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Mrs. Crosby yarn: Place your orders!

20 Nov

I know there are many Purlin’ J’s customers out there who simply adore the yarns of our esteemed Mrs. Crosby. You’ve cradled them all (well, except for Train Case) lovingly in your hands whilst aboard the yarn truck. Now is your opportunity to order exactly what you want for that special project in your queue! (For example, I recently used four skeins of Carpet Bag in African Grey to knit this Churchmouse poncho. It just needs to be blocked!) I will be dispatching an order shortly to Mrs Crosby, so here are your instructions:

1. Go to http://www.mrscrosbyplays.com and review your yarn base choices:
Satchel; $20/skein
Steamer Trunk; $20/skein
Carpet Bag; $27/skein
Train Case; $32.50/skein
Hat Box; $32.50/skein
Plus HST.

2. Choose your colour(s), from either the multis or the nearly-solids.

3. There is no minimum order, BUT if you order full bags of 5 skeins/one colour, get 10% off the whole bag!

4. Email Purlin’ J with your requirements and payment preference to: info@purlinjs.ca by the deadline: Monday November 24 at noon.

5. Purlin’ J will deliver your yarn once it is received if you’re in Kingston. Want to give a gift of yarn to someone? Give me the specifics and I will deliver your order as a pretty cellophane gift basket to its recipient within Kingston! Or you can pick up your order from downtown Kingston. All other orders will be mailed via Canada Post.

See you Sunday at the Fat Goose Craft Fair, now at Grant Hall!

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NEW Locally-made Needle Cases!

5 Nov
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Store your circular, straight and double-pointed knitting needles in one case!

Just in time for gift-giving! These cotton knitting needle cases are designed by Purlin’ J and made right here in Kingston, featuring fabric from well-known designers Kaffe Fassett and Amy Butler! Only a handful are available on-board the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, Lil Dorothy. Get yours this weekend at Grass Creek Cottage (2993 Highway 2 East, Saturday, 10 – 2) or in Almonte, at the Handmade Harvest Show (Old Town Hall, Sunday, 10 – 3).

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Now you can store all kinds of knitting needles in one case! The centre pockets hold your circular needles, while the right-side has pockets for your double-pointed needles as well as your straight needles. The left-hand side is a zippered pocket to hold your stitch holders, cable needles, stitch markers, or perhaps even your Purlin’ J’s needle gauge!

From Sock Blocker to Succaplokki: Meet industrial designer, Aleksi Viirilä

9 Oct
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Industrial designer Aleksi Viirilä

You know those great needle gauges you’ve seen on-board the yarn truck (and can buy online here)? The ones featuring Lil Dorothy? They are made in Finland by industrial designer, Aleksi Viirilä, the award-winning talent behind Succaplokki tools. In 2013 Aleksi Viirilä was chosen as the Young Finnish Crafter of the Year and nominated for the Noste Craft Award.

I recently asked Aleksi some questions about himself and his process. Here are his responses written, as he modestly claims, in “Finglish”.

Purlin’ J: Each needle gauge is unique. Can you describe the process and materials used?
Aleksi: I use industrial waste/left overs to make my items. Old signs, production leftovers, material with scratches and colour flaws. I use a laser to produce accurate cuts and all the items are finished by hand.

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Why knitting tools? Are you a knitter?
This is kind of funny story. My wife (who’s a fanatic knitter) asked me to make her a pair of sock blockers in 2008. We did several cardboard models to make the blockers in the right size. I wanted to add some extra feature so I cut a needle gauge in the blocker. I made the final blockers from a piece of plastic I found in a trash can. She used the blockers on her knitting blog and from there the story of “Succaplokki” began. Finnish bloggers started to ask me if I could make more pairs for them. I was so excited that I started to design more items.

The name “Succaplokki” comes from combining the English words Sock Blockers and “Sukanpingotin”, which means Sock Blocker in Finnish. At the same time my wife discovered Etsy and from there the items started to sell out of Finland. Now this has been my main job for three years and I love it!

I’m not a knitter and this makes it even more interesting because I don’t have any presumptions about the knitting tools and how they should look or feel.

What is your training/background?
I’m a Industrial Designer. I specialize in tooling and prototyping. I’ve been working in this field for about 10 years.

What is your favourite thing about living where you live in Finland?
We live in a small countryside town in Southern Finland. Our house is an old house from the 50’s and my workshop is located in our basement. My favourite thing in all this is the slow way of life. I really love what I do. I don’t know if I can explain this in English but I truly feel a great joy for being able to make my items, which for me started by accident.

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In 2013 Aleksi Viirilä was chosen as the Young Finnish Crafter of the year and was nominated for the Noste craft award.

Shop the Yarn Truck at KingstonFest Oct 4

3 Oct

KingstonFest is a free indoor and outdoor family festival that showcases Kingston’s remarkable organizations, and encourages community involvement. Speaking of remarkable, Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. was recently named by The Globe and Mail Report on Small Business as one of “the Top Ten Most Remarkable Small Businesses” in Canada! Thanks to everyone who voted. I think it is rather remarkable indeed that a yarn store is part of the top ten!

