Sunday, November 27, 2016

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light Color Pairings - Three Colors


Welcome back! Are you ready for more? I know I am! If you missed our first post be sure to scroll down and check it out! We here at Jimmy Beans have been putting together some great color pairings for you because looking at colors on a screen can make it so hard to determine if they look good together - am I right? Well fret no longer! We are using Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light because it is one of our most popular yarns of all time and is really versatile as well. OK - here we go!


Three Color Combos


Yesterday we explored some great two color combinations, and you can check out that post below or see our kit on our website here. Today we will be talking about three color combos (kit link here). Putting three colors together can be a daunting task. Each color must look good with not one but two colors and must be an essential part of that pairing. A favorite saying of mine is from Antoine de Saint ExupĂ©ry - "It seems that perfection is attained, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing more to take away." If you think you would be doing a disservice to your project by excluding the third color you know you have chosen great colors. We hope we have done the same here. What patterns might you use these wonderful colors in? Well there are myriads to chose from but we think Any of these would be stellar: Ripple Effect, Herrington, Deep Woods Toque from Knitscene Winter 2015 and Lilli Pilli,



Top Left: Composition Book Grey, Silver Fox and Sugar Plum -  We had to do at least one gradient combo - right? Imagine how wonderful this combowould look in the Changing Light pattern?!? Composition Book Grey consistently has a purple bent and combined with Silver fox and Sugar Plum you get a magically elegant purple pairing.


Top Center: Edison Bulb, Holi Festival and Oceana - This is the most wild pairing in the bunch! You can find flecks of Edison Bulb in Holi Festival and the whole thing is reigned in a little by the bright Oceana blue. It's a raucous celebration of color, but not an assault on the eyes!


Top Right: Mineral, Celadon, Brick Dust - I am calling this the ultimate Southwest color pairing. Mineral is the bright turquoise color. Celadon is our Sagebrush green, and Brick Dust is the perfect orange/brown/grey mix representing the land.


Middle Left Whiskey Barrel, Rey, Dubrovnik - This is a very refined pallette. The deep blue, Dubrovnik, is one of our favorite new colors. The deep brown and blue look classic together, and the speckle makes it very modern. This is a great combo for men or for any occasion that requires more sensible, formal colors.



Middle right: some colors selections on a table in our warehouse.

Bottom Left: Well Water, Murakami, Neon Red - This is the combo that most surprised me! I NEVER would have thought to put these colors together, and they look stunning! You can find flecks of the red and the blue in Murakami, but it also adds flecks of yellow and black as well. It is a modern Piet Mondrian pallette.


Bottom Center: Cactus Flower, Outlander, Jade - This combo is for color lovers! The slightly variegated Cactus Flower looks great next to the heavily speckled Outlander color, and the tonal green Jade balances out all the lively pink while still matching it ounce for ounce in terms of color saturation.


Bottom Right: Tart, Birch Grey, Thunderstorm - This is a wintery version of a red, white and blue combo. Tart is one of our favorite reds in the whole warehouse. Tart and Anzula's One Red Shoe have got to be our two favorite reds. Paired with the lightly speckled birch grey and deep blue/black, this red looks even more elegant. If I needed a holiday party shawl, this is the color set I would use!


I hope we have tempted and inspired you! Please keep calling us for color help! Happy Holidays!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light Color Pairings - Two Colors

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm talking about knitting season - of course! It's been quite chilly here in Reno this week, and we are so excited! It's officially our busy season, and the phones are ringing off the hook these days. We get calls every day asking us to help with color suggestions and color matching, and to be honest, it's one of our favorite things to do. So we thought during this season of giving that we would put together some killer color combos just for you in our most popular yarn of all time: Madelinetosh's Tosh Merino Light!



Tosh Merino Light (or TML as it's known around here) is a single ply fingering weight yarn in 100% superwash merino wool. It shows off Madelinetosh's fantastic handdyed colorways to great effect. Tosh Merino Light has 420 yards of deliciousness and is so soft to the touch. It's no wonder it is a staff and customer favorite! We have put together 9 two color combos and 7 three color combos below. We hope love them as much as we do, and you can purchase them as a kit here: two color three color.


