Thanks to all of you who came out to wish us Happy Birthday on Sunday. We were, to put it simply, a little overwhelmed by how many familiar faces kept coming through the door. You drank all the champagne, ate lots of cupcakes, and stocked up on yarn + fabric. We thank you for it all! Please come by the shop and show off the projects you’re creating with all those raw materials.
Special thanks to Marty and Eleanor for their help throughout the day. Marty, you make a mean mimosa and Eleanor, thanks for keeping those cupcakes coming. We are also grateful to our friends at New Leaf Flores for the gorgeous bouquet and our crafty friend Jane for the tulips. Lily, a regular at Stitch Night, made us one of the best birthday cards ever.
Don’t forget that the birthday celebration lasts all month! All the events are listed at left and on our events page right here. Next up is a visit from Cloud 9 organic fabric company on Saturday morning (from 10:30-12:30, pillow workshop from 12:30-2:30) and book signing with the lovely ladies of Weekend Hats on Sunday from 3:00-5:00.
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We still find it hard to believe that this shop (our dream) which we spent so much time talking and thinking and planning about is here (a reality!). Now we are coming up to our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY and we have to pinch ourselves. We are so very thankful to the community for welcoming us and being so willing to go on this journey with us. We’ve met so many wonderful crafters over the year: some new to it, some just getting back into it and, even in this short year, our wonderful teachers have taught a whole new crop of crafters how to knit or crochet or sew (and sometimes all three!). We truly thank all of you for a fabulous year!
On Sunday, March 4th, our actual birth day, we are having a PARTY! This one day only all yarn and fabric will be 25% off, we will raffle off our limited edition JP Knit & Stitch tote bags with a special surprise inside, have mimosas + cupcakes, and a slideshow of our customer projects from the year. For the rest of the month of March we will have great sales on selected yarn and fabric, exciting trunks shows, discussions, book signings, and workshops. Included will be: Cloud 9 Organic Fabric Company, Melissa LaBarre and Cecily Glowik MacDonald of Weekend Hats, and Kristin Nicholas of Color by Kristin and Kristin Knits. We have scheduled fabulous workshops with Kristin Nicholas and an introduction to our charity knitting project: Dolls for Zambia. Each of the events and workshops will be listed on the home page of our web site – look on the left side bar. As we confirm things, we will post them so keep checking back.
ps. The wonderful image below was created by the amazing and talented Eloise Narrigan (some of you may know her from the shop) for our limited edition Anniversary Tote Bag, available only while supplies last starting on Sunday, March 4th.
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Our very first order of business is…our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY in March!!! Yes, we can’t believe it either. We have lots of great events planned which we’ll be sharing soon, but in the meantime, Mark Your Calendars! Birthday celebrations will kick off on Sunday, March 4th, with a store-wide 25% off ALL Yarn + Fabric Sale. Stay tuned for lots more details in the next few days.
Those of you who received our January email newsletter know that one of our 2012 resolutions here at JPK&S was to learn how to TWEET…well, I am happy to say that we are now officially chirping away. If you’re a Twitter-er, please consider following us here. I am already addicted to the format since it’s so, so easy and lets us update our customers with last minute class openings, happenings at the shop, and new inventory…
Which brings me to: NEW INVENTORY is arriving every day! Bright red and scarlet Flounce is in; a huge Shipment of Malabrigo just arrived (glorious color ways in Rasta, Worsted, and Sock) and is already flying out the door; size 19 Addi Turbos (for those great loopy cowls); Anna Maria Horner soft + lovely flannels from the Loulouthi collection….with more balls of yarn and bolts of fabric and supplies arriving daily so check back often.
We have just set up a Flickr Group for JP Knit & Stitch and we are encouraging all of our fabulous and crafty customers to join our Flickr POOL. We want to take the community we’ve built in the shop online and this is really a great way to do it. This will not replace our popular Projects page; it will just make it easier for people to share ideas and provide an additional forum for creative exchange (and a pool for me to find great projects to highlight on out website!).
