To Dye For: New Pattern and Sale!

We’re excited to announce that, for a short time, our selection of Lady Dye yarns is 25% off. These yarns are hand dyed with eco-friendly dyes by local spinner, designer, and knitting–and one of our lovely knitting teachers!–Diane Ivey.

To further sweeten the deal, we are also now carrying Diane’s newest pattern, the Eclectic Cowl. This is a cozy and generous cowl that combines lace and cables for wonderful texture. Stop by the shop to see it knit up! This pattern is included with the purchase of any Lady Dye yarn. You can also buy the pattern separately; it works great with worsted weight yarns.

A selection of Lady Dye's yarns

Posted on February 6th, 2013 by craftygals

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February = NEW CLASSES + WORKSHOPS

A new year brings new ideas, new teachers, new techniques, new inspiration. We are full of new-ness here at JP Knit & Stitch. We’d like to welcome three new teachers to our rooster: Stephanie (whom some of you may know from working in the shop since we opened almost two years ago), joins us as a teacher and we couldn’t be more thrilled that she’s made the leap. She is teaching our 1 Day: Learn to Sew! Crash Course, our Beginning Quilting Techniques class, AND our Beginning Crochet (yes, friends, she does it all!). We also welcome Lynne Salmonsen to our rooster with her Winter Cowl Workshop (the 1st one in January filled up with a wiatlist so we added another) as well as a NEW Cable Knits and Legwarmers Workshop .  And we are so happy to welcome Ashley Rao to team JP Knit & Stitch. Ashley is teaching our very first sweater class, the Custom Fit Yoke Sweater. Ashley comes to us from the world of knitting pattern design so we feel like we are in very good hands!

Along with new teachers we are also adding lots of new classes. Taylor is teaching a fun, 1 day workshop in Liesl’s (of Oliver + S fame) recently published Woodland Stroll Cape Pattern for you sewists out there and Alexis has taken on our Beginning Sewing Tote and Zippered Pouch class. Kelly will be teaching knitting Continental style in our NEW Saturday morning Beginning Knitting class. These join our February continuing classes with the wonderful Allison, Diane, and Nancy. For a list of all our knitting classes click here, our sewing classes click here, and our crochet classes click right here.

We hope everyone is staying warm with noses buried in cozy winter cowls. I know I am thanking Rasta + the stockinette stitch for keeping my kids warm these past few cold and wintery days….perfect weather for knitting!

Posted on January 25th, 2013 by craftygals

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January Classes

We have lots of great classes starting this week and next. Whatever your skill level or interest we have a class for you: from Lynne’s Winter Cowl Workshop to Beginning Knitting on Wednesday morning (Knitting for all Levels). Our Wednesday evening Beginning Knitting class is full, but if you are a returning knitter and want to continue with Alison sign up for the Wednesday evening Alumni class right here. Two kids knitting classes are starting, one on Thursday afternoons and one on Friday afternoons.

If the wonderful world of crochet is what you’re looking for, then Eva’s Beginning Crochet starting next Saturday will be right up your alley. Crochet is fast + fun + great for all sorts of projects.

For sewing classes we have a Children’s Clothing Workshop with Jeanne coming up on Wednesday evenings. There are only two spaces left in our Beginning Quilting class, and Taylor’s ever-popular Sloper Workshop starting mid-month.

January is all about learning new crafts or honing old ones. Join us and don’t forget to check back often as we are still stocking our shelves with great knitting, sewing, and crochet materials and notions.

Posted on January 5th, 2013 by craftygals

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Happy New Year…from JP Knit & Stitch!

We are looking forward to a New Year 2013 full of beautiful yarns, gorgeous fabrics, and lots and lots of great supplies + notions + books to inspire you in your next creative project. We have posted great classes for January, and are welcoming two new teachers and three new classes to our rooster:

Winter Cowl Workshop with Lynn Salmonson was developed to offer project specific workshops (more in this series coming soon) and Saturday Kids Knitting Club with Molly DiStefano was designed to offer a fun, Saturday morning knitting circle experience for our tween knitters.  We are also welcoming our latest offering from the ever-talented Eva Eckles (seriously, is there anything she doesn’t know how to do–and do so well?), a three session Introduction to Tunisian Crochet.  These new classes join our popular recurring knitting, sewing, crochet classes. See all of our January classes right here.

