September 27th, 2011
It’s better, brighter, and bustling with excitement. Jessica Knits and Crochets is open for business. The store has been reorganized and renovated with you, the customer, in mind. And the response has been overwhelming. Aside from being your go-to shop for all of your knitting and crochet needs (and it is a need, isn’t it?), we want to be your community hangout. So we’ve extended our hours, added some atmosphere, and we’re hosting events to help everyone understand that we are your knitting home away from home. And with football season approaching, who couldn’t use one of those?
Plus, we have Artyarn, Araucania, Addi Click sets, Mango Moon, Tinseltown, and so much more great fiber to enhance your holiday knitting. Not to mention a shipment of Mountain Colors that’s on the way (and brand new to the store).
We’d love to see you. And once, more, thank you to all of our loyal and devoted customers who offered their support throughout the flood. Like a Phoenix, we’ve come out better than ever!
July 28th, 2011
Jessica Knits and Crochets is holding its First Book Sale and Book Drive this week from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. We have some really amazing pattern books and individual patterns. Don’t start your knitting season without some inspiration. Come in for 25% off ALL of our books, patterns, and magazines. That includes stuff that is already on sale for unbeatable prices. As a bonus, if you bring in books to donate for the local Scottsdale library (any books in good condition – fiction or non-fiction) you can earn additional discounts. Bring in up to 5 books and get an additional 10% off of one item. Bring in more than 5 books and you’ll get the 10% off an additional item, PLUS you’ll get to choose a free item from a wonderful selection of pattern books (including some publications by Louisa Harding, Noro, Tahki Stacy Charles, and Colinette).
All of our books have been reorganized for your viewing pleasure. Remember – this sale includes all books in the store, including the highly collectable Rowan pattern books. Get some books for yourself and stock up on some holiday gifts for the knitters and crocheters in your life.
See you at the sale! You’ll be hooked on our books.
July 7th, 2011
We’ve retired our metal buckets. Well, at least for shopping purposes. From now on, when you come into Jessica Knits (and crochets!), you can grab a stylish Lantern Moon woven shopping tote with beautiful wooden handles. You can choose from cherry, lime, tangerine, or aqua, and if you fall in love with it, we’ve got some extras to sell. They are lined in a matching polka dot material so your precious alpaca won’t snag and your needles won’t poke through. It’s the perfect summer project tote. So hurry down and be the first one in your knitting group to flaunt one of these delightful summer confections.
July 6th, 2011
I can’t remember the last time I had to pull off of the road because driving conditions were, to say the least, nonexistent. What an unbelievable storm! So I sat in a parking lot and grabbed my knitting while the dust blew through the Valley. My go-to car project is an original scarf design that is a geometric pleat (it’s a man’s scarf so it’s kind of a masculine take on a ruffle). Sounds complicated but it’s a simple six-row repeat and I can always find some time to complete a set (I had plenty of time – the dust was unrelenting). I’m working the scarf in Rowan Lima, in a beautiful deep jade color that I would never have noticed had we not rearranged the yarns at Jessica Knits.
Which brings me to the morals of this story (there are two – there was only going to be one, but then the dust storm hit). The first is that it pays to look at things a little differently now and then, so we are moving yarns around in an effort to inspire and awaken your ideas about color. Our lines are being presented vertically when possible with an eye towards color groups and combinations. Silks, mohairs, merinos…they are all being presented to show the colorways off in their best light.
And the second moral? Always have a project in the car. In fact, just keep a small piece that’s easy to pick up and remember in the car at all times. It’s metropolitan Phoenix. We practically live in our cars. Inevitably we end up sitting in our car waiting for something to happen (or, in the case of the storm, to stop happening). So come in to Jessica Knits and we’ll get you set up with the perfect car project – yarn, needles, patterns, project bags. When the next storm hits, you’ll be prepared.
p.s. Just stepped outside. There’s a lot of dust out there. Good thing I just crocheted a dust chamois cloth out of a yarn called PJ’s that’s on sale right now. It is just the thing for cleaning and polishing furniture and only took about an hour to make. We can show you how!
July 3rd, 2011
That’s right. Today, I officially declare my dependence upon yarn. Those of us who knit and crochet just can’t get enough of it. Sure, we like a good needle (you should check out Jessica Knits’ supply – we have a full assortment of Lantern Moon, Brittany, Pony and Skacel needles in addition to several other brands). But let’s face it. It’s the yarn that gets us every time. Right now, I’m working with Rowan’s Lima and I’m not sure how I got by without it. It is spun happiness. I’d use every one of the beautiful colors, but I don’t know how long I can wait before using Melange by Blue Sky Alpaca. I’m knitting as quickly as I can.
I’ll probably stop just long enough to enjoy some barbecue on the Fourth of July. Besides, it will help me pass the time until Jessica Knits opens on Tuesday and I can see what other fiber is deserving of my affection.
Happy Independence Day!
June 26th, 2011
This is a thank you to every one of our wonderful customers who took advantage of the first summer sale on Friday and Saturday, June 24th and 25th. Hopefully you had fun perusing the amazing bargains and enjoying the presentation of everything that Jessica Knits has to offer. Maybe you’ve already started on a project using yarn that you bought at the store. Truly, we had such a great time serving you, seeing old friends, and making new ones. And we can’t even begin to thank you enough for all of the positive feedback you’ve been showering us with.
What we can do is promise that we will constantly strive to make Jessica Knits your shop for all of your knitting and crocheting needs (and wants!). You’ll always feel welcome, and we’ll do everything we can to assist you on your projects. To prove it, we’re happy to announce that this week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 28, 29, and 30) we are continuing to offer sale items at 20% off their already reduced prices. Maybe you saw something that caught your eye, but you didn’t grab it at the sale. Or you might have had prior commitments and couldn’t make it to the store at all. Here’s your chance. The sale items have been redisplayed, so you might even see something you would have missed before (there are so many quality sale items – it’s dizzying!).
So come see us again this week. And thank you again for making Jessica Knits your knitting home.
June 23rd, 2011
For me, the first sign of summer is when I can’t knit outside, even at 7:00 a.m., because my wooden straight needles have swollen from the heat, my hands are sweaty, and my yarn is begging to be sheared. So what’s a knitter to do? Head indoors, obviously. So when you are at a loss for something to do this summer, please stop in and spend some time with us at Jessica Knits. You are always welcome and there’s always a seat at our table for you. The newly organized library room is a great place to kick back with a book or to catch up on your latest project in a cool, air-conditioned environment. And as if that weren’t tempting enough…
Come in this Friday and Saturday, June 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days, for our beat-the-heat summer sale. We’re marking down our already reduced sale items (sale yarn, garments and needles) an additional 25%. With some items already 50% off, you are looking at a savings of 75%! It’s the best time to stock up on all of your knitting and crocheting needs.
(Sale does not include regular-priced yarn, needle and notions stock. Only already marked sale books and magazines are eligible for the discount as well. We are planning a Big Needle Sale and a special book promotion in the near future.)