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November 2012 Holiday Collection

 
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In this issue:

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      Operation Turkey Trot: It's Fit For A Feast!  
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The Fit For A Feast Collection
For all of you who have been dying to know what all the hullabaloo is about surrounding Operation Turkey Trot, the "turkey" is now out of the bag! This year, we have put together our first ever Jimmy Beans Wool Holiday Collection featuring one-of-a-kind colors and products from some of our favorite hand dyers and vendors. We decided to call the collection Fit For A Feast, as the collection theme for 2012 was "favorite Thanksgiving day dishes". As you can see below, no one held back - this is truly a feast to be remembered! These exclusive products are available in very limited quantities, so be sure to grab your favorites before they disappear.
In addition to this fantabulous yarn feast, we have put together an actual feast for your culinary pleasure. That's right, for every product featured in this collection, there is a corresponding recipe! We asked each hand-dyer to not only create a color based on their favorite Thanksgiving day recipe but to submit said recipe to us as well! We've compiled all these recipes in one booklet, which is available as a PDF on our website. Anyone who purchases a Fit For A Feast product will receive with their order a special link allowing them access to this scrumptious compilation of spectacular dishes. In October, we had a JBW potluck to test drive all the recipes from this booklet and the verdict was a unanimous YUM!
Feast!
But wait, there's more! While you can purchase anything from the Fit For A Feast collection a la carte, we also have created easy-to-order Gift Baskets featuring some or all of the "dishes" from Fit For A Feast! Each basket will include yarn (colors and amounts will vary, but are specified in each kit), a LoLo To Go bar in The Queens Buns, and a limited edition Fit For A Feast Project Bag. The best part? All Gift Baskets are packaged in meal containers so you can take your yarn feast to go! If you would like to view the entire Fit For A Feast collection all in one place, just go to www.JimmyBeansWool.com/FitForAFeast!
 
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      Thanksgiving Dinner: All The Fixin's!  
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Tosh Merino Light - Turducken
Tosh Merino Light - Turducken
$19.20
Leanne really, really, really wanted someone to pick turducken as their dyed dish. So, you can imagine how thrilled she was when Madelinetosh picked it as their inspiration! The warm, autumn tones of this color may not directly conjure images of a chicken inside of a duck inside of a turkey (Turducken!), however, you can't help but be reminded of harvest-themed decorations, comfort food and holiday gatherings when feasting your eyes on this gorgeous colorway.
Tough Love - Truffles and Sage
Tough Love - Truffles and Sage
$24.00
Felicia, the wonder-woman behind SweetGeorgia is a self-proclaimed stuffing-lover. She chose this color as a challenge - while it is her favorite (and the most delicious) Thanksgiving day dish, it is not the most beautiful or colorful thing on the table. Despite the odds, Felicia has created a stunning color that reflects stuffing's inner beauty. The greens, yellows, oranges and deep charcoal make this unique colorway truly special.
Smooshy - Cranberry Kale
Smooshy - Cranberry Kale
$24.00
Stay heart healthy over the holidays with this scrumptious salad from Nancy and Veronica at Dream in Color! A super quick side dish, and also an eye-catching colorway, Cranberry Kale is not to be overlooked. We love the bright combination of berry reds and purples with the fresh green accents - both in the Smooshy yarn base and on our plates!
Ensemble Light - JB1 Corn Pudding
Ensemble Light - JB1 Corn Pudding
$58.00
Not just a scrumptious comfort food, Corn Pudding is a sophisticated melange of soft and light fall colors inspired by this classic dish. Available in both Ensemble Light and Beaded Silk Light, Corn Pudding is a exquisite colorway for shawls, wraps and lacy shrugs. Iris (the creative genius behind Artyarns), picked corn as her muse for this colorway since it is a traditional part of the harvest season and Thanksgiving.
Silk/Cashmere 2-ply - Cranberry Orange
Silk/Cashmere 2-ply - Cranberry Orange
$37.00
It was love at first sight with Cranberry Orange! This color is superbly striking with its bold combination of cranberry reds and citrusy oranges. In addition to making her mother's delicious Cranberry Mold recipe for Thanksgiving (in her castle-shaped mold, of course), Jane, of Jade Sapphire, created a simple fresh cranberry dish - Cranberry Orange Relish. Not only is it a scrumptious side, but a beautiful and colorful one to boot!
Jimmy Beans Dreamz Limited Edition Needle Set
Jimmy Beans Dreamz Limited Edition Needle Set
$82.49
Need something to consume all of these amazing yarns with? Look no further than the Holiday 2012 Dreamz Deluxe set from Knitter's Pride! These limited edition needle sets are truly one-of-a-kind. Featuring sleek, onyx tips (we like to think they resemble silverware Fit For A (yarn) Feast!) in sizes US 4 through US 11 along with a spiffy case and four cords (one each 24" and 40" plus two 32"), you'll be set to start knitting just about anything.
 
