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We offer a full range of natural fibers, organic and fair trade yarns, locally hand-dyed, and recycled yarns, as well as a range of wools, cottons, and blends for every budget.  Our easy-care,  kid friendly yarns include the popular Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, MinnowKnits, Berroco Vintage, and three weights of the affordable Berroco Comfort. We carry a full range of wools, wool blends, and cottons in all weights from the popular and affordable Cascade 220 to the trendy Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Fiber Company, and Swans Island.

We stock Clover bamboo needles, Knitters Pride metal needles, 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 that we will print in the store. We participate in the Ravelry Shopkeepers program, and sell a huge selection of patterns (you get a paper copy and the digital file) from indie designers on Ravelry.

HAPPY KNITTING & CROCHETING!

See below for the latest yarn news...

New Yarns and What To Do With Them

While you might be thinking about fast, giftable projects right now (and don’t worry, we are too!), a deep New England winter is the perfect time to curl up and start a knitting project that’s a little more intricate. Brilliant color, texture, and sparkle don’t hurt either.

We’ve added 5 gorgeous new yarns that are fingering weight or lighter, but don’t let their size fool you; these yarns pack a punch!

COAST, a wool-cotton blend from Danish yarn company Holst Garn, is a delicate, light fingering yarn. Surprisingly, it’s machine washable, and you’ll want to wash your swatch and final project: this already-soft yarn blooms and softens beautifully.

What to use it for: We’ve got it in 18 gorgeous shades in low-commitment 25 gram balls, so this yarn is perfect for multi-color projects. Double it for a true fingering weight, or browse Ravelry for pattern ideas.

SENSAI is a laceweight mohair and silk. We love the glowy colors and, of course, mohair’s trademark halo.

What to use it for: Knit alone, make light-as-air lace, or hold it with another yarn to impart a kitten-soft fuzz to any project.

KINU is a fingering weight 100% silk. It’s rustic and tweedy, but still super soft. Even though it looks very different from the silk in Sensai, these yarns compliment each other perfectly.

What to use it for: Silk has amazing drape and can be surprisingly warm. Knit a shawl or not-too-fitted sweater, or knit it together it with Sensai to make light but warm accessories.

KIN GIN, a rayon and polyester laceweight, is New Years Eve in yarn form. It’s shiny and sparkly and just plain fun.

What to use it for: Hold it with the yarn your pattern calls for to add sparkle to any project your heart desires.

TETSU is a wonderfully sculptural silk and stainless steel blend. Yep, stainless steel!

What to use it for: Alone or held with another yarn, Tetsu will add a mold-able stiffness to your projects. It’s particularly striking with scarves like the Kusha Kusha scarf. Since it has so much body, you can knit it on big needles for a deconstructed look, like the Sea Tangles sweater.

Feeling inspired? Nothing compares to seeing these yarns in person, so stop by the shop to pick up these yarns–and pick out your project.

Posted on December 8th, 2014 by craftygals

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Time to Start Holiday Shopping…and Making!

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It’s December 1st, and it’s time to start thinking about presents (if you haven’t already). JP Knit & Stitch is here with crafty inspiration, whether the people on your list are makers too, or all about a final product. Here are our favorite gift ideas this week.

  1. We love kits, and the embroidered pendants from Red Gate Stitchery are super chic. Made of laser cut bamboo, each kit comes with everything you need to stitch up a super stylish necklace that’s colorful and nature inspired. And since you’re stitching in wood instead of fabric, it’s really easy!
  2. If you’re looking for a gift for a knitter, how about our JP Knit & Stitch knitting kit? It comes with everything a beginning knitter needs (and all the tools an intermediate knitter like me is always losing)! Don’t want the tools? We sell just the awesome zippered pouch, make by EnviroTote and designed by Taylor McVay, too!
  3. We can’t get over the cuteness of these DIY Embroidered Doll Kits from Kiriki. The bear is shown here, and we also have kittens, foxes, owls, and–of course–sloths!
  4. It’s another amazing item from Taylor McVay: the Cabin pattern from Blueprints for Sewing! Whip up a top for your next holiday party, then make the shift dress for your favorite stylish friend. Or get the sewer on your list the pattern and a spot in our Cabin Shift + Shirt Workshop in January! (And don’t forget to come to the Blueprints for Sewing Cabin Release Party on Friday.)
  5. One more kit because we can’t resist! We’ve carried Threadfollower animal kits for a long time, and Charlotte Fox is the newest kit. Once she’s sewn up, grab a bit of extra felt to make her a whole wardrobe!
  6. And lastly, yarn! We grabbed two of our newest and most festive arrivals. Fat & Sassy Merino, our very thickest yarn, and Kin Gin, a sparkly lace weight. Hold them together to make a super-fast, super-cute cowl, or just use them as holiday decor!

Posted on December 1st, 2014 by craftygals

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Spotlight: Dirty Water DyeWorks

On Saturday, September 20th we were so excited to host Stephanie of Dirty Water DyeWorks for a trunk show. You can bet this won’t be the last time we have this loacal dyer in the shop. But if you missed her (or need a bit more Dirty Water yarn) you’re in luck! We’re now carrying four Dirty Water bases, each fabulous in its own unique way.

Clara is a worsted weight Blue Faced Leicester. Not only is this our first BFL yarn, it comes in a delightfully gigantic skein: 250 grams and 550 yards. Make a kids sweater (it’s machine washable) or matching hat, gloves, and cowl from just one skein.

Edna is another first for us: a Polwarth wool/silk blend. It’s a soft DK weight yarn, with a tiny bit of sheen. It would be perfect for a wrap or drapey cardigan.

Bertha is a fingering weight MCN: merino, cashmere, and nylon. The merino and cashmere make it wonderfully soft, and the nylon gives it strength and machine washability! We picked earthy, complex kettle dyed colors for this one. It feels like the perfect way to get into fall, and would look stunning in a two-color shawl.

Lillian is another fingering weight. It’s 100% superwash merino with great stitch definition. This is the yarn to use for socks and knits for babies. We chose some great saturated jewel tones and some happy pastels. While Bertha’s colors are subtle and moody, Lillian’s colors ring loud and clear!

Stephanie was kind enough to leave us with a couple of gorgeous samples, and we’ve got more on the way. But what would you make with Dirty Water DyeWorks yarns?

Clara

Edna

Bertha

Lillian

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by craftygals

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