Thursday, 24 March 2011

A Big Thank You!

Just a quick post to say 'thank you' to everyone who contributed to the success of our Tsunami Appeal fundraiser last night. A good time was had by all and we raised over £400!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Wow! What Great Auction Items!

Just a few hours to go until our Japanese themed Tsunami Appeal fundraiser.

We are going to have raffle with loads chances to win yarn and books as well as a silent auction with the following prizes:

Lot 1 A skein of Fyberspates Sparkle Sock kindly donated by Jeni
Lot 2 A skein of Fyberspates Sparkle Sock kindly donated by Jeni
Lot 3 Five skeins of Wild Fire Fibres Titus 4ply in an exclusive colourway, Cherry Blossom kindly donated by Vikki
Lot 4 A Noro hat lovingly knitted by Vikki
Lot 5 A Noro scarf lovingly knitted by Audrey
Lot 6 A Noro cowl lovingly knitted by Cara
Lot 7 A pack of six bottled beers kindly donated by Port Street Beer House
Lot 8 A decorative peacock wall hanging kindly donated by Oklahoma Cafe
Lot 9 Gorgeous hand-dyed fibre kindly donated by Rebecca
Lot 10, 11 & 12 A place on a Beginners Lace Knitting course donated by Vikki

Monday, 21 March 2011

Japanese Tsunami Fundraiser this Wednesday evening at Purl City Yarns

Come Along for a Knit-a-long


This Wednesday, 23rd March, 5pm-8pm, at Purl City Yarns

After the recent terrible events in Japan, the staff and customers at Purl City Yarns would like to raise some money for the British Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal.

Come to the shop this Wednesday evening, 5pm-8pm for a Knit-a-long. We will be serving Japanese beer, tea and sake in return for a donation and not only will there be a raffle where you can win yarn or knitting related goodies but also a silent auction where you can bid on a range of fantastic items such as exclusive skeins of Wild Fire Fibres yarns, Noro handknits and places on a knitting technique course.

At the moment we are also donating 50p from the sale of each ball of Noro Kureyon/Silk Garden/Sekku, 50p from the sale of each Noro Pattern Book and £1 from the sale of each ball of Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock to the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal. This applies to purchases both made in store and online.

We have also created a Just Giving fundraising page. If you cannot make it on Wednesday evening but would like to support this cause, please consider making a donation via the website.

We hope to see you on Wednesday and look forward to a great evening!

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Japanese Tusnami Appeal

Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal

Until further notice,

50p from the sale of each ball of Noro Kureyon/Silk Garden/Sekku

50p from the sale of each Noro Pattern Book

£1 from the sale of each ball of Noro Kureyon Sock and Silk Garden Sock

Will be donated to the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal.

FeltStudioUK Comes to Manchester

 Purl City Yarns is proud to announce FeltStudioUK Trunk Show
3rd April 12pm-3pm

As the latest in our series of visiting trunk shows, we welcome you to visit the shop to learn more about FeltStudioUK and see a range of  beautiful fibres.

FeltStudioUK is the creation of Daniela, a 29 year old fibre artist based in the UK offering handspun and hand dyed yarn, unique felted items and spinning fibres.

Daniela’s handspun yarns have been published in several books, and her yarn and fibre display is always a feast for the eyes. FeltStudioUK is her full time occupation, which she will be talking about at the trunk show.

It all started eight years ago, when she discovered felt-making and five years ago taught herself to spin. As a result of both these passions you will see and be able to buy a very wide range of fibres, including wool - Merino, Falkland, Shetland, Romney, Corriedale, BFL, Teeswater, Wensleydale, Cotswold, alpaca, camel, llama, mohair, silk, bamboo, tencel, viscose and sometimes a bit of sparkle - Angelina, trilobal, lurex.

Most of Daniela’s fibres are hand dyed and the batts are hand carded.
Also, some of the fibre comes from local rescue farms, in order to support the wonderful job they do.

Entry for the event is free and as it coincides with our regular Sunday knit club, bring along your projects to work on during the show!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Wild Fire Fibres Comes to Purl City Yarns!

