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.

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?


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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 

www.knittinguniverse.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.

www.oldmillknitting.com

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.

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Unique Accessories from Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn

We are very grateful to Eliza’s Buttons and Yarns which has supplied several fabulous, unique accessories to the Pucks N’ Purls Raffle.  I am sure you will enjoy winning any of these three prizes.

The first of these is a very pretty Pollika mother of pearl stick pin.  This will be a chic addition to your knit wardrobe for you to fasten your shawls, scarves and cowls.

The second is a double ended crochet hook with chain and split ring.  The perfect accessory for “fixing” that garter stitch mistake without tinking back.  The split ring and chain are perfect to attach it to your accessories bag so that you always have it with you when the need arises.

The third is a package of ten HiyaHiya Knitters Safety Pins in silver and gold tones.  These safety pins are coilless and feature a rounded end so they won’t snag your knitting while in use as stitch markers, small stitch holders etc.

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.

elizaknits.com






Delicious Cupcake Kit for the Wee Ones - All from Old Mill Knitting Ltd.

What a marvellous treat!  Old Mill Knitting Ltd has donated a kit for the baby and toddler set.  There are 8 balls of “Cupcake”, a deliciously soft 50% Acrylic/50% nylon (50 g/approx 90 m) yarn by Peter Pan Yarns.  The #818 colourway is called Tutti Frutti and looks so much like the frosting on a delicious cupcake.  Then there is the pattern book, Peter Pan #327, with its 21 scrumptious designs for little people - there are cardis, scarves, hats, blankets and ponchos.  You are sure to find something to knit for the little one in your life.

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.

www.oldmillknitting.com

Beautiful Afghan Kit from Berroco Yarns

Berroco has donated a kit with everything you need to knit or crochet that afghan you have always wanted to make.  Not only that, they have included a zippered case for you to store it in once it is completed.  To make the afghan, there are 10 skeins of Berrocco Comfort yarn (50% nylon/50% acrylic, 100 g/195 m) that can be machine washed and tumble dried in a gorgeous green colourway (# 9744) and a pattern book.  The book, Afghans - Comfort Knitting and Crochet, has more than 50 beautiful designs by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter and the Berroco Design Team.

Berroco is yarn company with a wide range of beautiful knitting or crochet yarns in a multitude of natural and synthetic fibres, one to fit every need.  Check out the Berroco website below to find a yarn store near you that sells Berroco yarns and to see the many yarns and patterns that are available.

www.berroco.com