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November 2011 Newsletter

 
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      We Now Carry Fabric!  
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Hold on to your knitted hats, everyone - Jimmy Beans Wool has just gotten craftier! Yep - that's right! We are now carrying fabric for all of your sewing and knitting needs! Sew up accessories, clothing, or get that lining for the knitted bag that you just finished. The sky is the limit! Simply go to our Fabric Home page to check out our best selling and brand new fabrics. Or, feel free to use our advanced search option to look for specific brands, colors, or fiber styles.

We have fabrics from your favorite designers including Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett, but of course, we have a few designers you may not have heard of just yet, so be sure to check it all out - you'll be happy you did!
 
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      Featured Kit of the Month: Nantucket Vest  
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Even as the cold weather sets in, we can't help dreaming of summer. Knitting up this airy beauty is sure to lighten up some of those winter blues!
Tahki Stacy Charles Nantucket Vest
Tahki Stacy Charles Nantucket Vest
Was $59.70 to $106.49
Now from $47.76 to $85.19
(up to 20% off!)
If you haven't worked with Tahki Stacy Charles' Ripple yet, now is your chance to experience this exceptional yarn at 20% off! Ripple offers to knitters everywhere a sturdy, worsted weight mercerized cotton at its best. The slight sheen and textured thick and thin variation make Ripple a great yarn for accessories and classy garments to add to your wardrobe. Most spectacular, of course, is the incredible drape that goes hand in hand with this yarn. Lucky for us, the Nantucket Vest perfectly showcases all of Ripple's best qualities! The classy collar, the elegant lace work on the lower back, the open sleeves...what's not to love?

Yes, for most of us the weather is getting colder and most of our projects are practical things. Hats and handwarmers, sweaters and shawls, but we all know the seasons are cyclical. Remember that fable about the grasshopper who sang all summer and wasn't prepared for the winter? Who says the same moral doesn't apply the other way around? Before you know it, summer will be back and you'll be thrilled that you planned ahead and got a great deal on this gorgeous warm weather project!
 
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      Introducing Bergere de France Yarn  
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Bergere de France has been around for over sixty years, continually creating quality yarns and stylish patterns that have stood the test of time. Which is why we are just thrilled to start carrying their yarn, as well as an incredible array of patterns support!

Looking for a smooth, dependable yarn that will make for great blankets and clothes for a baby? The fingering weight Caline, comes with almost 200 yards per ball and is made up of a durable acrylic, wool, and polyamide blend! Or try Ideal, a DK-weight yarn that contains unshrinkable wool and a surprisingly smooth feel. Both of these strong and machine-washable yarns are made to last!

For summery tanks and lightweight cardigans, the wool & cotton Bergereine is a lovely textured choice. At 103 yards per ball, this vibrant yarn will make for great layering pieces for winter or for lovely lightweight tanks for summer! For something with a slightly thicker gauge, the worsted-weight Sonora is a cotton/acrylic blend that offers a lovely loftiness and an incredibly soft touch. At 125 yards per ball, this Parisian yarn will be a great choice for everything from accessories to textured jackets! For those in cooler weather, we recommend the squishy worsted weight Magic +, which is made up of 50% unshrinkable wool and 50% Acrylic! If you're looking for something a bit lighter with a soft - almost airy feel - Cocoon is right up your alley! Mohair and alpaca is blended together into a chainette construction to create a fiber line that's perfect for light-weight fall scarves! Or, if you consider yourself a purist and only animal fibers will do for you, check out the bulky roving yarn, Naturelle, with its 50% wool/50% alpaca blend! One of the best things about Bergere de France is their impressive pattern support! It seems some elements of style are universal and Bergere has them mastered. Their books include patterns for all ages (from infant to adult), as well as extremely appealing knits for both men and women. Not ready to commit to a whole book just yet? Check out the kits on our site, or take a look at the individual patterns. You'll see what we mean when we say Bergere de France are masters of style - French, English and otherwise.

Wool Watcher Be sure to Wool Watch for select Bergere de France yarns next week on Monday and Tuesday *That's November 21st & 22nd*!

