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.

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.

Soak Box Fingerless Gloves from Lettuce Knit

Here is another fabulous kit donated by Lettuce Knit.  It is one of the Soak kits, double pointe pink, for fingerless gloves.  The kit, developed by Soak Wash Inc., a local company, contains:

  • Pattern designed by Fiona Ellis, a local knitwear designer and workshop leader
  • Custom hand dyed yarn by Lorna’s Laces
  • A bottle of Soak to launder your finished gloves
  • A bottle of Handmaid luxury creme in Scentless to keep you hands soft, and
  • A bottle of stylishly matched nail polish by Esse
These fingerless gloves knit up beautifully.  I gifted Soak kits at Christmas with finished gloves.  They were a big hit. 
Thanks to Lettuce Knit their generous support.

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.


Raffle Prize - Vogue Knitting Quick Reference

What knitter doesn’t need a great reference book.  A friend of the Downtown Knit Collective has donated this fabulous book edited by Carla Scott.  It takes you through basic techniques, understanding knitting instructions, correcting errors, circular and double-pointed knitting, color knitting, assembling, design details and embellishments, all with detailed diagrams and pictures.

A welcome addition to your library.



Watch this bio of Linda Benne and Wannietta Prescod, two of Canada’s fastest knitters.  

Come to Pucks n’ Purls 2013 and see these two women in action for a rematch of the Fastest Knitter Face Off.

Black Cashmere Scarf Kit Donated by Lettuce Knit

Lettuce Knit has donated this fabulous Little Black Scarf kit for a Pucks n’ Purls door prize.  Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres has packaged 200 grams of !00% Cashmere Yarn with a booklet of seven scarf patterns that are all quite different into one little kit they named Cashmere Scarf for Her.  What a great wardrobe staple for either a guy or a girl.  The picture does not do this yarn justice, it is so soft and smooshy.

Thanks Sylvie for donating this kit.  Some lucky winner at Pucks n’ Purls will love knitting it and wearing or gifting it.

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.



Recently a friend and I visited the charming yarn store, Lettuce Knit, located on Nassau Street in Kensington Market, just a block or so from Toronto Western Hospital.  Sylvie and her partner bought the store this past summer and they have been working hard over the last six months to make it their own.  They have introduced many yarns and patterns from Canadian fibre artists and designers, all a delight to the eye and hand.  The talent we have in Canada is amazing and too often we are unaware of it.  But Sylvie isn’t and she wants to share her finds with us.

Sylvie gave us a tour of the fibres and patterns that left us in awe and (almost) speechless.  It is incredible how soft and how beautiful some fibres can be.  A very cool find for me was a sophisticated, simple shawl pattern and incredible hand dyed yarn from a fibre artist from my daughter-in-law’s home town.  I’m making it for this fashionistas’ birthday to show her that jewels can be found everywhere, especially in Canada.

Sylvie was such an enthusiastic supporter of Pucks n’ Purls that she donated three fabulous kits as door prizes.  I will be telling you all about these in the coming days.  Thank you Sylvie and Lettuce Knit.

Lettuce Knit should be on every knitter’s list of stores to visit.  The address is 86 Nassau Street  Toronto, ON M5T 1M5 and you can call them at (416) 203-9970.

Visit their website to to see all the scrumptious fibres they have.

Indigodragonfly Creates New Colourway for Pucks N’ Purls

The folks at Indigodragonfly have done it again!  The hand dyed yarn and fibre studio located in Haliburton is known for dying 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.

For Pucks N’ Purls Indigodragonfly has dyed a new colourway just for us in three different sock yarn fibres: MCN Sock, 80% merino/10% cashmere/10% nylon, 115 g/365 m; Merino Sock. 100% merino, 100 g/356 m; and, Merino Nylon Sock, 80% superwash merino/20% nylon, 100 g/343 m.  The colourway is called “Just One Stanley Cup In My Lifetime, Is That Too Much To Ask?”  My, I wonder which team Kim is rooting for?  Needless to say, the colourway is in blue tones with white.  Each prize skein comes with its own Indigodragonfly tape measure.

Check out the Indigodragonfly website for fabulous yarn, knitting supplies, project bags, knitting pottery and knit alongs (KAL).