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March 2008 Newsletter!

In this issue:

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Backing Out Stitches

Once again, we've decided to present you with an instructional video that's accompanied by a bit of text... Right before Jeanne, Sandy, and I started to film, we received a request from a Live Chat customer: "can you show me how to back out a stitch?" Of course! We love sharing our [limited] knitting knowledge with you guys.

So, while you can see here that we ended up adding a ton of new product videos: Noro, Debbie Bliss, Knitting at Knoon, etc... the one that I want to call attention to here is the "How to Back Out Stitches" Video.

  1. To back out a stitch, you want to put the tip of your needle A (in my right hand) into the hole / stitch below the one on needle B (in my left hand).

  2. With needle A in that hole, pull the stitch completely off of needle B.

  3. Give the working yarn a little tug, separating it from the stitch that you just pulled off.

  4. The stitch that was previously on needle B is now on needle A and has been un-knit.

  5. Continue repeating the steps above for as many stitches as you need to un-knit.

  6. Note: if you only un-knit a few stitches, you'll notice that the working yarn is connected to a stitch on the left needle... it's not really in the right spot to start knitting. Flip your work over and the yarn will be on your right needle... primed and ready for Purling. (Forgive me for not mentioning that on the video. Can I use the fact that I was 7 months pregnant as an excuse?? Please?)

Have fun and let us know if you have any questions.

P.S. If you have a few minutes, check out the new Knitting at Knoon Videos. You'll get to see the Safari Friends, Prehistoric Pals and Snobuddys in action! (Ok, maybe you'll just see Jeanne in action... playing with her new friends, pals, and buddys... but it's still fun to watch.)

Kit of the Month

Every month we feature a new yarn + pattern combination at a special kit-of-the-month discount... This month's kit is the super luxurious Esprit Chemo Cap Kit by GGH/Muench.

Esprit Chemo Cap

Normally $9.35
On Sale for $2. Yes, $2!!
(That's a savings of 78%)

We have 6 colors left of this discontinued, yet incredibly luxurious yarn. At this price, you won't be able to resist grabbing just 1 ball or stocking up and buying 10-20 balls! Our very own Sandy wrote the FREE pattern for the hat shown. Because the Esprit is Nylon and so incredibly soft, we suggest it for those with allergies and/or sensitive skin. In fact, the inspiration for this kit and pattern came directly from Muench/GGH (you know, the makers of our favorite yarns Big Baby, Family, and Touch Me).

The hope was that, if offered at a good enough price, you guys would add at least 1 ball to your order and then knit up a hat for charity (we suggest your local hospital)... Can you imagine how many hats we could donate if everyone spent an evening knitting one? That said, if you're up for a knitting one (or a few) but don't know where to donate it, mail it back to us and we'll take care of the rest :)

Get 5% Back on Your Purchases!

Guess What?! We've added one more reason to shop with JBW:
5% Back thru Jimmy Beans Bucks!!

As a thank you to our valued customers (that's you!), we've started a new program that rewards you with FREE YARN. Beginning April 1st, all of our account-holding customers will receive a quarterly 5% reward PLUS a Free U.S. Flat Rate Shipping coupon. Each reward is based on eligible purchases during the quarter and is calculated automatically (talk about easy!)... We'll send you an email around the 1st with your total reward amount and the reward will show up in your account the next time you log onto the website.

Thousands of your fiber friends are earning Bucks towards free yarn... shouldn't you be too?

You can read more about this AMAZING Jimmy Beans Bucks Reward program at!

Buddy Loves Rewards!

Buddy loves rewards -- especially the reward of eating a homemade peanut butter biscuit!

Free Pattern: Kristen's Basic Neckie

Basic Neckie Pattern Kristen's Basic Neckie Pattern

(Kristen and Wallace model their neckies)

This free neckie pattern comes to us from Kristen Ashbaugh of Marinade Designs. Like a few of our other employees, Kristen is working on a pattern line of her own. Since the cowl/neckie is one of her all time favorite designs, she wanted to share her pattern with all of you!

In Kristen's own words: "If you are anything like me and find long scarves kind of annoying because you are always adjusting them, try this recipe for a cozy and cute Neckie! Say goodbye to scarves and embrace these hip little warmers perfect for icy winter days and staying warm on the ski slopes. They are also perfect for transitioning into spring with lighter layers."

March Madness: NCAA Team Beanie Kits

Ashley's UNR Set

It's March Madness!! Are you following the teams this season? If so (or if you know someone that is), you might be inclined to knit one of these NCAA Team Beanies. Ashley has painstakenly gone through and picked Cascade 220 colors that match team colors in the NCAA. We've divided all of the kits into conferences (ACC is my favorite - how about you?) so that it's easier to find your team. Have fun!

