Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Make sure you check first - Are the shops OPEN on Canada Day?

We have had a terrific response to the Lakeside Yarn Crawl so far. 

Please make sure to check that the shops you want to travel to will be OPEN on Canada Day. 

Check their Facebook page, their ravelry group page, their website,  their recent newletter, send them a tweet

or give them a quick call.... 

Remember to "Like" their page

Follow them on Twitter

Join their ravelry group

Sign up for their newsletter

Check their up coming classes

Help support the independent yarn shops on this crawl.

We all want to have a LYS 

Canada Day FUN!! @ The Purple Sock in Coldwater

Hello everyone,

  Just a quick reminder that we will be out in full force in front of 
The Purple Sock on Canada Day, Friday, July 1st!

  The street festivities start at 11 and go to 3'ish ...and we will be set up under the canopy with our beautiful hand made bunting, and our lawn chairs, water bottles, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, spinning and whatever other hand work you choose to enjoy!

  This is our celebration of 
"World Wide Knit in Public"Day with the yarn bombing of the trees along the Main Street, so come join in the fun!  And what a fabulous way to expose the public to our passion for the fibre arts.
Our special gift to you on this 149th Canada Day, is 10% off any Canadian yarn or fibre!!

In addition to our activities  there will be games for the kids , bouncy castles  and popcorn , a pie eating contest and a great band all sponsored by the Coldwater Business Improvement Association.
This promises to be a great day all around, for young and old alike! Maybe even some great sidewalk sales, I know I have some yarns I will be  putting on clearance,  a great time to stock up!! 

  Hope to see you then
  Happy Knitting,

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Festivities for WWKIP Day Sat June 18th - check out what these shops are up to.....

Take your Lakeside Yarn Crawl passport with you!!

Pick one up at your first shop you stop at. 

Here's the Knit In Public activities:  

Docknits - Port Elgin

Join us this Saturday, June 18th in front of DocKnits from 10am to noon.  
Bring your lawn chair and your knitting.  
Please drop-in and register that morning (refreshments will be served).
Let's showcase our talent!
Address: 651 Goderich Street, Box 2140, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0
Phone: 1-226-453-5648
The Wool & Silk Co - Shelburne
International Knit in Public Day!! – Saturday June 18th
Don’t forget to join us for International Knit in Public Day. 
Bring your lawnchair and a current project. 
We will be knitting outside, weather permitting. 
This is the same day as the Shelburne Street Festival and classic car show. 
Sidewalk sale will be on. Hope to see you there!
138 Main St. W.
Shelburne, ON L9V 3K9
True North Yarn Co. 


We have less than a week to wait until the Lakeside Yarn Crawl 2016 begins! It’s no coincidence that the same day, June 18th, is Worldwide Knit in Public Day – both celebrate the community that crafts together!
LAKESIDEYARNCRAWL2016The Lakeside Yarn Crawl runs from this Saturday (June 18th) to Monday, September 5th. It involves 12 different yarn stores, from Coldwater to Shelburne, Port Elgin to Meaford! To get involved, simply drop by and pick up your Passport (and first stamp!). Visiting each shop will get you a stamp and an entry into the shop’s draw – fill your passport, leave it at your last stop, and it becomes an entry into the grand prize draw!
We are proud to offer an awesome True North prize basket this year – it features a skein of local alpaca yarn from Blue Mountain Alpacas (normally retails for $60!) in a wooden yarn bowl handcrafted by our favourite local woodworker Terry. To accessorize, we’ve included a 3oz bottle of Soak Celebration wool wash, yarn needles, and a needle (or crochet hook!) of the winner’s choosing. Saturday will be the first day you can collect your passport stamp and gain an entry into the draw for this stellar prize~ Learn more about the Crawl and all of the shops participating on the Lakeside Yarn Crawl website.knitinpublic
For Worldwide Knit In Public day, we want to encourage everyone to share in on the fun! If you share a picture of yourself knitting in public to our Facebook page on this Friday or Saturday you will get an extra 10% off your next in-store purchase! It could be on the bus or the beach, at the coffee shop or the cottage, I’d love to see your awesome projects out there~
If you’re one of the knitters who would love to participate in the comfort of air conditioning, our doors are open to you all day Saturday! Come knit (or crochet) with us! We will have several of our newest yarns available to try out and would love to see you~
15 Cedar Pointe Drive Unit 7
Barrie, ON


Grey Heron Yarn Shop

Grab your lawn chairs and head to Grey Heron's side patio - 

It's Knit in Public Day!!

