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Jimmy Beans Wool October 2005 Newsletter!

In this issue:
  • Required Reading
  • October Kit of the Month!
  • This just in... new yarns from Rowan, Debbie Bliss & more!
  • SALE!! Newly discontinued yarns from Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Muench
  • Reno Classes
  • Looking Ahead...

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Hit the books...

School is back in session and it's got me thinking about (what else?) BOOKS! Here is a (by no means exhaustive) list of some of my favorite books.

Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book, from the editors of Vogue Knitting Magazine - This is a thorough reference guide for beginning knitters and seasoned veterans alike. Techniques, from the most basic to the advanced, are presented alongside an extensive library of stitch patterns with easy-to-follow written instruction and excellent illustrations.

Last-Minute Knitted Gifts, by Joelle Hoverson - Here's a wonderful collection of quickly knit projects (completion times range from several hours to several days). There's something for everyone... patterns for all skill levels and projects for men, women, children and the home, and the presentation is clean and classic. Beautiful!

Felted Knits, by Beverly Galeskas - Felting is a technique that's become very popular of late, and this book is a complete guide for anyone who is interested in trying a felted project. Galeskas presents a variety of projects, but she also gives a rather extensive description of the felting process, so you'll be armed with the information you need if you feel like experimenting on your own.

Scarf Style, by Pam Allen. Sticking to scarves? This may be the book for you. Allen presents 31 knit and crochet designs intended to produce more than your average scarf. So, you can get your feet wet with new techniques, like working with colors, cables and even short rows!

Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, by Erika Knight - This lovely book offers classic designs for baby with a simple elegance that ensures these projects will become treasured heirlooms.

PS... Have a favorite book to recommend? email:

Kit of the month

Every month we feature a new yarn + pattern combination at a special kit-of-the-month discount... 20% off when you purchase the kit!

This month's featured kit is the 'Shaped Cowl Neck Sweater' knit with Delicious, a luxuriously soft synthetic yarn from Trendsetter. (It's like 'Blossom' with sparkle!!)

The pattern is Trendsetter #3122.

This kit will be available at 20% off through the end of the month (sale ends October 31, 2005).


Three signs that summer is over:

  1. the nights are getting colder
  2. the kids are back in school, and
  3. the fall and winter yarns are arriving by the truckload!! (For a while there, we barely had room to walk around the store...)

New yarns from:

  • Rowan
    Two new variations on an old favorite... Introducing Kidsilk Spray and Kidsilk Night, the variagated and a sparkley (respectively) versions of the ever popular Kidsilk Haze.

    Fans of the Rowan Cashsoft line (mmm... machine-washable cashmere blend... what's NOT to love?) will be pleased to see a heavier weight addition to this line. Cashsoft Aran - same great fiber, 14 rich colors!

    We've also received a couple of hip, new yarns similar to Rowan Big Wool. Check out Rowan Spray and Big Wool Fusion.

    Soft is good... and available in three new Merino-blend yarns Soft Baby, Soft Lux and Soft Tweed.

    Finally, don't miss the new colors in Rowan's Big Wool, Biggy Print and Kidsilk Haze lines! Plus, great pattern ideas in the latest additions to the 'Classic' line of pattern books from Rowan:
    Classic Home Classic Winter Classic Woman Classic Weekend
  • Debbie Bliss
    Debbie Bliss has added to her line of machine-washable cashmere blends with a new weight of cashmerino, Cashmerino Chunky and (one of our favorite new fall yarns) Astrakhan, a nicely textured cashmerino in a beautiful array of colors.

  • Muench
    Muench has added some new colors to the ever-popular Touch Me line, and they have just come out with a whole bunch of fun variagated colors in a related line called Touch Me Due.
  • GGH
    if it's interesting textures you're after, check out these new yarns from GGH: Tibet, a super-bulky boucle in a wool+nylon blend, Milano, a worsted-weight ribbon with a shiney Aldente, a bulky wool+microfiber blend that has a nice light lofty texture, Almeria, a thick-n-thin wool blend, and Cappella, a wool+microfiber+acrylic blend with alternating ribbon and furry textures. These yarns (and more of your favorites from GGH) are featured in patterns in the latest issue of Rebecca magazine,

    Plus, new colors of that super-soft synthetic, Amelie!! A great yarn for scarves and sweaters!


We have new sale yarns from Debbie Bliss, Rowan, GGH and Muench... These are yarns have recently been discontinued, so we're dropping our prices! Because these yarns are discontinued, we're limited to stock on hand and once they're gone, they're gone. Please remember: no returns on sale merchandise (but you can't beat the prices!!)

Debbie Bliss Wool Cotton is now in stock and on sale for $5.25 per ball (reg $6.99).

Also, check out Rowan Cork , a bulky yarn with an airy texture in spite of its high wool content (95% extra fine merino, 5% nylon). Sale price is $8.25 per ball (reg $10.95).

GGH has discontinued Gala , a super-soft synthetic (100% polyamide) with a furry texture and a subtle sparkle. On sale now for as low as $8.99 per ball (reg $11.98).

Muench Yarns has discontinued Dynasty , a synthetic multi-colored slub yarn with metallic accent. This is a beautiful yarn with excellent drape. On sale now for $8.25 (reg $10.99).

Shop now for the best selection. Quantities are limited!!

For a comlete listing of sale yarns, visit:


Knitting 101 classes are going on now in the Reno store!

Allison Judge will be teaching Knitting 101, which is designed to take the beginning knitter through the basics: cast on, knit & purl stitches, bind off, increasing & decreasing, sweater assembly.... everything you need to know to follow simple sweater pattern!
This class is perfect for the beginner knitter or for those of you who are ready to try your first larger project.
So, if you're tired of knitting scarf after scarf and looking to try something new, Knitting 101 is for you!

Daytime and evening classes available:

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, September 14-October 5
Thurday mornings, 10:00am-12:00pm, September 15-October 6

Classes are $60 for the four-week series, and we ask for a 50% ($30) non-refundable deposit to reserve your space.

Call 775-827-YARN (775-827-9276)for more information or stop by the Reno store to reserve your space today. As always space is limited!

Can't make this class series? Don't despair, there will be more classes beginning at the conclusion of this session... watch this space for details!!

Drop-ins welcome! Need just a little extra help with your project? Looking to brush up on some of the basics? Allison is happy to accommodate drop-in students during any regularly scheduled class. $20 drop-in fee applies.


Coming soon:Fequent Buyer Discounts! The Frequent Buyer Discount will be linked to your user account... Buy more and SAVE!

Still haven't set up your user account? Visit our store, or click here to do it now!

Also, watch for our upcoming Design Contest! Win fame and fabulous prizes with your original knit or crochet designs... watch our website for details!

Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!

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