Monday, July 17, 2017

Hop on the Bus and Come Knit with Us!



Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour!

It has been Jimmy's undying dream to bring California's fiber enthusiasts to the Biggest Little City for a fun-filled day of knitting, games, prizes, how-to workshops, and of course, shopping! At long last, that dream has finally become a reality with our first ever "Jimmy's Biggest Little Bus Tour!"

Knittin' Better to Do on a Saturday? 
Hop on the Bus and Come Knit with Us!



Are you a Bay Area/Sacramento resident in need of a yarn fix? Or, maybe you’re looking for a way to spend a fun, yarn-filled day away from your kids and hubby? If the thought of planning something like that is too much to take on, consider hopping on “Jimmy’s Biggest Little Tour Bus!”

Don’t wanna drive? Let us drive you!

We've scheduled our maiden voyage to depart from Emeryville with a stop in West Sacramento on Saturday, August 5th. If you're in either neighborhood that day, we invite you to hop on the bus and come knit with us!

Imagine boarding the bus and finding a swag bag of goodies on your seat. Imagine a day of entertainment free from your kids and husband (although he can of course tag along if he wants to 😉)! Mix in social knitting time, games to win prizes, a MASSIVE YARN SWAP, and plenty of fun surprises along the way, and a YARNTASTIC time is sure to follow! And fans of the podcast 2 Knit Lit Chicks can rejoice as well - both Barb and Tracie will be along for the ride!  

The fun doesn't stop with the bus ride! Upon arrival, you can expect to enjoy the following: 
  • Tour 22,000 sq. feet of Yarn-topia with an all-access tour of our retail store and warehouse. 
  • Meet & Greet with owner Jimmy (a.k.a Laura) and local designer Romi Hill!
  • Enjoy a delicious catered lunch on site, and a hearty snack for the ride home. We'll even do the dishes!!
  • Learn the art of hand-dying yarn during a class taught by our in-house designer, Rachel Roden!
  • Meet the Beans who work behind the scenes to make sure you have the most yarntastic experience when you place your orders or have a question!
  • Hop back on the bus, sit back, relax and enjoy the yarn-buzz.
  • Such a sweet deal for $150! (and cheaper than a flight!)

Travel Itinerary:
  • Pick up at 7:00 AM on August 5th in Emeryville, CA (1555 40th St. Emeryville, CA 94608, next to Target)
  • Pick up at 8:30 in West Sacramento (755 Riverpoint Ct, next to Walmart)
  • Arrive at JBW in Reno, NV around 11:30 AM.
  • Shop, learn and have lunch – approximately 4.5 hours.
  • Leave JBW around 4:00 PM with a hearty snack in hand.
  • Drop-off in Sacramento around 6:30 PM.
  • Drop-off in Emeryville around 8:30 PM.

Ready to sign up? Click here to register! 


XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Get to Know Romi Hill and Join the Harmonize Shawl KAL!


Romi Hill's Harmonize Shawl Knit-Along

Lorna’s Laces is back with their Color Commentary Series! – this time with a new String Quintet, shawl design, AND Knit-Along from designer Romi Hill! Join the fun and knit Romi Hill's Harmonize Shawl featuring her lovely addition to the Color Commentary series - French Horn. The shawl is knit using a String Quintet accompanied by a coordinating skein of Shepherd Sock (kits available here!), and the pattern can be purchased from Romi's Ravelry store. The online Knit-Along will be hosted by the Knitmore Girls in their Ravelry group starting August 1st! 



Let's get down to the [k]nitty gritty: 
  • Who: Designer Romi Hill, Lorna's Laces, the Knitmore Girls, and of course, YOU!
  • What: A Knit-Along celebrating the newest addition to Lorna's Laces' Color Commentary Series: String Quintets in the colorway French Horn (designed by Romi herself!)
  • Where to buy the yarn: Kits available here!
  • Where to buy the pattern: Romi's pattern available here!
  • Where to interact online: The Knitmore Girls' Ravelry Group
  • When: Begins August 1st
Get to Know the Designer: An Interview with Romi Hill!

As soon as we heard about this KAL we knew we wanted to help promote it! A collaboration between Romi Hill, one of our favorite designers, and our friends at Lorna’s Laces? It was music to our ears!

Intrigued by Romi’s personal connection to the French horn, we reached out to her to learn a little bit more. Here’s what she had to say:


We just love the color palette you chose for the String Quintet! What is it about the French horn that made you think of these colors?

