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.

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.


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.

Three More Fabulous Books from XRX - The Knitting Universe

Three more books as Pucks N’ Purls prizes from XRX.  What a lovely collection.  For more information about the books and magazines that XRX publishes and the events they host check out their website at www.knittinguniverse.com.

“Entree to Entrelac: The Definitive Guide from a Biased Knitter” by Gwen Bortner is devoted to the entrelac (a French word meaning “interlaced”) technique which is used to describe a knitting technique in which a piece is worked “in small sections that are joined as they are worked.  This book is intended as a resource for Entralac as well as a source for many interesting patterns. 

In “Custom Knit Jackets” Jean Frost, with one master pattern, this” guides knitters through creating 12 jacket silhouettes in five standard sizes, with four different weights of yarn. Reminiscent of the designer details that have made the Chanel jacket a signature piece for more than 50 years, the details in this book add professional finish to collars, pockets, fabrics, and hand-stitched silk lining. The process to create a perfect-fit jacket requires only simple math and graph paper. Using real-body examples, Jean Frost shows how to adjust patterns for narrow shoulders, long arms, short or long waist, a large bust, and other common fitting problems.”

Magnificent Mittens" and Socks by Anna Zilboorg “includes the author’s toe-up, free-sole sock design. This title features step-by-step instructions for the basic mitten method and for 2-color knitting, 42 charted mittens, interchangeable cuff charts, 13 edge finishes for cuffs, 7 embellishments to add color and texture, and outline charts for design-your-own-mittens.”

Three Prizes - Three Classic Sally Melville Books

XRX Inc. “The Knitting Universe” has donated three classic Sally Melville books to the Pucks N’ Purls raffle.  Sally is beloved and revered by knitters around the globe, but never more so than in Southern Ontario where she started her career in knitting and has inspired hundreds if not thousands of knitters.  

The three Sally Melville book prizes are:  “The Knit Stitch”, “The Purl Stitch” and The Knitting Experience: Colour.  Each book will delight and inform the reader.  There will be three lucky prize winners, one for each book.

For more information about The Knitting Universe, the books and magazines they publish and the events they sponsor, click on their website below.


Subscriptions to Knitter’s Magazine

Three lucky people are going to win a one year subscription to Knitter’s Magazine, published quarterly.  What a terrific gift for the lucky Pucks N’ Purls ticket holders.  This is a magazine with a world wide view that will appeal to many.  The current issue has articles on Texture and Form and Shaping Lace as well as a delightful piece on Betsy Hershberg: Confessions of a Left-Brained Knitter.  As always, the School for Knitters provides tips and techniques that are easy to understand.  

 Thanks to XRX Inc. “The Knitting Universe” for donating these great magazine gift subscriptions.



Patternfish Donates $50 Gift Certificate for Knitting and Crochet Patterns

Patternfish has donated a fifty dollar ($50.00) gift certificate to the Pucks N’ Purls Raffle.  The gift certificate can be used to purchase knitting or crochet patterns at their on-line store at www.patternfish.com.  What a great gift.

Patternfish is an online store dedicated to buying or selling your knitting or crochet patterns as customized PDF downloads.  They offer every type of pattern: new, old, indie, corporate, vintage, modern, classic, and offbeat, from all over the world. They currently have patterns from more than 700 designers from the United States, Canada, Britain, New Zealand, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, Ireland, France, Turkey, Wales, and Brazil.  Some Patternfish designers are from Ontario, and at least one will be at Pucks N’ Purls.

To check out Patternfish designs and purchase patterns, visit their  website www.patternfish.com

You Too Can Have a Flock of Sheep

Knit and felt your own flock of sheep with the felting kit donated by Old Mill Knitting Ltd.  Each of your sheep will be individual, their personality developing during the felting and finishing.  What fun!!  The kit includes a Fiber Trends pattern for a Felt Flock (critical) and two skeins of yarn for knitting and felting; a skein of mohair from the Montage Collection hand painted by Jan Gilray (100 g/200 m), and a skein of Perendale 100% wool double knitting yarn from Naturally Yarns (50 g/101 m).  Too cute for words.  What a great prize for the raffle!  

Old Mill Knitting Ltd  is a yarn, pattern and knitting accessories distributor located in Ancaster.  It carries a wide range of brands including Naturally Yarns, Classic Elite Yarns, Knitting Pure and Simple, Dolce Handknits, Oat Couture, Filatura di Crosa, Wendy/Peter Pan/Twilleys, Lantern Moon and Misti Alpaca.

Check out their website www.oldmillknitting.com to find out more about these yarns, patterns and accessories and to find a retailer near you.


More Raffle Prizes from Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn

Thank you to Eliza’s Buttons and Yarns which has given us more prizes for the raffle.  One is a package of four note cards themed for knitters.  The top one says “Knitting brings me peace”.  How true - at least most of the time.  And on top of that, there are five prizes of a 10% discount on your next purchase at Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn.

Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn, owned by Elizabeth Fallone, a knitwear designer and teacher, is located at 110 Little Avenue, Unit 6 in the south end of Barrie, Ontario.  She welcomes you to her knitting haven which has everything you might need, from needles and yarn all the way to buttons. She would love to see you and what you’ve been busy creating!  Stop on by if you live in the area or if you are passing by on your travels!  A welcome break on the way to cottage or ski country.

Check out the website for more information about Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn products and for directions.