MadelineTosh is here!

MadelineTosh yarns have arrived at JP Knit & Stitch!  We have gorgeous colors of ToshSock, Merino Light, and Vintage.  The luminous hand-dyed colorways lend themselves to accessory or garment knitting.  Use the MerinoLight for beautiful shawls and lightweight sweaters, the Vintage for mittens, and hats and heavier sweaters, and ToshSock for all your holiday sock knitting.You must see and feel this incredible soft and luscious yarn for yourself!

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Posted on October 20th, 2011 by craftygals

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New Crocheters!

Amanda’s beginning crochet class finished Saturday morning. We’ll miss them! Congratulations to all (including Alexis, Saliha, Susan, and Jacqueline who couldn’t make the last class) for learning/refining a new craft!

Inspired to crochet?  There is still room in our next Beginning Crochet class that starts this Saturday 10:30am -12:30pm, and in our Intermediate Crochet class starting next Wednesday evening 10/26 from 6-8pm.  You can sign up at our Classes page.

 

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Posted on October 15th, 2011 by craftygals

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Tips and Tricks class

Come Learn Some Trade Secrets!

Want to take your knitting to the next level?  Make it look more professional and “finished?”  Then this workshop is for you!  Full of tips and tricks to help you with several aspects of knitting this one time workshop is taught by Nancy Shulman, expert teacher, yarn dyer, owner of Bashful Fibers, and knitter extraordinaire. The lovely yarns below are all hand dyed in Needham by Nancy.

Sunday, October 16 from 3 to 5 p.m.  Cost:  $45.  Sign up here or come into the store.

See you then!

Posted on October 14th, 2011 by craftygals

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Kid + Parent knitting class

There are still spaces left in our first ever beginning knitting class for kids and adults. Want some together time for a few hours each week over 6 weeks? This is the perfect class for you and a small (or not so small) friend. There’s nothing like bonding over dropped stitches to bring you closer together!

ps. thanks to the Elsbrees for such a cute photo!

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Posted on October 12th, 2011 by craftygals

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SewLiberated Tunic Class

The tunic is one of our favorite pieces. It layers up beautifully over jeans with a cami, and is perfect for fall. Learn how to make one of your own in Taylor’s Wednesday evening class: starts this Wednesday and runs for three consecutive Wednesdays from 6-8pm. This class is perfect if you know how to use a machine and want to follow a simple pattern.  Just think, you could wear one of your very own creations to your Thanksgiving feast. Check out the SewLiberated blog for lots of inspiring versions of this versatile outfit. Sign up here to reserve your space in the class.

ps. Taylor’s finishing class is also upcoming and has seats left. Learn how to make your garment sing!

Posted on October 10th, 2011 by craftygals

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Cynthia

Cynthia is part of a Friday morning knitting group that meets at JP Knit & Stitch. We have come to love these ladies not only for the delicious home-baked treats they bring (thanks, Joy!), but for their inspiring creativity. Cynthia knits mainly for charity and is always working on a knitting project meant for someone else. She had her eye on some fabric in our store for awhile and finally bought it, a lovely magenta swirly Kaffe Fasset design and voila made a great shift dress from it. She used a pattern she’s had for years (the beauty of a great pattern is that you can use it over and over again). Imagine her on her bike (she bikes here from the South End) in that dress with that fabulous coat (a thrift store find, tag reads Josefa…turns out Josefa is a famous 60s/70s Mexican designer, internationally known) with her lovely upswept gray hair…we are inspired!

Posted on October 8th, 2011 by craftygals

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Go Green Weekend Recap

We had so much fun this weekend! Thanks to all who came out for the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl and our “Go Green” themed weekend. A special thanks to our Friday guests, the always interesting, always fabulous, Ann Weaver from WeaverKnits (don’t forget to check out her Color Theory Workshop and Top Down Triangle Workshop…spaces are limited, and filling up). I was so amazed by her new book–vol.I–of knit designs inspired by Moby Dick. So wonderful and I can’t wait to get my hands on copy of the book, coming soon! Also, thanks to Adrian Bromley for spinning for us on Friday evening. Her KnittinK yarns are super special big ol’balls of bright colors. We made her leave us some of her one-of-kind skeins in the shop so stay tuned for a “yarn” post on her fabulous yarns. Saturday we had Lisa from Manos del Uruguay and Jocelyn from O-Wool with a trunk show and great info about the Uruguayan women’s collective and more on the organic process around O-wool’s organic wool. Not to mention all the lovely and inspiring patterns that they brought to the shop. Sunday brought our “green” workshops where we made market bags out of plastic bags (“Plarn”) and Taylor showed us how to transform old, beloved, T-shirts into handy aprons. So green! A final, heartfelt thanks to all our visitors for the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl. We were inspired by all the many new knitters we met over the weekend. A big shout out to Black Sheep Knitting for organizing. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

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Posted on October 4th, 2011 by craftygals

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Go Green! Weekend

We are beyond excited about our participation in the upcoming Greater Boston Yarn Crawl 2011. Mark Your Calendars: September 30-October 2. We have a knitwear designer inspired by Moby Dick, a spinner inspired by comic books, a Uruguayan woman’s collective, a 100% organic wool company, Plarn and upcycle workshops….trust us, you don’t want to miss any of it. Oh, and did I mention 20% off all organic and fair trade yarns and select organic fabrics all weekend (a few of our favorites are posted below). Check out our events page at left or right here for all the details. This is gonna be fun!

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Posted on September 21st, 2011 by craftygals

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New Farm Fresh Fabrics

Five new golden bolts from our favorite Alexander Henry have arrived. When I see these I see a market bag for all the fabulous fresh produce from local farm stands (we are lucky enough to have 2 great farmer’s markets in JP and be within a few miles of the amazing Allandale Farm,”Boston’ last working farm”). How about this pattern from Maggie Makes?

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Posted on September 16th, 2011 by craftygals

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New Wednesday Hours

JP Knit & Stitch will now stay open until 8pm on Wednesdays. More opportunities for fun end-of-day-commuting-on-the-39-bus yarn and fabric browsing! And more opportunities to learn how to sew, knit, and crochet to take your mind off your school/work day!

Posted on September 14th, 2011 by craftygals

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