Indigodragonfly Dyes a Unique Colourway for Us

Kim and Ron have done it again!  They have created a special, unique colourway for Pucks n’ Purls 2013.  And they have donated three skeins of yarn as raffle prizes for lucky ticket holders.  Would you like your yarn prize to be:

  • Merino Sock (100% superwash merino) 100 g/365m ?
  • MCN Sock (80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon) 115g/365m ?
  • Merino Silk 4ply Sock (50% superwash merino, 50% silk) 100g/393m ?


Of course they started with blue, to salute the Marlies and their older brothers the Maple Leafs, but in this dyeing the the colours really pop.

We know you are waiting for it.  What is the cheeky,outrageous name for this colourway.  Well from the folks that keep us laughing in the aisles, we have:

The Masters: Giving Maple Leaf Fans Something to Watch in April Since 2005


Are these three skeins all there is?Did Ron dye a few more skeins that unlucky souls can buy?  No news on that front yet.

Indigodragonfly is a hand dyed yarn and fibre studio located in Haliburton that is known for dyeing great yarns in fantastic colourways.  It is also known for naming those colourways with tongue-in-cheek (some would say smart ass) names such as “As God Is My Witness, I Thought Turkeys Could Fly” or “Up Until The Punching,  It Was a Real Nice Party” that bring a smile to your face.  Some are laugh out loud funny.

You can visit the Indigodragonfly online store to check out all the beautiful fibres and purchase some for your next project. Or you can follow the kniterly antics on the Indigodragonfly blog or on the Ravelry Indigodragonfly fan group.

Indigodagonfly will be at the Toronto Knitter’s Frolic marketplace where you can see, feel and purchase the luscious yarns.  The one-day marketplace is on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario.

The Best of Fondle Patterns from Michelle Porter

Michelle Porter has compiled a pattern booklet exclusive to Pucks n’ Purls - “The Best of Fondle Patterns”.  The booklet has 20 patterns - everything from scarfs, hats, mittens, cowls, boot toppers, and headbands to vests, ponchos and sweaters.  What a wonderful variety of great patterns for some lucky winner.

In the booklet forward Michelle asks “Why “Fondle”? Well we all fondle that new yarn; rub it under our chin; smell it; squeeze it; wondering what creation will leap from from the ball onto our needles. I’m not designing patterns to show off my knitting skills. These designs are items that I’ve made for myself and for friends and are worn regularly. These patterns are for the average knitters who just want to wear what they make. They don’t take years - or even months to complete.”

Michelle is a young Richmond Hill knitter and knitwear designer that hails from St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Taught by her grandmother as a youngster, Michelle has broad experience in the knitting industry. She has worked in a yarn shop, owned a yarn shop, taught lessons, worked for a yarn distributor, written patterns and now designs and writes her own line of patterns.  This has helped her develop her signature style and understand what her customers want.  She strives for simplicity but if a customer has a problem they can reach her through “contact me” on the Fondle Patterns website.

You can see more of her designs on the Fondle Patterns website, on Patternfish and on Ravelry.  She also has current designs available from such companies as Diamond Luxury Collection, Mirasol, Manos Artesanas, Cricket Cove Filtes King and Lana Gatto.  Please look for these designs at you local yarn store as well as on Patternfish.  

Michelle is known for her beautiful designs with modern shaping. To learn more about Michelle check out these interviews with her on The Diamond Yarn blog and on the How to Become a Professional Knitter blog.



Self Patterning Yarn Kit from Old Mill Knitting

What a wonderful raffle prize from Old Mill Knitting.  Another kit that includes both yarn and pattern book.

The yarn is a beautiful self striping yarn in a colourway quite aptly named “Heaven” in delicious shades of pinks and grey blues.  Perfect to wear with jeans.  The kit contains 10 skeins of this 100% wool Freedom Spirit yarn (50g/119m) made in England by Twilleys of Stamford.  Also included in the kit is a Freedom Spirit pattern book with patterns for cardigans, pullovers and vests that would look fabulous knit in this lovely yarn.

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.


Would You Like a Free Pattern Every Week?

It is so easy!  Just register at the Old Mill Knitting website and every week you will receive an email with a free pattern that you can just print and use.  They will send current patterns for adults, children and babies in all weights of yarn. They will also send you information about specials that your local retailer will be offering on yarns and accessories that Old Mill Knitting distributes plus up to date news on what is new and trendy.


Just go to Old Mill Knitting website and click on this icon to to sign up for your free patterns.


Don’t forget to check their blog "the empire strikes back" for current projects and news.

Terrific Bamboo Yarn and Patterns Kit from Old Mill Knitting

Old Mill Knitting has been so generous to Pucks n’ Purls.  Again this year, the company has donated three great kits as prizes for the raffle. 

This is the the first kit that we will show you.  The 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 colour is magnificent, a beautiful, soft shade of pink.  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.


Autographed Copy of “Inspired Cable Knits” by Fiona Ellis

Fiona Ellis is a Toronto knitwear designer, author and international workshop instructor.  Fiona graduated from DeMontfort University in England with a degree in fashion knitwear design in 1993 and has been designing professionally ever since.  Fiona joined the Downtown Knit Collective (DKC) in early 2001 and became an active supporter from the start.  In 2001, she gave her first presentation at the guild in May and taught at the DKC’s Toronto Knitter’s Frolic.

