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Coastal Purl newsletter


Welcome to Coastal Purl!

While I'm pretty active on social media, I know not all of my customers are so there may be some duplication between the newsletter and those channels, but that's ok.  My intent with this outreach is to share new and exciting additions to the shop, recent projects - what's on my needles or recently off my needles - as well as project ideas, and lastly to share what's going on with our growing community of knitters and crocheters.

New Additions
  • Yarn bowls
These wonderful pieces were created by well-known Edenton, NC potter Richard Heiser. Each is a hand-thrown, hand-painted original signed by the artist, a sample is pictured below. These are a perfect way of corralling your balls of yarn so you can knit or crochet at an even tension without chasing them off the couch and across the floor.  I don't have them available through the website only because their shipping falls outside the paradigm built into the point of sale system. For those who are interested in purchasing a bowl but require shipping, contact me directly and we'll figure it out. They are fragile so extra packing and insurance are absolutely required. The cost of the bowls is $39.00.

  • Project bags
Project bags are indispensable for keeping a project, its yarn and pattern together and clean. These bags are created by a women-owned company in New York State out of a nice weight canvas fabric that is made of recycled cotton.  They have soft but sturdy webbed cotton handles with enough of a drop that you can carry it on your shoulder, if desired, and a gusset at the bottom.  They'd also make great shopping bags for those of us who opt to carry our own bag and forgo plastic bags. These are available both in the shop and on the website.
  • Blossoms
These gorgeous cakes have been a big hit - my original order sold out but another 30 cakes in 15 color ways arrived yesterday. They are hand-dyed in Vermont by Frabjous Fibers and are 80% superwash merino, 20% nylon. While they could be termed a sock yarn with a gauge of 21-26 sts=4" on US 0-3 needles, most people will opt to make the most of these beautiful gradients by knitting one of several lovely shawl patterns. One cake will produce a beautiful scarf type shawl.  The dizzying array of color choices can be seen on my website.

  • Kits

This is new for the store and I'll see how these go. I ordered a few kits from Frabjous Fibers because I loved their hand-dyed yarns. Two options include the "Mad Hatter" combo kit which has a primary full size skein with 5 coordinating mini skeins and two pattern options included, and the other is the "Opposite Attract" pair of full size coordinated skeins which also comes with a pattern. If you log into the website and find they are sold out, reach out to me ( and I can certainly reorder for you.

What's on or freshly off my needles

The yoke sweater knitted with Summer Silk (a 50/50 cotton & silk blend) was a delight - the pattern is called Oneida and is free with the purchase of that yarn.  The pattern is probably intermediate level, but very clearly written and thoughtfully designed. The yarn is incredibly soft - like knitting with marshmallows without the sticky!

The cotton shawl, modeled by dear friend Rose, was worked in 100% organic cotton hand-dyed by Great Adirondack Yarn Co. in upstate NY. The pattern I used was "May I Borrow That Please", which I am happy to share. The yarn comes in several very bright cheery color ways, but also in the neutral tones I used (you can see these on my website).  It's an easy pattern on bigger needles that works up quickly and looks and feels great.

Just off my needles this afternoon and into the wash and block process tonight is the Meshmerism shawl designed for the Blossoms described above, but I worked it up in Whisper Lace as a sample in that yarn. The Whisper Lace yarn is a spongier texture due to its 70% wool, 30% silk content.


Knitting Community
Classes have started - check my website for availability. If you don't see a time that works for you please email me and let's get you scheduled. The best times are the hour before I open (10-11 am Tuesday through Fridays) and the hour after I close on Saturdays (1-2 pm). Right now I'm doing beginner knitting (for those who have never knit) and brush up knitting (for those who have but have taken a break or just don't feel confident).  Coming soon: felting classes, and crocheting and more advanced knitting classes, some with guest instructors. 

I've had small groups of knitters who have started coming in afternoons just to knit and chat and it's been wonderful. We have plenty of room to social distance, the store is airy and open. If you're feeling cooped up, need a change of scenery and want to escape the heat and humidity, please stop over.

Happy knitting all!


 (252) 548-4801

106 A Capital Trace
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Tue- Fri 11am-6pm
Saturdays 9am-1pm
Sunday & Monday *Closed