Friday, October 20, 2017

Where In The World Is Jimmy?!


Are you ready for the big reveal!?

Are you sure?!


Okay, Okay, we’ll tell you where we are headed on Season 2 of Jimmy’s Journey...

Just play the video below!





That's right! We are bringing you...



Our craft lets us create stories and legacies (c’mon, we all have an old sweater that Grandma knit us!). We wanted to introduce you to the people that allow us to do just that! There is something really special when worlds that are so seemingly different are actually woven into the same story...

Ready to pack your bags?



If you missed out on Episode 1, you can catch up and subscribe here.
(We promise you won't want to miss out on this Season of Jimmy's Journey!)

The plane takes off on November 7th! See you at the gate!

During the upcoming days, we want you to get to know the Jimmy Beans crew that is heading to India. No better person to start with than Jimmy herself!


Q:Favorite Moment ever at Jimmy Beans?
A: Developing the London 2012 Color with Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces

Q:Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been? (US or non!)
A: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Q:What is your spirit animal?
A: Squirrel? Haha. Or a monkey.

Q:What are you most excited for on Jimmy’s Journey?
A: I'm sooooo excited to SHARE the stories!

Q:Who do you think will be the first to get lost on this trip and why?
A: Kyle! He already told us that he might just "walk away" at some point... :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meet Our Travel Buddies!



So last week we gave you a little peek at what is in store for Season Two of Jimmy's Journey! We wouldn't be able to do any of this without our team! Meet the incredibly special and talented individuals that will be joining us this season! 






Subscribe for Season Two of Jimmy's Journey here! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Soul Behind The Skein



Earlier this year, we invited you to join us on “Jimmy’s Journey to 15” - a 15 day video series that highlighted our fifteen years in business thus far. Boy, does time fly.


...And so do we!


*drum roll, please*
(knitting needles can be used as drumsticks, right?)


This November, we are excited to bring you Season 2 of Jimmy’s Journey! We’ll be packing our bags and hopping on a plane to get a firsthand look into the lives of our friends in the international fiber arts community, without whom our story couldn’t be told.

The legacy of what we cast on doesn't just begin in that moment, but starts with the hands that make our craft possible. We wanted to bring you a "behind the skeins" look at what type of work that goes into the tools we use, but more importantly, a look into the lives that create them. Because these individuals help us tell our story, we wanted to tell theirs.

For a sneak peek, check out the video below!



Subscribe here to join us in Season 2 of Jimmy's Journey!


Friday, September 29, 2017

Breast Cancer Awareness Month & Mindy's Journey


In August 2016, our beloved JBW employee and "mother hen," Mindy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing surgery and treatments, she has successfully entered remission and won her battle against cancer. We are so grateful to have Mindy with us, as she is truly the glue that holds Jimmy Beans together.

Watch Mindy's Journey


Reflecting on her experience, Mindy has expressed so much gratitude for the breast cancer organizations that assisted her during her diagnosis and treatments. She is especially grateful for BreastCancer.org for providing her with an abundance of information and resources after her diagnosis, along with a local breast cancer organization called Moms On The Run that provided her with comfortable clothing and support while she was going through treatments.  

We all know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, and this October we have decided to pay it forward and join the the millions of women (and men!) in the U.S. who have fought or are still fighting this vicious disease. We've teamed up with Lorna's Laces to create our new Mindy's Hat Kits for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.



Mindy's Hat Kit includes one skein of Lorna's Laces Cloudgate in our October limited edition colorway, "Ta-Tas," along with two interchangeable fur pom-poms that can snap on and off of the finished hat. The kit also features a beautiful cabled hat pattern, designed by Jenny Nelson. For every Mindy's Hat kit sold throughout the month of October, we will be donating $5 to the breast cancer organizations that helped our sweet Mindy during her battle. 50% of the donations will be given to the national BreastCancer.org, and the other 50% will be given to our own Reno-based Moms On The Run organization. 

Breast cancer continues to be one of the most common cancers found in women throughout the U.S. and around the world. Together, we can give back to the wonderful organizations that provide so much for the women fighting their own battle against breast cancer. 

This October, we knit for Mindy, our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and friends. Who do you knit for?

"Mama Mindy"

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans





Thursday, September 28, 2017

A Whole New Meaning to NEWSletter

When you look at our current web page, you might be thinking, “Are they all riding dinosaurs to work over there at Jimmy Beans?” Although that sounds like a great time, rest assured we have been working on remodeling Jimmy Beans’ website for quite some time now! We listened to you. We heard you. And per request, we are working hard to make your experience with Jimmy Beans that much more enjoyable and we thank you for your patience!


(You may have seen our new logo floating around, but we wanted to officially introduce you!)

You will get to see a sneak peek at Jimmy Beans’ new look in Friday’s newsletter! Although we still have some freshening up to do, we are really excited to show you our hard work thus far. If you’re already signed up for our newsletter, be on the lookout in your inbox for a preview to our new look! If you aren’t, we’d love to welcome you to our family for the latest and greatest in yarn, notions, projects, and news!


You can sign up for our newsletters here.



Speaking of new family members....




We’d like to introduce you to our newest family member, Princess Leia! Long story short, Dodger needed a new friend... and two is always better than one!



Monday, September 11, 2017

All Needles on Deck for Hurricane Harvey!


Among the thousands of people who lost their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey are children whose lives have been disrupted by the devastation.

Laura has been thinking a lot about her own adolescence in Houston, and how the knitting community came together earlier this year to provide much-needed support during our own flood scare. Join Jimmy Beans in giving back and knitting hope for these kiddos!


