Archive | August, 2013

Purlin’ J’s at the Centreville Fair!

20 Aug
31 August 2013

31 August 2013

That’s right, folks! Lil Dorothy is hittin’ the highway and headin’ on up to Centreville Fair! Miniature horses! Antique farm equipment! Cow patty bingo! The Fair is in its 160th year of celebrating agricultural life. Yes, 160 years! That’s a whole lotta family fun!

Shop the truck Saturday, 31 August from 11 am to dusk.


Purlin’ J’s in The Whig!

13 Aug

The news coverage continues! How exciting to be featured on the front page of the Kingston Whig Standard!

Coming back from Wolfe Island today I even heard a driver exclaim as he went past the truck, “Hey, I read about that truck today!”

It was a surreal moment. Thanks Kingston for all the love!

Lil Dorothy is a hit! Thanks everyone!

11 Aug

I’m exhausted but happy! Great first day selling with #LilDorothy. Love the @WIMusicFestival; fantastic music, nice crowd, perfect weather, and lots of interest in the truck!

Thanks to Erica for helping me out today- she even managed to cast on her Debbie Bliss baby hoodie in between serving customers!

Next stop is 7 Sept at the Kingston Memorial Centre for Kingston Derby Girls’ Back to Cruel IV! See you then, if not before. Thanks to all my first customers today!

Wolfe Island Musicfest Aug 10

10 Aug

Saturday Aug 10 is Lil Dorothy’s first big gig at the Wolfe Island Music Festival. The truck will be open at noon until dusk in the vendor village.

Your purchase at Wolfe Island will get you a 15% off coupon to use Sept 7 at the Kingston Memorial Centre, when the Kingston Derby Girls hold their last bout of the season.  The truck will be open from 3:30 – 9:30 on Sept 7 for this event.

Hope to see you!


Purlin’ J’s Featured in the News!

8 Aug

So exciting to have some great publicity today! Besides being mentioned on CBC Ontario Morning this morning, here are a couple of other news articles promoting Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co:

The Ottawa Citizen
Expert knitter launches mobile yarn store by Laura Armstrong, The Ottawa Citizen

The Kingston Heritage EMC
Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. rolls into town this weekend – News – By Hollie Pratt-Campbell, Kingston Local Community News

Introducing Kingston’s first and only mobile yarn truck!

6 Aug
Lil Dorothy, Purlin' J's yarn truck

photo: Elizabeth Cooper


Kingston, ON: Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company is the newest retail truck to hit the streets of Kingston. Instead of gourmet food, the truck sells yarn and other fascinating fibre paraphernalia! The truck’s debut will be at the Wolfe Island Music Festival on August 10.

Joan Sharpe (aka Purlin’ J) owns and operates the truck and offers expertise along with a carefully curated collection of yarns, knitting needles, notions, books, and patterns for sale.

“Purlin’ J’s satisfies the modern knitter’s craving for sumptuous yarns when she/he is most relaxed and inspired to create something beautiful: at a music festival, studio tour, market or retreat,” says Sharpe.

Featured products include 100% wool yarn sourced from Topsy Farms on Amherst Island, right here in Eastern Ontario. “We are delighted to partner with Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company,” adds Sally Bowen, co-owner of Topsy Farms. “The truck is an innovative way to connect with the local fans of our wool yarn.”

“Purlin’ J’s is the anti-thesis of the big box store: it’s small-scale, flexible retailing that is responsive to the market. The truck, in part, is literally a vehicle to connect the fibrecrafting community with local wool producers,” explains Sharpe.

The truck is a former fire truck from Lanark County, and is named Lil Dorothy, after Sharpe’s late mother. Look for Lil Dorothy at festivals and special events in Kingston and Eastern Ontario. The truck may also be booked for private events.

Follow Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company on Twitter, Facebook and Ravelry.


Purlin J 212

photo: Elizabeth Cooper

Joan Sharpe
613-329-8763 mobile

Lil Dorothy SNEAK PEEK!

2 Aug

Lil Dorothy’s exterior makeover is complete! But…you still have to wait a few more days for the full reveal. Here’s a shot of me with the truck to satisfy your curiosity for now. All will be revealed early next week. Stay tuned!

Gosh, she's pretty. And that Purlin' J is kinda cute too.

Gosh, she’s pretty. And that Purlin’ J is kinda cute too.

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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