Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mission Falls Weekend!


We have a great new pattern book by Mission Falls called Weekend!! The lightweight sweaters featured use 1824 cotton, the perfect yarn for spring and summer!! New Orleans (left) and Lake Tahoe (right) are my personal favorites, and we have kits for these two on our website, that includes Weekend!, and the yarn required for the projects.

1824 Cotton is reasonably priced, and comes in a wide array of solid and variegated colors. Check it out on our website!


Friday, May 28, 2010

We have a winner!!!!

Congratulations Sarah you got all the questions right and yours was the first email in the line!! You should all know that it was close as I had to look at the time, questions (which ALL of you got right) and then the seconds too! Good work gang!!! I am so excited!!!

Remember next Friday we will get started with clues for the next sweater in the line up and I can see that you are all a bunch of real smart cookies, so I think I will take it up a notch, hee hee hee!!!

See you soon here on the blog, CONGRATULATIONS, Sarah!!!


The traveling sweater....FINAL

So here we are it's time to get down to the real business of this contest! As I have said all along I put hints in my posts that you will need to answer questions about, so email me at and put The Traveling Sweater in the subject line and the fun begins.

The first one to answer the questions correctly (with the links included from our site) will win this beautiful sweater! The pictures really don't do it justice, but there is beautiful cabling and the color is very rich and elegant. Of course you can't go wrong with any Lorna's Laces yarns, so it is super soft!!!

So good luck to you all and I will be posting another sweater to win knit from Lorna's Laces Swirl DK next Friday, so if you don't win this one you will have another chance!

We will be giving away the Flared Sleeve Pullover next!! Isn't is beauuutiful??

So here are your questions and good luck!

1. Where can you find the yarn that The Traveling Sweater is made from on our site?

2. What year did JBW open and where can you find that information on the site?

3. Where is out knitting calculator on the site?

4. What kind of needles was I going to defend the sweater with at Scotty's

5. Where can you find JBW Widgets to add to you blog, or website?

6. What is my motorcycles name?

7. Which instructional video did I talk about being a stinker in and where
can it be found on the site?

As always happy knitting and crocheting! Jeanne

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Excitement around the shop!

There is so much excitement around the shop right now with all the new yarns and patterns that have arrived I don't know how to describe it. All this coupled with the the Wool Watcher the word frenzy comes to mind. I'm personally excited because I finally get to start my first shop knit and I got my yarn for it last night! I'm going to make a Fine Shawl on Diagonal using Be Sweet Extra Fine Mohair in Shakespeare colors. I just adore this yarn but then I'm a nut for mohair. Despite the thin filmy nature of this finished shawl it is quite warm and will be perfect to drape around me on days when air conditioning indoors is a little too cool. It is also light and thin enough to wear it as a scarf when the weather turns colder in the fall. This is also a perfect project to try out the Russian Join that Jeanne showed us last month in the featured video in the April Newsletter. I'm also contemplating a light cardigan using this yarn, I love it so much. More on that later.

Sandy is excited about Ilga Leja's new shawl pattern Flight of Fancy which is a lovely trapezoidal summer shawl worked in two simple lace patterns and 2 colors. The pattern calls for silk & linen yarn. Sandy will be making it with Fleece Artist yarn. She just showed me last night which colors and would you believe I can't remember if it was Sea Wool or Merino 2/6s or which colors. Mind like a steel sieve! LOL!!! But they are lovely colors!

Sharon has snatched up some Ella Rae Classic (or was it Nashua Creative Focus Superwash? I need to write this stuff down to remember what everyone is doing!) to make a warm car blanket with a Berroco pattern.

Jeanne is just so happy to be back she was busy fondling all the new yarns and looking at the new books, especially Lily Chin's Power Cables which is a really cool book with lots fabulous cabling ideas and projects.

For all you sock knitters I hope you've checked out all the fabulous deals on sock yarn we have on sale now. Although I have four pairs of socks on needles at the moment I couldn't resist picking up a couple of skeins of Regia 4ply in City Boston color which I just love. I have also fallen in love with Crazy Zauberball which I may have an interesting idea for. More on that later too.

Happy Knitting!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

A real quick note...

Hi all I am soooooooo sorry that I didn't get the post about The Traveling Sweater up yesterday like I promised, but I didn't realize how tired I was going to be yesterday. I got back into town at 8:15 Thursday night, pulling a Uhaul with my step dad's stuff in it. I had every intention of getting it polished and up for your competitive spirit yesterday, but just fell way short. I really am sorry, but please don't give up I will get it up really soon!

Happy knitting and crocheting!


