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

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jimmy's Journey, Day 13 of 15: Cascade


Welcome to Day 13 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 this video, Jimmy chats about several opportunities we had to partner up with some of our vendors to create more Just@Jimmy's exclusive products and yarns. This year we decided to test our luck by promoting our Stitch Mountain campaign on some crazy platforms, including a taxi cab! Jimmy continues to build her relationship with Cascade Yarns, and we create a beautiful friendship with one of the most influential yarn companies in the industry.


Our friends at Cascade sent us a HUGE shipment of regular-stock yarns for a great deal, and we want to share this deal with you! For today only, keep an eye out on Wool Watcher to score some amazing Cascade yarns up to 80% off! To keep the suspense brewing, we're not going to tell you which Cascade yarns are going to be featured throughout the day, but we can give you some project ideas for several yarns that you might find up on Wool Watcher. ;)

Fingering Weight


Sport Weight


Worsted Weight


Bulky Weight


BONUS! To sweeten the pot, we're including 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!

Year 13: 2014 in a Nutshell

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In pursuit of expanding our Just@Jimmy's product collection, Jimmy created several new items unique to JBW this year. We began partnering up with Madelinetosh to create monthly limited edition colors, similar to our monthly LLE colors that we create with Lorna's Laces. We also launched our "Twelve Days of Yarnmas" campaign around the holiday season because Jimmy wanted to start featuring yarn from smaller, indie dyers. This sparked our current Micro-Brew subscription, where you can sign up to receive a skein of yarn each month from a different indie dyer to sample new yarns. Jimmy also began to write for the New York Times blog, and then wrote some pieces for Forbes shortly after. She even began to test the water with some new advertising platforms, and we wound up using ten taxi cabs here in the Reno area to advertise our Stitch Mountain campaign!

This year was also a year of growth for JBW and Cascade Yarns. Cascade has always held a special place in Jimmy's heart since she began knitting about 20 years ago, and she still remembers knitting her first garment ever out of Cascade Magnum. Although we had been carrying many of Cascade's yarns for several years now in 2014, Jimmy began to form a very close-knit (pun definitely intended) relationship with Shannon and Rob, Cascade's owners. This year she decided to start carrying every single color of Cascade 220 yarns (101, in case you were curious!). Jimmy always enjoys getting to work with Cascade and they have become one of our go-to vendors whenever we want to launch a new project or pitch one of Jimmy's "crazy ideas." We have worked with Cascade for numerous Just@Jimmy products, hosted them at our shop for "yarn tasting" events, visited their facility up in Washington, and we are currently participating in their 30th Anniversary Knitterati Afghan kit. We adore Cascade and all the memories we have shared over the years.  

Project Log: The Beans Love Cascade



Thank you for joining us on Day 13 of Jimmy's Journey to 15! Be sure to stop by again tomorrow for Day 14, where we'll highlight our 14th year in business along with a vendor that joined the journey with us. Also be sure to check out our Ravelry discussion thread and reminisce with us about the last 15 years. You can spread the word on social media using the hashtag #jimmysjourney15!

XOXO,

Jimmy & the Beans

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jimmy's Journey, Day 12 of 15: Just@Jimmy's!



Welcome to Day 12 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 this video, Jimmy thinks back to 2013 on our growing collection of Just@Jimmy's products, from Cupcakes and Tea Cakes to yarn bouquets and gift baskets! This is also the year she beautifies the retail shop and publishes Crochet Red, the second book in her trio of books raising awareness about Heart Disease.

Jimmy's Stitch Red Books- 50% OFF!

Knit Red, Crochet Red and Sew Red are jam-packed with fabulously red garments and accessories designed and donated by celebrity designers who openly share their personal experiences with Heart Disease and tips on how they stay heart healthy!



 Handmade Project Bag ONESIES - 40% OFF!

While these handmade project bags don't quite live up to our original formula, they're still a slam-dunk in our book! We've got an assortment of color schemes to choose from too! 



Stitch Markers from Spark and Lantern Moon - 40% OFF!

Beautify your knitting needles with these Just@Jimmy's stitch markers:



Chicken Boots Stitch Marker Pouches & Wristlets! - 40% OFF!

Are you a fan of the Zodiac? If so, these Just@Jimmy's notion pouches and wristlets are for you! They also make great birthday gifts!



Still on Tap! Just@Jimmy's Micro-Brewed Yarn - 25% OFF!

As you may have noticed, we love working with independent hand-dye companies to create gorgeous special edition colorways, or Micro-brews, if you will! Lo and behold, we've still got some on tap from 2015 & 2016! Check 'em out below!




Love what you see? Sign up for our Micro-Brewed Yarn Subscription and receive exclusive colors each month!


Can't get enough of Just@Jimmy's? Here are some more fun things to feast your eyes upon:


Just@Jimmy's Yarn Subscriptions!

In addition to our Micro-Brewed Yarn Subscription, we've also got 5 more subscriptions you're sure to enjoy! Take a peak at our Beanie Bags, Big Beanie Bags, Semi-Precious Tosh Subscriptions, and Lorna's LE Club!




Tosh Tea Cakes

Sample some of our favorite Madelinetosh colors - in DK or Tosh Merino Light - while knitting your way to the Modicum Hat or Modicum Mitts, designed by our own Rachel Roden!



Berroco Bento Boxes

If sampling multiple yarns in one go is more up your alley then our Berroco Bento Boxes are for you! Get a feel for 12 different Berroco yarns while knitting up the gorgeous Nami Cowl from Kristen of Marinade Designs.



Jimmy Jumble 
Interchangeable Circular Needle Sets

Yarn isn't all we have to sample; we also have Jimmy Jumbles! These interchangeable sets allow you to try out 4 different Knitter's Pride needle tips.



Year 2013 in Review: The Beginning of Just@Jimmy's!


Jimmy's vision for breathing new life into some of the base products we carry came to fruition in the year 2013. The Cascade Cupcakes were such a big hit we quickly came up with more ways for our customers to sample yarns, the majority of them having some sort of food theme (yum!). We created (and eventually retired) Pure Wool Worsted Pickle Jars, Blue Sky Alpacas Valentine's Day Heart Samplers, Vice Yarns Wine Flight Samplers, Thanksgiving-themed Fit for a Feast, and more! Finally, we would eventually hit the sweet spot with Tosh Tea Cakes and Berroco Bento Boxes (Jimmy's favorite!), leading to the necessary creation of a production department with electronic winders to keep up with the demand! These samplers are still going strong, but like most of our samplers, have run their course and won't be around for much longer (so grab 'em before they're gone!).

In addition to our popular yarn samplers, we also began selling yarn bouquets that cleverly feature coordinating yarns perched on straight needle "stems" in a glass vase. Jimmy says she gleamed inspiration for these from her good friend Kirsten Muench. "She had made this cute bouquet with yarn and I immediately recognized its potential as a new and exciting gift item that could showcase some of our more popular or limited edition yarns." 

Thank you for joining us on Day 12 of Jimmy's Journey to 15! Be sure to join us again tomorrow for Day 13, where we'll highlight our 13th 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