Friday, October 20, 2017

Where In The World Is Jimmy?!


Are you ready for the big reveal!?

Are you sure?!


Okay, Okay, we’ll tell you where we are headed on Season 2 of Jimmy’s Journey...

Just play the video below!





That's right! We are bringing you...



Our craft lets us create stories and legacies (c’mon, we all have an old sweater that Grandma knit us!). We wanted to introduce you to the people that allow us to do just that! There is something really special when worlds that are so seemingly different are actually woven into the same story...

Ready to pack your bags?



If you missed out on Episode 1, you can catch up and subscribe here.
(We promise you won't want to miss out on this Season of Jimmy's Journey!)

The plane takes off on November 7th! See you at the gate!

During the upcoming days, we want you to get to know the Jimmy Beans crew that is heading to India. No better person to start with than Jimmy herself!


Q:Favorite Moment ever at Jimmy Beans?
A: Developing the London 2012 Color with Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces

Q:Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been? (US or non!)
A: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Q:What is your spirit animal?
A: Squirrel? Haha. Or a monkey.

Q:What are you most excited for on Jimmy’s Journey?
A: I'm sooooo excited to SHARE the stories!

Q:Who do you think will be the first to get lost on this trip and why?
A: Kyle! He already told us that he might just "walk away" at some point... :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meet Our Travel Buddies!



So last week we gave you a little peek at what is in store for Season Two of Jimmy's Journey! We wouldn't be able to do any of this without our team! Meet the incredibly special and talented individuals that will be joining us this season! 






Subscribe for Season Two of Jimmy's Journey here! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Soul Behind The Skein



Earlier this year, we invited you to join us on “Jimmy’s Journey to 15” - a 15 day video series that highlighted our fifteen years in business thus far. Boy, does time fly.


...And so do we!


*drum roll, please*
(knitting needles can be used as drumsticks, right?)


This November, we are excited to bring you Season 2 of Jimmy’s Journey! We’ll be packing our bags and hopping on a plane to get a firsthand look into the lives of our friends in the international fiber arts community, without whom our story couldn’t be told.

The legacy of what we cast on doesn't just begin in that moment, but starts with the hands that make our craft possible. We wanted to bring you a "behind the skeins" look at what type of work that goes into the tools we use, but more importantly, a look into the lives that create them. Because these individuals help us tell our story, we wanted to tell theirs.

For a sneak peek, check out the video below!



Subscribe here to join us in Season 2 of Jimmy's Journey!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Mindy's Journey


In August 2016, our beloved JBW employee and "mother hen," Mindy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and treatments, she has successfully entered remission and won her battle against cancer. We are so grateful to have Mindy with us, as she is truly the glue that holds Jimmy Beans together.

Watch Mindy's Journey


Reflecting on her experience, Mindy has expressed so much gratitude for the breast cancer organizations that assisted her during her diagnosis and treatments. She is especially grateful for BreastCancer.org for providing her with an abundance of information and resources after her diagnosis, along with a local breast cancer organization called Moms On The Run that provided her with comfortable clothing and support while she was going through treatments.  

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and this October we have decided to pay it forward and join the the millions of women (and men!) in the U.S. who have fought or are still fighting this vicious disease. We've teamed up with Lorna's Laces to create our new Mindy's Hat Kits for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



Mindy's Hat Kit includes one skein of Lorna's Laces Cloudgate in our October limited edition colorway, "Ta-Tas," along with two interchangeable fur pom-poms that can snap on and off of the finished hat. The kit also features a beautiful cabled hat pattern, designed by Jenny Nelson. For every Mindy's Hat kit sold throughout the month of October, we will be donating $5 to the breast cancer organizations that helped our sweet Mindy during her battle. 50% of the donations will be given to the national BreastCancer.org, and the other 50% will be given to our own Reno-based Moms On The Run organization. 

Breast cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers found in women throughout the U.S. and around the world. Together, we can give back to the wonderful organizations that provide so much for the women fighting their own battle against breast cancer. 

