Shop Purlin’ J’s in Almonte This Weekend!

11 Sep Purlin J & Alpacas 389

This weekend Lil Dorothy is returning to her roots in Lanark County for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 19th annual Fibrefest in historic Almonte. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out, Fibrefest will have something for you.

This two-day celebration of textiles and fibre arts spans three locations: the Museum, the Almonte Arena (182 Bridge St., where you’ll find Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.), and the Almonte Curling Club. Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.

“That’s My Style,” vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers, giving you the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location. “Button Mania” returns to Fibrefest this year, with displays of WW I era military and fashion buttons, alongside button vendors. Members of the Ottawa Valley Button Club will be present to identify your special buttons!

New this year will be a “Sort-a-Thon” presented by Alpaca Ontario. If you are curious about this wonderful animal, here is your chance to meet and greet them and to familiarize yourself with alpaca fibre and the products made with it. Alpaca farmers will have their fleece at the Sort-a-Thon, where it will be assessed, sorted and batched ready for the mill. Come and check out this fascinating process and see what the buzz is all about! Edited 12 Sept to add: The Sort-a-thon has been cancelled.

And finally, the Lamb Race! At 4 pm on September 14th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes! Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum ahead of the event.

The Museum is featuring two artists: Frances Taylor and Reiko Sudo, and on the second floor is the permanent history exhibit “Fabric of a Small Town,” which interprets how a piece of wool becomes a piece of finished cloth and the industrial machines used throughout the process.

The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be running a tea room, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.

Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.

Create and Donate! September 6

3 Sep

Create and Donate! On Sept 6, Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company will be at The Royale (2485 Princess Street) for a charity Knit-a-Thon in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KGH. You can register by calling 613-634-5900. Bonus: live music and refreshments!

Just Announced! Pop-up at Anwyn

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Purlin’ J’s at TWIST

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Lil Dorothy is going on her first long road trip this weekend, travelling from Kingston, Ontario, to Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec, for TWIST! I am nervous and excited all at the same time! But once she has arrived at the Complexe Whissell, Lil Dorothy’s doors will be open Saturday and Sunday, Aug 23/24 beginning at 9 am until 6 pm Saturday and 5 pm Sunday. There is a $7 entrance fee and kids 12 and under are free.

Do you love the yarn truck? Then vote for it!

Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company is a semi-finalist for The Globe & Mail Report on Small Business #remarkablebiz contest and your votes are needed! Visit the G&M Pinterest page here and vote for Purlin’ J’s using the ‘like’ button (heart) on Pinterest! At the end of August, the Report on Small Business team will select the final winners based on a combination of factors including number of votes, original submissions and the ‘remarkable’ quality of the business. Finalists will be featured on the Report on Small Business website. Thanks for your support!

First anniversary SALE!

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To celebrate Purlin’ J’s first anniversary, I’m having a sale! Shop Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck this Saturday, 16 August, at MUSICwestport and stock up! I need room for new fall products so selected yarns will be on sale for up to 50% off! The truck will be open 11 am to 6 pm, and will be parked on Spring Street near the tourist information office.

The 2014 MUSICwestport festival line-up features bluegrass to country to rock and roll. Hosted on two outdoor stages in beautiful downtown Westport, Ontario, the afternoon of FREE music runs from noon until 6pm on August 16.


Win passes to “The F Word”, a new film starring… Knitting! (and Daniel Radcliffe)

29 Jul TheFWord

Megan Park stars as the hilarious Dalia in the new film The F Word.

Shop the yarn truck on August 7 at the Cineplex Odeon on Gardiners Road between 6 – 9 pm for the advance screening of The F Word, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, and one of Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival feature film selections for 2013!

Until then, you and a friend could win a FREE PASS to the August 7 Kingston advance screening of “The F Word”. Head on over to Purlin’ J’s Facebook page to enter beginning July 29! 

You need to win passes to go to the August 7 screening, but EVERYONE who stops by the yarn truck for this event (no purchase necessary) gets entered in a draw to win a special door prize sponsored by Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play, a new line of yarn soon-to-be found on-board Lil Dorothy. PLUS I’ll be giving away The F Word movie swag all evening long! 

Have you ever been stuck in the “friend zone” with someone, when what you really want is… more? It’s a bittersweet time to which almost everyone can relate. Knitting to the rescue! An integral plot point to the film is Kazan’s character’s interest in knitting, and large parts of the movie include her and her friends participating in a knitting circle, featuring Toronto’s own LYS, The Purple Purl! This fun Canadian film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2013 and is written by Elan Mastai and directed by Michael Dowse, from London, Ontario.

THE F WORD opens in theatres August 22.

Step Right Up! Four days at ArtFest Kingston!

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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).

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

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