Monday, March 30, 2015

Handmade Monday: Grace Akhrem Trunk Show!

Sharkey models the Silver Lining Tunic in Shibui Linen and Chain Mail (reversible!) Cami in Habu Textiles Rayon

The best perk of being a Reno local?

Springtime, ring-a-ding-a-ding time. Sweet things come from the sunshine.
(Thank you, Willy Wonka, for those eternal words of wisdom).
Reversible Tangled Branches Cowl
Left (on Jenny): long version in Tosh DK - Amber Trinket
Right (on Olivia): short version in Becoming Art Cielo Sport - Cedar

The trunk shows at JBW.

We're so glad we live here.
Seaweed Scarf
On Jenny: large size made with Anzula For Better or Worsted in Mauve
On Olivia: striped version made with Koigu KPM

No, I'm not kidding. 

How could I be? They're like touchable fashion shows full of delicious, knitterly garments. 


Triangles, Diamonds, and Squares, Oh My! 
No, really, that's what it's called.

This month, we were graced (*snicker* see what I did there?) by the amazing Grace Akhrem trunk show. Just take a look at the gorgeous wearability of these pieces - they're all you need for a complete wardrobe makeover, especially since many of them can be worn in multiple ways!

As motivation to try one of these great knits, why not join the Silver Lining KAL on Ravelry? Everybody needs a beautiful tunic this summer. Who says so?

I do, of course. And, your mom would tell you the same, I just know it.

And we all must listen to our moms. Sometimes. Well, with Mother's Day coming up and all.

But seriously, the Silver Lining Tunic is just perfect for summer layering. Knit up in light and airy Shibui Linen, you'll wish you had two. Or ten! Do it. The KAL starts April 13th on Ravelry!

Clockwise from top: Crashing Waves in Road to China Light in Peridot and Smoky Quartz (striped), and Madelinetosh Prairie in Stovepipe (could also sub Dirty Panther); Tangled Branches Hat in Tosh DK in Jade; Seaweed Scarf (worsted version - Pagewood Farm Alyeska 5); Buttoned Lace Cowl in Pagewood Farm Alyeska Hand-dyed Sock

You're welcome.  ;)

And that's not all: we have a SUPER special event planned for May!

Wait for it...

Grace Akhrem is coming to Jimmy Beans! On May 2nd and 3rd, we'll be hosting Grace for a "meet & greet", plus (squee!) she's going to teach some fun classes at the shop!

I guess maybe THAT's the best perk of being a Reno local! But even if you're not one, you are more than welcome to join as well - mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on how to sign up! Think of it as a mini-vacation, with yarn, gorgeous designs, and knitters everywhere.

Sounds like my kind of thing. 

I'll see you there!

Sprouting Leaves Cowl
On Jenny: large version, Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, color 25
On Olivia: small version, Pagewood Farm Suisitna in Grasshopper

In the meantime, stop by before April 12th to see all the great garments before they're gone! 

Reversible Tangled Branches Cowl
On Jenny: long version in Tosh DK - Amber Trinket
On Olivia: short version in Becoming Art Cielo Sport - Cedar

You might even get to hang around with these gals.  

Olga's Vest
On Jenny: medium size, Tosh Merino Light in Saffron
On Olivia: large size, Sweet Georgia Silk Crush in Goldmine
held together with Rowan Kidsilk Haze


 If you want.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Handmade Monday: Micro-Brewed Series!

Tanis Fiber Arts Orange Label Worsted in Luxe

There’s a world of knitters out there dreaming about color. Did you know?

We do. And oh, are we glad that we do.

These knitters, crocheters, crafters, artisans - choose your label, they're all fitting - are so inspired to bring their color dreams to life that they're dyeing their own yarn. 

"What?", you say? Yes, people. Yes. 

Black Bunny Fibers Worsted in Paddy's Pub

They’re dyeing yarn in their kitchens, bathrooms, backyards – anywhere they can find the extra space – and then releasing their fabulous creations through Etsy, Ravelry, and Facebook. So we had a lightbulb moment.

