Crocheting, Cutting, and Mending: Upcoming Events this Summer

We have all sorts of events happening this summer! Check out the full list on the left, including workshops on weaving and needlepoint, plus a party. Here’s a sample:

Tonight! Join Alexis for an evening of Community Crochet! The utility pole outside the shop has had a knitted cozy since we opened (over 4 years ago!) and it’s time to beautify that electrical box outside our door, too. Join us for refreshments, instruction, and some crafty socializing.

July 21: Bring in your dull fabric scissors to be sharpened by On the Edge Knife Sharpening. It’s easy to get used to the total pain of dull scissors, but freshly sharpened scissors will make all your summer sewing a breeze!

July 24: Fixing a hole in a beloved garment can make it even better! Learn visible mending; if you’ve used a needle and thread, you can dive into this lovely, meditative craft. Check out Kate’s gorgeous mended sample below!


Posted on July 10th, 2015 by craftygals

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Happy 4th!

JP Knit & Stitch will be closed on Saturday, July 4th for…July 4th! We are open our regular hours for the rest of teh weekend, so stop by for projects that are just right for car rides, camping, cookouts, and fireworks.


Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by craftygals

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#be inspired – June!


Are you a knitter, sewer, quilter, embroiderer, chef, urban homesteader – all of the above? Whatever  manner of crafty maker you are, we have a beautiful book or magazine or quarterly to inspire your next project (edible or otherwise..check out the fiddlehead fern recipe in the latest lovely issue of our very local Maine based quarterly, Taproot). We file this under #welovethetangible


Posted on June 2nd, 2015 by craftygals

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KAL Update: Prize Parade

JP knit & Stitchers and Knit-Alongers, how is your FunFunFun Shawl going? Are you knitting stripes, eyelets, or seed stitch? Are you already planning your next one (maybe in a fingering weight)? The next KAL meeting is this Saturday, May 23rd, and we can’t wait to see how all these shawls are shaping up. (Don’t forget to tag us @jpknitandstitch and #jpksKal on Instagram if you post progress shots.)

To keep you motivated, we want to show off the three fabulous prizes you’ll be eligible for if you finish your shawl by June 30th. (Don’t forget to post a picture to our Ravelry group, tag us on Instagram, or email us a photo!)

First up is a kit from the Fibre Company. If you’re knitting in Acadia, you’ll love making up the Amaranth hat in Organik.
fibre co


Next is a sweet bundle from Malabrigo: one skein each of Arroyo and Sock. Each skein is enough for a fun accessory (hat, cowl, gloves) or combine both skeins for a fun contrast in texture. This prize comes with one of our hand-screenprinted project bags, too!


Lastly, we have two luscious skeins of Nice & Knit DK, in delicate pastels. These would be perfect for a little baby sweater (or chic cowl)! This prize also comes with a screenprinted project bag, in coordinating pink.
nice knit


Update! Nice & Knit decided to sweeten this particular prize with an extra skein of deep, dark teal DK yarn, a Knitter Tote, and lovely little stitch markers!


Want to join in? Even if you haven’t cast on yet, join us this Saturday and cast on! You have until June 30th to finish if you’d like to be eligible for prizes, and you’ll still save 15% on your KAL supplies!

Posted on May 20th, 2015 by craftygals

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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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