Coastal Knits Trunk Show

We’ve carried Coastal Knits, a cross-country collaboration of knitting patterns by designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig, for a long time. We love the cozy sweaters, gorgeous accessories, and dreamy details in this book, and we are so excited to host a month long trunk show of Coastal Knits samples! This is your opportunity to try on the Rocky Coast Cardigan, see the details on the Little Oak sweater, and be inspired to make your own.

So, through the month of October, as the weather gets cool and rainy, start thinking about sweaters, and stop by the shop to see the Coastal Knits Trunk Show for yourself!

 

Posted on October 4th, 2014 by craftygals

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Thank You Yarn Crawlers!

We’re still reeling from a fabulous four days celebrating the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl! It was wonderful to share the excitement of knitting season with knitters of every level and from all over Greater Boston. We got to share wine (from Streetcar) and cider (just right for the season), show off yarn from Lady Dye, Dirty Water DyeWorks, and Knit Collage, try on designs by Cheryl Kubat, and tell knitting stories with author Ann Hood.

The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is always a kick-off event for us, so just because it’s over doesn’t mean that we’re taking it easy. We have a full slate of knitting and sewing classes (new sessions for beginning knitting classes start in just a week!) and a bunch of other fun events and workshops, too. And, yes, a few surprises. If you’d like to keep up to date on all the shop happenings, don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. (Just scroll down a bit; it’ll be on the left under our list of classes.)

Thanks again to everyone who came out for the Yarn Crawl, and happy knitting!

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by craftygals

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Welcome Crafty Crawlers!

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The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited about welcoming all you crafty crawlers to our shop. We so appreciate this event as a way of launching our FALL KNITTING SEASON and we have been hard at work getting the shop ready for our close up! To entice you into our lovely corner of Boston – the beautiful Jamaica Plain – we are offering four fun filled days of events, daily raffles, special discounts, and of course, your opportunity to win the new-this-year, Grand Raffle prize! Please click on our events listing for each day’s special guest. Hope to see you soon!

9/18: Lady Dye Fibers + Streetcar Wines

9/19: New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood

9/20: Dirty Water Dye Works

9/21: Knit Collage + Designer Cheryl Kubat

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Posted on September 16th, 2014 by craftygals

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What do you call a shower of new yarns?

A cascade!

All joking aside, we are so excited about the new yarns we’re getting in for the fall, which includes Dirty Water Dye Works; Lady Dye Yarns; Cashmere from Jade Sapphire (a DK weight and gorgeous Yak (!) / silk lace weight); Tahki Aria; new bases from KnitCollage, Malabrigo, and the list goes on (including, of course, new color ways of some of our favorites). First up though, we 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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