 
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      SMC Select Yarns and Books  
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Introducing SMC Select yarn! SMC Select is a new brand from Westminster Fibers (which also produce Rowan yarns) and we couldn't be more pleased with the result! Deliciously soft fibers and a lovely color palette make these yarns truly stunning. A well rounded mix of patterns to accompany the yarns complete this collection.

Extra Soft Merino Color is exactly what it sounds like - superbly soft, 100% superwash merino wool, and oh so colorful! Plus, the batik self-striping nature of this yarn makes it that much more enticing to the eye! Looking for something a bit more classic in appearance? Silk Wool, a heavy-worsted weight yarn, will be sure to knit up elegant garments with plenty of warmth, comfort, and style. Of course, we also can't get enough of the bulky weight Tweed Deluxe which gives an earthy rustic look to knitted pieces. This 54% alpaca, 32% wool, and 14% polyamide blend will make exquisite looking garments that will feel great worn next to the skin. To see some of the stunning designs in these books, check out all of our SMC Select kits here! We also have a range of pattern books available which showcase designs knit up in each yarn!

Guest blog alert! Be sure to check out our blog for an exclusive chat with Sarah Hatton, a designer for SMC Select yarns, and a chance to win the SMC Select sweater kit!
 
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      New Books for the Holidays  
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Can you believe it? The holidays are just around the corner and I'm getting just a tad bit nervous about all of the gift recipients on my list! With that being said, it's quite a relief that there have been so many great new books lately - complete with tons of pattern inspiration for knits that are quick, easy, and will still take your recipient's breath away as soon as they open the package!

My Grandmother's Knitting is brimming with inspiring knits and charming stories from the designers (including Jared Flood and Ysolda Teague!) on how they first learned to knit. Add some fun patterns like the Ice Skating Cape for the vintage lover on your list or the Olina Socks for the nature-nut, and you've got your first knitted gifts covered! Or, how about a book that includes one hundred patterns for accessories and easy cardigans/sweaters that will just fly off your needles? Classic Elite's Quick Knits is the perfect compilation of their most popular designs! A charming mix of hats, gloves, mittens, bags, shawls and shrugs makes this a wonderful go-to book for gift giving ideas!

Another 'best of' compilation book that we've been buzzing about is The Best of Knitscene! From the famous Central Park Hoodie to the Equinox Pullover, there is a sampling of every type of knit in this book. What a great way to round out your Knitscene collection, as well as knock off a few gifts - I mean, who wouldn't love a pair of these luscious Michaelmas Mitts?! More of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type of knitter? Check out 200 Fair Isle Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone (who I just met at KnittingLab last week - she's soooo nice!). Complete with easy to follow charts and everything you need to know about the incredible art of fair-isle knitting, you'll be able to mix and match your favorite motif on any basic hat or mitten pattern for a one-of-a-kind design.
 
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      Sale Update: Fabric, Kertzer, and Misti Alpaca!  
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Select Fabric: Now Save Up to 62% Off!
Now that we've started to carry fabric, we just couldn't resist buying up some sale fabric, too! The gals at the shop (myself included!) went ga-ga over all of this sale fabric, from the likes of Amy Butler, Anna Maria, Heather Bailey, and Tula Pink! I literally spend hours browsing the Sale Fabric page - dreaming of all the projects to do. Prices shown are by the yard.
Amy Butler Daisy Chain Mosaic Fabric
Amy Butler Daisy Chain Mosaic Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $5.00/yd
(55% off!)
Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Coloring Garden Fabric
Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Coloring Garden Fabric
Was $16.00/yd
Now $8.00/yd
(50% off!)
Dena Designs Leanika Scroll Fabric
Dena Designs Leanika Scroll Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $4.00/yd
(62% off!)
Erin McMorris Weekends Dots and Loops Fabric
Erin McMorris Weekends Dots and Loops Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $4.00/yd
(62% off!)
Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Pocketbook Fabric
Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Pocketbook Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.00/yd
(34% off!)
Tula Pink Parisville French Lace Fabric
Tula Pink Parisville French Lace Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.00/yd
(44% off!)
Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Dream Dot Fabric
Heather Bailey Nicey Jane Dream Dot Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.00/yd
(34% off!)
Tula Pink Parisville Spencer Stripe Fabric
Tula Pink Parisville Spencer Stripe Fabric
Was $10.50/yd
Now $6.00/yd
(44% off!)
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply Yarn On Sale: 50% off!

