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!


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.

A whole bunch of TaraTweed

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)…


Posted on November 7th, 2011 by craftygals

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New Crafter in the World!

Welcome to Simon, JP Knit & Stitch’s newest crafter! Our wonderful knitting teacher, Kendra, and her husband, are the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy. Congratulations! (And doesn’t he look adorable in his handmade sweater….)


Posted on November 3rd, 2011 by craftygals

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Halloween Hours, Hoo Hoo!

Although we are usually closed on Mondays, we will be open this Monday, 10/31, to hand out treats as part of the Centre Street Halloween Stroll from 3-6 pm. We’ve been helping people with costume ideas through the last few weeks…we hope to see you and your costumes on Monday afternoon!

Yes, those are knitted cat paw gloves...

Posted on October 29th, 2011 by craftygals

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Weekend Recap v

Meet Mr. X (I forgot to get his name). He found a few bright remnants for making bow ties. We love our customers. Please Mr. X, we want to see them when they’re done!


Posted on October 26th, 2011 by craftygals

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Weekend Recap iv

Laura was inspired by the SewLiberated Tunic we had made up in the store. She used the same fabric (Suzuki from A. Henry) but used the Tova tunic pattern by Jenny Gordy. You can check out other versions of this tunic right here…and stay tuned to a postfrom our own SewLiberated tunic class when we feature those finished projects. (And yes, we made her pose with the SewLiberated tunic and the much Suzuki in one place…)


Posted on October 24th, 2011 by craftygals

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Weekend Recap iii

Rebecca found us on the internet and made her way to our shop for a little help with a school project. She’s a post-grad student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts where she is studying painting + performance. Her latest piece illustrates the concept of “duration.” Her idea is to sit in a public space and knit, and knit, and knit…in real time. After talking through some of the possibilities, she set on making an icord. Here she is with our own Eloise getting a refresher. Coming soon to a public park near you…


Posted on October 24th, 2011 by craftygals

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Weekend Recap ii

Next up, Cait. She just finished a hat that she made with 1 skein of Debbie Bliss Como + a little bit of Malabrigo lying around + a tiny drizzle of liquid magenta Tibetan silk that her sister brought back from Thailand…voila! Sort of instant gratification for a knitter like Cait who has TWO projects she’s working on in her project bag: one is a lovely purple scarf with waterfall stitches and the other a lonnnng man-scarf with tiny stitches…as Cait says, “I just needed fast satisfaction.” Her “man-friend” Chris is making a hat for his brother who lives in Western Mass…where he’s gonna need it soon enough!

Just one skein of Debbie Bliss Como

Posted on October 24th, 2011 by craftygals

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Weekend Recap

We had a very inspiring weekend at the shop! Forthwith, a series of posts spotlighting some of the super fun and creative projects that came in the store this weekend.

First up, our favorite cowl-girl, Julia, came in to show us her latest project. Take some Malabrigo Rasta, add a a few purl stitches then a few knit stitches, then a few more purls, then a whole bunch of knit stitches, repeat = a perfect marriage of form and process (this probably wouldn’t look so cool and structured with any other yarn).

But, for some additional Monday morning eye candy, we are including some pics of Mo, Julia’s dog in the Malabrigo knit sweater she made for him. Because he is so tiny, this did not take very much yardage….so cute!!!!!


Posted on October 24th, 2011 by craftygals

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