NEW Yarns + classes + sweaters + Halloween Instagram Contest!

Fall is well and truly here and we know this because all of YOU are coming in the shop wanting to get your hands into your next cozy project! Lush + lovely yarns are flying out the door destined for hats, fall sweaters, mittens, you name it. Flannel fabrics just arrived and signify that the change of season is upon us. Whip up those cute flannel skirts + PJs quick! It also means it’s time for the JPK&S……Halloween Costume Contest! Just take a pic of you in your costume using any JPK&S items (yes, thread counts!) and tag us on Instagram, Winner will win a 20% off coupon towards their next purchase. C’mon you JP Knit & Stitchers time to get crafty!

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Posted on October 23rd, 2014 by craftygals

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Coastal Knits Trunk Show

We’ve carried Coastal Knits, a cross-country collaboration of knitting patterns by designers Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig, for a long time. We love the cozy sweaters, gorgeous accessories, and dreamy details in this book, and we are so excited to host a month long trunk show of Coastal Knits samples! This is your opportunity to try on the Rocky Coast Cardigan, see the details on the Little Oak sweater, and be inspired to make your own.

So, through the month of October, as the weather gets cool and rainy, start thinking about sweaters, and stop by the shop to see the Coastal Knits Trunk Show for yourself!

 

Posted on October 4th, 2014 by craftygals

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Hello October!

After the hustle and bustle of September (getting back into routines, figuring out schedules…) October is here and we couldn’t be more ready to embrace the season. We are happy to welcome the quilter Joyce Adams for a quilting show to close out the last month of JP Centre South First Thursdays.  On Friday we expand our repertoire with a workshop and talk with Dylan Usher as part of ArtWeek Boston.

Check out all our classes and workshop offerings right HERE.

Kids sewing and knitting clubs are starting this week. Friday Sewing Club is full, but the Thursday Knitting club has a few spots left. Check them all out right HERE.

 

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Posted on October 1st, 2014 by craftygals

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Thank You Yarn Crawlers!

We’re still reeling from a fabulous four days celebrating the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl! It was wonderful to share the excitement of knitting season with knitters of every level and from all over Greater Boston. We got to share wine (from Streetcar) and cider (just right for the season), show off yarn from Lady Dye, Dirty Water DyeWorks, and Knit Collage, try on designs by Cheryl Kubat, and tell knitting stories with author Ann Hood.

The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is always a kick-off event for us, so just because it’s over doesn’t mean that we’re taking it easy. We have a full slate of knitting and sewing classes (new sessions for beginning knitting classes start in just a week!) and a bunch of other fun events and workshops, too. And, yes, a few surprises. If you’d like to keep up to date on all the shop happenings, don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter. (Just scroll down a bit; it’ll be on the left under our list of classes.)

Thanks again to everyone who came out for the Yarn Crawl, and happy knitting!

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by craftygals

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Welcome Crafty Crawlers!

The Greater Boston Yarn Crawl is this weekend and we couldn’t be more excited about welcoming all you crafty crawlers to our shop. We so appreciate this event as a way of launching our FALL KNITTING SEASON and we have been hard at work getting the shop ready for our close up! To entice you into our lovely corner of Boston – the beautiful Jamaica Plain – we are offering four fun filled days of events, daily raffles, special discounts, and of course, your opportunity to win the new-this-year, Grand Raffle prize! Please click on our events listing for each day’s special guest. Hope to see you soon!

9/18: Lady Dye Fibers + Streetcar Wines

9/19: New York Times bestselling author Ann Hood

9/20: Dirty Water Dye Works

9/21: Knit Collage + Designer Cheryl Kubat

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Posted on September 16th, 2014 by craftygals

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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!

Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen

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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