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The Purple Purl - OUT OF BUSINESS

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11:00AM - 09:00PM
Wed - Fri:
11:00AM - 07:00PM
Sat - Sun:
10:00AM - 05:00PM

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by on

I have been to this store a few times and always felt intimated and unwelcomed by the massive number of knitters hanging out in the sitting area, which takes up the entire middle part of the store. I feel I have to tiptoe around them to look at the yarn selection, like an intruder to a clique, a members-only snobbish club.

The sales clerks are usually very friendly but that alone does not alleviate the general unease I feel when I shop there. It houses a tiny cafe as well so dogs are not welcome inside, which is not good for a weekend visitor like me who likes to take my dog everywhere with me.

I would only go to this store when I absolutely have to get something from there that is not available elsewhere. Not recommended for tourists.


by eureka on Saturday, Nov 10 2012 at 01:30PM CST

Yes, this is one of my favorite yarn shops. I really like their selection of Tanis yarns and the personalized service. Too bad that they are located so far from the downtown core as it takes me a subway and a bus ride to get there. Despite this, I will continue to make the trek to the Purl as I like the atmosphere and selection.


by Jen on Tuesday, Jul 24 2012 at 03:32PM CDT

The Purple Purl is my favourite place to hang out. The owners are very friendly and welcoming. I love how the Purple Purl stocks all natural fibers, including fair trade wools and Canadian indie dyers.
I love the sitting area where I am welcome to stay and knit - I love to chat with the other knitters and have coffee and sweets (love the butter tart squares).
Staff is always helpful to recommend a yarn for a specific project, or if I have a question about a technique.
They also give back to the community by way of donations and fundraisers.


by Lisa on Monday, Sep 13 2010 at 03:51PM CDT

I vacationed in Toronto this past week & was with my friend who lives in Toronto but had never been to this shoppe so we decided to take the trip out there. What a fantastic time we had! The staff was so friendly, so knowledgeable & so helpful without being pushy at all. I had 3 or 4 skeins in my hand & without me even having to ask she quickly looked up the prices for me (I do hate having to ask for prices) and started to tell me a little about the yarns since I had told her I was looking for something made locally. We sat, had some lovely treats from her pastry bar & chatted about what a wonderful trip we were having. Her selection is great, especially if you are looking for something from an indie dyer & her prices are reasonable. If I'm ever in Toronto again, I will definitely go back to the Purple Purl.


by anon on Friday, Feb 26 2010 at 03:37PM CST

Are discounts only offered to frequent customers only?
While attending a function which was not hosted by the store itself, we were told that there would be discount on the yarns after the event was over. It seems the store owner had to be reminded to give me the discount, where as the frequent customer in front of me was told she was getting a discount.
This is not great customer service in my eyes. I had heard people ranting and raving about how wonderful this store is, and how this outlets customers service is soooo great.
I guess you have to belong to the 'IN' crowd be welcomed. This experience makes me not to want to go back.
They do have a great selection yarns, but you can find then in other outlets in the city with friendlier service.


by anon on Monday, Dec 28 2009 at 04:15PM CST

I live a block away, but I refuse to go back there. I'd rather go across town for a needle than go in there. I found the other patrons rather condescending and attention-needy. I wasn't impressed by discussions of how much money they spend on wool, how many miles of yarn they own, etc. I recycle yarn from thrift store sweaters, and was definitely not welcome there. I've gone twice. Once was disturbed by the excess consumerist bragging, and once I seem to annoy the sales person. I was just getting estimates for a custom piece, and needed prices and yardage/skein. When it became clear that I wasn't buying anything that day, I was left so she could talk to everyone else. Not nice. I go to Naked Sheep, Knit Cafe or Lettuce, much more welcoming and ehlpful.


by erinknits on Saturday, Nov 28 2009 at 09:34AM CST

Lovely store, can get really hectic and busy, but I love it there!


by scrappyknits on Sunday, Apr 19 2009 at 01:22PM CDT

Just visited this store for the first time last week. I was very impressed with now large and spacious the store is - with a lovely area to look through books or knit. Very good selection of pattern books and wonderful yarns. I was a bit frustrated that much of what I was interested in was not priced, and I stood for about 7 mins at the counter to ask for a price, but wasn't helped by the staff (who seemed really friendly to every else, they just didn't acknowledge me at all). I eventually gave up and walked out to make my purchase elsewhere.


by Anonymous on Thursday, Mar 26 2009 at 05:47PM CDT


Awhile back I inquired whether you ever had ends of yarn that you donate to charity. I was told to email you and give you my name. I'm a volunteer teaching knitting twice a week to new immigrant women in Regent Park (Yonge Street Mission) and St Jamestown. These women are very keen and I'm finding it hard to keep enough yarn for them. I hate to discourage them by having to tell them they must buy their yarn but I'm running out of donations from my friends.


by Anonymous on Monday, Mar 02 2009 at 08:42PM CST

I agree with someone's comment above - nice shop but owners are a bit pushy and there is an unwarranted "we're cooler than your average knitter" vibe. Lose the attitude.


by Anonymous on Monday, Mar 02 2009 at 10:05AM CST

Maybe the word I should have used was 'attention seeking'


by Anonymous on Wednesday, Feb 18 2009 at 09:50AM CST

Enough already!! Yes it is the best yarns shop since the invention of sliced bread. There ARE other LYS in Toronto that are just as friendly, offer great yarn, have great 'sit and stitch' nights. I now refuse to go there, because they are overly pushy, and they patrons are overly pushy.


by lisarr on Wednesday, Nov 05 2008 at 06:00PM CST

I had found a coveted bamboo sock yarn there last December, but presently they don't carry any.
It is pretty close (10 min by bike?) to my office, so I sometimes zip over there for a needle emergency etc.


by Robbie on Tuesday, Sep 30 2008 at 04:34AM CDT

This is a wonderful place to sit and knit.
They are extremely welcoming, and always willing to help.
I've always been able to find something I love whenever I go in.

Don't forget to get some coffee and a treat while you're there, as the cafe is reasonably priced and delicious!


by neeuqdrazil on Monday, Sep 08 2008 at 01:41PM CDT

I adore the Purl. Jen and Miko (the owners) are incredibly friendly, the Tuesday night Stitch & Bitch is an absolute blast, and their selection of yarn is reasonable for a smaller shop. They've got lots of sock yarn, a reasonable selection of laceweights, and offer amazing classes and workshops.


by brella on Sunday, Jul 13 2008 at 12:10PM CDT

Lovely place to knit and browse without feeling cramped. Fair selection, sweet treats, comfy chairs, friendly folks. Accessible by buses from Pape or Donlands Stn. or streetcar from Queen Stn. Not so many interesting TO attractions nearby; more a place to sit and relax or use as your LYS.


by stretch on Wednesday, May 28 2008 at 09:37AM CDT

Finally a 'close at hand' yarn store that carries Addis! Nice people too!


by Dreamsofyarn on Sunday, Jan 27 2008 at 06:52AM CST

Wonderful cozy atmosphere. All the help you could ask for without a feeling of pressure at all. Delicious coffee and very tempting yarns, books and supplies. A place I plan on frequenting regularly for sure.


by LD on Sunday, Jan 20 2008 at 06:27AM CST

I visited twice in January. They have a good selection and the owners were very friendly and helpful. I'll definitely be going back to restock the stash. They didn't have their cafe open yet but it should be soon.


by CarolMM on Tuesday, Dec 04 2007 at 09:36AM CST

I've only visited this shop during their Grand Opening a couple of weeks ago, but it definitely warrants another look.

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