Saturday, February 26, 2011

Stitches, stitches, and more stitches!


Wow, here we are one week since we got back from Stitches West and what a great time we all had! At first, we weren't planning to be at Stitches this year since things have been jumping around the shop so much. However, when Coats and Clark asked us to help out at their booth, we jumped at the chance to see everyone and build on our already great relationship with them. Coats and Clark distribute our Stitch Nation and Rowan products so, of course, it was really easy to jump in and lend a hand!

We had a much smaller booth this year so we were able to visit a lot more with our out-of-town customers and touch base with some of our current vendors, as well as building new relationships with new vendors (stay tuned on that)! Our friend Kirsten of Muench Yarns was just a couple of booths down from us and hanging out with her was a blast! It's always a delight to see her! :)

We also got to see our good friends from Skacel and make some really amazing new friends from Webs!! The first day we arrived, we had to drive through a real big snow storm over the High Sierras and, alas, we were late! In jumps Cliff from Skacel and some really spectacular folks from Webs to help us unload and set up the booth! Thanks just doesn't seem like enough as we would have been sitting on our boxes in the aisle greeting customers and trying to direct traffic around the huge palettes of yarns without all of their help!

We were up and running by show time and got through the night in true JBW style but a HUGE thanks goes out to everyone who helped out...THANK YOU!!!



We had a visit from Alana Dakos of Never Not Knitting and that was so awesome! I was actually star struck which was kind of funny but Alana cruised right through my stammering without missing a beat! In my defense, she startled me and well-what's a knitter to do but stammer and sputter...ha ha! I went over (after recovering a bit) to her booth and got a great picture of her by her pattern display.


I have to say, she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet and of course her patterns are fabulous! I just finished my Autumn Vines Beret and have had nothing but compliments when I wear it!

There was so much to do and so much to see that it is impossible to mention it all here, but let me tell you, it was a lot of fun!!

I am so excited about some of the new things that we will be adding to our inventory over the next year as a direct result of this trip. It's going to be hard not to blurt it out over the course of these months...hee hee...I know I am a real stinker!!

So that's about it for now, but as always happy knitting and crocheting!

Jeanne

The clock is ticking! Remember that you can turn your fiber arts hobby into some cash for college! Any student who can knit or crochet and will be attending an accredited institution Fall 2011 is eligible for the Beans For Brains Scholarship! This award is made possible by Jimmy Beans Wool as well as many other contributor from the fiber arts industry. Submissions are due no later than April 1st, after which finalists will be chosen for five $3,000 scholarships based on merit. To learn more and apply visit the Beans For Brains Scholarship page. If you know any hardworking knitters and crocheters with dreams of going to college, be sure to share the Beans For Brains Scholarship with them via Ravelry or by posting a flyer at your LYS (flyers are available at the Beans For Brains Scholarship page)! Help us help the next generation of fiber artists achieve their goals of higher education!



Thursday, February 24, 2011

FO Friday/ WIP Weekend!

Hi everyone! I'm back this week with an exciting FO Friday and WIP Weekend! It's been a few weeks since I've shared projects with you all, and it seems that this week we have a ton of FO's and WIP's! So it's time to sit back, relax and prepare to be inspired!

Allison, our amazing store organizer who returned to us recently after a 3 year hiatus, just finished the beautiful Orchid Theif Shawlette from Julie Turjoman's Brave New Knits. She's the 3rd person in the shop to finish one of these and we all just love it! Allie used 1 skein of Tosh Merino Light in the Terrarium Color (however in the picture due to the lighting it definitely looks more like Moss).


This pattern is just beautiful! I am currently working away on mine in a lovely shade of Shamrock Green for a certain Madre of mine who's birthday is on March 17th... I'll be lucky to finish in time, but she'll love it, late or not. The pattern is by Ysolda Teague, whose pattern collection and books we'll be carrying very soon. Keep your eyes peeled on the website for that! I am so excited as Ysolda has long been one of my favorite designers!

Leanne, who recently moved back to Reno because she missed us all so much (yay!), just finished a beautiful Traveling Woman Shawl in Plymouth's Mushishi Yarn. This yarn is incredible and boasts a generous 491 yards per hank! Leanne's version of the shawl on size 10 needles used just 1 skein of this yarn! What a deal!

Always the productive knitter, Leanne also recently finished this Pretty in Misti Shrug--one of the free Landscape Collection Patterns on our website! She chose the Big Whiskey color which I think is stunning in this quick knit!


