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Back to the Farm August 21

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The Purlin’ J’s yarntruck is in Bath, Ontario this Sunday August 21 at the second-annual Back to the Farm: MacKinnon Brothers Beer and Music Festival. It’s a field party with live music, craft beer, food [and yarn] trucks, and more! The gate opens at 12 pm, the first band starts at 1 pm, and it’s all over at 10 pm.

You can park for free, and there are shuttle buses available from/to Kingston. Visit the Festival website for more information.

Tickets are $20 advance and are available now online. You can also buy them in person at: Red House (downtown), Red House (west end), Brian’s Record Option, MacKinnon Brothers Brewery (Bath), or The Brake Room (Belleville). Tickets at the gate are $25. Children under 12 are free. The entire festival grounds are licensed, and wristbands will be issued to anyone over 19.

Sheep Dog Trials Aug 5, 6, 7

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Shop the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck this weekend from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Sheep Dog Trials!

Onboard you’ll find the debut of Purlin’ J’s exclusive limited-edition yarn advent calendar, Bling Your String bags, and more!

This annual event, held at beautiful Grass Creek Park just east of Kingston, attracts over 7,000 spectators over three days: August 5, 6, and 7.

In addition to the sheep dog trials, you’ll enjoy sheep shearing, Kingston Police K-9 demonstrations, the Ready, Set, Go flyball team, Rideau River DockDogs, and a playzone for your own dog!

See spinning and weaving demos on Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm given by members of the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners Guild. The Sheep-to-Shawl Competition is Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, with the resulting shawls auctioned off on Sunday at 12:30 pm.

$15 admission at the gate. Free admission for children 12 & under.
Group rates available for 10 or more. For more event information, visit

ArtFest Kingston 1 – 3 July

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Come see what’s new onboard the yarntruck this weekend at Kingston’s annual ArtFest in City Park!  The Purlin’ J’s yarntruck is open all three days: July 1 – 3. Look for Lil Dorothy near the Barrie/King edge of the park in the same spot as previous years.

ArtFest features 150 artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec for THREE days starting Friday Canada Day, Saturday and Sunday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park and enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, and wood pieces, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops, live outdoor theatre, poetry and more! NEW this year is a craft beer and wine area!

Yarntruck hours are 10 am to 8 pm on Friday, July 1, and 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. Visa, MasterCard and cash accepted. Two ATM machines are onsite.
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June 25 in Lansdowne

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See you Saturday, June 25 in Lansdowne, Ontario for the Lansdowne Textile Festival! Spinners, weavers, rugmakers, quilters and other fibrecrafters will demonstrate their skills, and you can shop from lots of vendors, including the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck!

Onboard this weekend you’ll find a new batch of Riverside Studio’s sock yarns in either single or plied. Lots of gorgeous colours for your summer sock knitting!

The Festival is at the Lansdowne Community Hall (1 Jessie Street) from 10 am to 4 pm. Free admission! Lunch is available for purchase.


Odessa Car Show 11/12 June

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Shop the yarntruck over two full days this weekend at the Odessa Fairgrounds! The Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (Upper Canada Region) is hosting the 43rd Odessa Car Show this weekend, June 11 and 12. In addition to the dozens of vehicles on display, there’s a flea market, craft sale, and canteen!

NEW onboard the yarntruck is Lichen and Lace‘s hand-dyed superwash merino worsted-weight yarn. Lots of yummy colours to choose from!

The yarntruck is open all day Saturday and Sunday. The Odessa Fairgrounds are 10 minutes West of Kingston, Hwy 401 exit 599 South (County Road 6). Public parking is off Shane Street. Admission is $3 and children 12 and under are free.


June 5 Pop-up at the Ambassador!

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Just announced! Shop Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. in the west parking lot of the Ambassador Hotel (1550 Princess Street in Kingston) this Sunday, June 5 from 11 am to 3 pm only!

See you then!


Kingston Scottish Festival 28 May

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Your next opportunity to shop Purlin’ J’s yarntruck is this Saturday, 28 May at Rideau Acres in Kingston for the annual Scottish Festival! A full day of pipers, drummers and dancers. The day culminates with the much-anticipated mass band competition!

Food and Beer tent! Kids zone! Free Admission. Parking Charge of $5/vehicle.

The yarntruck is open 9-5. Visa, MasterCard and cash accepted. Gift certificates available.

Lang may yer lum reek! (May you live long and stay well!),
Purlin’ J



The Day of the Pig! 22 May

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The yarntruck is making its return on Sunday May 22 to our friends at Seed to Sausage in Tichborne, Ontario, near Sharbot Lake.  This year marks the fifth-year anniversary of The Day of the Pig, a full-day festival of fun, food and friends! Enjoy roast pig, top chefs, music, bubbly (and non-bubbly) beverages, an artisan market (including the yarntruck!), demonstrations and more! Come prepared to stay for the day; there’ll be tables and chairs but bring your own chair for best results!

The yarntruck is open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday May 22. Credit cards accepted. 12821 HWY 38, Tichborne (Sharbot Lake).


The Tett 7/8 May

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Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! This weekend, May 7 and 8 marks the return of the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck, Lil Dorothy! I hope to see you at The Tett Centre in Kingston for the Mother’s Day Arts Expo. It is a weekend full of music, dance, unique arts, and delicious food and fibre!

The yarntruck has lots of gift ideas for mom, including gift certificates! And new this season is Purlin’ J’s ability to sell digital patterns to you onboard, thru Ravelry’s In-store Program. Come and see what’s new onboard!

Yarntruck hours are 10 am to 4 pm each day. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

imageThe Arts Expo is open Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm both days.

The Arts Expo features an art show and sale, open studios, guest artists, Sunday brunch by Desert Lake Gardens in the Malting Tower (Two seatings; 9:30 and 11:30) and much more.





Purlin' J's

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

Sue Schlabach

Artist, photographer and upcycler living in Vermont. Viewer of the world through eyes and lens.

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