Archive | November, 2013

Final weekend of the season: Mulberry Winter Fair

28 Nov

This weekend is your last chance to shop Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, before she hibernates for the winter!

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

Friday, Nov 29 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 30 from 10am – 3pm is the Mulberry Winter Fair, when you can experience a beautiful winter festival with puppet shows, a magical forest, crafts, beeswax candle making, live music, delicious food and all the amazing vendors. Entry is free and open to all!


Fat Goose Craft Fair Nov 24

23 Nov

Lil Dorothy is looking forward to being at the Fat Goose Craft Fair, Sunday, November 24 from 3 – 9 pm. The yarn truck will be in the parking lot of the Renaissance Venue at 285 Queen Street, Kingston, so you can shop for fascinating fibre paraphernalia on your way in or out of the show inside!

Shop the Yarn Truck Nov 23, 11am – 4pm

19 Nov
Learn to knit class starting Nov. 23

Learn to knit class starting Nov. 23

Shop the Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company truck Saturday Nov 23 from 11am to 4pm next to Anwyn Studio (105 Mowat, Kingston). PLUS register for a four-week knitting class starting Saturday!

A New Knitters Four-Week Workshop
Starting Sat Nov 23, a four-week on-going knitting lesson. The classes will run from 2:00pm-4:00pm on Nov 23 & 30 and Dec 7 & 14. The cost is $100 and includes needles and a hand-dyed skein of yarn. The class will cover cast on, knit, purl and cast off. We will also demystify terms such as gauge and blocking! To register email- or phone 613-766-1422. Workshops take place at Anwyn Studio, 105 Mowat Ave, Kingston.


Expanded Nov 16 hours

15 Nov

New, expanded hours for Saturday, November 16. Shop Lil Dorothy from 12 noon until 4:30 pm at 105 Mowat Ave, Kingston, next to Anwyn Studio.
See you there!

Purlin’ J’s in Vogue Knitting

13 Nov
Joan Sharpe of Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Co.

Joan Sharpe of Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.

What a thrill to report that the Holiday 2013 issue of Vogue Knitting magazine features a short piece on Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. in its “Made in Canada” column!

Lil Dorothy will be stopping in Portsmouth Village, the Fat Goose Craft Fair, and finally at the Mulberry School Winter Fair before going in to hibernation beginning December 1. I will be spending the winter planning next season’s schedule, teaching some classes, and continuing to connect with my loyal customers who make this endeavour so worthwhile.

The first few months of Purlin’ J’s have been so rewarding and fun. Lil Dorothy and I thank you for the wonderful reception!

All the best,


Kingston Loves Its Trucks!

8 Nov

Check out this piece in Kingston Business Today featuring Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company and Farm Girl Food! Mobile retail in Kingston is fast becoming booming business!

Anwyn Studio’s Grand Opening Features Purlin’ J’s Yarn Truck

6 Nov

Kingston, ON: Anwyn Studio, a local yarn shop specializing in hand-dyed artisan yarns, spinning fibre and fibre arts classes, is celebrating its grand opening at 105 Mowat Ave in Kingston this weekend, Nov 9 and 10.

“Anwyn Studio is a place to come and slow down, to sit and create, to share knowledge and to learn. It’s a place where local fibre artists can share their craft, and independent artisans can retail their work,” explains Meriel Taylor, the owner of Anwyn Studio. “The fibre arts are of such a tactile nature that having the ability to touch and feel the wool is extremely important,” adds Taylor.

To celebrate its grand opening, Taylor has invited Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company to open its yarn truck at the studio for three weekends in November (Nov 9, 10, 16, 23). Joan Sharpe (aka Purlin’ J) owns and operates the truck and offers a carefully curated collection of yarns, knitting needles, notions, books, and patterns for sale. The truck, nicknamed “Lil Dorothy,” is featured in the latest issue of Vogue Knitting.

“The yarn truck is a unique twist on the traditional yarn shop, while the studio is a warm and welcoming place to learn new fibre arts skills,” says Sharpe. “They complement each other.”

Anwyn Studio is offering “Knitting for Newbies” classes, as well as intermediate knitting and beginning needlefelting classes most weekends in November. Each class is $35 and includes a voucher to shop for needed materials at either Anwyn Studio or the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck.

When Taylor is not at the studio, she is at home spinning, taking care of her chickens, and tending to her dye garden.

Parking is available at the studio. For more information, go to


Meriel Taylor
Anwyn Studio                                                                                 
(613) 766-1422 studio

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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