Here’s Alexa…great biker (you might have seen her on her bike around JP), performer, and all around crafty girl. Here she’s taken a yard of the Alexander Henry sewing print fabric along with a little teal organic cotton and made a great craft apron. Pattern is from Sewing School book. Way to go Alexa! It’s amazing what you can create with a yard of fabric.
In honor of Labor Day we present…baby Leo! He was born last Tropical Storm Irene Sunday to our own sockpixie, Caroline. Baby Leo’s Layette is the most-est we’ve ever seen: she knits, she sews, she crochets…she does it all and little Leo has baby sweaters, blankets, and booties to show for it. Did I mention she designs her own patterns? Yes, indeed and yes, she inspires us. Bienvenue petit Leo!
Our summer sale has been extended through Labor Day weekend! Summer yarns are 20% off. Come on down and stock up on your favorite yarns for your next project….it’s not too late for an early fall scarf/cardigan!
It’s mid/late August here in Boston, which means it’s been pretty sunny, hot, even humid (today especially)…yet sock projects keep walking in the door. I’m not kidding. Lots of crafty people are hard at work knitting woolen socks. And it’s still 80 degrees outside. Case in point, Eva’s sock: photo A, a skein of Malabrigo sock yarn in Primavera (a lovely green-y, yellow-y, orange-y color, with hints of pinks and purples and blues). Photo B, Eva’s foot in her one half finished pair of socks. Photo C, Eva admiring said foot (and yes she is wearing flip flops on the other foot). Eva acknowledges a great sense of satisfaction and well being in her completed sock. Go Eva!
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!