We wish you and your families the best of health + happiness + crafty good times in 2013!

***Ski cowl update. Did I finish the ski cowls for the three kids in time for Christmas? Reader, I did not. Did I finish them in the car on the way up to New Hampshire where we are spending New Years with friends and going skiing. Reader, I did.  So yes, THREE ski cowls knitting and finished in time for ski weekend. Check. How many ski cowls were left in the house this morning after I woke up and big kids and Dads had left for the ski mountain? All THREE! Sigh. My only comfort is that I am not alone. A good friend made her five year old a beautiful hooded sweater that he has yet to put on his body. Oh well. We make, we give, and we take small pleasures where we can find them. Kudos to all who found time to make something for their loved ones this holiday season.

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Posted on December 31st, 2012 by craftygals

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…And to all a Good Night!

Happy Holidays from all of us at JP Knit & Stitch. Thanks for supporting us with your inspiration + creativity throughout the year! You inspire us every day! We look forward to doing it all again in 2013. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 2nd. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our January classes and…keep on crafting!

ps. I’m down to the wire making a quick ski cowl for each of my children (see below)…thanks to Rasta and size 17 needles. Here’s hoping I finish in time for Tuesday morning!

Happy Crafting to all and to all a Good NIght!

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Posted on December 24th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #18: JP Knit & Stitch Gift Card

We’ve save the best for last! Introducing…our last crafty gift idea, the JP Knit & Stitch gift card. You can buy these in any amount and with it you or a loved one will have access to all that Jp Knit & Stitch has to offer! Use it towards a January knitting/sewing/crochet class (start the new year with a new skill or hone an old one); use it towards some lovely yarn (we are still chock full of fun + lovely yarns perfect for your next project); or an inspiring book, a kids crafting kit, or even just a cute and adorable animal tape measure.

*This is post #18 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 23rd, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #17 – Little Knitted Owl

I absolutely adore the Big Snowy Owl over at Purl, but wanted to make a present for my niece who lives with her parents and two dogs in 450 NYC square feet.  The solution:  a tiny version!  Knit with MadelineTosh Vintage on size 4 needles, and slightly modified to suit her little shape, this owl proved to be a quick knit!  Can’t wait to make more for all my future nieces and nephews!

*This is post #17 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 22nd, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #16: Lazy Days Skirt

Our Crafty Gift Idea #16 comes to us complements of the very crafty Jennifer Clark. Full time teacher, full time mother of two sweet little girls (as well as two of the four legged variety), she has still found the time for a handmade holiday. She says she will be taking a break from sewing in the new year after having sewn something for everyone this year. Here is her quick and easy Lazy Days skirt (free Oliver + S pattern) modeled by the lovely Leila.  This is an easy selvage to selvage skirt with a quick elastic hem. Make one in an evening. There’s still plenty of time. Thanks for sharing, Jen!

*This is post #16 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 21st, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #15: Tie it Together

Knitting time is short, dear crafters, but there’s still time to whip out a stack of sewn goodies. For the fellows in your life, how about a tie of the neck or bow variety? Try this tutorial from Purl Bee for an elegant neck tie, or this one from Angela Osborn for a dapper bow tie.

We made ours from colorful Kaffe Fassett shot cotton and Lecien prints, but they would be equally lovely in silky voile.

*This is post #15 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 20th, 2012 by craftygals

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Crafty Gift Idea #14: Nifty Notions

For last minute gifts, why not consider getting creative with some notions?

Use a peice of ribbon to embroider a custom keychain or showcase that great statement button with a bracelet! The possibilities are endless…

We made a keychain from our 1″ wide linen ribbon which is perfect for embroidery or cross-stitch. Just attach to a normal keyring for a personalized gift.

We also made a bracelet using one of our big beautiful buttons on a bracelet of teal twine, with a yellow toggle button and loop as a closure. Make a bunch for a fashionable friend to mix and match.

*This is post #14 in our Holiday Happiness Gift Guide Series. Stay tuned every day for crafty gift inspiration. One a day, until we collapse with exhaustion under our tree on December 24th.

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Posted on December 20th, 2012 by craftygals

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