Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017: One For The Books

With only a few days left of 2017, we are taking a moment to step back, reflect and get ready for the new year (we have some really exciting stuff coming up, by the way!)

Here are our highlights of 2017: the good, the bad, and the yarny :)

The Great Flood


Normally, people "go out with a bang", but at Jimmy Beans we do things a little differently and decided to START our 2017 year with a bang! Life has a funny way of challenging us and one of our biggest challenges this year was when Reno weather decided to be...well, Reno weather and flood our warehouse. Our staff worked tirelessly to #savetheyarn and you all waited patitently for us to get back on our feet. We are forever grateful for you and our Jimmy Beans Family!


 Jimmy's Journey to Fifteen

Man, we're gettin' old...We celebrated our fifteen year anniversary this year with Jimmy's Journey to 15! In this first season of Jimmy's Journey, Jimmy tells us the story of each year of Jimmy Beans up until this year. It's like a photo album, but better!





Semi-precious Tosh Kickoff


This year, we also kicked off our Semi-Precious Tosh Blanket and Shawl subscription KAL. Our yarn clubs for 2018 have gotten a bit of a makeover so be sure to check them out!



Grand Re-opening of Our Retail Shop 


There is always a silver lining! Because we had to relocate due to the flood, we also got the chance to spice up our new retail space at our new location! Shannon, our General Manager, was able to turn the shop into an art piece itself. It should probably be on display at the Louvre!

Police Box MKAL


With the new season of Dr. Who, we kindof had to...We teamed up with Lorna's Laces and paid tribute to the famous TARDIS with bold blues and grays befitting any traveler of space and time. Although this MKAL is over, you can still checkout the pattern!

Shark Bite II KAL


Duh-nuh...duh-nuh...duh-nuh-duh-nuh...DUH-NUH-DUH-NUH! We were lucky to team up with Lorna's Laces and Lara Smoot to bring you a Shark Week KAL. This is still one of our favorite KAL's!

Voyager KAL

We just can't get enough of these KAL's! We trekked back to 18th century Scotland! We joined forces with Lorna's Laces to bring you Lorna's Limited Edition color - "Voyager." This
colorway incorporates an array of grassy greens with speckles of soft purple, reminding us of the vast Scottish Highlands sprinkled with pretty wildflowers!



When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, we knew we had to do something. With the help of you and Blue Sky Fibers, we were able to raise over $7,500 to help students of The Knowledge Is Power Program who were directly affected by the hurricane. At the beginning of November, Laura made a trip to Houston to deliver the stuffed animals knitted by you in order to give these kiddos some hope! We cannot thank you enough.

Jimmy's Journey: Passport to India

In November we brought you Season 2 of Jimmy's Journey! Our trip to India was amazing. You knitted along with us as we traveled with Amy Small of Knit Collage and Knitter's Pride to bring you the stories of the individuals that make the products we carry. We even brought back some souvenirs!

Craftvent 2017


The freshest memory from our highlight reel is, of course, Craftvent! Afterall, it ended only 4 days ago! Maybe you're still even knitting along! In any case, we had so much fun with this MKAL this year and loved that you all enjoyed it as well. We love going through your comments and seeing your progress and finished projects so keep them coming! 

As you can see, 2017 was definitely one for the books! And like always, we wouldn't have been able to accomplish any of this if it weren't for you! Thank you all so much for your support this year...We can't wait to see what yarny goodness 2018 brings us! We hope you enjoy this holiday season and ring in the new year with lots of happiness, love, and of course...yarn!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top 25 Best Sellers From 2017

With a brand new year just around the corner, we thought we'd take a look back and rank our best-selling products from 2017. From stash staples and hand-dyed yarns to Just@Jimmy's gifts and yarn subscriptions, this list has a little something for everyone! 

Here are the top 25 best-sellers from 2017:

Cascade 220 - 8401 Silver Grey
  • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Worsted weight, 100% Peruvian Highland Wool, 220 yards
  • Why we love it: Cascade 220 is a tried-and-true stash staple that is both high quality and affordable.
  • What our customers have to say: "This yarn is beautiful...I used it to weave a scarf that was then felted. The results were perfect. I will look for this yarn again as it is a dream to work with." - Anthony Barnacott
  • Average Customer Rating: 4.7/5

24. Breast Cancer Awareness Pom Pom Hat Kit 

This kit has recently sold out, but to keep the momentum going we're designating 2018 as The Year of Giving and working with Lorna's Laces and top designers to create more charitable kits each month. Click here to learn more!