This October, we knit for Mindy, our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends. Who do you knit for?

"Mama Mindy"

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans





Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Whole New Meaning to NEWSletter

When you look at our current web page, you might be thinking, “Are they all riding dinosaurs to work over there at Jimmy Beans?” Although that sounds like a great time, rest assured we have been working on remodeling Jimmy Beans’ website for quite some time now! We listened to you. We heard you. And per request, we are working hard to make your experience with Jimmy Beans that much more enjoyable and we thank you for your patience!


(You may have seen our new logo floating around, but we wanted to officially introduce you!)

You will get to see a sneak peek at Jimmy Beans’ new look in Friday’s newsletter! Although we still have some freshening up to do, we are really excited to show you our hard work thus far. If you’re already signed up for our newsletter, be on the lookout in your inbox for a preview to our new look! If you aren’t, we’d love to welcome you to our family for the latest and greatest in yarn, notions, projects, and news!


You can sign up for our newsletters here.



Speaking of new family members....




We’d like to introduce you to our newest family member, Princess Leia! Long story short, Dodger needed a new friend... and two is always better than one!



Monday, September 11, 2017

All Needles on Deck for Hurricane Harvey!


Among the thousands of people who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey are children whose lives have been disrupted by the devastation.

Laura has been thinking a lot about her own adolescence in Houston, and how the knitting community came together earlier this year to provide much-needed support during our own flood scare. Join Jimmy Beans in giving back and knitting hope for these kiddos!


For every Royal Petite Knit Kit sold, Jimmy Beans will donate $10 to our friends at The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). The founder of the program has pledged that 100% of the donations will go directly to the kids, some of whom have been affected not once, but twice (think Hurricane Katrina) by the havoc wrought by these natural disasters.


Knit your Royal Petite animal, then, if desired, add a personalized message of encouragement & send it back to us by October 31st. We will take care of mailing all of the animals to KIPP Houston Public Schools. KIPP will then pair your project with a student who has been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Our goal? Raise $8,000 for KIPP, deliver joy (and stuffed animals) to 800 kiddos, and show the world the power of a knitting needle! ♥


What is KIPP?
The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP has a 22-year track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. There are 28 KIPP schools in Houston serving approximately 14,500 students from low-income families.

For more information on KIPP, or to donate directly, please visit their site at https://kipphouston.org/.
XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Meet the Queens of Yarn from Across the Pond on the Next JBW Bus Tour!

Jimmy Beans is excited to announce that Jeni Hewlett from Fyberspates and Rachel Coopey of Coopknits will be joining us from across the pond on our next Biggest Little Bus Tour!  

Fyberspates started as a small hand-dyed yarn company but the demand became too large for Jeni to continue hand-dyeing yarn in her back garden. Fyberspate’s journey to South America led to some of our favorite yarns we see from the brand today.

We were so lucky to have the opportunity to knit (!) pick their thoughts!


