NeedleArts Fair, 3 October

30 Sep

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 “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

Let’s TWIST again! 22/23 August

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This weekend is THE fibre event of the year: TWIST! Lil Dorothy will once again be parked inside the arena for your shopping pleasure. Shop for new yarns from Agrestal Yarn, Silver Cloud Alpacas, plus a new batch of Zen Yarn Garden’s popular sock yarn Serenity 20 has just arrived!

With more than 125 vendors and 40 workshops, there’s lots to see, do and EAT! This year’s festival includes 13 local food vendors as well! Admission is $7 per day and kids under 12 are free.


Purlin’ J’s is Two! This Calls for a Sale!

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The sun is promising to shine this weekend over the very picturesque town of Westport. If that’s not enough, how about a yarn sale? I have lots of gorgeous yarns that I’m putting on sale in honour of Purlin’ J’s second anniversary! (And because new fall merchandise is starting to come in!) Selected yarns will be on sale for up to 50% off.

This Saturday is the annual Music Westport, an outdoor, live music celebration! You’ll find Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, in front of the Tourist Information office on Spring Street.

Open 10 am to 5pm. Cash, Visa, Mastercard. Sale items are final sale.

Sheep Dog Trials 7 – 9 August

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See you onboard Lil Dorothy this weekend! After a few weeks of R ‘n’ R, I am looking forward to spending the weekend at the Sheep Dog Trials at Grass Creek Park, just east of Kingston. This year you can take a free shuttle bus!

Admission is $15 at the gate per day, $10 online in advance. Kids 12 and under are free and group rates are available. The yarntruck is open 9am to 5pm daily. New yarns onboard!


Purlin’ J’s in Canadian Living magazine!

7 Jul

I love the illustration of Lil Dorothy in this piece featuring Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. in this month’s Canadian Living magazine! Check me out!


ArtFest Kingston 1 – 4 July

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Once again Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, Lil Dorothy, will be at ArtFest for four full days, 1 – 4 July! Look for Lil Dorothy in the Barrie/King corner of City Park in Kingston. The truck will be open 10 – 6 daily.

NEW items onboard for your shopping pleasure:

  • 100% wool felt
  • New needle felting fibre
  • New colours of KOIGU KPPPM and KPM
  • New made-in-Kingston box bags in a variety of prints, perfect for your small projects!


Purlin' J's

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


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