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      The Best For Last: Dessert!  
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Shepherd Sock - Pumpkin Pie
Shepherd Sock - Pumpkin Pie
$24.50
Beth, of Lorna's Laces, always uses the recipe on the back of Libby's canned pumpkin when making pumpkin pie every fall. Growing up her mom always said it was the best, and she would never doubt her mom! This savory tonal colorway embodies the rich, rustic pumpkin hues of a pie just out of the oven.
Worsted Merino - Pecan Pie
Worsted Merino - Pecan Pie
$11.00
We firmly believe you can never have too much pie, so don't stop with pumpkin - be sure to try some pecan too! A warm blend of crunchy, sweet and luscious browns, this yummy colorway almost glows with deliciousness. Even though the folks at Malabrigo (based in Uruguay) don't normally celebrate Thanksgiving, they were very excited to creating this enticing color and be a part of the collection - boy are we glad they did!
Lo-Lo Body Bar - Queen's Buns
Lo-Lo Body Bar - Queen's Buns
$11.90
Can you guess the scent of this royal Fit For A Feast product? Cinnamon Buns! Kismet, the skin care guru of Bar-Maids, and her family bake cinnamon buns for breakfast every time they get together for the holidays in honor of her grandmother, whose nickname was The Queen. Available in Lo-Lo Body Bars and smaller Lo-Lo To-Go bars, this heavenly scent will have you jonesing for some sticky sweet yummy buns!
KPPPM - Fluffy Pudding (1)
KPPPM - Fluffy Pudding (1)
$14.00
Simple and delicate, Fluffy Pudding (the dish), also known as Bubert, is an Estonian dessert. While you may not recognize it as part of the traditional Thanksgiving fare, Fluffy Pudding is a dish Taiu (founder of Koigu) and her family enjoy during the holidays each year. Also simple and delicate, this lovely colorway from Koigu is an elegant mix of deep berry tones drizzled over a modest, vanilla base. As a special treat, Taiu dyed three different versions of this color, so be sure to check out version 2 and version 3! We think they'd be perfect for a berrylicious Churchmouse Linen Stitch Scarf - it requires just one hank of each color!
Fyberspates Faery Wings Yarn
Fyberspates Faery Wings - Mulled Wine
$30.00
A native of Britain, Jeni celebrated her first Thanksgiving 8 years ago when one of her American friends decided to throw a massive Thanksgiving feast. She remembers it as one of the MOST wonderful dinners she has ever had. While she doesn't normally celebrate Thanksgiving, we're so glad she participated in this collection! Her color, Mulled Wine, is simply beautiful. The sultry burgundy, red and purple hues that are a perfect match for the Faery Wings yarn, with its soft mohair halo and silky glow.
Mudra Cuff - Cherry Lux
Mudra Cuff - Cherry Lux
$18.50
I like to call this one "the cherry on top" of the 2012 Holiday Collection. The Cherry Lux Mudra Cuff Kit by Nelkin Designs uses SweetGeorgia's luxurious Silk Crush yarn in a festive cherry red color. The kit includes everything you need (yarn, beads, clasp, pattern) and is perfect for gift-giving or dressing up your holiday party attire. The to-die-for recipe that inspired this super-stylish bracelet is the Chococlate Cherry Ginger Bark (recipe found in the recipe PDF). Both the tasty treat and beautiful bracelet are worth indulging in this holiday season!
 
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      A Walk In The Park - November Denise2Go  
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Another exclusive for this November is the Limited Edition Denise2Go! Aptly named A Walk In The Park, the fabrics we chose remind us of walks in the crisp fall air taken right after a delicious Thanksgiving dinner! If you are unfamiliar with the handy dandy Denise2Gos, each set includes six pairs of smooth acrylic needle tips in the most popular sizes (US 5 through US 10), a crochet hook, 3 cords in 14", 16" and 19" lengths, 2 end buttons and one extender. Basically everything you need to knit anywhere, anytime, all in one easy-to-carry bundle. Be sure to grab your A Walk In The Park now since only 50 sets were made. Once they're gone, they are gone!
A Walk In The Park
Also available are the Stitch Red and Vogue Knitting Live styles! We created these limited edition sets especially for the Stitches East and VK Live in Chicago shows and had a few sets remaining after the shows. Super-cute and one-of-a-kind, these sets make great gifts, perfect for your favorite on-the-go knitter!
 