Two Color Combos

When you find two colors that go together really well I imagine it feels similar to however the person who discovered that peanut butter and chocolate went together felt - like a genius! Once you find two colors that play so well together, it's hard to imagine them apart! There are so many amazing two color fingering weight patterns out there that could be brought to life with just the right color combination. Like the Vitsippa hat from the Spring 2015 Pom Pom magazine, or the Spectrum wrap from Joji Locatelli, or the whimsical Whipporwill from Carina Spencer. See if any of the combos below inspire you:



Top Left: Gossamer and Penumbra - If you are looking for a more monochromatic palette, but with plenty of contrast, look no further! Gossamer is a very pale pink/purple and looks great next to the deep purples of Penumbra.


Top Middle: Esoteric and Robin's Nest - The light blue in the Robin's Nest is set off very nicely when Esoteric is next to it. The two greenish blues look really nice together and helps to tone down the wild variegation of Robin's Nest.

Top Right: Begonia Leaf and Spectrum - The purple in the Begonia Leaf matches the red/purples in Spectrum really well. It should be noted that Spectrum as a color varies widely from purple dominant to blue dominant, but Begonia Leaf matched all of them! Who knew?

Middle Left: Geyser Pool and Earl Grey - The grays in the Earl Grey are perfectly matched with the green-gray in the Geyser pool. This combo is very neutral and subtle, but elegant.

Center: Pendleton Red and Dust Bowl - We thought this warm red and warm brown looked great together. Pendleton Red is often overlooked, but it has great depth of color and really shines next to Dust Bowl.

Middle Right: Baltic and Spicewood - This year saturated colors have been all the rage, and this combo plays on that. The bold mustardy yellow/orange with the bright blue is striking - to say the least!

Bottom Left: Dr. Zhivago's Sky and Stormborn - By itself, Dr. Zhivago's Sky seems like just another tonal grey, but next to Stormborn it practically transforms! Some of the flecks in Stormborn match Dr. Zhivago's Sky really well, but there are also much brighter blues as well. It's brings out the blue grey in Dr.Zhivago's Sky and really breathes life into the color. So exciting!

Bottom Middle: Penumbra and Birch Grey - I love this combo. If I ever make a Breathing Space from Interpretations Volume 3, this is the color combo I would chose. The deepest royal purple with a white speckled very delicately with black. What's not to love?

Bottom Left: Pool and Dirty Panther - This combo is pretty wild! Pool has a lot of variegation going on and Dirty Panther perfectly matches the grey/black running through the Pool.The dark of the Dirty Panther will really make the Pool stand out.

Stay tuned to see our three color combos, which will be posted tomorrow!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

VOTE!!! For your favorite yarn!

There's one thing everyone in the USA can agree on: this year's presidential election has been extremely polarizing! We're here to bring us all back into one happy family; instead of "Red State" and "Blue State", let's all be Purple State!

Lorna's has created two one-of-a-kind, Just-at-Jimmy's colorways to commemorate the 2016 election, and they're available exclusively as a pre-order in Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Worsted and Solemate!

Now tell us - Speckle or semi-solid? That's a choice that you can feel good about! Just place your order and expect a happy surprise in your mailbox around Election Day. No matter what the results of the election, at least you'll have some yummy yarn!!!


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We're Hiring for a Product Planning Associate!

We are looking to hire a part time product planning associate! Send a resume to jobs@jimmybeanswool.com!



Product Planning Associate – Part Time
Department: Marketing                   
Reports To:  Sales & Marketing Manager
Status: Nonexempt
Prepared Date:  September 2016

Jimmy Beans Wool has positioned itself to be a true leader in the yarn industry by creating and distributing a line of yarn products like non other found around the globe. Launched in 2002, Jimmy Beans Wool has been featured on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies every year from 2009 to 2014!
Fast forward to 2016 we are positioned to grow even bigger – and we need your help! As we continue our massive growth movement, we need a guru of all things planning, product and sourcing to join our team. This high value adding team member will channel their proven planning expertise and experience to help us effectively plan our programs and projects so we can achieve growth without the growing pains.
You will have the full support of our leadership team, report to our Sales and Marketing Manager on a daily basis and be responsible for keeping us on target to meet our goals and deadlines.

Responsibilities Include:
  •          Planning, organization and implementation of new and existing subscription programs.
  •          Managing special projects as they arise including milestone management and collaborating with team to stay on track to meet all deliverables and deadlines.
  •          Cost of goods pricing, research and management.
  •          Sourcing and procurement of supplies and materials.
  •          Prototyping of new products and kits.


Qualifications:
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business or other related field preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, written and presentation.
  • Exceptional organizational and customer service skills.
  • Quick learner. Detailed and process oriented.

