Sunday, August 28, 2011

soft open

So I wanted to take a quick moment and share a secret with you guys ...Purple Iris is doing a soft open this week. They really pushed it the last few days and I have been there for a few days helping around the new shop and it is fabulous! I can't wait for you all to come in and take a gander. She will be open starting Monday the 29th of august . So come in and visit.

I also thought I would share with you one of the new yarns that we just put out today. I knit up the sample last night. It is called Berocco Link.

It is big and cushy comes in great colors and ...the scarf only took me one hour to knit!!! Can't beat that.

I used size 17 needles but it calls for 50 so if you have them great but if not it does work fine with smaller and the pattern (which is super easy) is on the back of the label.

Perfect for a holiday knit idea. Sadly us crafters have to start thinking ahead around now lol. There is lots of great new things to take a look at. Hope to see you there

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

August 18th, 19th, and 20th

We are relocating to 240 West Main St.

We invite you to help us with our move by lightening the load a bit.

Great Prices Storewide!

25% - 70% Off

All yarn, books, patterns, notions bags, and much more.

These prices also include all Norwex and Celebrating Home Products

No coupons, punches or returns on sale items

It's still purple...Even the carpet!!
Due do changes being made at our previous location we will be relocating to 240 West Main St. (the former Bromen's Office Supply). Now that the reality has set in we are getting excited to be in our NEW location. There's lots to do but if all goes as planned we will officially open the doors Tuesday Sept. 6th. We will be closed the week of August. 29th through Sept. 3rd to reset the new store.

Watch for us in the Sounds of Summer parade. It's Anchors Away as we move Downstream!!

Janna Milbradt
Purple Iris Yarn Shop

Monday, July 4, 2011

It's Hawaiian Holidays at Purple Iris Yarn Shop

Our Yarns Make "EWE" Look Good!

3 Big Days!
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
July 5th, 6th and 7th
20 % Savings Storewide!
and up to 70% off clearance!

Thursday only! 9am to Noon!
receive 30% savings on ALL yarn

10 % off consignment items.

Join us for Knit Night from 5-8pm on Thursday
*Wear an Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt and receive 30% off all yarn.
*Register for Door Prizes
We'll Have a MOO MOO of a Time!!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

cute as a button

One thing that can make or break a project is buttons. You really want the right buttons for a project after all the work that you put into a project.

Mrs Janna has a ton of buttons in all shape, sizes, andcolors.

The nice thing too is you buy just the amount that you need for your project instead of paying for a whole pack.

There are different textures, wood plastic, bone, silver....
circles, triangles, rectangles, ovals it goes on and on...

I thought I would show you a few of my favorites.

I love love LOVE these little hedge hogs. I don't know why I just do. :)

The textures of these are very different and cool.

and last but not least...

Who doesn't love some animal prints..

So pop in and check them out they tend to get looked over and I love them soo much.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The newest goodies in the shop :)

I finally got a moment to sit down and show you guys some more of the new goodies Mrs Janna has got into the shop.

Here are the new 9'' circulars great for sleeves. They are clover bamboos in all different sizes :)

She also got in a bunch of new colorful Laurel Burch things. Like some socks,

bags of all different shapes and sizes,

with cats,

and dogs,

wither you need a little bag for your knitting doo-dads,

or a purse big enough to fit your full project as well as your other necessities,

they are there for sure,

in lots of fun colors and patterns. And of coarse she has other bags in other shapes and sizes for what ever the need :) So swing in and check it out. Have a great memorial day and drive careful:)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Knit in Public Day/ new goodies.

So I have been busy and lots of great new things have been coming into the shop that I have got to show, but first things is first. We have a great event coming up. Saturday June 4th is knit in public day. Janna will be hosting out front of the shop from 10-4 Bring chairs, umbrellas, and any project you feel like working on. :) Newbies are welcome too. C.offee and water will be provided and if weather is rough we will be inside :). So please come on out and have a good time with us and enjoy a great day.

Now on to the updates. Janna got in some new books one great one is Grammy's favorite knits for baby. There is tons of great stuff in there. Super cute for those of you who have any expecting moms in your life. They work great for all the new baby yarns I posted earlier too :)

Here is one of the favorite projects that Janna knit up for a store sample. Great little cupcake hat. :)

Anther great new thing she got in which will be perfect for traveling during summer vacations is the knit kit.

It has every little knitting accessory you might need like scissors, end protectors, stitch markers, darning needles, and then..

On the other side there is a crochet hook (for all those pesky dropped stitches) , a row counter , thread cutter, and a tape measure. :)

All in a great little portable kit:) Well I have tons of other things to share but I will have to spread them out :) Keep checking in to get all the updates and you never know we might throw another drawing out there so make sure that you click the button to follow the blog and "like" us on facebook .

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


The winner of the Mothers Day prize was Jann Johanson. :) Congrats

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mothers Day drawing.