A yarn-bulb, if you will.

Fable Fibers Novel in Sugar Spun

Why not bring a bunch of small hand-dyers together in a JBW Exclusive Series, to show our customers a glimpse of this amazing, colorful world?

We thought, these small dyers are equivalent to the micro-breweries popping up all over the place now, bringing back the artisanal craft of small-batch beer brewing. 

The JBW Micro-Brewed Series was born!

Holiday Yarns Woolie Ewe Worsted in Fuchsia Fusion

Each month, we release three exclusive colorways from independent hand-dyers. Each batch is a limited run, meaning that once it's gone, it's gone!

Sad, we know. 

You'll just have to buy some yarn to make yourself feel better. It's what we do.

Phydeaux Soie in Mon Amour

What you see here is but a sampling...head on over to our Micro-Brewed Series page to read all about these amazing yarns and their dyers!

Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering in Cecil B.

We can't wait to see what next month will bring!

Well, to be fair, we already know - but we can't wait for you to see it! 

Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Beans for Brains Scholarship Fundraising Contest!

Scholarships, raffles, and prizes - OH JIMMY!

There are so many exciting things are going on here at Jimmy Beans Wool, and today we are really excited to tell you more about the the fabulousness of the Beans for Brains Scholarship! 

This scholarship program is near and dear to our hearts because our entire fiber arts community contributes to create academic scholarships for college-bound students with fiber arts experience. Basically, any college-bound student or current student is eligible to apply if they knit, crochet, or weave. Pretty cool, eh? In the years since this program began, our amazing community has raised and distributed scholarships totaling over $50,000!  This is just another awesome example of the kindness and generosity that represents the heart of fiber artisans.

What makes this year’s program so special is our CrowdRise campaign. We hope you will check out our video and comment or share the page with your social networks. We want to shout about this from the rooftops and rally our fabulous fiber arts family — AND THIS IS WHERE THE FUN REALLY BEGINS.

To celebrate Beans for Brains, and sweeten the pot for those who help us spread the word about our scholarship fundraising efforts, Jimmy Beans Wool is offering some amazing prizes!

To be eligible to win one of these two prizes below (each worth over $150) you have to do at least one of the following (and you'll receive 1 entry for each one you do for up to 3 chances to win!):

1.    Go to this page and Tweet the message on the main page about Beans for Brains!
2.    Comment on the blog and tell us where you will share the news about Beans for Brains! (Make sure however you do not comment anonymously, we need to be able to contact you if you win!)
3.  Share the Beans for Brains Crowdrise page on your Facebook or Instagram feeds and be sure to tag Jimmy Beans Wool so that we can see your post!

And, as an additional thank you to those who donate $$ to the Beans for Brains Scholarship (sponsors excluded of course) we've created a raffle for the larger "super prize" below that is worth over $250!!!!  Everyone who donates will be entered into that raffle as well (including those who have already donated prior to this announcement.) To be eligible, go to our CrowdRise page and donate. All individual donors are automatically entered to win!

You do not have to donate to our CrowdRise campaign to be eligible for prizes #1 and #2 above.  If you choose to donate, you will automatically be entered to win prize #3. All of you will have our never-ending love and gratitude for spreading the word and donating.

We have also put some collegiate kits together to celebrate March Madness. TEAM BEANIES (split up by collegiate conference) are available on our website and Schachenmayr yarns and Jimmy Beans Wool have each generously agreed to donate $1.00 of every purchase (that's $2 per kit sold!) to the Beans for Brains Scholarship fund.

We'd like to thank our sponsors for this year's Scholarship fund! Knitter's Pride and Vogue Knitting are our Co-Sponsors in this year's campaign and we are so grateful for their generous support. Additional sponsors of this year's scholarship include Classic Elite Yarns, Cascade Yarns, Denise Knitting Needles, Lorna's Laces, Mrs. Crosby Yarns, Blue Sky Alpacas, Chicken Boots, Plymouth Yarns, Schachenmay yarns, and Anzula Yarns

Mostly, we really want to thank you (our customers) for being such an important (and awesome!) part of our family. If you are reading this, you know what an amazing group we walk among here in the fiber arts community, and we are so grateful that you walk with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Never a Dull Moment...