Leadership Qualities we look for:
  • Comfortable in the fast lane - experience with driving rapid growth and marketplace adaptation.
  • Team player willing to take the lead when needed and lend a set of hands the rest of the time.
  • Considerate of the cultural differences of our team, online and customer communities.
Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, stand, walk, bend, and have specific vision abilities to include close and distance vision, and ability to adjust focus working with computer business equipment [and other job/industry specific equipment].  The noise level in the work environment is usually mid - high level.  There is exposure to environmental conditions such as heat, cold, and temperature changes.

        Should be able to walk up to and sometimes more than 10K steps a day on cement floors
        Repetitive lifting, bending, and reaching
        Must be able to repeatedly lift boxes and other items weighing up to 30 pounds
        Sitting and/or standing for up to 8 hours at a time
        Pushing carts across warehouse
        May require looking at a computer screen and typing for up to 8 hours at a time


We're Hiring for a Content Associate!

We are looking for a full-time Content Associate! Feel free to send a resume to jobs@jimmybeanswool.com


Content Associate – Full Time
Department: Marketing                   
Reports To:  Sales & Marketing Manager
Status: Nonexempt
Prepared Date:  September 2016
Jimmy Beans Wool has positioned itself to be a true leader in the yarn industry by creating and distributing a line of yarn products like non other found around the globe. Launched in 2002, Jimmy Beans Wool has been featured on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Companies every year from 2009 to 2014!
Fast forward to 2016 we are positioned to grow even bigger – and we need your help! As we continue our massive growth movement, we need a stellar Content Associate to join our team of marketing experts. This high value adding team member will channel their creative genius to write and organize quality content for our website, newsletters and social channels and help our millions of readers to become even more engaged with our brand.
You will have the full support of our leadership team, report to our Sales and Marketing Manager on a daily basis and be responsible for keeping our brand alive and bursting with creative content.  
Responsibilities Include:
·         Daily management, content creation, organization and quality audits for the Jimmybeanswool.com website including landing pages.
·         Researching, generating and implementing new ideas for engaging user content for both our website, customer newsletters and social media channels.
·         Organization of newsletter content to maximize the user experience.
·         Creating video and educational content and product reviews to drive user engagement and increase repeat customer returns.
·         Coordinating and collaborating with internal and external publishing and technology partners to ensure each newsletter is distributed successfully.
·         Managing the marketing calendar and project logs to ensure we maximize productivity and adhere to all deadlines.
Qualifications:
  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in marketing, business or other related field preferred.
  • Excellent communication skills including verbal, written and presentation. Proficient in MS Office.
  • Exceptional organizational and customer service skills.
  • Quick learner. Detailed and process oriented.
Leadership Qualities we look for:
  •  Comfortable in the fast lane - experience with driving rapid growth and marketplace adaptation.
  • Team player willing to take the lead when needed and lend a set of hands the rest of the time.
  • Considerate of the cultural differences of our team, online and customer communities

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, stand, walk, bend, and have specific vision abilities to include close and distance vision, and ability to adjust focus working with computer business equipment [and other job/industry specific equipment].  The noise level in the work environment is usually mid - high level.  There is exposure to environmental conditions such as heat, cold, and temperature changes.
  • Should be able to walk up to and sometimes more than 10K steps a day on cement floors
  • Repetitive lifting, bending, and reaching
  • Must be able to repeatedly lift boxes and other items weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Sitting and/or standing for up to 8 hours at a time
  • Pushing carts across warehouse
  • May require looking at a computer screen and typing for up to 8 hours at a time




Wednesday, August 24, 2016

We want to hear from you! What did you like about Toshstrology?

We are currently in planning mode for our 2017 concept for our Madelinetosh Limited edition colors, and we need your help! We want to know from you, our most awesome customers and fellow Tosh enthusiasts, why this year's concept was so popular. We want to hit it out of the park next year too, and we are trying to pin point what exactly was so compelling about this year's theme. Would you help us???



Please fill out the survey below and let us know in the comments what you would like to see next year! Thank you all!

What was compelling about our Madelinetosh Limited Edition colors (Toshstrology) this year?





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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Double Knitting = Double Fun!

Want to know our favorite kind of knitting? The learning kind! Working a pattern that teaches us a new skill is energizing - once we master it, we feel like we can tackle anything! 

Recently, Laura needed a bit of a refresher on how to double-knit, so our resident knit-xpert, Terry, showed her the ropes. Even a long-time knitter can learn new skills, so check out the video of their lesson and let us know in the comments if you have any tips or tricks to add!





What new knitting skills have you been learning lately?