Archive | May, 2013

Silver Cloud Alpacas

27 May

Yesterday was a glorious day to visit Nancy at Silver Cloud Alpacas in Elginburg, just north of Kingston, Ontario. Nancy and her husband Paul have a herd of 67 alpacas and she is very well-versed in all things alpaca. IMAG1630
Nancy knows her stuff! I learned that she confidently uses her years of experience to assess the quality of each animal’s fleece, by hand, before choosing the softest fibre to create her beautiful hand-dyed yarns. In most cases, she’ll even provide a photo of the animal who provided the very yarn you buy!

Painting day

21 May

Yesterday was spent giving Lil Dorothy a facelift. Because she came equipped with useful cubby holes that once held firefighting equipment, all she really needed was a bit of a wash and some paint.
Cubby holes

Thanks to Derek and Scott who helped with painting!image

I have the keys!

17 May

After a hectic day, I finally made it to Lanark county to pick up Lil Dorothy!

Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.

9 May
Lil Dorothy

Lil Dorothy

Dear Friends,

Allow me to introduce Lil Dorothy. She’s the fire truck I bought from Lanark County. She’s a beaut, don’t you think?

Over the next few months I’m going to do her up and take her out on the road as a mobile yarn store. She can go where ever in Eastern Ontario you wish to invite her, like markets, music festivals, studio tours, art fairs, retreats… .

She will be stocked with:

  • Ontario sheep wool
  • Ontario alpaca wool
  • hand-dyed yarns
  • hand-spun one-of-a-kind art yarns
  • sock yarns and more
  • unique tools and notions
  • a well-edited collection of books and patterns
  • expertise
  • and a love of fibrecraft

The whole travelling show is called Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. I hope you’ll join me in my journey as we travel around this summer, bringing beautiful yarns and fibres to hand-crafters throughout Eastern Ontario.

Yours truly,


Source: via JC on Pinterest


Lil Dorothy

7 May

Lil Dorothy

Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. truck. She’s a former Lanark Fire Department service vehicle.

Stay tuned for the further adventures of Lil Dorothy!

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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