JP Knit & Stitch 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Do you have a knitter, stitcher, or all-around DIY enthusiast on your gift-giving list this year? Or maybe you need to leave some little hints for your loved ones to pick up on to keep your projecting game going strong all year long? Well, you’ve landed in just the right spot! We’re happy to share with you the 2017 edition of our annual gift guide, carefully curated to help you select just the right thing for you and yours!

For the Knitters

  1. Boston Potter Ceramic Yarn Bowl $25
    These handmade bowls are made right here in Boston and make a perfect resting spot for your yarn ball or cake so it doesn’t run away from you as you work. Jeremy Ogusky, AKA the Boston Potter, hand throws each individually to create a uniquely beautiful and useful piece for the ardent knitter.
  2. Knit Collage Wanderlust Yarn $44
    This luscious super bulky yarn from Boston-based Knit Collage makes last-minute gift knitting a piece-of-cake. Use a simple stitch and let each uniquely spun skein do all the impressive work for you!
  3. Spincycle Yarns Dyed in the Wool $32.00
    Dyed in the Wool is one of our favorite statement yarns here at the shop–not only because it’s US produced by a rad duo of women business owners in Washington state, but because each skein is stunningly variegated in a sophisticated and joyful palette that makes each row of knitting an adventure.
  4. Manos del Uruguay Alegria $24.50
    No one does hand-painted tonal and variegated sock yarn quite the way Manos del Uruguay does. Pick up a skein of this plush yarn for a fresh pop of color on your toes that will please any sock knitting addict (plus, it’s made by a women’s cooperative of over 350 artisans)!
  5. Brooklyn Tweed’s Marled Shelter in Newsprint $12.10
    Brooklyn Tweed’s marled yarn is one of the company’s newer offerings and it does not disappoint! It’s a great yarn for the fiber connoisseur to knit up some of the most popular patterns hitting the scene this year.
  6. Amirisu Magazine $20
    Amirisu is a Japanese quarterly that is a thoughtfully curated collection of modern knitting patterns, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the yarn industry, and interviews with makers and creative biz owners the world over. Written in both English and Japanese, this nuanced and stylish publication is a treat for any knitter to curl up with.
  7. Tulip Tapestry Needles $12
    Looking for stocking stuffers? We all know how hard it can be to keep tabs on tapestry needles which is why we snapped up a batch of these tapestry needles from Tulip. Each pack of assorted sizes comes in a lovely illustrated case with a clever little magnetic button closure to keep them safely stored and available when you need them! 
  8. By Hand, Making Communities $20
    These community-based lookbooks focus on the confluence of fiber, fabric, and place. Each volume explores a different city across the US and includes interviews with makers, designers, manufacturers, and business of all shapes and sizes within the industry. Get to know the faces of fiber across the nation and plot your next trip while you dream your way through these pages.

For the Stitchers

  1. Cotton + Steel Fat Quarter Bundle $15
    Pick up a bundle of specially cut fabric from one of the most popular lines on the market for your favorite quilty person. These brightly colored fabrics are printed with artwork by a talented team of women whose releases are always highly anticipated and much-loved.
  2. The Rainbow Braid $3
    Compact but mighty, the rainbow braid is every sewer’s friend as it easily slides into a sewing kit for extraordinary and everyday adventures alike. Just pull out any color you could wish for to make do and mend on the go. It also comes with a handy little needle threader and makes for a clever stocking stuffer!
  3. Junebug and Darlins’ Cross Stitch Kits $20-40
    These beautifully packaged kits come with everything you need including full instructions for beginners and x-stitch enthusiasts alike. Choose from a variety of designs that empower and proclaim messages of inclusion and strength for all genders!
  4. The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters $
    This timeless volume by Sherri Lynn Wood is a perennial favorite here in the shop for any quilter who prefers to work (and live) in an improvisational and abstract manner. It balances techniques, design, color, and theory in a clear and enjoyable manner that make it a reference book you will refer to again and again.
  5. Dropcloth Samplers Color Wheel Sampler $16
    Rebecca Ringquist’s embroidery samplers are hand drawn and pre-printed so they are all ready to stitch up. Whether you’re just getting started with embroidery or are an experienced hand, these charming designs feature a plethora of variations on traditional stitches to help you expand and enrich your stitch vocabulary.
  6. Colette Patterns Penny Dress $18
    Now in an expanded size range, the Penny shirt dress is a vintage inspired classic that works well with solids and prints for a piece that can be dressed up or down in warm or cool weather. We love the detailing of Colette’s patterns and all the web resources they provide to build your sewing muscles!
  7. Studio Carta Scarlet Embroidery Scissors $28
    Direct from Angela Liguori in her Brookline studio (via Italy), these finely made scissors are a pleasure to hold and behold. They’re well balanced with a soft non-split coating on the handles and sharp carbonized steel blades. In two sizes, they are a wonderfully unencumbered alternative to dressmaker’s shears when doing handwork.
  8. Studio Carta Sewing Pins $14
    High quality tools can make all the difference in sewing. These 2″ long glass head pins come to us in a lovely little metal tin that make them charming gifts. Classically styled and of high-quality, they’ll easily become your go-to pins of choice.

