ahhh over! And socks! It is time for the wool socks again! Bliss!

    We look forward to seeing your favourites!


Workshop and Shopping Event...

RAVWe have had lots of discussions in the shop about the use of one of the best resources in the yarn world... It can certainly be a bit of a black hole of wonderful exploration time... but sometimes we just need to find something quickly… be it a yarn, an idea, a person, or a pattern... Well, hold on to your woolens... we are gonna run

Making the Most out of Your Ravelry Account

Workshop and Shopping Event

Book your place on the Guest List now!

Thursday, October 16th, 7-9pm

(Space is limited to 20 Participants)

The wonderful, and technically inclined, robbiekl will walk us through the basics of what your Ravelry account does, and then delve into the not so basic features that we can play with on this wonderful site!

During this two hour class, you'll learn all the basics of Ravelry. We will discover stashing yarns, tracking projects, books and ideas. You'll also learn to navigate the social aspects of Ravelry, which has many features that allow you to connect with other knitters. There will be many demonstrations of advanced techniques along the way, to help you search smarter, find patterns more easily, and make the most of your time online!

This class will include a visual demonstration using a laptop. Feel free to bring your own laptop, tablet or smart phone and follow along! Please have it fully charged, as ours is an old building, and access to electrical outlets is very limited. Be SURE to know your username and password! (so set up an account in advance if you don't already have one!)

Tickets are just $15 and your paid reservation on the guest list will mean...

you can pick up your physical ticket at the door! This event will feature a helpful workshop, light refreshments, and access to a special in-store shopping event... where your ticket becomes both a coupon for 15% off your purchase of $50 or more that evening, as well as a ballot for a couple of fun door prizes!

RSVP by calling the shop 416-463-1162. At time of registration we will ask for your name, contact number, registration fee and your Ravelry name! Payment is required at time of booking to comfirm your space, and we have an 8 student minimum.

We will be staying open until 10pm for your private shopping pleasure!


Speaking of Classes ...


      CAL 2014 -  African Flower Hexagon Blanket

      This was a wonder ful project. On Tuesday, Septemebr 23rd, several people brought their finished blankets in to show off and allow us to take some photos! this one is our absolute favourite... but we have posted an album for you to see more pictures too! So much "sm-eyes-ing"!

      Wrap Up...  



      Click this image to see more pictures!

      Congrats to Edward and Anne the co winners of the Grand prize of the Namaste Poppins bag and goodies! Edward, realizing he may not really get much use of the bag elected to pop it back into the running for another draw... much to Anne's delight!



      The Next KAL...

      Ok Knitters... we have heard you asking and after lots of debate we have chosen our next knit a long pattern.

      Carpino by Carol Feller...


      image by Brooklyn Tweed/Jared Flood

        Sweater details...

        this sweater has an Intended Ease of : + 1-2½”
        Sample shown is size 35½” with + 2½” ease on model

        33¼ (35½, 39, 42¼, 44½, 48, 50¼, 53¾)” circumference at bust

        1030 (1110, 1195, 1310, 1385, 1505, 1575, 1720) yards fingering weight wool yarn

        GAUGE : suggested needle: 3½ mm (US 4)
        23 sts & 36 rnds = 4” in st St , after blocking
        21 sts & 36 rnd = 4” in Lace Pattern, after blocking

        One each 16” and 32” circular needles and one set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) in size needed to obtain gauge listed.


      This is one of the lovely sweaters from the Brooklyn Tweed Collection : Wool People: Volume 6

      This pullover is a comfy looking top down raglan style... but the construction is not quite standard raglan shoulder shaping. It begins with the top of the sleeves a bit wider than usual and a slower rate of increase which lends itself to more of a saddle shoulder shape. The front has a decorative honeycomb lace panel ...adding a little pizzaz...which continues right down to the hem of the body with the very gentle shaping occurring at the center of the back.

        Our Featured Yarn...

        With the crisp cool scent of fall in the air, we are excited to introduce Fine Donegal,  a new light weight, tweed, 95% wool, 5% cashmere blend from Debbie Bliss, which comes in 16 colours!DB_FDThe smallest size of this pattern calls for 3 balls and the largest size calls for just 5.

