Thursday, 30 September 2010

Treat your hands and your feet with Austermann!

At Purl City Yarns we are very excited about our delivery of Austermann Step sock yarns. And not just because they came with some funny foot models.

Step is great because it comes in an array of lively colourways. It was difficult choosing which ones to stock in the shop because they are all so vibrant.

But what we got us really excited is what goes into the product, 75% soft superwash wool, that all important 25% nylon but also Aloe Vera and Jojoba Oil.

So not only do the special ingredients pamper your hands while you knit but they also care for and protect your feet when you wear the socks.

Good work Austermann!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Purl The City .. get creative, get 10% off yarn !!

Just a little reminder that you have the chance to get 10% of your first purchase at Purl City Yarns just by taking part in our collaborative art project 'PURL THE CITY'.

All you have to do is use your creative streak and knit or crochet a city scape feature... it can be as simple as a rectangular strip with several little knitted squares for windows, which you can sew on to your knitted rectangle :o)

For full details about taking part in the project please click here.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Quick update...

Here are a few new shots of the shop as it is today. We finally have shelves... lots of shelves!!! and we can't wait to get them filled up with gorgeous yarns. 

Rachael has been organising the first exhibition that will take place in The Purl Gallery in October, we have a wonderfully, creative artist to showcase in the gallery! More news to come on this very soon.

Until then, take a look at the shop...

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Extras and a photobomb!

Managed to grap a few of the lovely extras from Captain America to pose outside the shop.

Check out the knitwear!

Top photobombing by Scott the builder in the background!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Captain America, anyone??

Purl City Yarns is a hive of excitement at the moment.

Not only are the deliveries of yarn coming in thick and fast (the last few days has brought gorgeous yarns from Austermann, Noro, Mirasol and Araucania, photos to follow) but the Northern Quarter is currently hosting the cast and crew currently filming Captain America.

The warehouse next to the shop is being used as the catering facilities for all the extras, so several times a day there's a parade of 1940s Brooklyn shopkeepers, businessmen, factory workers and pedestrians past the shop.

There's a great blog with some brilliant pictures and footage of the set.

And this guy has been putting really interesting updates on You Tube everyday.

The crew have been putting together the set for a couple of weeks and filming is due to continue until 2nd October. The sad thing is, despite all this effort, the bits shot in Manchester will probably only make up a couple of minutes of the whole film.

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

We're on Facebook and Twitter too ya' know :o)

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Schoppel Wolle

We've had another big delivery of gorgeous Zauberball and Lace Ball by Schoppel Wolle this week, those Germans sure know how to give us fantastic quality yarns in an amazing and unique range of colourways.

Which one is your favourite?....I think mine is 'Crazy Pumpkin' !

Here are a few photo samples of some of the other gorgeous colourways that were in the order...

Thursday, 16 September 2010

More gorgeous yarns!

Feast your eyes on this lot.......!!!

Lots of new deliveries have continued to arrive at the shop this week, and now we can't wait to get those shelves up and stocked full of beautiful yarns, then we can start selling it to all you eager knitters and crocheters out there. We're really looking forward to your reactions on the choices of yarns that will be on sale and very importantly, what you make with it!.... we may even have a special customer feature post on this blog each month, so we can show off our talented customer creations.

We'll be back soon with lots more stock photos, but in the meantime....

Do you have any oddments of yarn in your stash that you have no idea what to use it on? 
Then why not use them up by taking part in Purl The City,  and you can also get 10% off your first purchase at Purl City Yarns just for taking part.

For more info on how to take part in Purl The City, please click HERE!!

We've been using up our odds and ends and made a sample for you to use as a guide...

ArtYarn's Rachael Elwell made this little sample with the help and a few special volunteers at The Just So Festival back in August, where she was teaching knitting and crochet to lots of family festival goers. Thanks to everyone who helped out to make this little house which will be added to the Purl The City project !!

P.S - If you would like to leave us a comment please feel free to click on the comment tab at the bottom of this post, we'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Tills, flooring and, of course, yarn!

It has been a busy week for Purl City Yarns.

The Natural Dye Studio delivery finally turned up (delays were not due to Amanda but rather the laid back courier) and it is absolutely and more info to follow.

The shop now has phone lines............could give you the phone number but can't remember it! And anyhow, we've not plugged the phones in yet!

The computerised till and back office system were installed on Thursday.  Had a verrry long day on Friday, training up to use the system and I not sure how much I have retained of it all (do you know that feeling when you are working in a very warm room and you can't keep your eyes open?) but we will manage!

A massive delivery came from King Cole this took ages to check it all off the invoice. So we now have a lot of stock of good quality yet decently priced merino wool in 4ply up to chunky, loads of bamboo cotton and a lot from the Comfort range. We also have stock of Riot which is King Cole's new Noro-esque yarn.

We are expecting to take delivery of our Manos/Brittany/Artesano order any day now and more orders have been placed both for UK brands and for stuff further afield. We will keep you updated.

At the shop today, there are chaps fitting flooring and stair carpets. Tomorrow, the burglar alarm is being activated.......and later this week the security grills are going on the back windows......we can't have people making off with the precious stock now can we?!

Hopefully by the end of next week we will have shelves and some of the other fixtures and fittings sorted!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010


How would you like to get 10% of your first purchase, either online or in-store, at Purl City Yarns?

Purl City Yarns presents to you......

We're asking all you creative knitters and crocheters to create a woolly city!

For more details of the project  please click the following link....


The first delivery of gorgeous yarns have arrived this week and we have a few images to share with you.

 Keep reading the blog for stock updates, as the stock arrives we'll show you the goodies!!

Busy, busy

Well, it is coming together........... workmen at the shop today putting down the cables for the till and back office, measuring the windows to fit the security grills and sort locations for the CCTV.

Tomorrow, the telephone and the EPOS system go in.

Friday, the flooring man is coming to see us.

So, hopefully, next week we can put in the shelving, start inputting stock on to the website and start bringing the stock to the shop.

Right, off to sort out insurance, merchant services, shipping agents, ordering MORE YARN.......