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Sheep Dog Trials Aug 5, 6, 7

3 Aug

Shop the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck this weekend from 9 am to 5 pm daily at the Sheep Dog Trials!

Onboard you’ll find the debut of Purlin’ J’s exclusive limited-edition yarn advent calendar, Bling Your String bags, and more!

This annual event, held at beautiful Grass Creek Park just east of Kingston, attracts over 7,000 spectators over three days: August 5, 6, and 7.

In addition to the sheep dog trials, you’ll enjoy sheep shearing, Kingston Police K-9 demonstrations, the Ready, Set, Go flyball team, Rideau River DockDogs, and a playzone for your own dog!

See spinning and weaving demos on Friday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm given by members of the Kingston Handloom Weavers & Spinners Guild. The Sheep-to-Shawl Competition is Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm, with the resulting shawls auctioned off on Sunday at 12:30 pm.

$15 admission at the gate. Free admission for children 12 & under.
Group rates available for 10 or more. For more event information, visit www.kingstonsheepdogtrials.com.


The Day of the Pig! 22 May

17 May

The yarntruck is making its return on Sunday May 22 to our friends at Seed to Sausage in Tichborne, Ontario, near Sharbot Lake.  This year marks the fifth-year anniversary of The Day of the Pig, a full-day festival of fun, food and friends! Enjoy roast pig, top chefs, music, bubbly (and non-bubbly) beverages, an artisan market (including the yarntruck!), demonstrations and more! Come prepared to stay for the day; there’ll be tables and chairs but bring your own chair for best results!

The yarntruck is open 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday May 22. Credit cards accepted. 12821 HWY 38, Tichborne (Sharbot Lake).


The Tett 7/8 May

3 May

Ladies and gentlemen, step right up! This weekend, May 7 and 8 marks the return of the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck, Lil Dorothy! I hope to see you at The Tett Centre in Kingston for the Mother’s Day Arts Expo. It is a weekend full of music, dance, unique arts, and delicious food and fibre!

The yarntruck has lots of gift ideas for mom, including gift certificates! And new this season is Purlin’ J’s ability to sell digital patterns to you onboard, thru Ravelry’s In-store Program. Come and see what’s new onboard!

Yarntruck hours are 10 am to 4 pm each day. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

imageThe Arts Expo is open Saturday and Sunday, 9am – 5pm both days.

The Arts Expo features an art show and sale, open studios, guest artists, Sunday brunch by Desert Lake Gardens in the Malting Tower (Two seatings; 9:30 and 11:30) and much more.





Last Chance! Saturday, 5 December

3 Dec


Dear Friends,
This Saturday, December 5, is your last chance this season to shop the Purlin’ J’s yarntruck, Lil Dorothy, before she starts her winter hibernation. I hope to see you in the parking lot of Frontenac Mall, near Service Canada, this Saturday, from 10am to 3pm.

Remember I am collecting Izzy Dolls and other hand-knitted or crocheted items for Syrian refugees that are arriving in Kingston soon. Drop them off to me on Saturday and I will pass them on to the organizer(s) of this initiative. You can read more about what Kingston and area knitters and crocheters are doing to ensure these new families are warm once they arrive in Canada, by visiting this Ravelry group: 1000 Stitches for Syria.

Finally, THANK YOU for your support of Kingston’s yarntruck! I have met many new fibre-loving friends this year, some of whom I see almost every week. It’s so satisfying to see what you are creating, and what inspires you. In turn, I draw inspiration and energy from you.

I almost forgot: What a thrill it was to have Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. featured in Canadian Living magazine!

My goal is to satisfy your yarn cravings, and so I’ll be spending the winter in search of the fascinating fibre paraphernalia you have come to expect, as well as exploring some new directions for Purlin’ J’s.

I look forward to welcoming you onboard as soon as the spring weather permits.
Purlin' J
I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season, and all the best for 2016.

Yours truly,

aka Purlin’ J

P.S. Send me an email info@purlinjs.ca anytime if you have any yarn requirements. My inventory is available to you over the winter break!

Wolfe Island Christmas Village, Nov. 29

27 Nov

The Wolfe Islander ferry is back, and it’s docking at the Marysville (summer) dock! Make up for lost time by visiting on Sunday, November 29, to enjoy the Wolfe Island Christmas Village. The Purlin’ J’s yarntruck, Lil Dorothy, will be at the Marysville Public School (venue 2 on the map) from 10 am to 3 pm. The ferry schedule can be found here.

If you have not visited Wolfe Island this year, now is the time! The entire Wolfe Island community is so pleased to welcome back its ferry walk-on visitors. The Christmas Village event on Sunday features vendors at several locations, pony rides, a tea room, and more. Walk on the ferry, and walk off! This could be your last chance this year to before the ferry begins its seasonal stint at the winter dock.

Plus, Sunday could very well be the yarntruck’s last event before she starts her winter hibernation. I hope to see you this weekend!

With warm wishes,
Purlin’ J

P.S. Remember you can drop off your Izzy Dolls at the yarntruck Saturday and Sunday. We are making these to give to Syrian children arriving in Canada soon. They are a small token of comfort.


Mulberry Winter Fair on Saturday; Wolfe Island on Sunday

25 Nov

Just announced! The #yarntruck is at the Mulberry Winter Fair again this Saturday, November 28! You are invited to shop onboard Lil Dorothy on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, at The Mulberry Waldorf School, 25 Markland Street in Kingston.


The Winter Fair is an annual event that celebrates the simple pleasures of the season. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, seasonal crafts, artisan vendors, a puppet show and lunch by Epicurious Catering. A holiday celebration for the whole family!

Onboard the yarntruck you’ll find a carnival of colour and lots of gift ideas for everyone on your list: yarn, fibre, books, and needlefelt supplies. Need a stocking stuffer for your favourite knitter? The yarntruck offers you a unique selection of needle gauges, even one that measures square knitting needles!


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,

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.

Lil Dorothy is almost ready!

30 Jul
A brief phase in Lil Dorothy's transformation.

A brief phase in Lil Dorothy’s transformation.

All will be revealed next week! Ladies and gentlemen, my goodness this has been an exciting week. The big reveal is almost upon us! I hope you are as excited as I am to see Lil Dorothy after her makeover.

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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