1. How did you become interested in the yarn industry?
J :I was at Uni, studying for a masters in Psychology and realised that it wasn't for me. My constant love in life had always been textiles, and I started googling and read some blogs of people who were doing amazing things in the USA, I booked on a weaving course in London to just to meet people and see what was out there, whilst on that course the owner of the shop was dyeing yarn, I couldn't stop thinking about it when I got home, I bought yarn from a charity shop, had a go using silk paints, which I reasoned would work on wool as well, and they did... it very quickly became an obsession. I sold some sock yarn on Ebay, a shop bought some and asked me to sell them yarn....and I never looked back!
R: My grandmother was a knitter, she taught me to knit when I was very small. She used to cast on 20 stitches and after a few rows we would count how many stitches I had managed to gain! I knitted on and off through my teenage years, my mum is also a knitter and she helped me learn new techniques and taught me how to read a pattern. My dad tells me that my great-grandma used to own a wool shop so maybe it's in my blood!
2. What has been your favorite inspiration for your work thus far?
J: My inspiration always comes from mistakes, I am not meticulous or scientific in anything I do, I am always experimenting, some of my best techniques have come from me being absolutely annoyed that I messed something up, and flinging dye on it, or chucking it into another vat of colour, same with designing yarns, in the early days, I really didn't know what I was doing, so we experimented making yarns and learnt a lot of amazing lessons, this led me to my work with my husband, a chief yarn designer of our undyed yarn company.
R: I think it is probably nature, I have used the strong lines and shapes of leaves and flowers many times in my designs. The natural world is also an endless source of colour combination inspiration.
3. Name one UK trend you’d like to see take off in the States and vice versa.
J: Ha! This is a hard one, mainly because they are so closely linked I think, but in the UK, lace is a lot more popular than in the USA, I would love it if the US embraced lace more as I have some lovely lace yarns lol! Vise versa, I love the use of golden yellow, mustards and orange browns. People in the UK are really scared of these colours, but I LOVE them, especially yellow, I have quite a few pairs of yellow shoes, skirts and cardigans, but they took a lot of time and effort to search for! This is always the tricky thing for us, colour likes and dislikes are always so different in different countries, to appeal to all tastes can be tricky sometimes.
R: I think the internet and especially Ravelry means that trends quite often span countries, I think it's lovely that knitters all over the world are often knitting the same pattern at the same time and chatting and sharing pictures. I love knit-a-longs, it’s exciting seeing people choosing their yarns and helping each other out.
4. One knitting skill set you are trying to home in on at the moment?
J: Brioche.. I can knit it, but I can't fix mistakes in it, and that drives me nuts because I still don't deep down understand the construction yet, but I will!
R: I have just tried intarsia for the first time, like most things I don't know why I didn't try it earlier! I think it is being used to create some amazing colour blocked shawls at the moment. I used to be much more of process knitter - I would knit endless swatches trying new techniques and methods. These days I'm much more motivated by the finished product when I do get a chance to do non-work knitting (which isn't very often), I would love to knit a plain stockinette stitch sweater at a really fine gauge but that’s a bit of a time investment!
5. What was it like working with each other to grace the knitting world with such beautiful sock yarn!?
J: I count Rachel as one of my best friends, she is very relaxed and goes with the flow, she also has an amazing style and eye for colour pallets, so when we decided to pitch Rachel her yarn, I knew it would be an enjoyable experience, and it really has been very easy, I love to see the colours and ideas Rachel comes up with, when we get her yarns in, it's as exciting as my getting my own, I love her ability to be herself and not to be influenced by anything else.
R: I love working with Jeni, I think our collaborations work so well because we are very similar, we love to travel together and talking things through with Jeni is the best way to brainstorm a new idea or problem. Creating the sock yarn has been so new and exciting for me but I could not have done it without Jeni's years of experience and yarn creating expertise.

6. Okay, last question, we swear. What is your spirit animal?
J:  A monkey lol!
R: Maybe one of those small dogs which looks like a grumpy old man? One of my favourite things about coming to the US is the time difference and jet lag means I become a morning person, it’s easy to be cheerful and happy first thing when your body thinks it's lunchtime!

Stay tuned for more updates on The Biggest Little Bus Tour!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Our inaugural "Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour" in a nutshell!


*September and October registrations are now available here!*


Oh, Jimmy Beans family! We cannot thank you enough for making our inaugural "Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour" a huge success. On August 5th, over 50 of you experienced Jimmy Beans Wool first hand – the two hour drive from Sacramento to our headquarters here in Reno was filled with laughs, gorgeous views of the Tahoe forest, and of course, YARN! From chatting with local designer Romi Hill to watching everyone hand-dye their own yarn, y’all truly made our weekend amazing. We were so lucky to host such an incredible group of people (truly the pioneers of this event) and loved seeing the faces behind all of those Ravelry usernames. ♥

One of the highlights not only for our lovely guests, but also for us, was the Solar Dyeing class taught by our very own Rachel Roden of Unraveled Designs. And man, we cannot get over how talented you all are. Curious to see the finished product? A couple of our guests wrote about the experience on their personal blogs, and their yarn dyed up so beautifully!



