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Jimmy Beans Wool Newsletters

June 2010 Newsletter

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       Spit Splicing  
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Spit (yes, Spit!) Splicing

Despite the gross name (and the fact that you rely on spit... or water), this is a nice invisible join that works well for most untreated natural fibers. Some yarns like superwash don't work well for this kind of join, but any regular wool or wool and alpaca blend will work well. If nothing else, it's just something fun to show the kids... your "cool" factor is bound to increase a bit when your 11 year old sees you spitting on yarn!

1. Take the two ends of yarn and open some of the plies up at the tail ends.

2. Overlap the the two yarns ends together, so that one lays over the other in an opposite fashion. Then using either spit or water, take the ends that you have put together and roll or rub them. The end result is sort of like felting them together.

3. The fibers will join - it might look a little thick and thin at first, but once you have knit with that join and then washed it, you won't be able to see the join at all!

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      Kit of the Month :: Save 20%  
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Lana Grossa DesignerWood Starter Set

The Lana Grossa needles have arrived and are even more gorgeous than we had expected. Our inventory now includes the Rainbow-inspired DesignerWood series in Circulars (24", 32", 40"), Crochet Hooks, and Double Crochet Hooks, plus the Chrome Circulars.

I'm using the F/G (4.0-4.5mm) double crochet hook right now... yep, I'm crocheting another hat for Huck and since I didn't know which size hook i'd need, I thought it was easier to buy 1 hook that has 2 different sizes!:)

Lana Grossa DesignerWood Circular Needle Starter Set
Lana Grossa DesignerWood Circular Needle Starter Set
US Sizes 6, 7, 8
Was $40.50
Now from $32.40
(Save 20%!)

Talk about beautiful needles!! These Lana Grossa Designer Wood circular needles are picture perfect - and full of color. You really have to see them (and knit with them) to believe them.

In addition to being the most beautiful needle we carry, they are lightweight and comfortable to work with. They are easy on the joints which minimizes fatigue. And the extremely flexible wire ensures a smooth transition so that your stitches will slide along easily!

We've put the 3 most popular sizes together in 2 different length starter sets: 24 inch and 32 inch... This is a great way to join all of us at JBW who love these needles... and to give them a try! (p.s. my favorite part about these is the pointy tip...)

p.p.s. Wool Watcher Alert: Watch for a few pairs of these new hooks and needles on the Wool Watcher on Friday, June 25th...(just not size 6, 7 or 8!)
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      Just In: Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy  
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Terry was ecstatic when the Hempathy yarn from Elsebeth Lavold arrived. She loves having yet another natural fiber possibility available here in the shop! While hemp is not generally known for its soft texture, the Hempathy is a 41% cotton, 34% hemp and 25% Modal blend that has a nice enough hand to begin with and only gets softer and more comfortable the more it's worn -just like your favorite pair of jeans! If your curious what Modal is (I know I was), it is a synthetic fiber similar to rayon and adds extra durability and snugglyness to the cotton and hemp. With such a dynamic combination of fibers Hempathy drapes beautifully and makes for a long lasting garment. This yarn comes in a spectrum of vibrantly boisterous colors and softer, more natural hues that are perfect for summer tanks and shells as well as light scarves and casual shawls...and a few of our fav projects from the book are below... enjoy!

Wool Watcher Alert: On Saturday June 26th, a few people will get the chance to try out this yarn at a terrific price. If you happen to be one of the lucky ones, please make sure to let us know how you like the yarn!

Elsebeth Lavold Designer's Choice Books - Book 14: Dreamweaver
Book 14:

Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy Yarn

154 yds
Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy Dilga
Dilga Sweater
From $49.00
Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy Yara
Yara Wrap
From $56.00
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      What's New? New Yarns, Colors, and Photos  
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We've got a few new yarns, colors, and things to update you on... we hope you find the update helpful!

Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted Yarn
Lorna's Laces
All New Photos!
Whew. We've finally done it... we've rephotographed [almost] all of the Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted and Shepherd Sock colors. Please take a look and let us know what you think! (Zombie BBQ in Shepherd Worsted is shown to the left.)

P.S. We also rephotographed all of the colors of the Tosh DK and Tosh Sock and will be getting more colors of the DK soon.
Berroco Ultra Alpaca Yarn
Berroco Ultra Alpaca
All Colors!
As of last week, we finally have ALL of the colors of Berroco's Ultra Alpaca in stock. We've also picked up the Ultra Alpaca Fine and the new colors of Ultra Alpaca Light. If you need Ultra Alpaca, you know where to find it!

We have also received the new Fall Berroco yarns and colors (except Remix), but are still waiting on the pattern books. As soon as those arrive, we'll put a section in the newsletter.
Chris de Longpre Timeless Knits for Kids
Timeless Knits for Kids
Here's a new book from Knitting at Knoon designer Chris de Longpre (remember Safari Friends?!)! This book has 12 fresh, new classics for boys and girls from the end of toddlerhood through late childhood, enhanced by pop-off-the-page photography and a wonderful chapter with secrets for successful fit. And we have 24 autographed copies in stock, so make sure to get yours today.

Wool Watcher Alert: 2 copies will be on the Wool Watcher on Saturday, June 26th. Keep your computers on and your eyes on the WW puppy! A couple of lucky people will get a great deal on this new book.
Misti Alpaca Pima Silk Hand Paint Yarn
Misti Alpaca Pima Silk Hand Paint
This yarn has just arrived and is as incredibly soft as it sounds... This Pima Cotton/Silk Hand Paint yarn is a soft, DK weight yarn of high quality Peruvian Pima Cotton blended with silk. Misti Alpaca designed each of the colorways in their Arequipa, Peru hand paint studio...a studio that I hope to visit in the near future - and hope that you'll be able too as well (but more on that later!).
Brown Sheep Legacy Lace Yarn
Brown Sheep Legacy Lace
New Brown Sheep Yarn! Legacy Lace is 75 percent Washable Wool, 25 percent Nylon yarn and comes in 5 beautiful solid colors. It's perfect for shawls and lace work... and is a great deal - 1500 yds for $23.50.
Sublime Books - 613 - Children's Double Knitting Book
Sublime Books - No. 613
Have you seen these Sublime books yet? They just arrived to us a few days ago and all I can say is "WOW." The photography is stunning and the designs are just my style: simple but interesting. In addition to a few of their most popular books, we've also received a number of colors of their bestselling yarns: Baby Cashmere Merino Silk Dk and Cashmere Merino Silk Dk.

Wool Watcher Alert: Keep your eye on the Wool Watcher on Friday June 25th for a few samples of the machine washable Baby yarn. We hope that once you try this yarn, you'll fall in love!
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      Sale Update - 30-50% Off Disc Lorna's Laces, Berroco, Rowan, Regia, and More!  
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Debbie Bliss and Lorna's

Save 30-50% on these Luxury Yarns from Lorna's Laces and Debbie Bliss. Yes, I know that we've had the Pure Silk DK before (this time last year, if I recall correctly), but the response to that yarn was so incredible, we decided to take Debbie Bliss up on the opportunity to help clear off her shelves. We've got a terrific variety of colors and it will stay on sale (at 50% off) until it's gone. The Rialto DK and Fez are current yarns of ours that we're just trying to thin out... they will only be on sale for 1-2 weeks.

Lorna's Laces Dove Yarn
Lorna's Laces Dove
Was $17.50
Now $12.25
(30% off!)
Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Dk Yarn
Debbie Bliss Pure Silk Dk
Was $15.00
Now $7.50
(50% off!)
Debbie Bliss Rialto Dk Yarn
Debbie Bliss Rialto Dk
Was $8.95
Now $6.70
(25% off!)
Debbie Bliss Fez Yarn
Debbie Bliss Fez
Was $8.95
Now $6.71
(25% off!)

