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Jimmy Beans Wool July 2006 Newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Focus on: Creating an I-Cord
  • Free Pattern: Hannah's Crocheted Cotton Chenille Ruffle Scarf
  • July Kit of the Month: RYC Natural Silk Aran Maggie
  • 2 Year Reno Anniversary Sale - 20% OFF ALL KARABELLA
  • Just in - New (and old) Cascade Yarns
  • Coming Soon - Knit Lite Needles
  • JBW in the News

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

Creating an I-Cord

I-Cords are often created as the handles of bags, or as decorative trim. Although seemingly confusing at first, they are actually quite simple to create... and are also speedy.

You'll need 2 double pointed needles. Your pattern should specify the size.

Cast on the number of stitches instructed by your pattern. For our example, we'll cast on 4 stitches. Here's the concept: you are always going to knit the same stitch first... and the same stitch last. After you knit the 4 stitches, you move them to the opposite end of the dpn and then knit them again in the same order. But let's take it one step at a time:

1. Cast 4 stitches onto one of the double pointed needles (dpn).

2. Using the other dpn, knit those 4 stitches.

3. Slip those 4 stitches to the opposite end of the needle you just used.

4. Using the other needle & the yarn attached to the last stitch, knit the 4 stitches.

5. Repeat the above 2 steps until you achieve the desired length. Bind off.

You can find larger pictures and more information on the I-Cord article on our website.

Free Pattern - Hannah's Crocheted Chenille Spring Ruffle Scarf

This month, we've decided to add the directions for a Summery Crocheted Ruffle Scarf to our catalog of complimentary patterns. To create the set as shown, you'll need 2 hanks of Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille Yarn (now in variegated colors also!) - a classic cotton chenille that wears well, knits well, and looks great!. Use a 3rd hank if you want a slightly longer scarf. This is a great project for those who want to try crocheting, but are nervous about making something that needs to actually fit. Check it out - and let us know what you think!


Kit of the month

Every month we feature a new yarn + pattern combination at a special kit-of-the-month discount...

This month's featured kit is the RYC Natural Silk Aran Maggie regularly $85.50 ... on sale for as low as $68.40!! This fashionable empire line, cap sleeve cardigan has a diamond cable on the body & is a treat to knit.

This kit will be available at the sale price through the end of the month (sale ends July 31, 2006).

2 Year Reno Anniversary Sale :: 20% OFF ALL KARABELLA THIS MONTH

Ok, is it just me, or are other people as astounded as I am at how quickly time passes by? It seems that the older i get, the faster time moves... AHHHH!!! Maybe this is just a phenomenon that the physicists have yet to discover? As such, it's been 2 years since we opened our Reno store - and it feels like I was just prepping & painting the walls 2 days ago! As a thanks for your patronage, we're offering all of our Karabella stock at 20% off. We encourage you to use this discount as an incentive to try a few new yarns & there are project ideas posted to the left of each yarn page on the website.

A sampling of the yarns on sale:

Aurora 4, 8, and Bulky
This ultra premium superwash yarn series (in 3 different yarn weights) is from a highly respected Italian Mill that has been in operation for over 120 years and is favored by these designers for its rich texture and quality craftmanship. Great for people who like to get things dirty (like babies and college students).

Usually $8.50 a ball On Sale for $6.80

Machine Washable! Super soft dk weight cashmere blend. Boise is Karabella's AMAZING machine washable Cashmere and Merino Blend. It's a DK weight, so there are always tons of patterns you can use for it. Because it's such high quality, your garment will last forever and resists pilling.

Usually $25.00 a ball On Sale for $20.00

Margrite & Margrite Bulky
A wonderfully soft cashmere blend in great colors.

Usually $13.95 a ball Margrite Shawl On Sale for $11.16

Light as air, sparkles like diamonds. Use 2 to make an incredible shawl.

Usually $25.00 a ball Margrite Shawl On Sale for $20.00

Sale prices are limited to stock on hand. We try to ensure that the inventory numbers are correct on our website, but sometimes we do make mistakes (I know, it's hard to believe). If the inventory numbers look low, you might want to write an alternate color in the comments box when you check out.


Laura B
Employee of the Month :: Laura B

We call her the 'other Laura', but she really is a Laura of her own. Our little college hippie, Laura is an amazing knitter and really keeps things moving on the weekends. She's currently working on a crocheted blanket using Rowan Cashsoft DK in green and I am so envious - it's gorgeous! Crowned valedictorian of her high school, she's definitely the smart one of the bunch :). And, if you've ever ordered from us on a Saturday - only to receive your yarn on Monday, you've got Laura to thank...

Just Arrived :: Cascade Yarns!

Cascade 220 Superwash:: If you love Cascade 220, you may have wished for the same yarn in a Superwash--Here it is! Truly machine-wash, machine-dry, 220 yards of the softest Peruvian Highland wool for all your "washable" projects: Baby Blankets, every-day clothes, tough wearing kids' clothes, and incredible for afghans. A full, and growing, color spectrum will answer all your needs in worsted weight, 5stitches to the inch. $9.80

Pastaza:: This yarn is 50% llama, 50% wool, self-haloing for your felted projects, particularly purses and hats where a little halo of color softens the look. Wonderfully soft for garments, especially cuddly sweaters and warm caps at 4 stitches to the inch, 132 yards. $8.50


Eco Wool:: This is an incredible natural wool, undyed! The colors are just as they come from the sheep. Soft and wearable, this wool lends itself to either garments or felting, in solids or marled colors. 4 stitches to the inch. An amazing yarn in big, generous skeins of 478 yards at an unbelievably low price. What a value! $15.00

Eco Wool

Baby Alpaca Chunky::you won't believe the softness of this new yarn from Cascade: 108 yards of pure luxury. No scratchiness here!! Knit this at 3.5 stitches to the inch, perfect for those who cannot tolerate an itchy sweater. Think snuggly and warm for garments, hats, mittens, and baby jackets. Wrap yourself in luscious warmth! $12.50

Baby Alpaca

Coming Soon - Clover Knit Lite Needles

For a mere $15.95, you can now knit in the dark. We'll all seen (or have) those clever little reading lamps that attach to the headboard, allowing you to read at night while the SO is sleeping a few inches away. Well, we all know that knitters are just as smart as readers - and this nifty invention proves it! With a light built into the tip of the needle (and batteries in the shaft), each stitch is lit up while you knit it. Just don't let the kids in your family think these are light-sabers!! In sizes 6-15 (except for 7) and 13" long, the complete set makes a wonderful gift. Check out Knit Lite Needles!

Knit Lite

Jimmy Beans Wool :: In The News!

This past May, we received an email from one of our favorite pattern designers, Knitting at Knoon. Seems that a writer from The Dominion Post in New Zealand developed an interest in K@K's Ted pattern, included it in one of her newspaper features, and listed our website as the best place to purchase good old Teddie!

As you can imagine, it is very exciting for us to see the Jimmy Beans Wool name in print, so we thought we would share that article (as well as a few others) with you! Some of the articles are only about us, and some simply mention us in the article. We're constantly adding new (and old) articles to this News Articles Page, so make sure to check back often!!

Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!

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