Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And the winner is????

We are so happy to announce the winners of the 

Lakeside Yarn Crawl

Leola Blacklock: Gayle Gunby: Lynne Davis

Congratulations Knitters!! 

Thank You to all the Crawlers who participated in the crawl. 

Thanks to the many husbands and drivers for navigating their way around our tourism region.  

Many thanks to all the participating shops,

Great news - we will do this again next year!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Lakeside Yarn Crawl comes to an end... for this year

BIG "Thank You" to everyone who travelled the crawl. 

We are gathering all the passports so we can hold the 

Gift Basket DRAW!!

Fantastic news!!!.......We will draw for TWO winners!! 

What will fill this basket? 

Who will win this gorgeous Philosophers Wool sweater kit? 


The draw will take place on Thursday September 18th....

We will email the lucky winners and post the details here... 

So, from all of us... to you... Thanks for crawling around!!

See you next year!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

New kid on the block - Purl 3, downtown Orillia

 Purl 3 has just opened in Orillia. as you tour around on the Lakeside Yarn Crawl, do drop in. 
Purl3 is owned and operated by Sandra and Kitrina Typhair, a mother and daughter team. 
The stores name Purl3 is reflecting three generations of active knitters with 105 years of 
 Our goal at Purl3 is to carry a variety of quality yarns (natural and synthetic) with a broad 
array of colors, softness and fashionable design. 
Giving customers the opportunity to touch and feel the yarns uniqueness.
  In our shop we‘ve tried to create a warm friendly atmosphere where everyone can 
knit/crochet no matter the level of experience. 
Allowing crafters the opportunity to relax and express their creativity, socialize and 
learn through interaction. 
 We offer workshops, seminars and social events.Our vision is to bring together the knitting 
community and encourage growth and continuation of the craft.
10-425 West Street North, Orillia, ON, Canada

​Mon 10-5
​Tue 10-7
​Wed 10-6
Thursday 10-6
Fri 10-4
​Sat 10-5

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Doc Knits in Port Elgin - Stop # H

Stop # H - on the Lakeside Yarn Crawl

About Us

Docknits is the result of Sue's lifelong passion for knitting. Doctor Sue Gundrum is not only a knitter, but also a practicing Family Physician in Port Elgin. Sue and her talented staff see Docknits as a source of creativity, learning, and camaraderie for yarn enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome at our bright, cheerful, shop; regardless of skill level or experience.  We're eager to knit with you!
Jeffi has been fascinated by all things to do with colour and wool since she was very young.  Knitting is her first fibre love but she also explores what colour can do through spinning, crochet, rigid heddle weaving, needle felting, and quilting.  She also enjoys designing her own patterns and loves to share the fibre arts with people of all ages and ability levels.  Dyeing yarns for knitting, crochet and weaving or fibre for needle felters and spinners is her newest joy in the fibre world.
Artistic pursuits are Kirsten's lifeblood, including numerous fibre arts.  Kirsten enthusiastically brings crochet expertise to Docknits.  Having mastered a wide spectrum of crochet techniques, Kirsten enjoys the creativity of designing her own patterns, which sometimes merge knitting with crochet.
Peggy is an avid knitter who has explored most techniques, including cables, intarsia, fair isle and lace work.  She has knit for Philosophers Wool for 25 years and has recently been accepted as a knitter for the FictionKNITstas contest.  Peggy designed a shawl for an author to wear at the book reading tour that will be held in various locations in Canada in the Spring of 2013.  Peggy enjoys teaching others and is passionate about the craft of knitting.     Check their website for for further info

651 Goderich Street, Box 2140
Port Elgin, N0H 2C0
Store Hours
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday and Friday: 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm
Monday: Closed

Friday, July 18, 2014

Canada Day @ The Purple Sock in Coldwater... Stop # A on the Yarn Crawl

Check out Canada Day at the Purple Sock

Stop # B on the Lakeside Yarn Crawl

Eliza's Buttons and Yarn has a smashing new shop space @ 250 Bayview Dr. # 2, Barrie

Drop by and have a look around. These ladies did and what a great time they had.

