Sold out! Do you want to be on a waiting list?

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Do you want to Frolic with us? The coach I ordered for the trip is now full, I’ll get in touch with you if more seats become available. Please leave me your name and email, and maybe we’ll see you April 25!

Yours truly,

Joan aka Purlin’ J

Day Trip to the Knitters Frolic!

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Knitters and fibre-lovers! Saturday, April 25 is the day we Frolic in Toronto! Board the bus in Kingston or Belleville (you can knit while someone else drives!), arrive at the Japanese Cultural Centre for the 18th Annual Knitters Frolic, and for a $6 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 bus 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 luggage space for all your purchases (If only we could all fit in Lil Dorothy!)
  • Ample time to shop over 50 yarn and fibrecraft vendors under one roof, such as FleeceArtist and The Purple Purl.
  • An opportunity to enroll in several Saturday afternoon workshops, such as Slipped Stitch Colourwork led by Kate Atherley or River Rock Scarf led by Sivia Harding (separate registration required).
  • Time to take a break at the Frolic Cafe for a snack.
  • A goodie bag for every passenger!
  • Prizes!

The ticket price per person is $72 + HST (plus $6 admission payable at the door, cash only).
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The Details: The bus departs Kingston at 08:00 sharp Saturday, April 25 2015 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 Belleville at approximately 08:45  Saturday, April 25 2015 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 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!

If you wish to enroll in a Saturday afternoon (12:30 to 17:00) workshop, please register yourself directly on the Knitters Frolic workshop page.

Don’t forget your knitting for the journey! And anything else you’ll need during the day (e.g. medications, water bottle, etc.). The bus will make a comfort stop along the way.

Read the Knitters Frolic FAQs.

Refund Policy: This trip is non-refundable after April 9, 2015.

Lil Dorothy visits Wolfe Island on Saturday, then winter hibernation!

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Dear Friends,

The very last event of Purlin’ J’s 2014 season is now upon us, and will take place on Saturday, December 6 at the Marysville Public School on Wolfe Island. (Important note: Starting Saturday the Wolfe Island ferry will dock at the Dawson Point winter terminal. See ferry information below.) Soon after, Lil Dorothy will hibernate for the winter once again.IMG_0692

In the meantime, Purlin’ J’s new online store is now available, featuring your favourite Mrs Crosby yarns. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any other yarn requirements. I offer free delivery* to addresses in Kingston!

The second season of the yarn truck has been immensely gratifying, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your support and enthusiasm! What a thrill to have Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. chosen as one of the Top Ten Most Remarkable Small Businesses in Canada by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Small Business! I’ll be spending the winter planning the 2015 season, so I will look forward to seeing you onboard as soon as the spring weather permits.

I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and all the best for 2015.

Yours truly,

aka Purlin’ J

*Your shipping cost paid via the online store will be refunded to you should your address qualify.


Driving directions from Dawson Point Terminal (winter ferry dock) to Marysville Public School

Driving directions from Dawson Point Terminal (winter ferry dock) to Marysville Public School

from Wolfe Island
from Kingston
5:45 a.m.
6:45 a.m.
7:45 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. * (Thu)
12:00 p.m
1:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m. * (Tue)
3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.
8:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
10:40 p.m.
12:00 a.m.
1:20 a.m.
6:15 a.m.*
7:15 a.m.
8:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
9:00 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
11:20 p.m.
12:40 a.m..
2:00 a.m.
* Dangerous Goods only Tuesdays and Thursday
No passengers allowed on these trips.

CyberMonday: Free Shipping in Canada When You Spend $40 or More

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Purlin’ J’s is pleased to introduce its new online store, featuring the yarns of Mrs. Crosby: On December 1, CyberMonday, get Free shipping anywhere in Canada when you spend a minimum of $40! No code required.


Kingston! Your last chance this season to shop the yarn truck!

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This weekend is your last chance to shop Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, in Kingston, before she hibernates for the winter! The final event of the season will be Dec 6 in Marysville, weather-permitting!

