Thursday, July 7, 2016

Double Knitting = Double Fun!

Want to know our favorite kind of knitting? The learning kind! Working a pattern that teaches us a new skill is energizing - once we master it, we feel like we can tackle anything! 

Recently, Laura needed a bit of a refresher on how to double-knit, so our resident knit-xpert, Terry, showed her the ropes. Even a long-time knitter can learn new skills, so check out the video of their lesson and let us know in the comments if you have any tips or tricks to add!





What new knitting skills have you been learning lately?

Monday, June 27, 2016

Future MKALs & MCALs at JBW!

We are trying to decide on some upcoming Mystery Knit and Crochet Alongs, and we need your help! We have some ideas, but we'd like to know if we are on the right track. We'd appreciate if you'd take the following poll to help us out! Thanks in advance!


What future MKALs or MCALs would you like to see hosted by Jimmy Beans Wool?

Poldark
House of Cards
Mercy Street
Penny Dreadful
Sherlock
Scandal
How to Get Away with Murder
None of the Above (Suggest something in the comments below.)
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Do You Believe in Magic?

The SpellbindersFestival​ is a FREE Magic event that brings kids into their local libraries and encourages them to embrace their creativity What's not to love?!?!

We've partnered with Spellbinders, Rowan Yarns​, and Marinade Designs​ to create this fun Spellbinders Magic Kit complete with yarn, a knitted project, and an EXCLUSIVE video by Larry Wilson​, an Emmy-nominated Magician, where he teaches you to do some cool magic with yarn (oh, and you can knit with it too!)! How fun is that?!?! The best part is 100% of the profit from these kits goes to Spellbinders!


Snag yourself a Spellbinders Magic Kit for just $10 and prepare to be AMAZED! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Beanie Bag Subscribers - We Want Your Opinion!

Beanie Bags are a huge hit, and we'd like to continue to give you bag content that you are excited about which is why we'd love if you would take the quick poll below! In honor of keeping things fun fresh every month (and of course a surprise!), we wanted to ask a quick question about how important a notion in each bag is to you.



So please let us know what you think! And, feel free to leave any additional comments on this post if you have further feedback. We'd love to hear from you!

Here is the poll:


To notion or not to notion? How important are notions in your Beanie Bag?

I love them, I want them every month!
They are great, but I don't need them every month!
Skip them! I don't want notions at all!
I don't care either way.
Quiz Maker
Thanks so much for taking the time to give your opinion! Happy knitting and crocheting! Kristen

Monday, February 29, 2016

Inside #iKnitForEddie with Power Purls Podcast!

Have you seen Eddie the Eagle yet?! If not, be sure to put it on your movie watching list! Not only is it a great inspirational movie (we certainly all loved it here at the shop!), it also casts knitting in a supporting role! Get the inside scoop on how we partnered with Hollywood to promote this movie and put knitting in the spotlight in this awesome podcast from Power Purls. 



Listen to the podcast on the Power Purls website

Hope you enjoy listening as much as we did! 
-Leanne 

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Eddie the Eagle Knitting Olympics!

Introducing Hugh Jackman as... The world's best knitting coach!
Why is Hugh coaching a knitter? To prove that he can coach anyone into a winner! Get the whole story (& the OFFICIAL Eddie the Eagle FREE hat pattern) at JimmyBeansWool.com/Eddie!
A giant thank you to Hugh & Taron Egerton for being so, so, so awesome (seriously, they are the bomb!). You've officially won our hearts forever!!
While it may not be the Knitting Olympics, you, too, have the opportunity to win a knit or crochet contest! Visit iKnitForEddie.com to enter your original "E" Hat design for an opportunity to win an exclusive Eddie prize, plus inclusion in a special promotion of the film!

Submissions are due April 1st and voting (by way of likes and reblogs on Tumblr) begin April 2nd! 

#‎iKnitForEddie‬, and we hope you will, too!

Happy knitting (and crocheting)! -Leanne

Friday, February 12, 2016

Knit a Hat for Eddie!



Want to knit a hat to show your support for the #iKnitForEddie campaign - or maybe for the Design Contest? We have a few tricks up our sleeves that might help!

First you will want to start off by downloading one of our FREE #iknitforeddie patterns! We have created both a knit AND crochet patterns for your enjoyment! 


First, a note about hat construction: while you can knit a hat from the top down, most are constructed from the brim up, and that's the method we'll be looking at here. The basic recipe is easy: cast on, knit the brim, knit the body, make regular decreases so the top of the hat will be spherical, and cast off. 






We love a long-tail cast on for hat brims, for two reasons: it's simple (always a plus), and it's stretchy (essential for hats). Here's a great video of Jeanne explaining how to do a long-tail cast on.

Once you get your stitches cast on and joined into a circle (see our helpful tutorial on how to join knitting into a round), you'll knit the brim. This is usually 1-2 inches of ribbing (knits and purls in combination - we used k2, p2 on the hat above). Ribbing is stretchy so the hat will fit over the widest part of your noggin.

The body is smooth sailing - all stockinette on this hat (knit all rows, in the round) until the hat is long enough to cover most of the head. You can incorporate other stitch patterns in this section, too - texture, lace, you name it!

Then, you'll start consolidating stitches using decreases to make the circumference of the top of the hat smaller (you know, like most human heads are shaped). We used knit-two-together (k2tog) every so many stitches, every other row to make a nice, sloped decrease. We also spaced the k2togs at appropriate intervals as our rows got smaller so the decreases would line up in nice little ridges right up to the top of the hat, when we only had a few stitches left. Then we drew the yarn through those stitches and cinched up the top, and voila! A hat!

But wait, that's not all: we used duplicate stitch on this hat to make a nice, solid "E" - for Eddie, of course! And you can also add fun embellishments like pom-poms to make your hat one-of-a-kind!

We hope this little tutorial was helpful - now get out there and knit (or design!) your Eddie Hat! If you'd like to make one just like the one above, here's a handy free pattern!