Want to tag along on a future date? We are hosting Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour once per month, and we have different pick-up locations within the Bay Area and Sacramento Valley to choose from.

Visit www.jimmybeanswool.com/bus for dates and locations near you!


Read what our guests are saying about the Biggest Little Bus Tour:

"I wanted to thank you for the great time my daughter and son had on your recent yarn bus tour. They met so many stellar people and learned so much from the experience." - Alaa

"What a great day. Old friends, new friends, Jimmy Beans’ amazingly creative retail space, amazingly huge warehouse space, their wonderful employees and owner, fun bus trip, yummy lunch, yummy yarn, fun class... can't wait to do it again :-)" - Barbara

"This trip was far beyond what I imagined it would be. I’m going to need a couple of days to recover from all the fun. Many thanks to all the wonderful staff at JBW who were so welcoming to the group. It is great to now have faces to attach to the folks on the other end of the phone or emails. Laura has done the incredible with assembling the best possible staff. You are all amazing." - Helen

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Monday, July 17, 2017

Hop on the Bus and Come Knit with Us!



Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour!

8/4/17 Update: The August 5th Bus Tour is SOLD OUT! Click here for our September and October tour dates.

It has been Jimmy's undying dream to bring California's fiber enthusiasts to the Biggest Little City for a fun-filled day of knitting, games, prizes, how-to workshops, and of course, shopping! At long last, that dream has finally become a reality with our first ever "Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour!"

Knittin' Better to Do on a Saturday? 
Hop on the Bus and Come Knit with Us!



Are you a Bay Area/Sacramento resident in need of a yarn fix? Or, maybe you’re looking for a way to spend a fun, yarn-filled day away from your kids and hubby? If the thought of planning something like that is too much to take on, consider hopping on “Jimmy’s Biggest Little Tour Bus!”

Don’t wanna drive? Let us drive you!

We've scheduled our maiden voyage to depart from Emeryville with a stop in West Sacramento on Saturday, August 5th. If you're in either neighborhood that day, we invite you to hop on the bus and come knit with us!

Imagine boarding the bus and finding a swag bag of goodies on your seat. Imagine a day of entertainment free from your kids and husband (although he can of course tag along if he wants to 😉)! Mix in social knitting time, games to win prizes, a MASSIVE YARN SWAP, and plenty of fun surprises along the way, and a YARNTASTIC time is sure to follow! And fans of the podcast 2 Knit Lit Chicks can rejoice as well - both Barb and Tracie will be along for the ride!  

The fun doesn't stop with the bus ride! Upon arrival, you can expect to enjoy the following: 
  • Tour 22,000 sq. feet of Yarn-topia with an all-access tour of our retail store and warehouse. 
  • Meet & Greet with owner Jimmy (a.k.a Laura) and local designer Romi Hill!
  • Enjoy a delicious catered lunch on site, and a hearty snack for the ride home. We'll even do the dishes!!
  • Learn the art of hand-dying yarn during a class taught by our in-house designer, Rachel Roden!
  • Meet the Beans who work behind the scenes to make sure you have the most yarntastic experience when you place your orders or have a question!
  • Hop back on the bus, sit back, relax and enjoy the yarn-buzz.
  • Such a sweet deal for $150! (and cheaper than a flight!)

Travel Itinerary:
  • Pick up at 7:00 AM on August 5th in Emeryville, CA (1555 40th St. Emeryville, CA 94608, next to Target)
  • Pick up at 8:30 in West Sacramento (755 Riverpoint Ct, next to Walmart)
  • Arrive at JBW in Reno, NV around 11:30 AM.
  • Shop, learn and have lunch – approximately 4.5 hours.
  • Leave JBW around 4:00 PM with a hearty snack in hand.
  • Drop-off in Sacramento around 6:30 PM.
  • Drop-off in Emeryville around 8:30 PM.

