A Celebration of Eloise!!!

Please join us this Friday from 6 – 8pm in the shop as we celebrate the wonderful Eloise and toast her and Josh on their next chapter. Eloise has been with JP Knit & Stitch since we first opened our doors in March 2011 . She quickly became indispensable, which will come as no surprise to anyone who have been lucky enough to work with her over these last four and a half years. She was promoted to office manager and as such has been an integral part of our JP Knit & Stitch team.  I have worked closely with Eloise over these years and am grateful for her support, dedication, and friendship. I – and all of us in the shop – will miss her. We are feeling very fortunate that she is moving within an hour’s drive of us so she will be back to see us occasionally. Please stop by and raise a glass to her!

 

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Posted on August 27th, 2015 by craftygals

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Yarns for Fall: Local and not-so-local

We’re gearing up for crisp days, fall knitting, and the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl, and that means all sorts of new yarn. We’ve brought in favorite yarns from our own backyard, and from across the Atlantic. Plus, they’re all machine washable!

Skeinny Dipping: Hand dyed right here in Woburn, we have two squisky, lovely bases: Journey Worsted and and fingering weight Merino Single. We choose subtle, complicated semisolid colors perfect for extra special sweaters.

Nice & Knit: We loved using their DK weight during our FunFunFun Shawl Knit Along, so we’ve added more lovely hand dyed skeins. Make your own generous shawl or sweet but hearty baby blanket.

Hedgehog Fibres: We are so excited to be the only shop in Massachusetts to carry Hedgehog Fibres! Their vibrant colors really need to be seen in person. We chose their cushy sock base; it’ll be perfect for super saturated wraps, gloves, and, of course, socks!

Posted on August 17th, 2015 by craftygals

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Summer Days

We can’t believe it’s August! Summer is still here and we are wringing every moment that we can from it – hope you are too! Though we are knee deep in Fall planning – new yarns, new classes, new teachers – there is still lots of crafty fun to be had in the shop this month!

Freedom Trail KAL – Join us this Friday as we launch our latest knit-a-long. Check out details right HERE>

Blueprints for Sewing Pattern Release Party - Friday, 8/7! Details HERE>

See our Classes page HERE> for September + October classes + workshops in knitting, sewing, crochet, embroidery, quilting, and more.

Posted on August 5th, 2015 by craftygals

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Crocheting, Cutting, and Mending: Upcoming Events this Summer

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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Posted on July 10th, 2015 by craftygals

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Happy 4th!

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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Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by craftygals

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Me Made May Interview

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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Posted on June 25th, 2015 by craftygals

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