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Jimmy Beans Wool March 2006 Newsletter!

In this issue:

  • Free Shipping On Orders Over $75 through April 2006
  • Focus on: To Felt or Not to Felt?
  • March Kit of the Month: Anny Blatt Angora Scarf Kit!
  • This just in... Gedifra Summer Yarns!
  • SALE!! Discounts on Debbie Bliss, Nature Cotton, Rowan, GGH, Muench...
  • Looking Ahead... Lantern Moon Circulars, Tahki Cotton Classic and New Rowan Yarns

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Free Shipping On Orders Over $75 through April 2006

Yep, you read it right... now you don't even have to pay the paltry $4 shipping that we've been charging. And it won't be difficult to fill your cart up with $75 worth of goodies, especially considering how many great yarns we have these days! From now until the end of April, 2006, we are offering free shipping within the United States for ALL orders over $75! If you are shipping internationally, we will deduct the regular $4 shipping price off of your orders over $75. All orders under $75 will still have our standard $4 U.S. shipping costs applied.


Bored with Scarves and Hats? Me too. In the stores lately, i've been watching people buy up all of the felting books that we have & i honestly thought they were crazy. In fact, more than a few people have heard me say "um, i can barely finish a normal sized project, much less knit something twice the size that i need to!" Well, my tune has changed - & so might yours after reading this!

It all started a couple of weeks ago when i got it in my head that i was going to knit one of these felted bags that everyone was talking about. After looking at some of our books, i settled on the bag that Bev featured on the cover of her book Felted Knits . Now, if you know me at all, then you know that once i get an idea in my head, it becomes the most important thing in the world and i've got to do something about it IMMEDIATELY! So, i recruited hannah & off we went in search of the perfect yarn.

We settled on rusty color of Tahki Bunny Print and a similar color in their Star yarn to give it a little sparkle. Seems like a good idea, huh? Well, hannah and i thought so! In our hurried excitement, however, what we didn't notice is that the Bunny Print is 25% Acrylic (i'm foreshadowing here). So, i knit and i knit... i even sat through 2 Indiana Jones movies, because i just couldn't stop and i couldn't wait to put this thing in the washing machine! And i finished just after Indie was safe again - and ran to the washing machine - in anticipation of watching magic happen. Can you guess what happened? Yeah, well... not much. i pulled my 'bag' out and viola! My bag looked basically the same, only as if it were 100 years old!!

Felted Knits Bunny Print Star In Process

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 Anny Blatt Angora and Ribbon Scarf Kit regularly $35.90 (which was a great deal to start with)... on sale for $28.72!! This kit comes with 1 ball of Angora Super and 1 spool of the Victoria Ribbon - in colors dyed to match. There are a ton of colors, so you might want to stock up... especially at this price! Remember, though, that quantities are limited to stock on hand - and we might sell out before we're able to remove certain colors from the site - so please don't get mad at us :(

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


As I type this, the snow and wind are circling my house - and the temperature is a mere 27 degrees. Ah, Spring is in the air! Ha ha. Even though i don't feel like looking at or touching anything other than the warmest cashmere, i know that it's time to start thinking about summer. And i guess Gedifra knows that too, because we just got a huge shipment of their newest yarns! The timing couldn't have been better.

I must admit that i don't always love the new Gedifra books that come out each season - sometimes they're just a little too wild for my modest taste. The new book, however, is now a favorite of mine! I love the colors that they've introduced this year, as well as the classic designs, with just a bit of excitement looming around the edges. I hope you'll feel the same.

The first of the new summer yarns from Gedifra is called Fiocco Oro. It's kinda a funky yarn - with a cool, gauzy feel and look to it - as well as a bit of metallic to spice things up. What i like is that the metallic isn't overpowering... when you wear something made out Fiocco Oro, it doesn't mean you have to go Las Vegas for the weekend -- it just means that you want to sparkle a little... The sweater on the cover of the new book is made using Fiocco Oro - and we're working to add a few more kits to the website, so that you can see how this yarn knits up.

The second new Gedifra yarn for Summer is called Tiago. Another beautiful silk blend that is supported by tons of innovative patterns. We have 7 colors of the Tiago, which is also a great price for the yardage.

