Wednesday, May 13, 2015

All About Reversible Cables!

Erika's Outlander Shawl in Fable Fibers Novel and TML; Rachel's Moebius Braid Cowl

Suddenly, we can't get enough of reversible cables.

And why not? They're pretty awesome. Just take a look.

As anyone who had the pleasure of knitting Rachel's 2015 Outlander Mystery Shawl (above, in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock Limited Edition color Craigh na Dun) knows, they're not hard to execute, but the results are amazing - beautiful cables that look as good on the back side of the fabric as they do on the front! Which comes in mighty handy when you want both sides of your project to be equally gorgeous (and who doesn't?). Scarves, cowls, and shawls that wrap around your neck or get tossed over a shoulder certainly fall into this category.

Like the Moebius Braid Cowl Rachel designed for Knitty, below:

Reversible Cables glean their magic from a simple stitch we all know and love: rib. Surprised? We were, too. It seems that easy k1, p1 rib has some hidden talents. Namely, if you pattern cables with it, the backs of them look the same as the fronts, a quality we already make good use of in everyday rib on collars, cuffs, edgings, and more. 

Here's a closer look of one of the cables in my Outlander Mystery Shawl. Look familiar? It was formed by keeping the k1, p1 stitch pattern as I knit the cables off the cable needle.

The rib stitch keeps the cables nice and stretchy, too. Bonus!

Want more? This great video from Rachel explains the ins and outs of this handy trick, and shows you how to do it, too! Keep that one in your back pocket. You're welcome.

Let us know what sorts of projects you've used reversible cables in. We'd love to see them!

Happy Knitting,


Friday, May 8, 2015

The Game is On! Game of Thrones MKAL Progress

The Game of Thrones Mystery Knit-along has officially begun! Kristen posted the first clue on Ravelry on May 3rd, and Ravelers grabbed their needles and cast on for this bulky-weight mystery project inspired by Tyrion Lannister. Using Lorna's Laces Cloudgate in our April 2015 Limited Edition color, Casterly Rock, the first clue flew by and we soon had the beginning of something special on the needles! Take a look at some of the progress Ravelers have made:

Jennilynn's Mystery Project in Casterly Rock that eyelet lace I spy in there? It's making that hand-dyed yarn look great!

moonrevel's Game of Thrones Mystery project is looking nice!

Some Ravelers have chosen alternate colorways, and they look gorgeous as well!

CakerKnits chose Cloudgate in the Campbell colorway

Our Leanne chose Prepare to Dye (another Lorna's Limited Edition color!) for her colorful creation

And different yarns are knitting up quite nicely, as well!

knitwitkara is using Classic Elite Chalet and she thinks it's heavenly!

annelacanne is proving Cascade 128 is also a great choice! (We have it in Superwash, too!)

How is your Game of Thrones mystery project looking? Share some photos with us!

We can't wait to see what next week brings! You can read even more about it over here on Kristen's blog!

Happy Knitting!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015


We've got cabin fever.

No, we don't all live in cabins, silly! It may be the High Sierra, but we're not the Donner Party!

That may have been tasteless. I apologize. (And no pun intended, by the way...I just can't help myself!)

No, what I meant was, we're ready for Spring!

Spring...hello, Spring...where are you? You can officially arrive any. time. now.

We've had a few days of warm sun, but real warm weather isn't quiiiite here yet. But that doesn't mean we can't prepare by planning our Spring knitting projects! Here are a few that have caught our eye:

Dragneficient by Penny Schumers (bottom right, above)

Morning Dove Shawlette by Pam Jemelian (top right, above) - in Tosh Merino Light (fave!)

Striped Spring Shirt from Purl Soho (left, above)

Lake Effect Cardigan by Amy Miller (swoooooon!)

Or how about a shawl to use up some of that stashed sock yarn?

Yes, please! The Raindrops and Roses Shawl by Clara Beauty is!

What sorts of gorgeous things are getting you excited about Spring knitting? Share them with us!

