Making progress…

Some Monday morning eye candy from JP Knit & Stitch…we are getting there!

Posted on January 31st, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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More small and medium sized helpers…

Zana and Nadia organizing buttons…Jillian is working on our window sign (we’re all about the handmade at JP Knit & Stitch)…..and Eliza and Avery are coloring it in…(yes, Eliza, the purple is perfect!)……and a sneak peak at JP Knit & Stitch’s recycled bags with our sticker logo (printed at the local JP printer, Red Sun Press)…thanks Flora, Eliza, Willa, and Avery…

Posted on January 26th, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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Imported voluteers…

Kathy: imported from Shelbourne, Vermont.Cathy (left): imported from South Burlington, Vermont and Eleanor (right): imported from Cape Cod.And yes, they are old school enough to know how to use the French Knitter without reading the instructions.Isn’t it cute? They worked tirelessly for hours on end and got so much done! Thanks volunteers!

Posted on January 24th, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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We are hiring!

(Awesome postcard is courtesy of the knitting blog Habetrot and shows a Corsican knitter circa 1902) Can you do it all? Are you a passionate knitter and sewer? Do you want to work at JP Knit & Stitch? We are looking for part time employees to help us out in the store. Our ideal candidate is an experienced knitter and sewer (yes, we need someone who does it all!) and enjoys working with people and their projects. If you are interested, please send us an email telling us why you would like to work at JP Knit & Stitch, along with your resume (if you’re like us and you haven’t updated your resume in a while, just let us know what you’ve been up to in the last few years). We will provide you with a detailed job description.

We are also looking for additional teachers of knitting, sewing, and crocheting. If you have always dreamed of inspiring others with your love of craft or if you have been teaching for years, we would love to hear from you.

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ps. we promise we won’t make you carry baskets of yarn on your head…

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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JP Knit & Stitch helpers

We had lots of friends and helpers at JP Knit & Stitch yesterday–for which we are truly grateful! Eliza stickered lots of yarn balls and Maggie made us a beautiful sign. Zachary and Russell organized lots of buttons. Some of our helpers were more helpful than others…This is the category of helper that we at JP Knit & Stitch like to call eye candy. There were two of these at the store yesterday. Both of their mothers were extremely helpful…between feedings. My those babies are hungry. Yes, we got to hold the babies and yes, they smelled baby fresh and lovely. This one I couldn’t help but put into our–still unpacked–box of Manos del Uruguay yarn. Doesn’t she look cute?Maura was our IKEA specialist. She put together two chairs for us. Apparently, the stool for the kids area was very complicated.Here it is finished. Some of our helpers were very tired and took a nap. Thanks to all of our helpers!

Posted on January 14th, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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Yarn Wall

Once we put tiny inventory tags on ALL the yarn balls and skeins, we get to do the fun part: putting yarn on the wall. Here is a rhapsody in Debbie Bliss blue……and here is the baby/kids yarn wall coming together. ps. The blizzard that just hit Boston is seriously cramping our style. Boston public schools are closed and we are at home entertaining our children. Not stocking JP Knit & Stitch shelves as we had hoped. Sigh, another day, another delay. But it sure is pretty outside! I think I’m going to be tempted to take some photos…Happy crafting to those of you lucky enough to be cosy and warm and working on a project.

Posted on January 12th, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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Stocking, stocking

After a much needed break, we are back and hard at work stocking shelves. And we are making progress!!!We’re having a lot of fun unpacking boxes from the far reaches of the world, such as these gorgeous, fair trade, hand crafted and dyed yarns from Manos del Uruguay. We get to pick these giant skeins up and then we…..twist them into happy, portable packages…put a label on them…and then we get to……hang them! So pretty…Sigh, but we also have to do a lot of this….

Posted on January 4th, 2011 by JPKnitandStitch

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happy (crafty) holidays

Look what just landed in the JP Knit & Stitch inbox. A homemade gift certificate for Grandma made by JP’s own Curley K-8 3rd grader, Suki Weeramuni. It is so beautiful…thanks for sharing Lindsey!

Posted on December 25th, 2010 by JPKnitandStitch

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Opening in January!

BeforeDuringAfterYes, the build out of JP Knit & Stitch is complete. Yay! Now, the fun part begins. We (I mean Tony and Antonio) moved all our inventory up from the basement and we are hard at work loading shelves and learning our inventory management system. It is clear to us now that we were crazy to think we could open before the holidays. As a partnership, we have always been the glass half full kind of people. Optimism and a sunny outlook have been our calling card (I’m not sure we could have realized our vision any other way), but reality in the form of an enormous quantity of yarn boxes and fabric bolts have forced us to accept that a January opening is more realistic, even preferable. So that’s what we’re going to do: slow down, take a break, enjoy the holidays with our families, stock shelves at a leisurely pace with lots of breaks for “feel this skein” or “check out this pattern” as we re-aquaint ourselves with our inventory (holed up these many months in our basement in water/air tight boxes). We think JP Knit & Stitch will be the better for it. p.s. as always, stay tuned here for sneak peaks and updates as we fill our shelves with color + texture + all things crafty.

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by JPKnitandStitch

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Finishing Touches

We have said many times on this blog that we feel very lucky to work with such amazing people. We are now in the final stages of the build out of the store and we couldn’t have got to this point without the hard work and dedication of Greg + Tim + Tony (Hurley-Testa Construction). They came in on Saturday to put the finishing touches on the store. And what finishing touches they were. Here’s Tony (Greg’s father, painter perfectionist, and former chemical engineer) putting the final coats on the fabric cutting table. Here he drizzles water on the 4 x polyurethaned surface.Next Tony sands the water down on the surface with a high number grit sanding paper. When he has finished he will have sanded the surface with 200, 400, and 600 grit papers. Like I said, a perfectionist. (This is known in sanding circles as “going through the grits,” a term I learned about on a page called, “Sandpaper 101.” Thanks, internet!)Then he takes a dab of this old school paste wax and smoothes it into the surface.Here is Greg and Tony sanding, waxing, and polishing our cutting table to a high shine. On Saturday.Isn’t it pretty! Don’t you just want to cut fabric on that shiny, smooth surface?And here is a last shot of Greg with his lovely wife Veronika. (They met when Greg helped her parents renovate their old Victorian in Newton. Don’t they look happy?) Yes, you can see the almost completed store behind them…

Posted on December 13th, 2010 by JPKnitandStitch

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