We are excited to welcome NEW flannels in the shop: warm and cozy checks (shirts, fun pillows, skirts!), subtle houndstooth, bright foxes, elephants, turtles (perfect for kids pajamas!)…something for everyone and perfect for the season!
The knitting season is finally upon us and we are super excited about the NEW yarns we are getting in everyday: Cephalopod Yarns (Skinny Bugga, Bugga, and Traveler); The Fiber Company (Meadow, Acadia, and Tundra); Swan’s Island (Washable Wool); and NEW colors in some our Faves (Manos Maxima + Malabbrigo Worsted). We’re getting new yarns and inventory every day!
Quick tip: best way to keep on top of what’s new is “liking” us on Facebook. We post photos as soon as boxes arrive in the shop!
Thanks to all for coming out and crawling with us this past weekend. We love how the GBYC launches our knitting season in a big way! Thanks to the indie yarn founders, creative directors, and dyer/spinners that visited us: Diane from Lady Dye Fibers, Amy from Knit Collage, and Sarah from Cephalopod Yarns. You (and your yarns) inspire us! If you missed the Crawl, not to worry, we have lots of lovely skeins for your next project from our featured yarn companies.
A special shout out to the gals at Black Sheep Knitting for organizing!
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Update: We’ve posted details of our fabulous events this weekend: Lady Dye on Friday, Knit Collage on Saturday, and Cephalopod Yarns on Sunday. And stop by the shop to scope out the fabulous raffle prizes we’ll be giving away. You just have to see these yarns in person!
We are so excited to be hosting knitters from near and far for our THIRD year with the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl, OCTOBER 3-5. Thanks go out to Black Sheep Knitting in Needham for stepping up to organize again this year. We really love meeting knitters from outside our usual community; it’s such fun to see what people are making in the Greater Boston Area.
This year our theme is INDIE YARN COMPANIES. We are inspired by these three woman-owned businesses and what they were able to create from their love of yarn. First up is our very own uber-local Diane Ivey from Lady Dye Fibers on Friday, October 4th. She’ll be showing off her hand-dyed yarn, patterns, and samples. Saturday we will welcome the wonderful Amy, founder and creative director of KnitCollage. She will be sitting and spinning her magic for us and showing off her amazing + unique yarns. Sunday we are thrilled to announce that we will be hosting the first ever Northeast appearance of Cephalopod Yarns (fromerly one half of Sanguine Gryphon Yarns). Sarah will be to show off (and sell!) a special assortment of her vibrant, hand dyed yarn in a variety of weights, including the beloved sock yarn, Bugga!
We will be giving away a FREE never before published Cowl pattern by Susan Sheby and other surprises (champagne? mini cupcakes? …)
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Our last session of Summer Kids Camp wrapped up yesterday, and it’s been an absolute blast! Our campers turned old clothes into awesome new clothes (and toy pandas!), dyed yarn, made drop spindles and spun yarn, felted wool, knitted (of course!), embroidered shoes and made friendship bracelets. We want to thank each of our campers and their parents for making our very first summer of camp such a fun + crafty success.
Now school is back in session, and so are our weekly kids classes. We’ve got classes for all sorts of interests and skill levels:
- Friday Kids’ Sewing Club: Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Masks
- Saturday Kids’ Knitting Club
- Tuesday Fiber Fanatics Kids Workshop
In honor of our full slate of Fall class offerings (see our classes page), we are debuting the first in an occasional series of crafter interviews. Our first subject is our most accomplished product of our Afterschool Knitting Club. Meet Virginia Durcan. We call her Ginny. This is her crafting story:
JPK&S: How long have you been knitting?
Ginny: Since I was four
JPK&S: Who taught you how to knit?
Ginny: My mother
JPK&S: What was the first thing you knit?
Ginny: A scarf
JPK&S: When did you start taking classes at JPK&S?
Ginny: I have been in the knitting club since I was in second grade [Ginny is an entering 4th grader at the Curley K8 in JP]
JPK&S: What was the hardest project you have worked on?
