Team Jimmy Beans!

There's no way Jimmy Beans would exist without the help of this entire group!
TeamJBW For some extra fun, we asked some of our beans the following questions:
  • Where are you from?
  • What is your favorite yarn and why?
  • What is your dream project to complete?
  • Tell us something unique about you!
You can check out what they said below:

Sandy

Sandy

We are so glad to have Sandy in the shop, as she keeps things running smoothly and it often seems that she can find even magically hidden items in the warehouse. A former welder (yes, you read that right!), Sandy has both the technical and creative aptitude to help with all of your knitting projects. It seems like every week she's coming up with a new and inspiring idea and all of us Beans just love having her around! Sandy spends her time pulling orders while dancing and singing around the shop. With her irrepressible sense of humor, he never ceases to put a smile on everyone's faces!

Jeanne

Jeanne

Jeanne is originally from Alpha Centauri, but was born in Reno and relocated back. She came to us when she quit working as a Paralegal and chose to pursue her true passion, fiber arts. Always up to fun and mischief, she helps keep beans as well as customers happy with what she calls the 'Jeanne and Sandy Show'. Her favorite yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed for its color, tweedy texture, and because it's machine washable. Jeanne would love to build a yurt one day, and recently got bitten by the crochet bug - she's learning fast! Always a dreamer, Jeanne says she dreams in color.

Terry

Terry

Terry is originally from Northern CA and also WA, and she's done pretty much everything fiber-related from raising sheep, angora goats and rabbits to spinning, dyeing and knitting her own yarns. She is currently working on a Swirl coat, which has been a dream of hers for a while; and she is a Qigong teacher! She has a deep appreciation for all things handmade with care and a passion for learning "old" ways of making things like foods, soaps, or clothes. When she's not helping customers in the store or knitting, she loves to be out in the woods, traveling, reading, and enjoying good food.

Erika

Erika

Erika is from Las Vegas and is one of our Madelinetosh lovers - she says it's magically delicious! Ultra computer savvy, Erika always has a great attitude while she does things all over the place in the warehouse. A graduate from UNR, Erika has helped us out in a bind in more ways than one! Originally a crocheter, Erika has now fanned out to the wide world of knitting and hopes to one day finish her Ravelry queue. We think she's a little infatuated with Stephen West, but you didn't hear that from us!

Jenny

Jenny

Jenny has a degree in Anthropology and minored in Art Studio, but is going back for more these days. When she is not knitting, she enjoys painting, drawing, and being outdoors. Before working for Jimmy Beans Wool, she worked for Nevada Conservation Corps where she spent her days building trails and camping in the Mount Rose Wilderness - something she hopes to do again someday. She loves Tosh DK (as you can see on our project log...) and has dual citizenship, as she was born in Sweden.

Olivia

Olivia

Olivia is one of our marketing and social media team members and gets to Tweet and Facebook and do all those other fun things on the internet we all wish we got paid for. :-) Originally from El Paso, TX, Olivia went to high school in Reno and was a flight attendant in a former life! She loves Juniper Moon Farm yarns because they are so soft and luxurious and have gorgeous colors plus great story behind each one. Once she can really knit (she's working on it!), her goal is a Boxy Cape by Joji Locatelli; her not-at-all-ambitious non-knitting dream is to design and decorate an entire home one day.

Leanne

Leanne

Leanne is a ruffle-tastic, shinning ball of sunshine with a BA in French and Economic Policy. Her nickname around here is "Leawesome". A lover of anything colorful and supersoft, she knits and crochets and is one of our top yarn sleuths, meaning it's her job to find all the newest, most fabulous yarns out there so we can offer them to all of you! Leanne was the first person in the shop to fall in love with ruffle yarn and she continues to introduce us to all the most exciting new yarn trends. Her ambition is to knit an infinite number of Mara Shawls, and she says of herself: "I am an amazing unicorn of awesome-sauce!"

Kristen

Kristen

Kristen is one of our social media fiends and keeps our customers in the loop about what's going on at JBW. Kristen's been knitting since she was 8 years old, and is an up-and-coming knitwear designer (check out our Free Patterns page!) with several self-published designs and patterns in our Stitch Red books. In her spare time (and when she's not knitting or taking care of Olive, the newest addition to her family), she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Nick, and their doggie, Wallace, cooking, hiking in the Sierras, running, doing yoga and tending to her garden and chickens!

Bethany

Bethany

Although she started working out in our e-commerce, retail and special projects teams, Bethany has since moved over to help support the overall operations here at JBW! Bethany's hands are sure to be busy with a toddler and, recently, another baby, and her puppy "Little Black Dog" (Elbee for short). Bethany says she comes from all over, and besides the ever-popular Madelinetosh, she also loves Malabrigo yarns. A fun fact about her is that she is a bionic woman - she has a metal plate in her arm!