Join us on our St. Marie St patio - Saturday June 18th from 10am to 2pm

Bring a friend!! Enjoy a great cup of coffee!! 

SAVE 15% shopwide

Stop by, say Hello 

This event started in 2005 as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company.
From founder Danielle Landes: “Knitting is such a solitary act that it’s easy to knit alone somewhere and sink into your work without thinking about all the other knitters out there.
Neighbours could spend all their lives never knowing that the other knits.
This is a specific day to get out of your house and go to a local event
(with your knitting in tow) just for people like you.
Who knows you might even bump into your neighbour!”

#1 65 Simcoe St

Collingwood, ON


Monday, June 13, 2016

Docknits - Stop I on the map


DocKnits is proudly located on the shores of beautiful Lake Huron in Port Elgin, Ontario.  We strive to provide not only high quality products for knitting and crocheting, but also a unique community experience in our store.  DocKnits encourages their customers to sit and create in our cozy lounge during free time, scheduled classes and "open knits" on Thursday afternoons and Friday evenings.  People of all ages are invited to reconnect and get to know one another while creating beautiful objects for family, friends and home.  Knowledgeable and accessible service, establishing new friendships and a sense of community as well as unleashing your inner artist are all part of what we offer at DocKnits.  Please join us!
Address: 651 Goderich Street, Box 2140, Port Elgin, Ontario, Canada N0H 2C0
Phone: 1-226-453-5648
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 12 noon to 6pm,  
Friday 12 to 9pm, Saturday 10 to 5 pm, 
Sunday 1 to 5 pm, 
Closed on Monday

Riverside Yarns - Stop H on the map

Riverside Yarns was created when Colleen Raco, an interior designer, rediscovered her “inner knitter” and realized there was nowhere to buy quality yarns in Owen Sound. She opened the store in September 2006 in a historic building in the recently rejuvenated downtown core. It is a cozy, comfortable and colourful place to shop for the newest yarns, browse through unique patterns, and be inspired by the many knitted samples. The store has proven very popular with local knitters and tourists alike and has inspired many new knitters to fall in love with fiber.
Please take an opportunity to take a look around the site and if you have any questions by all means get in touch.
If you would like to receive updates by mail or email, about store events, new products and upcoming classes then take a minute Sign up for our Newsletter.
928 2nd Ave. East
Owen Sound, Ontario
We are (usually) open:
Tuesday 10AM - 3:30PM
Wednesday 10AM - 5PM
Thursday 10AM - 5PM
Friday 10AM - 5PM
Saturday 10AM - 4PM
Sunday and Monday - Closed

Purrsonally Yours Fabric and Wool Shop - Stop L on the map

Purrsonally Yours Fabric and Wool Shop has been owned and operated by Isabel McInnis for the last 15 years located on Sykes St Meaford On.  Isabel has been knitting herself for 35+ years, she has lots of experience and knowledge to share with her customers.  She has various types of yarn and from various locations in the world.  She has wool for sweaters, socks, scarves, afghans, hats, baby sweaters, any type of product that you need yarn for, Isabel likely has it in her vast assortment of wools.
Some of the various types of yarn that are carried are, Regia, Merino,Organic Cotton, Organic Wool, Lopi, Butterfly Super 10 Cotton, Manos del Uruguay wool classica as well as Lace, LA LANA Del Deserto Camel Hair, Classic Elite Mohair, Mist Super Fine Kid Mohair & Sirdar. These are the main types of wool available on a regular bases.
At the local wool shop, some of the other products that we carry are Sirdar Patterns, Cabin Fever Patterns, Tapestry Yarn, Latch Hooks, Knitting Needles of various sizes, Crochet Needles, Knitter's Pride Needles, Needle  ,Felting Kits, Beads,Eucalan Wash, these are the major products that we carry, but there are others in the store, you should come in and check it out.
Isabel works with people one on one if they need help or are just starting out and need some guidance.  With her wealth of information, she is able to help the beginner to the expert knitter.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Tuesday to Friday 10:00 to 5:00 and Saturday 10:00 to 4:00.

