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!

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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Fall Classes!

Happy August world! We are in the throes of Fall planning here at the shop and have posted lots of classes and workshops, with more in the works. We’ve made some changes that should make our classes easier to navigate and more fun to take. A quick over view is below. We are more than excited about all the new yarns + fabrics + products we are sourcing for your crafting pleasure. It’s gonna be fun…keep checkin in!

First, we’ve changed the names of our beginning knitting classes, but kept the classes. Since our different knitting classes evolved individually, they each had a slightly different name. Beginning Knitting, Learn to Knit, Weekend Beginner Knitting; it was all a bit confusing. So now all of our beginning knitting classes have the same name: Knitting for All Levels, and tell you when they take place (whether it’s Wednesday Morning, Wednesday Evening, Saturday, or Sunday.) As you can tell from the title, these classes are designed for beginners, but welcoming to knitters of all skill levels (which also means no more separate alumni sections). Each teacher will still be putting their individual spin on their class, so check out the class description to read more about the beginner project for each class.

A bunch of our fall sewing classes are up! That includes a class on the April Rhodes Staple Dress and one on the Wiksten Tova Top, Beginning Embroidery and Beginning Quilting. We’re also adding a new intermediate level class. For those who have taken a beginning sewing class, Open Sewing: Beyond the Tote! is the perfect way to expand your sewing skills and work on a project of your choice.

There will be more. Beyond more classes–afterschool classes for kids in October, intermediate knitting classes covering all sorts of skills, and some more sewing and embroidery workshops–we’re got a slate of events planned. Summer fabrics are still rolling in (watch this space for pictures as soon as these goodies arrive). Plus, save the date: the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl, our big kick off for fall, is September 18th through the 21st, and we’ll have all sorts of yarns and events for you.

Posted on July 26th, 2014 by craftygals

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July Events at JP Knit & Stitch

Our summer of fun continues, and we’re very excited about our (indoor, totally air-conditioned) events coming up!

July 3: First Thursdays Art Walk with Tracy from Happy Owl Glass Studio showing watercolor owls from her 100 Owl Series

July 7: SUMMER CAMP 2014 kicks off with Sewing Critter Comforts. It continues all July with Textile Printing Party, Fiber Fanatics, and Knitting Freestyle. (And into August, too!)

July 12 & 13: Special 2-Day Workshop: Silkscreen Printing. Read about it and register HERE

We’ve got knitting classes to make the Color Affection Shawl and try lace for the first time. There are sewing classes on the Wiksten tank top (with a tiny pocket!) and the Colette Moneta jersey dress. And embroidery classes to embellish your clothes and add monograms to just about anything!

As far as we’re concerned, July is also fabric madness month! We are so excited to share the fabulous fabrics coming in this month. Below is a collection that just arrived today: sherbet colored Quilters Linen from Robert Kaufman!

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Posted on July 2nd, 2014 by craftygals

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June Events @ the shop

We thrilled to be participating in the First Thursdays Art Walk JP, sponsored by JP Centre South Main Streets. We will be hosting the uber-(as in just down the street) local watercolor and screen printing artist extraordinaire, Sarah Coyne from eggagogo. Sarah is one of those crazily talented artists and crafters that we are so lucky to have in our awesome JP community.  She will be here showing off her latest creations from 5 – 8pm, including a selection of her notecards for sale. More info on our event page right here.  Sarah will also be with us in July for a very special Screen Printing Workshop. Spaces are extremely limited so sign up early to snag your spot.

June…and into the summer fun @the shop:

June 13: “be inspired” sewing teacher event. Read about it HERE.

June 22 & June 23: Special 2-Day Workshop: Tapestry Weaving. Read about it and to register  HERE.