Save up to $62.50 on Offhand Overstocks

Until July 1st only: Save 25% on a few different Offhand Designs bags in the overstocked Midge and Palace fabrics. The Midge is definitely my favorite of the season!

Offhand Designs Gatsby Accessories - Midge
Gatsby - Midge
Was $250.00
Now $187.50
(25% off!)
Offhand Designs Zhivago Weekender Accessories - Midge
Zhivago Weekender - Midge
Was $229.95
Now $172.00
(25% off!)
Offhand Designs Zhivago Weekender Accessories - Palace
Zhivago Weekender- Palace
Was $229.95
Now $172.00
(25% off!)
Offhand Designs Suzannah Accessories - Palace
Suzannah- Palace
Was $159.95
Now $119.95
(25% off!)

Berroco Sale - Save up to 66%

Overstocked and discontinued colors of Berroco yarns at 10-66% off. (We'll be taking better photos of the Merino Seta, Softwist and Zen Colors soon...)

Berroco Blackstone Tweed Yarn
Blackstone Tweed - 2 Colors
Was $9.50
Now $4.75
(50% off!)
Berroco Pure Merino Yarn
Pure Merino
Was $8.00
Now $6.00
(25% off!)
Berroco Softwist Colors Yarn
Softwist Colors
Was $6.50
Now $3.25
(50% off!)
Berroco Zen Colors Yarn
Zen Colors
Was $12.00
Now $4.00
(66% off!)
Berroco Zen Yarn
Was $11.00
Now $4.50
(59% off!)
Berroco Linen Jeans Yarn
Linen Jeans - 7432
Was $7.50
Now $5.25
(30% off!)
Berroco Lumina Yarn
Lumina - 1617
Was $6.50
Now $4.55
(30% off!)
Lang Yarns Merinoseta Yarn
Lang Merinoseta
Was $16.00
Now $8.00
(50% off!)

2nd Rowan Sale Shipment - Save 50-70%

We sold out of the items and colors below so quickly, we had to order more! (and we were lucky that they actually had a teeny bit more... ) The selection is pretty limited, but at these prices you can hopefully find something that will work for your next project.

Rowan Big Wool Yarn
Big Wool - Sandstone
Was $14.95
Now $7.47
(50% off!)
Rowan Kid Classic Yarn
Kid Classic - 2 Colors
Was $10.95
Now $5.47
(50% off!)
Rowan Kidsilk Aura Yarn
Kidsilk Aura - Putty
Was $11.95
Now $5.97
(50% off!)
Rowan Lenpur Linen Yarn
Lenpur Linen -

Was $9.95
Now $4.97
(50% off!)
Rowan Pima Cotton DK Yarn
Pima Cotton
DK - 3 Colors

Was $9.95
Now $4.97
(50% off!)
Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Yarn
Purelife British
Sheep Breeds - 953

Was $13.95
Now $6.97
(50% off!)
Rowan Purelife Organic Wool Yarn
Purelife Organic Wool
Was $12.95
Now $3.99
(69% off!)
Rowan Siena Yarn
Siena - 3 Colors
Was $8.95
Now $4.47
(50% off!)
Rowan Summer Tweed Yarn
Summer Tweed - Blossom
Was $10.95
Now $5.47
(50% off!)
Gedifra Easy Wear Yarn
Gedifra Easy Wear
Was $15.95
Now $4.75
(70% off!)
Regia Galaxy Color Yarn
Regia Galaxy Color
Was $7.95
Now $3.97
(50% off!)
Regia Color 4Ply Yarn
Regia Color 4Ply - City Boston
Was $7.95
Now $3.97
(50% off!)
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      Pattern Contest  
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Please Enter our Pattern Contest!!
Win Fame and Fortune!
(ok, not really. but it could be fun...and you could end up with lots of exposure.)

Landscape Collection

Calling All Aspiring Pattern Designers!

