Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cat bed and Knit Night!!


It has been a VERY busy couple of weeks here at Jimmy Beans, and we all needed some relaxing, bonding time, so Sandy suggested we have a knit night here at the store. After we closed today at 4pm, we gathered in the back room to knit, talk and eat baked goods, courtesy of Greg's girlfriend Jen.

I worked on a bed for my new cat Tin Tin. I'm using the pattern "Kitty Pi" (by Wendy D Johnson) from Ravelry. I'm making it with Lamb's Pride Bulky in color M200 Strawberry Smoothie. For the edge of the bed (which is more like a bowl) I'm using a green wool from my stash held together with a strand of GGH Gracia in #17 Lime Green.

To the left is a picture of how Tin Tin sleeps. I think that he really needs a bed like Kitty Pi (right) to contain him. I made a lot of progress on my cat bed today, and hopefully by the end of the week, it will be ready for felting!


Saturday, January 30, 2010

So many new things!!!

Like Jeanne said the other day, where to start?

Yesterday when I came into the store there was a new yarn and sample shawl that I intantly fell in love with! The Be Sweet Striped Shawl in Extra Fine Mohair which we have put together in a kit. The shawl is warm, light and airy. The Extra Fine Mohair is a very fine boucle, somewhat similar to but not as fuzzy as Rowan's Kidsilk Haze. It doesn't contain silk, its' 100% mohair. I wore the shawl for a few hours and was pleased to note that very little mohair had shed onto the black blouse I was wearing. All in a lovely lace weight and I'm thrilled to finally have a boucle in the store. This is on my short list of future projects.
Like I need more on my list!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Where to begin??

Where to begin indeed! Boy I just can't keep up with all that is going on around the shop and so much of it is secret, dang, dang!! My lips are sealed but I am all twitchy holding all this secrets back. I promise that I will update you as I can though, really!!

I can tell you that we have gotten ALL the colors of the Malabrigo Worsted yarn and are already selling out of the Malabrigo Sock yarn, WOW! Luckily for me I got mine almost the first day and am already working on my socks. We will be getting more, but it is so popular that it is going to take some time :( so hang in there!

We are also adding the Be Sweet line of yarns a few at a time and I am completely in love with the Bambino Taffy yarns, color 880, Licorice has me very intrigued.

I am also totally stoked about the Magic Balls that we just got in, they are soooooo pretty!

Well, that's it for the moment, as I have to get back to work trying to figure out what to work up next!

As always happy knitting & crocheting Jeanne

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Felted Clogs


Just after Christmas I gave in and bought the Felted Clogs pattern from Fiber Trends. I say "gave in" because I never buy patterns, instead I find free ones on Ravelry. However, I could not find a good free felted clog pattern online, and I knew from customer feedback that the Fiber Trends pattern was easy and awesome. And they were right - I LOVE this pattern. I finished a yellow pair for my sister (a makeup for a pair of failed felted jester slippers) that I knit with Cascade 220 in the colors #7827 Goldenrod and #2453 Pumpkin Spice . For the cuff I held one strand of Pumpkin Spice together with a strand of some reddish-purple wool I found in my stash.

These slippers are a little too plain for me (and my sister) so I'm going to embellish them with some buttons and felted flowers. It's nice to have a felted project turn out right for once! Right now I'm working on a pink pair for my mom for her birthday in February.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Malibrigo sock yarn is sooooo yummy....

This is a real quick post to say the wait is finally over, we have the Malabrigo sock yarn and of course I have already cast on a pair using the magic loop!

This yarn is so beeeaaaauuuutiful that it was hard to choose just one color, but I finally decide on Archangel for my socks and am using a US 1 Addi Lace needle, 40".

This yarn and these needles were made to dance together. I will get you a picture of the socks in progress soon.

Happy Knitting & Crocheting! Jeanne

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Birthdays, yarn and Stitches West....