35 N Sykes St, Meaford, ON N4L 1V9

Grey Heron Yarn Shop - Stop G on the map

Make Grey Heron your LYS (Local Yarn Store)

Grey Heron Yarn shop is located in the Arts and Culture heritage district of Downtown Collingwood. 
We carry yarns from around the world. We do have featured Canadian "Indie" yarns from several of the local dyers.  
Making Ideas Happen!!
Now OPEN Sundays - starting Sunday April 17th - (Now CLOSED Mondays) 

We offer monthly skills building classes: Project classes: Private Classes: Group Classes: 

Every Thursday afternoon it's our Drop In Knit Cafe - it's a social time to gather with like minded - "FREE" 1pm - 4pm

We host a "KnitFest" Saturday workshop with Kate Atherley and Glenna Harris.

Both fabulously talented designers who have worked with Vogue, Canadian Living and several knitting magazines. 

Yarns we carry:
Rowan, Cascade, Estelle, Sirdar, Classic Elite, Opal, Regia, Shelridge, Cabin Fever, Noro, Lopi, Mirasol, Malabrigo, James Brett, Lorna's Laces, Fleece Artist, Handmaiden, Austermann, Patons, Drops, Peace Fleece, The Dye Guy, American Brand, Zauberball, Lang, Lana Grossa, Manos, King Cole, Bernat Baby, HiKoo, Zen Yarn Garden, SMC, Diamond, BaaRamEwe, Fortissima,  
Knitting Notions we carry:
ChiaGoo, Addi, Knit Picks, Clover, Boye, Brittany, HiyaHiya, Denise Needles, Knitter's Pride...
Crochet Notions we carry:
Clover, Knit Picks, Denise Crochet, Boye...
Travel the Lakeside Yarn Crawl this summer!!
WIN prizes!! Travel with your BFF!! Explore our Tourism region!!
10 shops from Port Elgin up and around and over to Coldwater - Chance to WIN prizes at every shop. Read all about it here.
Here's the link to our regional tourism area - check it out before you arrive!!
Need to book a place to stay? Looking for a good restaurant? 
We are located at 65 Simcoe Street, Studio 1,  Collingwood, Ontario L9Y1H7 
intersection of St. Marie and Simcoe Streets, inside the building, first studio on the left

Hours of Operation:

Monday:Or by chance - Closed
Tuesday:10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday:10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday:10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday:10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday:10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday:11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Creemore House of Stitches - Stop F on the map

Every inch of our shop is exciting.

From Quilt Cottons & Batting to Fleece and Flannels we will help Inspire You to Create.
Books and Patterns to complete your projects.

Notions and More Notions Thread, Zippers, Needles & Buttons.
From quilt patterns to the quick gift projects.

We have luscious yarn from Acrylics, Blends, Wool and Natural Fibers.
From Famous name brands importing the finest yarn.
King Cole, Lang, Cascade and Estelle.
You'll want to wrap your fingers around the softness.
Bamboo and Aluminum needles, and many notions.

Don't forget to drop off your Dry Cleaning
We're your Village Depot.

We're so much more than just a Quilt and Yarn Shop
We take care of your stitching needs
Creemore House of Stitches...
From Inspiration to Creation

151 Mill Street
Creemore, Ontario
L0M 1G0 705-466-6363

Sunday Closed in Jan & Feb
Monday Closed
Tuesday 10-5pm
Wednesday 10-5pm
Thursday 10-5pm
Thursday 7-9pm
Friday 10-5:00pm
Saturday 10-4pm
Evenings by Appointment or Class Event

The Wool & Silk Co. - Stop J on the map

The Wool & Silk Co. has come to town!

