Beans for Brains Winners

Well, we've done it. We somehow managed to read through almost 3,000 applications!! I was amazed and enchanted by so many of the projects, essays and phenomenal stories. Thank you to everyone who applied. We wish we had more awards to give to all of the truly outstanding knitters and crocheters that applied.

I know, I know- you want me to tell you who the winners are already!! Ladies and Gentleman, here are the winners of the 2011-2012 Beans for Brains Scholarships.

Northeast Region: Olivia Murton

Olivia Murton
Olivia's Sock
University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Planned major/course of study: Biology

Tidbits about Olivia: An avid knitter, Olivia has been knitting for 8 years and worked in her LYS for 2 summers. Two of her designs have been published in Knitty and she has used knitting for 2 of her final projects for school! Check them out here:

South Region: Abigail Wright
Abigail's blanket
Abigail Wright
University: Rice University

Planned major/course of study: Biochemistry and Cell Biology

Tidbits about Abigail: Struggling with a family history of cancer, Abigail is waging a cellular war! She plans on using her brilliant brain to learn more about this tenacious disease and work towards eradicating it from the world.

Local Region: Judi Lin

University: University of Nevada, Reno

Planned major/course of study: Nursing

Fun tidbits about Judi: Judi learned how to knit just a few months ago from one of our Beans! She is making a beanie for her boyfriend who was deployed to Afghanistan.

West Region: Alysa Joaquin
Alysa Joaquin

Alysa's Citron shawlette
University: University of Washington
Planned major/course of study: Chemical Engineering, emphasis in nanotechnology
Fun tidbits about Alysa: You may know her as founder and moderator of the Seattle group on Ravelry (Sheepless in Seattle). She plans to use her degree to be involved in outreach programs that are designed to support disabled women.

Midwest Region: Emma Coates

University: University of Cincinnati
Planned major/course of study: Industrial Design
Fun tidbits about Emma:  This is Emma's Cheesburger dress that she crocheted for Homecoming. A-MAZ-ING!!! And not only did she work up one of the best projects that came through our shop doors, she also happens to be captain of multiple sports teams, participates in 3 school bands, is a 4.0 student and somehow finds time to volunteer at her local Alzheimer's Center. Talk about a well rounded young woman!

International Region: Elysse Meridith
Elysse's Chess Board
Elysse Meridith

University: The University of Edinburgh
Planned major: Ph.D. in Medieval Studies
Fun tidbits about Elysse: The chess set to the left is a thirty-two piece knitted chess set, complete with chessboard, and it is the first pattern she's ever created. (And there's not a single seam in the entire set!) 

Congratulations, Ladies! I would like to again thank all of the wonderful ladies and gentleman (as there were a lot of very talented young men too!) who sent in applications. It was SO tough deciding on the final 6. If you didn't win this year, don't worry! We plan on growing the program even more for next year so make sure you check back in the late fall when we announce the call for applications for our 2012-2013 awards!!

I would also like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors! Please help support them while they support you! Thank you to The Yarn Group, Interweave, Tahki Stacy Charles, Denise Needles, Classic Elite Yarns,  Lorna's Laces, Jennifer Knits, Koigu, Muench, Styled by Kristin, Berroco, Fairmont Fibers, Knitting Pure and Simple, Knitting at Knoon,  Artyarns, Blue Sky Alpacas, Madelinetosh, Plymouth, Prism Yarns, and Be Sweet!

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Bethany and the entire Jimmy Beans Gang

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  1. Amazing. All these women are amazing, and you are an amazing store that you can help them in their education. Above and beyond 'your local knitting store,' both online and in Nevada!

  2. How impressive and encouraging! They all sounded like biographies for woman of the year. Congratulations to all of them!! And applause to Jimmy Beans for getting behind these awesome young women!!

  3. Great choices, great work, great ladies and great scholarship program!

  4. It was SOOOOOO hard to choose. All of the applicants were wonderful.

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