At last! A sock yarn that has plenty of color options, enough yardage in one ball to make a pair, and a smooth feel on your fingers! Kertzer's On Your Toes 4 ply is a wonderful sale sock yarn that is available in solid and variegated colorways. What we're really excited about is the added Aloe Vera which makes for smooth and soft knitting. How about grabbing a copy of Churchmouse's simple Basic Sock pattern to make up some holiday socks that your recipient can throw in the washer and dryer?
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply Yarn
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply - 1014
Was $10.95
Now $5.45
(50% off!)
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply Yarn
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply - 2004
Was $10.95
Now $5.45
(50% off!)
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply Yarn
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply - 3823
Was $10.95
Now $5.45
(50% off!)
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply Yarn
Kertzer On Your Toes 4 ply - 3813
Was $10.95
Now $5.45
(50% off!)
Select colors of Misti Alpaca Yarn On Sale: Now Up to 21% off!

Oh my! If you have yet to try the luscious fibers of Misti Alpaca - you better jump on this sale! For a very limited time only, we put discontinued colors of select Misti Alpaca yarns on sale! Both yarns feature the soft-as-a-cloud alpaca and unique hand-dye patterning that the company is famous for. Grab them while you can - before they're gone!
Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids Yarn
Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids - Baltic Blue
Was $15.20
Now $12.90
(15% off!)
Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids Yarn
Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids - Electric Blue
Was $15.20
Now $12.90
(15% off!)
Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn
Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock - Taos
Was $22.80
Now $18.00
(21% off!)
Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn
Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock - Senta
Was $22.80
Now $18.00
(21% off!)
 
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      On Our Needles  
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Here's a tiny sampling of our handiwork this month...!! Click on any of the thumbnails to take a closer look or check out all of our projects!

