We offer a range of natural fibers, organic yarns, locally made, and hand-dyed yarns, as well as a wools, cottons, alpacas, and blends for every budget. Our yarns are sorted by weight, so you can easily find just the right yarn for your project, from lace weight to ultra bulky. We carry a variety of easy-care, machine washable yarns, including Cascade 128 and 220 Superwash, Malabrigo Rios and Arroyo, Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Baby, Berroco Remix, and more, which are great for sweaters and baby items. We carry super soft merino and alpaca yarns for cozy projects, including Cascade Eco Duo, Manos Maxima, Fiber Company Acadia, and more. We have a range of sock yarns, from self-striping to variegated hand dyed, to solids and semi-solids. Call or stop by the shop if you are looking for a particular weight, fiber, or yarn.
We stock Clover bamboo needles, Knitters Pride Platina needles and interchangeable sets, and Pony Children’s needles; Clover and Boye crochet hooks; and a full line of knitting notions and supplies. We also carry a selection of buttons for sewing and knitting.
We have tons of knitting patterns, knitting and crochet books, as well as an iPad for customers to browse Ravelry and other sites for patterns. We participate in the Ravelry Shopkeepers program, and sell a huge selection of patterns from indie designers on Ravelry.
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The lovely and talented Janice won the JP Knit & Stitch Me Made May Instagram contest. Me Made May is a celebration of all things handmade. Crafty folks from around the world post photos of their handmade goodness throughout the month of May. We sat down with Janice to chat about her crafty life. Here are the highlights:
How did you learn to craft? I come from a long line of crafters. My mom made all my own clothes and taught me how to sew. My Grandmother sewed, crocheted, and did needlepoint. I got back into sewing and knitting when your shop opened [ed. note: that makes us happy :-)!] . My youngest daughter Ada also inspired me to sew and knit again.
What’s your crafting space like? We have lived for 8 years in our current small condo – which we love – but it did not have a dedicated crafting space. As a Christmas present my amazing husband created a sewing nook for me in our bedroom. [See photos below.] It is wonderful to be able to have sewing projects out and sit down and sew when I have the time.
As a busy working mom of three, how/when do you carve out crafting time? I knit in meetings a lot! I always have at least two projects with me, including an easy one that I can knit on without looking. [ed.note: !!!] For sewing I use weekend time. We often have a family outing in the morning and then quiet time in the afternoon and I will either cook or sew during that time.
What are your hopes and dreams around your crafting? My husband and I used to be big planners. Now we have become much more focused on the journey than the destination. I would like to be able to spend more time quilting, which requires more dedicated time than I have right now. I would like to learn to weave. I also hope to get to a point where I enjoy crafting with the kids more. [ed. note: we can totally relate to this!] It’s all about letting go of perfection – it’s very important with kids to focus on process not product.
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Are you a knitter, sewer, quilter, embroiderer, chef, urban homesteader – all of the above? Whatever manner of crafty maker you are, we have a beautiful book or magazine or quarterly to inspire your next project (edible or otherwise..check out the fiddlehead fern recipe in the latest lovely issue of our very local Maine based quarterly, Taproot). We file this under #welovethetangible
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With the weather warming up, we’re getting fabulous new spring fabrics and starting our spring sewing classes, but you can still knit when the weather gets warm. And to help you do it, we’ve got some exciting new cotton and cotton blend yarns to inspire you.
HiKoo Tee Cakes: This super-bulky yarn is made from cotton jersey strips, the same fabric as t-shirts, so it’s soft and wonderfully weighty. If you like the giant stitches of Malabrigo Rasta, this yarn is a great spring and summer option for dramatic accessories. It also makes for great baskets and bags. Depending on the fabric used, the thickness, weight, and even color of this yarn can change, so be sure to get enough for your project.
Espresso: Why should wool have all the fun? This chainette-plied, cotton-acrylic blend, bulky yarn comes in vibrant variegated colors. Check out the pattern book for Espresso on Ravelry or in the shop for tons of inspiration; the simple but stunning Cimone uses just two skeins!
Modern Cotton: We’ve carried Modern Cotton in the past, but are so excited to offer some more complex colors to compliment the kid-friendly hues. This worsted weight cotton and rayon blend has awesome shine and drape. We love it for baby blankets and sweaters for all ages.
Indigo: If there’s one yarn that makes us think of the beach, it’s Indigo. Made from recycled jeans (the yarn is 95% cotton, 5% non-animal fibers like pocket linings and zipper tape) and in the shades of denim you’d expect, along with a few perfectly complementary brights, this yarn is soft (and will only get softer as the fibers get broken in). The Indigo pattern book (available in the shop) had the same beachy thought that we did, and the sweaters and accessories are perfect for the shore. The textured, matte-finish yarn is also great for washcloths and market bags.
Weekend DK: Spring is a great time to work with thinner yarns; the resulting fabric is cooler and lighter, and a thin yarn can give you a great drape. We love Classic Elite’s Firefly and Bella Lino (linen and rayon blends), but wanted to introduce a light, washable, kid-friendly yarn. Weekend DK blends acrylic and cotton for a soft, machine washable yarn that’s great for sweaters, bags, and even wraps. We chose a combination of bright and subtle colors (we love that green!) perfect for the many uses of this versatile yarn.
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