Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Years from all the Little Beans!

Hello everyone! I hope you all have had a fantastic week! We've been busy little beans around here this week as the post-Christmas holiday rush has surprised us all a bit. Many of us are excited for the ringing in of the New Year this evening, as I'm sure many of you are out there too!

I thought I would take the time this morning to share the first part of the lovely holiday gift all of us beans worked on for Doug and Laura-- the owners and brains behind Jimmy Beans Wool. They are two of the most awesome people in the world to work for so we wanted to thank them for all that they do for us with a little bit of knitted love.

Each year, we try to come up with something fun to do for them, and this year we had enough
little beans on staff that we figured we could each knit or crochet a "quilt" square and then sew it all together to make them a lovely patchwork quilt! We were so excited to get started so we all met at the shop to plan and organize- we all just barely fit into the shipping room at JBW:
Here is what all of our yarns looked like before we started:
Our guidelines were pretty simple. Must be in Blues or Browns (their favorite colors), and the finished knitted square should be 12" x 12" pre-blocking. It could be knitted or crocheted and
be in any pattern we wanted. Fun, huh? Here are some of the squares that people came up with:



At the Holiday Party, we gave the blocked squares to Laura and Doug and then Sandy took them home. She and Jeanne are working on sewing them all together. Once they are done we are going to back it with flannel and tack all the corners like a real quilt! We are so excited to see the finished project, which I will share with you all in a Part 2 post as soon as we have it finished.

I hope all of you have a happy and safe New Years, and I'll be back next week with lots of new FO's and WIP's to share. Thanks for to you all for supporting Jimmy Beans in the last year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2011!

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