Marilyn never ceases to amaze me with how quickly she finishes projects! She has made so many darling knits over the years that she's been part of the Jimmy Beans family, both as a customer and an employee, and this Loop of Luxury Cowl is no exception! Marilyn used 2 skeins of Baby Me Boo in the February color Festival of Love. The pattern is from the book Cowl Girls by Cathy Carron and features so many unique and fun cowls! For those of you who love this color, you are in luck! We still have some available! This quick knit was done over the course of just a couple of days--the perfect weekend project!

And that is it for finished projects this week! Now onto WIP's for the Weekend!

Sharon is working on a Collanade Shawl by Stephen West (whose books we will be carrying very soon!) She's using what else but Madelinetosh Merino DK in Nebula! Lovely! Sharon has been obsessed with Stephen West's designs lately! To the point where she is having yarn-filled dreams and waking in the middle of the night to plan colors for all of the projects she wants to do when his books finally arrive. Let's hope they do soon so that Sharon can get a good nights sleep!


For those of you ruffle lovers out there, Jeanne is working on a beautiful scarf out of one of our newest novelty yarns, Flounce. Isn't it fun?! You'll notice that we are out of Flounce at the moment but we have plenty more on the way!


Leanne is working on an Annabella's Cowl in Tosh DK in the Edison Bulb Colorway, mixed with the new Debbie Bliss Angel yarn. Bold color choice I know, but it certainly fits her bright personality!


Leanne also just started her Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig. She's using the Lorna's Laces Green Line DK in the Baltic Sea color. Although we are now out of this color, there is much more Green Line (Lorna's Laces' beautiful organic line that is now discontinued) on it's way to us so keep checking the website for new colors as it's only with us for a little while longer!

Lastly, I've just started working on a Potato Chip Scarf (among other things) out of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport yarn. This color is an older Limited Edition Color called Robin's Eggs, but any of their gorgeous colors will do! This is such a fun and easy pattern!


So that is it for my great big project post this week! I hope you've enjoyed seeing what we've been working on! What's on your needles (or hooks)?

Happy knitting!
Kristen

Attention Knitters and Crocheters in school:
Six $3,000 scholarships are now available to hardworking students who can knit or crochet (that’s $18,000 total)! Jimmy Beans Wool has teamed up with many people in the fiber arts industry to provide the Beans For Brains Scholarship for deserving knitters and crocheters! This merit-based award is for students who will be attending an accredited institution in the Fall of 2011. You can get more information and an application by visiting the Beans For Brains Scholarship page (the deadline for submissions is April 1st). Not attending college but know someone who is or will be? Share the Beans For Brains Scholarship via Ravelry or print out a flyer for your LYS (flyers available at the Beans For Brains Scholarship page). Spread the word and help the next generation of fiber artists fund their dreams of higher education!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New, New And More New!

Oh, where to begin? There is so much new yarn, patterns, books, buttons, and accessories flying through the doors each day that sometimes it can be a tad bit overwhelming! :) Since I just managed to stop stroking a hank of the Tosh Lace, let's start there!

Prairie in Thunderstorm
Yes, we have even MORE Madelinetosh yarns! Both Prairie and Tosh Lace have made it onto our shelves and we are simply overjoyed to be carrying these gorgeous lace-weight fibers in over 40 of Madelinetosh's sensational hand dyed colorways! With a sumptuous single ply (Prairie) and squishy soft 2 ply (Tosh Lace) to choose from, prepare yourself for some seriously spectacular lace creation. Even if you're not the biggest fan of lace, how can you resist the deliciously soft feel of Tosh between your fingers? Our latest obsession here at the shop is the Knitbot Featherweight Cardigan. The small size for this breezy cardi requires only 800 yards of lace-weight yarn, which is easily covered by one hank of Prairie (840 yards) or Tosh Lace (950 yards).

Featherweight Cardigan
Speaking of Knitbot, I believe I left you with a teaser for these fabulous brand-new patterns last week. They are absolutely amazing! Kristen snapped up the Yoke Cardigan - which includes sizing for babies, kids and adults - while the Effortless Cardigan has been calling my name ever since these patterns arrived in the shop. In fact, I finally caved in last night and bought the pattern with some Lorna's Green Line DK in Baltic (one of my favorite Lorna's colors) and cast on last night! Designed by Hannah Fettig, author of Closely Knit, Knitbot Patterns are stylish and versatile sweaters you'll love working up and wearing or giving as gifts.

