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April 2013 Yarn Newsletter

 
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      The Mother's Day Bouquet Collection!  
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Full Bouquet
Mother's Day is May 12th this year-will you be prepared? Jimmy Beans Wool is breaking into the floral business with a little help from some of the most amazing hand-dyers in the industry, including Lorna's Laces, Artyarns, TSCArtyarns, Fleece Artist, Koigu, Madelinetosh, and Malabrigo! Using these beautifully dyed yarns in gorgeous and exceptional colorways, we've created the most unique Mother's Day bouquets you'll ever see! The Mother's Day Bouquet Collection is exclusive to JBW with a very limited run of each color. Each skein of yarn in the bouquet is presented as a "flower" (with knitting needle stem!), artfully arranged in a glass vase, and lovingly shipped to the yarn-loving mom of your choice.
The Bouquets come in two sizes: the Full Bouquet which includes all 7 yarns in the collection, and the Simple Bouquet which contains 3 luxuriant blooms (Tosh Merino Light, Koigu and Lorna's Shepherd Sock). Very limited quantities of all 7 colors are also available for purchase "á la carte" in case you'd like to get a skein or two for yourself (to match your mother's yarn, of course!). There are only a limited number of bouquets and individual skeins available, so be sure to order early to reserve one for your mom and ensure it ships with time to spare before Sunday, May 12th! Once these beautiful yarn flowers are gone, they are gone forever.
Simple Bouquet
Each gorgeous skein of hand-dyed yarn mimics the colors one might find in an actual bouquet of flowers, and each dyer created their exquisite colorways with flowers, mothers, and springtime in mind-pinks, purples, blues, yellows, peaches, pale greens. Some shades are bright, while some are more muted, but each individual skein is unique and beautiful, expressing each dyer's individual take on this important holiday!

We've already received a great response to these bouquets via our social media outlets, and have created additional yarn bouquets that will be regularly available! These bouquet are now available for purchase on our website, but will not ship until early May.
 
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      Exclusive One-Skein Designs for the Mother's Day Bouquet  
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Bouquet Patterns


As an added bonus, each yarn in the Mother's Day Bouquet Collectioncomes with an exclusive one-skein pattern designed specifically for these yarns and this collection! Patterns are available only as PDF downloads and can be accessed with a link or links included with the Full Bouquet, Simple Bouquet and individual skeins from the collection.
Tosh Pattern
Angel Lady Scarf by Suzy Allen using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Mother's Day. Elegant shades of lavender, mint, and pale blue make an eye-catching colorway you can't help but love - the striking tones are like no other combo we've seen from Tosh. Designer Suzy Allen took this gorgeous color to create this beautiful scarf. Lacy and light, the lace pattern for this scarf reminds us of angel wings, and is sure to look graceful around anyone's neck. The open lace design makes it easy to adorn with your favorite shawl pin!
Garden Scarf by Iris Schreier using TSCArtyarns Zara Hand Dyed in Rose Garden. Never in our wildest dreams did we imagine the awesome collaboration between Tahki Stacy Charles and Artyarns. This spring Tahki Stacy Charles and Artyarns debuted their new line of Tahki yarns hand dyed by Artyarns that is absolutely to dye for! Of course we couldn't resist asking them to be a part of this Mother's Day collection. In addition to this beautiful color, Rose Garden, Iris (Schreier, creator of Artyarns) designed this charming little crescent scarf to complement the yarn. The pattern is perfect for one skein of the squishy 100% merino Zara yarn!
TSC pattern
Malabrigo pattern
Pinwheel Tam by Romi Hill using Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Mother's Day. Malabrigo Worsted Merino, one of our most popular worsted weight yarns, is 210 scrumptious yards of pure single ply merino wool. Their color, a variegated melange of rosy pinks, denim blues, and subtle purple is an original take on the average Mother's Day bouquet. Our friend and prolific designer, Rosemary "Romi" Hill has created a beautiful one-skein tam that works wonderfully with this chalky, muted colorway. Combined with the softness of the yarn, this project is a delight for your senses!
Carnations by Maie Landra using Koigu KPPPM in Love Your Mum. Maie Landra, founder of Koigu, mother of Taiu and grandmother of Kersti, has designed these charming little knit flowers using one skein of Koigu's exclusive shade, Love Your Mum. Bright and vibrant pinks make up this exclusive color and show off Koigu's hand painted technique beautifully. We just love how these three charming flowers can be made out of just one "flower" within your mother's day bouquet!
Koigu pattern
Lornas pattern
A Day at the Vineyards Gloves by Suzy Allen using Lorna's Shepherd Sock in Bukiety. Inspired by a certain flower shop in Lorna's Laces' home town of Chicago, the fine folks at Lorna's created this exclusive colorway based on some of their favorite hues - purple and green. To accompany this stunning color, Suzy Allen has designed a beautiful pair of lacy fingerless mitts that are both stunning and comfortable to wear. These almost elbow-length mitts feature a simple all-over lace pattern and gentle scalloped edges for an elegant, feminine look. The length is easily adjustable to create a custom set of mitts that mom will love!
April Showers Caplet by Lynette Meek using Fleece Artist Woolie Silk in Peach Blossom. Fleece Artist's contribution to our Mother's Day collection epitomizes spring to perfection. Shades of peachy pink, yellow, and rose create a color that is soft and muted but still vibrant and eye-catching. The Woolie Silk yarn is a DK weight -perfect for spring and summer- and boasts over 250 yards of pure deliciousness to work with. Canadian designer Lynette Meek created this stunning little beaded lace capelet/cowl that can be worn a several different ways by moving the placement of an i-cord drawstring, making this pattern super versatile and easy to wear.
Fleece Artist pattern
Artyarns pattern
Wildflowers Mother's Day Shawl by Iris Schreier using Artyarns Beaded Silk Light in Wildflowers. The beauty of Artyarns Beaded Silk Light needs almost no introduction. In this unique exclusive colorway inspired by fields of wildflowers, vibrant color abounds creating a treat for the eyes. Iris from Artyarns created this brilliant little shawlette that can be worn either over the shoulders or around the neck for an extra little accent of color. Tiny amber colored beads adorn this multi-colored silk to appear as little jewels within the piece. Knit on large needles, this project can be knit easily in just a few hours!
You can view each of these patterns on Ravelry, but they are currently only available with the purchase of a bouquet or yarn that is part of this collection. Please note that the patterns are yarn specific and access to these patterns reflect what is purchased (i.e. if one skein of yarn from the Mother's Day Collection is purchased, you will only receive a link to the corresponding pattern. If you purchase the Full Bouquet, you will receive links to all seven of the patterns).
 