"Hello that a Howlcat?"

"Why, yes - yes, it is!"

Have you had a Howlcat conversation with a stranger yet? No? Well. Add that to your "to-do" list immediately!

We promise, it's fun - almost as fun as knitting this ingenious, reversible hat/cowl combo from Alex Tinsley of Dull Roar! Just ask Laura (a.k.a. Jimmy) - she just completed hers (modeled above by Jenny) in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Vintage Sari and Madelinetosh Dandelion in Holi Festival, perfect choices to take along as travel knitting on her recent trip to India! You just need size US 6 and US 7 16" circular needles, and you'll soon be in the Howlcat Club!

Oop! Here's another one! This one's modeled by Penny and uses Malabrigo Rios in Piedras and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Wren, which is discontinued, but Reindeer would be a great sub-in.

But wait! We've got even more from Dull Roar, and we were lucky to have the trunk show in our shop this month! Take a gander: 

Clockwise from top left: Flabbergash, Peregrine, Varia, Dragee, Zam Hat, A Most Bespeckled Hat, Rocket Pop, and Fructose. Yum!

We hope you'll agree, Dull Roar designs are anything but dull! We can't wait to see what Alex Tinsley comes up with next!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Travel Knitting - To India & Knitter's Pride!

Going to India!

This was me, just 30 hours ago, at the Reno Airport - preparing for the 1st of 4 flights that got me to Delhi, India... where I will be spending the week with my friends Suman and Shirish from Knitters Pride Needles!!

Later on today (Monday), the 3 of us will take another flight down to their factory in Jaipur, India... I get to actually watch needles being made and meet the people that make them. I am soooooo excited!!

I'll keep you posted (ha!) on how the trip goes...


In the meantime, here's what I accomplished during the 4 flights (in addition to hours and hours of sleep!):

6 of the 11 Shards are done (on flight #2 from Denver to Chicago)!

Pattern: Shard by Romi Hill

Yarn: 1 hank of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Edith's Secret

Needles: US 2 32" Knitter's Pride Karbonz Circulars


On Flight #3 (chicago to newark), I started a new project (I just couldnn't wait - and couldn't resist bbringing "vintage Sari and "Holi Festival" with me!))

Pattern: HowlCat by DullRoar Designs

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Dk in Vintage Sari

Needles:US 6 40" from the Knitter's Pride Dreamz Interchangeable Set (the tips on these are GREAT!)

Technique: Magic Loop


Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Vintage Sari


And this is how far I got!

p.s. thanks, Diane Soucy, for this travel tip:

The #Howlcat pattern says to rib for 10" before changing colors. Instead of carrying around my tape measure, I tied a knot in my cast-on tail at the 10" mark. When the cowl is as tall as the knot, I can switch colors!




Friday, February 13, 2015

A Tosh Teddy Rescue

What's a mom to do when Teddy needs a quick fix?! She grabs a yard of Tosh Sock in Tart (because Teddy is a bit Tart!), a darning needle, and then gets to fixin'! Oh - and she gives Teddy a healthy dose of anethesia (in the form of hugs and kisses, of course)!

Enjoy... Huck and I sure did!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Roadtrip Knitting

My favorite part about road trips?

Guilt free knitting time!
Seriously, there is absolutely no way that I would have gotten this far w/o some significant car time. Quite frankly, I probably would have quit a long time ago if i hadn't had a few hours in a row to make - and then appreciate! - my progress. And for me, progress is like a drug... the more I make, the more I want!

3 shards down, 8 to go!
Stitch Markers: A Bit of Spark (p.s. i use the safety pin in place of the spare needle when holding those extra 5 sts at the end of each shard... it's working great!)
Trip Details: Reno->Mammoth, CA ->Reno

Knitter: Me! (Laura)
Driving & Singing: Doug
Additional Entertainment: Huck :)
Added bonus? Seeing rainbows on the way home!