Vikki is of Wild Fire Fibres is setting up right now for this evening's trunk show and it promises to be a corker. We couldn't resist taking a few photos to give you a preview.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Yarn of the Month Two

Araucania Ranco Multi
This yarn is a dark house. It sits on the shelf in our sock section looking rather unassuming but when it is knitted up 'Bam!' the colours start to pop. Audrey is knitting some Jaywalkers with her skein and with this project, along with with all our other Ranco Multi projects, there has been no pooling just a harmony of colour!

Get 10% off Araucania Ranco Multi until the end of the month with this code DY4-9NF-YH6 or once again pop into the shop and we will discount it at the till!

Yarn of the Month One

Mirasol Sulka
We love this yarn. Not only is as smooth and silky as a very smooth and silky thing but it comes in a wide array of rich colours.

Cara used Sulka to knit a Shalom Cardigan in no time at all and proclaimed it a joy to work with as well as a joy to wear! Just the thing for this time of the year when the weather cannot make up its mind.

Get 10% off Sulka during March online with this code DY4-9NF-YH6 (or pop into the shop and we will know 10% off on the till!)

Thursday, 3 March 2011

March Madness!

There are some exciting things happening at Purl City Yarns. We will be stocking a lot of new yarns in the shop soon and to make space for them we are having a big sale! All the listed items are available at these sales prices until the end of March, while stocks last.
Grab yourself a bargain!

Scoppel Wolle Flying Saucer                         £10.95          
NOW £9.00
Austermann Algarve                                      £3.20          
NOW £2.50
Austermann Algarve Grande                       £3.20           
 NOW £2.50
Artesano Alpaca DK                                         £4.30           
NOW £3.50
Opal Surprise                                                    £8.70           
NOW £7.20
Austermann Step                                             £8.60            
NOW £7.00
Austermann Alpaca Silk                                  £5.10           
 NOW £4.00
King Cole Merino Blend 4ply/Chunky           £3.20          
 NOW £2.50
King Cole Merino Blend DK/Aran                  £3.05            
NOW £2.35
Artesano Alpaca Hummingbird 4ply           £5.35           
 NOW £4.20
Artesano Alpaca  Hummingbird DK             £16.15          
 NOW £14.50
Artesano Alpaca DK                                        £4.30           
NOW £3.50

Eddie Izzard Comes to Town!

Purl City Yarns was buzzing with even more excitement than usual this week at the news that actor, comedian and all round top bloke, Eddie Izzard would be filming round the corner in Tariff Street.

We felt we couldn't allow an opportunity to meet and knit for such a star pass us by, so with only a few days notice, we were pressed into action.

Vikki, who you will also know as Wild Fire Fibres quickly dyed up some white Kraemer Sterling Silver & Silk yarn into a deep berry semi solid shade and we all quickly got down to knitting Eddie a scarf (We would have liked to have made him some knee-high socks and matching long sleeved fingerless gloves, but alas, not enough time).  We used a pattern by a fellow Raveller, Turvid, called 'One Row Lace Scarf' and worked on it in shifts until the scarf was finished.

On Wednesday, we got our chance to give the scarf to Eddie. He was filming in a building yards from our shop. We waited for a break in filming and seized our opportunity. We thought we would have to hand it over to a member of the production team to pass on to Eddie but, no! Eddie came over to meet us!

He was slightly bemused by the whole thing but accepted the scarf with grace and was completely lovely. He shook our hands and chatted to us for a short while then sadly was called away for another take. We didn't get chance to have our picture taken with Eddie, to be honest all three of us were too starstruck to think to ask!

He wandered off back to the set and we staggered off round the corner to collapse against each other and scream. We are afraid we let our 'classy' slip momentary there!

Eddie Izzard was filming scenes for a new BBC drama called 'The Lost Christmas' due to screen on Christmas Eve. Look out for it on your telly box!

(Eddie Izzard is in this photo, we swear it! Alongside a back view of Cara modelling her newly finished Shalom)