Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.

Imagine if your local yarn shop came to you. OK it’s not like the ice cream truck cruising your neighbourhood but if you see this truck, STOP, there is yarn.

purlin j's truck

Purlin’ J’s Joan Sharpe, roves around to various fibre festivals in the Kingston, Ontario area bringing yarn to the masses. That would be us.

purlin j

Joan came to the Sticks, Strings and Stewardship Retreat I was at last weekend. She is very engaging and has a great story of how she got here inside a roving truck: Purlin’ J 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.

Since 2013 her 1982 fire service rescue truck has been packed with goodies.


I think this is even better than the ice cream truck. Don’t you?

Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving,


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Author: debgemmellmods

I'm a Knitter. The capital K means every day, everywhere. I'm co-owner of Cabin Fever with my sister Lyn. We have published over 100 patterns and 11 books. I'm also working on a new set of patterns for Any Gauge knitting. Dive into your stash and cast on for a Top Down sweater that fits, or an accessory to use up those odd balls of yarn.

4 thoughts on “Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.”

  1. Better in so many ways – prettier truck, better smile on the purveyor, much more intriguing goodies, not fattening. Does Joan post an itinerary or is viewing purely by chance?


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