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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Springy, Yarny Fun in March!

March marks the fourth (fourth!) anniversary of JP Knit & Stitch. We’ve got trunk shows, raffle prizes, and an end-of-the-moth sale/party to celebrate all month!

Saturday, March 14th: Skeinny Dipping Trunk Show
From 12pm to 4pm, Christine will be showing off her rich hand dyed yarns in worsted, fingering, sock, and lace. We lover her luminous colors!

Saturday, March 21st: Nice & Knit Trunk Show
Join Kara and Katie, the sisters behind Nice & Knit, as they show their yarn in fingering, sport, DK, and worsted weights. We love the semisolid, versatile palette of their hand dyed yarns; they’re equally perfect for accessories and sweaters.

Saturday, March 28th and Sunday, March 29th: 4th Anniversary Sale & Party!
All weekend, we’ll be celebrating with treats (of the crafty and edible variety), prizes, and, of course, a sale! All yarn, fabric, books, notions, and other goodies will be 25% off all weekend. It’s the perfect time to plan your spring projects, or start one last cozy sweater before spring!

Posted on March 7th, 2015 by craftygals

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First Thursdays March 15% Off

To celebrate all things local, all things March (in like a lion…out like a lamb…one hopes!), we are participating in March First Thursday with other members of JP Local First.  For tonight only – between 6 and 8 pm – get 15% off everything in the shop with the secret password: “Spring is Coming.” Check out the Facebook page for other participating shops, including CutyFeed and Supply who will be donating 7% of their proceeds today to Regan Youth League baseball (yes, baseball will be here before you know it!).

Save – the – Date for March 4th!!!! BIRTHDAY EVENTS: 

March 14 - Skeinny Dipping Yarns Trunk show

March 21Nice & Knit Trunk Show

March 28/29 – 4th Anniversary SALE & PARTY!!!!

Posted on March 5th, 2015 by craftygals

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February + March Fun!

Are you tired of the snow yet? Well, we can be grateful for the enforced crafting time we have been given due to these many snow days. Projects have been finished, new ones started, and it’s still February! We have a few fun events lined up to help get you through the next few weeks until Spring (Ahhhh we New Englanders really, really deserve Spring!). Our first ever Fiber Arts Day at the Egleston Square Farmers’ Market is this Saturday at 10am. Join us for fiber demos (weaving! spinning! dying!), kids activity, free coffee!,  fiber vendors all interspersed amongst the wonderful locally grown food. More deets right HERE.

SAVE-THE-DATE: for our FOURTH(!!!!) Anniversary Events:

March 14, Skeinny Dipping Yarns Trunk Show

March 21, Nice & Knit Trunk Show

March 28 & 29,  Anniversary Sale

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by craftygals

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We’re Back! + A Little Something New

[NOTE ABOUT PARKING: You are allowed to park in the CVS parking lot next door to our shop if you are a customer of JP Knit & Stitch. Also, please  check our homepage on our website -right here!-for the latest on shop closings, delayed openings, or class cancellations due to extreme winter weather.]

Well, we’ve had our snow day and dug ourselves out and we are back to business as usual. Luckily, that business is inspiring you with warm, woolie yarns and saturated, sunny fabrics. We’ve been getting some amazing inventory in (yes, we’re still getting our deliveries!) so here’s a sample of what you can see in the shop right now:

Malabrigo Rasta: After a long wait, Malabrigo Rasta is back in stock! This is our favorite super bulky. It’s 100% merino and hand dyed, and perfect for all sorts of cozy, bulky accessories. Keep an eye out for more colors as soon as they become available.

Cotton & Steel: As always, it’s worth the wait! We picked our favorite prints from Cotton & Steel’s second collection, which includes metallic canvas, buttery voile, and stunning soft double gauze. 

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander: We love this new collection. It’s perfect for quilting (and tops, and pockets, and bias tape); the low-volume prints play perfectly with our more gregarious prints. We’re finding that these fabrics are working their way into a ton of our projects.

Stop by, see it all in person, and be inspired!

Posted on February 17th, 2015 by craftygals

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