Diana

Diana

Diana has done a little bit of everything here at Jimmy Beans Wool - retail, phones, pulling orders... and now is a part of our 'doing all the things' team. A self-proclaimed ex-sugar-addict, Diana used to love HoHos and Pepsi as a work snack, but recently, she's gotten back to her exercise physiologist and nutricionist roots - she's swapped the sugar cravings for exercise- and yarn-cravings instead - more fiber all around, and a great example for all us beans! She is a great knitter and lived in Australia for two years, where she hopes to one day go back and visit.

Jessica

Jessica

Jessica is one of our all-round Super-Beans, first working in Customer Service and now managing the e-Commerce team. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology. She caught the knitting bug from all the knitoholics on the team, and is getting better at it all the time! In her spare time she enjoys going to Tahoe, watching movies, eating Italian food, and reading.

Marilyn

Marilyn

As friendly and fun as she is fast, Marilyn is our secret weapon - this gal is a pulling, customer service, and knitting machine! We joke that she must have elves doing her knitting while she sleeps, because it seems like every time we see her, she's finished an awesome new project! A Dental Hygienist by day, Marilyn moonlights at Jimmy Beans to support her secret yarn habit (shhh...). She's also one of our favorite test-knitters, because she can figure out even the most complicated patterns!

Gus

Gus

You might know Gus from our fabric department, where his amazing quilted creations adorn the walls of the warehouse and got us all dreaming of our next fabric purchases! Quilting no longer is his only thing, though - he caught the yarn bug and recently started weaving, hoping to weave a Navajo rug one day! We love Gus for all of his useful fabric tips and tricks, and for the stories he tells about Sophie, his adorable Brussels Griffon. A Canadian from N.W. Ontario, his favorite yarn is Cascade Pure Alpaca (sooo soft!), and he loves to share his talents with people and see them smile - which he does often while working in our retail shop!

Monika

Monika

Monika has done all kinds of different things here at JBW, and is now part of the tech team. She has become (in)famous around here for her Santa-Countdown, and gets to play both with yarn, taking photos, and with computers, printers and all the other techie toys - which are all super fun in her opinion. Her favorite yarn is Koigu, and since she loves all the colorful things, her nickname in the shop is "Rainbowtastic". She loves knitting, crocheting and sewing, and does it all in German as well as English! When she's not doing something creative like designing patterns or cooking, she enjoys traveling with her hubby.

Jenn

Jenn

Jenn is a native Nevadan who learned to knit in college and has been a knitting fiend ever since, always working on her goal of making the perfect-fitting sweater! Her trademark is being able to read and write in 3 living languages and 4 dead ones, which is a great help with our international customers sometimes! When she's not teaching us about linguistics (she got her masters degree in Indiana), she's our Ravelry expert, purchases goodies with Leanne, and is now a proud first-time mom. She is also an avid reader who loves board games - and is most likely the biggest Whovian in the shop, often accompanied by her crochet version of the Tenth Doctor!

Rachel

Rachel

Rachel is from North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in Anthropology and Biology. She worked as an archaeologist for six years before her passion for knitting caused her to seek out a job in the crafty world. She loves crafts of all types including knitting, spinning and sewing, which is what she spends most of her spare time doing. She has also realized her dream of becoming a knitwear designer and dyes her own yarn - check out Unraveled Designs and Yarn!

Mindy

Mindy

Organizing our ever-growing group of Beans is becoming quite the task, so Mindy has joined the admin section of Team JBW to help keep us from sliding into chaos and to support Bethany as a Beany-herder. She is great at refereeing speed-knitting contests, as she is also a super-soccer-mom (which helps a lot with all the running around she's doing in the shop!). When she isn't around to keep us organized, Mindy loves being out in nature with her kids, or restoring old photographs.

Emily

Emily

Part of our IT-team, Emily is one of our technically fearless support Beans who helps Doug by constantly improving our software with her awesome programming skills. Fearless also fits her outside of work, as she is an online-warrior-princess gamer and always is looking for an addition to her spider photograph collection. She loves noodles, preferably with other mysterious ingredients, and she is one of the few people we know who looks great in yellow - actually, we think she's the most stylish 'geek' ever!

Travis

Travis

Besides having a great sense of humor,Travis is the perfect inventory-organizer for our warehouse. He knows where things go, magically makes room for them where there is none, and intimidates us when necessary to keep our paws off the yarn until it is checked in. And besides that, the Midland, MI native seems to be immune to the cold winter in the warehouse - it doesn't bother him. He doesn't think he's worn a coat since he moved to Nevada. Even though Travis doesn't knit or crochet, he's artistically inclined and is currently having fun painting cars with Plasti Dip. He really likes any Tosh yarn in the color 'Fathom'.

