Friday, December 9, 2011

Be Sweet- Simply Sweet!

We couldn't be more excited to share with you some really "sweet" new products from Be Sweet! We've been working with Be Sweet for years, not only because they offer high quality products at a reasonable price, but because they are an upstanding, highly ethical company!

Be Sweet yarns are made with a whole lotta love! They offer a range of fibers from mohair to bamboo to organic cotton. Their products are produced by artisan women in South Africa who hand dye, ball, and add specialty accents to each product. Be Sweet's local office is in Sausalito, just across the hill in California.





We are most excited to tell you about their new collection of yarn, Simply Sweet! It is Be Sweet's new "basics" range and includes two yarn lines: Whipped Cream and Satisfaction. Whipped Cream is 45% kid mohair, 45% wool, 10% silk and is a yummy worsted weight fiber with a soft, elegant sheen. Satisfaction is 60% wool, 20% kid mohair, 20% superfine alpaca and is a warm sport weight fiber with a unique blend of South American alpaca and South African mohair. Both yarns are available in 10 gorgeous colors including Persimmon, Moss, Sapphire, Chestnut, and Steel.




None of these yarns would be possible without this fantastic lady, Nadine Curtis. Nadine was born in Boulder, Colorado. She lived in the mountains until she was 10 and then moved to New York until college, when she headed back out west and went to University of Colorado.
Six months after she married a South African, they decided to move to Cape Town for an adventure. And what an adventure it was!! When they had a baby they thought they'd better get back to their "real lives."
We sat down with Nadine and grilled her with some really tough questions!

JBW: What was the first album you ever bought?
Nadine: Grease! Go Grease Lightning!

JBW: In a previous life, you were...
Nadine: A French Fashionista. :)


JBW: Do you have a garden?
Nadine: I'm quite the brown thumb at the moment :( … hopefully this will change with age :)


JBW: What's your favorite possession?
Nadine: Great Aunt's pinky ring - made in the 20's - I love love old jewels.


JBW: What's the next big adventure?
Nadine: I'm hosting a Knitter's Tour to South Africa in February 2012.

We don't want to keep all the sweets for ourselves! We are giving away a ball of the new Be Sweet Bubble Ball yarn in either colorway, Africa or Wildberries. To enter, please leave a comment on our blog below telling us your favorite sweet treat for the holidays by Tuesday December 13th at 6pm PST. (Only one per person, please!) And be sure to check back on Wednesday when we announce the winner.

To find out more about Nadine and Be Sweet, you can check them out here:

Website: http://besweetproducts.com/
Blog: http://waggledancing.wordpress.com/

To learn more about their adventures in South Africa, check it out here!



Thanks and good luck!
Bethany

P.S. Have you seen our latest catalog yet? It’s 48 pages of pure, 100% Rowan. Visit www.jimmybeanswool.com/catalog to sign up for your free copy!



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88 comments:

  1. My favorite sweet treat would have to be peppermint mochas!

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  2. My favorite sweet treat for the holidays is eggnog cookies. Delicious, and of course it's fun to lick the bowl after baking them, too!

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  3. Oh, gosh, I would have to say pumpkin pie across the board. Thanks for asking, and for offering the giveaway!

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  4. I love Snickerdoodle: Cookies AND frozen yogurt!

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  5. Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies! soo good, especially when you use the good chocolate chips

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  6. My favorite sweet treat for the holidays is chocolate Seafood filled with hazelnut praline!

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  7. I have a weakness for fudge, mmm!

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  8. I love pannetone for the holidays and now I can get a gluten-free version so I can really celebrate this year.

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  9. Homemade Cinnamon hardy candy <3 My Mom-in-law makes the best!!

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  10. It's a toss-up between Pumpkin Spice Latte and Peppermint Mocha Latte.

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  11. Warm from the oven chocolate chip cookies....yum.

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  12. Gotta be fudge paired with a peppermint white mocha!

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  13. Frango candy cane mint chocolate! I like to drop one in a coffee and Bailey's. When the coffee is done there is a melty sweet treat at the bottom. They only sell these around Christmas time.

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  14. I love eggnog kringle - it's a soft cookie w/a light eggnog flavor that you wrap in a knot and dust w/powdered sugar. Yummy!

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  15. I just discovered candy cane kisses when St. Nick brought some for the kids. Oh, are THEY addicting!

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  16. Hmmm... So much yumminess to choose from but would have to settle on Nuts and Chews form See's Candies.

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  17. Kay/ nestinknitterDecember 9, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    My mom makes these awesome jelly center cookies!

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  18. I love good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookies!

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  19. Cookies, warm from the oven, are always a huge hit.

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  20. I like Cadbury caramels anytime of the year.

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  21. Egg nog (non-alcoholic version) is my favorite. :)

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  22. I love chewy ginger snaps. It's a a newer recipe that I've started using & oh goodness, they are so good!

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  23. Eggnogg and danish butter cookies

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  24. Favorite sweet treat is shortbread dipped in dark chocolate. Yumm!

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  25. jamcake and egg custard :)

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  26. Peppermint Hot Chocolate - YUMMY!

