Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Malabrigo Trunk Show Treasures

We recently received a Trunk Show from Malabrigo featuring items knit in hand-dyed Rios, Sock, Arroyo, Rasta, Mechita and newer lines, Caracol and Dos Tierras, and couldn't wait to play dress-up! Jessica, Nadia, Alex and Jenny took the items to our local park for an off-site photoshoot in the hopes of providing you with a little bit of Malabrigo knitspiration! These items are currently on display in our retail shop for the next couple months so be sure to stop on by and get knit-spired by these beautiful pieces!

Malabrigo Dos Tierras

Malabrigo Dos Tierras

Malabrigo Mechita

Malabrigo Mechita

Malabrigo Mechita 

Malabrigo Mechita and Mecha

Malabrigo Sock

Malabrigo Sock

Malabrigo Arroyo

Malabrigo Arroyo

Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Caracol

Malabrigo Rasta

Malabrigo Rasta

Friday, April 6, 2018

Give a Little, Get a Lot!

Our most recent Year of Giving kit has arrived, and it's a beauty! This month, we've partnered with the Design Team at Vogue Knitting and Lorna's Laces to bring you the Violeta Vivida Shawl Kit, benefiting the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program. Each kit comes with two skeins of Lorna's Laces Sportmate, dyed in the exclusive-to-the-kit color, Violeta Vivida, along with the pattern for the scalloped, triangular shawl designed by the Design Team at Vogue Knitting! Aptly named, Violeta Vivida translates to Vivid Violet - the purple hues of the colorway have us dreaming of blooming hibiscus, the national flower of Puerto Rico!

$5 of every kit sold will be donated to UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program. The Design Team at Vogue Knitting felt particularly moved by UNIDOS' mission, and selected them as their charitable recipient, due to the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

"The goal of the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program is to serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico. To do so, the Hispanic Federation has taken unprecedented action, helping to coordinate hundreds of donation drives in the U.S. mainland and distributing millions of pounds of food, water and essentials to those most affected by the storm. So much of this work has been made possible because people from across our nation and the world have stood shoulder to shoulder with us." 

Join us in supporting this wonderful cause, while also getting a little something special for yourself - yarn!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fringe Binge

Hi friends! I just returned from a week-long road trip down to Tempe, AZ for the first-ever Innings Festival, where I was lucky enough to catch a few of my favorite bands in one day (Lord Huron, The Head and the Heart, and *squeeee* The Avett Brothers, to name a few). Along the way, my friends and I stopped in the awe-inspiring Death Valley National Park for a few days of camping, hiking, and of course, in my case, knitting! If only I had been inspired by festival attire beforehand, which is chock (chaco?)-full of fringe, I definitely would have picked up a few skeins of Knit Collage to knit one of these fringe-tastic projects while relaxing at camp or roaming the hills of Artist's Palette (the colors of which would look great in a KC pattern, by the way!) 

Check out the list below for the fringiest patterns we carry from Knit Collage! Owner Amy has definitely got the style nailed down to a T. :)

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Color Commentary with Lorna's Laces and Carina Spencer

We're Blushing...

We were so excited for the resurgence of Color Commentary by Lorna's Laces back in December of 2016. This year one of our favorite colors, Carina's Afterglow (this is where we start to blush!), was created by the talented designer, Carina Spencer. Not only was she able to create an amazing color reminiscent of a glowing blush, she was able to design an equally amazing sweater. 
"This color was inspired by my own birthday reflections and my desire to live a soft, vulnerable, and curious life." Carina Spencer,
Blush is one of my favorite colors and I was ecstatic when this color came across my desk. I also learned that Carina and I have the same birthday (February 13th)! She further explains that afterglow is the light that remains in the sky after the sun has set or the feeling of satisfaction after reaching a goal. 

The pattern that Carina desgined, Cold Roses, combines femininity with structure using ribbing. She also focused on creating a design that was versatile and classic. 

We have been seeing a lot of blush colored sartorial pieces for the last few years that we are thinking it is here to stay! As the roses begin to bloom, both the yarn and pattern are perfect for the upcoming warmer months. 

If you are loving this yarn, visit our site here! Carina's Afterglow is available in Sheperd Sport, Shepherd Sock and Shepherd Worsted.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Hippity, Hoppity, the Jimmy Beans Bunny is on its way!

Easter Egg hunting is right around the corner, and the Jimmy Beans Bunny is excited to make a visit to you! In the spirit of good, ol' fashioned Easter Egg hunting, we've filled a thousand Easter Eggs with yarn samples, and today through March 31st, we'll be sneaking them into a random sel-egg-tion of orders each day! One of these eggs will contain a $100 gift card! If your egg doesn't have the $100 gift card, you still have a chance to win by entering our #jimmybeansbunny Instagram contest! You can read more about how to enter here!

With Easter Egg hunting on the brain, we're feeling egg-ceptionally inspired to knit and crochet with pastel colors right now! Here are a few of the yarns that are inspiring us most this week! 

We also love these little plushies, and would imagine that the kiddos in your life wouldn't mind finding one of these cuties in their Easter basket! ;)

Do you have any Easter or spring knits planned? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Illuminate With Luminosa!

We're head over heels for Cascade Yarn this month, and with new lines of yarn, who can blame us? At the top of our list this week: Luminosa! The shimmery tones of this yarn are as unique as the name itself, and we can't help but feel glamorous, just by looking at it! The baby alpaca keeps this yarn feeling extra soft, and the metallic viscose gives it pizzazz! 

The allure of the Luminosa line was intensified, when we saw it on the latest cover of Vogue Knitting magazine! Featuring Krysten Ritter (one of our fave celeb knitters!), sporting an oversized, cozy cardigan knit three-stranded using Luminosa, this edition is sure to go down in history as one of the most memorable!

If you're like us, you can't wait to knit one of these sweaters for yourself! To make it easy, we've made a kit on our website! The sweater on the cover uses colors 03 Sunstone, 04 Garnet, and 06 Pink Quartz. Shannon, from Cascade Yarns, knit a few additional swatches to showcase other color combinations of the Luminosa, and we're having a hard time choosing which one we like best! All 5 of these color combinations can also be found on our website as kits.

See what we mean?! It's hard to decide which one you like best, right?! Let us know in the comments below which color combo is your favorite!