With mothers day lingering on the horizon we figured for all the poor mamas out there that will be getting gym equipment, power tools or some other unsolicited present you have no interest in, we thought we would do a drawing.

We figured this cute funny little read would be a great treat for any mother. So whether you are a knitter, crocheter, or neither you will enjoy it. Here are the rules. You have to either click to follow us. or you have to "like" us on facebook. We will be doing the drawing on the 7th. you have until midnight on the 6th of May to be entered. Good luck.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Another of the new yarns that Janna got in lately is Dreamland. It is a great baby yarn and it comes in both textured (fancy) and plain.

The textured is 97%bulk and 3% acrylic and the plied version is 70% nylon 30% acrylic, so machine washable for all the little whoops things that happen with little ones.
Also it is super soft and non itchy. It textured has 84 yards and the plied is 125 yards.

its worsted weight and comes in great colors too. I took a peek on ravelry and found some super great projects made out of it I thought I would share.

Pamcamas made this great little vest (pattern: baby hooded vest)

it is both textured and plied and I happen to know that Janna has this pattern in the shop.

Karinamaza made this great little christening hat out of the plied.

It is too cute with the little cables. It also has some other matching pieces too if you look it up.

and this last ones size didn't quiet come out lol but Tangelday made these darling baby socks out of the plied.

There are tons of other cute things these could be used for :) So if you are expecting a new little one you know where to look. There is nothing better to get when you are expecting then a cute little hand knit something and baby clothes are such a fun way to try your hand at garments for new knitters and a fun instant gratification project for experienced knitters. Everyone loves baby's ;)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ravelry tips.

So I know allot of you guys aren't huge Ravelers. Well I am going to tell you reasons why I love and how it can help improve your knitting. There are great things you can use ravelry for and I thought I would share them with you.

1.I personally never knit a garment with out going to Ravelry first and browsing that pattern to see if it looks good on people who are shaped like me and what it looks like in different yarns and what changes people have made.

2. I get great ideas for new projects I would never see other wise.

3. I have all my needles and books cataloged so I know what I own.

4. You can see all your friends newest projects and check out their blogs.

5. you can figure out what to do with those random skeins of yarns that you bought with out knowing what to do with them.

6. Show off your great projects.

7. join groups for things that you love (authors designers kids caffeine your favorite yarn shop *wink wink*)you name it there is a group. You can talk all about that subject and keep up to date.

8. figure out if your pattern has a mistake or if you are crazy.

9. when you are feeling really bad go on and flip the the "ugh"s under the people tab. There is some really ugly stuff out there and no you aren't the only one who didn't check gauge and wound up with a sweater that would fit a giant.

10. swaps. You can join a swap and swap yarn and knitting things with some one from different state or county there are sock swaps pattern swaps, I have done caffeine swaps with yarn and coffee tons of fun things out there.

Go on and give it a whirl.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

who needs a pretty fix?

Well I don't know about you guys but I am in to mood for some pretty stuff. After all these grey drab cold days I think we need more color like Janna's flowers at the shop. They are beautiful right now.

and this great project that CathieKnits finished. How beautiful. The pattern is Blooming Cotton Scarf. I think she did such a great job. Very fun and colorful.

It reminds me of my grandmas violets :) I love it. It looks great on her. I love seeing the great things people have made showing up in the Ravelry group and when I saw this I knew I had to share.

I thought I would also give you guys a sneak peak of what got dropped of for the shop yesterday. (shhh no one will see these until Monday you guys are the first ;) There are great charms, stitch markers, and a few key chains too.
Some super cute charms with both knitters and crocheters
I LOVE these and was super excited for them. who wouldn't right lol. hmmmm these would be great gifts from the easter bunny..or has anyone heard of a little day called Mothers Day?
She also made up some great little packs of stitch markers. They were hard to get good pics of but they are too cute.
Better yet all the new cuteness is only $7.50!! I love it. Aren't talented sister the best. There is more you didn't get to see so check them out for yourself :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

So much for spring ..

Well so much for spring. We got a glimpse this week but now it is back to winter coats, hats and scarfs. Well I figured that it would be a great time to show case the new liberty wool by c.e.y. It is a beautiful self striping wool 100% wool and 122 yards with tons of great color ways.

Purple yellows pink greys..
blue greens purples and greys
pink reds purples and yellows
greens and blues
pink yellow greys oranges
purple greys yellows and browns

There are so many great combos. I went through ravelry and found some great patterns to make out of this yarn there is ..

a great little cardie with some ribbing on the back for a great shape
the zig zag tam which this one was actually knit up by the lovely Janna :)
turned out great
The Molly scarf with the great ruffle.
how cute is that and these is these great beginners socks.

My poor chilly feet are so jealous of these cute warm socks lol. We are thinking this would be a great class. They are quick and easy and a great way to learn to knit socks. :) I love knitting socks in the summer small and portable :) Let us know if you are interested in taking the class.