Archive | March, 2014

Announcing the Return of the Yarn Truck!

29 Mar

I am so pleased to announce the return of Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, nicknamed “Lil Dorothy”! I hope you’ll stop by and see what’s new at the first ever Spring Chicken Craft Fair, brought to you by the same great folks who do the popular Fat Goose Craft Fair! Lil Dorothy will be parked at the Renaissance Event Venue (285 Queen St. Kingston, Ontario) on Sunday, May 4th, 11am to 4 pm. This juried show will also have the lower level of the Renaissance Venue open to help even out the crowds and add much-needed space for vendors.

Until then I am discontinuing my weekly specials, so you can save your pennies for all the beauties coming on board Lil Dorothy! (And so I can devote my time to sprucing up Lil Dorothy after her long winter’s nap.)

You can look forward to some stunning new hand-dyed sock yarns, new yarns for spring, and some new colours of some of your favourites! And look, here’s a sample I made of one of Laura Nelkin’s Mudra Cuff kits, one of a few of her kits you’ll find on board the yarn truck:

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Looking forward to seeing you on-board,
Joan

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Sock Yarn Ten Bucks!

22 Mar

On Thursday I finally finished my hand-knitted tights, and posted this photo to Instagram/Facebook:

Sock Opus!

Sock Opus!

What a great response! You love them as much as I do, and it seems many of you are inspired to make your own tights! The pattern is called Sock Opus, and they are knit two-at-a-time from the toe-up! They are a great way to use all your favourite sock yarns in one very satisfying, custom-fitting, and practical project. You need two long circular needles (in the size that gives you the gauge required, 2.5 – 3mm) to knit two-at-a-time. You can certainly knit each leg individually from the toe-up, then join to knit the panty. But then you run the risk of  catching the dreaded “second-sock syndrome”, and two-at-a-time also means it’s  easier to knit both legs so they match, much like I tried to do with mine.

So for this week’s special, I am offering once again sock yarn for ten bucks a pop!

Supersocke!

Supersocke: Col 1438 (top); Col 1439 (bottom)

Choose from two brands/four colourways of colourful, self-striping sock yarn! Each ball is $10, and will yield one pair of your average socks.

There’s Supersocke from Online, 75% wool, 25% polyamide, 100gr/420m. It’s even infused with Aloe Vera and Jojoba! Colour 1438 is brown, black, royal blue, kelly green with a touch of orange. Colour 1439 is a cheerful combo of fuschia, royal blue, yellow and orange with a touch of black and brown.

Mexiko

Mexiko: Col 202 (left); Col 204 (right)

I also have Mexiko from Schoeller and Stahl, 75% wool, 25% polyamide, 100gr/420m. Colour 204 is a happy combo of black, turquoise, cream, orange, and purple. Colour 202 is a combo of fuschia, cornflower blue, yellow and orange with a touch of cream and lime green.

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Mexiko self-stripe Col 204

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference. Free delivery to within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $20. You can also pick up from downtown Kingston, or I can send via Canada Post [additional charge]. A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. HST will be added. While quantities last! Offer expires 28 March 2014.

Spring knitting, and an announcement

15 Mar Sawya

This week I’m featuring a yarn that is just right for your spring knitting. But first, an announcement: last year’s success with the yarn truck is a real vote of confidence and now I am faced with all the things that comes from a growing business. So starting with this week’s special, I now must add the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) to Purlin’ J’s sales. I value your business, and your enthusiasm for Lil Dorothy! This snow has delayed our emergence from hibernation, but you will see an announcement about our first day back on the streets soon.

In the meantime, have a look at this light and drapey yarn from Mirasol in Peru: Sawya.
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Sawya is a worsted weight plied yarn that is 60% Pima cotton, 25% alpaca, and 15% silk. Here’s a pattern suggestion, the Scoop Pullover. The silk gives this yarn just enough body to give that front scoop a bit of drape. Or you could make a sweet, yet very on-trend chevron blanket like this one.

And you get more by purchasing Mirasol yarn. By doing so, you are supporting the shepherds, their families and their community, primarily through the Mirasol Boarding school. The Mirasol Boarding school is an elementary school that boards more than 45 area children, and is an initiative of many supporters, including Canada’s own Diamond Yarns.

This week Sawya is $5 a skein! Six colours to choose from (L to R, bottom photo): black, cream, orange, leaf green, cornflower blue, and purple. 85m/50gr.

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference (free delivery within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $20 before HST, pick-up from downtown Kingston, or Canada Post [additional charge]). A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. While quantities last! Offer expires 21 March 2014.

Topsy 2-ply wool at last year’s price!

8 Mar

Lil Dorothy and I are so anxious to get back on the road! This winter weather is lingering too long. But soon I will visit my friends Sally and Ian at Topsy Farms on Amherst Island to pick up a big batch of yarn for sale this season in the truck. I hear there are some new colours for 2014! While I’m there, I will enjoy some fresh farm air and watch some sheep get sheared! To make room for the new batch of Topsy yarn, this week’s special features six colours of Topsy’s 100% wool yarn at last year’s price!
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This worsted weight, 100% wool, 2-ply yarn is great value. If you visited the truck last year, you’ll remember the ruched Tamarind cowl I made. This yarn is also great for felted projects.

This week get Topsy’s yarn at last year’s price: $6 a skein! The 2014 price will be in effect on-board Lil Dorothy. Six colours to choose from: purple heather, light blue heather, navy blue, pink, turquoise, and burnt orange. 218 m/113gr.

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference (free delivery within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $18, pick-up from downtown Kingston, or Canada Post [additional charge]). A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. No HST. While quantities last! Offer expires 14 March 2014.

Alpaca and Silk = Drapey Softness

1 Mar

This week’s special features the return of a soft, drapey yarn from Viking of Norway: Alpaca Silk (50% alpaca/50% silk). The cute 1920s cloche-style hat shown is the Rikke hat, which was knitted by me then felted in my top-loader. The result is a dense yet structured fabric that is warm and soft, with a brushed look. Some of you might remember this hat if you visited Lil Dorothy last year. My sister wore it when she visited me just before Christmas, and then it ended up in her stocking! This sport weight, plied yarn is slightly heavier than a fingering weight, so I think it would also be great for the popular Color Affection scarf or a Leafy Bias scarf as well.

THIS WEEK: Buy 3 balls for the price of 2! Regularly $10 a ball, get three for $20. Four colours to choose from: blue, cream, gray, and blue/gray stripe. 134 m/50gr.
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The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference (free delivery within Kingston, pick-up from downtown Kingston, or Canada Post [additional charge]). A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. No HST. While quantities last! Offer expires 7 March 2014.

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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