Summertime Crafting

File this under Summer Sewing! There’s nothing that a little bunting doesn’t improve, including camping!  Shoanna came in during our sale and stocked up on 1/4 yards of fabric and…voila! A happy farbic salute to that most summer-y of activities, camping!

bunting

Posted on July 17th, 2013 by craftygals

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Stock up at our Summer Sale!

It’s really, properly summer here in JP. Time for picnics at the Pond, nightly runs to JP Licks…and a Summer Sale!

From Wednesday, July 10th, to Sunday, July 14th, we’ll be offering a bunch of yarns and all our fabrics at 20% and 40% off! We’re pulling some gems out of our stash, including unjustly discontinued yarns like Amy Butler’s Belle Organic DK and O-Wool yarns (which are currently only available through the O-Wool site). We’ll also be discounting some of our classic yarns to clear out a bit of shelf space for new fall yarns.

We haven’t forgotten the sewists! All fabric will be 20% off, and in keeping with our sale on cozy, AC-appropriate wool, our flannel will also be 40% off, and we’ll be adding more bolts to our awesome 40% off sale section.

Of course, this is JP Knit & Stitch, so it’s not just a sale…it’s a party! We’ll have a table of raffle prizes, plus a coupon for your next visit if you spend $50 or more.

So, come to the shop, enjoy our AC, and stock up on a bunch of lovely yarns and fabrics. We can’t wait to see you!

A small selection of our lovely sale yarns!

Posted on July 5th, 2013 by craftygals

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Summer Dresses

Summer is for sewing as we like to say around here. Something about the warmer temps and the ease of whipping together a simple summer-y shift or top feels so very rewarding. We have two great summer dress workshops lined up: the Colette Laurel Dress Workshop that starts this Saturday, 10:15-12:12 (call or stop by the shop to register) and runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays and, starting August 14th, the Wiksten Tank or Dress Workshop with Jeanne over three Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Click here to register.

What makes both these patterns so special is their fun, easy, versatility. We have harnessed the power of pinterst to inspire you!

Check it out:

JP Knit & Stitch pinterest board, Laurel Dress Workshop Ideas

JP Knit & Stitch pinterest board, Wiksten Tank Workshop Ideas

We can’t wait to pin yours to the board!

Posted on June 27th, 2013 by craftygals

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Reminder: Deadlines!

We are so grateful to you JP Knit and Stitchers who have been knitting dolls for children in Zambia and mittens and socks for children and adults in Afghanistan!  Thank you so much.  The deadline for getting these crafty items to the store is SUNDAY, JUNE 30th.  We will then pack up the socks   and mitts and send them to the Afghans for Afghans people in SF so they can send them on to Afghanistan.  Our own Jo Anne Steeves will take the dolls you’ve crafted to Zambia in early July.  If you haven’t already been in the store to see these incredibly adorable, cuddly and creative dolls do stop in before the 30th.

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who have been knitting for others.  They and we are very grateful.

xxoo

JP Knit and Stitch

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by craftygals

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Ahoy, Summer Kids Fiber Camp 2013!

We are thrilled to introduce our first ever summer fiber camp for kids. We’ve had such fun with our afterschool knitting and sewing clubs that we wanted to expand our offerings into summer. We’ve had a blast creating a fun and inspiring slate of morning camps for most July and August weeks (we even have camp for that hard to schedule last two weeks of August!).  Here are the details:

THE CAMP: JP Knit & Stitch’s fiber camp is a weekly, morning camp from 9am – 12pm, Monday – Friday, held here in our shop. There are 8 sessions starting the week of July 8th. You can sign up for one or as many sessions as you like. Each week has a different fiber and craft focus: campers can choose from knitting, sewing, embroidery, and felting weeks. Campers can learn to knit their own tank top, design their own clothes, make felted soaps, and lots more.  Our summer camps are designed to be Fun + Creative + Crafty.

THE CAMPERS: Campers should be aged 8 and above. Campers can attend the camp without any previous crafting experience.

THE TEACHERS: We are so excited about our line up of teachers. Along with weeks that are run by our wonderful long-term teachers, Allison Nevitt and Diane Ivey, we are thrilled to introduce new teachers to our roster. A number are Mass Art students or grads (we are so lucky to have the only public art school in the country located right down the street from us!) and all have lots of experience working with kids.

THE COST: Weekly cost is $225 and includes all materials.

Click HERE to see all of our offerings and to register! Please don’t forget to review THE FINE PRINT right here for JPK&S Camp Cancellation Policy.

Posted on June 8th, 2013 by craftygals

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Young + crafty

We will take this moment to celebrate our younger crafters. We have been hosting afterschool knitting, sewing, and embroidery clubs on Thursday and Friday afternoons for two years now. We love it. We have so very much enjoyed having them in our shop! They are crafty, they are fun, they have boundless energy and enthusiasm…and they make it all seem easy!

P.S. Be sure to check out our NEW Summer Fiber Camp for Kids…right here.