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      A Light At The End - Lorna's Limited Edition Twilight Color  
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Shepherd Sock - A Light At The End
Shepherd Sock - A Light At The End
$24.50
If you went into November thinking, "Rusty Bucket? That doesn't have anything to do with Breaking Dawn!" don't worry, we didn't forget! In honor of the final movie release this week that brings the epic Twilight Saga to a close, we are releasing a super-special colorway, A Light At The End. Whether you've already been to the midnight showing or are just glad it's all over (we know not everyone is a fan), this final Twilight-themed colorway is sure to be a favorite no matter your stance.
A smooth, elegant combination of deep navy, rich mulberry and a refreshing dash of light blue, A Light At The End is available only in Shepherd Sock and Shepherd Worsted. The yarn is currently available for pre-order and will ship November 20th but you might not want to wait wait until then. We've already pre-sold quite a bit, and once it runs out, there will be no more!
 
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      Free Pattern - Peavine Hat and Cowl  
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Peavine Peak, a tall standing mountain on the north end of the Truckee Meadows (where Reno is located) is an important landmark to Reno residents and is one of my favorite places in the area. At one point, I lived a short walking distance from the mountain and I would walk my dog Wallace there almost daily. However, Peavine's history extends well beyond recreation. The native Washoe tribes used Peavine not only as a landmark, but a seasonal indicator. It is said that the Washoe would not plant their summer crops until all of the snow melted off of Peavine in the spring, a rule that many local residents (myself included) use to this day when planning their gardens.
Peavine Hat and Cowl
Peavine Peak has had such significance in my life as a Reno resident that I thought it a fitting inspiration for this design. This matching hat and cowl set is knit with two yarns held together -- a beautiful hand-dyed merino wool (Tosh Merino DK) and a silky mohair (Debbie Bliss Angel) to create a cozy set to wear on the coldest of days. The hat has an updated slouchy fit while the cowl is shaped slightly to widen a bit at the bottom for a more comfortable drape. The simple faux cable pattern creates a bit of interest while still being an easy knit. This set is perfect for those late fall hikes on Peavine Peak, or anywhere else you choose to enjoy them!
 
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      Ask Terry: How to Measure Your Gauge Accurately  
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Checking Gauge
The importance of gauge can't be stressed enough! A tiny difference in stitch gauge will make a HUGE difference in the size of garment. Checking gauge is never a waste, knitting a sweater that doesn't fit is!

Here's how you can ensure you obtain the exact pattern gauge:
-Compare pattern gauge to suggested gauge on the yarn label. If close then the yarn will work for the pattern. You will still have to swatch and possibly adjust your needle size to get exact pattern gauge.
-Make a large swatch, 30 - 40 stitches wide and 4" tall according to pattern, use the same needles to be used for the project. If knitting in the round, swatch in the round.
-Don't expect to cast-on the number of stitches needed in 4" and expect it to measure 4". It won't! Edge stitches, cast on & bind off all affect gauge.

How to measure gauge on your swatch:
-Launder the swatch as you would your finished garment. Important because yarn can bloom or shrink!
-Use a gauge check or a good ruler, measure no closer than 1" to any edge.
-Count stitches in full 4". Be sure to count partial stitches, even an eighth of a stitch will make a difference in the size of your finished sweater.
-If you have too few stitches per inch, your gauge is loose and you will need to work another swatch with a smaller needle.
-If you have too many stitches per inch, your gauge is tight and you will need to work another swatch with a larger needle.
Repeat process until you get the exact pattern gauge.

Always take time to swatch and measure gauge! You won't regret it! For the visual learners out there, check out our Gauge Check Instructional Video!

Happy knitting!
Terry
 
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      Now on Sale: Fyberspates, Rowan, Ruffle Yarns and More!  
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We have so many wonderful yarns (and fabrics!) on sale, but here are just a few of our favorites...

