Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Top 5 Patriotic Projects For The Fourth Of July!



There's less than two weeks to go before Fourth of July festivities so you know what that means - time to kick your crafty spirit into high gear! Luckily, we're here to help you accomplish your crafting goals! Below you'll find five super quick projects to make using the yarn of the brave, wool of the free... also known as "Liberty!" 100% sourced, processed and dyed in the USA, this colorway is dyed on 100 gram skeins of Swans Island All American Sport. Best of all, just one skein is enough to make the majority of these projects!




Top 5 Patriotic Projects For the Fourth of July!




















Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Introducing Jimmy's SmartStix!



What are Jimmy's SmartStix?

To put it plain and simple, Jimmy's SmartStix (patent pending!) are a knitting needle and tape measure in one! There's plenty of other stuff you can use them for too, but we'll get to that in a little bit!







How did these get so smart?!

Laura, aka Jimmy, and Shannon were in India when Laura realized she forgot her tape measure. Luckily with a sharpie, a ruler app on Jimmy's phone and a brilliant idea from Shannon, they turned Jimmy's knitting needles into a tape measure with marks at every inch and that's when Jimmy said, "Dang! That's smart!" And so SmartStix was born!

What makes SmartStix so smart, anyway?

S. SmartStix will Save Time!


We've all been there. You're knitting and knitting and then suddenly need your tape measure. "Rats," you think to yourself. It's not in your project bag, it's not in your regular bag, and it's defi-knit-ly not in your back pocket. With that 10-20 minutes you spent looking for your tape measure, you probably could've knit an extra few rows.

Luckily, with Jimmy's SmartStix, you'll never have to look for your tape measure because it's right on your needles! So you can forget about being forgetful...Just don't forget the yarn!

M. You can Measure Stuff!


One of our favorite features of SmartStix is that you can measure stuff! Your sweaters, your cowls, or even when your toddler grows 2 inches. The options are endless! 

A.  Don't forget to Assess Your Gauge


If you've heard it once, you've heard it a million times: CHECK YOUR GAUGE! Now, with SmartStix & markings at every inch, you have no excuse for not checking your gauge! 

R. Reduce Clutter with one tool instead of five!


 Because the less space our tools take up, the more space we have for yarn! 

T. Did you know you can Test Yarn Weight with SmartStix? 


Finally diving into your stash to find a skein from 1999? No tag? No problem! Test the weight of the yarn by measuring wraps per inch and get knitting like it's 1999!

Jimmy's SmartStix are also color coded by length so you never have to sift through your case! (Crochet Hooks are Purple, Double Points are Pink, 16" Circulars are Red, 24" Circulars are Blue and 32" Circulars are Green). Just grab n' go!

Need these needles?!


(Our first shipment arrives in August!)

FAQs

Q: Are these available in interchageables?
A: Not yet! But we will have them by the end of summer! 

Q: Will you have a "lace" version available with sharper tips?
A: We hope so! We are working on that now. By nature, aluminum is a softer metal, so the tips can only be so sharp. So we are working on using harder metals (and a wooden version!) now! Stay tuned. 

Q: Are there any other sizes available? 
A: Not yet! We are working on it!
 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Five Fun Fings For Father’s Day



We know what you’re thinking. . .wasn’t it just Mother’s Day? We’re talking about Father’s Day already??

Yup.

But guess what, if you’re looking for something to make for dad this year, we’ve come up with a list of projects that will surely make him smile more than one of his own “dad jokes”. Just don’t call him Shirley.










Get your beer on. Designed by Jessica Landers







Golf. For dads, it's a love-hate relationship. Help him hit the clubs the right way this Father's Day. Designed by Sarah Wilson


angry golf GIF by CraveTV




Please. . . tell us you didn't just buy dad a new tie


anders holm wow GIF


Cuuuuuz you could totally make one for him


shock wow GIF






This will, no doubt, be dad's new favorite tie. And if pink isn't his color, we're sure you'll be able to find something that'll suit him. Designed by Lorella Degan







Has your dad ever said, "I'm looking for my readers,"? 
And you replied, "Hi, 'Looking For My Readers', I'm (insert name here)?" 



what should we call me not funny GIF

But seriously, this quick project is perfec
t; it's thoughtful, practical, and good looking. Just like you! Designed by Krista Cagle




5. The Catfish Bag Dispenser

Are you floundering to find just the right present for dad this year? Do you like to crochet AND help save the environment?? Then the Catfish Bag Dispenser sounds like a reel awesome project for you and perhaps the most interesting gift for Father's Day!
Designed by Alicia Doiron











Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Five Stash Staples We Love From Plymouth Yarn!


Plymouth Yarns, a family-owned company doing business since 1964, has been providing quality yarns for over 50 years! We love Plymouth for providing trusted (and affordable!) stash staples, while keeping up with the newest styles and novelties. Below are a few of our tried-and-true favorites, along with pattern suggestions and links to kits on our site. (Did we mention they provide extensive free pattern support for all of their yarns?!)






This classic blend of acrylic and wool has been our best-selling Plymouth yarn since we first brought it on in 2010. Machine washable, affordable, and available in a great range of colors, this popular yarn is great for blankets, hats, sweaters and baby items!






