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  January 2018



    New Year KAL / CAL / MAL ...

    Join us for a Make-a-Long we have prepared to kick off the new year!

    January 1 is our cast on date for our

    To: Me, From: Me, with Love
    New Year Make-A-Long

    After a brief knit-along hiatus, we are back with a jazzy new KAL/CAL approach but the same excitement to see what everyone will make! This new Make-a-long is about coordinating hat and mitten sets (cowls and scarves can be swapped in if you prefer). Purl regular Alison suggested this theme, and we think it is perfect.

    The key here is to use the same colour(s) or stitch pattern(s) in both hat and mittens so that they match: from two pieces in exactly the same colour and stitch pattern to a hat and mittens that share one colour out of many or have a single shared design element. You can be as exact as or as liberal with the theme as you want. We can all make sets that best suit our own personal styles and skill levels.

    The knit- and crochet-along will be run through our Ravelry group so there can be lots of chatter! We have created idea Bundles on Ravelry for inspiration filled with pattern suggestions in different weights of yarn, but please feel free to go off-menu and choose the patterns that most fire your imagination. And please share your pattern and yarn choices with the group! here are a few of our faves to get you started though...


    As nights continue to get longer and our morning commutes feel chillier, an interesting portable project that will result in a warm toque is just the ticket. We are crushing on Fidra by Gudrun Johnson, Rhinecliff Hat by Danielle Chalson, Castlelaw by Clare Devine, and Two Medicine by Faye Kennington to name a few. Or to crochet, Malia Beanie by Rebecca Langford.

    If you prefer your knitting with a side of Netflix, we have some fun picks for easy hats so you can focus on your fave shows: Standing Rock Hat by Lavanya Patricella, Noisy by Alice Caetano, Barley by tincanknits, Conversationalist by Plucky Knitter Design, and the ever-popular Sockhead Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure.

    Cowls and Scarves:

    Scarves are an achievable project for any level of knitter, so take heart, new knitters! Here are a few options that range from spicy to mild so to speak: Van Dijk by Malia Mae (it’s a shawl-scarf hybrid, but it’s so cool!), No-Purl Ribbed Scarf by Purl Soho, Noro Striped Scarf by Jared Flood, Easy Two-Color, One-Row Anyone Scarf by Marlene Sigel, and Bias ‘Before and After’ Scarf  or Kelly’s Frothy Crocheted Scarf and Wrap both by Churchmouse.

    Here are a few knitted cowls we love: 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli, Sucker Punch by Jess Knowles, Palette by Julie Hoover, and Stockholm Scarf by knittedblissJC. And for the crocheters, we suggest Crocheted Rib Cowl by Purl Soho and Triple Luxe Cowl by Jessica Lau.


    My hands are chilly even as I type this gift list, so I can vouch for the practicality of woolly mittens. We suggest The World’s Simplest Mittens and Maize both by tincanknits (and both free), Tinsel Mitts by Andrea Mowry, Birch Mark Mittens by AbbyeKnits, and Twiddle Mittens by Jessica Gore. For a crochet option, we like Tulip Fingerless Mittens by Nomad Stitches and Mrs. Murdock’s Mittens by Brenda K. B. Anderson.

    To Participate:

    Please post a photo of each of your finished objects, started on or after January 1st, 2018, and made up from yarn purchased at Purple Purl, on our Ravelry Group MAL board... it's that easy! Make a three piece hat - cowl - mittens set... get 3 ballots! Make two 2-piece sets... that is 4 ballots! You get the idea.

    Each finished object posted will give you a ballot for a prize draw for one of three $30.00 gift certificates to The Purple Purl. Draws will be held January 31st! Be sure to add the TAG : PP-NewYearMAL-2018 so we can find your project(s) easily!


In-store Event...

We are delighted to be carrying a selection of the decadent and delightful Shibui yarns! We will be hosting a yarn tasting event so you can get your hands on this lovely stuff and try it out on the needles to see what you may just NEED to make of it next! We hope you can join us:

Saturday, January 20

11:00am - 2:00pm

Shibui Trunk Show and Yarn Tasting

Mix 'n Match Yarn Tasting Event


    We will have all of the current Shibui lines of yarn on needles for you to knit a few rows on and get a sense of the fabrics! Plus we will have a special presentation about the company & yarns at 11:30am! There will be lots of samples garments to touch and try on! Plus, of course ...

    There will be Door prizes & Pre-order specials too!


      Come learn with us...

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 January class menu!






We want to wish a very Happy New Year to you all.

We all had a great break and are so happy to be back and seeing you all! We are looking forward to an exciting year. We hope you will be sure to keep tabs on what we are doing! We are having a great deal of fun dreaming up new ideas for the coming months! We wish you all the best in 2018... and always. 


Happy Stitching!


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