The horn is one of the most versatile instruments; it's sort of a bridge between brass and woodwinds. In fact, there is a horn in both traditional brass and woodwind quintet instrumentation. It can sound heroic, mellow, strident, melancholy, sweet, happy - you name it - and composers use it in so many different ways! I wanted colors to evoke the different facets of the horn, but also that would blend beautifully together. The sixth color, Timbre (which I just found out today is the stage name of Kerfuffle!), makes the quintet colors pop and pull together in beautiful harmony. The combination sings to me!

We heard you received your undergrad in French horn - where did you study?

I went to Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA for two years to study with a very special horn teacher: Forrest Standley. I learned SO much from him, but he became ill and I transferred to Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I fell in love with jazz and studio/film scoring work there, and I had some amazing opportunities. I got to tour Germany as part of the orchestra, and then the eastern seaboard with Wynton Marsalis as part of the wind ensemble. I became interested in recording engineering my senior year and went on to stay an extra year to do a paid internship in the recording studio. After that, I was missing home (San Francisco Bay Area), and went back (SF State) to get a masters in radio and television with an emphasis in sound. But my curiosity attacked again, and I got really interested in the journalism aspects of my degree. I ended up doing my thesis on how the media molds policy through influencing public opinion.

Do you still play the French horn? What other instruments do you play?

I hadn't played for a LONG time, and then I picked it up again recently so I could play duets with my younger son. Much to my amazement, I can still play, though my range isn't what it used to be!
I also play some piano and I'm teaching myself classical guitar. When I first started music (we're talking kindergarten age), my mother taught me to read music and play her clarinet. I can still get a pretty good tone.

Does anyone else in your family play music?

My younger son is an amazing trumpet player! He's also my model for the pictures on the Harmonize pattern cover and on Ravelry. He's only been playing for 3-1/2 years, but he is so awesome. He'll be entering high school next year and he's going to be playing first in the top Reno youth orchestra, plus first in the top band at his high school. This is a small area though, so I keep telling him not to let it go to his head. There are a TON of other great musicians out there in the wide world, and he still needs to work at it. :)
Also, my mother and grandmother were musicians. I only wish they could have heard my son play!

Lastly, what did you have for dinner last night?!

We went out to our favorite restaurant in Carson City: Sassafras. Everything I've ever had there is fantastic. This last time, I had the Asian Chicken Tacos. I might also have succumbed to the Poke. The “tacos” are served on thin slices of jicama instead of tortillas and they are so so good! If you haven't gone there, you absolutely should. They also have live music. It's a fantastic place!

Thanks so much, Romi!! We loved learning more about you and the inspiration behind this beautiful colorway!




You can spread the word on social media using the hashtags #3PartHarmony #RomiDesigns #Knitmorealong and #LornasLaces

We hope you’ll join in on the fun, and stay tuned!! - even more exciting news is coming your way!!


XOXO,

Jimmy and the Beans

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Forget Traditional, Crochet Transitional!


The crochet connoisseurs at Jimmy Beans Wool, Interweave Crochet, and Trendsetter Yarns have teamed up to bring you four fabulous FREE patterns, with the purchase of a Trendsetter Yarns Transitions skein!


The Transitions skeins are lightweight cotton and acrylic blends, perfect for summertime projects. These skeins incorporate stunning gradient color schemes, wound into yarn cakes and presented in their own individual boxes. The gals over at Interweave Crochet fell in love with the Transitions colorways and decided to work up some of their favorite crochet designs using a Transitions cake!

All of these patterns shown will be available for free with the purchase of a Transitions skein!
You will receive a link along with your purchase to access the patterns free online.

Pattern: Beatrice's Scarf
Color Pictured: 05 - Black/Fuchsia/Taupe



Pattern: Tara's Tunisian Scarf
Color Pictured: 03 - Navy/Royal/Lime



Pattern: Ghost Cone Scarf
Color Pictured: 08 - Black/Charcoal/White



Pattern: Bonsai Shawl



Forget Traditional, Crochet Transitional!

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Reno/Tahoe locals: Our second Sip & Shop the Warehouse event is coming up!


It's that time of the month again and we are so happy to host another monthly Sip & Shop the Warehouse event for our amazing local customers!


