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April 2015 Newsletter

 
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      April Tasty Tosh Color & Recipe: Asparagus Camembert Bread Pudding  
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Asparagus and Camenbert yarn - Tosh LE April 2015
Why is brunch always associated with Mother's Day? Is it because our moms always cooked us breakfast, and now we want to do the same to honor them? We think so - and we think we have the perfect dish to serve at your special Mother's Day Brunch: Asparagus Camembert Bread Pudding!
According to Olivia, who serves this as a yearly tradition, this delicious concoction is not only a cinch to make, it's also full of beautiful color for the brunch table - and that's why it was a perfect inspiration for this month's Tasty Tosh installment: the appealing greens, toasty golden browns, and creamy whites will make your mouth water!
To go along with this scrumptious colorway, the ladies at Black Rock Mud have created a unique gift all about MOM - Milk, Oatmeal, and Mud Soap!

This luscious soap is the ideal complement to April's Tasty Tosh Mother's Day theme, using natural illite clay from the Nevada Black Rock Desert!
MOM soap from Black Rock Mud
The high mineral content of this unique, buttery-rich mud leaves skin feeling soft, silky, and optimally moisturized. It's the perfect way to pamper Mom this year!
Kristen's Tru Love Cowl pattern
If you're looking for something special to knit up in this yummy color, try Kristen's Tru Love Bites cowl - it uses just one skein of luxurious Pashmina yarn, and we'll include the pattern download code for free with the purchase of Pashmina in this delectable hue! (Or, if you'd rather knit it in another color, you can snag the pattern on Ravelry for just $1 until the end of the month!)
Or, if you love lace, the Starshower Cowl by The Yarniad would look gorgeous in the newest Tosh base, Twist Light! Pick your pleasure and get started!
 
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      New Tosh Colors & Twist Light are here!  
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lots of new Madelinetosh Twist Light!


As if we needed one more reason to go crazy for Madelinetosh yarn this month: we've got a warehouse full of new Tosh colors! Knitters in the know secretly wink at one another when they hear that Madelinetosh is discontinuing a color, because we know that means new colors are on the way! And this run of new shades does not disappoint; in fact, we can't decide which our favorite is - there are eighteen to choose from!
new Madelinetosh colors for 2015
If you love rich, warm colors (and who doesn't?!?), take a look at Daffodil, Geode, Heartbeat, Kilim, Resin, and Woodstock. So vibrant!

If you're more drawn to super-saturated, cool colors, you'll love Deep, Fir Wreath, Odyssey, Plunge, and Raspberry Cordial.

Of course they've covered the neutrals well, too - and we can just imagine some of these in gorgeous sweaters that will become wardrobe staples: Fallen Cloud, Great Grey Owl, Kitten, Leopard, Moonglow, Pecan Hull, and Silver Leaf!
Best of all, we have all of these new colors, plus about 50 more regular Tosh colors in the newest Tosh yarn, Twist Light! Now, this is something to get excited about: it's a superwash merino blended with a touch of nylon for smoothness and durability, making it just right for long-lasting socks, pill-resistant accessories, light and airy shawls, and more!
The added nylon content causes the yarn to take the dyes differently for a slightly more muted, subdued look, but the gorgeous, hand-dyed tonal variations still take center stage!