And, as usual, we've been working on putting some kits together for you. Below you can see some sweaters made using the Fiocco Oro, the Tiago, and even the California and California Like from last year!


With all of the internet companies out there, how can you tell who to trust and who you should order from? We are working on making sure that you feel more comfortable doing business with us.

We have listed some of the comments we receive from customers on our customer testimonials page. Take a look and see what other customer's experiences have been like!

We have been members of the Better Business Bureau since 2004. We are also a member of their BBBOnline Reliability Program specifically centered around internet business. We have never had a complaint registered with the Better Business Bureau - which shows our dedication to making 100% of our customers happy 100% of the time!
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We use DigiCert for our secure encryption requirements when you submit any type of sensitive information. Our SSL certificate is an "Extended Validation" certificate which has the most rigorous business verification requirements before allowing us to use this SSL certificate. You are assured it is working because the following seal appears and the address bar of your browser is green (or depending on the type of browser your are using just the SSL certificate information may be green.) We are fully registered with DigiCert. DigiCert was one of the original SSL providers and provides SSL certificates for sites such as and many more websites. You can check the validity of our account and business at DigiCert by clicking on this DigiCert logo:
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We encourage you to check out the above programs! It is always difficult to make sure your online purchases are with a reputable company, and our participation in both BBB and DigiCert programs are the way we have chosen to show you what kind of company we really are! We encourage you to always check out your online vendors before making purchases. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments by phone or emailing us at

Another way that we feel like we can do that is to introduce you to all of the people that are involved in getting our yarn to your doorstep. So, take a moment and check out Team Jimmy Beans! We also have a page on the site that tells a bit about the naming of our company: Jimmy Beans Wool

Each month, we'll showcase one of our employees, so that you can get to know our team a little better.

Employee of the Month :: Allison
Our store manager Allison almost needs no introduction. An accomplished spinner, weaver, knitter, hand-dyer... oh the list goes on. She's been published in multiple trade magazines (including Interweave and Spin-Off) & received a designer award from TKGA. There's no doubt that she's a local knitting celebrity -- so make sure to ask for her the next time you're in Reno. Without Allison, Jimmy Beans Wool just wouldn't be the store that it is. With us since we opened the Reno location, she has not only managed the store, but taught classes, vacuumed the floor and helped keep a smile on all of our faces.

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!!! SALE !!!

We just received 1,000 bags of discontinued yarns from Tahki Stacy Charles. Poor,poor Jerome! Not only were these yarns a great deal, but they were some of our top sellers last year. I have yet to meet a person who has knit with the New Tweed & didn't love it... In fact, most people can't just knit 1 project out of the New Tweed! Here's a list of what we just received:

New Tweed Hopla New Tweed Hopla New Tweed

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

For a complete listing of sale yarns, visit our sale page.


We've got a bunch of classes going on now in the Reno & Truckee stores.

Knitting 101
This class 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!

Reno K101: Thursdays with Hannah - February 9th - March 2nd (10:00am - noon)
Reno K101: Thursday evenings with Hannah - February 9th - March 2nd (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Truckee K101: Tuesday Evenings - April 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

Knitting 102/Project Class
This is the perfect class for knitters looking to expand their skills or complete a project!

Reno K102: Tuesdays - February 7th - February 28th (10:00am - noon)
Reno K102: Tuesday evenings - February 7th - February 28th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
Truckee K102: Wednesday Evenings - April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

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

Private Lessons
Don't have time to make 4 classes? Prefer to have 1-on-1 help? We are now offering private lessons in both of our stores. For $20/hour, you will get undivided attention and help with anything that you need (including learning to knit)! Just give us a call to schedule a lesson.

Call the Reno Store 775-827-YARN or Truckee Store 530-582-9530 for more information or stop by to reserve your space today. As always space is limited!

There will be more classes beginning at the conclusion of the current sessions... check the website by clicking here for up-to-the-minute details!!


Next month you can look forward to reading more about a few of the other new yarns available through Jimmy Beans Wool: Berroco , Manos Del Uruguay , Hannah Silk, Tahki Stacy Charles, Tiboodoo and more...

Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!

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