For the DIY-ers

  1. Pocket Color Wheel $4
    Do you ever struggle with creating color combos in your projects? Have you ever wondered about the difference between hues, tones, and shades? These simple but classic tools make a handy reference for identifying key color relationships from primary to tertiary so that identifying colors that work well together is as easy as spinning the dial.
  2. JP Knit & Stitch Retractable Measuring Tape $4
    Retractable measuring tapes are a handy tool for any crafter or DIY enthusiast, whether you’re adjusting a hemline or taking measurements for home improvements. Show your neighborhood spirit with this custom JP Knit & Stitch tape that’s a convenient size for your project bag or tool kit alike.
  3. Knit Collage’s Yarn Sampler Mini Kits $68
    It can be hard to choose between all the incredibly unique bases and colors that Knit Collage yarns offer, which is why these mini sampler bundles make the perfect statement gift for the crafter in your life who seems to have it all. Knit it up, crochet it, create incredible woven textures, make epic pom poms for decor and cheery winter hats, or grab one of the free pattern that pairs perfectly with the exact amount of yarn in these kits.
  4. Crista Jaeckel Custom Hand Printed Project Bags + Baskets $18-50
    Each bag Crista creates is one-of-a-kind, handmade with carefully sourced and high quality materials, and printed with custom block prints that this local artist carves and stamps individually. We love that each has it’s own special character and that they are stiff enough to sit straight up to keep all your crafty tools (or toiletries, kid’s items, etc.!) in reach and in high style.
  5. Plants are Magic, Vol. 1 and 2 $19.50
    Rebecca Desnos is a UK based natural dyer, plant enthusiast, and the Editor of the new quarterly publication, “Plants are Magic.” These independently published volumes are beautifully photographed and include recipes, natural dying projects, traditional plant knowledge, and a wide variety of interviews and creative projects from makers around the world.
  6. Moda Home Baker’s Twine $15
    These wooden spools of baker’s twine come in a variety of colors (including silver!) for that extra dash of panache for any package, garland, trimming, or crafty project in need of a polished, yet effortless, final touch.
  7. Clover Pom-Pom Maker $6-11.50
    The real question we need to ask ourselves is what project wouldn’t benefit from a pom-pom or two?! These handy tools from Clover simplify the process of making all the pom-poms in any color or thickness you can imagine. They also come in a variety of sizes so you can choose just the right one for your knitting, decor, or more.
  8. JP Knit & Stitch Project Bag $8
    Each of our cotton project bags are printed in-house on EcoBag’s full-wage/fair labor certified organic cotton bags. Whether you’re crafting on the go or just trying to keep your supplies from spreading out all over the house, these bags are just the right answer to keep you organized.

For the Discerning Crafter
Looking to give your favorite crafter the ticket to “choose their own adventure”? We’ve got one of those too! You can pick up a gift certificate for them in-store and online for any knitter, stitcher, or DIY-er on your list. Our gift certificates can be applied towards any of our classes, workshops, or merchandise to fuel your crafter’s creativity all year long.

Stop in soon, enjoy some friendly local shopping, and knock that gift list off your to do list. We’re always happy to help you put together just the right gift for you and yours! And Happy Holidays from all of us to all of you!




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