Well I love birthdays especially when they are mine and yesterday was my birthday! ALL the little beans came to surprise me and feed me pizza, cake and shower me with gifts, WOW! THANKS YOU FABULOUS Beans and Amber for organizing the whole thing and Sandy for the yummy, yummy cake! They got me a pedicure too and now my tootsies are smooth and pretty! I even wore my birthday crown all day!! Thanks really it was so neat to have you all go to such trouble for me, blush, blush!

Ok, ok enough mush onto more important things like yarn, knitting and getting ready for Stitches West! Yep, you read that right we are going to be at Stitches West in full force and we are all getting very excited with all the planning.

We will be taking so much neat stuff and will also have new stuff too, like the Noro Aya yarn which is absolutely amazing! I am particularly in love with color 09 and am trying to figure out what to work up with it.

Of course we are adding some of Louisa Harding's yarns to our line up and she is one of my favorite designers. Her charming designs are feminine and creative.

Of course her yarns go right along with that idea of softness and elegance. Like her Thistle yarn which is so soft and rich, with 2 fabulously soft fibers; merino wool and suri alpaca! It doesn't get a whole lot better than this.

I am a green girl and the color Bracken, 06 is one of my favorites.

So I could just go on and on about all this yummy stuff, but I better stop or as usual I am going to swoon, phew.

As always happy knitting & crocheting! Jeanne

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Almeria Scarves and New Kitty!

I was so pleased with the way my red Almeria scarf turned out (on the left is a pic of it being blocked), that I decided to make one for my other grandma in color #4, Blues . For this one I held one strand of Almeria together with a strand of Saphira in #572.

In other, even better news, I adopted a kitty today!!!! Sarah, our newest hire, needed to find a home for a kitten named Tin Tin, who didn't get along with her other cats. When I saw pictures of him I fell in love, and when I met him after work this afternoon I knew we were meant to be.


Thursday, January 14, 2010


Those of you who frequent Ravelry will recognize this exclamation. It is the standard way to talk about Malabrigo yarns. They are yummy and so, so soft mmmmm.....

And now Laura has once again out done herself! Jimmy Beans now carries every single color of Malabrigo worsted weight! Including the newest color, Ravelry Red!

Not only is Malabrigo the softest merino yarn I've ever touched, it is also a fabulous deal at only $10.40 per 210 yds. Who could ask for more?

Want something even softer? Then that would be Malabrigo Lace weight spun from merino lamb's wool. Wool doesn't get any finer than merino lamb. And it's also a great deal. Imagine a whole small shawl for less than $10! I just don't know how they can sell it for this price!
I have too many ideas already and now all these great yarns in so many colors! How's a knitter supposed to keep enough of a paycheck to pay the bills?
Have fun choosing your color because I know you will love knitting with it!

Monday, January 11, 2010

So much to work with, so little time...

The Acorn hat has been test knit, yeah!!! I am still working on the perfect picture for the pattern and this one is in the running, what do you think?

Thanks so much to Terry and Kathie for working on it for me. As most of you know I dabble in design and publish under the moniker 2 Askew Designs.

I was lucky enough to get a hank of the Aslan Trends Invernal yarn to work up for the shop and the little white hat is what came out of it. This yarn is so FABULOUS and gets better as it is touched. The Angora just fluffs and fulls AND I didn't get any shedding while working with it. I frogged it a couple of times too, so it is a tough little yarn!

So many of my in store customers are excited to work it up and I should have it finalized in the next couple of weeks, so thanks all of you for your patience.

I also dove into the Rowan Silk Wool yarn and got myself enough of the color lip gloss to work up the China Vest from Folk Vests, by Cheryl Oberle. Wow is all I can say about this yarn, but really Rowan yarns are fantastic, especially when they are on sale.

When we got the Rowan discontinued yarns list I was so excited to see that Silk Wool was on the list, as I have always wanted to work with it, but alas my wallet has argued with me on that for a long time. At 50% off I couldn't listen to the wallet any more and had to have some!! Shut up wallet you blasted voice of reason!

Laura, Amber and Victoria just went to TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) conference in Long Beach and boy are we going to have some cool stuff for you in the next year! Top Secret though, so I will have to leave it at that, hee, hee!! I just got a little taste from Laura yesterday as we ran by each other and I can't wait to sit down and get the whole scoop!

