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  February 2016


New in the yarn cellar...

Just in... and we (especially Jenn) is suuuuuper excited to let you know that we are now carrying
2 lovely yarns from

These yarns are composed of 100% British Fiber and feature wools other than Merino...
come feel the difference.

Titus - New

50% Wensleydale and 20% Bluefaced Leicester, 30% Alpaca

100g = 350 Yards

A Fingering weight yarn that is just a dream to knit with! Have a peek at what Clara Parkes has to say about it on

Knitter's Review

Dovestone DK- New

50% Blue Faced Leicester / 25% Masham / 25% Wensleydale

100g = 252 Yards

A lovely wool, that has character and a lovely hand... a good sweater yarn in that lovely DK weight.



Plus there is a book to highlight 12 projects you can make out of 2 skeins or less of Titus!




WWF National Sweater Day is February 4, 2016...

Since 2010, over a million knit-clad Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day.

National Sweater Day is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy, and inspire you to use less heat all winter.

The websiteis a great place to start learning...

"Heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada, and is a significant source of emissions. If all Canadians lowered their thermostats by just 2 degrees Celsius this winter, it would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 4 megatons – equivalent to shutting down a 600 mega watt coal-fired power station or taking 700,000 cars off the road!"


Post A Picture for a Chance to Win...

In celebration of National Sweater Day, we are turning down the thermostat and putting on our favourite Purly sweaters! Post a picture of yourself wearing a handknit sweater on your social media platforms tagging us, @ThePurplePurl, and we will enter you in to a draw to win a SweetGeorgia Party Of Five Glitterati Kit in the lovely Honey Fig Colourway.

We don't want to miss you... So don't forget to tag us @ThePurplePurl ... and it would be great if you would use #SweaterDay to show WWF-Canada your support! We will be looking for your pictures on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!




      Coming Up On The Classes Front...

    Looking for some great new skills to kick off the new year??? Classes are always a fun way to learn! Have a peek at our class pages!

    How to Use

    and make the most of...


    Thursday, February 18

    Thrum Mittens

    Sunday, February 7

    Lizard Ridge Blanket

    aka... short rows are awesome

    Wednesday, February 3

    a super popular pattern on

    Campbell Glen Mitts

    a great Intro to Fair Isle knitting!

    Saturday, February 6



    Quick Cables

    super impressive, super easy!

    Sunday, February 28






    Top Down 101

    Saturday, March 12

    2 at a Time Socks

    Wednesday, March 9





    KAL kickoff...

    The official cast on date is Tuesday, February 2nd... and our list of KALers is growing every day! We will have pencil crayons at the ready to plan out colour sequences if your are not sure.

    Join us to discuss the helpful hints of getting started including: How this shawl is constructed, the ever popular discussion about gauge, and about slipping edging stitches!

    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:


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

    First Point of Libra Shawl by Laura Aylor

    We first saw this shawl walk into the shop as the WIP of one of our wonderful Purl Regulars and we were immediately struck with it simplicity, beauty and perfect usage of the Sweetgeorgia mini skein kits! And so the next KAL was decided.

    This modular garter stitch shawl is knit in multiple directions to make the most of gradient collection of yarn!

    Our featured yarn is the GORGEOUS Sweetgeorgia Party of Five Gradient kits and Tough Love Sock. The pattern will require one Party of Five Kit plus 2 skeins of Tough Love Sock to complete. Purchase your materials with us by February 2nd and KAL participants will receive a 15% discount on the Party of 5 kit and 2 skeins of Tough Love sock for this project, plus 50% off a digital copy of the pattern.

    You can have a good look a the myriad of projects already worked up here... the options are endless!


      Don't forget... Knit to Win!

      One lucky KAL participant will win their choice of any one of our 2 Hour classes (a $25 - $35 value) Note: class choice must be redeemed by June 30th, 2016 and Material fees (if any) are not included, and regular class policies will apply.

      To win you just need to email us with

    • Your name
    • a photo of your finished First Point of Libra
      (be sure to post it on Ravelry, as well, tagged with PPKAL2016-FPL too)

    Send us the email by 11:59pm, March, 28, 2016 to qualify to win!
    Subject Line:
    The draw will be held Tuesday, March 29th. 

    Reminder: Finish & Post your pictures to win...

    Each finished shawl earns a ballot ... so 3 shawls = 3 chances to win... just sayin' !

    (Please note: your project materials must have been bought with us to qualify for prizes.)


    Looking forward to stitching with you as always!



 We wish you all warm hands & hearts this February!  


Happy Stitching!

Jennifer & Miko


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