June 27: Social Media & Blogging for Sewers, Crafters, and Makers. Read about it and to register HERE

July 3: First Thursdays Art Walk with Tracy from Happy Owl Glass Studio showing watercolor owls from her 100 Owl Series

July 12 & 13: Special 2-Day Workshop: Silkscreen Printing. Read about it and register HERE

 

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Posted on June 4th, 2014 by craftygals

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Hoop Dreams

We had such fun hosting the crafty makers behind the New Craft Artists in Action. They were here launching their inspiring book NetWorks: How to Make Hoops for Empty Nets in Your Neighborhood (copies are still available in the shop!). Our very own Taylor McVay is one of the authors and we were just thrilled to celebrate their great accomplishment with them.

Upcoming June workshops and events include First Thursdays JP with the artist Sarah Coyne; our next Friday Event Series, “be inspired” with JP Knit & Stitch sewing teachers and Social Media and Blogging for Sewers, Crafters and Makers;  upcoming Special Workshops include Tapestry Weaving in June and Screen Printing in July. 

Summer Kids Fiber Camp is filling up! See all the weeks available right here.

And as always, don’t forget our regular Sewing; Knitting; Crochet, Embroidery, and Kids Classes and Workshops. Let’s get crafty in June!

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Posted on May 29th, 2014 by craftygals

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Spring Inspiration

A little spring eye candy to get you in the mood for your next crafty project: Sam from the amazing Boston Compass (an underground free monthly newspaper based right here in JP with listings of “awesome happenings in the Boston area”) came in for a skein of embroidery floss to finish off his embellished jean jacket; Jillian, a first time quilter, is inspiring us with her creativity and color/fabric choices; and lastly some raw materials that are being whipped into class samples as we speak.

If you need a little nudge to get started, check out our sewing classes here; our knitting classes here; and crochet right here.

We are launching a Friday evening Event Series starting on May 23rd with a book signing and workshop with the ever-inventive  craft-activists New Craft Artists in Action. A “be inspired” evening with our sewing and embroidery teachers on Friday, June 13th is next on the books followed by a Social Media & Blogging Workshop for Sewers, Crafters, and Makers. Stay tuned, we have lots more up our sleeve!

Posted on May 14th, 2014 by craftygals

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Spring has sprung and Mother’s Day is tomorrow! We’ve whipped up a few quick gift ideas to buy or make for your mum.

  • A necklace (or kit!) from Red Gate Stitchery. These tiny cross stitch kits (with a finished necklace pictured below) are a perfect touch or color and texture. Even if you (or Mom) are a novice stitcher, these kits are fun, quick, and gorgeous.
  • A sewing, knitting, or crochet book. May we suggest Last-Minute Knitted Gifts?
  • A gift certificate. Whether she uses it for yarn, fabric, or a class, we know she’ll love it (and it’ll fit perfectly)!

We’re here to solve all your Mother’s Day dilemas until 5pm tonight and from 12 to 5 on Sunday. See you soon!

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Posted on May 10th, 2014 by craftygals

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We Woke Up the Earth!

Thanks to all who contributed to our “community fiber garden” and all who came out on Saturday morning to help us “plant” it. We had a beautiful May day for the festival and our D-I-Y crafting station saw plenty of action. Thanks to Spontaneous Celebrations for another wonderful Wake Up the Earth!

A special thanks to Taylor (for her conceptual + hands on help creating the flowers) and Abbey, Heather, Laura, Gabi, and Julie for their help installing the garden.

Now that we seem to have turned the corner into full on spring, check out all our spring classes starting this week: Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Kids Classes, and Summer Kids Camp.

Posted on May 5th, 2014 by craftygals

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JP Knit & Stitch Wake Up the Earth Fiber Installation

Join us on Saturday, 5/2, at 9am as we “plant” our 2014 community garden at the 2014 Wake Up the Earth festival. Meeting place is between the playground and basketball courts opposite the Stoneybrook T stop. Thanks to all our JP Knit & Stitch friends who crafted  flowers, mushrooms, and birds for our fiber garden. Stay tuned for photos! (See Taylor prepping our “stems” below!)

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Posted on May 3rd, 2014 by craftygals

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