Finally, we now have an account with Ravelry so we are able to print and sell Ravelry patterns in the shop. This has been in the works for months and we are so excited that it is now a reality. You can refine your search for any particular pattern by clicking on the “pattern available in store” button on the top left of the page. Ravelry is such a great resource that we’re thrilled to be able to go to the next level with them.
Whew! That’s a lot. Thanks for reading (if you’ve gotten this far) and don’t forget to stay tuned for all the fun we have planned for the Merry Month of March!
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Make something special for your loved one this Valentine’s Day. We have lots of lush reds, pinks, and scarlets in fabrics, felt, and yarn all waiting for your inspiration. We will be posting crafty projects from the heart all week so stay tuned.
Upcoming February Classes!: Beginning Knitting Saturday with Kendra; Nancy Shulman’s back-by-popular demand Wet Felting Class; and Beginning Crochet Class on Saturday mornings and lots of others…
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Thanks to all you crafty folks who have signed up for one of our January classes. A number of our classes are full (Wednesday evening Beginning Knitting class, Saturday afternoon Beginning Quilting class, the Alterations Workshop) but there are openings in other classes (Beginning to Knit – Saturdays; Beginning to Kids and Adults on Thursdays; 2 intermediate knitting classes) and we are hard at work scheduling new classes for February and March. Please keep checking back. As we confirm classes, we will post them. Stay tuned for another Wet Felting class (such a big hit) a Magic Loop class…and more.
We will be posting lots of new projects over the next few days on our project page so keep checking in…
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We have had a wonderful and long break and are now refreshed and ready for the New Year 2012. Stop in and say hello, check out our new classes (more knitting and sewing classes for January and February coming soon), and warm your crafty soul in our toasty shop looking at lovely, warm yarns and fabrics. Welcome 2012!
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JP Knit & Stitch will be closed December 23rd-January 3rd. We will re-open Wednesday, January 4th.
We wish you and yours a happy + crafty holiday. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Your friends at JP Knit & Stitch.
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A round up of JP Knit & Stitch news:
Awnings: Reader, we have awnings. We have been working on this project for many months. Well, one cold Tuesday evening Excel Signs showed up and began installation. We were thrilled. Don’t worry, we’ll still keep putting out our friendly yarn bomb to indicate that we’re open in good weather. But now, when someone calls or wants directions to the shop, we’ll say: “look for the green awnings and you’ll find us.” Yay!
Handmade holidays: We continue to be amazed and inspired by all the handmade projects people are taking the time out of their busy schedule to create. And, it’s not too late for you to make someone something meaningful for the holidays. We have quick knit up scarves, simple hats, cowls. We also have lots of great gifts for the crafter in your life (or for your own wish list). Love a crafter this holiday season with a JP Knit & Stitch gift card, a beautiful knitting, sewing, or crochet book, project bags…we have lots to give! Stay tuned to the project page of our website for more inspiration.
Classes: We have added January sewing, knitting, and crochet classes. More knitting classes to come, but sign up now and reserve your space.
Blog Comments: Our fabulous web designer, KJ, has made it possible for our readers to comment on posts. Just click on any post and you can comment away. We post photos of our customer projects to inspire you…now here’s your chance to respond.
Holiday Hours: Don’t forget that we are closing on Saturday, December 24th for the holidays. Our last day of business is Friday, December 23rd. We will re-open Wednesday, January 4th. Mark your calendars…
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Love a knitter this holiday season and give them (or yourself) a crafty gift! Here’s some ideas from the shop…
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Join Eva for a one night Ornament Workshop. Have a handmade holiday and learn how to make simple, sweet ornaments to decorate your home (or give as a gift). Choose among stars, birds, mittens, gingerbread men and learn simple but lovely embroidery techniques. Sign up here to register.
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