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


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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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