Embroidery Thread!!!

One of the biggest requests we’ve had since we’ve been open has been for embroidery thread. Well, a big box of beautiful color just landed in our store. Six drawers exploding with color, 120 skeins from the full spectrum of the rainbow. It’s Anchor 6 strand 100% color fast cotton. Open a drawer for a quick blast of color therapy. Get started on elevating your next holiday project with a little touch of embroidery (so charming!).

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Posted on December 1st, 2011 by craftygals

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Holiday Dress

A beautiful and subtle holiday dress for the little girl in your life compliments of the fabulous Jeanne Po (stay tuned for her next round of classes starting in January). School Photo Dress pattern from Oliver + S and fabric from the Lynette Anderson Scandinavian Christmas line. Check out Jeanne blog here to see pics of the lovely Hazel at the Boston Nutcracker wearing her new holiday dress.

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Posted on November 27th, 2011 by craftygals

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Happy Thanksgiving from JPK&S

This past Saturday was one of those very special days that teach us so much…We were incredibly busy; with classes (crochet, knitting with wire, and beginning quilting) and lots of wonderful customers:  knitters, sewers, quilters, crocheters – beginners to advanced and all levels in between; grandmothers, daughters, retirees, just married, new parents, young professionals, men and women, all the richness that is community and what we love about having a shop in JP.  We were so busy that there wasn’t the time or space to be with each customer the way we would like.  But you, our fabulous customers/friends/crafters stepped in.  A woman came in wanting help reading an European pattern, and one of you, who’s very familiar with such patterns, helped her.  Another person came in wanting help getting started knitting with round needles, and you, sitting in the chair knitting with round needles, helped her.    I overheard one customer helping another find some yarn on the shelf.  And, at least seven people learned how to use the ball winder. Yes, it takes a Village to run a yarn and fabric store and we are so grateful for you…Happy  Thanksgiving!

The photo below was taken at StitchNight (a great example of community in action!), from right to left: Stefania, Gianfranco, Luisa, Liz, Steven, Tracy, Sarah, and Gina.

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Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by craftygals

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Scraps + Chaos

We usually like to feature projects from JPK&S yarn on the JPK&S website, but when this project walked in the shop, we knew it would be selfish to keep it to ourselves. Meet Tracy. Tracy is an avid and self-taught knitter. Like many knitters, Tracy sometimes has trouble finishing his projects. He came in the shop for help weaving in the ends on this incredible blanket he made using lots and lots of very brightly colored yarn from here, there, and everywhere. Seriously, the blanket glowed. I wish we had gotten a real closeup, but you get the picture..big + bright + fuzzy….gorgeous. Tracy also had a trunkful of unfinished projects in his car, one of which he carries around in a Louis Vuitton bag. Yes, Tracy brightened our day. Tracy came by a few days later for StitchNight where he got some more help with finishing from the collective group. Thanks, JPK&Stitchers!

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Posted on November 22nd, 2011 by craftygals

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Claudia and her MadTosh

Claudia is mad for MadelaineTosh Light. She has accumulated (read: hoarded) many skeins since we got our first batch in a month ago. Here is the first finished project: a gorgeous, modified Soay pattern sweater in Mare. So beautiful, and so beautifully done. Claudia modified the pattern by adding pattern to the back of the sweater and adding length to the sleeve. It took her three weeks of only knitting in the evening. She considers this a very well written pattern. And if Claudia likes it, you can believe that it’s good. (You can see other sweater projects on her Ravelry page here.) Stay tuned for an Oxblood project in the coming weeks…we can’t wait!

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Posted on November 21st, 2011 by craftygals

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3 Projects

Meet Roxanda. And Norman. Roxanda is a great crocheter and is working on this cute blanket round and round. She also has three more projects up her sleeve for that big ol’ pile of yarn. And Norman, well Norman can’t crochet yet, but we’re working on it…

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Posted on November 16th, 2011 by craftygals

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Man hat

Remember man friend (Chris) from a few posts back? Well, here’s man friend and his man hat.

Posted on November 15th, 2011 by craftygals

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Knitting and Walking

Here’s Katie and her very inspiring project… she knit together two shades of blue and green Cascade 220 to achieve this beautiful blend in a knit purl design of her own creation. And yes, Katie knits and walks at the same time on occasion (see pics below) and yes, Katie finished her project in time to give to a good friend. Way to go Katie!

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Posted on November 14th, 2011 by craftygals

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Three seasons, nine sweaters

We’ve been waiting many months for this post. Actually, we’ve been waiting since the day we opened back in March. Sherilyn came in shortly after we opened and quietly picked up a sweaters worth of yarn. And then she came back. And she did it again. And again. All through the spring, into the summer, fall, three seasons punctuated by Sherilyn and her sweaters. We started talking. Turns out Sherilyn used to knit, but stopped for many years. Then she walked into JP Knit & Stitch and was inspired to take it up again. And voila, nine sweaters later, Sherilyn has completed all her holiday gifts for the whole family. See below (and here’s hoping everyone’s name and designated sweater is correct!).

ps. Sherliyn’s last project is one for herself, finally. Yes, we’re inspired.

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Posted on November 9th, 2011 by craftygals

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Chelsea, Queen of the Sky

We love JP. We especially love JP when crafters like Chelsea walk in our door. First came the phone call: very direct…”Do you carry Malabrigo?” “Yes.” “Do you have two skeins of Little Lovely?” “Yes.” How do I get to the shop by the Orange Line?” I told her (it’s easy, get off at StoneyBrook and walk all the way down Bolyston until you hit Centre and there we are). “Do you give a student discount?” “Yes.” And that was it.

A few hours later, in walks Chelsea in all of her glory. Yes, she is a wearing a freshly made sweater designed by our own local and insanely talented Ann Weaver, Tea Tray in the Sky (made with Cascade 220 and Malabrigo remnants). Her fabulous hat is a Target find (Albertus Swanepoel for Target). The bag? KimWhite Designs….made from deadstock upholstry fabric from a 1977 Ford Pinto (the year Chelsea was born, naturally).  Sweaterguard, vintage from SOWA.

And last, but certainly not least, the fabulous (why does that word keep coming up?) Big Red Shrug Chelsea is making out of all that lovely luscious red/pink Malabrigo. Pattern is designed by Sarah Wilson (the “sexy knitter“) found by Chelsea in the inaugural issue of Knitting Today (Ravelled here).

Oh, and don’t forget to check out Chelsea’s very funny blog, AlpacaQueen. You won’t regret it.

Thanks, Chelsea, for being so very crafty (and fabulous)…

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Posted on November 7th, 2011 by craftygals

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