Child-friendly Monster Button
Being that I'm something of a button-nut, I am over-the-moon thrilled to announce that we now have a zillion new buttons in stock! Okay... maybe "zillion" is exaggerating just a bit, but we have expanded our button selection quite extensively to include a wide range of Shell, Wood, Horn and Plastic buttons by Jim Knopf.
Two-Tone Button
It never ceases to amaze me how something as small as a button can add personality, flair, and/or style to a finished sweater, bag or accessory. Dress up a one-button shrug with one of the Scalloped Horn Buttons or show off your goofy side with the wooden Monster Buttons. Need something simple and sophisticated? Try the earthy Coconut and Enamel Buttons or elegant Two-Tone Shell Buttons. Whatever your button needs might be, we've got you covered!

If you're not gleaning enough creative inspiration from new Tosh yarn, awesome buttons, or fantastic Knitbot Patterns, you should definitely check out the new Interweave Knits Spring/Summer 2011 Issue! I'm quite smitten with this issue since it's overflowing with relaxed tanks, tunics, and short sleeved sweaters -my favorite tops right now as I have spring weather on the brain.
Garden Plot Dress
No joke, I actually had a dream about the Garden Plot Dress... hopefully because I'm wishing this adorable summer dress came in my size and not because my biological clock is sending me hints. ;) Of course, this issue showcases a wide range of projects for the full spectrum of skill levels including a gorgeous throw, an elegant stole, and several stylish sweaters!

Oh! And don't forget to take our poll in the top right hand corner of this blog! Let us know what Jimmy Beans Programs you have used and/or been a part of! Aren't familiar with some of the programs listed? Click on the following links to our website for a detailed explanation :)

5% Back Rewards (aka Jimmy Beans Bucks)
15% Off Customer Referral
Broken Needle Exchange
Jimmy Beans Wishlist

Happy Crocheting and Knitting!!
Leanne :)




Monday, February 21, 2011

Lana Grossa Yarn Giveaway From Muench Yarns!

YOU could be the mega-super-ultra lucky winner of 20 balls of Lana Grossa's deliciously luxurious merino and silk blend, Alta Moda Seta, in the stunning shade of Light Green! To enter, just follow these three simple steps:
1) Log onto Facebook and "Like" Muench Yarns (if you haven't already).
2) Let them know what your favorite Lana Grossa yarn is by leaving a comment on their wall.
3) Keep your fingers crossed and pray to the yarn gods that you will be the mega-super-ultra lucky winner!
The color of your next sweater?
All individuals who leave a comment will be entered in the contest and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator. Please leave only one comment per person. The deadline for submitting a comment is March 1st at noon Pacific Time. So after you finish reading this blog post, go and proclaim your love for your favorite Lana Grossa yarn!

If you're wondering why you should "Like" the Muench Yarns Facebook Page when you are entering a drawing for Lana Grossa, well, there is a perfectly logical explanation! Muench Yarns is the exclusive distributor of Lana Grossa products in the United States-as well as bringing us GGH and their namesake line, Muench Yarns. Responsible for bringing these fantastic fibers to our doorstep all the way from Germany, Muench is located a state over from us in sunny California! We are very excited that they gave us the opportunity to be a part of their giveaway!

And now for some awesome LG facts! Lana Grossa is the largest distributor of hand knitted yarns in Europe. The demand for their top shelf yarns and unparalleled pattern support is so high that they are building a new facility to process their products, ensuring that everyone can continue to enjoy their fabulous fibers anywhere and everywhere! Known for their extensive collections of high fashion yarns-not to mention over 500 trendy designs in pattern support every year-Lana Grossa's motto is "Always something special". Needless to say, they definitely go above and beyond to bringing quality yarns and innovative designs to the fiber arts community world-wide.

Alta Moda: so soft and cozy!
For those of you who are not familiar with Lana Grossa's Alta Moda line, it is comprised of three sumptuous yarns: Alta Moda Alpaca, Alta Moda Cashmere, and Alta Moda Seta. All of these yarns feature a unique woven texture that reduces weight and bulk while maintaining a thicker gauge that works up quickly. The result is a warm, chunky fabric with great drape that is not too bulky or cumbersome, as is sometimes the case with heavier weight yarns. The braided construction of the Alta Moda line also produces an evenly textured fabric and provides superb stitch definition. I have had the pleasure of knitting up a shawlette with two balls of the Alta Moda Alpaca that resulted in a sweet neck-warmer I've been wearing all winter. Stay tuned as Lana Grossa is expanding their Alta Moda offerings this spring and we are eagerly anticipating more of this exceptional yarn within the next month or so!

