Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Knitspiration: Stranger Knits...

Solemate in "Weirder Stuffs"

Stranger Knits...

To celebrate the premiere of Stranger Things on Netflix, we bring you “Weirder Stuffs,” a custom-dyed Solemate color inspired by the show. Wondering what our knitted things might look like if we suddenly found ourselves lost in the dreaded “Upside-Down,” we ventured into the depths of our Project Log and found the perfect shawl!

The Walking Dead Shawl by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

The Walking Dead Shawl’s dramatic shape and gaping holes provide a deconstructed look that would be right at home in the mystical other-world and, using 2 skeins of Solemate, is large enough to double as a much-needed security blanket!

And if the name didn’t give it away, it also provides the perfect project for all of you TWD fans out there!

Monika's Dragonhide Shawl in Chinese Fireball
Harry Potter anyone?
Monika of merryClusters recently released a collection of patterns inspired by the books. 

The Knitted Wit Dragonhide Shawl features short-row wedges and spikes reminiscent of the dragons’ wings from the Triwizard Tournament. And while the blue color scheme is certainly representative of the Swedish Short-Snout, we are reminded of another dragon that made an icy splash in another favorite show of ours…

Monika's Venemous Tentacula in Shepherd Worsted Flames

And for something truly creepy-crawly, the Venemous Tentacula Cowl’s tentacles are meant to be a fun (and possibly poisonous!) color. Using one skein of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, the length of the tentacles will depend on which color you choose. Read all about the Venomous Tentacula plant in “One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi” by Phyllida Spore. They are actually quite affectionate plants – until they start strangling you!

Happy Knitting!


Jimmy and The Beans

Friday, October 20, 2017

Where In The World Is Jimmy?!

Are you ready for the big reveal!?

Are you sure?!

Okay, Okay, we’ll tell you where we are headed on Season 2 of Jimmy’s Journey...

Just play the video below!

That's right! We are bringing you...

Our craft lets us create stories and legacies (c’mon, we all have an old sweater that Grandma knit us!). We wanted to introduce you to the people that allow us to do just that! There is something really special when worlds that are so seemingly different are actually woven into the same story...

Ready to pack your bags?

If you missed out on Episode 1, you can catch up and subscribe here.
(We promise you won't want to miss out on this Season of Jimmy's Journey!)

The plane takes off on November 7th! See you at the gate!

During the upcoming days, we want you to get to know the Jimmy Beans crew that is heading to India. No better person to start with than Jimmy herself!

Q:Favorite Moment ever at Jimmy Beans?
A: Developing the London 2012 Color with Beth Casey from Lorna’s Laces

Q:Where is your favorite place you’ve ever been? (US or non!)
A: McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Q:What is your spirit animal?
A: Squirrel? Haha. Or a monkey.

Q:What are you most excited for on Jimmy’s Journey?
A: I'm sooooo excited to SHARE the stories!

Q:Who do you think will be the first to get lost on this trip and why?
A: Kyle! He already told us that he might just "walk away" at some point... :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Meet Our Travel Buddies!

So last week we gave you a little peek at what is in store for Season Two of Jimmy's Journey! We wouldn't be able to do any of this without our team! Meet the incredibly special and talented individuals that will be joining us this season! 

Subscribe for Season Two of Jimmy's Journey here! 

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Soul Behind The Skein

Earlier this year, we invited you to join us on “Jimmy’s Journey to 15” - a 15 day video series that highlighted our fifteen years in business thus far. Boy, does time fly.

...And so do we!

*drum roll, please*
(knitting needles can be used as drumsticks, right?)

This November, we are excited to bring you Season 2 of Jimmy’s Journey! We’ll be packing our bags and hopping on a plane to get a firsthand look into the lives of our friends in the international fiber arts community, without whom our story couldn’t be told.

The legacy of what we cast on doesn't just begin in that moment, but starts with the hands that make our craft possible. We wanted to bring you a "behind the skeins" look at what type of work that goes into the tools we use, but more importantly, a look into the lives that create them. Because these individuals help us tell our story, we wanted to tell theirs.

For a sneak peek, check out the video below!

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