Happy Spring (hopefully, soon)!


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's Getting Scot in Here! (Outlander MKAL Progress - Spoiler Alert!)

Whew - do you feel that? The temperature's rising! Not just outside, but in our living rooms as we greedily soak in the newest episodes of Outlander on Starz!

Ahem. I'm gonna need a second.

Handsome Jamie isn't the only thing that's got us excited: Rachel's Outlander Mystery Knit-Along is up and running, and the results are just gorgeous so far! The yarn is just beautiful, too - Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Rachel's specially-created Craigh na Dun colorway reminds us of Scottish moors covered in forget-me-not flowers!

Just take a look at some of the progress Ravelers have made on the first two clues:

ArcticWoolies' Craigh na Dun is looking fab!

CakersKnits even used her special Spark Stitch Markers!

clrowe01 is cabling up a storm!

And that's not all - many of you have taken matters into your own hands and tried your own yarn colors and modifications, as well!

shand302 used The Verdant Gryphon Bugga! in Persephone (how apropos!)

tbears99 is loving it in TML in Ginger

TerryRoss was wooed by Wollmeise in Patina (and she's planning to add beads!)

How is your Outlander project coming along? Share some photos and notes with us on the Outlander MKAL 2015 chat boards! (Beware of spoilers!)

Want to read more? Check out Rachel's blog!

We can't wait to see the finished shawl - we'll be checking back in with more progress as the MKAL unfolds!

And's my own little Tosh Merino Light, color Plaid Blanket, with some eyelet lace in the garter section to disguise any gauge discrepancies! (And because I thought it might look good with the upcoming border...*wink!) I love this pattern so much, I'm staying up too late knitting. Oh, the sacrifices we knitters make for our craft!

I love it!

Happy Knitting!

- Heather

Friday, April 3, 2015

Live Long and Prosper: Remembering Spock

Those of you who follow our Lorna’s Limited Edition Colors know that we’re fans of sci-fi in general and especially of Star Trek - a feeling that many in the knitting world share. (What, knitting and nerdiness go hand in hand? I didn't know!)

Like all Star Trek fans, we were immediately and greatly saddened to learn of Leonard Nimoy’s recent death, and many of our customers wrote to us to ask that we revive one of our past colors in tribute to him. We thought, what better way to memorialize one of our favorite actors than with yarn? So we asked Lorna’s to create a special run of the color Live Long and Prosper, with an extra-long run of blue to represent the color of his Starfleet uniform. It's gorgeous - and we think Spock himself would approve.

Shepherd Sock

Live Long and Prosper is available for pre-order in Shepherd Sock and Honor. Lorna's is dyeing the yarn now, and it will ship by the end of May, if not sooner. 


Rest in Peace, Spock. \\//

Monday, March 30, 2015

Handmade Monday: Grace Akhrem Trunk Show!

Sharkey models the Silver Lining Tunic in Shibui Linen and Chain Mail (reversible!) Cami in Habu Textiles Rayon

The best perk of being a Reno local?

Springtime, ring-a-ding-a-ding time. Sweet things come from the sunshine.
(Thank you, Willy Wonka, for those eternal words of wisdom).
Reversible Tangled Branches Cowl
Left (on Jenny): long version in Tosh DK - Amber Trinket
Right (on Olivia): short version in Becoming Art Cielo Sport - Cedar

The trunk shows at JBW.

We're so glad we live here.
Seaweed Scarf
On Jenny: large size made with Anzula For Better or Worsted in Mauve
On Olivia: striped version made with Koigu KPM

No, I'm not kidding. 

How could I be? They're like touchable fashion shows full of delicious, knitterly garments. 


Triangles, Diamonds, and Squares, Oh My! 
No, really, that's what it's called.

This month, we were graced (*snicker* see what I did there?) by the amazing Grace Akhrem trunk show. Just take a look at the gorgeous wearability of these pieces - they're all you need for a complete wardrobe makeover, especially since many of them can be worn in multiple ways!

