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            Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletter!            

Hi everyone!
It looks like the snow has finally stopped falling here in truckee - we had a great weekend of skiing a few days ago, but it's all starting to melt again!!

Guess it's time to start knitting some summer items...

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We're having a sock class on April 19th from 10am-4pm.

There is a bit of homework for the class, so it's important that you let me know if you'd like to attend. Diane Soucy of Knitting Pure and Simple will be teaching the class and providing invaluable instruction. If you can't make it to the retreat, i'd highly suggest taking this class - it's a perfect class for those that have been knitting scarves and hats, but want to try something different. the class is $50 for the whole day. Tell me that you read this mail when you sign up and I'll buy you lunch... !!!

p.s. we're also having a color/fairisle workshop on May 3 (that's my dad's birthday!) -- here's the description: Students in this class will learn how to put a little spice into their knitting! Beginning with a simple hat, we will learn Fair Isle and Bohus knitting. If time and knitter experience allows, we will explore intarsia knitting. You will learn how to follow charts with ease, select yarn, and finish garments with colorwork.

I've gotten a ton of great new summer yarns from Tahki , Rowan , Anny Blatt , Debbie Bliss , Online , Muench , Trendsetter and more! One of the most exciting "new" yarns, is a shipment i got yesterday from Muench of 30 bags of Tessin - it was on backorder for 4 months, but was one of my best selling yarns for kids last summer. it's a heavy worsted weight, washable wool, cotton, acrylic blend, great fun colors - 100m for $8.95!!! it looks great with diane's top down sweater pattern for kids and knits up quickly!!
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Stop in and see what else we have!

Doug (my husband) and I (ok, it was mostly doug) have been working very hard on making the website more appealing and user friendly... please take a look and let us know what you think... We're still working on getting all the images up on the site, so please be patient if every product does not have a picture yet! Click here to see our online store!

**** Type the words "APRIL SHOWERS" in the coupon code box while ordering and i'll give you 10% off of your entire order during this whole month! remember, shipping is always $4 - no matter how much yarn you buy!!

:: a tank top done on circular needles up to the armholes - using Tahki Capri a 100% Cotton tape that knits up bulky and quickly!! they have great variegated colors, so i just used 1 ball of each color and created some interesting and beautiful stripes... this is currently my favorite yarn - it is sooo soft and nice to knit with. The pattern is from my new favorite book - The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits

:: a purse/bag out of Rowan Biggy Print and Big Wool the bag is done with a red/pink multi color and the straps and trim are done with the matching pink. it's so cute and quick (size 15 and 19 needles) that you'll want to make one for everyone!

:: a tank top done on circular needles up to the armholes (i always convert tank top patterns - ask me how!) - using Plymouth Eros . i'm using the gold color and it's starting to look like a rain shower of jewels.. (can you imagine that?)

:: wine bottle holders - i'm using a great furry fun yarn called micro-chic that knits up quickly on 10.5 needles - i've already made one holder and given it as a present. the friend that i gave it to loved it and wants me to knit her 3 more, so that she can use them for blind tasting parties (she lives in sonoma)!!!

:: another tank top from the Yarn Girls book using Turino Silk - 100% Silk that comes in gorgeous colors. I'm using the off-white... (everyone knows how boring my color choices are...)

:: a scarf using 1 strand of Mutine - a slightly furry summer weight yarn - and 1 strand of Binario - Trendsetter's version of Eros (a railroad track yarn). I choose a lemony yellow Mutine and a Binario with LOTS OF COLOR. you should see it - it has "Springtime" written all over it....

:: yet another tank, but this time i allowed my creative side to shine through. i'm working on the front first (no circular needles for this one) and am creating diagonal stripes. here's my stripe pattern:
    :: sage green Mutine (the fun summer yarn i am also using for a scarf)
    :: multi-colored ribbon from Anny Blatt - in greens and purples. you would never expect shiny ribbon to knit up so nicely...
    :: sage green Mutine
    :: 1 strand sage green Mutine and 1 strand gold Eros (the railroad track yarn)
    :: sage green Mutine
    :: 1 strand sage green Mutine and 1 strand green and blue Charm - a novelty yarn from Trendsetter that has little strips of chenille in it... this section is my favorite!!!

:: felted clogs. ok, i finished the first one back in october, but just can't seem to get the needles out to do the 2nd one...

:: and, last but not least, a pair of incredible socks for my wonderful husband!! i'm using lorna's laces worsted weight superwash wool yarn . i already have a few pair of socks for myself from this yarn and it is wonderful. the colors are fun to knit up and the yarn is nice and soft... but long lasting. i'm knitting both of his socks at the same time - on 2 circular needles. i usually have them at the shop, so let me know if you'd like to see how i'm doing it!

... and what do i have my eye on???
:: a knitted rug for my new 2nd room - now that the coffee cart is gone, i have a lot more room!!
:: a set of placemats to match my wine holders!!
:: a throw for my couch
:: a PAIR of socks with that Regia Sport Weight yarn - yarn that creates fairisle AND knits faster than 8/inch!

Just who is this Jimmy Bean???
It's me - Laura - I'll explain more in the next newsletter......

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