Knitters Frolic Day Trip

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imageKnitters and fibre-lovers! Saturday, April 30 2016 is the day we Frolic in Toronto!  Once again, Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. is offering a day trip so you can relax and enjoy the ride! Board the coach in Kingston or Belleville (you can knit while someone else drives!), arrive at the Japanese Cultural Centre for the 19th Annual Knitters Frolic, and for a $7 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 coach 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 plenty of space for all your purchases!
    • Ample time to shop over 50 yarn and fibrecraft vendors under one roof.
    • An opportunity to enroll in several Saturday afternoon workshops, such as Slip Stitch Illusion with Fiona Ellis (separate registration required).
    • Time to take a break at the Frolic Cafe for a snack.
    • A goodie bag for every passenger!
    • Prizes!

“Lots of fun on the bus ride — venue and vendors were great!”    

“Well organized, lots of fun, and, of course, GOODIE BAGS!”

                                                           —2015 Frolic coach passengers

 

The price per person is $72+ HST (plus $7 admission payable at the door, cash only).
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The Details: The bus departs Kingston at 08:30 sharp Saturday, April 30 2016 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 08:15 for check-in. The bus departs Belleville at approximately 09:15  Saturday, April 30 2016 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 will make a comfort stop on the way back to Kingston. 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! Book on or before March 18 and get an extra entry to win the grand prize draw, valued at over $100! If you wish to enroll in a Saturday afternoon (12:00 to 17:00) workshop, please register yourself directly on the Knitters Frolic workshop page. Don’t forget your knitting for the journey!

Read the Knitters Frolic FAQs.

Refund Policy: This trip is non-refundable after April 8, 2016.

Day Trip to TWIST

5 Apr

Knitters and fibre-lovers! Saturday, August 20 2016 is the day we TWIST again! This year Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. is offering a day trip so you can relax and enjoy the ride! Board the coach in Kingston or Brockville (you can knit while someone else drives!), arrive at the arena in Saint-André-Avellin for the annual TWIST Fibre Festival then shop from over 125 vendors, take an afternoon workshop (separate registration required), have a break at the Foodie Fair, and then snooze on the coach back to Brockville/Kingston! Your ticket includes:

    • A return one-day journey from Kingston/Brockville to Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec, in a chartered coach with a washroom on-board, and plenty of space for all your purchases!
    • Your admission to the Festival
    • Ample time to shop over 125 yarn and fibrecraft vendors under one roof
    • Time to have lunch at the Foodie Fair
    • A textile art exhibit with a modern twist
    • A goodie bag for every passenger!
    • Prizes!

“Lots of fun on the bus ride — venue and vendors were great!”    

“Well organized, lots of fun, and, of course, GOODIE BAGS!”

                                                           —2015 Toronto Knitters Frolic coach passengers

TWIST is an annual event that serves as a showcase of the fibre world and is intended for the general public, enthusiasts, fibre producers, fleece animal breeders, artists and artisans, and professionals and semi-professionals!

The price per person is $80+ HST including admission to the Festival.
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The Details: The bus departs Kingston at 08:00 sharp Saturday, August 20 2016 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 Brockville at approximately 08:55  Saturday, August 20 2016 from the Food Basics parking lot off Jefferson Drive (at Stewart Blvd, behind Tim Hortons). The bus departs Saint-André-Avellin from the arena at 17:00 sharp the same day. The bus is scheduled to return to Food Basics in Brockville at approximately 20:00 and at Toys R Us in Kingston at 20:55 Saturday night. Every passenger receives a goodie bag and a door prize ticket! If you wish to enrol in a Saturday afternoon (12:00 to 17:00) workshop, please register yourself directly on the TWIST workshop page (available 26 April 2016).  Don’t forget your knitting for the journey!

Refund Policy: This trip is non-refundable after August 5, 2016.

Clearance Sale! Sunday December 27 only!