First on our project list for this irresistible yarn is Leanne's newest design in Tunisian crochet: the Honey Bee Cowl! She created this lovely buttoned cowl in the February Tasty Tosh Color, Sausage, Chard, and Lemon Lasagna, and it looks delectable - and, it takes just one skein! Pick up a Honey Bee Cowl Kit and then download the pattern for free from her Ravelry store!
Leanne's Honey Bee Cowl pattern
To give you an idea of how Twist Light compares to the other Tosh fingering-weight yarns, we've prepared a handy Tosh Tutorial! Don't forget to take notes (wink!)!
Twist Light
Twist Light
Content: 75% machine-washable merino wool, 25% nylon
Yardage/Gauge Info: 420 yards (more than enough for 1 pair size women's large socks), 27-32 sts/4 inches on size US 1-2 needle
Properties: Plied with a springy twist; soft and smooth; durable against rubbing (resists pilling and wearing away, so it's good for socks, mittens, and other accessories that get harder wear)
Project Suggestions:
Andrea Rangel Clochan Socks, Olgajazzy Tabi Mittens, Leanne's Honey Bee Cowl
Tosh Sock
Tosh Sock
Content: 100% machine-washable merino wool
Yardage/Gauge Info: 395 yards (enough for 1 pair of women's size large socks), 27-32 sts/4 inches on size US 1-2 needles
Properties: Plied with a medium twist; soft and slightly springy; the wool gets softer and fuzzier with blocking and use; wool "memory" means it holds lace patterns well
Project Suggestions:
Afterthought Socks, Ripple Cowl, Romi Hill's Sakaki Shawl
Tosh Merino Light
Tosh Merino Light
Content: 100% machine-washable merino wool
Yardage/Gauge Info: 420 yards, 27-32 sts/4 inches on size US 1-2 needles
Properties: Single-ply yarn with loose twist; slightly thick-and-thin texture; very soft and slightly fuzzy; knits up into warm but light fabric great for shawls and light garments
Project Suggestions:
Romi Hill's Asterope Shawl, Olga's Vest, Madelinetosh Hay Cardigan
Dandelion
Dandelion
Content: 90% machine-washable merino wool, 10% fine linen
Yardage/Gauge Info: 325 yards, 27-32 sts/4 inches on size US 1-2 needles
Properties: Single-ply yarn with slightly thick-and-thin texture; linen takes dye differently than the wool, giving it a faintly heathered appearance; the linen "lightens" the wool, making it great for warmer-weather projects, and softens with wash and wear
Project Suggestions:
Cocoknits Gisela, Churchmouse Diagonal Lace Scarf and Wrap, Dull Roar Doublish Shawlette
 
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      A JBW and Rowan Retreat!  
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JBW and Rowan Retreat 2015


Those of you who attended our Stitch Mountain Retreat last July know it was a total blast - meeting and learning from Sarah Hatton, knitting with friends, and enjoying the mountain views were just some of the awesome perks!

Well, we're going back this year, so mark your calendars for the Jimmy Beans Wool & Rowan Retreat 2015: we'll be returning to the fabulous Northstar-at-Tahoe resort for a woolly weekend of fun on June 4th-7th, 2015!

This year, we welcome Martin Storey, the amazing designer of classic and timeless Rowan patterns and instructor extraordinaire!
Sarah Hatton with Retreaters in 2014
Martin will be teaching a class on beautiful beaded cables - we can't wait to see what he has in store!

We're also making this a world-class spa experience with the help of our friends at Black Rock Mud!
Like last year, all meals, transportation while at the retreat, and other details will be handled by the friendly JBW Staff, so all you have to worry about is not forgetting your knitting bag!

Spots are limited - to lock in your attendance, fill out the registration form available on our retreat page and email it to our retreat team at retreat@JimmyBeansWool.com.
See you there!
 
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      Game of Thrones MKAL - Don't forget your yarn!  
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Game of Thrones MKAL 2015
Are you ready for battle? We still have kits available for this year's Game of Thrones Mystery Knit-Along, beginning May 3rd on Ravelry!

Be sure to have your supplies ready - Kristen's mystery project, done in Lorna's Laces Limited Edition color Casterly Rock using the bulky-weight Cloudgate, takes 3 skeins and will be a fun quick knit!
You can also choose your own color of Cloudgate and get the pattern download code for just $3 - just let one of our Customer Service Beans know you're participating in the knit-along and they'll add the code to your order!
 
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      Knitter's Pride Tunisian & Afghan Crochet Hooks  
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We like to think of Tunisian Crochet as a friendly handshake between knitting and crochet because it uses elements of each craft, making it a perfect transition to learn some new skills! Our Knitter's Pride extravaganza wouldn't be complete without detailing their excellent specialty crochet hooks, including Afghan and Tunisian crochet hooks!
Double Ended Trendz Hooks
Just one look at these awesome tools will have you wanting to get started on a new project, or start learning one of these fun techniques - our Leanne was so inspired, she hooked up a beautiful Tunisian Crochet Lemon Lasagna Cowl to show off her new skills! Here's a little Crochet-Hook Crib Sheet to get you started!
Knitter's Pride Aluminum Tunisian Hooks
The Aluminum Afghan Hooks are exactly what you need to make a gorgeous, textured Afghan in Tunisian Crochet.

Each 12-inch-long hook is lightweight, so even when it's holding multiple stitches for Tunisian techniques, it won't weigh you down! The end is tapered to slip through loops easily, and there's a firm stopper on the back end so your stitches won't slide off.

