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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 is the only one who knows for sure where everything is. 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. She 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. Always a dreamer, Jeanne says she dreams in color.

Terry

Terry

Terry is originally from Northern CA and also WA, and at one time or another, she's done pretty much everything fiber-related from raising wool sheep, angora goats and rabbits, judging fibers and crafts, spinning, dyeing and knitting her own yarns. She hasn't completed a Swirl coat yet, but would like to! 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 mysteries, sci-fi or the latest science discoveries 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.

Sharon

Sharon

We are thrilled to have Sharon on our team with her lively spirit and amazing art skills - whether she's using a pen, a camera, crochet hook or knitting needles. A born Nevadan and originally homeschooled, Sharon is also our ridiculously nice in-store crochet expert and totally loves Madelinetosh! Somehow she also manages to take classes in her free time while she works on earning her degree in Fine Art.

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 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. She has worked in retail, answered phones, pulled orders and now is a part of our 'doing all the things' team. A self-proclaimed sugar addict, you will often find Diana sneaking HoHos and Pepsi as a work snack before her kids can steal them all. 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, working in Customer Service and managing the inventory team. She recently 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...)

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, video cameras 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 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 writes for the newsletter, purchases goodies with Leanne, and is preparing to be a 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 us keep that hardware and software running. 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!

Sam

Sam

A full-time student, Sam hides out at Jimmy Beans on weekends to get away from her homework... just kidding! She's an integral part of our E-Commerce team, and you can usually find her pulling and shipping orders at lightning speed, and taking care of our phone customers. Sam loves good food and always dresses cute and stylishly, fabulously combining those knit pieces. And she is always willing to share some fabulous hair styling tips with you... if you ask nicely!

Jill

Jill

Jill originates from Blue Springs, MO originally and has lived in Nevada since 2003. She's a new knitter and hasn't tried many yarns yet, but anything with sparkle like Hollywood, or fluffy like Caribou or silky-shiny like Sea Silk are right up her alley! Jill is our retail manager, so she gets to play with yarn and customers a lot, which really inspires her to improve her knitting - she'd love to make a bunch of amigurumi toys! Everyone who eats lunch with Jill has noticed her love of orange (junk) foods - Sunkist, Cheetos, anything with cheese! Sadly, she has no love for healthy green stuff!

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.

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 my 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!

Brad

Brad

Las Vegas native Brad is part of the warehouse e-commerce team and one of the few beans who doesn't have a yarn problem yet... Besides always being motivated and really popular with all the ladies, he has a ready smile for everybody and an awesome baseball cap collection. He thinks that Louisa Harding Luzia is really cool yarn, because it looks like his last name (Liuzza), and wants to create a robot one day. Once he does, we hope he'll build one that can knit or at least organize our stashes!

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.

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.

Heather

Heather

Reno native Heather is one of the beans who creates our ever-popular tea cakes and other sampler sets; she's superfast at winding and wrangling those little ballsies! We bet that her kitties appreciate her skills in that respect, too. Heather especially loves working with any yarn from Lorna's Laces, she finds that the bright, vivid colors make any project you're working on unique. She crochets and cross-stitches, but although she knows how, she doesn't knit because her gauges usually end up half the size they should be since she knits so tight. Who knows, maybe all those loose knitty thoughts around the shop will rub off on her in time!

John

John

John, who's also a Reno native, works alongside the other e-commerce beans in the warehouse, helping customers with orders, packing and shipping all those wonderful projects-to-be. When he's not with Jimmy Beans, he works for the Reno police department - that fits with the fact that he used to be an Eagle Scout! John has tried tons of different hobbies as a youngster, and hopes to travel to every country on the planet in his lifetime. Since he speaks several languages, among them Japanese, he should be well prepared for all those trips!

Kaylynn

Kaylynn

Kaylynn recently returned to us from taking a first-time-mom break and is at it again in the warehouse, pulling, packing and whizzing about as fast as ever! Having a youngster to knit for, what better place to work at than a yarn shop, right? Besides Madelinetosh, she thinks Spud and Chloe is a great, fun, quality yarn with a lot of versatility. But she "wouldn't be mad if they came out with some variegated colors". When Kaylynn isn't working or taking care of her cute son, she dreams of making a HUGE Granny Square blanket; and of studying herbology and doing something great with that knowledge.

Mikayla

Mikayla

Mikayla originally hails from Sacramento, CA and is one of our recent beany additions on the e-commerce team. She's just learning to knit, but she's already addicted to Madelinetosh, like most of the rest of us, it seems - she says that the colors are beautiful and the skeins always feel amazing! Mikayla also crochets and hopes to finish a blanket she's working on, but is looking forward to her first knitted hat. When she's not flitting about the warehouse pulling orders, she loves to play pool, and she loves guinea pigs!

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.

Katelyn

Katelyn

Born in Santa Rosa, CA, Katelyn grew up in Reno. Yet another Tosh fan ("because the colors are gorgeous and each is a little unique!"), Katelyn joined our team to help in the warehouse with filling orders and customer service on our awesome ecommerce team! Katelyn is a really creative person and would love to build a custom home sometime, and design her own clothing line. Like many of us, she loves her pets - she has 2 cats, Isabel and Cleo.

Leslie

Leslie

Leslie is originally from Texas and is a fan of all kinds of unique 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.

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 :)

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!
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