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Sunday December 27 Only!
Yarn clearance sale! Selected yarn up to 50% off regular prices! Books 25% off! Brands on sale include:
• Zen Yarn Garden
• Mrs. Crosby
• Koigu
• Sirdar
• Debbie Bliss
• Malabrigo
• Noro
• and MORE!
Inside Frontenac Mall (1300 Bath Road, Kingston, Ontario), near Dollerama. 11 am to 4 pm, Sunday, December 27 only. Visa, Mastercard, and cash accepted. All sales final.

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Last Chance! Saturday, 5 December

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Dear Friends,
This Saturday, December 5, is your last chance this season to shop the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck, Lil Dorothy, before she starts her winter hibernation. I hope to see you in the parking lot of Frontenac Mall, near Service Canada, this Saturday, from 10am to 3pm.

Remember I am collecting Izzy Dolls and other hand-knitted or crocheted items for Syrian refugees that are arriving in Kingston soon. Drop them off to me on Saturday and I will pass them on to the organizer(s) of this initiative. You can read more about what Kingston and area knitters and crocheters are doing to ensure these new families are warm once they arrive in Canada, by visiting this Ravelry group: 1000 Stitches for Syria.

Finally, THANK YOU for your support of Kingston’s yarntruck! I have met many new fibre-loving friends this year, some of whom I see almost every week. It’s so satisfying to see what you are creating, and what inspires you. In turn, I draw inspiration and energy from you.

I almost forgot: What a thrill it was to have Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. featured in Canadian Living magazine!

My goal is to satisfy your yarn cravings, and so I’ll be spending the winter in search of the fascinating fibre paraphernalia you have come to expect, as well as exploring some new directions for Purlin’ J’s.

I look forward to welcoming you onboard as soon as the spring weather permits.
Purlin' J
I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and all the best for 2016.

Yours truly,

Joan
aka Purlin’ J

P.S. Send me an email info@purlinjs.ca anytime if you have any yarn requirements. My inventory is available to you over the winter break!

Wolfe Island Christmas Village, Nov. 29

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The Wolfe Islander ferry is back, and it’s docking at the Marysville (summer) dock! Make up for lost time by visiting on Sunday, November 29, to enjoy the Wolfe Island Christmas Village. The Purlin’ J’s yarntruck, Lil Dorothy, will be at the Marysville Public School (venue 2 on the map) from 10 am to 3 pm. The ferry schedule can be found here.

If you have not visited Wolfe Island this year, now is the time! The entire Wolfe Island community is so pleased to welcome back its ferry walk-on visitors. The Christmas Village event on Sunday features vendors at several locations, pony rides, a tea room, and more. Walk on the ferry, and walk off! This could be your last chance this year to before the ferry begins its seasonal stint at the winter dock.

Plus, Sunday could very well be the yarntruck’s last event before she starts her winter hibernation. I hope to see you this weekend!

With warm wishes,
Purlin’ J

P.S. Remember you can drop off your Izzy Dolls at the yarntruck Saturday and Sunday. We are making these to give to Syrian children arriving in Canada soon. They are a small token of comfort.

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Mulberry Winter Fair on Saturday; Wolfe Island on Sunday

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Just announced! The #yarntruck is at the Mulberry Winter Fair again this Saturday, November 28! You are invited to shop onboard Lil Dorothy on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, at The Mulberry Waldorf School, 25 Markland Street in Kingston.

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The Winter Fair is an annual event that celebrates the simple pleasures of the season. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, seasonal crafts, artisan vendors, a puppet show and lunch by Epicurious Catering. A holiday celebration for the whole family!

Onboard the yarntruck you’ll find a carnival of colour and lots of gift ideas for everyone on your list: yarn, fibre, books, and needlefelt supplies. Need a stocking stuffer for your favourite knitter? The yarntruck offers you a unique selection of needle gauges, even one that measures square knitting needles!

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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.

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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!

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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!)

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

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