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      April Limited Edition Denise2Go: Spring Chicken  
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Denise2Go Spring Chicken


We thought we had some cute fabric in stock already, but we went absolutely nuts over the Jenn Ski Oink-A-Doodle-Moo fabric when it came in! The bright and happy barnyard scenes remind many us of trips to the farm as youngsters, and the contrasting prints are just plain clever: chicken wire, cowhide, and rolling hills framed in vibrant primary colors. The whole collection is undeniably adorable, and all those cute baby animals made it a perfect choice for a special springtime Denise2Go set: we proudly present Spring Chicken! The matching yellow cords complete this endearing little package. Denise2Go sets are the perfect item to take everywhere with you and easily fit into your project bag, pocket or purse. Along with the 6 most popular needle tip sizes and 3 different cord lengths, you also get end buttons, an extender, and a crochet hook. Make sure you get one of these delightful limited edition sets while you can - once we're out, we can't get more!
 
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      New Yarns from Plymouth!  
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Some great new yarns have just rolled in from Plymouth and boy, are we excited! These lightweight cotton, linen, and synthetic blends are perfect for warm-weather knitting and wearing, and we can't wait to get some summer projects on our needles! Cleo is a gorgeous and silky mercerized cotton in a wide-ranging and sumptuous palette of colors. From pastels to deep jewel tones, this line has a color for every project! Try it for a cool and breezy summer top, like the Cleo Lace Tunic. Colorando is another fantastic summery option; its colorful plied strands knit up into a light fabric with beautifully marled colors. And in an easy-wearing blend of cotton and acrylic, it's machine-washable! We think it'd be perfect for the Women's Shoulder Wrap.
We're head over heels - and toes - for Diversity! It's smooth and soft ultra-fine acrylic with just a touch of stretchy polyester for a weightless fabric with fantastic spring and shape-keeping qualities. Acrylic might not be a traditional choice for hand-knit socks, but trust us, this yarn will more than satisfy the non-wool lovers in your life! And don't overlook Linen Concerto - it's an airy linen blend that's also machine wash- and dryable, just perfect for all of the frequently used summer garments you'll surely want to make with it. The Women's Shell Top is an excellent wardrobe staple - wear it on its own as a fashion statement, or under a light summer cardigan for a more polished look!
 