Here's the link to the latest newsletter.

Elizabeth welcomes you to her knitting haven. 
Our store has everything you might need, from needles and yarn all the way to buttons. 

All of the contact information you will ever need is below. 
We would love to see you and what you’ve been busy creating! Stop on by!

Our hours of operation are:
Monday 10 – 6 pm
Tuesday  6:30 – 8:30pm
 Wednesday 12 – 8:30 pm
Thursday 10 – 6 pm
Friday 10 – 6 pm
Saturday 10 – 4 pm
Sunday We’re resting our feet!    

Our phone number is:
Our e-mail address is:

Hope to see you soon!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Stop "A" on the crawl - The Purple Sock crawl offering...

           I am so excited to be a part of the Lakeside Yarn Crawl and to meet you all as you visit shops from Owen Sound to Meaford, Barrie to Port Elgin  and all spots in between!

Please join us at The Purple Sock, take home a small  complimentary bag of our Maple Black , Maple Cream or Maple Blueberry tea, and check out our wonderful Canadian yarns, as well as yarns, rovings and fibres from all over the globe. In addition, there are hundreds of patterns, needles, notions and an incredible array of knitting, crochet and felting books.

And of course, our fabulous line of loose leaf black, green and herbal teas, teapots, and tea paraphernalia just invites a sit-down in your favourite comfy chair with your current WIP.

  So, please drop in, have your Passport signed, check out our upcoming classes and hopefully, be the winner of a huge gift basket filled with donations from all the participating shops!

  See you soon!

  Happy Summer Knitting,

The Purple Sock
13 Coldwater Rd
P.O. Box 675
Coldwater Ontario
L0K 1E0
Purple Sock wall of tea choices!!
Maple tea - oh so delicious!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Riverside Yarns - Owen Sound - HUGE YARD SALE

Lakeside Yarn Crawl - Stop G @ Riverside Yarns

It's worth the trip to Owen Sound!!!

HOTTEST YARD SALE UNDER THE SUN is Saturday July 5th from 8-4. 

Our booth is right in front of the store and filled with lots of deals including Estelle Ultra Alpaca $5, Waverly baby $3,and big balls Handicrafter cotton $9. 

Also Koigu seconds and many more treasures.

928 2nd Street, Owen Sound 519-371-4311 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Philosopher's Wool - Inverhuron... on the shores of Lake Huron

Our store in Inverhuron, is on our farm at 2 Alma Street and is open 6 days a week throughout the year and, through July and August, usually on Sundays too. 
We are normally open from 10 AM to 4 PM but if you are coming from afar, it is a good idea for you to call ahead (519-368-5354). 
Our store is in an 1851 log cabin, and features 100 or so handknit sweaters which we are happy to sell you ready-made, or the kit to make your own. We have an extensive button collection as well as Addi Turbo circular knitting needles.
Apart from wool in 41 colours and 2 weights ( worsted and chunky), we also sell Queen size blankets, milled for us in PEI, hats, scarves, socks, mitts, sheepskins, and various items of sheep art.

Mission statement 
Our mission is to support sustainable agriculture, with about 25% of web sales devoted to that purpose. We have always been a fair trade company, producing wool yarn that is as natural and organic as possible.
We specialise in hand knitting kits for Fair Isle sweaters, shawls and cardigans. Our simplified
technique is available 
from our DVD and books.
You are free to wander about the Farm and sometimes Ann or Eugene will give you a guided tour.



Monday, June 30, 2014

Lakeside Yarn Crawl - July 1st to Sept 6th... join in the fun!!!

So, here we go... pick your passport up at any of these shops to get started on this fabulous summer tour of lakeside yarn shops. 
Continue to read the blog to keep up dated with area happenings.