Fun Stuff Coming Soon... (in just a few days!)

JBW in the News: Look for our Ad!

We have a new ad campaign! Keep an eye out for the following ad in the Spring/Summer issues of many of the popular magazines: Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits, Verena, Living Crafts, and Knit n Style. And let us know what you think of the ad... obviously, the goal was to convey the message that although we might not be a quick car ride away, we're still trying hard to be one of your Local Yarn Stores (notice that I said "one of your"... we never want you to stop shopping at the shop that IS a car ride away!).

LYS Ad Campaign

This month, you'll also see a review of the Grayson E Beaded Handles in Knit n Style...

And you'll see our Breast Cancer Scarf Kit featured in Vogue Knitting. (Speaking of the Breast Cancer Scarf, did you know that we have put together kits to support those with Heart Disease, Leukemia, Ovarian Cancer, and Alzheimer's)? Just like with the Breast Cancer Scarf, we're donating $5 per scarf sold to a charity working to end these diseases. We're working on getting samples knit up, but just have photos of the actual yarns for now. Also, if you order one of these scarves, please note that the pattern you receive will show the breast cancer scarf... the directions are the same for each of the support scarves below!

Alzheimers Support Scarf
Alzheimer's Support Scarf
Heart Disease Support Scarf
Heart Disease Support Scarf
Leukemia Support Scarf
Leukemia Support Scarf
Ovarian Cancer Support Scarf
Ovarian Cancer Support Scarf

Projects on our Needles

Even if i'm not working at the computer, my fingers are still going... they're just knitting instead. Same with the wonderful girls in the store! Below is a sampling of what we've gotten accomplished lately (on the knitting front, that is).

brickwork scarf
Jeanne's Brickwork Scarf

Jeanne had this beauty knit up in no time! Beautiful Noro Silk Garden in sock weight yarn - perfect for socks and for many other projects too as Jeanne has shown us. (Of course, she's really going crazy now that she knows we're also getting the Kureyon Sock!)

Victorias Cable Oversized Vest
Victoria's Cable Oversized Vest

I love this top - cute and easy to knit up. I have changed it only so that I can knit it in the round (why seam when I don't have to?). The Lana Grossa Cento yarn is a wool/acrylic blend which is soft and a quick knit with 13 stitch over 4 inches! I have cold weather projects going and hot weather projects going....every weather angle covered - which we need here in Reno!

Victoria's Vixen Camisole
Victoria's Vixen Camisole

I love this sexy little camisole top! In the book, the designer has used a fine merino wool, but here in Reno the summer temperatures can get hot so I decided to use a cool South West Trading Company bamboo yarn. My top looks narrow right now, but the pattern says to drop one stitch in each repeat once I have knit the length so that will make it wider across the chest - although I do want a snug fit!

Baby Zs Coralis Socks
Baby Z's Coralis Socks

I love this Cat Bordhi New Pathways for Sock Knitters book - and what better way to learn some of Cat's techniques (and use up some Artyarns Supermerino from my stash) than to knit a pair of baby socks! Each sock only took an evening - and was a blast to knit.

Jeanne's Flower Child
Jeanne's Flower Child

Almost Finished! I (Jeanne) just had to cast on the Norah Gaughan Flower Child cover photo from Vol. 4 and decided to substitute the Classic Elite Soft Linen color Inca, 2250. I may do it for my daughter using the new Rowan Lenpur Linen in the Incense, or Creek. The gauge worked perfectly and I have already finished the first back section. This pattern is a simple knit with an amazing result. I used US 4 and 6 needles.

Baby Z's Intarsia Stroller Blanket
Baby Z's Intarsia Stroller Blanket

Well, I thought I was done with this blanket, but apparently there are 2 sides to it!! Using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in browns and blues, I had the entire front done and was daydreaming about what to do with the leftover yarn when i happened to glance again at the pattern. AHHH!! I never noticed that there were directions for the FRONT and for the BACK. Sigh. Guess i'm only 1/2 way done - it's a good thing i love this yarn so much. Also, i'm getting the gauge called for, but am needing 2 balls of each color instead of 1. (of course, i'm only a few rows short - haha).

Classes in the Reno Shop

We've had multiple requests daily for more knitting classes. So, here is our latest class schedule! Visit the website for additional information - costs, materials required, instructor names, etc. (And don't forget about weekly drop-in classes with Allison.) For further information, call the reno store at (775) 827-YARN (9276) or (877)JBW-KNIT (529-5648).

Thanks for reading and Happy Knitting!

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