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      Free Pattern: Uno, DOS, Tres Cowl by Kristen  
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Once again Kristen was inspired by the beauty of Malabrigo yarns (the first time being when she created the Truckee Shawlette in December using Malabrigo Lace Superwash). This time it was the colors of nature and the softness of naturally dyed yarn that drew her to our new exclusive and limited edition Malabrigo yarn - Malabrigo Dos . The Uno, DOS, Tres Cowl uses three different colors from Dos's soft color palette and a simple stitch pattern to create a beautiful and light-as-air cowl that is great for all types of weather. Super soft baby merino wool is almost weightless next to the skin, and makes for an everyday garment that you'll want to wear again and again.
Uno Dos Tres Cowl
Kristen love stripes (as is evident from her previous designs) and she just couldn't resist knitting them in a soothing range of neutrals that will go with everything in your wardrobe. Choose any three of your favorite colors for a simple and classic cowl you can wear year round!
 
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      Terry's Tips: Short Rows Part Two - Picking Up The Wraps  
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Picking up Wraps


This is a continuation of a tutorial on short rows from the March Newsletter. If you missed it last month, or need a refresher, you can check out part one here!

When you create a wrap and turn, the working yarn becomes wrapped around the base of the "turning" stitch. In stockinette, this wrap will be visible if you don't pick it up and knit it together with the "turning" stitch. To pick up on the knit side:
1) Work to the wrapped stitch
2) Insert the right hand needle under the wrap from bottom to top
3) With the wrap on the needle knit the next stitch and wrap together as if they are one unit.

Alternate method:
1) Work steps 1 & 2 above
2) Slip the stitch to the right needle knit-wise
3) Insert your left needle into the front loops of the stitch and wrap and knit them together as one unit.

To pick up a wrap on the purl side: 1) Purl to the wrapped stitch
2) Pick up the wrap by inserting the right needle under the back strand of the loop and place it up on the left needle without twisting it.
3) Purl the wrap and the stitch together as one unit.

If you are working in garter stitch (alternating rows of knit and purl) it's not necessary to pick up the wraps because they will be nearly invisible. For you visual learners, check out our new video on How to Pick Up Wraps!

For more help, you can send an email to askTerry@JimmyBeansWool.com.

Happy Knitting!
Terry
 
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      Spring Necessities and Beautiful New Yarns!  
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Baah La Jolla - Blue Iris
Baah La Jolla - Blue Iris
$29.00
We're loving all the new hand-dyed yarns out there; yarn dyeing has become an artisan craft that makes the yarn as much a work of art as the projects you can make with it! And we just got a new one in: Baah La Jolla, a fingering-weight 100% superwash merino wool in an amazing array of bright and sassy colors. Try it for a pair of unique socks, a snazzy pair of fingerless mitts, or a simply-patterned shawlette, like the Shetland Trader Aestlight Shawl, that lets the beautiful colors shine!
Tulip Crochet Hooks
Tulip Crochet Hooks
$11.00
Reduce strain on your hands and improve your grip with a new Tulip Crochet Hook! These ingeniously designed hooks have a molded resin handle to cushion the ergonomically formed grip, relieving stress on fingers and palms. The precise metal tips move smoothly through any type of yarn, making them ideal for a variety of different projects. And in sizes B through J, there are plenty of options to choose from!
Pediboo Worsted - 1397
Pediboo Worsted - 1397
$16.80
Lovers of the original Pediboo yarn from Frog Tree, take note: Pediboo's big brother is in town! A sumptuous 80/20 blend of soft superwash merino wool and springy bamboo, Pediboo Worsted is a great choice for worsted-weight projects where you want the versatility and stitch definition of wool with the added drape of bamboo. In a range of both vibrant and subdued colors, the possibilities are endless! Pick your favorite color and cast on for the new Jul Strata Collar - it's the perfect spring accessory!
Interweave Spring 2013
Interweave Spring 2013
$6.99
Ring in the beautiful spring weather with the latest issue of Interweave Knits! It's jam-packed with light and fluttery lace, warm-weather tees, vests, and tanks, and beautiful floral patterns sure to bring out the sun in your soul. Got a summer wedding or cocktail party coming up? Dress up a simple shift dress with a gossamer lace shawl in a gorgeous hand-dyed yarn and show up in style! Or knit up a stunning tunic in a bright color to wear over a white shell; we love the Marian Tunic in Madelinetosh Lace!
 
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      Sweet Sales on Spring Yarns (and more)!  
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We have so many wonderful yarns on sale, but here are just a few of our favorites...

