Pucks n' Purls

Feb 07

Fleece Artist Thrumb Mitten Kit from Linda’s Craftique

What a great prize.  Linda’s Craftique has donated a Fleece Artist Thrumb Mitten kit for the  Pucks n’ Purls raffle.  Thrumb mittens are so warm and cozy.  Perhaps the lucky winner can make some headway on knitting these up during the game.  They will be fabulous with all the snow we are expecting to have tomorrow. If you go to the Fleece Artist website, you can see how one talented knitter used her kit to make a thrumbed hand warmer perfect to keep hands warm while watching hockey.  There’s even a link to a free pattern.

Linda’s Craftique has moved to a new location as of February 5.  It is just down the street at 37 Lakeshore Rd. EMississauga ON. Telephone 905-274-4115  Visit the website for more information .

Be sure to come to the Linda’s Craftique Grand Reopening on Saturday, March 2: 11 am to 4 pm.



Linda’s Craftique has been serving knitters and other fibre artists in the Mississauga area since November 1983.  On February 5, it relocated to a larger space at 237 Lakeshore Rd E.  But don’t worry - it’s not far - Just down the road from the old store.  The phone number 905-274-4115 and even the postal code L5G 1G8 remain the same. Linda says there will be lots of space to look at all the scrumptious yarns and sit and knit.  Check out the website for up-to-date information.

Linda Benne, the owner, is well know to many knitter’s.  Linda is the North American champion Fastest Knitter.  At Pucks n’ Purls she and Wannietta Prescod, the Canadian Champion will be competing in the Fastest Knitter Face Off during the game.  Both Linda and Wanietta are great sports.  What fun for all of us.

*****Mark the Dates*****

Linda Benne Appears on Canada’s Greatest Know-It-All

Monday, February 18: 10 pm on Discovery Channel  

Linda will be making an appearance on this show.  Wonder what that’s about!  A must watch!

Grand Re-Opening - Linda’s Craftique 

Saturday, March 2: 11 am to 4 pm

At its new location at

237 Lakeshore Rd. E, Mississauga ON L5G 1G8


Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book

We have another fabulous pattern book as a Pucks n’ Purls raffle prize donated by a DKC member and Pucks n’ Purls supporter. Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Hat Book is a wonderful collection of modern, chic hats in a variety of styles.

As Knit Picks says in its review:

In The Ultimate Hat Book, the editors of Vogue Knitting present the most comprehensive and stylish collection of hats available today. Complete with a brief history of knit hats and helpful techniques, there are 50 patterns in all—assuredly not typical, with bowlers and pillboxes alongside the ubiquitous beanies and berets.

Some lucky Pucks n’ Purls ticket holder will get to take this great book home.


Feb 06

Estelle Donates 50 Scarf Kits as Pucks n’ Purls Prizes

A really big box came today from Estelle.  It contained 50 scarf kits as giveaways for the Pucks n’ Purls raffle.  Wow!  How incredibly generous.  Thanks you!

Each kit contains a skein of Sakura Silk yarn, 50% silk/30% cotton/20% acrylic (200m/100g).  The Seafoam Scarf pattern included was written for this yarn by Toronto’s own exceptionally talented Kate Atherley.  Sakura silk is a beautiful variegated yarn in soft tones that will make a fabulous scarf.  And 30 Pucks n’ Purls ticket holders will take this kit home.

Estelle Yarns imports fine yarns and distributes them to your local yarn store.  They carry yarns from Estelle, Lang, Cascade, King Cole and Manos del Uruguay. Although Estelle only sells its yarns and products wholesale, visit their website to learn about new yarns and patterns and download free patterns.


Look at All the Hockey Prizes too


For all the Pucks n’ Purls ticket holders, there are both hockey and knitting raffle prizes.  And for the raffle all you need is your seat ticket to win.

For your family members - and maybe even you - who are rabid hockey fans, the Marlies have given us some great prizes to give away.  We have:

Seat numbers that have won prizes will be published at the PRIZE KIOSK behind Section 102 in the Concourse.  If you have a winning ticket, the next step is to chose between a knitting or hockey prize.  Now you draw the prize number from the basket and make it your own.  If you are a visual type, this is how it will work.


Feb 05

Dye-Version Sock Yarn Donated by Knit-O-Matic

Knit-O-Matic, a charming yarn store on Bathurst Street, has donated a fabulous skein of Dye-Version Bamboo Sock yarn (370m/115g) which is 93% bamboo 7% lycra as a Pucks n’ Purls raffle prize.  Awesome.  Thank you. This is a beautiful hand dyed yarn that is so soft and squishy, but because of the fibre content, even people with allergies can wear it.

