What do you call a shower of new yarns?

A cascade!

Silly jokes aside, we are so excited about the new yarns we’re getting in for the fall, and want to showcase our six new (and new-to-us) yarns from Cascade! The same yarn company that makes classic workhorse yarns like 220 Superwash and Heritage Sock has yarns that are vibrant, cuddly, and great fun to knit! You can see–and feel–all of them in the shop right now:

Magnum is a single-ply, super bulky Peruvian Wool. The single ply keeps it soft, making for great–and super warm–accessories like scarves and mittens.

I’m still mystified by Kenai, a super-bulky alpaca-acrylic-wool blend. It’s a chainette ply, which means the light yarn traps air for extra-warm accessories, but the 200 gram skeins feel wonderfully substantial. And the pink, lime, and black Punk colorway reminds me of lanyards at camp!

We’ve carried–and loved–128 Superwash for a long time, and we’ve added three colors of 128 Superwash Multis. The green and pink colorways are perfect for baby blankets, and we couldn’t resist the vibrant teal, too.

Rabat is a bulky wool, acrylic, and silk blend, but its best feature are the long color shifts in sophisticated combinations. It’s like a more grown up version of Chunky Mochi!

Longtime JP Knit & Stitchers might remember Eco Duo from way back when we first opened. It’s back in four lovely, marled neutrals. Alpaca and a bit of merino wool combine to form a buttery-soft worsted weight yarn that’s my new favorite for cowls.

Last but definitely not least, Tangier is a little sister to Rabat. It’s a single-ply worsted weight with gorgeous long stretches of color, but it’s also totally wool-free! This surprisingly light silk-cotton-acrylic-rayon blend means that even those who don’t (or can’t) knit wool can enjoy some color fun (and us wool-lovers can join in, too)!

Posted on September 2nd, 2014 by craftygals

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Fall into craft!

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What beautiful days we are having this late August. Bright sun-shiny and warm, no humidity, perfect temperatures. I hope everyone is enjoying these last few weeks of summer before the busy fall sets in. We at the shop are busy cooking up lots of fall inspiration: from all our class & workshops (and adding more every week); to new fall inventory (cotton + steel fabric ; new yarns coming in every week); to planning lots of events (check out all we have in store for the GREATER BOSTON YARN CRAWL- mark your calendars!).

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Posted on August 21st, 2014 by craftygals

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July Events at JP Knit & Stitch

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Our summer of fun continues, and we’re very excited about our (indoor, totally air-conditioned) events coming up!

July 3: First Thursdays Art Walk with Tracy from Happy Owl Glass Studio showing watercolor owls from her 100 Owl Series

July 7: SUMMER CAMP 2014 kicks off with Sewing Critter Comforts. It continues all July with Textile Printing Party, Fiber Fanatics, and Knitting Freestyle. (And into August, too!)

July 12 & 13: Special 2-Day Workshop: Silkscreen Printing. Read about it and register HERE

We’ve got knitting classes to make the Color Affection Shawl and try lace for the first time. There are sewing classes on the Wiksten tank top (with a tiny pocket!) and the Colette Moneta jersey dress. And embroidery classes to embellish your clothes and add monograms to just about anything!

As far as we’re concerned, July is also fabric madness month! We are so excited to share the fabulous fabrics coming in this month. Below is a collection that just arrived today: sherbet colored Quilters Linen from Robert Kaufman!

Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen

Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by craftygals

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June Events @ the shop

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We thrilled to be participating in the First Thursdays Art Walk JP, sponsored by JP Centre South Main Streets. We will be hosting the uber-(as in just down the street) local watercolor and screen printing artist extraordinaire, Sarah Coyne from eggagogo. Sarah is one of those crazily talented artists and crafters that we are so lucky to have in our awesome JP community.  She will be here showing off her latest creations from 5 – 8pm, including a selection of her notecards for sale. More info on our event page right here.  Sarah will also be with us in July for a very special Screen Printing Workshop. Spaces are extremely limited so sign up early to snag your spot.

June…and into the summer fun @the shop:

June 13: “be inspired” sewing teacher event. Read about it HERE.

June 22 & June 23: Special 2-Day Workshop: Tapestry Weaving. Read about it and to register  HERE.

June 27: Social Media & Blogging for Sewers, Crafters, and Makers. Read about it and to register HERE

July 3: First Thursdays Art Walk with Tracy from Happy Owl Glass Studio showing watercolor owls from her 100 Owl Series

July 12 & 13: Special 2-Day Workshop: Silkscreen Printing. Read about it and register HERE

 

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Posted on June 4th, 2014 by craftygals

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is tomorrow! We’ve whipped up a few quick gift ideas to buy or make for your mum.

  • A necklace (or kit!) from Red Gate Stitchery. These tiny cross stitch kits (with a finished necklace pictured below) are a perfect touch or color and texture. Even if you (or Mom) are a novice stitcher, these kits are fun, quick, and gorgeous.
  • A sewing, knitting, or crochet book. May we suggest Last-Minute Knitted Gifts?
  • A gift certificate. Whether she uses it for yarn, fabric, or a class, we know she’ll love it (and it’ll fit perfectly)!

We’re here to solve all your Mother’s Day dilemas until 5pm tonight and from 12 to 5 on Sunday. See you soon!

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Posted on May 10th, 2014 by craftygals

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