Breast Cancer Awareness Pom Pom Hat Kit
"Ta Tas" (limited edition)
  • Why we love it: $5 from each kit was donated to and Moms on the Run, two organizations that helped our very own Mindy during her diagnosis and treatment last year.
  • What our customers have to say: "I am so happy with this hat. It looks and feels great and the pom pom is truly icing on the cake and I love icing!" - Songbird130
  • Average Customer Rating: 4.2/5

Koigu KPPPM - P312D
23. Koigu KPPPM 
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 100% Merino, 175 yards
    • Why we love it: KPPPM (Koigu Painter's  Palette Premium Merino) is spun from the finest merino sheep in the world and hand painted in stunning, one-of-a-kind colorways. 
    • What our customers have to say: "There is nothing like this yarn...the colors are amazing - I am gathering these in different colors to make a blanket and also do another linen stitch scarf." - Tez
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5

    Madelinetosh Tosh Merino
    "Semi-Precious Chrysocolla" (limited edition)
    22. Madelinetosh Tosh Merino

    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Worsted weight, 100% Superwash Merino, 210 yards
    • Why we love it: Each squishy skein is hand-dyed in small lots and so very soft to the touch!
    • What our customers have to say: "Merino is my favorite wool. It is lovely to work with and the finished product is gorgeous. Madelinetosh is superb yarn." - Awoaca
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.6/5

    Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky - Holi Festival
    21. Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Heavy Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 165 yards
    • Why we love it: Working up at a versatile aran to chunky weight gauge, Tosh Chunky it is perfect for heavier sweater and accessory projects.
    • What our customers have to say: "A person helping me said that Madelinetosh is a yarn you buy for yourself or someone you love. I agree. Gorgeous quality and colors." - JudyGo
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5

    Madelinetosh Twist Light - Dirty Panther
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 75% Superwash Merino wool 25% Nylon, 420 yards
    • Why we love it: With a generous 420 yards per skein, one skein is more than enough yardage to complete a pair of socks!
    • What our customers have to say: "I am finishing a fade wrap with this yarn. As always, it is delightfully soft, easy to work with, and the colorway is out of this world beautiful! Fab Tosh, as always!" - LuigiGo
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Malabrigo Worsted Merino - 093 Fuchsia
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Heavy worsted, 100% Merino Wool, 210 yards
    • Why we love it: Buttery soft and exquisitely hand-dyed, this single-ply yarn is a tried and true favorite. 
    • What our customers have to say: "I love this yarn!... The stitch definition is wonderful and it blocks up even better. Once washed and blocked it is soft and supple. You can't go wrong" - Elkmountain
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Rowan Pure Wool Worsted Superwash - 116 Satin
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Worsted weight, 100% Wool, 209 yards 
    • Why we love it:  It's expansive range of colorways, from soft neutrals to brights and moody darks, is sure to impress the most discerning of knitters, making this versatile yarn a go-to for a wide range of projects.
    • What our customers have to say: "This is a good all purpose superwash. Not super soft but not super scratchy either. Softens up after blocking. Good value." - Kristin from OK
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.4/5

    Lorna's Laces String Quintets
    "Raise Your Gobble-Let" (limited edition)
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon, 525 yards
    • Why we love it: A curated color palette of 5 mini hanks of Shepherd Sock so you get an amazing array of colors and ample yardage? Yes, please!
    • What our customers have to say: "Love the colors and of course this yarn is amazing to knit with. So many options, too. Socks, shawls, hats, mittens, etc, and colorwork. Great idea and I must have them all!" - Leslie G
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted
    "Voyager" (limited edition)
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Worsted, 100% Superwash Wool, 225 yards
    • Why we love it: This glorious yarn has it all, from rich finger-pleasing texture to an elegant, even drape. 
    • What our customers are saying: "This is my second time using this yarn, and I've already bought more. Made two baby blankets for my twin nieces, in the Frozen Upon A Time colorway." - Lyssaszoo
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Lorna's Laces Solemate
    "Ta Tas" (limited edition)
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 55% Superwash Merino, 15% Nylon, 30% Outlast, 425 yards
    • Why we love it: It contains Outlast, a fiber technology that continuously interacts with a body's microclimate to moderate temperature. Used by NASA and Ferrari, and now - you! 
    • What our customers are saying: "Ordered this yarn for the GoT Mystery shawl & it's really nice to work with. Like it a lot & would order it again." - Mary Barthold
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Malabrigo Rios - 005 Aniversario
    • Fiber/Weight/Yardage: Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino, 210 yards
    • Why we love it: Rios is a worsted weight merino superwash yarn that retains the signature softness of Worsted Merino, but is also machine washable so you don't have to worry about felting!
    • What our customers are saying: "Great to see, great to feel. I’ve been crocheting small pieces to use as decorative coasters. There are so many wonderful colors in this yarn that I have been able to find many contrasting yarns in my stash!" - Linda Landrum
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    • Why we love it: Because we LOVE working with independent hand-dye companies to create gorgeous limited edition colorways just for you!
    • What our customers are saying: "I love this club! JBW has perfected the yarn club experience with beautiful fingering weight/sock yarns at a great price." - knitterlady13
    • Average Customer Rating: 5/5

    Madelinetosh Tosh Sock - Liquid Gold
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 100% superwash merino wool, 395 yards
    • Why we love it: Each hank contains 395 yards which is enough yardage to complete a woman's size large pair of socks!
    • What our customers are saying: "soft, knits up beautifully. always a fan of madelinetosh sock yarn." - Signa
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.9/5

