Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company is the first and only mobile yarn shop serving Kingston and Eastern Ontario. Think gourmet food truck, only selling yarn instead! Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Co. truck, nicknamed “Lil Dorothy”, features yarn  and fascinating fibre paraphernalia for the modern fibrecrafter!

Q: When is the yarntruck open and how can I find it?

A: The yarntruck operates seasonally. It is open most weekends between May and November, at varying locations in Kingston and Eastern Ontario, Canada. Check the Yarntruck Dates page for details! 

Q: Where do you ship?

Flat rate shipping to Canada is $10.00 CAD for most items. Shipping to the USA and the rest of the world is $20 CAD. Shipping is by Canada Post from Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Email info@purlinjs.ca if you have questions about shipping.

Q: What are the policies onboard the yarntruck?

A: Purlin’ J’s accepts Visa, Mastercard, Debit and Cash payments. Applicable GST/HST is added to sales. GST/HST No: 851505693RT0001 Needles, crochet hooks, patterns, books, sale yarn, & wound yarn: FINAL SALE All other items are EXCHANGE ONLY and must be unopened and in saleable condition. NO REFUNDS

Purlin’ J’s asks for your email address at point of sale for the purpose of sending you an electronic receipt. Your email will not be used for any other purpose unless you choose to be added to Purlin’ J’s customer email list.

Q: What products are available on the yarntruck?

A: Shop for premium hand-dyed and commercial yarn onboard Lil Dorothy. Brands include Koigu, Lichen and Lace, Zen Yarn Garden, and more.  If you have any requests for certain products please let us know! We also have needles, books and patterns, needlefelting supplies and fibre braids! Limited products are sold online.

Q: Does Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Co. offer classes to learn knitting/crochet?

A: Not at the moment, but online resources like Ravelry.com and YouTube are good places to start learning!

Q: How do I book the yarntruck for a special event?

A: The yarntruck visits locations in Kingston and Eastern Ontario, generally as part of a craft show, fair, or festival. Send an email to info@purlinjs.ca with information about your event: date, opening and set-up times, location, and other relevant vendor information. The yarntruck requires a flat spot, at least two car-lengths long to set up. A spot in the parking lot, close to the entrance of the venue, is ideal. We ask that the event organizer reserve this spot with traffic cones or barriers prior to the truck's arrival. Customers enter the truck from the rear, and exit via the side door after shopping. There are handrails to assist with boarding but unfortunately the yarntruck is not wheelchair accessible.

Q: Is there an actual Purlin' J?

A: Yes! She is me, Joan Sharpe, and I have years of knitting expertise to share with Purlin’ J's customers. My late mother, Dorothy, taught me to knit when I was eight years old. (It took a few tries for me to get the hang of it!) My mother encouraged me to work at my local yarn shop when I was still a teenager. This part-time job helped pay my way through a two-year Fashion Design Diploma program at Sheridan College, where I majored in knit clothing. I was hired straight out of college to join the hand-knit pattern design team for the Bouquet brand of yarns manufactured by Spinrite Yarns. As part of the design team, I worked on turning design concepts into written patterns and finally into completed garments.

I love living in Kingston and being a part of a dynamic fibrecrafting community! 

Q: What's the history of the truck? Why is it named Lil Dorothy?

A: The Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Co. yarntruck is a 1982 Ford that was used a Lanark County fire service vehicle before she was converted to the yarntruck you see today. The red exterior paint and interior fittings are original to the fire service. The truck is named Lil Dorothy, after Joan Sharpe's late mother, Dorothy Sharpe, who taught Joan/Purlin' J how to knit when she was just a girl.