"I've been making stuffed animals for my granddaughters and this yarn is perfect for my needs. The color range is great and it's machine wash/dry. It's pleasant to work with, economical and I haven't found any faults in the yarn."
By capless on Sep 18, 2017  


"This is my go-to yarn for knitting for children. Busy mothers can just throw it in the washer and dryer. It's a good quality yarn and usually has a nice variety of colors."
By ZephyrVenice on Apr 19, 2017








The microfiber and nylon blend of Dreambaby DK creates extreme softness and machine washability, making it the perfect choice for kids and babies. The original Dreambaby DK comes in solids and speckles, while Dreambaby DK PaintPot features a fabulous range of self-striping colorways! Pick your favorite, then knit, wear and enjoy, time after time!



“I enjoy working with Dreambaby. It is soft, washable and does not split. It is my favorite for newborn items.”
By KCI55 on Jul 05, 2012  

“This yarn is so soft and drapes beautifully. It is a pleasure to work with and doesn't split. It is warm yet very light-perfect for the shawl I am knitting. I am looking forward to using it again.”
By BEVY on Jan 31, 2011  







Combine the warmth of wool with the added benefit of machine washability and you have the incredible DK and Worsted Merino Superwash yarns from Plymouth! This squishy, high-twist yarn is soft to the touch with a versatility that knows no bounds. Use it for scarves, sweaters, blankets and more! You’ll love its fabulous stitch definition!




"Plymouth Merino Superwash Yarn, in both the DK and Worsted weights, is a pleasure to knit with. I've made baby blankets with both weights, and when I wash them before gifting them, the blankets come out of the dryer so very soft and cuddly!"
By Kathleen Lenkeit on Aug 17, 2015

“soft, washable and gentle on baby skin. What more could you ask for?”
By Daxter57 on May 18, 2017   


4. Gina



For 100% Wool in colorful, self-striping fades, look no further than Plymouth Gina.  This yarn is a great choice for a warm winter project, and also looks great when felted!




This yarn was fun to knit with and is perfect for the Ojo De Dios shawl. Glad I have some left over for another small project.”
By LindaAK on Jan 02, 2017

"I just finished a beautiful cable scarf with this yarn. It was my first experience with Gina. What a fun yarn to watch create a beautiful pattern and definition. The cables are crisp and shapely."
By Yvonne McGrady on Nov 09, 2016  




Even though Plymouth doesn’t make KnitCol, we’re so grateful they send it to us! Manufactured by the company Adriafil, KnitCol takes the hassle out of knitting complex colorwork, which is something everyone under a time crunch can appreciate! This DK weight, machine washable yarn is precision-dyed to give your knitting a real jacquard effect, which means simple stockinette is the only skill you’ll need to create a stunning 8-color pattern!



"This was very nice to knit with. I was impressed that each ball began at the same spot in the color progression. I used it for a gift which has not been presented yet, so I can't comment about the durability of the yarn."
By Scrappy on Mar 16, 2016  

"I enjoyed knitting with this yarn, I knit a shawl. The finished product looked very nice and had a great feel and drape. The colors are bright and clear. I hope to work with this yarn again.
By Carol Morley Beck on Aug 02, 2017"

Friday, May 4, 2018

17 Star Wars Inspired Projects


"May the 4th Be With You!"

We searched far and wide - other galaxies, even! - to put together 
this list of our favorite Star Wars themed knit and crochet 
projects. The first two shawls are Jimmy Beans 
creations - everything else was 
created by the talented 
folks on Ravelry!




1. Fuzzball Bandolier Shawl by Rachel Roden
Shown in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock and Staccatos 
(colors are exclusive to the kit)

2. Use the Force Shawl (knit) by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich
Use the Force Shawl (crochet) by Leanne Spinazola

(original colors are sold out; we recommend 
Peppermint Mocha and Shorewood)




3. Princess Leia Wig knit pattern by Jennifer Carter

4. Princess Leia Beanie crochet pattern by Olivia Kent




5. Rey knit pattern by Soile Pyh√§nniska
Try it with Cascade Eco Cloud




6. Chewie Mittens (Star Wars tribute) knitted pattern by Therese Sharp

7. Yub Nub Scoodie crochet pattern by Kristen Stevenson
Try it with Malabrigo Chunky





8. Newborn Yoda Outfit Star Wars crochet pattern by BeeMineCrochet
Try it with HiKoo Simpliworsted

9. Born, I Am knit hat pattern by Christina Drummond





10. Star Wars - Yoda - iPhone 5, 6, 7 case crochet pattern by Anna Vozika





11. AT-AT star wars crochet pattern by Kamila Krawka Krawczyk

12. Chewbacca Star Wars amigurumi crochet pattern by Paula Fuentes - Onpoki
Try it with Berroco Pima 100





13. BB-8 from Star Wars crochet pattern by Melissa's Crochet Patterns

14. Amigurumi Star Wars Porg crochet pattern by Allison Hoffman





15. Star Wars Charts pattern by Sarah Bradberry

16. Star Wars Double Knit Scarf by Jessica Goddard




17. Star Wars Sweater pattern by Natalie Meredith