Lauren

Lauren

Lauren is another Reno native who loves all things Madelinetosh - we swear they didn't pay us to say this! When Lauren isn't working in backorders in the warehouse, you can often find other beans coming to her for beauty advice, as she is a professional beautician and helped a lot of us dye our hair peachy or get cool mohawks. Lauren is getting better and better at knitting, and hopes to one day make a sweater for herself, and to finish terracing her crazy backyard! A fun fact about Lauren is that she never wore pink until she had her daughter - now it's her favorite color!

Madison

Madison

Medical student Madison - also a Nevada native - is another of our 'do it all' beans in the warehouse as well as retail, always giving a bright smile and great service to our customers. Since she started working at Jimmy Beans, she has become just as much a yarnoholic as most of the rest of us - her favorite is Manos del Uruguay Alegria because of the cool colors, but she also hopes to one day complete a whole blanket out of Tosh. A Tosh-knitting doctor, those are lofty goals! But we know she can do it, because she's already traveled to China!

Leslie

Leslie

Leslie is originally from Texas and is a fan of all kinds of different things - such as yarns from Noro: "I love it because each skein is unique!" When Leslie isn't flitting about the warehouse with the rest of our busy beans helping to fill orders, she does a bunch of creative things - she can weave, crochet, knit, cross-stitch, needlepoint, and quilt! A wished-for project on her list is a cabled sweater.

Brittany

Brittany

Brittany is another one of those beans that our customers love, because she is super nice and helpful to all of them - all the time! Besides knitting, she has a whole bunch of other hobbies such as softball or other sports or playing videogames with her boyfriend. On some days, Brittany wants to become a teacher, but on others, she'd rather just play with her newly adopted border collie, Bo.

Matt

Matt

Matt is one of those well-rounded people who like a little bit of everything - he's studying business management, but is also highly creative: Besides knitting beanies (his favorite yarn is anything Madelinetosh...), he plays guitar and piano and sings. No wonder the ladies who come to visit the shop all adore him! He originally comes from Las Vegas, capital of show business, and hopes to put out his own music CD one day.

Heather

Heather

Originally from North Carolina, Heather has moved all over the U.S. because of her husband's job - they've been to 5 cities in the last 8 years! When it came time for the last move, Heather only had 2 requirements: nice weather and a great local yarn shop... so, naturally, they chose Reno! When she's not chasing her adorable toddler and sweet but spastic dog around, Heather writes the JBW newsletters, blog posts, and content for the website, and even designs knitting patterns. She's a Madelinetosh addict (the colors are just irresistible!) and a lace junkie, and her knitting dream is to have a hand-knit sweater for every day of the week and a shawl for every week of the year!

Jen A

Jen A

Jen A - not to be confused with our other Jenn - recently moved here from Seattle, where she used to work as a film critic for a (now defunct) website, and saw over 70 films one year at the Seattle International Film Festival. When she's not working on her tan, or trying not to buy all the yarn in the warehouse at once, Jen is learning all the things around the warehouse and delighting customers with her knitting and yarn experience in our retail shop. She especially loves Malabrigo - any base, any color. She calls it her 'desert island yarn'. Her ambition is to knit a Fair Isle version of Elizabeth Zimmerman's long underwear - all with leftovers from her stash.

Penny

Penny

Penny is a really fun bean who is originally from Melbourne, Australia. Her last name is Crowe... so we are hoping that maybe she can put in a good word for us and one day Russell will come and visit. Penny likes Malabrigo because it's pretty; besides being a superfast puller, she can do some really awesome stuff like move her eyebrows independently of one another! She has the really cool goal to one day work on waste water reclamation in a third world country.

Emma

Emma

Emma is a California transplant from Truckee. She is a Jill of all trades and likes to dabble in just about everything. Her favorite yarn is anything from Anzula because everything they make is a delight to touch! Emma would love to knit or crochet a dress or a sweater (and actually finish it)! Emma has been home-brewing beer for more than 5 years and is musically inclined (she plays trumpet, French horn and a little piano). She enjoys bear hugs from her talkative, sweet son, Otto, and aspires to learn all the crafts.

Nate

Nate

Nate is a Reno native. He loves Madelinetosh - all of it - and says that it is extremely pretty! He dreams of one day knitting a gigantic blanket. Nate is one of our super speedy beans, pulling, packing, and shipping your orders at lightning speed! When he is not making sure that your orders are shipped to you in a timely manner, he enjoys reading comic books. Fun fact, Nate has a body double... no, really, he does! Nate has a twin brother! Nate is currently in school studying secondary education.

