Handmade Harvest in Kanata 30/31 May

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This weekend is Handmade Harvest, a juried craft show featuring over 140 vendors! It’s at the Bell Sensplex in Kanata, a new location this year.

Show Admission: $5
Kids under 16 are FREE
Parking FREE
The first 100 shoppers in line EACH DAY will receive swag bags filled with goodies!

The Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. yarn truck will be in the parking lot both days. Here’s your chance to pick up a Knit in Public t-shirt, available exclusively at Purlin’ J’s, and just in time for World Wide Knit in Public Day June 13.

See you there,
Purlin’ J



Yarn truck update

22 May

Good news! Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, is at the shop and it looks like she will be back on the road for this weekend’s events!

Saturday 23 May is the Kingston Scottish Festival and Sunday 24 May is the Grass Creek Cottage Sale! Hope to see you this weekend.

Joan aka Purlin’ J

Lil Dorothy is under the weather

19 May Lil Dorothy, Purlin' J's yarn truck

This past Saturday’s “Day of the Pig” event was memorable one for me and Lil Dorothy, my yarn truck.

I had a wonderful day of yarn selling and met some new customers, plus a few returning customers, who drove up to Sharbot Lake to take part in this annual event. The cars were lined up as far as the eye could see all along Hwy 38! It was quite a sight.

At the end of the day, I turned the key to start up Lil Dorothy and got nothing. It finally happened! My 1982 Ford truck had decided to choose that moment to give me some trouble. After a couple of very helpful customers tried to give her a boost, we determined that the problem was best left to a professional.

But despite the trouble, the Mackenzie family, who owns and operates Seed to Sausage, were very gracious and kind as I waited for assistance. Despite the long, busy day they just had, Megan, Michael, Ken (and Sue) were very understanding and helpful. I got hugs, ginger beer, and lots of words of encouragement!

I am optimistic that Lil Dorothy will be all ready to go this weekend for the Kingston Scottish Festival on Saturday and the Grass Creek Cottage Sale on Sunday. As it stands now, she is still out of commission. I will keep you posted with updates as they occur!

In the meantime, I wish to thank everyone at Seed to Sausage for hosting such a wonderful event, and especially for assisting me with my mechanical woes. They are good people! And thanks also go to my friends Carole and Mike, who stepped up in my time of need. I am grateful to have such wonderful friends.

Yours truly,

Joan aka Purlin’ J

4th Annual Day of the Pig!

14 May

Attention Foodies! Saturday is the 4th annual Seed to Sausage “Day of the Pig” event! Enjoy food from some of Ontario’s top chefs, a vendor market with some of Ontario’s top artisanal food producers, beer, wine, buskers, food demos, and a whole roast pig! And yes, the yarn truck will be there!

When: Saturday May 16 11 am to 5pm
Where: Seed to Sausage
12821 HWY 38, Tichborne K0H 2V0
Free admission!


Shop the yarn truck at The Tett!

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Have you been to the new Tett Centre here in Kingston yet? If not, this weekend is a perfect excuse to check it out.
The Spring Chicken craft show is on both days, where you can shop for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Plus The Tett is hosting a two-day Arts and Culture Expo, so there will be opportunities to see artists at work in their new Tett Centre studios.

Please stop by the yarn truck and see what’s new! FREE ADMISSION.


On Saturday, May 2, Lil Dorothy Makes Her Return to Lanark

28 Apr

This weekend, on Saturday, May 2, Lil Dorothy will be making her return to Lanark, for the Lanark Civitan Splash of Spring sale. It’s hard to believe that two years have passed since I got the keys to this lovely little red truck.

I remember the day very clearly: the race to get to the Fire Service office before it closed, trying to get my insurance in order, and then finally the visit to Service Ontario in Perth before IT closed!

Lil Dorothy

Before she was Lil Dorothy, she was a Lanark Fire Service vehicle


It’s official!

Fast-forward to the summer of 2014, when I received an email from Cynthia in Napanee, who thought I might like to buy some of her handspun and hand dyed yarn, which she still had after moving away from her flock of Cotswold sheep she had when she still lived in Lanark County.

This is where it gets REALLY interesting: Turns out her husband, Chris, was a Lanark Fire Service volunteer firefighter, and he built the interior fittings of my truck! I couldn’t believe my luck. Later in the year, Cynthia and Chris came to visit me and Lil Dorothy at an event, and I snapped this photo of Chris. He is standing by “his” cubby hole, the one that used to hold his firefighter gear! Needless to say, he was amazed at how I was able to repurpose the truck into the charming yarn store that it is today.


Chris built the interior of the truck, and came by to visit after it became a mobile yarn store. He is holding “his” cubby hole for his firefighter gear.