We had so much fun with our first-ever Sip & Shop the Warehouse event last month that we decided to make this a monthly event every third Thursday for our Reno/Tahoe friends to enjoy with us.

Join us this Thursday (June 15th) from 5-8pm for a night filled with tasty refreshments, an exclusive shopping experience, special in-store discounts and a raffle, knitting, and so much yarn that you won't even know how to contain yourself! Plus we just received a brand new shipment of stunning Madelinetosh Onesies in every base, and you will get first-pick of these yarns before everyone else online!

Grab some friends and get in on the action - we can't wait to see you here ♥


XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Friday, June 9, 2017

Winter is...here! Gear up for the "Beyond the Wall" MKAL


Look out, the storm is coming! We think it's safe to say that winter is most definitely here!

In this video, we introduce designer Rachel Roden, who will be hosting her very own "Beyond the Wall" MKAL next month on Ravelry!


Let's get down to the [k]nitty-gritty for this Beyond the Wall MKAL:
  • Who: Jimmy Beans Wool, designer Rachel Roden, Lorna's Laces, and of course, YOU!

  • What: A mystery knit-along dedicated to the newest season of Game of Thrones

  • When: Begins July 16th, four clues total will be released (one per week for four weeks)

  • Where to buy the yarn: MKAL kits available here!

  • Where to buy the pattern: Rachel's pattern available here!

Something crazy is about to unleash up North! In anticipation of the seventh season of Game of Thrones we've teamed up with our friends at Lorna's Laces to create Beyond the Wall, a custom color inspired by the mysterious and icy-cold demeanor of the White Walkers. Designer Rachel Roden is counting down the days to the season's premiere and can't wait to share this MKAL with you all!

In the spirit of an MKAL, we can't leak too many details about the project to keep the suspense brewing. However, we can tell you that the project is a shawl, and Rachel's shawl designs never disappoint! 

Won't you join us as we venture up north Beyond the Wall?


XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Monday, May 15, 2017

Jimmy's Journey, Day 15 of 15: Crystal Palace

Welcome to Day 15 of Jimmy's Journey to 15!

Have you heard about Jimmy's Journey to 15?! It's our 15th anniversary this year, and we will be sharing the story of JBW, year-by-year, here on our blog! Join us on the journey as we celebrate 15 years in business and highlight 15 partners in the yarn industry! Each day we'll kick off the blog post with a short clip of Jimmy (a.k.a. Laura) recounting one year of our history, while telling the story of a vendor who came along for the ride!



In today's video, Jimmy chats about meeting Hugh Jackman, how her friendship was formed with Crystal Palace Yarns, and the trials and tribulations of the 2017 flood & subsequent move to our new location!

Year 15 - the Year of Crystal Palace!

As crystal is said to be the traditional 15th anniversary gift, we couldn't think of a better Featured Friend to end our Jimmy's Journey to 15 with than Crystal Palace! Check out the amazing sales (between 25-50% OFF!!!) that we are offering for the following items: Inca Clouds Self Striping, Panda Pearl, Panda Silk, and Mini Mochi!

*click images for links to sale items*






BONUS! To sweeten the pot, we'll also include a small free gift in every order placed during our 15 days of Jimmy’s Journey, as a token of our gratitude to all of our amazing customers out there! 

Wool Watcher Alert: Crystal Palace

Keep an eye on our Wool Watcher page today - it's full of Crystal Palace & you won't want to miss out on these tempting deals!

Project Log: Oldies, but goodies!

The Beans have long loved Crystal Palace! Take a peek back at some of our projects from over the years...

*click images for links to projects*




2016 - Year 15 in Review!

2016 was a very exciting year for Jimmy and the Beans! The year started with a bang, when we teamed up with the Eddie the Eagle team to promote the film - Jimmy (and a few other Beans) were even lucky enough to meet the film's stars, Hugh Jackman & Taron Egerton! This was also the year of Toshstrology, Jimmy's first appearance on HSN, and our first participation with the Spellbinders program!

The start of Jimmy's English Garden Felted Carpetbag.
This was also the year that our good friends at Crystal Palace Yarns announced that they would be retiring the yarn portion of their business (they will still continue the needle portion!). In Jimmy's own words, "I met Susan and Andy through our sales rep, Marge - who also happened to be the designer Ann Norling. Susan and Marge had known each other for years and years. It was in the middle of the scarf craze of the mid 2000s - and Andy and Susan had created some of the hottest yarns on the market. It didn't take long before I started visiting with them at shows - and eventually went to visit their warehouse in Richmond, CA! My favorite memory is touring their warehouse in Richmond...I had never been to a yarn warehouse before - and I couldn't get over how huge it was...and was in awe of all the yarn!!" Jimmy's favorite Crystal Palace pattern is the English Garden Felted Carpetbag.