Fiona’s work is much sought after.  It has sustained exposure in leading magazines such as Vogue Knitting, online in each issue of Twist Collective and as product support for yarn manufacturers.  A recent example is the “Soak Boxes” that were introduced in the spring of 2012.  Fiona designed the fingerless glove patterns for “Cuff au Lait”, “Lace Kelly”, “Clark Cable” and “Double Pointe Pink”.  Fiona’s patterns can be purchased online at Patternfish or on Ravelry.

Fiona is in demand for personal appearances and workshop instruction at international conferences and guilds.  She has just returned from another year teaching at Vogue Knitting Live in New York.  She is also a Craftsy on-line instructor.  Enroll in her free mini workshop on Creative Cabled Necklines and her full workshop Mastering Cable Design.

She is the author of Inspired Cable Knits, Knitspiration Journal and Inspired Fair Isle Knits.  Fiona can be found on Ravelry as fionaellis and has a fan club group as well where you can catch up on chat or join a knitalong (KAL) group.

Fiona has generously donated an autographed copy of Inspired Cable Knits as a Pucks n’ Purls raffle prize.  Could you be the lucky winner?


Fabulous Blocking Mat from Creative Yarns

Ever wonder where on earth (well at least in your home) you are going to block your latest knitting creation?  This prize is the answer!

Creative Yarns has donated a Block ‘n Roll Flexible Blocking Mat as a Pucks n’ Purls prize.  This blocking mat is a boon for knitters.  When opened flat it is 38” W x 50” L, big enough to accommodate most projects, and the 20mm X 20mm grid lets you line up edges and seams before you pin directly to it.  The surface is Teflon® coated fabric laminated to fire retardant 8mm foam which the promotional information says “allows for steam, wet blocking and pressing.”  You can lay the blocking board on many surfaces, and because it is so flexible, you can even move it if you need to.   

When you are finished with the blocking mat, just roll it up, tie it with its built in ties and stow it way.  Its rolled size is only 38” L x 6” diameter, so it doesn’t take much room.

I have one of these mats and I love it.  

Thanks for the generous donation Creative Yarns.

Visit Creative Yarns at 269 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, ON.  It’s right on the TTC line and has lots of free parking.

Visit their websitefor more information.

The pictures below show the front face and reverse sides of the blocking mat.



The next pictures show the blocking mat rolled up ready to store and a picture from the internet showing a shawl blocked on the board.

"Persian Slippers" Patterns Donated by Denise Powell

Denise Powell is a local designer and a member of the Downtown Knit Collective since the guild’s first meeting in January 1997.  She was one of the creative group of women who saw the need for and set about to organize the guild.  Denise’s designs can be purchased on Patternfish and some of her new designs are being showcased in upcoming issues of A Needle Pulling Thread.  Denise, a.k.a. Dr. Knit, provides a special service at every Downtown Knit Collective meeting.  If any member or visitor has a thorny knitting problem, they can meet with Dr. Knit before the start of the meeting to get the “differential diagnosis and therapy” to get their knitting back to healthy status.  Dr. Knit is also on hand at the Downtown Knit Collective’s Toronto Knitter’s Frolic to dispense individual knitting advice for a small donation to the Relay for Life charity.  

Denise’s Persian Slippers designs are whimsical.  As she notes in the pattern book forward “There is something about the term Persian slippers that conjures up an air of romance and mystery.  We are reminded of Aladdin and the Thousand and One Nights, and inevitably, of Sherlock Holmes.”  Included in the pattern booklet are patterns for these felted slippers in sizes for babies, children and adults.  

Thanks Denise.  Find Denise on Ravelry as DoctorKnit.


"Stream" Scarf Kit Donated by Lettuce Knit

Lettuce Knit has donated this beautiful “Stream” scarf kit from Queen Anne’s Lace as a raffle prize for Pucks n’ Purls.

The pattern is designed by Anne Corcoran a.k.a. Carol Tomany, a local designer, who gets her inspiration from nature, music, poetry etc.  This pattern notes that “Water adds sparkle to the forest.  This lovely scarf catches the flow of rippling water in a zig zag lace pattern.”  The yarn in the kit is Fantastic Knitting Zephyr Lace Weight in Aegean Blue - a perfect colour for this pattern.

Thanks to Lettuce Knit for another generous donation.

Lettuce Knit is a great yarn store located at 86 Nassau Street  Toronto, ON M5T 1M5 and you can call them at (416) 203-9970.

Visit their website to to see their scrumptious fibres, workshops and special events.

Knitting Tote Bags from Creative Yarns

What knitter doesn’t want a knitting tote bag!  And these are so cute and practical.

Creative Yarns in Scarborough has donated three knitting bags by Knit Happy.  Each heavy canvas bag is 12” h x 14” w x 4” d, with double handles and a dome closure.  There are lots of places to organize your knitting tools and notions in the four external pockets.  The bags are two tone; all are cream on the top but the bottoms are brick red, logan green or navy blue.

There will be three lucky Pucks n’ Purls ticket holders that will go home with one of these tote bags.

Thanks for another generous donation Creative Yarns.

Visit Creative Yarns at 269 Ellesmere Road, Scarborough, ON.  It’s right on the TTC line and has lots of free parking.

Visit their website for more information.