They come in sizes A (2.0 mm), 2.5 mm, 3.0 mm, E (3.5 mm), G (4.0 mm), US 7 (4.5 mm), and H (5.0 mm).
Tunisian Bamboo Hooks
The Bamboo Tunisian Crochet Hooks provide an ingenious way to do Tunisian crochet: much like interchangeable needle tips, they attach to any length of Knitter's Pride Gold Cords and with a stopper on the other end of the cord, give you plenty of room to hold your loops!

The smooth bamboo is light and warm and will hold onto slippery yarns better than metal.

These hooks come in sizes 3.0 mm through US L (8.0 mm), plus a special Tunisian Crochet Set that includes eight popular hook sizes, four cords, eight end caps, a set of cord connectors, and four cord keys, all in a handy case!
Dreamz Tunisian hooks
The Dreamz Tunisian Crochet Hooks are similar to the Bamboo Tunisian Hooks, but made from the silky-smooth Symfonie wood and color-coded according to size for ease of finding the right hook!

They're used with the regular Knitter's Pride Cords, and come in sizes US E (3.5 mm) all the way up to 12.0 mm!
There's also a beautiful Tunisian Crochet Set available, featuring eight sizes of crochet hooks, four cords, eight end caps and four cord keys packed in a clear vinyl pouch.
Trendz Tunisian Hooks
The Trendz line has us covered on every front with two types of hooks available, both featuring the smooth, brightly-colored, lightweight acrylic shaft of Trendz needles!

Use Trendz Afghan Hooks for traditional Tunisian Crochet. They're 12 inches long and come in sizes US H (5.0 mm) through 12.0 mm (like the Dreamz, each size is a different color) and have a stopper on one end to hold your stitches on the hook for regular Tunisian Crochet.
Double Ended Crochet swatch
Trendz Double Ended Crochet Hooks are super special: they're for doing Tunisian crochet with two colors and/or working projects in the round!

They're also 12 inches long, and come in sizes US H (5.0 mm) through 12.0 mm. The two crochet hooks at either end of the shaft, when used with two balls of yarn, allow you to create hats, cowls and more in the round!

Leanne sure had fun playing with two-sided fabrics, as she demonstrates in this video.
To learn more about the different properties of Tunisian and Afghan crochet hooks, check out our video where Leanne compares the different styles of hooks.
 
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      Rowan Bouquets for Mother's Day!  
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Mother's Day with Olive!


Rowan yarns are a classic and a classy choice, making them perfect for Mother's Day gifts! We've got some gorgeous yarn bouquets that will let Mom know you're thinking of her and want her to have a fiber-filled gift that will last much longer than traditional flowers!

Get your orders in now and let us know they're for Mother's Day; we'll be glad to include a special message from you when we ship them!
Lithosphere Shawl
The Rowan Lithosphere Shawl Bouquet is both a shop favorite and perennially popular gift: using one hank of Rowan Fine Art and three balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Mom can knit up a gorgeous shawl that floats over the shoulders like wispy clouds sweeping across the sky!

Each bouquet comes with all the yarn she'll need, perched on decorative needle "stems", plus a single-use Soak Wash packet for soaking and blocking her shawl once it's knit up! All she'll need are her size US 8-24" circular needles and she'll be knitting in no time!
The Rowan Kidsilk Haze Bouquet is another great choice for Mother's Day: three balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze knit up into a beautiful, light Color Block Wrap by Jan Hurwitz in three coordinating colors - super stylish and super easy!

It will be the wrap Mom grabs time and again to keep her shoulders warm and chic, especially after she soaks it using the included Soak Wash packet (it's like flower food for keeping yarn fresh!)! She'll just need size US 7 circular needles to get her started.
Kidsilk Haze Bouquet
Thick 'N Thin Bouquet
For the super-trendy Mama, choose a Rowan Thick 'n' Thin Bouquet!

It features 2 balls of Rowan Thick 'n' Thin yarn, a pair of size 17 Knitter's Pride Basix Needles (the required size for the accompanying project!), a single-use Soak Wash packet, and a link to the Satellite Cowl by Rowan's talented design team.

It's everything she needs to make a thick and chunky, very hot-right-now neckwarmer to impress all her friends!
 