Crawling Instructions
• Present this passport at each venue you visit to receive the location's signature or stamp.
• Leave your fully stamped passport at your last stop to enter the draw for a basket of goodies. One stamp per shop.
Read passport for further rules.  

 Happy Crawling

13 Coldwater Rd. Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0
Ph: 705.686.3455

Eliza's Buttons and Yarn
250 Bayview Dr. #2, Barrie, ON L4N 4Y8
Ph: 705.725.8536

True North Yarn Co.
79 Anne Street South. Barrie, ON L4N 2E2
Ph: 705.737.4422
Toll Free 1.888.304.4418

Creemore House of Stitches
151c Mill Street
Creemore, ON LOM 1G0

Grey Heron
65 Simcoe St. Studio 1,
Collingwood, ON L9Y 1H7
Ph: 705.444.0370

 Purrsonally Yours Wool Shop
35 Sykes Street North
Meaford, ON N4L 1V9
Ph: 519.538.4283

Riverside Yarns
928 2nd Ave. East
Owen Sound Ontario
Canada, N4K 1S3
Ph: 519.371.4311

651 Goderich Street, Box 2140
Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
Ph: 226.453.5648

Philosopher's Wool Company
Inverhuron, ON N0G 2T0
Ph: 519.368.5354

Lakeside Yarn Crawl Map

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Purple Sock Canada Day festivities....

Hello Everyone,

Well, summer is finally here and that can only mean that Canada Day is coming up soon. So, The Purple Sock has decided to combine two great events..Canada Day and World Wide Knit in Public Day!!

  World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes as a way to bring what can be a relatively solitary activity, into the public pervie, as a way to share this wonderful art form, and as a way to show the world that it is not just "grannies" who knit...not that there is anything wrong with "Grannies",lol!!! So, from 25 "Knit in Public" events in 2005,to over 1000 last year, this is a hugely growing phenomenon that we are proud to support and encourage! It is usually held the middle of June which didn't work for me , but since the street will be closed on July 1st for Canada Day,  I have decided to hold it then!!

  The main street will be closed and some of my customers will be sitting outside in the sunshine ( hopefully!), and demonstrating various fibre arts..knitting, spinning, wet felting, needle felting, crocheting and rug hooking...we hope you will join us! you know what they say "the more the merrier!!"
There will be sales, treats, camaraderie and creativity...see you on Tuesday, July 1st! The street will be closed from 11am til 3 pm.  So come for the whole time, or any part of the time.  Please bring a lawn chair, and of course your knitting, crocheting, rug hooking or spinning, or any other fibre arts you would like to do!!

All Canadian Yarns will be 10% off plus lots of clearance items!!

I will have my awning set up so there will be shade!

To go along with this event we have decided to hang Knitted and Crocheted Bunting ( I did not know that is what strings of triangular banners are
called, did you?   You learn something new everyday!!)  So we are hoping
some of you might like to contribute to our bunting!!  They are very simple triangles knit or crocheted out of scrap yarn. We will take care of putting them together, so if you have some made up ahead of time please hand then in or if that is not possible bring them that day. Who knows we might even knit more that day!!

  Here are a few links to a few patterns for them, ( there are lots of other patterns out there also, doesn't need to be any of these ) any size,  or colour is great , plain, fancy embellished or not, they will all look great.
After Canada Day I will use them on the front of the store or inside or in the window, but they will get used one way or another!

  If you google knitted and crocheted bunting you will see lots of photos of what I am talking about.  They take very little time to make and will look great.

  There will be lots of great Canada Day  events going on in addition to the knitting,  there will be games and bouncy castles for the kids, plus face painting, there will be a great band playing and a hotdog eating contest (new this year) and the very popular pie eating contest. Lots of fun for the whole family.

  Hope to see you then!  Any questions or suggestions about any of this feel free to email or phone me.

Happy knitting,

The Purple Sock
13 Coldwater Rd.
Coldwater Ontario
705 686-3455