Ginny: The sweater. I couldn’t have done it without Alison’s help [her knitting club teacher]
JPK&S: What was your favorite project?
Ginny: my pink hat
Ginny: It was the most fun and the first project in my knitting club.
JPK&S: Which project do you wear the most?
Ginny: My pink hat and my pointy hat.
JPK&S: Have you made anything for anyone else?
Ginny: I made a bracelet for my brother.
JPK&S: Does he know how to knit?
Ginny: Kind of. He knows how to knit but not to purl.
JPK&S What do you want to make next?
Ginny:: After I finish my cowl I want to make socks.
JPK&S: What do you like about knitting?
Ginny: Once you get into it you kind of forget about everything.
JPK&S: Where do you knit?
Ginny: At JPK&S and in my living room.
JPK&S: Do you have any advice for a new knitter?
Ginny: Once you try it you might get a little frustrated but if you keep on doing it, it will be fun. I enjoy knitting and I hope you do the same.
Oh, alright, maybe not winter, but this chilly, rainy morning has me thinking about yarn! Not our (awesome) summer yarns like Firefly, but something wooly. Luckily, we’ve got a few new yarns that totally fit the bill:
- Tara Tweed in new colors! This earthy-but-still-soft wool blend would be great for guy’s accessories, or a boyfriend-style sweater.
- A new color of Majestic Tweed! If you like tweed but want something even softer, this wool, angora, silk, and nylon blend is super cozy. We’ve added a not-too-bubblegum pink to our selection of colors.
- Liberty Wool Prints are back! We’ve got two classic colors and two brand new colors (including my favorite, Middle Earth) of this worsted weight, color-shifting wool.
- Learn to knit with a Jil Eaton Kit. This kit has all you need to dip your toe in knitting (or get a friend hooked), including soft Minnow Merino yarn.
- New, wild yarn: Ringo! This is super bulky chain-link yarn, perfect for quick gifts and adding texture. We’ve got two colors: a kicky blue and pink multi and a demure white and grey mix.
Come check them out! It won’t be cold and rainy forever, but it’s also never too early to start your next cool-weather project.
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File this under Summer Sewing! There’s nothing that a little bunting doesn’t improve, including camping! Shoanna came in during our sale and stocked up on 1/4 yards of fabric and…voila! A happy farbic salute to that most summer-y of activities, camping!
It’s really, properly summer here in JP. Time for picnics at the Pond, nightly runs to JP Licks…and a Summer Sale!
From Wednesday, July 10th, to Sunday, July 14th, we’ll be offering a bunch of yarns and all our fabrics at 20% and 40% off! We’re pulling some gems out of our stash, including unjustly discontinued yarns like Amy Butler’s Belle Organic DK and O-Wool yarns (which are currently only available through the O-Wool site). We’ll also be discounting some of our classic yarns to clear out a bit of shelf space for new fall yarns.
We haven’t forgotten the sewists! All fabric will be 20% off, and in keeping with our sale on cozy, AC-appropriate wool, our flannel will also be 40% off, and we’ll be adding more bolts to our awesome 40% off sale section.
Of course, this is JP Knit & Stitch, so it’s not just a sale…it’s a party! We’ll have a table of raffle prizes, plus a coupon for your next visit if you spend $50 or more.
So, come to the shop, enjoy our AC, and stock up on a bunch of lovely yarns and fabrics. We can’t wait to see you!
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Summer is for sewing as we like to say around here. Something about the warmer temps and the ease of whipping together a simple summer-y shift or top feels so very rewarding. We have two great summer dress workshops lined up: the Colette Laurel Dress Workshop that starts this Saturday, 10:15-12:12 (call or stop by the shop to register) and runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays and, starting August 14th, the Wiksten Tank or Dress Workshop with Jeanne over three Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. Click here to register.
What makes both these patterns so special is their fun, easy, versatility. We have harnessed the power of pinterst to inspire you!
Check it out:
JP Knit & Stitch pinterest board, Laurel Dress Workshop Ideas
JP Knit & Stitch pinterest board, Wiksten Tank Workshop Ideas
We can’t wait to pin yours to the board!