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      Stash Building Sales  
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Madelinetosh Onesie Grab Bags - 20% off!
As a special treat, we've combined two of our favorite things: onesies, and grab bags! We know it's sometimes hard to tell from your computer screen what colors look best together, so we've done the work for you and matched up skeins of Tosh Onesies in all the bases we have in stock: Home, Tosh Chunky, Tosh DK, Tosh Lace, Tosh Merino, Tosh Merino Light, Tosh Sock, Tosh Sport, and Vintage! Each bag contains 2 skeins, either matching or in coordinating colors. It's a great way to plan for a 2-skein or 2-color project (like one of Romi Hill's Small Shawls!), or just fatten your stash! Grab them up before they're gone!
Tosh Vintage Onesies Grab Bags - Grey
Tosh Vintage Onesies Grab Bags - Grey
Was $44.00
Now $35.19
(20% off!)
Tosh Sock Onesies Grab Bags - Green Mix
Tosh Sock Onesies Grab Bags - Green Mix
Was $50.00
Now $39.99
(20% off!)
Tosh Merino Light Onesies Grab Bags - Pink Mix
Tosh Merino Light Onesies Grab Bags - Pink Mix
Was $45.00
Now $35.99
(20% off!)
Home Onesies Grab Bags - Purple Mix
Home Onesies Grab Bags - Purple Mix
Was $44.00
Now $35.19
(20% off!)
Plymouth Sale Yarns - from 40% off!
We're about to knock your socks off with this Plymouth Sale! For starters, how about 109 yards of squishy, super-bulky, 100% merino wool for less than $10? Yep! Perennial favorite for quick hats, scarves, and cowls, Plymouth DeAire is on sale for a steal! For a self-striping, variegated look, try some Bazinga - this bulky-weight barrel of fun will knit up into colorful accessories in no time! If you're on the lookout for linen, check out Vizions - it's a light-weight rayon and linen blend perfect for summer garments!
Plymouth DeAire - 1662 Blue Mountain
Plymouth DeAire - 1662 Blue Mountain
Was $16.00
Now $9.60
(40% off!)
Plymouth DeAire - 0713 Southern Belle
Plymouth DeAire - 0713 Southern Belle
Was $16.00
Now $9.60
(40% off!)
Plymouth Bazinga - 04 Banana Chip
Plymouth Bazinga - 04 Banana Chip
Was $6.00
Now $3.60
(40% off!)
Plymouth Vizions 112 Greens/Brown
Plymouth Vizions 112 Greens/Brown
Was $7.00
Now $3.50
(50% off!)
Muench Fabu & Cleo - 65% off!
Get ready to stock up: we've got some great deals on Muench yarns! Take a gander at Fabu.... we think you'll agree, it's fabulous! This colorful nylon boucle is just bursting with personality - use it alone for a fun novelty scarf, or as a carry-along yarn to add texture and color to any project! Cleo is another groovy novelty yarn with amazing color and a neat, slubby texture that's sure to elicit many "knitter's handshakes"! Mix it with Fabu for a truly unique scarf or hat!
Muench Fabu - M4306 - Gold and Blues
Muench Fabu - M4306 - Gold and Blues
Was $13.95
Now $4.85
(65% off!)
Muench Fabu - M4323 - Sage, Clay, Sorbet
Muench Fabu - M4323 - Sage, Clay, Sorbet
Was $13.95
Now $4.85
(65% off!)
Muench Cleo - 136 - Nagoya
Muench Cleo - 136 - Nagoya
Was $14.50
Now $5.00
(66% off!)
Muench Cleo - 122 - Cassis
Muench Cleo - 122 - Cassis
Was $14.50
Now $5.00
(66% off!)
Rowan and Schachenmayr Sale - 50% off!
It only comes around once in a blue moon, so grab some while you can: loads of Rowan and Schachenmayr yarn on sale! Discontinued colors, spring cleaning specials, whatever the reason, you stand to benefit and so does your stash! We have all kinds of Rowan, from light Creative Linen and Fine Art, to fan favorite Kidsilk Haze Trio, that's just the beginning! From Schachenmayr we've got fun Lova, reflective Lumio Color, classic Tweed Deluxe, and more! Stock up and save!
Rowan Creative Linen - 628 Ochre
Rowan Creative Linen - 628 Ochre
Was $14.95
Now $7.45
(50% off!)
Rowan Fine Art - 301 Serin
Rowan Fine Art - 301 Serin
Was $29.95
Now $14.95
(50% off!)
Schachenmayr original Lumio Color - 092 Turquoise-Pink Color
Schachenmayr original Lumio Color - 092 Turquoise-Pink Color
Was $15.99
Now $7.99
(50% off!)
Schachenmayr select Tweed Deluxe - 7112 Brown, White
Schachenmayr select Tweed Deluxe - 7112 Brown, White
Was $10.95
Now $5.47
(50% off!)
 