As always happy knitting and crocheting! Jeanne

Sunday, January 10, 2010

More new yarn . . . and projects


I am still overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the fabulous SALE yarn that is flying off the shelves as I type this. Because its going fast, I'm trying to decide what to make so I can decide what to buy. I already blogged about my attraction to Bolero by GGH, but I am now equally enamored of Cadiz and Cadiz Unito by GGH (such a clean, pleasing texture!), Tris by Lana Grossa, and Gigolo by GGH. I guess its pretty obvious I love fancy, glitzy yarn.

I bought 3 balls of Almeria by GGH in color #003 a few weeks ago, and I just began a birthday scarf for my grandma with it. I'm using a double strand and size 15 needles for a very simple stockinette scarf (13 stitches) with a ruffle at the ends. So far its looking good, and knitting up real fast, which is a big plus.

School starts in a week, so I'm going to make as many things as I can while I have the time.

- Amerique

Thursday, January 7, 2010

MIA and projects

Hi all! I know I've been MIA on the blog lately. I managed to get myself really and truly over committed and somethings fell through the cracks. At least now I know my limit and can respect it in the future... I hope!

First off I would like to thank Laura for posting my first pattern in the free pattern section of the website. The Easy Slouch Hat. This is my latest done in Mochi Plus Autumn Rainbow held together with a strand of Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Fern. The color in this photo isn't great. I need to get a better one in natural light for the lovely green of the kidsilk haze to show well. I am totally overwhelmed by everyone's enthusiasm for it and I've seen some lovely versions of it already. From feed back we've received we need to tweak the pattern a bit for bulkier yarns which I'll try to get the info together for it soon. In the meantime I'm recommending not using a yarn heavier than aran/light bulky. It seems best to stick with 4.25 stitches per inch with the heavier yarns.

My New Year's resolution is to keep things manageable and finish projects.
Alas! I'm in trouble already with visions of way too many sweaters and socks dancing in my head not to mention budding ideas from a trip I made to Seville, Spain. I saw so many wonders and ate such wonderful food but what gave me lots of ideas were the lovely tessellated tiles in the Real Alcazar de Sevilla. Lots of possibilities for knitting patterns. So many ideas. Now I just need more time to make them happen.

In the meantime I have about 5 pairs of socks planned with two pairs started. The first one started is a pair of Cookie A's Pomatomus that I'm working on dpns using Lorna's Shepherd Sock in Jeans color. Jeanne so kindly posted about them in the projects section of the website.

The second pair is Amelie from Never Not Knitting. I'm working these 2 at a time using magic loop and Lorna's Shepherd Sock in Tuscany color (which I seem to be obsessed with lately so look for more of my projects using this color in the near future). This is my first time using magic loop and I have only 5 rows knit so far so I'm reserving comment on the technique until I'm further along. The thing I really love about this pattern is that the pattern is written with instructions for all 3 techniques of sock knitting... double pointed needles, 2 circulars and magic loop. So all the shaping for heel flap, heel turning, gusset and toes is all worked out for you for each technique. All in all an ideal pattern for learning a new sock knitting technique, not to mention they are pretty too.
As I'm sure you know there are a bunch of great Rowan yarns on sale right now and I'm having a hard time controlling my yarn hoarding impulses. Next time I'll let you know how successful I am.

Wishing you all lots of lovely yarns and many happy projects in the coming year!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Sale Stuff


I am very much in love with our new Amy Butler bags. They are canvas (which I love), and they come in awesome, colorful funky patterns. They also come in several different shapes and sizes. These are my favorite ones: The Pearl bag, which is small and more of a handbag, The Sanibel bag, the perfect all-purpose tote, and the roomy Dew Drop sling.

Today at work I discovered and fell in love with Bolero by GGH. It's so fancy!!! My favorite color - 01 - is red, and gold, with small sections of glittery silver. It reminds me of the Old World, of the Middle Ages, of Byzantine . . . stuff. I need to buy a couple balls before its all gone!!