I hope to see you at the Mulberry Waldorf School at 25 Markland Street in Kingston for two separate events:

Friday, Nov 28 from 6 -9 pm is Mulberry After Dark, which offers you an opportunity to leisurely shop and peruse the silent auction the night before the Winter Fair on Saturday. Have a glass of wine and do some holiday shopping!

Saturday, Nov 29 from 10am – 3pm is the Mulberry Winter Fair, when you can experience a beautiful winter festival with puppet shows, a magical forest, crafts, live music, delicious food and all the amazing vendors. Entry is free and open to all!

Mrs. Crosby yarn: Place your orders!

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I know there are many Purlin’ J’s customers out there who simply adore the yarns of our esteemed Mrs. Crosby. You’ve cradled them all (well, except for Train Case) lovingly in your hands whilst aboard the yarn truck. Now is your opportunity to order exactly what you want for that special project in your queue! (For example, I recently used four skeins of Carpet Bag in African Grey to knit this Churchmouse poncho. It just needs to be blocked!) I will be dispatching an order shortly to Mrs Crosby, so here are your instructions:

1. Go to and review your yarn base choices:
Satchel; $20/skein
Steamer Trunk; $20/skein
Carpet Bag; $27/skein
Train Case; $32.50/skein
Hat Box; $32.50/skein
Plus HST.

2. Choose your colour(s), from either the multis or the nearly-solids.

3. There is no minimum order, BUT if you order full bags of 5 skeins/one colour, get 10% off the whole bag!

4. Email Purlin’ J with your requirements and payment preference to: by the deadline: Monday November 24 at noon.

5. Purlin’ J will deliver your yarn once it is received if you’re in Kingston. Want to give a gift of yarn to someone? Give me the specifics and I will deliver your order as a pretty cellophane gift basket to its recipient within Kingston! Or you can pick up your order from downtown Kingston. All other orders will be mailed via Canada Post.

See you Sunday at the Fat Goose Craft Fair, now at Grant Hall!


Saturday at 734 Montreal St.; Sunday at Go Green Baby!

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1609615_572480836187170_7070006207070436045_n This weekend the yarn truck will be out and about at two separate events: Saturday, the truck will be open 10 – 4 at The Great Holiday Market at the Legion Hall at 734 Montreal Street. Brought to you by The Great Baby Market!

And on Sunday, the truck returns to Go Green Baby from 12 – 4 at 293 Division Street. Did you get a discount postcard from Go Green Baby? Sunday is your last day to use it!IMG_0648

Almonte this Sunday! At Handmade Harvest

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I hope you will come aboard Lil Dorothy, the yarn truck, this Sunday in Almonte! Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company will be appearing at Handmade Harvest, a juried craft show at the Old Town Hall from 10 am – 3 pm on Sunday ONLY, Nov. 9.

Check the impressive list of vendors at

Admission to the show: $2
Under 16 free
FREE swag bags to the first 50 in line to the show!


NEW Locally-made Needle Cases!

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Store your circular, straight and double-pointed knitting needles in one case!

Just in time for gift-giving! These cotton knitting needle cases are designed by Purlin’ J and made right here in Kingston, featuring fabric from well-known designers Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler! Only a handful are available on-board the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, Lil Dorothy. Get yours this weekend at Grass Creek Cottage (2993 Highway 2 East, Saturday, 10 – 2) or in Almonte, at the Handmade Harvest Show (Old Town Hall, Sunday, 10 – 3).

Now you can store all kinds of knitting needles in one case! The centre pockets hold your circular needles, while the right-side has pockets for your double-pointed needles as well as your straight needles. The left-hand side is a zippered pocket to hold your stitch holders, cable needles, stitch markers, or perhaps even your Purlin’ J’s needle gauge!

Saturday shopping at Grass Creek Cottage

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Lil Dorothy will be making a brief appearance this weekend at the Grass Creek Cottage sale at 2993 Highway 2 East, directly across from the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. The yarn truck will be open for business between 10 am – 2 pm on Saturday November 8 only! She is looking very festive and stocked with lots of wonderful gift ideas! Hope to see you on-board!


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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