If you've ever dreamt of being a pattern designer, here's your chance! We've teamed up with Misti Alpaca to create a signature line of hand-dyed colors for their famous Hand Paint Chunky yarn and are searching for a few people to develop fabulous designs for us. The designs certainly don't need to be complicated, but we are looking for something somewhat professional... and fun.:) If you're interested, you can read more here. Hope to hear from you soon.

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      On Our Needles...  
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Here's a sampling of our handiwork this month... !!

Sara's Zig-to-the-Zag Socks
Sara's Zig-to-the-Zag Socks
Sara just fell head over heels in love with our June 2010 color, Honeymoon and decided to cast on right away. She chose this great free pattern from Mandi Knits and grabbed 2 hanks in the sock weight and you can see that this color is beautiful! Sara is finding the pattern to be very straight forward and easy to understand.
Traveling Woman Shawl
Traveling Woman Shawl
I am in love with the Madelinetosh Tosh sock yarn and the Traveling Lady shawl just confirms that for me. We have it visiting the shop for a very short while and Terry was kind enough to model it for us. It uses only one hank of this beautiful yarn and is a free pattern on Ravelry. It suggests US 6 needles, so will not take too long and would make the perfect gift for anyone.
No Purl Monkey Socks
No Purl Monkey Socks
Well if you have knit socks you have probably seen Cookie A's Monkey socks and if you haven't you should check them out! This pattern is so much fun and can be done with or without the purl stitches. Either way it is beautiful and Sara decided to work it up without the purl stitches in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport Maple Grove. What do you think?
Kestrel's Raindrop Shawl
Kestrel's Raindrop Shawl
Kestrel is one of our regular customers and brought this beautiful shawl in the other day for show-n-tell and WOW! She used the Crystal Palace Mini Mochi and found the pattern on Ravelry. Thank you Kestrel, for allowing us to share this beautiful project with our customers!
Ann Norling's Modified Cowl
Ann Norling's Modified Cowl
Ann Norling is visiting us and brought this great cowl that she knit out of the Madeline Tosh sock yarn! She used one of her great hat patterns, The Spiral Rib Hat #54 and just turned it in to a cowl now how cool is that? She just grabbed her US 5 needles and went to town on this versatile project. You can wear it over your head, or down around your neck and the yarn is so soft that you will feel like you are wearing a cloud, but you will be warm and snug.
Honey Cowl
Honey Cowl
How about a little honey for your neck? This is a great free pattern by Madeline Tosh using her DK weight yarn and a US 8 needle. You can make it long and wrap is around your neck a couple of times if you like, or even wear it long like a scarf. If you like a short version then go for it, as this pattern is a very versatile one. NOTE if you want to work up the long one you will need 2 hanks and the short one only needs 1.
Shiri Mor
Shiri Mor
Shiri Mor intrigued Marilyn so much that she grabbed her needles and was done with this stylish project in no time! This great pattern is from Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2009 and she modified it just a bit to make it long enough for her she is real tall. She used the pattern for size large and grabbed the Rowan Silk Wool DK and we are all stunned at the finished project isn't it amazing? Rowan Wool Cotton would work really well too for this sweater.
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      In the Shop...  
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Knit Night each 4th Thursday

Join us for our open knit night on the 4th Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. We keep the shop open for any little odds and ends you may need during the evening and we are happy to help you with your knitting questions too. It is a great time to meet other knitters share ideas, tips and techniques. There is a $5.00 cover charge and everyone's money goes into a Gift Certificate for a drawing about half way through the night. Tell all your friends, family, co-workers and you could win the biggest gift certificate ever! See you there!


You can find the most recent class schedule here. **Class note: If there is a specific class you would like to take please let us know and we will do our best to make it happen for you. In the summer months we combine our class schedule due to summer vacations, but please ask if you would like to schedule a private lesson, or class. And we are always looking for good class ideas and instructors, so if you would like to teach please let us know and we will be happy to take a look at your class proposal.

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       Thanks for Reading and Happy Knitting!  
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      Contact Us (or stop by for a visit)!  
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Jimmy Beans Wool
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Reno, NV 89502

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