Don't forget to let Muench know which is your most beloved Lana Grossa yarn for your chance to win 20 balls of the indescribably soft Alta Moda Seta!

Happy knitting and crocheting :)
Leanne

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hi-Ho, Hi-Ho, it's off to Stitches we go!

Happy Friday! I hope all of you out there are staying warm and toasty this week! It's starting to feel a little bit more like winter, here in the high desert, with chilly winds blowing and a bit of snow falling this past week. I'm sure it's nothing compared to the huge storms that have recently been hitting the Midwest and East Coast...but it's chilly nonetheless!

Lately, we've been hard at work preparing for Stitches West which is this upcoming weekend (starting today, actually)! For this year at Stitches, we will be sponsored by Coats and Clark, one of our biggest yarn manufacturers. We will be carrying and showing off their beautiful yarns, some of which I'm sure you've heard of-from Rowan and Regia to Nashua and Red Heart (like Stitch Nation). If you are planning on being at Stitches this weekend, be sure to visit our booths to see what's been new and exciting here in the shop - booths' #1017, #1019, and #1021! Also, for the first time ever at Stitches, we will be offering an entire Wool Watcher sale section, as well as giving away a free WW tote or t-shirt with every $100 purchase. Come on by and and say hello! We'd love to meet you!


In other news, we've been hard at work these past few months making some great changes to our retail shop! For those of you who have only shopped online with us, we do have a retail store right here in Reno, NV (which is also where all of your yarn goodies ship from, as well). Although our retail shop can only hold about 1/5th of our entire inventory, we try our best to hand-pick a nice variety of yarns and colors to put on display for our local customers. We thought some of you might like to see what our lovely shop looks like post-reorganizing...

I give you--Jimmy Beans Wool-the Biggest Little Yarn Shop in the Biggest Little City!


(As you probably know, that's not really our slogan...I just thought it sounded fun since Reno is "the Biggest Little City in the World")!

Anyway, on with the shop! Here is our new Blue Sky Alpacas display... so lovely!:


Koigu or Malabrigo anyone? Yes please!:


The Madelinetosh section- it calls to me:


What yarn shop would be complete without a little Berroco or Cascade?:


These are only a few of the changes we've made! We also re-organized the books, added a superwash and baby yarns section, re-vamped the sock yarns, and included a full wall of Misti Alpacas yarn! Of course, we kept the classics and all-time favorites around (how could we not?), such as Rowan, Lorna's Laces, Crystal Palace, and all of the needles and notions that you could possibly handle!

Whew! It was a lot of work to "refurbish" everything but it looks great! Hopefully, all of our local customers are enjoying the changes, as well. To all of you non-locals out there, you're more than welcome to come and see the shop for yourself!

Happy knitting everyone and have a great weekend!

Kristen

I Dream of Yarn!

Before we get to the juicy new products (and boy, are there some goooood ones!), let us ruminate on what you would like me to be writing about in a couple months :) If you receive our email newsletter you probably remember that we took an online survey earlier this month to learn more about your preferences and what you would like to see at Jimmy Beans Wool in the future. Thank you so much to all who participated! Not only did we learn that a large number of you are dog people and your popular guilty pleasures include chocolate and perusing the Jimmy Beans website during lunch breaks (I'm guilty of both -go figure), we discovered that an overwhelming majority of you dream of Dream In Color! Well, we do too! The next decision to be made is which Dream In Color yarns we should carry. To put in your two cents, please take the poll in the top right-hand corner of the blog and help us choose! You can pick more than one, so let us know any and all of your preferences. Voting begins now and goes through Sunday, the 20th at 5pm Pacific time. Not familiar with Dream In Color yarns? Check out their website at www.DreamInColorYarn.com! I have yet to knit with their scrumptious fibers, but I have had the pleasure of stroking a hank of Smooshy, their deliciously soft sock yarn, while admiring the spectacular veil-dyed colorways at my other LYS in Boise, Idaho!

