Purlin’ J’s Stops at Anwyn Studio This Weekend!

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Visit Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, this weekend at Anwyn Studio (105 Mowat, Kingston). Needlefelting kits from Fancy Tiger are back on-board, plus the new Flatter spray from SOAK! The yarn truck is open 10 – 3 on Saturday 27 Sept, and 11 – 3 Sunday 28 Sept.

Autumn is now upon us, and if you are anything like me, the distinctive scent of the crisp autumn air sets off my desire to settle in with my knitting. Have you planned your holiday gift knitting yet? A quick review of the calendar shows me that there are only thirteen weekends until Christmas! This year I want to make a knitted tie for a friend, at least two pairs of socks for the men in my life, a pair of leg warmers with some special yarn I bought for myself, and a poncho! I had better get started!


First Annual Sculpture Park Folk & Arts Festival, Gananoque

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This weekend you can shop the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, Lil Dorothy, at the first annual Sculpture Park Folk & Arts Festival! Lil Dorothy will be in attendance Saturday and Sunday, 20/21 September. The Festival features three stages to accommodate the many performances and workshops, plus an artisan corridor and demonstrations for all ages. FREE for all, in Gananoque’s beautiful Confederation Park!

Enjoy some Bluegrass with Bob Burtch, Fiddle & Step with Andrew Vanhorne, Irish dancers, a Songwriters Circle with Rob Carnegie, Jenica Rayne, Jeff Callery and Jeff J Gaulton, Latin music with Mauricio and last but not least, my favourite choir, Georgette Fry’s “Shout Sister” on Sunday afternoon!

There’ll be Songs and Stories from the Road with Michael George and Cliff Edwards, sprinkled with some Paint & Play, Young Peoples Theatre, a puppet show and more!

The Sculpture Park is Canada’s largest outdoor contemporary art exhibit.

This park sits on what was once an industrial site that occupied both sides of the Gananoque River. When the Jones Shovel Company ceased operation in the 1960’s, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce developed a park which was dedicated on July 1, 1967. Over time, the Rotary Club added walks, lighting, ponds and a beautiful fountain in the centre of the river. During the 1990’s members of the Rotary Club approached the Art Bank in Ottawa, and in due course, a number of sculptures were leased from the Art Bank.

The plan is to gradually return the Art Bank pieces to the Art Bank and commission local artists to create replacement pieces to reflect either the history or the environment of Gananoque and area. The sculpture committee has commissioned the first piece, the flying Blue Heron by Bruce Mellon, and the following year the standing Blue Heron, also by Bruce Mellon of Wolfe Island. Last year it commissioned and installed the Pitch Pine, the official tree of Gananoque, by Rick Lapointe, of Kingston.



Shop Purlin’ J’s in Almonte This Weekend!

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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

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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)

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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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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

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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!


Purlin' J's

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

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Challenging myself, one stitch at a time.


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