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Newsletter

  July 2017

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

 

- CANNON STREET KAL - CAN-CON-SOCK-ALONG - CAN-CON SALE -

 


    Regular Hours Interruptions...

  • We will be closed Saturday, July 1st for Canada Day.
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    Fun, Fun, Fun...

    TTC KNITALONG

    The TTC Knit-A-Long is BACK!!!
    Saturday, July 15th, 2017

     

    Registration is still open, get your ticket quick!

     

    Get your pointy sticks & TTC passes ready!!!

     


As many of you know we are pretty passionate about a great many things and we love to share our excitement in our own unique way. One of the things we strive to do is have a nice representation of Canadian Content (Can-Con...yay) in our product offerings. There is just so much really great design talent and so many delectable yarn selections from home-sweet-home and this July we are once again featuring our Can-Con!

NEW to the Yarn Cellar...

We are so very pleased to be adding the gorgeous talent of The Blue Brick as well as Shirley Brian Yarns as TWO new additions to our Yarn Cellar this year!

 

 

 


One of the many amazing things about yarn shop life is when a new box of fresh colours come in to the shop and as you unpack a huge box of yarn, with each colour you contemplate, quite seriously, keeping it all for yourself. Not to worry... we will share (this time).We are busting with restocks of our fave Canadian Indie Dyed Yarns in time for this years CAN-CON sale

CANADIAN CONTENT SALE

All our CAN - CON is 10% off June 27th- July 9th !!!

with qualifying purchases of $150 (pre-tax) or more 15% off.

Stock up for your summer projects, and for the 2 Knit Alongs we are running!

 

That means you will save on all Canadian Made / Dyed Yarns, Patterns and books by Canadian designers, buttons, and wool wash too!  Look out for the Canada Flag tags to highlight them all around the shop!

 Which Canadian brands do we have on hand?...

 

 

Remembrances

 

 

 

 


    Happy Canada Day !

 


      Coming Up On The Classes Front...

      We will be taking a class hiatus as the summer heats up a we do most years. But be sure to keep an eye out for the fall schedule the first week of September!

       


       

      You have been requesting the next KAL! And we are happily going to get another one under way... In fact, we are going to get TWO KALs underway... a mini one while we wait for the more involved one to start.

      Cannon Street Sweater KAL... A great first sweater!

      We have been hearing alot of requests for a My First Sweater class and decided that a guided Knit-A-Long was maybe the best way to go. Over the next couple of months we plan to host your questions In-Store and Online. In celebration of Canada Day we decided it needed to pair a Canadian Designer and a Canadian Yarn. We have chosen :

      ShelridgeFarmsCannon Street by GlennaC, which is written as either a Cardigan or a Pullover, and our Feature Yarn will be Shelridge Yarns W4 Worsted. We have used the Shelridge Worsted before and we found that is is just a fabulous sweater yarn, with a great balance of twist and flexibility with a lovely collection of wearable colours. The colours are very gently tonal to solid and the lovely Lyn of Shelridge Farms graciously and enthusiastically agreed to get dying for anyone who wanted to special order the gorgeous W4 Worsted for this project!

       

      Finished measurements: 
      ----------XS( S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, 4XL)
      Pullover: 32(35.5, 38.25, 41, 44.5, 47, 50.75, 53.25) ins at bust.
      Cardigan: 33(36.5, 39.25, 42, 45.5, 48, 51.75, 54.25) ins at bust, buttoned – front is 1 inch wider due button-band
      Intended to be worn close-fitting, between zero ease and up to 2 ins of positive ease at bust - OR according to preference.

      Materials:
      * Worsted weight wool yarn 
      Pullover: 900(1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1450, 1600, 1750) yds 
      Cardigan: 950(1050, 1150, 1250, 1350, 1500, 1650, 1800) yds

      Needles & Notions: 
      Size 6 US / 4.0 mm circular needle, 24" / 60 cm long (or one size smaller than needed to obtain gauge)
      Size 7 US / 4.5 mm circular needle, 24" / 60 cm long (or size needed to obtain gauge)
      Stitch markers, Tapestry needle, 2Stitch holders, six (6) buttons 3/4" diameter, if working cardigan

      Gauge: 
      18 sts/26 rows over 4 ins in stockinette stitch, on 4.5mm/US #7 needles,
      OR needle size required to obtain gauge 
      For best results, knit, wash and allow to dry a gauge swatch (tension square) to check gauge before starting project.

      For this sweater we will be:
      - Working flat
      - Working knit and purl sts
      - Working single decreases and increases
      - Picking up sts (for collar and cardigan button band)
      - Sewing vertical and horizontal seams 

      Now, if this Basic Sweater seems a little too... well... Basic

      We are totally game for you joining us with something a little more Piquant for those who want a little more of an adventure! Might we suggest these patterns by GlennaC that involve kicking up your cabling skills a little!

       

       

      KAL Yarn Feature...

      ShelridgeFarmsThis yarn qualifies for our Can-Con Promotion!

      so be sure to take advantage of the 10-15% discount when you pre-pay your project yarn between June 25th and July 9th!

      W4 Worsted

      100% Superwash Merino, 100g=220yds

      Lyn of Shelridge Farms graciously and enthusiastically agreed to get dying for anyone who wanted to special order the gorgeous W4 for this project! We have an updated Shade card for you to peruse in shop to choose your colours! We need all dyed-to order colour requests in by July 9th so we can get them in for the 16th!