Posted on May 24th, 2013 by craftygals

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Dolls for Zambia Recap

Sunday’s Dolls for Zambia workshop was so inspiring!  Many, many thanks to Ruth Litchfield of Communities without Borders for being with us.  Ruth is committed, enthusiastic, patient, creative and inspiring.  Ruth brought dolls she had made, patterns, hints, and stories that motivated and moved us.  The children in the orphanages she works with have absolutely nothing and they just love these cuddle dolls.  Come on by the store and see for yourself.  There’s a basket of dolls, patterns and information about giving money if you would rather participate in that way.  We are also grateful to our own Jo Anne Steeves who will be taking the dolls we contribute to Zambia in July.  The deadline for bringing finished dolls in is June 30th.  They are fun, easy and quick to make.  Use up your stash!  Let us know if you have any questions.  Thanks to Marty, Susie, Barbara, Jo Anne, Meredith, Annie, Chris who attended the workshop.

Ruth Litchfield

Posted on May 20th, 2013 by craftygals

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Dolls for Zambia Workshop + Class Update

This Sunday  (5/19) Jo Anne Steeves will be hosting our Dolls for Zambia workshop from 2-4pm. Come by and meet the founder of the group, Ruth Litchfield, and hear more about this wonderful organization. If you have dolls to drop off, bring them with you, if you want to learn how to make them, bring your scrap yarn and knitting needles. More details are here. Hope to see you there!

Spring is for sewing and our sewing classes are quickly filling up. Washi Dress with Jeanne is full, but the Laurel Dress workshop with Alexis has spots open. Join Stephanie for a the Art Student Tote workshop for the perfect summer bag. Taylor teaches sewing techniques in her intermediate level Techniques with Taylor 1 Day Workshop and, if you don’t know how to sew but are interested in , try June’s  I Day Crash Course. See all our sewing classes right here.

Besides our recurring monthly knitting classes, we have two great knitting workshops: Summer Lace Knitting and a 1 Day workshop on making the Hitchhikers Shawl. See all knitting classes here.

Knitting Class UPDATE: Diane’s Wednesday evening Intermediate knitting class is now a DROP IN class. If you have a project that you’re stuck on, need help getting started but don’t want to commit to 6 classes, or just need a little advice, this is the class for you!

Posted on May 17th, 2013 by craftygals

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We did it!!!

Thanks to a committed team of volunteers and a community outpouring of donated red and pink squares (and rectangles!), we realized our vision of creating a communally crafted Marriage Equality banner for the Wake Up the Earth festival 2013. We worked on it throughout the month of April and pieced it together during this past week and all day on Saturday.  We are so grateful for what we achieved.  We will be making a book on display in the shop and the banner itself will be in the shop for the next couple of weeks. Thanks especially go to Matt, Jess, Michael, and Jarel for helping organize and execute this project.  Thanks to all the volunteers who donated yarn squares and helped sew this banner together! xo JP Knit & Stitch

Good job team!

Posted on May 6th, 2013 by craftygals

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Marriage Equality Banner Update

THE PLAN: JP Knit & Stitch, in collaboration with the local crafting community  has, for the last three years, created a yarn/fiber installation during the rite of spring known as Spontaneous Celebrations’ Wake Up the Earth festival here in JP. This year we were inspired by the Human Rights Campaign’s red + pink Marriage Equality symbol. We have decided to build a community crafted version of our own out of knitted and crocheted squares. We are collecting squares at the shop which we will sew together next week. On the day of the festival–Saturday, May 4th–we will be set up on the main lawn in front of Stoneybrook T-stop and we will continue to add (sew squares) to it throughout the day. We will also have a knitting/crochet station set up so people can sit and make squares on the spot. We are excited about the possibility that we may end up with a pretty large banner! But we still need your hep!!!! Click here for the three ways you can help this effort.

THE UPDATE: The crafting for Marriage Equality group met last night during StitchNight at the shop. We discussed logistics around piecing together the banner. We are planning on sewing together the interior part of the marriage equality banner (the pink equal sign) first, before the festival.

THE DEADLINES: Drop off your pink squares on Sunday, April 28 at 5pm. We will use the week to sew together the equal sign and then on the day of the festival (Saturday, May 4th, from 12-5) we will be set up on the main lawn in front of Stoneybrook T-stop and will be adding red squares to the banner throughout the day. Drop off your red squares on Saturday, May 4 at the shop or at our spot by the Stoneybrook T. We are hoping to hang the banner from the main stage at 5pm on Saturday.

THE RAFFLE: We’re having a raffle to thank all of our square stitchers! Fill out a raffle ticket when you drop off your square(s) and enter to win a lovely, springy prize from Spud & Chloe, a JP Knit & Stitch project bag, and a $10 gift certificate!

THANKS to Jess Pease, Michael Sullivan, and Matt Fredenburg who are helping organize our crafting for Marriage Equality effort!

Posted on April 26th, 2013 by craftygals

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