Lorna's Laces Black Sheep: 50% Off! Lorna's Laces' Black Sheep, a worsted weight wool and viscose blend, features one strand of black yarn that is plied with some of your favorite Lorna's dyed yarn! Here are some of the current most popular colors...
Black Sheep - Bold Red
Black Sheep - Bold Red
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Black Sheep - Pocket Square
Black Sheep - Pocket Square
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Black Sheep - Tahoe
Black Sheep - Tahoe
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Black Sheep - Twilight
Black Sheep - Twilight
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Fyberspates hand-dyed yarn: 40% Off! More sumptuous hand dyed sale yarn from Fyberspates is here! New colors of silky soft Bamboozle Sock, featherweight Faery Lace and luxurious Pure Silk 4ply are trying to distract us from the holiday hustle and bustle here at the shop. Available in amazing tonal hand dyed colorways, these yarns are perfect for making unique one and two skein gifts that will be cherished for seasons to come.
Bamboozle Sock - Lagoon
Bamboozle Sock - Lagoon
Was $29.95
Now $17.95
(40% off!)
Faery Lace - Autumn
Faery Lace - Autumn
Was $29.95
Now $17.95
(40% off!)
Pure Silk 4ply - Deep Violet
Pure Silk 4ply - Deep Violet
Was $46.50
Now $27.90
(40% off!)
Pure Silk 4ply - Gold
Pure Silk 4ply - Gold
Was $46.50
Now $27.90
(40% off!)
Rowan Sale: Up to 50% Off! The Rowan fall sale yarns have arrived! Box after box of spectacular yarns -all at amazing prices! Some of our favorites are the luxurious Silk Twist and Panama yarns. A delicious blend of bright silk and soft wool and mohair, Silk Twist is a worsted weight yarn perfect for hats, cozy scarves and of course sweaters and vests! Panama is on the delicate side. This fingering weight cotton, linen and viscose blend is a great yarn for people who prefer plant fiber to animal fibers. Another wool-free yarn is the ever-popular Hand Knit Cotton -select colors are now available on sale! And don't forget to check out Amy Butler's Sweet Harmony yarn. A super-chunky 100% merino yarn, Sweet Harmony is ideal for thick, winter accessories and attire. This is just a sampling of all the amazing Rowan yarns now on sale. To see the comprehensive list, vist our Rowan Sale Page!
Rowan Amy Butler Sweet Harmony Yarn
Rowan Amy Butler Sweet Harmony Yarn
Was $16.95
Now $8.45
(50% off!)
Rowan Silk Twist Yarn
Rowan Silk Twist Yarn
Was $13.95
Now $6.48
(53% off!)
Rowan Panama Yarn
Rowan Panama Yarn
Was $9.95
Now $4.95
(50% off!)
Rowan Handknit Cotton Yarn
Rowan Handknit Cotton Yarn
Was $5.95
Now $2.95
(50% off!)
Dena Designs Fabric: 28% Off! We just got a TON of sale fabric in, so when you have a free moment, need some creative inspiration, or want to procrastinate something, be sure to peruse the Fabric Sale pages! One of our new favorites is Dena Designs. The Kumari Garden Collection features hand painted designs inspired by the colors of India. The bright, colorful prints are perfect for quilting, accessories, apparel or home decor projects!
Kumari Garden - Jeevan - Pink
Kumari Garden - Jeevan - Pink
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Kumari Garden - Sacha - Blue
Kumari Garden - Sacha - Blue
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Kumari Garden - Sashi - Ice
Kumari Garden - Sashi - Ice
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Kumari Garden - Tarika - Gem
Kumari Garden - Tarika - Gem
Was $10.50/yd
Now $7.50/yd
(28% off!)
Select Crystal Palace Yarns: 40-50% Off! Whether you need a bulky yarn for that last minute cowl, or some whispery fine mohair to create a lacy shawl, we've got the best of both -or should I say all- worlds on sale from Crystal Palace. Several colors of Kid Merino Print, a colorful and delicate mohair blend are now available, along with the bulky Iceland, a 100% single ply wool available in Print. For those who need something in between the two extremes, check out the Panda Silk DK, a soft, supple bamboo and merino blend with just a touch of silk, and Bamboozle! A yarn with some stretch to it, Bamboozle is a worsted weight, machine washable yarn.
Iceland Print - 7258 Ocean
Iceland Print - 7258 Ocean
Was $12.00
Now $6.00
(50% off!)
Kid Merino Print - 9803 Circus
Kid Merino Print - 9803 Circus
Was $6.20
Now $3.10
(50% off!)
Panda Silk DK - 8115 Purple Dawn
Panda Silk DK - 8115 Purple Dawn
Was $8.40
Now $5.00
(40% off!)
Bamboozle - 7190 Coral Seas
Bamboozle - 7190 Coral Seas
Was $6.60
Now $3.30
(50% off!)
Katia Bossa Nova and Knittin Fever Petals: 40% Off! Bossa Nova is a classic ruffle yarn constructed similarly to the ever-popular Flounce yarn. One ball makes a shorter scarf, while two are plenty for a long, ruffle-riffic neck warmer! Available in several print colorways, this yarn is a great choice for creating perfect fashion accessories to combat the cold winter temperatures. Another ruffle yarn with a little more texture to it is Petals, which features a fine fishnet construction (much like Bossa Nova). With an iridescent band along one edge, Petals results in shorter ruffles than most yarns but just one ball is plenty for a scarf!
Bossa Nova - 74 Fuchsia, Yellow, Aqua, Orange
Bossa Nova - 74 Fuchsia, Yellow, Aqua, Orange
Was $8.95
Now $5.35
(40% off!)
Bossa Nova - 71 Silver, Grey
Bossa Nova - 71 Silver, Grey
Was $8.95
Now $5.35
(40% off!)
Petals - 06 Mint
Petals - 06 Mint
Was $15.00
Now $9.00
(40% off!)
Petals - 10 Royal
Petals - 10 Royal
Was $15.00
Now $9.00
(40% off!)
 