Now, onto those new yarns you can check out while waiting for important yarn decisions to be made. This past week was overwhelming and exciting all at the same time. We received boxes of new Debbie Bliss yarns (Angel, Bella and Prima) along with the sumptuous Silky Flamme from Elsebeth Lavold... and those are just some highlights! Needless to say I had a Happy Yarn Grin plastered on my face for the entire week :)

Angel Pattern Book
A total of three yarns have been added to the Debbie Bliss line for this spring and summer. While they are all ideal for knitting or crocheting during those carefree, sunkissed months ahead, Angel has to be one of my favorites. Similar to the ever-popular Rowan Kidsilk Haze, Angel is a feathery blend of super kid mohair and silk. When double stranded with another yarn, Angel adds an exquisite ethereal glow to any fabric -perfect for cool weather sweaters and accessories.
Kristen's Annabella's Cowl
Now that it has arrived, I'm thinking of pairing Angel with Tosh DK for the Annabella's Cowl from Churchmouse Patterns. I've been dying to jump on the Annabella's Cowl bandwagon for some time, and Angel just might have sealed the deal! Of course you can also use this delicate fiber alone to produce a translucent, weightless fabric ideal for lacy, open knits or sheer pullovers and wraps.
11 Purple

Love the breezy feel of cotton? Try Bella! A DK weight cotton blend, Bella has just a touch of shimmery silk that really adds some pop to stitch patterns and lacy details. The simple color palette features essential solids in summertime shades for those comfy tanks and short sleeved cardis.
34 Sea Green
Similar to Bella, Prima features flawless drape that will compliment the loose-fitting fashion trends this spring and summer. Also a DK weight, Prima is a gorgeous blend of bamboo and silk that gives this soft fiber a luminous shine. If you're excited but drawing a blank on projects for these fabulous yarns, don't worry! Stylish pattern support for both Prima and Angel can be found in Beach Bells and Angel respectively. Or consider using Bella or Prima for the Victoria Cardigan that Jeanne loves from Dolce Handknits, or the Breezes vest from Ilga Leja!

20 Lavender
While we're on the subject of silky soft yarn that shines, let's not forget Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme! You may want to avoid it during the summer, but this luxurious Peruvian wool, alpaca and silk blend is a treat for your fingers and works up nicely into a cozy fabric. The uneven plys of this yarn give it a unique texture without creating overly thick or thin places in your fabric or getting in the way of cables and stitch patterns. Silky Flamme's rich solid colors are given extra depth by its satiny sheen making it perfect for cowls, sweaters, hats and more!

I could keep writing forever it seems, there is so much more to talk about (like Knitbot patterns from the ingeniously creative designer Hannag Fettig), but it'll just have to wait until next week!

Don't forget to make your dreams of Dream In Color come true and take our poll!

Happy crocheting and knitting!
Leanne :)


The clock is ticking! Remember that you can turn your fiber arts hobby into some cash for college! Any student who can knit or crochet and will be attending an accredited institution Fall 2011 is eligible for the Beans For Brains Scholarship! This award is made possible by Jimmy Beans Wool as well as many other contributor from the fiber arts industry. Submissions are due no later than April 1st, after which finalists will be chosen for five $3,000 scholarships based on merit. To learn more and apply visit the Beans For Brains Scholarship page. If you know any hardworking knitters and crocheters with dreams of going to college, be sure to share the Beans For Brains Scholarship with them via Ravelry or by posting a flyer at your LYS (flyers are available at the Beans For Brains Scholarship page)! Help us help the next generation of fiber artists achieve their goals of higher education!





Tuesday, February 15, 2011

$18,000 for Beans for Brains!


You've been hearing the rumors, and here's the big announcement!!

We are now accepting applications for the 2nd annual Beans for Brains Scholarship! We've partnered up with folks across the industry to offer one of the largest Knitting and Crocheting scholarships out there!

What makes a student eligible? Here's the run down:

  1. Are you attending an accredited institution in the fall of 2011?
  2. Do you know how to knit or crochet?
Then you are in! This is a merit based scholarship open to anyone attending undergraduate, graduate and professional school students in any course of study.

For the 2011-2012 award year, there are six $3,000 scholarships up for grabs, one of which is guaranteed to go to a Reno/Tahoe local, 4 awards will be distributed evenly among the 4 U.S. Regions, and we are proud to be able to offer one International award. (All application documents must be submitted in English.)

For more details and complete rules, please download a copy of the scholarship application:

Get the Scholarship Application Here


Not in college but know someone who is? Please print out one of the fliers below and help Spread the Love!

Spread the Word! Download a Flier for Your College Here


Spread the Word! Download a Flier for Your LYS Here


Applications will be accepted from February 1st, 2011 to April 1st, 2011.

We would like to take a brief moment to give a huge shout out to all of our partners who helped make this opportunity possible! We wouldn't have been able to do this without you!

Thank you!

