Fat Goose Craft Fair, November 22

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Sunday, November 22 is the annual Fat Goose Craft Fair at Grant Hall (43 University Avenue) in Kingston. Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, is all decked out in her holiday finery for the occasion! Onboard the truck you’ll find Noro’s Kureyon Air, a new 100% wool super-bulky yarn that has a hand-spun look. Also from Noro is the new Rainbow Roll: 100% wool pencil roving! You can knit, spin, weave, or crochet with it. Both feature the gorgeous colours that Noro is famous for.

At the Fat Goose Craft Fair, get all your holiday shopping done in one day with 50+ vendors! This juried show features a fantastic mix of gourmet vendors, paper goods, ceramics, jewelry, kids and baby products and SO MUCH MORE! $2 admission at the door. 10 am to 4pm.


Renaissance Event Venue, Nov 15, in Kingston

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This Sunday, November 15, the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck is open for your shopping pleasure at the Renaissance Event Venue (285 Queen Street) in Kingston. The Home for the Holidays Gift and Craft Fair is brought to you by Habitat for Humanity, and features a variety of vendors, silent auction, baking and more! Entry to the fair is by donation.

Steampunk needle gauge necklaces

Steampunk needle gauge necklaces

On your way in, please come aboard the yarn truck, where you will find lots of gift ideas for your crafty friends, and, of course, YARN, so you can get started on your holiday knitting for those in your life who are “knit worthy”!

NEW onboard, check out these steampunk-inspired needle gauge necklaces!


This weekend! PEC and Almonte

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Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, has quite a road trip this weekend. First, on Saturday, November 7, she stops in Milford in Prince Edward County at Jackson’s Falls Country Inn (1768 County Road #17) for the Rosehaven Yarn Shop’s Wool and Wine Knitting Retreat. The retreat itself is sold out (join the waiting list here), but that doesn’t mean you can’t shop for wonderful hand-dyed yarn and other knitting goodies from the vendors at the retreat. The yarn truck is open 11am to 3pm in Milford.

Then on Sunday, November 8, get a head-start on your holiday shopping in charming and historic Almonte, Ontario, at the Handmade Harvest show at the Almonte Old Town Hall. The yarn truck is one of many vendors at this popular juried show. The first 50 shoppers receive a swag bag! Admission to the show is $2; kids are free.

NEW on-board you’ll find Sweet Paprika’s Minuet DK yarn, plus wonderful Sweet Paprika kits for making socks and Christmas stockings!

Encore! Frontenac Mall, 24 October 

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The yarn truck is back again for #SmallBizSaturday at Frontenac Mall! Look for Lil Dorothy, the red yarn truck, near Service Canada in the parking lot this Saturday 24 October. Fresh yarn onboard is hand-dyed Riverside Studio sock yarns and braids! The truck is open from 10am to 5pm.

Support your LYT! (local yarn truck!)


#ILYD2015 at Frontenac Mall, 17 October

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Visit Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. on Saturday, October 17 at Frontenac Mall, and you could WIN a yarn prize pack! All you need to do is fill out a ballot* on-board and I will draw one winner’s name at 4:30 pm on Saturday! So I hope I will see you on Saturday to help me celebrate I Love Yarn Day, because, really, who doesn’t love YARN?!

Look for Lil Dorothy, the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, in front of Service Canada at the Frontenac Mall (1300 Bath Road) in Kingston. The truck is open 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, 17 October.



*No purchase is necessary. One ballot per person.

NeedleArts Fair, 3 October

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Sweater weather is here! Shop the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am to 3pm at the Senior’s Centre, 56 Francis Street, in Kingston, Ontario.

Hosted by the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts, the Needle Arts Fair is a needlework exhibition and sale featuring embroidery supplies, rug hooking, quilting, threads, books, yarn (!!), beading, embellishments, wool and more! Admission is $5.

The yarn truck will be in the parking lot! (No admission required.)

Culture Days at The Tett!

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Just announced! Shop Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. on Saturday, September 26 at The Tett! The yarntruck will be open from 10 am until 5pm in the parking lot of The Tett Centre, 370 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario.

This weekend is Culture Days, and The Tett is offering a variety of FREE programs, including life drawing, urban illustration, and other drop-in activities. Local artist Barb Danielowski also invites you to stop by Creative Studio A for Craft Academy, an interactive project that asks “What values inform the work of local artists and crafters?”

There’s lots going on downtown Kingston on Saturday! After your visit to The Tett, why not also check out Etsy: Made in Canada Craft Show (Grant Hall, University Ave), Chilifest (Confederation Park), or the Kingston WritersFest (Holiday Inn, 2 Princess Street).


Shop Purlin’ J’s at the Kingston Dragonboat Festival, 19 September!

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I hope to see you on Saturday on the grounds of the Woollen Mill at 1 Cataraqui Street in Kingston for the 16th Annual Kingston Dragonboat Festival! Purlin’ J’s yarn truck will be open from 10am to 5pm.

From www.kingstondbfestival.com: “Dragon Boat racing began on the southern shores of China with the rowing of ceremonial boats to supplicate the God of Water, bring good fortune and defend against disaster. In time the tradition blended with the rural custom of punting on the Mi Lo River in remembrance of the search for the drowned body of the 4th Century B.C poet and imperial advisor, Chu Yuan.

A race has the different teams driving their boats to the beat of large drums. A team is declared winner when they are the first to grab the flag at the end of the course. Victory and defeat may be separated by a fraction of a second. It is a thrilling sport for contestants and spectators alike. Dragon boating is gaining in popularity with every year and is now practised around the world as a sport, a family spectacle, and a celebration.”


Fundraising efforts from the Festival will shared with the Partners In Mission Foodbank, Ryandale Shelter For The Homeless, Martha’s Table, and the Kingston Humane Society.

The Smokin’ Carnivore food truck will be on-site!

Almonte FibreFest 12/13 September

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This weekend of September 12th and 13 is the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 20th annual Fibrefest. At two locations—the Museum and the Almonte Arena—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! 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, alpaca farms, and a vintage clothing show/sale. Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. will be outside the Almonte Arena both days. Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.


An Alpaca Fleece Sort-A-Thon and Show takes place on September 12th, plus sheep-shearing demonstrations, and the ever-popular Lamb Race! At 4 pm on September 13th, 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 well ahead of the event.

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

The Museum’s second floor features 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.


Just Announced! Harrowsmith August 29/30

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Great news! You can shop Purlin’ J’s yarn truck this weekend in Harrowsmith! See you Saturday and Sunday (August 29/30) at Centennial Park in Harrowsmith, Ontario, for the 150th Celebration of the County of Frontenac! Enjoy midway rides, a plowing match, petting zoo, food trucks, beer tent, and lots of live music! (One of my favourite local bands, Bellfonix, is playing Saturday from 5:15 – 6:15pm.)

I recently received a new shipment of Malabrigo “Rasta”. This soft Merino super-bulky yarn is a favourite for making cowls, hats and mitts. It works up fast so it’s great for knitting up some quick gifts. The truck will be open Saturday 10 am to 8pm and Sunday 10 am to 3pm.

Sweater weather is coming!

See you this weekend,
Purlin’ J

Purlin' J's

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


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