The Purple Purl
By YP Contributor

Knit and Chat on Queen Street East

Whether you’re a die-hard knitter or new to purl, elongated and plaited stitches, you’ve got a great reason to stroll along Queen East; The Purple Purl.

Opened by self-confessed hardcore knitters Miko Schechter and Jennifer Campbell in 2007, the store stocks knitting, crocheting, felting and spinning supplies, patterns and books. You can join in a range of classes that cover all levels or bring whatever you’re working on and just have a seat in the store for a knit and a chat. “We like the idea of being a spot which has a living room feel, where people can hang out and knit as well as get supplies,” says Miko. “We have just about everything you need for your knitting and crocheting.”

There’s even a small cafe on hand with hot and cold drinks and sweet snacks.

You can go out and buy a readymade meal, go to a restaurant, or you can make it from scratch. We tend to do things from scratch here; from making our own yarn to finishing the final item. - Miko Schechter, co-owner
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Self-confessed hardcore knitters and Purple Purl owners, Miko Schechter and Jennifer Campbell.

Spinning Yarns with Like-Minded Knitters

“We stock yarns form all over the world and we try to stock as much Canadian yarn as possible,” says Miko. “We also get hand-dyed yarns in. They’re pretty unique because it’s hard to find the exact same colour again which isn’t the case with commercially produced yarns. People love them.”

You’ll enjoy a good yarn here in more way than one. Regardless of their age or gender, clientscome to The Purple Purl to develop and fine tune their skills and chat about everything under the sun. Politics, work the weather and creative projects are all discussed as the knitters and crocheters work away. You can drop in, get a coffee and knit at any time during opening hours, but for a special buzz, Tuesday night is Stitch Night. This is kind of like a knitting powwow for people to spend the evening with like-minded people and chew the fat while beavering away at their sweater, socks or baby blanket. “One regular is a flight attendant who tells me that he couldn’t get through his long haul flights without his knitting,” smiles Miko. “Another lady who comes to us is 102! She says it’s knitting and crocheting that has helped her live so long.”

The Purple Purl is a cozy location for a group project or just to enjoy a coffee and crochet.

Knitting Together for a Good Cause

As well as the scheduled lessons, there’s a casual group that meets at the shop to all work on the same pattern. “Maybe we’ll knit a sweater in different colours and sizes. At the end of it, we’ll take a photo of us all wearing our sweaters. It’s motivating to work with other people in the same pattern.” Knitters also get together to make mittens, hats and scarves for Street Knits, a charity that provides warm items to homeless people.

As for everything that The Purple Purl offers, Miko compares it to cooking. “You can go out and buy a readymade meal, go to a restaurant, or you can make it from scratch. We tend to do things from scratch here; from making our own yarn to finishing the final item.”

The vibrant exterior, located on Queen Street East.
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