Winter Storm

Given the light snow, we will be open our regular hours today. However, Nancy’s morning Knitting for All Levels class has been canceled.

Take advantage of winter-y weather and come on in for a cozy knitting project!

Posted on January 22nd, 2014 by craftygals

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2014: Year of the Crafter!

Well, we’ve made it through the holiday parties, gift giving, and late night finishing to a bright–if cold–January! And we’ve got a suite of classes to celebrate the new year!

Knitting classes and workshops: January’s offerings include our Brioche Workshop and our two week course on Linen Stitch. (You have to check out the samples for both in the shop. They’re so thick and cozy!) In February, tackle a whole sweater with our Danforth Pullover Workshop or work on more modest–but still fun and impressive–Garter Stitch Mitts.

New sewing courses: Our Zinnia Skirt Workshop, based on the Colette pattern, starts tomorrow! Or try out a new skill in one day workshops for Embroidery and Quilting!

Lots of stuff for kids: Thursday Kids Knitting Club starts up this week, and we’ve got sessions for knitting and sewing coming up in February, including the return of Friday Kids Sewing Club.

Our classic classes: These classes, including Knitting for all Levels and Beginning to Knit (that’s a link for February, since January is almost full!) run every month. They’re a great way to learn to knit, but you can also take the class multiple times to grow your skills!

New classes are going up all the time, so check back often or sign up for email updates at the bottom of the page.

Posted on January 7th, 2014 by craftygals

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Happy happy post-holiday crafting!

So, I did not get as much knitting done over the holidays as I thought I would. Here’s my work-in-progress: A Fledging Featherweight sweater for my 5 year old in Manos Silk Blend. It’s taking me awhile! Between all the present wrapping (and unwrapping) and cooking (and cleaning) not much knitting is going on. Today, though, we are open and I’m knitting away in the shop. Come on down and visit us! We will be open Saturday, 12/28, until 5pm and Sunday, 12/29, from 12-5pm. We are closed on Wednesday, 1/1, New Year’s Day, and then back to our regular hours on Thursday, 1/2.

fledging

Posted on December 28th, 2013 by craftygals

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Happy CRAFTY Holiday to All!!!

WE WILL BE CLOSED ON CHRISTMAS DAY THROUGH FRIDAY.

WE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 12/28 & 12/29!

 

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Posted on December 25th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #24

Cookies!

We’ve made it! It’s Christmas Eve, and hopefully you’re somewhere warm and cozy, sipping a hot drink. (And maybe doing a bit of last-minute wrapping.)

Our last Crafty Holiday Gift Idea is a cookie receipe. Know to my family as Buckaroons, and otherwise known as Cowboy Cookies, these are a holiday staple. Every year, my grandfather would get a tin all to himself (and we’d each get one cookie, if we asked nicely).

Have a cozy and crafty holiday, and thank you for sharing it with us!

Buckaroons (or Cowboy Cookies)

1 cup shortening (recommended: Crisco)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 (6-ounce) package chocolate chips (totally not optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream the shortening, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs and the vanilla and beat until well blended. (Make sure to really blend these ingredients together or you’ll get very flat cookies!) Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Add oats, nuts, and chocolate chips, and mix until combined. Spoon cookie mixture onto greased foil lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (crafter + JPK&S-er)!

*Number 24  in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. We hope you enjoyed your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (To view the whole series, sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

Posted on December 24th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #23

A JP Knit & Stitch Class

There’s not much time left until Christmas, and JP Knit & Stitch is closed for the holidays, but our website is up! Why not register a friend or loved one for a class? We’ve got a bunch of offerings, from one day workshops (like our Learn to Crochet Crash Course) to beginning classes (like January Knitting for All Levels) to intermediate projects (like Pattern Workshop: Zinnia Skirt)!

Check out all of our classes by category: sewing, knitting, crochet, and kids!

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (crafter + JPK&S-er)!

*Number 23  in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (Sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #22

Promises, Promises!

Today is the last day JP Knit & Stitch will be open before Christmas! (Don’t worry; we’ll be open on Saturday and Sunday, December 28th and 29th, so you can bring by all your visiting relatives.) And there’s only a couple of crafting (and wrapping, and baking, and traveling, and eating) days left before the holiday! So what do you do if you have the perfect project for someone on your list, and no time to make it? How about presenting your giftee with yarn (or fabric) and a promise for a perfect handmade item in the new year.

This also works well if you’re not sure what size to make!

Stop by today, and we’ll help you pick the perfect project for 2014, like the one below, the Manos Baringo sweater with Silk Blend. (JP Knit & Stitch project bag optional.)

Bonus holiday gift idea: Don’t forget, you can also pick up a gift certificate for anyone crafty (or who might be crafty in the future)!

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (crafter + JPK&S-er)!

*Number 22  in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (Sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

Manos sweater pattern and Silk Blend

Posted on December 22nd, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #21

Self-Measuring Measuring Tape

This is an excellent stocking stuffer for any knitter, crocheter, or sewer on your list! This measuring tape has a special peg that hooks into the body of the tape measure. Loop the measuring tape around your arm, waist, or whatever hard-to-reach thing you need to measure, hook the peg into the measuring tape, then hit the button to tighten up the take. You’ll get a perfect measurement with less twisting, turning, and straining to read those little numbers.

Plus, the tape measure has the JP Knit & Stitch logo on it; a great way to show crafty neighborhood pride!

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Eloise (crafter + JPK&S-er)!

*Number 21  in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (Sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

The JP Knit & Stitch Measuring Tape

Posted on December 21st, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #20

The Gift of Spinning

Today’s crafty gift idea is another new-to-JP Knit & Stitch item. Actually, it’s a bundle of items! We recently started carrying drop spindles and fiber for spinning (100% merino wool, Nube from Malabrigo), plus the excellent Respect the Spindle book. Set up your favorite crafter with the book, braid of fiber, and a spindle, and they’ll be making their own yarn in no time!

If the crafty person on your list learns better with hands on help, why not sign them up (or get them a gift certificate) for Yarn from Roving Magic: Drop Spindle Workshop, our new drop spinning class!

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Caroline (spinner + crafter + JPK&S-er)! She took that gorgeous photo, too!

*Number 20  in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (Sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

A spinning bundle!

Posted on December 20th, 2013 by craftygals

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JPK&S Crafty Holiday Gift Guide #19

JP Knit & Stitch Sewing Kit

We’ve been working on something very special for a while now: a special, custom sewing kit just for JP Knit & Stitch. It has all the things a new–or not so new–sewer needs:

  • measuring tape
  • needles
  • pins
  • pin cushion
  • seam gauge
  • seam ripper
  • tailor’s chalk
  • thimbles
  • and a thread braid
The best part is that the kit contains a wonderful, illustrated booklet full or tips, tricks, and instructions for all these notions. Don’t know what a thread braid is for? We’ll explain. Never used a needle threader? There are directions!
The other best part is that all these useful things come in a perfectly sized zippered pouch. There’s a silkscreen on the pouch that shows all the goodies inside.
We are so excited to present these, just in time for Christmas! There’s a limited number for now, so come in and pick one up soon! (Or just see them in person. Seriously, they’re awesome.)

This Gift Guide was brought to you by Taylor (teacher + crafter + JPK&S-er)! (But it was written by Eloise so she could praise Taylor’s hard work properly!)

*Number 19  in our annual series of DAILY gift ideas from your friends at JP Knit & Stitch. Stay tuned every day right here until December 24th for your daily dose of crafty inspiration. (Sort by “Crafty Gift Guide” under each post to see all in the series.)

The JPKS Sewing Kit!

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by craftygals

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