      Order by July 9th

      and we will not only give you the Can-Con special discount but
      we will also provide you the pattern FREE!

       

      So here is how the KAL works...

      The official cast on date is Sunday, July 16th so we will have your pre-ordered yarn ready for pick up in time to get swatching together... and since deadlines are good for getting things finished... We are scheduling a gathering for a photo shoot on Sunday, September 10th... That gives us about 9 weeks to get this classic, practical and cozy gem cranked out! We chose a pieced sweater specifically for summer knitting so it is easy to travel with and will provide a great opportunity for skill building conversations on finishing techniques... an area that so many people are nervous about!

      We will also have a thread in The Purple Purl Ravelry Group so we can cheer each other on and post progress photos! The Ravelry tag for this knit-a-long will be:

      PP-CannonStreetKAL-2017

      so set up your projects and tag 'em up so we can see how awesome you are doing!

      We will be running our KAL as both an in-store and virtual event (through Ravelry)! If you are able to join us in the shop, we will meet for 8 consecutive Sundays – July 16, 23, 30,  August 6, 13, 20, 27, and September 3 – from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. with a planned group photo on September 10!

      There is no need to register for the Sunday drop-ins (this is a free activity), simply come in on those dates with your project in hand to knit among friends. We will be there to answer questions, and with some helpful tips along the way. This is a great first sweater opportunity! 

      Stay tuned in the Ravelry thread and on the newsletter for specific sessions that will have a teaching component!  For example, our first session on July 16th will cover swatching basics, choosing a size, and cast on tips.  And we will certainly be chattering about how to make those seams look amazing closer to the end of the KAL! 

      Look for a thread in our Ravelry group where we hope you will join us (even if you are knitting with us in-store) to indicate your intention to participate and to chatter and share photos of works in progress.

       

         

        WIN the Value of your Yarn Purchase...

        One lucky KAL participant will win a gift certificate for 100% of the pre-tax price of the feature yarn purchased at our shop between June 24th - August 15th, 2017 for this sweater! Who doesn't need a FREE sweater lot of yarn!?!?

        When you complete your Sweater  by September 9th  and upload your finished sweater photo to the finished object thread in our Ravelry group, you will be entered into the raffle! The winner will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread (one entry per person only please). Be sure to include:

      • Your name
      • a photo of your finished sweater
      • and your receipt number for the Shelridge W4 yarn you purchased for this project!
        (found at the bottom of your receipt 1-xxxxx)

      Not on Ravelry? Send us the email by 11:59pm, September 9th, 2017 to qualify to win!
      Subject Line: PP-CannonStreetKAL-2017
      The draw will be held during our Group Photo Shoot Sunday, September 10th!

       


      And while we wait for our Cannon Street Yarn to arrive...

      we have a mini quick KAL... Join us for our :

      Sock it to Summer CAN-CON Knit-A-Long: June 25th-July 30th...

      Choose a Canadian Designed Sock Pattern (here are some free options to peruse)

      Choose one of our Many Canadian Sock Yarn Options

      Staff Picks are on or about to be on the needles:

      • Jenn - Viper Pilots by Glenna C in Ancient Arts - Reinvent - Red
      • Jenna - Business Casual in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 - 16 Candles
      • Robbie - Gansey Sock by Kate Atherley in Sweetgeorgia Tough Love - Pistachio
      • Annie - Cabernet Cabaret in Julie Asslein Nomade Colourway: Shetland
      • Joyce - Staked by Glenna C. in Zen Garden Serenity 20 - Burlesque
      • Miko - Classic Top-Down Sock by Kate Atherley in The Blue Brisk Kilarney Sock Twin - Colour Purple Purl 1

      We will also have a thread in The Purple Purl Ravelry Group so we can cheer each other on and post progress photos! The Ravelry tag for this knit-a-long will be:

      PP-CanConSAL-2017

        3 Winners...

        3 lucky Can-Con Sock-Along participants will win a prize pack of :
        Sock blockers, a mini Soak, and a skein of your choice of Sweetgeorgia Tough Love Sock.

        To be eligible for prizes:
        you need to have purchased your Sock Yarn with us between June 24th and July 16th, 2017. But you are very welcome to participate in the group chatter even if you are using stash!!! Let's show some Canadian Pride here people! And be sure to flash your sock progress pictures on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook with:

        #PurplePurlProject

        #CanConSAL2017

        When you complete your Socks  by July 30th  and upload your finished socks photo to the finished object thread in our Ravelry group, you will be entered into the raffle! The winners will be chosen via random number generator from the finished object thread

        Be sure to include:

      • Your name
      • a photo of your finished socks
      • and your receipt number for the yarn you purchased for this project!
        (found at the bottom of your receipt 1-xxxxx)

      Not on Ravelry? Send us the email by 11:59pm, July 30th, 2017 to qualify to win!
      Subject Line: PP-CanConSAL-2017

        One entry per pair of socks please...but if you finish 12 pairs of socks and post them...well then you get 12 raffle entries! I mean that is showing ALOT of love for our wonderful indie dyers! ...

        Happy Sock Knitting!

       


       

      Happy Summer to you all!  Summer is a time of travel and cottage knitting for many.  It is a time of patio knitting in the shade or bright sunlight with a tall, cool beverage of your choice.  Make sure you are stocked up for your summer adventures! We look forward to seeing what you are up to!

 

Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko

 

ps. The Canada Flag and Maple leaf images were found at the Canadian Flag Clip Art Gallery. Tis a good resource for some patriotic images!

 

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