Although this yarn will make incredible socks, it can be used for anything that requires fingering weight yarn.  Think scarves and shawls.  There are endless possibilities.

And it is hand dyed right here in the Greater Toronto Area.  

Knit-O-Matic  1378 Bathurst St, Toronto, On M5R 3J1  416-653-7849  Visit the website or store blog for more information.


Knit-O-Matic is a charming yarn store nestled into the west side of Bathurst Street south of St. Clair Avenue. It has a wide range of yarns and supplies for knitting, crocheting, embroidery, felting and other types of crafty pursuits.  Knit-O-Matic has a full range of knitting classes - everything from “Learn to Knit” to interesting projects and techniques.  The new list of classes will be published shortly.  You can check out their website or keep up to date with what is going on on the store blog.  


Until February 17, Knit-O-Matic is having a buy 3 get 1 free promotion on a slew of great yarns.  Hurry in and get some before the promotion ends.

Located at 1378 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5R 3J1   Phone:(416) 653-7849

TTC Bathurst St at Alcina Ave

Feb 01

Fabulous Yarn from Tanis Fibre Arts

Tanis Fibre Arts has sent two luscious skeins of their fingering weight Blue Label yarn as Pucks N’ Purls raffle prizes.  How generous!!  The colourways are Cobalt and Mallard.  This yarn is super soft merino and nylon (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon, 115g/385m) that is strong enough for socks but soft enough for any project requiring fingering weight yarn including baby knits.  What a great prize for two lucky winners!

Tanis Fibre Arts is an all Canadian company that produces high quality, hand dyed yarns.  The yarns are available in eight bases; Blue Label Fingering Weight, Purple Label Cashmere Sock, Red Label Cashmere/Silk Single, Yellow Label DK Weight, Green Label Aran Weight, Orange Label Cashmere/Silk Worsted, Pink Label Lace Weight and Silver Label Mulberry Silk.  And each base is available in 36 colourways, everything from sophisticated neutrals to soft pastels and deep and delicious jewel tones.

Check out their yarns, kits, patterns, clubs and even notecards on their website.

There is also a TFA blog that Tanis updates regularly.  She chats about her latest project, things she loves and what inspires her.  It’s a charming window into her professional and personal life.  Very inspiring.

This is Cobalt


And this is Mallard


Jan 31

Terrific Kit With Bamboo Yarn from Old Mill Knitting

Old Mill Knitting has been so generous to Pucks n’ Purls.  This is one of the three kits they have donated as raffle prizes.

This kit contains ten skeins of Stella 100% bamboo yarn (50g/175m) manufactured in Italy for Naturally.  That is 1,750 m of soft, silky yarn that some have compared to the touch of cashmere.  But it is bamboo, which keeps you cool and dry in the summer, warm in the winter and is hypoallergenic.  The yarn is a gorgeous pale yellow - fabulous for summer sweaters or baby duds.  To round out the kit there are seven pattern leaflets from Naturally for different baby, toddler and women’s garments to make from this fabulous yarn.  All are very tempting.

Old Mill Knitting is a yarn distributor located in Ancaster near Hamilton, Ontario.  Visit their website to see all the luscious yarns they distribute and find the yarn store near you that carries them.  You should also check out their blog, The Empire Strikes Back, for news updates and interesting patterns.

Jan 30

Addi-ART “Diamond” Limited Edition Needles

Many thanks to Denis and Diane DeBray from Wool and Wicker in Richmond BC.  They have very generously donated Addi-ART “Diamond” limited edition needles as a Pucks N’ Purls raffle prize.  

"Unique in all respects, the limited edition needle was handcrafted with great patience and care. This once in a lifetime creation features a visible core of genuine Swarovskicrystals which twinkle and dance in celebration of every stitch you knit. The construction of a needle this special required the utmost attention to detail. Thus, for a single day in the fall of 2012, addi devoted their daily production to focus all efforts on this individual item. Keeping with addi’s hands-on tradition of manufacturing, each individual Swarovski crystal was painstakingly placed into the heart of every needle. The final product gently blurs the line between form and function, constructing a piece of art, with purpose.”

"Look to the horizon, as the addi team continues to allow their artistic creativity to inspire additional addi-Art designs. Each design will be released in a different size, resulting in a full set of limited edition needles.”

The Addi-ART needles are indeed beautiful - a piece of sculptural art.  And practical too!  They are a 32” 10mm circular needle that weights only 6 oz. 

What knitter wouldn’t want such an exceptional set of needles.  Some lucky Pucks n’ Purls ticket holder will take them home on February 9.