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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#be inspired – June!

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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Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by craftygals

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KAL Update: Prize Parade

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.
 
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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!
 
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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.
 
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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!
 
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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!

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by craftygals

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WUTE; JPK&S KAL; New Fab Fabrics; Kids Summer 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.

Posted on April 30th, 2015 by craftygals

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New Yarns: Springtime Edition

With the weather warming up, we’re getting fabulous new spring fabrics and starting our spring sewing classes, but you can still knit when the weather gets warm. And to help you do it, we’ve got some exciting new cotton and cotton blend yarns to inspire you.

HiKoo Tee Cakes: This super-bulky yarn is made from cotton jersey strips, the same fabric as t-shirts, so it’s soft and wonderfully weighty. If you like the giant stitches of Malabrigo Rasta, this yarn is a great spring and summer option for dramatic accessories. It also makes for great baskets and bags. Depending on the fabric used, the thickness, weight, and even color of this yarn can change, so be sure to get enough for your project.

Espresso: Why should wool have all the fun? This chainette-plied, cotton-acrylic blend, bulky yarn comes in vibrant variegated colors. Check out the  pattern book for Espresso on Ravelry or in the shop for tons of inspiration; the simple but stunning Cimone uses just two skeins!

Modern Cotton: We’ve carried Modern Cotton in the past, but are so excited to offer some more complex colors to compliment the kid-friendly hues. This worsted weight cotton and rayon blend has awesome shine and drape. We love it for baby blankets and sweaters for all ages.

Indigo: If there’s one yarn that makes us think of the beach, it’s Indigo. Made from recycled jeans (the yarn is 95% cotton, 5% non-animal fibers like pocket linings and zipper tape) and in the shades of denim you’d expect, along with a few perfectly complementary brights, this yarn is soft (and will only get softer as the fibers get broken in). The Indigo pattern book (available in the shop) had the same beachy thought that we did, and the sweaters and accessories are perfect for the shore. The textured, matte-finish yarn is also great for washcloths and market bags.

Weekend DK: Spring is a great time to work with thinner yarns; the resulting fabric is cooler and lighter, and a thin yarn can give you a great drape. We love Classic Elite’s Firefly and Bella Lino (linen and rayon blends), but wanted to introduce a light, washable, kid-friendly yarn. Weekend DK blends acrylic and cotton for a soft, machine washable yarn that’s great for sweaters, bags, and even wraps. We chose a combination of bright and subtle colors (we love that green!) perfect for the many uses of this versatile yarn.

Posted on April 4th, 2015 by craftygals

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Happy April!

Well we made it through and out the other side – it’s April, which means spring is well and truly here. Thanks to all who came out for our 4th birthday events in March. Check out our Instagram feed for the pics of our two day birthday party (yes, there was champagne!). This month it’s all about getting ready for spring: check out all the classes and workshops right HERE. Special  1 Day workshops include Macrame, Needle Felting, and Hula Hoop Weaving. Spring yarns + fabrics are arriving and our shelves are bursting with color + inspiration!

Kids Summer Fiber Camps are posted HERE, call the shop to reserve your spot! 

Posted on April 1st, 2015 by craftygals

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