    Madelinetosh Pashmina
    "Semi-Precious Garnet" (limited edition)
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Sport weight, 75% Superwash Merino, 15% Silk, 10% Cashmere, 360 yards
    • Why we love it: 
      This 3-ply yarn features a fiber blend similar to the famous woven pashmina scarves and is machine washable! It knits up to create a soft fabric with great drape.
    • What our customers are saying: "This yarn is so soft and luxurious- working with it is divine! Worth every penny- and always a great value coming from JBW." - Trixie75
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.7/5

    Cascade 220 Superwash - 859 Lake Chelan Heather
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: DK weight, 100% Superwash Merino, 220 yards
    • Why we love it: This yarn does it all, from baby blankets and afghans to  every-day clothes and tough wearing kids' clothes.
    • What our customers are saying: "Go to yarn for most of my projects. I'm knitting baby blanket and the yarn shows cables beautifully. Best quality is it's supper wash ability. Keeps it's shape as it comes out of the dryer." - Dottie
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.7/5

    9. Semi-Precious Tosh Shawl Subscription

    (This year-long collection for 2017 has come to an end. Click here to see what's in store for 2018!)

    • What's included: One sample of Tosh Merino Light in a limited edition Semi-Precious Tosh colorway delivered to your door each month of the year, along with the option to participate in a shawl mystery knit-along. 
    • Why we love it: Inspired by the gorgeous variations in natural, semi-precious stones, this collection is all about beautiful, hand-dyed color in captivating combinations! 
    • What our customers are saying: "...The format of a clue a month is great for my busy schedule, and it's so fun to get the little Tosh ball each month. Affordable too." - Mairwen
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.3/5

    Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage - Arctic

    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Worsted, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 200 yards
    • Why we love it: Working up at a versatile worsted gauge, Tosh Vintage is perfect for hard-wearing sweater and accessory projects.
    • What our customers are saying: "I keep coming back to Tosh Vintage...soft, squishy, no issues when you have to frog, easy to machine wash, low maintenance but holds its shape beautifully...I can't say enough good things about it." - Lyssaszoo
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Madelinetosh Tosh DK - Blood Runs Cold

    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: DK, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 225 yards
    • Why we love it: This lush and soft super wash yarn is sure to make knitting a pleasure!
    • What our customers are saying: "Love, love, love, this yarn!! So easy to work with and feels wonderful!" - cparker
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock - Bigger on the Inside
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 80% Superwash Wool, 20% Nylon, 430 yards
    • Why we love it: This versatile superwash wool has just a touch of nylon for added durability and can be used for everything from socks and shawls to lacy tops and lightweight cardigans.
    • What our customers are saying: "I love working with Lorna's Laces. The colors are wonderful and the fiber is soft and springy. Perfect for socks, shawls, sweaters and all next to skin items." - knit4keeps
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5

    • What's included: A carefully curated selection of small yarn samples (15-20 yards each), including our favorite yarns new and old, useful notions, and yarn-know-how from our experts every month!
    • Why we love it: It's a yarn tasting in a bag!
    • What our customers have to say: "Perfect little projects to break my month up and other project monotony. It also allows me to and sample different yarns without a large commitment." - Sherry82
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.3/5

    Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light - Video Baby
    • Weight/Fiber/Yardage: Fingering, 100% Superwash Merino Wool, 420 yards
    • Why we love it: Our best-selling yarn! This single-ply fingering weight yarn features a generous 420 yards per skein, and is hand-dyed in incredible colors.
    • What our customers have to say: "I love to work with this yarn and it's really fun to see what special colors JBW offers." - LeilaBlue
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.8/5                  

    • What's included: 3-5 samples of yarn (45+ yards each), a printed pattern, and 1-2 notions (or other fun knick-knacks!) to add to your knitting toolkit all packaged in a custom drawstring bag.
    • Why we love it: It's a yarn tasting of epic proportions, with hand-picked hidden gems that let you try and discover awesome yarns from our extensive stash!
    • What our customers have to say: "Lots of fun in these bags. Short, easy patterns. Never know what is going to be in them. Fun, Fun, Fun." - Suzette61
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.5/5

    • What's included: a total of 600 yards of yarn from 8 of our favorite hand-dyers, along with clues to a shawl pattern, knitting needles and other fun notions.
    • Why we love it: Remember those little Advent calendars that have chocolate hiding behind each door? Think of that, but even more amazing!
    • What our customers have to say: "I received my sugarplum advent calendar and I am really excited to start the shawl. The box it comes in is beautiful and the yarn it includes is high quality." - Moonmama
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.3/5

    And the number 1 best-selling product of 2017 is...

    1. 2017 Semi-Precious Tosh Blanket Subscription 

    (This year-long collection for 2017 has come to an end. Click here to see what's in store for 2018!)
    • Why we love it: Inspired by the gorgeous variations in natural, semi-precious stones, this collection was all about beautiful, hand-dyed color in captivating combinations! 
    • What our customers are saying: "Love getting a new colorway every month, and in Tosh Vintage, too my fave superwash worsted! Haven't decided yet whether to knit the pattern or try using the yarn for something else, but I'm loving the subscription. Highly recommend!" - Lyssaszoo
    • Average Customer Rating: 4.1/5