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      Help Support the Victims of Hurricane Sandy  
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So many folks in the crafting community have been coming together to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy and participate in the relief efforts. We've seen so many knitwear designers, yarn companies, and craft mavens organizing the troops to create warm items and collecting donations over the last couple of weeks. As a result, we decided to create a resource guide so you would have just one place to look to find all of your options for giving back! If you are looking for a way to get involved, check out our blog post to peruse a list of designs (like this Winter Wedding design by one of our customers, Diane Edgerly, pictured here. 100% of proceeds are being donated to the Salvation Army!), yarn companies, and bloggers who are leading efforts.
Winter Wedding
Also, we know we may have missed some folks or organizations who should be on this list! If you'd like to add a link to the list, please leave a comment on the post with the link to where people can go for more info. We'd love for this to be a resource guide for all of the efforts the needle-arts and crafting community. Together, we can do our part to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy!
 
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      Projects On Our Needles  
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Shevawn's Cowboy Cowl
Shevawn's Cowboy Cowl
As soon as Shevawn saw the Cowboy Cowl by Pam Powers, she immediately fell in love! She had so much fun knitting it up, and she loves how the shawl drapes over while the cowl keeps her warm and toasty. She says the pattern was indeed worth the price - easy to follow instructions all the way through! If she made this again, however, she would probably go down one needle size since she's pretty pretty short! :) She used Madelinetosh Tosh Merino in Antler!
Terry's Beginner Socks for Women
Terry's Beginner Socks for Women
The Knitting Pure & Simple Sock Pattern 9728 - Beginner Socks for Women pattern is one Terry has adapted to teach in all of her knitting 2 socks on 2 circulars class. In fact, she's knit these socks from this pattern too many times to count since it's the perfect first sock pattern for those wanting to learn or for those wanting a simple and fast knit. She knit these ankle high socks to wear in her hiking boots, but says that they are also great bed or slipper socks (the perfect holiday gift)!
Jeanne's Brooklyn Ruffle Scarf
Jeanne's Brooklyn Ruffle Scarf
As soon as Katia's Brooklyn Yarn came through our doors, Jeanne was immediately fascinated with it. She grabbed a skein and went to Katia's website to watch their video tutorial. After she finished watching the video, she whipped up the scarf in no time! One skein makes one scarf and is a great gift!
Jeanne's Top Down Lightweight Cardigan
Jeanne's Top Down Lightweight Cardigan
Jeanne is a huge fan of Knitting Pure and Simple, so when the Top Down Lightweight Cardigan pattern was released, it immediately caught her eye. She added some lace detail to give it a little punch, as well as multiple small buttons for a little extra pop. Diane's patterns are so fun to use and clear cut that she has knitted quite a few of them and always has fun! She loves this sweater for layering and gets compliments on it every time she wears it!
Terry's Ithcowl
Terry's Ithcowl
Terry has been admiring the Cascade Eco Duo Yarn in the shop for a long time now but couldn't think of what to do with it. It is such an ever so soft, drapey and natural colored yarn. Then came our Secret Santa drawing and she drew Rachel's name. She immediately thought about how she wears shawls and cowls and how much knitters love to receive handknit items. Rachel also wears a lot of natural colors, so this was a perfect choice. Terry then went on Ravelry and found the Ithcowl by New York Minknit with a great explanation on how to make Mistake Rib in the round. It looks far more complicated than it really is!
 
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