Lorna's Laces Black Sheep: 50% Off! This hard-wearing wool and viscose blend is a Jimmy Beans exclusive, dyed especially for us by Lorna's Laces in some of your favorite colorways. This unique yarn has a subtle thick-thin texture and features 2 plies, one solid black, the other colorfully dyed for a sharp contrast of colors that works up into a one-of-a-kind fabric of depth and distinction. Use Black Sheep for hats, cardigans, mitts or a simple cowl!
Blueberry Snowcone
Blueberry Snowcone
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Chocolate
Chocolate
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Huron
Huron
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Tuscany
Tuscany
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Fyberspates Hand Dyes: 40% Off! Get it while you can!! Available in 3 exquisite yarns, we've all fallen in love with the rich, hand-dyed colorways from Fyberspates. For all you lace-lovers, don't miss out on the Pure Silk Lace and Faery Lace! We love the sleek, glowing Pure Silk Lace for its ultra-soft hand and elegant drape. Faery Lace has a super generous yardage of over 1300 yards that makes it great for larger projects or multiple matching projects. For those whose prefer the slightly more substantial yarns, don't miss out on the Bamboozle Sock. A finger-pleasing combo of bamboo and superwash merino, this yarn has just a touch of sheen and works well for all sorts of projects from socks and shawls to cardis and wraps!
Pure Silk Lace Chartreuse
Pure Silk Lace - Chartreuse
Was $46.50
Now $27.90
(40% off!)
Pure Silk Lace Dusky Pink
Pure Silk Lace - Dusky Pink
Was $46.50
Now $27.90
(40% off!)
Faery Lace Purple Plum
Faery Lace - Purple Plum
Was $29.95
Now $17.95
(40% off!)
Bamboozle Sock Ocean
Bamboozle Sock - Ocean
Was $29.95
Now $17.95
(40% off!)
Loop-d-Loop New Birch: 50% Off! New Birch's blend of 65% Cotton and 35% Silk is absolutely perfect for weightless summer tanks and tops with the moisture-wicking and durable properties of cotton and the drape of silk. Choose it for textured patterns or lace, accessories or shawls - whatever you choose, you can be sure it will be light, cool, and comfortable!
Aqua
Aqua
Was $7.50
Now $3.75
(50% off!)
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
Was $7.50
Now $3.75
(50% off!)
Maize
Maize
Was $7.50
Now $3.75
(50% off!)
Coral
Coral
Was $7.50
Now $3.75
(50% off!)
Katia Brooklyn and Funny 40% Off! Two of our most unique ruffle yarns are on sale! Katia Brooklyn is a one-of-a-kind yarn constructed of two fluffy, colorful chains connected by a nylon net. When knit up, it results in a scarf with a thick ruffled edge and a fluttery halo! A mixture of varied textures in a wide ribbon give Katia Funny a truly distinctive look; the resulting ruffle has a woven appearance with lots of loft and bounce!
Brooklyn - Black, Grey
Brooklyn - Black, Grey
Was $25.00
Now $15.00
(40% off!)
Brooklyn - Maroon
Brooklyn - Maroon
Was $25.00
Now $15.00
(40% off!)
Funny - Siennas
Funny - Siennas
Was $20.00
Now $12.00
(40% off!)
Funny - Blue, Grey
Funny - Blue, Grey
Was $20.00
Now $12.00
(40% off!)
 
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      Meet a Bean - Heather!  
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Meet Heather!
A recent transplant to sunny Nevada from chilly Vermont, Heather hasn't been at Jimmy Beans long, but she's already made herself right at home! She's helped enable your yarn habit in the Retail Shop, answered your knitting questions over the phone, pulled and packed your online orders with care, and is now writing and posting up a storm on the Creative Content and Social Media team.

Heather's husband, Marvin, is a Meteorologist with the National Weather Service, causing them to move around quite a bit - five times in the last six years! Faced with a choice between several locations for Marvin's next work transfer, they chose Reno as their new home for three reasons: affordable cost of living, safety, and Jimmy Beans.
No, we're not kidding - bereft of her beloved Kaleidoscope Yarns in Vermont, Heather knew she needed a good LYS and the support of a community of crafters to be happy in her new location, and lo and behold, it worked!

When she's not knitting, sewing, or talking your ear off about one of those things, Heather loves to cook - especially Southern dishes, as she and Marvin are originally from North Carolina. Together they fulfill every whim of their incredibly spoiled dog, Sam, and have stopped feeling guilty about it (almost). Sam loves that his mom spends most of her time knitting, sewing, and writing - all are sedentary activities, which means he can sit in her lap!
 
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