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Amy Butler's Midwest Modern Knits


Amy Butler's new book, Midwest Modern Knits is full of fun and funky patterns - everything from sweaters to pillows! I was delighted to find that I liked EVERY pattern in here - not just a couple. We have added several new
kits from this book to our website, including the adorable Riding Hood Scarf kit and Hobo Bag kit. All of the patterns in this book are knit with Belle Organic DK and Belle Organic Aran yarn by Amy Butler for Rowan.

Check it out!!!


Thursday, May 13, 2010

The traveling sweater....

Hi all, well I should be posting your hints on the contest, but alas, I have to leave for parts unknown to help my Step Dad, soooooooo, that will have to wait until next Friday, BUT we are getting a shipment of discontinued Rowan today (and I do mean shipment) that will be to dye for!! No pun intended, ha ha!

So be sure you keep your eyes peeled and if you haven't already seen our newest addition to the site then you will want to check our cute little puppy out!

Sara has been watching him while she works because he is so cute! When you see him just give him a little click with your cursor and voila you will be watching the best and hottest sales on the site. If you see something that you want to add to your cart please don't delay in checking out, because another wool watcher may beat you to the click.

Well sorry but I have to make this short, but rest assured I will be missing you all and if I can will check in to say hey!

As always happy knitting and crocheting! Jeanne

Friday, May 7, 2010

The traveling sweater....

Well here we are in the last of the
traveling sweater posts, so pay attention! In my next post I am going to ask you a series of questions and the first of you to get them all right will win the sweater! How simple is that?

Have you been paying attention is what I want to know? Hee hee! I am such a stinker I know!

You can see what a stinker I really am here in my instructional video on Spit Splicing, ok, ok, maybe I didn't use my real spit, but I did talk about spit!!!

I am totally in love with this sweater and am hoping that none of you get my clues right, so I can hang onto it for a bit longer. However, I know how smart you all are and I am sure that you will be able to put it all together, so I will begin the long goodbye to the sweater which is knit from Lorna's Laces Swirl Chunky.

So here is my very last picture of the sweater in question on my trip to Death Valley and you may notice that I got taller and grew a beard, ha ha!

No that is my very special honey (Geoff) taking his turn holding up the sweater at Scotty's Castle.

Geoff is a real Jimmy Beans Wool fan and he has even talked about how cool he thinks the Widgets are, which can be added to your blog, website or any cyber place that you may hang out once in a while. When I showed him how easy it was to add them to my personal cyber spaces he was really impressed!

At any rate stay tuned for next Friday's post as you will receive everything that you need to win that beautiful sweater Geoff is holding, but as always until then, happy knitting and crocheting!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Lace, Lace, Lace!!!

Now that warmer weather is here it can be very uncomfortable working on those heavy winter knitting projects. Who wants a wool afghan or sweater sitting on their lap in 90 degree heat? So how do we satisfy our need to knit without succumbing to the heat? Knit Lace!!! Knitting lace is the perfect solution to the warm weather knitting quandry! Now don't go thinking to yourself that lace is just too hard and you can never do it because it's not as hard as we lead ourselves to believe by looking at it. There are many patterns that are great for beginning lace knitters and we have several on our Free Pattern Pages that are perfect to try out like the Twin Leaf Beaded Scarf. Lace knit with lace weight yarns is light and airy, goes surprisingly fast, is small and compact making lace projects good traveling projects. I like knitting my lace weight yarn on size US #6 (4mm) needles.

We have some very exciting lace weight yarns like the new Zitron Filigran, Noro Sekku, Schulana Kid Seta and our great reliable standbys Cascade Alpaca Lace, Lane Borgosesia Cashwool, Lorna's Lace Helen's Lace, Filatura Di Crosa Superior and my all time favorite Rowan Kidsilk Haze. But don't limit your lace knitting to just lace weight yarns, feel free to knit lace from any weight yarn. Just use larger needles than the yarn suggests and have fun! Some other great summery yarns for knitting lace are Handmaiden Seasilk, Rowan Siena, Cascade Ultra Pima, Noro Aya and Debbie Bliss Amalfi.

Look for some new lace instructional videos coming soon and check our class list every month for knitting lace classes.

Don't wait to learn how to knit lace there is a whole wonderful world of making holes in your knitting.

Happy Knitting!


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Proof that Pirates Knit too!

Have you ever wondered why your back ordered yarn is taking so long to get to you? Have you ever blamed it on pirates? Well, maybe you should. When I called up one of our distributors the other day to check up on the status of some back ordered colors, I was given an intriguing and altogether unexpected explanation as to the hold-up: pirates.

I know, I was skeptical at first too, but apparently pirates commandeered a freighter carrying a large shipment of yarn here to the US. It is unclear whether or not the pirates intended to use the yarn for their new knitting club, sell it for a profit on the black(and various other colors) yarn market, or hide it on an island where the largest stash on earth is rumored to be located. Regardless, I am now convinced that pirates do indeed knit and/or crochet.

Happy crocheting and knitting!