As motivation to try one of these great knits, why not join the Silver Lining KAL on Ravelry? Everybody needs a beautiful tunic this summer. Who says so?

I do, of course. And, your mom would tell you the same, I just know it.

And we all must listen to our moms. Sometimes. Well, with Mother's Day coming up and all.

But seriously, the Silver Lining Tunic is just perfect for summer layering. Knit up in light and airy Shibui Linen, you'll wish you had two. Or ten! Do it. The KAL starts April 13th on Ravelry!

Clockwise from top: Crashing Waves in Road to China Light in Peridot and Smoky Quartz (striped), and Madelinetosh Prairie in Stovepipe (could also sub Dirty Panther); Tangled Branches Hat in Tosh DK in Jade; Seaweed Scarf (worsted version - Pagewood Farm Alyeska 5); Buttoned Lace Cowl in Pagewood Farm Alyeska Hand-dyed Sock

You're welcome.  ;)

And that's not all: we have a SUPER special event planned for May!

Wait for it...

Grace Akhrem is coming to Jimmy Beans! On May 2nd and 3rd, we'll be hosting Grace for a "meet & greet", plus (squee!) she's going to teach some fun classes at the shop!

I guess maybe THAT's the best perk of being a Reno local! But even if you're not one, you are more than welcome to join as well - mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on how to sign up! Think of it as a mini-vacation, with yarn, gorgeous designs, and knitters everywhere.

Sounds like my kind of thing. 

I'll see you there!

Sprouting Leaves Cowl
On Jenny: large version, Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica, color 25
On Olivia: small version, Pagewood Farm Suisitna in Grasshopper

In the meantime, stop by before April 12th to see all the great garments before they're gone! 

Reversible Tangled Branches Cowl
On Jenny: long version in Tosh DK - Amber Trinket
On Olivia: short version in Becoming Art Cielo Sport - Cedar

You might even get to hang around with these gals.  

Olga's Vest
On Jenny: medium size, Tosh Merino Light in Saffron
On Olivia: large size, Sweet Georgia Silk Crush in Goldmine
held together with Rowan Kidsilk Haze


 If you want.

Happy Knitting!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Handmade Monday: Micro-Brewed Series!

Tanis Fiber Arts Orange Label Worsted in Luxe

There’s a world of knitters out there dreaming about color. Did you know?

We do. And oh, are we glad that we do.

These knitters, crocheters, crafters, artisans - choose your label, they're all fitting - are so inspired to bring their color dreams to life that they're dyeing their own yarn. 

"What?", you say? Yes, people. Yes. 

Black Bunny Fibers Worsted in Paddy's Pub

They’re dyeing yarn in their kitchens, bathrooms, backyards – anywhere they can find the extra space – and then releasing their fabulous creations through Etsy, Ravelry, and Facebook. So we had a lightbulb moment.

A yarn-bulb, if you will.

Fable Fibers Novel in Sugar Spun

Why not bring a bunch of small hand-dyers together in a JBW Exclusive Series, to show our customers a glimpse of this amazing, colorful world?

We thought, these small dyers are equivalent to the micro-breweries popping up all over the place now, bringing back the artisanal craft of small-batch beer brewing. 

The JBW Micro-Brewed Series was born!

Holiday Yarns Woolie Ewe Worsted in Fuchsia Fusion

Each month, we release three exclusive colorways from independent hand-dyers. Each batch is a limited run, meaning that once it's gone, it's gone!

Sad, we know. 

You'll just have to buy some yarn to make yourself feel better. It's what we do.

Phydeaux Soie in Mon Amour

What you see here is but a sampling...head on over to our Micro-Brewed Series page to read all about these amazing yarns and their dyers!

Sincere Sheep Cormo Fingering in Cecil B.

We can't wait to see what next month will bring!

Well, to be fair, we already know - but we can't wait for you to see it! 

Happy Knitting!