Ready to sign up? Click here to register! 


XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Get to Know Romi Hill and Join the Harmonize Shawl KAL!


Romi Hill's Harmonize Shawl Knit-Along

Lorna’s Laces is back with their Color Commentary Series! – this time with a new String Quintet, shawl design, AND Knit-Along from designer Romi Hill! Join the fun and knit Romi Hill's Harmonize Shawl featuring her lovely addition to the Color Commentary series - French Horn. The shawl is knit using a String Quintet accompanied by a coordinating skein of Shepherd Sock (kits available here!), and the pattern can be purchased from Romi's Ravelry store. The online Knit-Along will be hosted by the Knitmore Girls in their Ravelry group starting August 1st! 



Let's get down to the [k]nitty gritty: 
  • Who: Designer Romi Hill, Lorna's Laces, the Knitmore Girls, and of course, YOU!
  • What: A Knit-Along celebrating the newest addition to Lorna's Laces' Color Commentary Series: String Quintets in the colorway French Horn (designed by Romi herself!)
  • Where to buy the yarn: Kits available here!
  • Where to buy the pattern: Romi's pattern available here!
  • Where to interact online: The Knitmore Girls' Ravelry Group
  • When: Begins August 1st
Get to Know the Designer: An Interview with Romi Hill!

As soon as we heard about this KAL we knew we wanted to help promote it! A collaboration between Romi Hill, one of our favorite designers, and our friends at Lorna’s Laces? It was music to our ears!

Intrigued by Romi’s personal connection to the French horn, we reached out to her to learn a little bit more. Here’s what she had to say:


We just love the color palette you chose for the String Quintet! What is it about the French horn that made you think of these colors?

The horn is one of the most versatile instruments; it's sort of a bridge between brass and woodwinds. In fact, there is a horn in both traditional brass and woodwind quintet instrumentation. It can sound heroic, mellow, strident, melancholy, sweet, happy - you name it - and composers use it in so many different ways! I wanted colors to evoke the different facets of the horn, but also that would blend beautifully together. The sixth color, Timbre (which I just found out today is the stage name of Kerfuffle!), makes the quintet colors pop and pull together in beautiful harmony. The combination sings to me!

We heard you received your undergrad in French horn - where did you study?

I went to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA for two years to study with a very special horn teacher: Forrest Standley. I learned SO much from him, but he became ill and I transferred to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I fell in love with jazz and studio/film scoring work there, and I had some amazing opportunities. I got to tour Germany as part of the orchestra, and then the eastern seaboard with Wynton Marsalis as part of the wind ensemble. I became interested in recording engineering my senior year and went on to stay an extra year to do a paid internship in the recording studio. After that, I was missing home (San Francisco Bay Area), and went back (SF State) to get a masters in radio and television with an emphasis in sound. But my curiosity attacked again, and I got really interested in the journalism aspects of my degree. I ended up doing my thesis on how the media molds policy through influencing public opinion.

Do you still play the French horn? What other instruments do you play?

I hadn't played for a LONG time, and then I picked it up again recently so I could play duets with my younger son. Much to my amazement, I can still play, though my range isn't what it used to be!
I also play some piano and I'm teaching myself classical guitar. When I first started music (we're talking kindergarten age), my mother taught me to read music and play her clarinet. I can still get a pretty good tone.

Does anyone else in your family play music?

My younger son is an amazing trumpet player! He's also my model for the pictures on the Harmonize pattern cover and on Ravelry. He's only been playing for 3-1/2 years, but he is so awesome. He'll be entering high school next year and he's going to be playing first in the top Reno youth orchestra, plus first in the top band at his high school. This is a small area though, so I keep telling him not to let it go to his head. There are a TON of other great musicians out there in the wide world, and he still needs to work at it. :)
Also, my mother and grandmother were musicians. I only wish they could have heard my son play!

Lastly, what did you have for dinner last night?!