        This pairing of yarn and pattern will create a wonderful layering garment that is beautiful with jeans or pretty skirts. A truly versatile knit for the upcoming season.

      With your purchase ...

      of the featured Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal yarn for this project, between October 1 and October 22nd, you will also receive a free copy of the Carpino pattern (a $7.60 value), a set of stitch markers specially chosen to make this pattern easy to keep track of (while supplies last), as well as a special coupon for your shopping pleasure!


      Each Tuesday evening of October and November we will host Carpino Hour from 7-8pm! Come on in and work away on your sweaters. Need help? Well we’re here for just that... bring your progress, your questions, and we will cheer each other on.

      Never tackled a lace pattern before?  Never fear, this one is super approachable with just a four row repeat... and we are here to help along the way to help you work it through one stitch at a time.


      For you newer to lace knitters ...all you need is a little confidence boost… come early on October 7th (about 6pm) and we will walk you through a lace primer to get you started on this honey comb pattern before you cast on.

      So here is how the KAL works...

      The Official Launch Party will be Tuesday, October 7th... (But feel free to cast on as soon as you pick up your materials if you please) Our first help session will focus on gauge swatches, construction notes, establishing your stitch markers for success... not to mention...Tips and Tricks for this particular lace pattern!

      And since Deadlines are good for getting things finished... We are aiming for a November 30th photoshoot and wrap up party.

      To Register as a KAL participant, you will need to set up a Project Page for this Sweater in Ravelry with the PP-CARPINO-KAL tag and post a minimum of 3 progress pictures. We have started a thread in our Purple Purl Group on Ravelry so we can see each others colour progress, and cheer each other on. Be sure to check in with us there!!! We would love to start by having you post your colour choices!!!

      Knit to Win! One lucky participant may win the Grand Prize of a $100 gift certificate to The Purple Purl. To qualify for the grand prize...

    • Purchase your colour choice of the featured yarn between October 1 and October 22nd...
    • Be sure to post a minimum of 3 pictures, including a nice finished image, to your Ravery Project page...tagged with PP-CARPINO-KAL so we can find you!
    • Finish your sweater by Novemer 30th at 1pm and show us your Finished object... it would be awesome if you can be at the shop in person... but if life happens and you can't... be sure to send us an email and post your finished picture on your Ravelry project page so we can enter you in the draw!

    The draw will take place at the end of the Wrap up Party and Photoshoot!

    Miko has got a jump start on this sweater and is loving it...


      We are looking forward to stitching with you as always!



    In The Community...

      CreativFestival : October 24 - 26, 2014


        The CreativFestival 2014 is on deck this month! 

        While we won't be attending as a vendor, you should totally go check out the yumminess they have to offer! knitting along with some other great workshops for you stitchers of all persuasions.




      Woodstock Fleece Festival : Saturday - October 18th, 2014

      The 5th annual Woodstock Fleece Festival is coming up at the Woodstock Fairgrounds!  It runs 8:30am to 4:00pm and admission is only $6.00, kids are free. All the reviews indicate super fun and fibery goodness ...sounds like a really nice day.

      Be sure to check out their workshop list too!



    The Women’s Arts Network of Toronto & Street Knit are planning to capture the title for the Guinness Book Record for The Most People Crocheting Simultaneously ... here in Toronto!


    When: Saturday October 4th, 2014

    Where: at Scadding Court Community Centre, Market 707!

    The most people crocheting simultaneously is currently held by a Pitch-N-Stitch event at Citi Field Stadium in New York. The record of 426 simultaneous crocheters was carried out on June 5th, 2010.

    They are asking all participants to crochet a 6 by 6 inch square that will later be donated to Street Knit to be used to create scarfs and Afghans for local area shelters.

    Sounds like a blast!


    Details Here!



    Some people have already been asking... We will indeed be open Thanksgiving Sunday this year.

    Have we mentioned lately how amazing it is to see your projects and help you with your yarn choices when you pop into our purl of a shop?  As our anniversary month we will be 7... we marvel at how important you all have become in our lives.  The sharing and inspiration that happens within our shop is a wondrous thing and we all feel so lucky to be a part of it.  Enjoy the back to stitching weather all! 

Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko

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