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Jimmy Beans Wool - Your Local Yarn Store... Online!

February 2008 Newsletter!

In this issue:

Click on any highlighted text to view the item in our online store!

The Picot Cast Off

Once again, we've decided to present you with an instructional video that's accompanied by a bit of text... We've added a bunch of videos to the Instructional Knitting and Crochet Articles area of our website and will be adding more later this month. If there's a technique that you'd like to see us demonstrate, please let us know and we'll do our best. The video below describes the Picot Cast Off, which could be useful for the cuff of a sleeve, neck edgings, the end of a scarf - or anywhere else you can imagine. :)

  1. Using the knitted cast on method, cast on 2 stitches.

  2. Now cast off those 2 sts as usual: knit the first st, knit the second st (you now have 2 sts on the right hand needle), use your left hand needle to slip the 1st st over the 2nd st on the right hand needle (leaving one st). Knit one more st from left hand needle to right hand needle (2 sts), now slip the 1st st over the 2nd st on the right hand needle, leaving one st.

  3. Slip the stitch on the right hand needle back over to the left needle.

  4. You will now cast off the next 3 sts from the left hand needle normally, then slip the last st back onto your left needle.

  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you get to the end of your stitches!

Have fun (as if you wouldn't have fun knitting or crocheting) and let us know if you have any questions.

Kit of the Month

Every month we feature a new yarn + pattern combination at a special kit-of-the-month discount... This month's kit is the ever popular, super luxurious Absolutely Fabulous Throw Kit by Colinette.

Ab Fab Kit Normally $185
On Sale for $129.50

Save $55.50!! As a thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2008 - and an even better 2009 (so far!), we've decided to put our favorite throw kits (and works of art) on sale for a few weeks ... or until we sell out. As of this writing, we have 14 colors in stock - at this price, i think you should be able to find one you like :).

Just a reminder, the Ab Fab Kit includes instructions for four styles of knitted throws, 1 crocheted throw, and 1 knitted shawl. Kit includes enough yarn to knit your choice of one of those styles. Fibers used are a mixture of wool, cotton, viscose, and mohair.

Widget Mania!

YAY!!! We have Widgets!! Oh... Maybe I should explain what a Widget is before I get too carried away? Sorry about that. :) As far as I'm concerned, a widget (like the ones shown below - or either of the widgets on this page) is a little piece of computer code that you can put on your blog, your homepage, or anywhere else you can think of. We love our widgets (Doug built two of them) because they show a different product every day, based on JBW website activity. For instance, the "Sale Yarn Spotlight" widget highlights a new sale yarn every day. The "Best Selling Yarn" widget displays that day's most popular yarn... so you can see what other customers are buying. So, why would you want to put one (or both) of these widgets on your blog or website? In my mind (and this is why i begged doug to create it), the benefit of having the widget is that it gives you an easy, effort-free view of what's popular and/or on sale ... without making a special trip to the JBW website. If something catches your eye, great! If not, then you can always ignore it :)

You can see both widgets in action on the Jimmy Beans blog.

If you want to get a widget of your own, simply click the "get widget" link at the bottom of either widget. A popup window will appear that says "embed code". Simply copy the code, paste it into your blog or webpage, and you're all set. Now this widget will update every day with the latest and greatest happenings at Jimmy Beans!



New Arrivals: Debbie Bliss and Noro Kureyon, Silk Garden, Silk Garden Sock

Noro has arrived and is ready to ship! We have more colors on order, but what's on the website is definitely a good start. We're also in the process of adding more kits and projects to the website. We already have a few up there, but will be giving you more ideas asap!

Kureyon
Silk Garden

Hand Dyed Silk, Mohair, and Wool Blend with incredible colors!! Eisaku Noro's artistry in blending colors and fibers remains unsurpassed. Wearing a garment created with Noro yarn is like wearing a work of art, as you already know :). We have 15 colors in stock and ready to ship - and will be getting many more over the next few weeks.

Silk Garden Sock
Silk Garden Sock

The Silk Garden that you've grown to love - in a sock weight! Using US 3 needles, each ball contains 328 yards and is enough to make a standard pair of socks... or use a few balls for that lace project that you've had your eye on - that's what Sandy and Jeanne are doing.

Taiyo
Taiyo

Do you love Silk Garden and Kureyon, but wish Noro had a more summery version? Well he does! Taiyo is mostly cotton (40%) mixed with the perfect blend of silk (30%), wool (15%) and a little nylon (15%). It's a heavy worsted weight and comes in huge hanks of 220 yards. This is going to be my pick for yarn of the season. I can't wait to knit a fun tank top or entrelac baby blanket!

Kureyon
Kureyon

Kureyon. What else can I say? This 100% wool yarn has been a Noro classic for years. Great for felting, sweaters, bags, entrelac, and pretty much anything else you can think of. We have 22 colors in stock and ready to ship today... do you see one you like? 236 is my favorite today, but tomorrow it might be 188. :)

Debbie Bliss is back (for us at least)!! Our shipment arrived on Tuesday ... boxes and boxes and boxes of beautiful Debbie Bliss Yarn (see below) and Noro. We also received copies of the much anticipated Spring / Summer Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine - and it's only $7.95. We also received many of the newer Debbie Bliss books, including books specific to the yarns below. And... we'll be filming review videos of these yarns (and the Noro) later this month. Stay tuned!