Sharkey

Sharkey

Amanda ("Sharkey" is her nickname) is an all-around super bean - she can do it all: pulling, packing, shipping, and customer service! If you have called the shop, or sent us an email, you have probably spoken to Amanda before! Originally from Reno, Amanda is currently working on her master's degree. She has recently come back to JBW after studying abroad in France -- she can speak both Turkish and French! She loves Madelinetosh, specifically the tonal color scheme, and hopes to one day complete a sweater project!

Chris

Chris

Chris recently moved back to Reno (he's a native!), after spending two years in Portland. Chris loves Madelinetosh and Malabrigo yarn, because of all of the awesome color choices. His favorite indie dyer is 3 Fates Yarn Company, saying that their yarn bases are the best! Chris dreams of one day yarn-bombing the entire city of Reno with his scrap yarn, which we would love to see! Chris went to school for theater and music, and in his spare time (when he isn't designing or knitting beautiful shawls), you may see him acting in productions around town. Chris also loves the TV show Once Upon a Time, and says that he is #teamregina!

Marsha

Marsha

Marsha Marsha comes to us from Malibu, CA. In another life, she was a flight attendant, but she has now joined the JBW crew - Marsha pulls your orders at lightning speed, ensuring that you receive your orders in a timely fashion! She loves anything cashmere, because it is so soft... Marsha enjoys learning new things, so she is always interested in working on patterns that have new stitches she can figure out! Marsha believes that everyone is unique in their own way, because we are all different from one another - we agree, Marsha!

Kyle

Kyle

Kyle arrived at JBW from Las Vegas, and is a member of our e-commerce team. His favorited yarn is Lorna's Laces, specifically the Limited Edition colorways! He really likes the name references to pop culture, and his favorite is the Avengers-inspired May '15 colorway, ASSEMBLE! Kyle went to school for film, and hopes to one day make short films. He is also working towards a business degree, so he keeps very busy! When Kyle isn't working here at Jimmy Beans, he enjoys playing (he plays guitar!) and listening to music - he has a pretty impressive vinyl record collection!

Iris

Iris

New bean Iris comes to us from Pennsylvania, but she's lived all over the place - Louisiana, New Mexico, California and Washington, to name a few - we're so lucky she landed here in Reno! Iris doesn't have a favorite brand of yarn (yet!), but she loves all of the jewel-tone colors that she gets to see while pulling your orders! Iris dreams of one day completing our star garland, or a Nelkin Designs Pioneer Cuff! In her spare time, Iris enjoys working and training with horses - she once traveled to the Melbourne Cup in Melbourne, Australia! She also enjoys spending time with "two of the coolest kids on the planet"!

Wiley

Wiley
Although no longer with us, Laura and Doug's german shepherd/greyhound mix Wiley was hands down the best product tester to date. He liked to make sure that our yarns were super soft & that they would keep him plenty warm. He will certainly be missed and will always be dear to our hearts!

Buddy

Buddy
Sadly, we lost Buddy as well, leaving the Jimmy Beans team without either of its original doggy mascots. While we know he's happy chasing tennis balls in the Great Beyond, we'll miss his sweet face and willingness to receive pats and belly rubs pretty much constantly. Both Buddy and Wiley will be remembered as important parts of the Jimmy Beans Family!

Laura (Jimmy)

Laura

Originally from North Carolina, Laura earned a Master's in Poli Sci but switched gears while earning her PhD to computer programming. After working at a software developing job in Palo Alto (which is where Laura met her future husband, Doug!), they moved to scenic Tahoe for a change of pace. During this time, Laura learned to knit and loved it... which is how she met Lorna - owner of a local hand-dyed yarn company. She encouraged Laura to follow her true passion (knitting!) and voila! Doug and Laura emptied their savings account and Jimmy Beans Wool was born!

Doug

Doug

We would also like to introduce you to Doug, Laura's husband! Doug grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He basically built our website and computer system from stratch and is a wiz on the computer - he truly makes the lives of all the other beans much easier!
Doug loves to ski in his spare time and also recently started helping his son Huck hone his already awesome martial arts skills.

Huck

Huck

Laura and Doug's son Huck was born in 2009. This little boy has already made a splash at the shop. Besides Karate, he loves to ski (we wonder where he got that from...), go hiking, and eat spicy foods! He had lots of fun with the Stitch Mountain photo shoot last year and his motto on the slopes is:"I'm so fast, nobody can catch me!"
A born trouble-maker, he's hands-down the cutest one of us all... well, except for maybe Buddy and Wiley - we guess it's a three way tie :)
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