We are a new yarn shop in a familiar location in Shelburne. There is a new look with a homey, comfortable environment. Along with that comes the variety of quality fine yarns shoppers are accustomed to as well as a several new products.
We are situated in the previous location of the Shelburne Bakery, which became Silks Bakery, eventually becoming a yarn shop. In fact, the shelving for the bakery now houses yarn!
Our shop ideal is “Where Beautiful Things Begin”. How lovely to have something to enjoy and be creative with! There are "Sit & Knits", Classes, and a Saturday morning junior knitting group. This will give people the chance to get together with friends, and others who share their interest in knitting/crocheting.
For more information, contact 
The Wool and Silk Co. at 519 925-6194, 
138 Main St. W. Shelburne for a yarn shopping treat to remember!

We are a full service, yarn shop catering to knitters and crocheters alike. You will enjoy a wide selection of yarns, needles, hooks and accessories in store. Classes are on-going with a complete list offered on this site. Can't wait to see you!
Store Hours Tue, Thurs, Fri: 10am - 5pm Wed: 10am - 8:30pm Sat: 10am - 4pm
Sit-&-Knit Hours Wed: 1pm - 3pm, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Sat: 1pm - 3pm
JR. Sit-&-Knit Hours Sat: 10am - 11am

The Knitting Basket - Stop K on the Map

The Knitting Basket is just to the west of Alliston, Ontario in the little burg of Rosemont. 

Home of the Fine Dining Restaurant - The Globe and The Rosemont General Store who now serve up a slice of pizza you won't soon forget. 
Its also home to a little yarn shop called The Knitting Basket.

The Knitting Basket has been in operation for three years, and is owned and operated by Angie Thompson (yours truly)

The Knitting Basket has a little something for everyone with a wide selection of yarn and knitting supplies  . 
We pride ourselves on our personal service and our ability to fill a customer's needs.  
In the coming years the goal for The Knitting Basket is to support much of the awesome Indie dyers that live locally and throughout Canada. We have some fabulous Artisans in our part of Ontario. 

I hope you can stop by to have a look around the shop; we would love to meet you.


Angie Thompson

1 Jamieson Drive
  • RosemontON L0N1R0 Canada
  • (705) 434-4255

Alliston Yarns - Stop E on the Map

In June 1, 2013 the doors opened for the first time realizing my dream of Alliston Yarns!

We have hundreds of colourful yarns, buttons, books, patterns, needles, indeed all the accessories needed to work with yarns adorn the walls and shelving of this adorable nook.

Hand knit and crochet shawls, blankets, sweaters, dresses and doll clothing cover the walls.  The shelves are topped with many  gifts ideas including stuffed animals, wooden toys and home-made accessories.  Five hat racks are kept filled with baby hats/bonnets, youth and character hats.

Our highly qualified staff have crochet, knitting and finishing classes available as well.

We are open 6 days a week.
Our philosophy has been to somehow give back to the community.

This is why we started a program called " Head to Toes" and Alliston Yarns in the Headquarters of this Alliston charity.

What is "Head To Toes"
Many people have unwanted yarns, crochet cotton, needles and crochet hooks.  They are encouraged to drop them off to the store where they are picked up by caring people who manufacture items with these and then return the items to the store to be donated to Family Christmas Basket in the Alliston area .

In 2014 over 750 beautiful handmade items were donated to the Alliston Lions Club as well as 8 other chritable organizations with the best wishes from the general public.

We anticipate that every year going forward will be bigger and better and appreciated all the hjelp we receive.

If you want to donate to the cause please contact us by clicking on our contact page or call us at705.434.0880

Alliston Yarns
Craft & Gifts
21-B Young St
Alliston, Ontario
Tel: 705.434.0880

Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday
9:30am - 6:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED

True North Yarn Co. - Stop D on the map

Our goal at True North Yarn Co. is to be your one stop shop for top quality knitting wool and yarns, knitting books, knitting patterns, notions and virtually anything that a passionate knitter might need.

