Tag Archives: Yarntruck

Back to the Farm August 21

21 Aug

The Purlin’ J’s yarntruck is in Bath, Ontario this Sunday August 21 at the second-annual Back to the Farm: MacKinnon Brothers Beer and Music Festival. It’s a field party with live music, craft beer, food [and yarn] trucks, and more! The gate opens at 12 pm, the first band starts at 1 pm, and it’s all over at 10 pm.

You can park for free, and there are shuttle buses available from/to Kingston. Visit the Festival website for more information.

Tickets are $20 advance and are available now online. You can also buy them in person at: Red House (downtown), Red House (west end), Brian’s Record Option, MacKinnon Brothers Brewery (Bath), or The Brake Room (Belleville). Tickets at the gate are $25. Children under 12 are free. The entire festival grounds are licensed, and wristbands will be issued to anyone over 19.


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.

ArtFest Kingston 1 – 3 July

29 Jun ArtFest YGK

Come see what’s new onboard the yarntruck this weekend at Kingston’s annual ArtFest in City Park!  The Purlin’ J’s yarntruck is open all three days: July 1 – 3. Look for Lil Dorothy near the Barrie/King edge of the park in the same spot as previous years.

ArtFest features 150 artists and artisans from across Ontario and Quebec for THREE days starting Friday Canada Day, Saturday and Sunday. Walk the shady paths throughout the park and enjoy outstanding pottery, glass, and wood pieces, jewellery, gourmet food, live music, art workshops, live outdoor theatre, poetry and more! NEW this year is a craft beer and wine area!

Yarntruck hours are 10 am to 8 pm on Friday, July 1, and 10 am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3. Visa, MasterCard and cash accepted. Two ATM machines are onsite.
ArtFest YGK

Odessa Car Show 11/12 June

9 Jun

Shop the yarntruck over two full days this weekend at the Odessa Fairgrounds! The Antique and Classic Car Club of Canada (Upper Canada Region) is hosting the 43rd Odessa Car Show this weekend, June 11 and 12. In addition to the dozens of vehicles on display, there’s a flea market, craft sale, and canteen!

NEW onboard the yarntruck is Lichen and Lace‘s hand-dyed superwash merino worsted-weight yarn. Lots of yummy colours to choose from!

The yarntruck is open all day Saturday and Sunday. The Odessa Fairgrounds are 10 minutes West of Kingston, Hwy 401 exit 599 South (County Road 6). Public parking is off Shane Street. Admission is $3 and children 12 and under are free.


June 5 Pop-up at the Ambassador!

2 Jun

Just announced! Shop Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. in the west parking lot of the Ambassador Hotel (1550 Princess Street in Kingston) this Sunday, June 5 from 11 am to 3 pm only!

See you then!


Kingston Scottish Festival 28 May

25 May

Your next opportunity to shop Purlin’ J’s yarntruck is this Saturday, 28 May at Rideau Acres in Kingston for the annual Scottish Festival! A full day of pipers, drummers and dancers. The day culminates with the much-anticipated mass band competition!

Food and Beer tent! Kids zone! Free Admission. Parking Charge of $5/vehicle.

The yarntruck is open 9-5. Visa, MasterCard and cash accepted. Gift certificates available.

Lang may yer lum reek! (May you live long and stay well!),
Purlin’ J



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).


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

"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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