Thank you for joining us on Day 15, the final day of Jimmy's Journey to 15! We've had so much fun traveling down memory lane, and bringing you along with us - we hope that you've enjoyed the journey as much as we have! We are so grateful for you, our customers (who have turned into wonderful friends), and hope that you will join us for the next 15 years!

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Jimmy's Journey, Day 14 of 15: Baah

Welcome to Day 14 of Jimmy's Journey to 15!

Have you heard about Jimmy's Journey to 15?! It's our 15th anniversary this year, and we will be sharing the story of JBW, year-by-year, here on our blog! Join us on the journey as we celebrate 15 years in business and highlight 15 partners in the yarn industry! Each day we'll kick off the blog post with a short clip of Jimmy (a.k.a. Laura) recounting one year of our history, while telling the story of a vendor who came along for the ride!


In today's video, Jimmy chats about adding 1-Click Checkout and secondary attributes (i.e. yarn softness) to the website, the birth of Beanie Bags, monthly Micro-Brewed yarn, and our sweet, sweet Bean, Sandy.


Baah, baah, black sheep have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir - FOUR bags full!

We are wishing a very Happy Mother's Day to moms of all varieties today! The color experts at Jimmy Beans Wool have curated the perfect Mother's Day self-gift for all of you yarn-loving mamas out there (because, why not?! It's your day, treat yourself)! We have 2 hank & 3 hank gift options - each gift set comes with a pattern download code, the yarn required for the pattern, plus a few extra goodies!

La Jolla is a fantastically soft, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, fingering-weight yarn!
Shasta is an equally delicious, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, worsted-weight yarn!

Each skein is one-of-a-kind - they're onesies! The dye lots are a bit off from the original colorways, but they're still first quality and as squishy-soft as ever! 

*click images for links to gift sets*




BONUS! To sweeten the pot, we'll also include a small free gift in every order placed during our 15 days of Jimmy’s Journey, as a token of our gratitude to all of our amazing customers out there! 

Wool Watcher Alert: Mother's Day Madness!

In the spirit of Mother's Day, we say: treat yourself! If you received a JBW gift certificate from your loved ones, didn't get exactly what you were hoping for from your loved ones, or are just in the mood to treat yourself ("just do it!", as Sandy would tell you), then head over to our Wool Watcher page today for great deals on a variety of products from our Jimmy's Journey to 15 Featured Friends!

Project Log: Oldies, but goodies!

*click images for links to projects*




2015, Year 14 - Dedicated to Sandy Hussey

If you've ever met Sandy, you know that she was an absolute firecracker - a total pistol - who would keep you on your toes and laughing, all at the same time! Self-proclaimed as the "sweet little grammy" of JBW, Sandy was caring, thoughtful, had a great sense of humor, was generous with her wisdom, and always had an ear to listen or shoulder to lean on. She holds the record for longest employed Bean - almost 10 years!

Sandy loved to pull orders - for her tenure at JBW she pulled customer orders, all with a pep in her step and her great Sandy-tude! If you placed an order with us in the early days, it is likely that Sandy was the Bean that carefully selected your items, and delivered them to our packing/shipping team. Without knowing it, you might have a little piece of Sandy with you, too!

Though she is now gone, each Bean still holds a special place for Sandy in our hearts. She touched us all, and left a lasting impression that words can't adequately describe. Sandy was unique that way - it didn't matter who you were, where you came from, or what your story was - Sandy was your friend, through thick and thin.

To our sweet little grammy: We miss you so, and think of you often! We wish you a Happy Mother's Day and hope that you are enjoying yourself, surrounded by men in kilts, wherever you may be!




Thank you for joining us on Day 14 of Jimmy's Journey to 15! Be sure to join us again tomorrow for Day 15, the final day of our journey, where we'll highlight our 15th year in business along with a vendor that joined us along the way! And be sure to check out our Ravelry discussion thread and chime in with any comments you may have as we reminisce together about the last 15 years! You can also spread the word on social media using the hashtag #jimmysjourney15

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans