Meet Joanne. She took the Magic Loop class with Nancy in June at JPK&S and….voila, magic! She has already knitted three pairs of socks and just popped into the store to get more yarn for her fourth. She picked out Ellie’s Reclaimed (super soft) Cashmere. Joanne says she was inspired to make the socks for her nieces who grew up in sunny Southern California and now going to school in brrrrr, frigid Minnesota. What a nice Aunt!
Congratulations to Eva’s July beginning quilting class on some wonderful first quilts. Congratulations also to Kent whose baby girl, Clara Bea, was born during this class…and Kent still finished his gift to her, the “tomato patch” quilt.
We love Oliver + S here at JP Knit & Stitch. They make wonderful kids patterns for boys and girls and we have a soft spot in our heart for their free pattern, the Popover Sundress. We have seen many versions of this dress come into the store over the last months, and I myself have made two versions. Here’s a version I ran into at the pool on the lovely Nadia (made by her very crafty grandmother) and another version on Flora. So cute and so versatile. Just a couple of yards of fabric and a few hours of time and you could have your very own.
ps. Flora is holding yarn that she wants me to make into a poncho…this may be my new StitchNight (tonight from 5:30-7:30) project. Flora is wearing the sunhat I made for myself, but it turned out too small for me. It’s a great free pattern from the fabulous blog VeryPurplePerson, though I will say it was harder than I thought. I love it on Flora, though…I think she sort of looks like a flower fairy.
Thanks to all who came out for StitchNight (every Thursday at JPK&S from 5:30-7:30). It’s always fun for us to meet new crafters and be inspired by projects people are working on. There are those who whip through projects and those who maybe need a little communal inspiration to finish that sweater they have been working on for three years. StitchNight is perfect for all kinds. Thanks especially to Nicole who came in from Easton with her fabulous fresh summer salsa to share. She also had a pretty cute camper applique project that was fun to watch! See you on Thursday….
Here’s Julia. Photo number 1 shows Julia showing off her yardage (blue Robert Kaufman organic and Kaffe Fasset Spot) and the thing to note here is that everything she’s wearing–skirt, top, and bag–are all handmade. Our favorite kind of Maker! The other thing to note is that I made a comment about how much summer dress yardage has walked out the door and how few finished dresses have made it back. She may have taken that as a challenge because literally four days later she walked in the door wearing…her new dress (photo #2). Thanks, Julia…so inspiring!
ADDENDUM: Just found out that Julia is not only crafty, but arty as well. Check out her photography and video work here.
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Trust us that we’ve been waiting for this shipment of Madelinetosh and Malabrigo yarns for many moons. These yarns are hard to keep–and get–in stock! Our prized shipment includes Tosh Vintage in 5 colors (my faves…Malachite, Composition Book, and Fig…or do I just like those color names?) and Tosh Sock in 5 colors, both in superwash wool. For Malabrigo we have the Rasta Super Bulky (“luxy, and giant, and squishy” yes, that’s a direct quote from Eloise) in 4 colors and Worsted in 12, yes 12, wonderous colors. Come on down and see for yourself!
We just completed our last Thursday afternoon knitting club. Thanks to all the crafty kids that joined: Willa, Nadia, Zayna, Flora, Russell, and Zachary. You guys are amazing! Thanks also and especially to our wonderful teacher, Kendra. Her love of knitting and all around craftiness was infectious and she kept the kids interested and engaged. Thanks, Kendra!
It’s Interview Friday, a new feature here on the JPK&S blog. Every Friday we hope to post an interview with a knitter or sewer or all around crafter. First up, David, a knitter.Meet David. He’s a knitter. David walked into our store and sat in our living room and proceeded to pull out his enormous project bag (a giant plastic bag) and started knitting away. We sat down and asked him a few questions:What are you making? twin blankets for two little girls.Where are you from? my partner and I just moved here from Atlanta. We’re here for 6 months.How long have you been knitting? for four years.How did you learn? I taught myself by reading books, hanging out in yarn stores, asking lots of questions, and watching youtube videos.What’s your home yarn shop? Bumbleberry in Clarkesville, Georgia [big shout out from David to his friends at Bumbleberry...anyone traveling in that direction this summer should definitely check it out.]What’s your favorite project you’ve done so far? probably when I finished my first sweater.Do you make things for your partner? mainly hats and scarves, he won’t wear anything else. Favorite knitting book? all the Stitch n’ Bitch series.Your favorite needles? Addi Turbo Clicks[Insert shot of David's manly black leather knitting case.]Best David quote: “I never thought I was creative until I started to knit. It’s very relaxing, once you know how to do it.” Thanks to David for participating in our first ever “meet a crafter” Friday Interview series. And welcome to the neighborhood!ps. all of David’s answers to my questions above were delivered in a lovely southern accent…. being a Yankee, I loved it!
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NEW Japanese fabric arrived!
First up are these sweet, delicate floral prints in a super soft cotton.
Next are the yarn-dyed checks…they just exude summery freshness and I can see a perfect picnic blanket and napkin set in the yellows and blues and fresh gingham-y dresses and men’s shirts in the blues, greens, and browns. For those of you who don’t know, “yarn-dyed” means that the check design is created by weaving the colored thread together to create the design rather than printing on one side. This develops a beautifully textured look to the fabric and it’s also reversible and makes for a nice fray to the unfinished edge. We also have some new cotton interlock (jersey, stretchy) fabric in that I’m dying to make a summer shift out of..right now we have the all important basic black, a black and grey strip, an aqua polka dot, and a bright floral.Last up, a quick reminder that we have a sewing class and a workshop starting next week and there are still a few spaces left in both. Call or come in to the shop to register:
BYOP: Bring Your Own Project Workshops
Sundays 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Workshop 2: May 29; Workshop 3: June 12; Workshop 4: June 19; Workshop 5: June 26
Sign up for only one workshop $30
This class is perfect for the sewer who knows how to sew, but needs a little help with a current project. Two hour session includes instruction on using our machines.
Finishing Touches Workshop
Instructor: Taylor McVay
Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30 pm
June 11; June 18; June 25 Level: Intermediate
$100 plus materials
Sewing technique classes for those who know how to sew, but would like to give their handmade garments a little extra polish. Class will cover seams (French seams, faux French seams, flat fell seams, Hong Kong bound seams); hand and machine hem stitching (including tape hems, chiffon hems, folded and rolled hems); handpicked zippers; hook and eye closures; blind and belt loops; and fabric covered snaps. These finishing techniques will make your garment sing!
Thursday project is complements of Caroline of SockPixie. Those of you who know Caroline or follow her SockPixie blog know how talented she is: she knits, she sews, she designs patterns, she spins, she dyes, she does it all (and I’m probably forgetting something). We love her work and her creativity. Caroline’s latest project (apart from the tiny human she is incubating) is the sweet brown sweater and pants above (for said tiny human coming this fall). The pants are made from one of my favorite fabrics, Ukelele by Birch 100% organic. How adorable and I just love those toggle buttons! Stay tuned for a whole post devoted to Caroline’s sweet sweaters..she’s made about 4 so far by my count and more on the way…
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