Sale: 25-50% Off Select Debbie Bliss Yarns

Debbie Bliss Yarn Sale

Cashmerino Astrakhan
Cashmerino Astrakhan

Save 50% on Debbie Bliss's nubby and sumptuous Cashmerino Astrakhan. Spun with 10% Cashmere, this yarn is Machine Washable and knits up super quickly. It's perfect for a cuddly blanket or sweater, or an adorable hat/mitten/bootie set. And did I already mention that it's on sale for $4.47 a ball? Now that's a deal!

Donegal Tweed Aran
Donegal Tweed Aran

On Sale: 50 grams and 96 yards of the best Donegal Tweed Aran for $4.80 a ball (that's 40% off the regular price of $8). We have 3 colors in stock today and will be getting a ton of additional colors within the next week or so. Keep your eyes peeled! Looking for pattern ideas? Try the Donegal Tweed Book by Debbie Bliss. You won't be disappointed :)

Donegal Tweed Chunky
Donegal Tweed Chunky

Love the Donegal Tweed Aran, but want something that knits a bit faster? Try Donegal Tweed Chunky. At 111 yards and 3.5 sts/inch, you'll love the range of colors and the price ($10.50 a ball - 25% off the regular price of $14). Want to see what it looks like knit up? Check out our blog - the green sweater I'm wearing was knit from the Chunky... and yes, i do look chunky in it -- but that's because the newest member of Team Jimmy Beans is on the way and I've gained 14 pounds in the last 6.5 months (I'm expecting at the end of May)!

Stella
Stella

Looking for a super soft and silky summer yarn at an unbeatable price? Look no further! Debbie Bliss' Stella is just what you've been looking for. At 50% off ($3.75 instead of the regular $7.50), each ball has 96 yards and is loaded with 60% Silk and 20% Cotton... I'm thinking of knitting Mac and Me Pattern #55 out of browns and blues (colors 04, 05, and 11... and maybe i'd make it 4 colors by throwing in some of #19).

JBW in the News

In case you are interested... an article came out in last Friday's Wall Street Journal that mentions us very briefly (and the February Lorna's Laces Limited Edition Color - Simply the Blues). True, it's only 1 sentence (bottom of the 5th paragraph), but it's still incredible press and I can't tell you how excited we were to see it!!

Projects on our Needles

Even if i'm not working at the computer, my fingers are still going... they're just knitting instead. Same with the wonderful girls in the store! Below is a sampling of what we've gotten accomplished lately (on the knitting front, that is).

baby cardigan
Jimmy's Natural Baby Cardigan

This is the 12 Month Size. I took inspiration and the seed stitch pattern placement from the Natural Knits book , but actually used the KPS Baby Cardigan pattern because the yarn I was using was a bit thicker than that recommended by the Natural Knits pattern. Plus, i knew i wouldn't have to sew anything together at the end!

Satine Top
Victoria's Satine Top

I bought the French Girl Knits book when it arrived in the store. I was impressed with the fact that the patterns in the book are so very different from the sheet patterns that we sell by the same designer. She did a great job of making the book varied and interesting in pattern design and texture etc. When I knit the Satine project up, I was especially pleased with the way the pattern was written - it is very simple in concept anyhow, but she made very clear exactly what to do in the lace decrease rounds - rather than expecting you to figure it out. I made the mistake of washing this on the gentle cycle in the machine (I should have hand washed it of course) so it had a little too much agitation - but I am still thrilled with the results - can't wait to wear it in Spring!

Mini Mochi Socks
Jeanne's Entrelac Mini Mochi Socks

Jeanne is knitting more socks out of the Mini Mochi (who would have ever guessed :) and they are Entrelac. She is working them up on the Magic Loop with a US 2 needle.

Baby Surprise Jacket
Sandy's Baby Surprise Jacket

Sandy is knitting the Baby Surprise Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmerman out of the SWTC Oasis. She is using an Addi Lace needle in US size 6. Sandy says the hand of this yarn is fantastic!

Kristin's Owl Sweater
Kristin's Owl Sweater

Introducing-- The OWLS!: I am SO excited about this sweater! I've been blogging about it a lot because it is just so cool, and so easy! I began the yoke last night so my Owls only have feet at this point, but I should probably be able finish it tonight. The pattern is a free design by the lovely writer of the blog Needled. After much deliberation, I decided once again on the Lamb's Pride Bulky in the Brown Heather color. This is sort of my go-to yarn that I use for a lot of projects. I love all the color choices and how durable it is. I wanted to try something new for this project but the Brown Heather was really the perfect color and Sandy wisely told me that "sometimes you have to use what is right for the project." So I threw all of my qualms aside and went for it. I couldn't be more pleased. This sweater is coming out so beautifully, and fast too! I just started it last Monday night! I can't wait to wear my owls with pride! I have a feeling this is going to be my new favorite. Finished 2/10/09.

Simple Cable Hat
Victoria's Simple Cable Hat

This hat looks great in Berroco Jasper - it suits the yarn perfectly and very soft for the head. I knit this hat for my neighbor's birthday, but I was so happy with the way it turned out that I almost didn't give it away!

Classes in the Reno Shop

We've had multiple requests daily for more knitting classes. So, here is our latest class schedule! Visit the website for additional information - costs, materials required, instructor names, etc. (And don't forget about weekly drop-in classes with Allison.) For further information, call the reno store at (775) 827-YARN (9276) or (877)JBW-KNIT (529-5648).

Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!

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