We pride ourselves in our outstanding selection of knitting products but our greatest pleasure comes from being able to offer top-notch service and expertise to our valued customers. Join one of our classes, or drop in to our Yarn Socials.

At True North Yarn Co. you will find Central Ontario's finest selection of knitting yarns. Our 2,000 square foot shop is located in beautiful Barrie Ontario Canada, the gateway to Ontario's cottage country.

If you're a knitter you will marvel at our selection of top name yarns including many of the hottest products featured in the most popular knitting magazines.  You will find the latest yarns from names such as Cascade Yarns, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar, King Cole, Noro and many more!

15 Cedar Pointe Dr. Units 7 & 8, Barrie, ON L4N 5R7 - 705-737-4422 -

Phone: 705-737-4422 

Store Hours (EST)

Monday10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Tuesday10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Wednesday   10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday             CLOSED

Eliza's Buttons and Yarn - Stop C on the map

Welcome to Eliza’s Buttons and Yarn!

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 Spring Newsletter is now available! Spring is here and we’ve got new yarns coming in.  Lots of colours and lace to help get you ready for the warmer weather.
We are located at:
250 Bayview Dr. Unit 2. Barrie, On. L4N 4Y8
Our phone number is:
Our e-mail address is:
Our hours of operation are:
Monday10 – 6 pm
Tuesday 10 – 6 pm
Wednesday10 – 8:30 pm
Thursday10 – 6 pm
Friday10 – 6 pm
Saturday10 – 4 pm
SundayWe’re resting our feet!

Purl 3 - Stop B on the map

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 experience.
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


Come Join us for an evening of Stitch and B**ch every Tuesday from 5pm - 7pm.

Bring any knitting or crocheting project your working on and enjoy an evening of relaxing with some wonderful friends.

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

The Purple Sock - Stop A on the map


Lakeside Yarn Crawl starts June 18th  2016 and runs til Sept 5th 2016, come on out  and join in the fun. More info can be found here, or by emailing me.

Welcome to The Purple Sock! One of the most wonderful things about owning your own business is seeing it grow and thrive! Just like watching your children begin to crawl and then walk, head off to school and head out on their own ( much too quickly, lol!)... that is how I see my little shop!

As I head into my ninth year here in the little Village of Coldwater, I am shocked at how quickly the years have gone by! My small beginnings have turned into expanded space, amazing new lines of Canadian yarns including Sweet Georgia from Vancouver and Red Sock, Blue Sock yarns from Ottawa, as well as the incredible yarns from all over the globe, some  supporting women's causes in their home countries, and as always, the finest loose leaf teas from around the world as well. With the advent of Skype and FaceTime and all the other social media, we can be in touch with people all over the world...but it is also lovely to be able to touch and feel, smell and taste these treasures that have found their way to my little shop.

As the shop has grown, I have added new classes, held KAL's, had yarn tastings,  participated as a stop in a "Yarn Crawl", and have started a knitting Retreat (now in its fourth year!).....all because of you, my dear customers and friends! You inspire me with your creativity, your excitement over a new yarn that you want me to order, the trends you find as you travel. I love the old adage that "it takes a village...", well, that is certainly true here at The Purple Sock...a village of spinners and weavers, a village of knitters and felters, of those who crochet and rug hook, who create beauty and share that here every day!

So please drop in, join us for a Sip 'n Stitch, take a class, fondle the newest yarns and fibres or try a new are always welcome here at The Purple Sock!

If you would like to be added to our Newsletter list,  please go to the blog and enter your e-mail in the box under "Follow by e-mail" at the top of the right hand column, Then you will be kept up to date with the goings-ons here at the store.

Happy knitting to all!
Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 
Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.                                                     
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                               
Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.                                                                                 
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

L0K 1E0
Ph: 705 686-3455