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

29 Jun image

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!


Fiber-Fest at Rose House

22 Jun

The yarn truck is travelling to Waupoos in Prince Edward County this Saturday, June 27 for Fiber-Fest at the Rose House Museum. This year’s Fiber-Fest focuses on quilting, by hand and machine. See quilters in action and other forms of fiber arts too! Children’s corner and BBQ. 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
3333 County Road 8, Waupoos.

Skeleton Park Arts Festival June 20

17 Jun image

Shop onboard Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, this Saturday at the Skeleton Park Arts Festival. The truck will be open from 10 am until 5pm, in Skeleton Park, otherwise known as McBurney Park!
Enjoy FREE live music and family activities all day!

Skeleton Park Arts Festival

Handmade Harvest in Kanata 30/31 May

26 May image

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!

6 May image

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.

Purlin' J's

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

Knitting to Stay Sane

Challenging myself, one stitch at a time.


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