The Purlin’ J’s truck will open 10am – 3pm Saturday October 4 at St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston. FREE admission!

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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.

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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.

Is it soft-serve weather yet? Color Baby wool $4!

22 Feb

Spring is almost here, and who among us simply can’t wait for beach and ice-cream weather? One of ball of Color Baby makes this sweet baby hat: Soft Serve. I love how all the soft colours work together in this range. That makes it a frothy choice for the popular garter stitch, short-row scarf, Color Affection. Color Baby is a fingering weight yarn that is made from Australian merino wool. This week each ball (50gr/180m) is on sale for only $4, no HST!

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Choose from eight shades: [Left photo]: (top L) blue multi, col. 803; (bottom L) baby blue, col. 24; (bottom R) red, col. 26; (top R) bright multi, col. 806; [Right photo]: (top L) peach, col. 15; (bottom L) peach marl, col. 7; (bottom R) pastel multi, col. 804; (top R) peach multi, col. 802. 100% Australian merino wool, Made in Italy. Shrink-resistant, although hand-washing is recommended.

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference. I offer free delivery to within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $20, or you can pick up from downtown Kingston, or I can send via Canada Post [additional charge]. A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. No HST. While quantities last! Offer expires 28 February 2014. Join Purlin’ J’s customer email list here!

Hand-painted SoftSpun, $10

8 Feb L to R: Bubble Gum, Eggplant, Flamingo, Northern Lights

Have I mentioned how much I love seeing what my customers are making? You are an artistic and prolific bunch! Have a look at Gloria’s project, for example, made from Briggs & Little’s Hand-Painted SoftSpun. She stopped by the truck one day late last season and I snapped this pic of her Arc of Iris Cowl:20140208-132350.jpg

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Handpainted Softspun is a 2 Ply light worsted weight wool yarn (113gr/219m) that is created by Canada’s oldest woollen mill, Briggs & Little, and handpainted by the Fleece Artist in Nova Scotia. It is a 25 micron wool that is soft enough to wear next to the skin. This week it’s on sale for $10 a skein, no HST. Choose from four shades: (Top right photo; L to R) Bubble gum, Eggplant, Flamingo, and Northern Lights. 100% Pure Wool, Made in Canada.

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference. I offer free delivery to within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $20, or you can pick up from downtown Kingston, or I can send via Canada Post [additional charge]. A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. No HST. While quantities last! Offer expires 13 February 2014.
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Make a (Super snow) Angel this weekend!

31 Jan

It’s Super Bowl weekend! Wa-hoo! Time for beer, chicken wings, and knitting. (You think I can sit through a four-hour football game, when I don’t actually understand the rules, without knitting? NO CHANCE.) And look, I managed to find a video that encapsulates everything that this week is about: SNOW (yes, there’s more coming, Kingstonians), football, and Angel, this week’s yarn special!

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Angel is a light and airy lace-weight yarn with a radiant fuzzy halo. Choose from six colours of Angel yarn (76% mohair, 24% silk) from Debbie Bliss. This week only, each ball is $7.50, no HST. (Reg. $11 ea.) Choose from: [left photo] Cream (15034; top), Raspberry (15016; middle), or Mink (15004; bottom); and [right photo] Chartreuse (15028; top), Print (15810; middle), or Teal blue (15023; bottom).

And here’s a project that’ll knit up before you can say Vince Lombardi: One ball of Angel (200m/25gr ea.), coupled with another aran or worsted yarn, will make this drapey shoulder cozy that doubles as a cowl.

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference. I offer free delivery to within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $15, or you can pick up from downtown Kingston, or I can send via Canada Post [additional charge]. A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. No HST. While quantities last! Offer expires 6 February 2014.

Just keep knitting! Dory yarn is $4 a ball

24 Jan

Dory collageHere we are, deep in to January, and I wouldn’t blame you if the snow and cold were getting you down. My favourite chase-the-winter-blues-away trick is, you guessed it: knitting!  This week’s special is Dory, a cozy, single-ply, aran weight yarn that’s made in Italy. A touch of alpaca gives this yarn a subtle fuzzy halo. This yarn is discontinued so get it while you can!

This week choose from five colours of Dory yarn (51% wool, 39% acrylic, 10% alpaca) from Filtes. Each ball $4, no HST. (Reg. $7 ea.) Choose from Dark purple heather (471; bottom middle; top photo), Light purple heather (470; top left; top photo), hunter green (404; bottom left; top photo), brick red (482; top right; top photo) or navy blue (497; bottom right; top photo).

One ball (50gr/90m ea.) will make a pair of boot toppers, like the ones featured on Purlin’ J’s Ravelry project page, or how about a Marina hat, soft and slouchy, and knitted sideways?

The Fine Print: To purchase, please send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with your selection and delivery preference. I offer free delivery to within Kingston with a minimum purchase of $16, or you can pick up from downtown Kingston, or I can send via Canada Post [additional charge]. A PayPal invoice will be sent to you. No HST. While quantities last! Offer expires 30 January 2014.

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Sue Schlabach

Artist, photographer and upcycler living in Vermont. Viewer of the world through eyes and lens.

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