Our Co-Sponsors:

The Yarn Group and Interweave

Classic Elite Yarns, Lorna's Laces, Denise Needles and Tahki Stacy Charles

Summa cum laude sponsors:

Berroco , JenniferKnits, and Koigu Yarns

Magna cum laude sponsors:


Cum laude sponsors:


Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to all of the amazing applications!

Good luck!
All of us at Jimmy Beans Wool

Friday, February 11, 2011

Dolce Handknits, Beans for Brains, Happy Valentine's Day and More...

February 4th was 'Wear Red Day' to remind everyone that February is "American Heart Month". Of course, we all wanted to participate and it turned out to be a super fun day. Here are some pictures of the gang all decked out in red:







Here's our lovely Terry-looking bright with her red shirt on!





















Sara has taken things to a whole new level-her hair matches her great outfit!







While that Friday is now gone, it's certainly not forgotten. It was a good reminder for us to be aware of how we can all incorporate healthy habits in our daily lives. We've all been thinking about our health in various ways around the shop...Victoria and I have both been on a raw food diet, Shevawn has taken to juicing veggies in the morning, and Kristin is looking over a pamphlet about "Knitting and Pain Control" that she borrowed from Sandy. It's been really nice to share all of our tips and techniques with each other so we can all stay healthy and energized, an important balancing tool to keep knitting away!

We would love to hear how you include your knitting and crocheting into your daily work-out and routine...anything from standing up and stretching every so often to bench pressing that bag of Felted Tweed you just bought for your next project.

Of course, it's Valentine's Day today and we are absolutely in love with Dolce Handknits! Their trunk show to showcase Kim Dolce's latest designs has arrived and is currently on display in our retail shop...woo hoo!! These pieces are so beautiful that we wanted to share them with our online friends, as well. So, here is a 'virtual' trunk show for those of you who can't stop by and see them in person:






We are so lucky to have these six lovely pieces on loan and I will do my very best to give them justice in picture and text form.




















Here we have the soft and luxurious Chelsea with its lovely lines that you can't help but want to snuggle into!

This design has a simple but elegant symmetry to it that will make it perfect for any occasion!


















Newport has to be one of our best selling designs with its great everyday feel. It's the perfect casual sweater for jeans but can be just as easily transformed into your go-to formal accessory for that little black dress you take out on those special evenings! What's not to love?















I absolutely love picots and fluid fabrics which is why Dolce's Sausalito particularly strikes my fancy. It features all of these fantastic elements, right down to its asymmetrical and unique shaping. This is truly a one-of-a-kind design that will make heads turn wherever you wear it!




















I absolutely swooned when I opened the box and pulled out Victoria...sigh!

I can see this beautiful design quickly becoming a sweater to live in. I am in love with every aspect of this piece, from its distinctive square neckline to the comfy hip pockets...so when can I cast on?















Romance anyone? That's just what Charlotte offers with its high waist-down sizing to its lovely lace details on the sleeves and bottom edge of the sweater.




















Last, but by no means least, we have Savannah. This piece really speaks for itself! The lovely empire waist will flatter almost any figure and it just calls out to be worn on a daily basis!



Whichever new Dolce Handknit design you choose to knit up, you'll be sure to love it! Be sure to share pictures with us-we love seeing these great designs knit up in every yarn and color imaginable!








Now on to another exciting feature of February! We are now accepting applications for our Beans for Brains scholarship!

Beans for Brains is now up to almost $20,000 for 2011 and I wish my son (who can knit) could apply for a scholarship. He is about to embark on the higher education train but, alas, since I work for JBW, he is automatically disqualified. SO you all need to spread the word because this is HUGE!!!

So without further adieu , here is some important information regarding our scholarship:

Calling all creative and academic geniuses out there: put those knitting or crocheting skills to work and apply for the Beans For Brains Scholarship! Brought to you by Jimmy Beans Wool and many fabulous folks in the fiber arts industry, this merit-based award consists of six $3,000 scholarships.

Beans For Brains is available to any student who can knit or crochet (or both!) and will be attending an accredited institution in the Fall of 2011 (one scholarship will be reserved for an international student). The deadline for submissions is April 1st, so visit the Beans For Brains Scholarship page today to get started on your application! For those of you with children or grandchildren in college, be sure to spread the word! You can share Beans For Brains on Ravelry or print out a flyer for your high school or LYS (flyers available at the Beans For Brains scholarship page).

Help us help the next generation of fiber artists achieve their dreams of higher education!

I hope you have a Valentine's day filled with love, romance, and knitting & crocheting!!

Jeanne