We had a great turn out to the finale of the Francis KAL!  Thanks to everyone who participated in the KAL and challenged themselves!  That most certainly includes myself. ;) Thanks to those of you who braved the humidity to take a photo with me!  This is only a handful of the KAL participants. A selection of finished Francis tees! I finished mine...

Hi Francis KALs! I hope you’re all taking deep breaths as you work through this pattern.  I’ve gotten a couple of questions about how to work both the short row shaping and neck shaping at the same time.  It can be tricky to wrap your head around following two sets of instructions at the same time, so I’ve spelled out some...

Francis has been in my queue since Kristine made a version while I was working at A Verb For Keeping Warm.  Olga’s unique design aesthetic and mastery of knitting makes this sweater a challenging and interesting knit.  When Genevieve and I were deciding on the next KAL, I knew I wanted to present the participants with a nice Summer-y top that...

How did you start making your own clothes? My older sister taught me to sew when I was in middle school. Our mom signed her up for a sewing class. Being the younger sibling who wanted to do everything she did, I insisted that my sister teach me to sew. The first garment I sewed as a long, flowing skirt made...

We are celebrating Me Made May all month long! Each week Kate Herron, JPK&S sewing and embroidery teacher, will interview one of our sewing teachers about their Me Made May makes. This week we check in with Alexis Agbay, JP Knit & Stitch sewing teacher extra-ordinaire. See HERE for more info about Me Made May and ways YOU can join in the fun. Mark your...

We are celebrating Me Made May all month long! Each week Kate Herron, JPK&S sewing and embroidery teacher, will interview one of our sewing teachers about their Me Made May makes. This week we check in with Crista Jaeckel, JP Knit & Stitch kids sewing teacher (Crista is pretty much our most loving and patient sewist so this is a very good...

We are celebrating Me Made May all month long! Each week Kate Herron, JPK&S sewing and embroidery teacher, will interview one of our sewing teachers about their Me Made May makes. This week we check in with Taylor McVay, founder of the indie pattern company, Blueprints for Sewing. See HERE for more info about Me Made May and ways YOU can join in...

It’s Me Made May guys [photos here are all from Me Made May 2015] and we’d like you to join us! We’ve all been getting excited for spring sewing season here in the shop—eyeing the patterns and fabric that are begging to be paired together and thinking about what creative sewing challenges we’ll set for ourselves. Read about our Me Made...

Five years ago this month, Jennifer, Pat, and I were getting ready to open the doors on a new business called JP Knit & Stitch. It had been over a year since we had decided to embark on this journey together. We signed the lease on 461 Centre Street in September of 2010.  We had been working on the business...

Next up on our tour of JPK&S staffer #wip (works in progress) is Kate Noe. Kate works in the shop on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Sundays. She is a pattern detective, a serial projecter, an enthusiastic supporter of any project you are working on, and a passionate crafter. Here's a peak at her #w(s)ip: I've often heard there are two...