Monika's Adam's Ribs Sweater
Monika's Adam's Ribs Sweater
Monika snagged some of the discontinued Misti Landscape yarn and she's in the process of turning it into a cozy sweater for this winter! So far the yarn is knitting up beautifully and the 100% Alpaca will be wonderfully warm! While we are quickly selling out of the Landscape, Monika recommends Misti Chunky Solids or Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Chunky for an equally warm and cozy yarn. The pattern is Adam's Ribs from Knitter's Magazine Issue K96 Fall '09. We don't currently carry this issue, however Knittinguniverse.com still carries this back issue here, if you are interested in the pattern.
Amber's Little Colonnade
Amber's Little Colonnade
The original Little Colonnade pattern by Stephen West calls for one colorway of a fingering weight yarn like Tosh Merino Light or Shepherd Sock. Of course, we love to modify patterns around here, so in this version Amber decided to use a worsted-weight yarn - the now discontinued Lorna's Laces Green Line Worsted. She switched out a US 6 needle instead of US 4 and also used separate colors for the main part of the shawl and for the trim. On top of that, Amber only knit half of the trim repeats, making a shorter shawl. If you like the thicker look, you can go with Shepherd Worsted which has the added benefit of being machine washable!
Leanne's Idlewood Sweater
Leanne's Idlewood Sweater
Leanne decided to use skeins of Rowan's ultra soft and squishy Lima yarn for the oh-so comfy Idlewood sweater by Winged Knits. She chose to skip the pockets for now, but has a ball or two stashed away, in case she changes her mind. The Lima, with its 84% baby alpaca, 8% merino wool and 8% nylon blend is soft, stretchy and absolutely gorgeous! The color she used is no longer available, but any other color is sure to be lovely!
Kristen's Bandana Cowl
Kristen's Bandana Cowl
This Bandana Cowl is a free pattern from The Purl Bee over at Purl Soho. Kristen says; 'I love this yarn! I hadn't knit with the Tosh Vintage yet so I was really excited to try it out on this super cute pattern - it is really great so far! The yarn doesn't split, it has a great hand and wonderful stitch definition. I could hardly put down my needles and now I have a wonderful cowl to wear!'
Jeanne's China Vest
Jeanne's China Vest
As usual, Jeanne swears this pattern was not as difficult as it looks. She used the discontinued merino wool/silk blend Rowan Silk Wool, but she says any DK weight yarn would work beautifully in this pattern. For example, Acadia from Fibre Company would be a lovely soft and silky choice. For an average Jeanne-sized woman, you'll need about 920 yards and seven of your favorite buttons. Jeanne says: 'I really enjoyed working this project and highly recommend the pattern.' Interested? The pattern is from the Folk Vests book!
Erika's Ripened Scarf
Erika's Ripened Scarf
One of a dozen projects Erika is working on is the Ripened Scarf, free on Ravelry. She is using the discontinued Green Line Worsted yarn in Devon, but you can create the same effect with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted. Erika swears this pattern is super easy -if you can do a yarn over, you can make this scarf - and she loves the way it's turning out!
Diana's Very Cherry Daughter Dress
Diana's Very Cherry Daughter Dress
How adorable does Diana's daughter look in this design from Never Not Knitting? She made a size 6 but knit it just a tad longer. She used a size US 6 for the whole thing! It's an easy pattern, but she did warn that the picot cast-on takes forever! Of course, she loved the Berroco Pure Pima yarn - it's a great deal and has already been through the wash 4 or 5 times! She does wish that she had added even more to the length, but her daughter will probably wear it with leggings for a while once it gets too short.
Bethany's 'I Have No Idea' Shawl
Bethany's 'I Have No Idea' Shawl
Pattern, shmattern! Bethany threw together this shawl in no time out of the Tosh Merino Light in 'Home'. She took the basic idea of a triangular shawl pattern and made it her own. The trim is simple ribbing and the rest of it was knit in garter stitch. When asked about how many rows she knit, Bethany said 'until I got tired of it.' We love our very specific patterns, but sometimes it's fun to just wing it!
Sharon's Crocheted Calm Cowl
Sharon's Crocheted Calm Cowl
Sharon is our crochet expert and she whipped this super cute cowl up in no time! The pattern is modified from the original Calm Cowl on Ravelry. She says 'I did not like the first two rows. So I modified the pattern, single crochet all around and then one more row of single crochet. Then I did my double crochet row.' This cowl uses a limited edition color, but would look great in any other Lorna's Shepherd Sport color, or choose another DK weight yarn!
Tiffany's Boyfriend Hat
Tiffany's Boyfriend Hat
Tiffany's boyfriend is going to Uganda for a month this winter and, lucky for him, the climate there is tropical. Still, she wanted him to have a hat to keep his head warm when she takes him to the airport and, most importantly, when she picks him up. :) The ribbing on this Hat Fit for a Boyfriend was super easy and her boyfriend loves it! The Dreamz needles were new to her but they're her new favorites! While she LOVES how the Tosh looks, she did use Tosh DK when the recommended weight is worsted--without going down in needle size. As a result the stitches are a little loose.
 
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      Beans for Brains Scholarship  
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Donations have officially started to roll in for our 2012 Beans for Brains Scholarship fund and we'd like to thank everyone that has donated to this worthy cause!! If you haven't yet heard about our plan for the 2012 BFB Scholarship...keep reading!

This year, we have ten major sponsors that will be matching public donations to the Beans for Brains scholarship fund. For the month of November, Jimmy Beans Wool will be accepting donations online and in our retail store with the targeted goal of raising $10,000 from all of YOU! Each of our sponsors will match the amount raised up to $1,000 for a grand total of $20,000 combined. From November 1st through November 30th, please visit our Beans for Brains Scholarship page and donate (and be sure to send the link to your family and friends, too!). If every one of our customers gave $1, we'd be well over our goal in no time!!
 
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