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.


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,

aka Purlin’ J

P.S. Send me an email 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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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!)


#ILYD2015 at Frontenac Mall, 17 October

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Visit Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. on Saturday, October 17 at Frontenac Mall, and you could WIN a yarn prize pack! All you need to do is fill out a ballot* on-board and I will draw one winner’s name at 4:30 pm on Saturday! So I hope I will see you on Saturday to help me celebrate I Love Yarn Day, because, really, who doesn’t love YARN?!

Look for Lil Dorothy, the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, in front of Service Canada at the Frontenac Mall (1300 Bath Road) in Kingston. The truck is open 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, 17 October.



*No purchase is necessary. One ballot per person.

NeedleArts Fair, 3 October

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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.)

Purlin' J's

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


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