Friday, 29 October 2010

Malabrigo Madness

Malabrigo Madness!!!!
The first delivery of the Malabrigo yarns has arrived!

We have now have Malabrigo lace, sock and silky merino in loads of gorgeous colours!!

Come down and grab some!

We are open until 6pm this evening, 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-3pm on Sunday.

Grab yourself a fantastic deal between now and closing on Sunday.....Our introductory offer is 10% off all Malabrigo yarns, if you say the magic word 'marvellous' when paying!


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

10 % off this Friday

10% off this Friday!

To celebrate Purl City Yarn's official grand opening this Friday, we will be offering you 10% off all purchases all day long. Come down and join the fun!

Oh, and just to let you all know...............the Addis have arrived! We now have stock of circulars, DPNs, crochet hooks and Tunisian crochet hooks.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Manos Lace, Crazy Zauberball and news of our Grand Opening Event.

M is for Manos Del Uruguay

Well, we have been open a week and it has been fantastic to meet you all in person at Purl City Yarns.
You have all been really helpful with your suggestions of what you want to see in the shop and how make Purl City Yarns even better for you.

Keep all your suggestions coming, they are most welcome and we do read them all.
In fact, in response to several people, we now stock Manos Del Uruguay Lace.
It arrived over the weekend and is now out on the shelves.

The yarn is 5% Cashmere, 20% Silk and 75% Baby Alpaca  which means it is smooth, shiny, soft and is lighter than air.

Each 50g skein is 400 metres (438 yards) long and it comes in a gorgeous array of colours.

Going Crazy

Also, in response to your pleas, we have expanded our Schoppel Wolle Zauberball range and now stock Crazy Zauberball.
Still using the vibrant graduating colourways of the original Zauberball, Crazy Zauberball is made up of two strands plied together for dramatic marbled effect.
Each ball is 100g and 420 metres (459 yards) long.  Great for socks, shawls, scarves, whatever takes your fancy!
We are getting deliveries on a daily basis, so we will keep you up to date with everything as it comes in the door, and yes, that includes the Addis, Malabrigo and Lorna’s Laces!

Calling all sample knitters

At Purl City Yarns we are keen to increase the amount of beautiful knitted and crocheted samples on display. So we need sample knitters and crocheters. If you are interested please email us at telling us what kind of garments you would be interested in making, as well as your favourite yarns, fibres and colours and we will get back to you.
Grand Opening

It is almost time to round up this mail out but before we do, just a quick reminder about our Grand Opening event this Friday which will include the opening of our Purl Gallery and its very first exhibition by Kandy Diamond.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Knit & Destroy exhibition opens Friday 22nd October

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Knit and Destroy Goes To The Movies
22nd October – 28th November 2010

Purl Gallery is delighted to present the first UK solo exhibition and the exclusive first showcase of the new collection of machine knits from Knit and Destroy.
This new collection is inspired by classic movie making and the cinematic experience, and includes beautifully crafted designs of a celluloid scarf, usherette garments, Godzillas, Hollywood and popcorn.

Alongside the machine knitted designs is a new short film by Kandy Diamond. The film is an ode to the silent movie and demonstrates the scarf making process on a knitting machine.  

All pieces are designed, machine knitted and hand finished by Diamond using 100% lambs wool yarn. 
Diamond is a professional machine knitter and has designed under the name Knit and Destroy since 2006. 

During her degree studies in Textile Design with Design Management, where she gained a 1st class honours degree from the University of Manchester, Diamond discovered she had a passion for knitted textiles and now shares her enthusiasm and knowledge for knit as a lecturer at The University of Manchester. 

Diamond has previously exhibited her works at Inter Warmth 2009 (Falkirk) and at Pimp My Pump 2007 (UK and Europe).

As well as creating original, handmade knits for her own collections, Diamond also makes commissioned pieces and has collaborated with designers such as Leona Baker and Gemma Shiel. 
Diamond also co-writes the popular, independent craft-zine 'Sugar Paper - 20 things to make and do'.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Pumpkin Cozy..

Halloween is just round the corner so here is a lovely pumpkin cosy pattern, found on, to keep your needles clickin' for the next few weeks. Send us yours pics if you make one (

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

Here at Purl City Yarns we like to get very creative with yarn! 

Purl The City is a project designed to celebrate not only our shop but to also celebrate the talent of our customers and to showcase all of your knitting and crochet skills.