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  27. Cake truffles! I need to make some soon, if I can find time in between my frantic holiday knitting.

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  28. It would not be Christmas at our house without yummy sugar cutout cookies for Santa. The best part of course are all the messy sprinkles :)

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  29. My father's Pumpkin Cheesecake with chocolate sauce. Although this year he made it with a salted caramel top and it was equally as delicious!

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  30. We have a family recipe called "Pearl's Delights". Those are my favorite.

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  31. My favorite Christmas Eve dessert to make & definitely to eat is Peppermint Brownie Torte with Chocolate Ganache. And yes, it is just as decadent and sinfully amazing as it sound!

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  32. My Mother's old recipe for "Mexican Wedding Cakes" - absolutely melt in your mouth little crescent cookies, rolled in powdered sugar. Lots of butter in them, too! Addictive, but it's only once a year (if that)!

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  33. White chocolate popcorn - - - yummy!

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  34. White Chocolate Peppermint Candy Fudge!!

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  35. Home made divinity is my favorite Christmas treat.

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  36. My favorite Chirstmas goodie fresh cranberries dipped in white chocolate. They are yummie and easy to make. I am making them this weekend!!

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  37. My favorite is toffee, but might have to forgo it this year due to braces...

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  38. Star Surprise is by far my favorite holiday sweet treat!

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  39. Definitely iced sugar cookies cut out in all the fun Christmas shapes.

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  40. I love my Grandmothers divinity!!

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  41. white chocolate covered popcorn.mmmmmm

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  42. My favorite sweet treat is homemade chocolate fudge!

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  43. Puppy chow! It's chex mix with peanut butter and chocolate mixed in.

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  44. My favorite holiday sweet is Norwegian krumkake.

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  45. italian snowball cookies

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  46. These sound yummy, can't wait to get my hands on them. PattiO

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  47. One of my favorite sweet treats that I always made with my mom, was candy cane cookies. They're sugar cookies, mint-flavored, and halved with one half colored with red food coloring, then twist together. Simple, but so sweet! ;)

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  48. I think my favorite is whichever one is in my mouth at the time. :-)

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  49. I'm having difficulty coming up with just one, so I'm going to just say "cookies"

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  50. My favorite treat are cookies made with my grandma's recipe called melt aways.

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  51. Trader Joe's dark chocolate covered Peppermint Joe Joe's!!

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  52. My favorite holiday sweet treat is peppermint ice cream with dark chocolate fudge sauce. I stock up when I see it because one year... they ran out of it all over town!

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  53. My favorite holiday sweet treat is annually making Chocolate Crinkle Cookies for my brother. Now he is a family of 5 and gets home from work to his two yr old girl full of powdered sugar and when asked if she was in the cookies, shakes her head yes and answers no. The tradition will live on. Thank you JBW for this opportunity.

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  54. I was introduced to Oatmeal Carmelitas last year. Holy Chocolate-and-Caramel, are those good!!!

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  55. My favorite Christmas treat is my husband's chocolate pecan cheesecake.

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  56. My mom's Christmas cookies, for sure. She makes so many varieties, and each one is better than the next! I also love peppermint bark and good old fashioned hot cocoa! :)

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  57. I love cake and Oreo balls. I can't seems to stop eating them when they are around.

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  58. I have to say it is our family recipe for Butter tarts, they are wonderfu.

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  59. My favorite sweet @ Christmas is a homemade dark chocolate fudge that incorporates a layer of mint fudge...Tastes like Andes mints!

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  60. My favorite Christmas treat is homemade shortbread and eggnog.
    Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday

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  61. My favorite is peanutbutter balls or sometimes called "buckeyes".

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  62. Candy Cane cookies. We make them every year on Christmas eve.

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  63. My favorite sweet treat is fruit cake and eggnog. But that is after going to see Christmas lights in local neighborhoods.

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  64. My favorite holiday treat is RUM CAKE. After my mom passed, I became the rum-cake-baker. I am honored to carry on this tradition.

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  65. I love my dad's speckleaas biscuits - I think as I like to say the last part alot - "aaaaas biscuits please :)" He has been making these in the traditional way since I was a little girl for christmas and it always makes the house smell like christmas

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  66. I love Bourban Black Walnut Pound Cake.

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  67. Awesome article! Will have to try the yarns! My favorite Christmas treat would be frosted sugar cookies!

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  68. At Christmas, I love white fudge with cranberries and almonds! Thanks for offering the giveaway!

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  69. my favorite treat is pepprkahar, which is a Swedish ginger cookie. They are a tradition in our house.

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  70. This is a tough one, but I would have to say gingerbread. So good (though peppermint bark is a very close second).

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  71. We make caramels. The scent of them as they cook is so delicious!

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  72. Peppermint bark! i love that stuff....my 2nd fav is homemade marshmallows :-)
    happycrafter207 on ravelry
    loris4563(at)aol dot com

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  73. Sugar cookies with frosting! Yum....

    Dlh426 on Ravelry :)

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  75. Our family's made our own cranberry ice cream for more than 70 years. Thank goodness we have an electric one and grocery stores now, instead of a hand crank and chipping ice out of the creek with an ax!

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