We have all sorts of events happening this summer! Check out the full list on the left, including workshops on weaving and needlepoint, plus a party. Here’s a sample:
Tonight! Join Alexis for an evening of Community Crochet! The utility pole outside the shop has had a knitted cozy since we opened (over 4 years ago!) and it’s time to beautify that electrical box outside our door, too. Join us for refreshments, instruction, and some crafty socializing.
July 21: Bring in your dull fabric scissors to be sharpened by On the Edge Knife Sharpening. It’s easy to get used to the total pain of dull scissors, but freshly sharpened scissors will make all your summer sewing a breeze!
July 24: Fixing a hole in a beloved garment can make it even better! Learn visible mending; if you’ve used a needle and thread, you can dive into this lovely, meditative craft. Check out Kate’s gorgeous mended sample below!
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JP Knit & Stitch will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for…July 4th! We are open our regular hours for the rest of teh weekend, so stop by for projects that are just right for car rides, camping, cookouts, and fireworks.
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The lovely and talented Janice won the JP Knit & Stitch Me Made May Instagram contest. Me Made May is a celebration of all things handmade. Crafty folks from around the world post photos of their handmade goodness throughout the month of May. We sat down with Janice to chat about her crafty life. Here are the highlights:
How did you learn to craft? I come from a long line of crafters. My mom made all my own clothes and taught me how to sew. My Grandmother sewed, crocheted, and did needlepoint. I got back into sewing and knitting when your shop opened [ed. note: that makes us happy :-)!] . My youngest daughter Ada also inspired me to sew and knit again.
What’s your crafting space like? We have lived for 8 years in our current small condo – which we love – but it did not have a dedicated crafting space. As a Christmas present my amazing husband created a sewing nook for me in our bedroom. [See photos below.] It is wonderful to be able to have sewing projects out and sit down and sew when I have the time.
As a busy working mom of three, how/when do you carve out crafting time? I knit in meetings a lot! I always have at least two projects with me, including an easy one that I can knit on without looking. [ed.note: !!!] For sewing I use weekend time. We often have a family outing in the morning and then quiet time in the afternoon and I will either cook or sew during that time.
What are your hopes and dreams around your crafting? My husband and I used to be big planners. Now we have become much more focused on the journey than the destination. I would like to be able to spend more time quilting, which requires more dedicated time than I have right now. I would like to learn to weave. I also hope to get to a point where I enjoy crafting with the kids more. [ed. note: we can totally relate to this!] It’s all about letting go of perfection – it’s very important with kids to focus on process not product.
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Are you a knitter, sewer, quilter, embroiderer, chef, urban homesteader – all of the above? Whatever manner of crafty maker you are, we have a beautiful book or magazine or quarterly to inspire your next project (edible or otherwise..check out the fiddlehead fern recipe in the latest lovely issue of our very local Maine based quarterly, Taproot). We file this under #welovethetangible
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JP knit & Stitchers and Knit-Alongers, how is your FunFunFun Shawl going? Are you knitting stripes, eyelets, or seed stitch? Are you already planning your next one (maybe in a fingering weight)? The next KAL meeting is this Saturday, May 23rd, and we can’t wait to see how all these shawls are shaping up. (Don’t forget to tag us @jpknitandstitch and #jpksKal on Instagram if you post progress shots.)
To keep you motivated, we want to show off the three fabulous prizes you’ll be eligible for if you finish your shawl by June 30th. (Don’t forget to post a picture to our Ravelry group, tag us on Instagram, or email us a photo!)
First up is a kit from the Fibre Company. If you’re knitting in Acadia, you’ll love making up the Amaranth hat in Organik.
Next is a sweet bundle from Malabrigo: one skein each of Arroyo and Sock. Each skein is enough for a fun accessory (hat, cowl, gloves) or combine both skeins for a fun contrast in texture. This prize comes with one of our hand-screenprinted project bags, too!
Lastly, we have two luscious skeins of Nice & Knit DK, in delicate pastels. These would be perfect for a little baby sweater (or chic cowl)! This prize also comes with a screenprinted project bag, in coordinating pink.
Update! Nice & Knit decided to sweeten this particular prize with an extra skein of deep, dark teal DK yarn, a Knitter Tote, and lovely little stitch markers!
Want to join in? Even if you haven’t cast on yet, join us this Saturday and cast on! You have until June 30th to finish if you’d like to be eligible for prizes, and you’ll still save 15% on your KAL supplies!
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The FunFunFun Shawl KAL
Kids Fiber Camp!
We are all about weather transitioning here in Boston. After a very loooooong winter we are finally out the other side. I can see blooming Magnolia trees from our shop window which means spring has really sprung. It’s time to celebrate! We have lots of great fabrics, yarns, classes, special workshops to help you get in that spring-time mood. Here’s a few highlights:
JP Knit & Stitch Knit Along for the FunFunFUN Shawl by Andrea Mowry of Dreareneeknits. Check out all the details right HERE (community, knitting, raffle prizes, discounts…and, of course, fun, fun, fun).
JP’s own Wake Up the Earth festival is on Saturday, May 2nd. Join us on the main lawn in front of StoneyBrook T Stop for a giant communal knitting activity – Thanks, Lilly!!!
Kids Summer Camp 2015 registration is now OPEN! Details HERE.
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