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      Projects on Our Needles  
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Leanne's Shard Shawlette
Leanne's Shard Shawlette
When Romi Hill released the Shard Shawlette to accompany the February '15 Lorna's Limited Edition Color - Dark Crystal, we knew we had a hit pattern on our hands! Leanne loved the design so much, she had to cast on right away. A new color called Princess Donna was calling her name, so she cast on in this delicious pastel shade in Lorna's Laces Solemate for a pretty knit that will go with just about anything.
The nature of the Shard design calls for at least one color repeat in the yarn to measure 12" so that the little short row knit "shards" in the design are all one color. We just love the subtle result in this colorway!

Get the kit to knit your own Shard shawl in our kit department.
Jenny's Henrietta Hat
Jenny's Henrietta Hat
Jenny has wanted to knit with HiKoo Kenzie ever since we started carrying it a couple of years ago. Recently she found the perfect project for it -- Kelbourne Woolen's Henrietta Hat (for which the Fibre Company's Knightsbridge yarn was originally used).

We think it's a perfect fit too, and love how the pretty green Kale color makes the cables pop perfectly!
Laura's Bias Wrap
Laura's Color Blocked Bias Wrap
Laura was so excited about her latest knitting accomplishment because it's the first project (besides a hat) that she has knit in the 4+ years since Huck was born! This gorgeous wrap is knit in Classic Elite's MountainTop Chalet yarn-- a squishy blend of baby alpaca and bamboo in a range of all natural color blends. This wrap takes 6 skeins, and is a quick knit on large needles.
The pattern is from Classic Elite's Handmade Los Angeles Book 1, which is no longer in print, but you can still purchase a digital copy of the pattern through Ravelry.
Monika's Tribe Tunic
Monika's Tribe Top
Monika crocheted this top out of Rowan Panama using the free Tribe pattern from the Rowan Website.

The result is a cute bohemian top that can be layered over tanks or long sleeves and is easy to dress up or down with jeans or a nice skirt! Here is what Monika had to say about the project:

I would technically assign this pattern an intermediate status, but working with Panama with such a small hook made it quite fiddly, so work-wise, it's an advanced. But worth it - can't wait for it to get warm enough to wear it!

We love how this top turned out! Nice work Monika!
Chris' Slipping Away Scarf
Chris's Slipping Away Scarf
This fun stripy scarf uses fingering weight yarn making it a great weight for multi-season wear! Designed by Chris, one of our JBW team members, this scarf features short rows and an I-cord border for a unique finished look. Here is what Chris has to say about his design:

Slipping Away is a comfy scarf knit with fingering weight yarn, making it a perfect accessory anytime of the year. It is constructed in three colors, mainly striped and decorated with perfectly organized slip stitches and several short rows to give the piece a gentle curve. An i-cord border finishes up the scarf for an extra color pop. While created on fingering yarn originally, this design can be knit on any yarn, so enjoy!

You can purchase your own copy of Slipping Away in Chris's Ravelry store!
 
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      JBW In-Focus: Grace Akhrem is Coming to Jimmy Beans!  
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Grace Akhrem Trunk Show


If you're one of our local customers, you've probably seen her trunk shows (or heard us rave about them!)... now you can meet the designer who created it all! Knitwear designer Grace Akhrem will be here at Jimmy Beans Wool May 2nd and 3rd - that's a Saturday and Sunday - teaching three classes on how to knit more awesomely (pretty sure that's a thing).

We are currently hosting one of her trunk shows, so if you want see some of her fabulous designs in person please stop on by! And while you're here, you might as well sign up for a class or two (wink, wink)!

Choose from Modifying Garments for Your Body & Yarn, Triangles, Diamonds & Squares, Oh My! and 10 Things Every Knitter Should Know - or take all three! See all the details at JimmyBeansWool.com/GraceAWeekend15.

Class sizes are limited so don't wait to sign up and learn from one of the hottest knitwear designers out there!
If you don't have time for classes that weekend, but still want to meet Grace, please come by the shop Saturday morning at 9am (yep, we're opening early!) for a one-of-a-kind meet-and-greet!
 
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      Still Time to apply for a Beans for Brains Scholarship!  
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Beans For Brains
Haven't gotten your Beans for Brains Scholarship application in yet? Don't worry - there's still time! We're taking applications through April 30th.

Just complete the online form and have it in by the deadline, then wait to hear the results later in June! You could win one of 4 scholarships to help you achieve your education goals, just for being involved in the fiber arts! Hobbies do have their perks!
 
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