For every Royal Petite Knit Kit sold, Jimmy Beans will donate $10 to our friends at The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). The founder of the program has pledged that 100% of the donations will go directly to the kids, some of whom have been affected not once, but twice (think Hurricane Katrina) by the havoc wrought by these natural disasters.


Knit your Royal Petite animal, then, if desired, add a personalized message of encouragement & send it back to us by October 31st. We will take care of mailing all of the animals to KIPP Houston Public Schools. KIPP will then pair your project with a student who has been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Our goal? Raise $8,000 for KIPP, deliver joy (and stuffed animals) to 800 kiddos, and show the world the power of a knitting needle! ♥


What is KIPP?
The Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a non-profit network of college-preparatory, public charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high school students. KIPP has a 22-year track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and life. There are 28 KIPP schools in Houston serving approximately 14,500 students from low-income families.

For more information on KIPP, or to donate directly, please visit their site at https://kipphouston.org/.
XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Meet the Queens of Yarn from Across the Pond on the Next JBW Bus Tour!

Jimmy Beans is excited to announce that Jeni Hewlett from Fyberspates and Rachel Coopey of Coopknits will be joining us from across the pond on our next Biggest Little Bus Tour!  

Fyberspates started as a small hand-dyed yarn company but the demand became too large for Jeni to continue hand-dyeing yarn in her back garden. Fyberspate’s journey to South America led to some of our favorite yarns we see from the brand today.

We were so lucky to have the opportunity to knit (!) pick their thoughts!


1. How did you become interested in the yarn industry?
J :I was at Uni, studying for a masters in Psychology and realised that it wasn't for me. My constant love in life had always been textiles, and I started googling and read some blogs of people who were doing amazing things in the USA, I booked on a weaving course in London to just to meet people and see what was out there, whilst on that course the owner of the shop was dyeing yarn, I couldn't stop thinking about it when I got home, I bought yarn from a charity shop, had a go using silk paints, which I reasoned would work on wool as well, and they did... it very quickly became an obsession. I sold some sock yarn on Ebay, a shop bought some and asked me to sell them yarn....and I never looked back!
R: My grandmother was a knitter, she taught me to knit when I was very small. She used to cast on 20 stitches and after a few rows we would count how many stitches I had managed to gain! I knitted on and off through my teenage years, my mum is also a knitter and she helped me learn new techniques and taught me how to read a pattern. My dad tells me that my great-grandma used to own a wool shop so maybe it's in my blood!
2. What has been your favorite inspiration for your work thus far?
J: My inspiration always comes from mistakes, I am not meticulous or scientific in anything I do, I am always experimenting, some of my best techniques have come from me being absolutely annoyed that I messed something up, and flinging dye on it, or chucking it into another vat of colour, same with designing yarns, in the early days, I really didn't know what I was doing, so we experimented making yarns and learnt a lot of amazing lessons, this led me to my work with my husband, a chief yarn designer of our undyed yarn company.
R: I think it is probably nature, I have used the strong lines and shapes of leaves and flowers many times in my designs. The natural world is also an endless source of colour combination inspiration.
3. Name one UK trend you’d like to see take off in the States and vice versa.
J: Ha! This is a hard one, mainly because they are so closely linked I think, but in the UK, lace is a lot more popular than in the USA, I would love it if the US embraced lace more as I have some lovely lace yarns lol! Vise versa, I love the use of golden yellow, mustards and orange browns. People in the UK are really scared of these colours, but I LOVE them, especially yellow, I have quite a few pairs of yellow shoes, skirts and cardigans, but they took a lot of time and effort to search for! This is always the tricky thing for us, colour likes and dislikes are always so different in different countries, to appeal to all tastes can be tricky sometimes.
R: I think the internet and especially Ravelry means that trends quite often span countries, I think it's lovely that knitters all over the world are often knitting the same pattern at the same time and chatting and sharing pictures. I love knit-a-longs, it’s exciting seeing people choosing their yarns and helping each other out.
4. One knitting skill set you are trying to home in on at the moment?
J: Brioche.. I can knit it, but I can't fix mistakes in it, and that drives me nuts because I still don't deep down understand the construction yet, but I will!
R: I have just tried intarsia for the first time, like most things I don't know why I didn't try it earlier! I think it is being used to create some amazing colour blocked shawls at the moment. I used to be much more of process knitter - I would knit endless swatches trying new techniques and methods. These days I'm much more motivated by the finished product when I do get a chance to do non-work knitting (which isn't very often), I would love to knit a plain stockinette stitch sweater at a really fine gauge but that’s a bit of a time investment!
5. What was it like working with each other to grace the knitting world with such beautiful sock yarn!?
J: I count Rachel as one of my best friends, she is very relaxed and goes with the flow, she also has an amazing style and eye for colour pallets, so when we decided to pitch Rachel her yarn, I knew it would be an enjoyable experience, and it really has been very easy, I love to see the colours and ideas Rachel comes up with, when we get her yarns in, it's as exciting as my getting my own, I love her ability to be herself and not to be influenced by anything else.
R: I love working with Jeni, I think our collaborations work so well because we are very similar, we love to travel together and talking things through with Jeni is the best way to brainstorm a new idea or problem. Creating the sock yarn has been so new and exciting for me but I could not have done it without Jeni's years of experience and yarn creating expertise.

6. Okay, last question, we swear. What is your spirit animal?
J:  A monkey lol!
R: Maybe one of those small dogs which looks like a grumpy old man? One of my favourite things about coming to the US is the time difference and jet lag means I become a morning person, it’s easy to be cheerful and happy first thing when your body thinks it's lunchtime!

Stay tuned for more updates on The Biggest Little Bus Tour!