We already have a few pieces that have been made by some very talented crafters in Manchester, which we will feature very soon, and we also invite people from around the world to contribute too! :o)

If you would like to take part in this project please click on the link below.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

We are open until 8pm tonight!

Purl City Yarns finally opened its doors yesterday and we were really pleased that so many of you came down to see us on our opening day!

Thank you so much for dropping in, we hope you will become regular fixtures in the shop!

Wednesday is our late night opening so we will be open today until 8pm. So if you would like to grab yourself a post-work yarn fix, come and see us.

We will also have wine and nibbles from 5pm, so if you have had the day from hell at work, come and relax on the sofa with a bit of vino and a brownie and we will try to lift your spirits!!!!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Indie Quarter feature

Many thanks to the wonderful Jenny Hudson who visited the shop on Friday to have a good preview of the shop before the doors are open to the public, to take some snaps and to ask us some questions about the yarn, the gallery and the workshops for an article she has put together on .

We must also say a massive thanks to Jenny as she very kindly brought us some flowers for the shop to wish us all good luck for the opening.

You can read the article Here and please make sure you browse the rest of the Indie Auarter blog - it's full of fab craft ideas, articles, features, vids and much, much more.

And don't forget... WE OPEN TOMORROW!! @ 10am - be there and get discount on your lovely purchases all day :o)

We open tomorrow!

Just a quick post to say we will be open from 10am tomorrow!

There will be wine and by saying the code word 'dragonfruit' at the till, you qualify for a 10% discount (tomorrow only).

Hope to see you soon!!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

The Knitting Studio, Montpelier!

I (Rachael) though I would share these lovely photos with you that were send by my parents who are currently enjoying a holiday to celebrate their 30th year of marriage in the USA.

Whilst in down town Montpelier, Vermont, my Dad spotted this yarn store called 'The Knitting Studio' and took a few images to message straight over to me.

I managed to find the store's website: and I have especially enjoyed reading their blog.

P.S. - congratulations Mum and Dad Elwell from all at Purl City Yarns xxxx :o)

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Good News and Bad News

Well, there's good news and there's bad news, which do you want first?

The good news is the shop is decked just about ready for you all. We have an abundance of yarn, needles and patterns all waiting for your approval!!!

Now for the bad news. We were hoping to open up on Thursday, 7th October, but today, the IT system, which controls the till and stock room, decided to play up. What looked at first like a minor problem seems to have opened a whole can of techie worms. We currently have IT guys in the US desperately trying to remotely fix the system but until they can, we can't trade at all.

We have therefore taken the decision to delay opening until Tuesday, 12th October, sorry folks. 

No one can say for definite what the problem is and how long it will take to resolve. We don't want to keep saying 'domani, domani' so Tuesday it is unless an IT miracle occurs. 

Perhaps it was better it happened today while we were still in training mode than next week when you are trying to purchase yarn!

So apart from the pooter, everything is just about set.

The majority of the stock is here, we are still waiting on Malabrigo, Lorna's Laces and a couple of other deliveries but they are due any day. 

Friends of the shop Marie Patterson and Alessio Bacci-Evers have been doing a cracking job putting the yarn on the shelves, so it is all colour coded and alluring and I can't move by the till for all the Knit-Pro and Brittany needles we have had delivered.

The indie dyers - Green Eyed Monsters, Six Swans, Skeins UK and Wild Fire Fibres - are putting together the most divine yarns for the shop. Might have to fight you for them!

Rachael of ArtYarn is working hard on The Purl Gallery, our gallery and workshop space and is organising a really special exhibition which opens on 22nd October. More about that every soon.

We have even have a mascot for the shop.....a little alpaca from Peru. Not named him yet. Any suggestions?

So, apologies for the delays in opening but hopefully it will all be worth the wait. We really look forward to seeing you in the shop and hope you like it!!!

Oh, and if you are not already on our mailing list, please email us at as we will be contacting our special mailing list people very soon about exciting events.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Nearly opening time....

Everything is finally coming together at the shop and we are on the brink of opening our doors!!

Today the Purl City Yarns sign has been fitted above the shop window, we're really chuffed to bits with how it looks!

And the shop is nearly all laid out, just a few more bits of furniture and stock to go out on the shelves and we'll be right to go!!

Friday, 1 October 2010

Opening Soon....

If you were to walk past the shop, this is what you would see in the window. Yes, we are nearly open.

As soon as we can get the rest of the stock on to the system and out on to the shelves, we will be throwing open our doors!

Just want to give a quick shout out to Marc The Printers for producing all our posters and flyers. Excellent work, chaps!