Sold out! Do you want to be on a waiting list?

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Do you want to Frolic with us? The coach I ordered for the trip is now full, I’ll get in touch with you if more seats become available. Please leave me your name and email, and maybe we’ll see you April 25!

Yours truly,

Joan aka Purlin’ J

Day Trip to the Knitters Frolic!

11 Mar Frolic


Knitters and fibre-lovers! Saturday, April 25 is the day we Frolic in Toronto! Board the bus in Kingston or Belleville (you can knit while someone else drives!), arrive at the Japanese Cultural Centre for the 18th Annual Knitters Frolic, and for a $6 admission fee, shop from over 50 vendors, take an afternoon workshop (separate registration required), have a break at the Frolic cafe, and then snooze on the bus back to Belleville/Kingston! Your ticket includes:

  • A return one-day journey from Kingston/Belleville to the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto in a chartered coach with a washroom on-board, and luggage space for all your purchases (If only we could all fit in Lil Dorothy!)
  • Ample time to shop over 50 yarn and fibrecraft vendors under one roof, such as FleeceArtist and The Purple Purl.
  • An opportunity to enroll in several Saturday afternoon workshops, such as Slipped Stitch Colourwork led by Kate Atherley or River Rock Scarf led by Sivia Harding (separate registration required).
  • Time to take a break at the Frolic Cafe for a snack.
  • A goodie bag for every passenger!
  • Prizes!

The ticket price per person is $72 + HST (plus $6 admission payable at the door, cash only).
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The Details: The bus departs Kingston at 08:00 sharp Saturday, April 25 2015 from the “Toys R Us” parking lot at Midland Ave at Princess Street. (Park your vehicle in the SW corner of the parking lot.) Please arrive by 07:45 for check-in.

The bus departs Belleville at approximately 08:45  Saturday, April 25 2015 from the Quinte Mall parking lot at lamppost No. 4.

The bus departs Toronto from the Japanese Cultural Centre at 17:15 sharp the same day. If you are enrolled in an afternoon workshop, it will end at 17:00 so you have a bit of time to get to the bus.

The bus is scheduled to return to the Quinte Mall in Belleville at approximately 20:00 and at Toys R Us in Kingston at 20:45 Saturday night.

Every passenger receives a goodie bag and a door prize ticket!

If you wish to enroll in a Saturday afternoon (12:30 to 17:00) workshop, please register yourself directly on the Knitters Frolic workshop page.

Don’t forget your knitting for the journey! And anything else you’ll need during the day (e.g. medications, water bottle, etc.). The bus will make a comfort stop along the way.

Read the Knitters Frolic FAQs.

Refund Policy: This trip is non-refundable after April 9, 2015.

Lil Dorothy visits Wolfe Island on Saturday, then winter hibernation!

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Dear Friends,

The very last event of Purlin’ J’s 2014 season is now upon us, and will take place on Saturday, December 6 at the Marysville Public School on Wolfe Island. (Important note: Starting Saturday the Wolfe Island ferry will dock at the Dawson Point winter terminal. See ferry information below.) Soon after, Lil Dorothy will hibernate for the winter once again.IMG_0692

In the meantime, Purlin’ J’s new online store is now available, featuring your favourite Mrs Crosby yarns. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any other yarn requirements. I offer free delivery* to addresses in Kingston!

The second season of the yarn truck has been immensely gratifying, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support and enthusiasm! What a thrill to have Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. chosen as one of the Top Ten Most Remarkable Small Businesses in Canada by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Small Business! I’ll be spending the winter planning the 2015 season, so I will look forward to seeing you onboard as soon as the spring weather permits.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and all the best for 2015.

Yours truly,

aka Purlin’ J

*Your shipping cost paid via the online store will be refunded to you should your address qualify.


Driving directions from Dawson Point Terminal (winter ferry dock) to Marysville Public School

Driving directions from Dawson Point Terminal (winter ferry dock) to Marysville Public School

from Wolfe Island
from Kingston
5:45 a.m.
6:45 a.m.
7:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. * (Thu)
12:00 p.m
1:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. * (Tue)
3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
10:40 p.m.
12:00 a.m.
1:20 a.m.
6:15 a.m.*
7:15 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
11:20 p.m.
12:40 a.m..
2:00 a.m.
* Dangerous Goods only Tuesdays and Thursday
No passengers allowed on these trips.

CyberMonday: Free Shipping in Canada When You Spend $40 or More

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Purlin’ J’s is pleased to introduce its new online store, featuring the yarns of Mrs. Crosby: http://purlinjs.bigcartel.com. On December 1, CyberMonday, get Free shipping anywhere in Canada when you spend a minimum of $40! No code required.


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

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