Greater Boston Yarn Crawl Recap

Thanks to all for coming out and crawling with us this past weekend. We love how the GBYC launches our knitting season in a big way! Thanks to the indie yarn founders, creative directors, and dyer/spinners that visited us: Diane from Lady Dye Fibers, Amy from Knit Collage, and Sarah from Cephalopod Yarns.  You (and your yarns) inspire us! If you missed the Crawl, not to worry, we have lots of lovely skeins for your next project from our featured yarn companies.

A special shout out to the gals at Black Sheep Knitting for organizing!

Posted on October 9th, 2013 by craftygals

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Greater Boston Yarn Crawl

Update: We’ve posted details of our fabulous events this weekend: Lady Dye on Friday, Knit Collage on Saturday, and Cephalopod Yarns on Sunday. And stop by the shop to scope out the fabulous raffle prizes we’ll be giving away. You just have to see these yarns in person!

We are so excited to be hosting knitters from near and far for our THIRD year with the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl, OCTOBER 3-5. Thanks go out to Black Sheep Knitting in Needham for stepping up to organize again this year. We really love meeting knitters from outside our usual community; it’s such fun to see what people are making in the Greater Boston Area.

This year our theme is INDIE YARN COMPANIES. We are inspired by these three woman-owned businesses and what they were able to create from their love of yarn. First up is our very own uber-local Diane Ivey from Lady Dye Fibers on Friday, October 4th. She’ll be showing off her hand-dyed yarn, patterns, and samples. Saturday we will welcome the wonderful Amy, founder and creative director of KnitCollage. She will be sitting and spinning her magic for us and showing off her amazing + unique yarns. Sunday we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the first ever Northeast appearance of Cephalopod Yarns (fromerly one half of Sanguine Gryphon Yarns). Sarah will be to show off (and sell!) a special assortment of her vibrant, hand dyed yarn in a variety of weights, including the beloved sock yarn, Bugga!

We will be giving away a FREE never before published Cowl pattern by Susan Sheby and other surprises (champagne? mini cupcakes? …)

Click HERE to see all the participating LYSs and to print out  your Greater Boston Yarn Crawl passport!

Greater Boston Yarn Crawl

Posted on September 12th, 2013 by craftygals

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Thank You to Our Campers!

Our last session of Summer Kids Camp wrapped up yesterday, and it’s been an absolute blast! Our campers turned old clothes into awesome new clothes (and toy pandas!), dyed yarn, made drop spindles and spun yarn, felted wool, knitted (of course!), embroidered shoes and made friendship bracelets. We want to thank each of our campers and their parents for making our very first summer of camp such a fun + crafty success.

Now school is back in session, and so are our weekly kids classes. We’ve got classes for all sorts of interests and skill levels:

September Classes:

October Classes:

Below, some projects from our last camp session, Kate’s Embroidery/Canvas Shoes + Friendship Bracelets. Kate will also be teaching Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Masks on October and Wednesday Night Embroidery: Sublime Stitches starting this Wednesday.

Posted on August 31st, 2013 by craftygals

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Crafters Interview: Ginny

In honor of our full slate of Fall class offerings (see our classes page), we are debuting the first in an occasional series of crafter interviews. Our first subject is our most accomplished product of our Afterschool Knitting Club. Meet Virginia Durcan. We call her Ginny. This is her crafting story:

JPK&S: How long have you been knitting?

Ginny: Since I was four

JPK&S: Who taught you how to knit?

Ginny: My mother

JPK&S: What was the first thing you knit?

Ginny: A scarf

JPK&S: When did you start taking classes at JPK&S?

Ginny: I have been in the knitting club since I was in second grade [Ginny is an entering 4th grader at the Curley K8 in JP]

JPK&S: What was the hardest project you have worked on?

Ginny: The sweater. I couldn’t have done it without Alison’s help [her knitting club teacher]

JPK&S: What was your favorite project?

Ginny: my pink hat

JPK&S: Why?

Ginny: It was the most fun and the first project in my knitting club.

JPK&S: Which project do you wear the most?

Ginny: My pink hat and my pointy hat.

JPK&S: Have you made anything for anyone else?

Ginny: I made a bracelet for my brother.

JPK&S: Does he know how to knit?

Ginny: Kind of. He knows how to knit but not to purl.

JPK&S What do you want to make next?

Ginny:: After I finish my cowl I want to make socks.

JPK&S: What do you like about knitting?

Ginny: Once you get into it you kind of forget about everything.

JPK&S: Where do you knit?

Ginny: At JPK&S and in my living room.

JPK&S: Do you have any advice for a new knitter?

Ginny: Once you try it you might get a little frustrated but if you keep on doing it, it will be fun. I enjoy knitting and I hope you do the same.

 

Posted on August 23rd, 2013 by craftygals

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Winter in August

Oh, alright, maybe not winter, but this chilly, rainy morning has me thinking about yarn! Not our (awesome) summer yarns like Firefly, but something wooly. Luckily, we’ve got a few new yarns that totally fit the bill:

  • Tara Tweed in new colors! This earthy-but-still-soft wool blend would be great for guy’s accessories, or a boyfriend-style sweater.
  • A new color of Majestic Tweed! If you like tweed but want something even softer, this wool, angora, silk, and nylon blend is super cozy. We’ve added a not-too-bubblegum pink to our selection of colors.
  • Liberty Wool Prints are back! We’ve got two classic colors and two brand new colors (including my favorite, Middle Earth) of this worsted weight, color-shifting wool.
  • Learn to knit with a Jil Eaton Kit. This kit has all you need to dip your toe in knitting (or get a friend hooked), including soft Minnow Merino yarn.
  • New, wild yarn: Ringo! This is  super bulky chain-link yarn, perfect for quick gifts and adding texture. We’ve got two colors: a kicky blue and pink multi and a demure white and grey mix.

Come check them out! It won’t be cold and rainy forever, but it’s also never too early to start your next cool-weather project.

 

Our Newest Yarns on a Rainy Day

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by craftygals

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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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