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?


Wow ! More Yarn from Estelle Design and Yarn

Duke the Dog was really busy.  In addition to all the yarn that Estelle Design and Yarn donated to knit the scarf for the big guy, they also donated more yarn for Dukes’s Yarn Toss.  Thankfully the Marlies dancers could help.  Those women know how to throw.

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

“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  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

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.

Wool and Wicker Donates Fabulous Prize - Set of AddiClick Basic Interchangeable Needles

Many thanks to Denis and Diane DeBray from Wool and Wicker in Richmond BC.  They have very generously donated a set of interchangeable AddiClick Basic needle set as a Pucks N’ Purls raffle prize.  

In recent years many knitters have turned to circular needles as their needle of choice.  Circular needles have a “needle tip” at each end held together by a flexible cord.  Circular needles are available in most needle sizes (e.g. 1.5 to 12.0 mm) and many lengths (e.g 8 to 60 inches).   Based on their needs, knitters often have several sets of circular needles in the same size but in different lengths.  

The AddiClick interchangeable needle set provides circular needle options in all the common sizes and lengths.  It is comprised 10 pairs of addi Turbo needle tips (size 3.5 to 10 mm), 3 flexible cords (24”, 32” and 40”), as well as a connector and gold pin.  The knitter connects the appropriate flexible cable to the desired needle tips to form an Addi Turbo circular needle.  With the 10 needle tip sets and 3 cables, you can create 30 different circular needle options and you can use the connector included to create even more circular needle lengths.

The needle set comes in a portable, suede lined, simulated leather case which makes an ideal traveling companion.  Who knows what weight of wonderful yarn will “need” to swatched or knit while you are away.  Interchangeable needle sets are a major investment for knitters.  What a fabulous gift.

For more information about Wool and Wicker’s amazing addi needle selection, click on the link below.

Lantern Moon Silk Needle Case

Another raffle prize - a beautiful, silk, Lantern Moon needle case with 18 compartments for circular needles and a zippered pocket for knitting notions has been donated.  In mint green and burgundy, this is a beautiful way to store your precious needles.

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).