We went out to our favorite restaurant in Carson City: Sassafras. Everything I've ever had there is fantastic. This last time, I had the Asian Chicken Tacos. I might also have succumbed to the Poke. The “tacos” are served on thin slices of jicama instead of tortillas and they are so so good! If you haven't gone there, you absolutely should. They also have live music. It's a fantastic place!

Thanks so much, Romi!! We loved learning more about you and the inspiration behind this beautiful colorway!




You can spread the word on social media using the hashtags #3PartHarmony #RomiDesigns #Knitmorealong and #LornasLaces

We hope you’ll join in on the fun, and stay tuned!! - even more exciting news is coming your way!!


XOXO,

Jimmy and the Beans

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Forget Traditional, Crochet Transitional!


The crochet connoisseurs at Jimmy Beans Wool, Interweave Crochet, and Trendsetter Yarns have teamed up to bring you four fabulous FREE patterns, with the purchase of a Trendsetter Yarns Transitions skein!


The Transitions skeins are lightweight cotton and acrylic blends, perfect for summertime projects. These skeins incorporate stunning gradient color schemes, wound into yarn cakes and presented in their own individual boxes. The gals over at Interweave Crochet fell in love with the Transitions colorways and decided to work up some of their favorite crochet designs using a Transitions cake!

All of these patterns shown will be available for free with the purchase of a Transitions skein!
You will receive a link along with your purchase to access the patterns free online.

Pattern: Beatrice's Scarf
Color Pictured: 05 - Black/Fuchsia/Taupe



Pattern: Tara's Tunisian Scarf
Color Pictured: 03 - Navy/Royal/Lime



Pattern: Ghost Cone Scarf
Color Pictured: 08 - Black/Charcoal/White



Pattern: Bonsai Shawl



Forget Traditional, Crochet Transitional!

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Reno/Tahoe locals: Our second Sip & Shop the Warehouse event is coming up!


It's that time of the month again and we are so happy to host another monthly Sip & Shop the Warehouse event for our amazing local customers!


We had so much fun with our first-ever Sip & Shop the Warehouse event last month that we decided to make this a monthly event every third Thursday for our Reno/Tahoe friends to enjoy with us.

Join us this Thursday (June 15th) from 5-8pm for a night filled with tasty refreshments, an exclusive shopping experience, special in-store discounts and a raffle, knitting, and so much yarn that you won't even know how to contain yourself! Plus we just received a brand new shipment of stunning Madelinetosh Onesies in every base, and you will get first-pick of these yarns before everyone else online!

Grab some friends and get in on the action - we can't wait to see you here ♥


XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Friday, June 9, 2017

Winter is...here! Gear up for the "Beyond the Wall" MKAL


Look out, the storm is coming! We think it's safe to say that winter is most definitely here!

In this video, we introduce designer Rachel Roden, who will be hosting her very own "Beyond the Wall" MKAL next month on Ravelry!


Let's get down to the [k]nitty-gritty for this Beyond the Wall MKAL:
  • Who: Jimmy Beans Wool, designer Rachel Roden, Lorna's Laces, and of course, YOU!

  • What: A mystery knit-along dedicated to the newest season of Game of Thrones

  • When: Begins July 16th, four clues total will be released (one per week for four weeks)

  • Where to buy the yarn: MKAL kits available here!

  • Where to buy the pattern: Rachel's pattern available here!

Something crazy is about to unleash up North! In anticipation of the seventh season of Game of Thrones we've teamed up with our friends at Lorna's Laces to create Beyond the Wall, a custom color inspired by the mysterious and icy-cold demeanor of the White Walkers. Designer Rachel Roden is counting down the days to the season's premiere and can't wait to share this MKAL with you all!

In the spirit of an MKAL, we can't leak too many details about the project to keep the suspense brewing. However, we can tell you that the project is a shawl, and Rachel's shawl designs never disappoint! 

Won't you join us as we venture up north Beyond the Wall?


XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans