Step Right Up! Four days at ArtFest Kingston!

24 Jun 28, 29, 30 June and 1July
28, 29, 30 June and 1July

28, 29, 30 June and 1 July

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up to Purlin’s J’s Roving Yarn Company for four, count ‘em FOUR days at ArtFest Kingston! Look for the red yarn truck, Lil Dorothy, near the Music Small Stage, at the Barrie/King corner of City Park.
The yarn truck will be open 10am to 6pm each day: 28, 29, 30 June and 1 July.
Purlin’ J accepts Visa, Mastercard and cash.


WWKIP at Skeleton Park Arts Fest 21 June

17 Jun

It’s World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) week! Why not bring your knitting and crochet (or spinning or felting) project to Skeleton Park this Saturday, 21 June, between 1 and 4pm to celebrate WWKIP week? Enjoy FREE live music all day, plus lots of activities for the kids, artisan and community booths, food vendors and more! Bring your own chair and your project; a canopy will be set up next to Purlin’ J’s truck to provide some shade.  Shop the yarn truck from 10 am to 5pm. (Look for the red yarn truck, Lil Dorothy, near the Ordnance Street side of the park.) See you Saturday, rain or shine!


Lil Dorothy visits the Westport Heritage Street Festival!

12 Jun Westport

This Saturday, 14 June, is Westport’s Heritage Street Festival! And Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. will be there all day! Look for Lil Dorothy near the intersection of Bedford and Church, in the municipal parking lot. Visit all the vendors, take in a walking tour, and sample the results of the pie-baking contest! Free admission.


Purlin’ J’s at Barriefield’s 200-year anniversary

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Shop the yarn truck in Barriefield 7 June

Shop the yarn truck in Barriefield 7 June

This Saturday promises to be absolutely glorious! I’m looking forward to having Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, in Barriefield this Saturday, 7 June from 10am to 4pm. Look for Lil Dorothy in the green field.

The Barriefield Village 200th Anniversary Celebration will include displays and demos of heritage crafts and trades (boatbuilding, blacksmithing, carpentry, window making, spinning and weaving, etc.), historic costumes, walking tours and wagon rides through the village, a bake sale, afternoon tea at St. Mark’s Church, Farm Girl food, musical performances, AND Purlin’ J’s yarn truck!

Note: Activities will take place in three locations: the green field (GF) at the intersection of Wellington and George Streets, St. Mark’s Church (SM), and the Frontenac County Schools Museum (FCSM).

Purlin’ J’s featured in short video by Station 14

29 May Purlin' J's 2014

Braden Dragomir came to visit with me at the yarn truck, and this short video about Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. is the result!

P.S. Love that it’s set to local musicians Sheesham & Lotus!

Just announced! Purlin’ J’s at Kingston Scottish Festival

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Git yer knit on this weekend at the Kingston Scottish Festival! Shop Purlin’ J’s yarn truck on Saturday 24 May at Rideau Acres (1014 Cunningham Road) and enjoy a full day of Scottish dancing and music! Free Admission (Parking Charge of $5/vehicle). Plus a KidsZone, food vendors, and a beer tent!


Lil Dorothy is popping up at Anwyn this weekend!

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Lil Dorothy is at Anwyn Studio once again! This weekend the yarn truck will be parked at 105 Mowat Avenue on Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 17/18 May (12 – 6pm Sat; 12 – 5pm Sun). Did you know Portsmouth Village is home to several talented artists and craftspeople? Why not stop in at Chasing Lightning Bugs studio, Epidemic 613, and of course Anwyn Studio while you’re there?


This weekend on the yarn truck you’ll find new sock yarn from Silver Cloud Alpacas from Elginburg, Ontario. Nancy hand-dyes the yarn created from her herd of 60+ animals. The sock yarn is a new quality this year; it’s a bit thicker and loftier but with less yardage.  Recently I drove Lil Dorothy to Silver Cloud for a few photos and I can’t wait for you to see them! Stay tuned!


Shop Purlin’ J’s at Spring Chicken!

1 May Truck Icon Final

Truck IconShop the yarn truck at the first ever Spring Chicken Craft Fair, brought to you by the Fat Goose Craft Collective!

This is Lil Dorothy’s first event of 2014, and you’ll find lots of new yarns on board, including one-of-a-kind skeins from Zen Yarn Garden, silk blends from Louisa Harding and Malabrigo, and new colours of some of your favourites. No admission price to shop the yarn truck! Open Sunday, 4 May, 11 am – 4 pm. 285 Queen Street, Kingston, Ontario.

Have you seen the new Purlin’ J’s project bags? Your mom would love one for Mother’s Day!

See you on-board,

Announcing the Return of the Yarn Truck!

29 Mar photo: Elizabeth Cooper

I am so pleased to announce the return of Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, nicknamed “Lil Dorothy”! I hope you’ll stop by and see what’s new at the first ever Spring Chicken Craft Fair, brought to you by the same great folks who do the popular Fat Goose Craft Fair! Lil Dorothy will be parked at the Renaissance Event Venue (285 Queen St. Kingston, Ontario) on Sunday, May 4th, 11am to 4 pm. This juried show will also have the lower level of the Renaissance Venue open to help even out the crowds and add much-needed space for vendors.

Until then I am discontinuing my weekly specials, so you can save your pennies for all the beauties coming on board Lil Dorothy! (And so I can devote my time to sprucing up Lil Dorothy after her long winter’s nap.)

You can look forward to some stunning new hand-dyed sock yarns, new yarns for spring, and some new colours of some of your favourites! And look, here’s a sample I made of one of Laura Nelkin’s Mudra Cuff kits, one of a few of her kits you’ll find on board the yarn truck:


Looking forward to seeing you on-board,

Sock Yarn Ten Bucks!

22 Mar Supersocke!

On Thursday I finally finished my hand-knitted tights, and posted this photo to Instagram/Facebook:

Sock Opus!

Sock Opus!

What a great response! You love them as much as I do, and it seems many of you are inspired to make your own tights! The pattern is called Sock Opus, and they are knit two-at-a-time from the toe-up! They are a great way to use all your favourite sock yarns in one very satisfying, custom-fitting, and practical project. You need two long circular needles (in the size that gives you the gauge required, 2.5 – 3mm) to knit two-at-a-time. You can certainly knit each leg individually from the toe-up, then join to knit the panty. But then you run the risk of  catching the dreaded “second-sock syndrome”, and two-at-a-time also means it’s  easier to knit both legs so they match, much like I tried to do with mine.

So for this week’s special, I am offering once again sock yarn for ten bucks a pop!


Supersocke: Col 1438 (top); Col 1439 (bottom)

Choose from two brands/four colourways of colourful, self-striping sock yarn! Each ball is $10, and will yield one pair of your average socks.

There’s Supersocke from Online, 75% wool, 25% polyamide, 100gr/420m. It’s even infused with Aloe Vera and Jojoba! Colour 1438 is brown, black, royal blue, kelly green with a touch of orange. Colour 1439 is a cheerful combo of fuschia, royal blue, yellow and orange with a touch of black and brown.


Mexiko: Col 202 (left); Col 204 (right)

I also have Mexiko from Schoeller and Stahl, 75% wool, 25% polyamide, 100gr/420m. Colour 204 is a happy combo of black, turquoise, cream, orange, and purple. Colour 202 is a combo of fuschia, cornflower blue, yellow and orange with a touch of cream and lime green.


Mexiko self-stripe Col 204

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to with your selection and delivery preference. Free delivery to within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $20. You can also pick up from downtown Kingston, or I can send via Canada Post [additional charge]. A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. HST will be added. While quantities last! Offer expires 28 March 2014.

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"One of the coolest 'yarn stores' I've ever seen" --Vogue Knitting magazine, Holiday 2013

Knitting to Stay Sane

Challenging myself, one stitch at a time.


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