Thursday, November 30, 2017

Jimmy Beans Gift Guide For Every Budget!

The countdown to the holidays is officially underway and if you're anything like us, you still probably have some holiday shopping to do! We've made it easy and rounded up a list of our favorite gifts for the knitter, crocheters and crafters in our lives...for every budget too!

$20 and Under

$18.00                                  $12.95-$19.95                             $19.95

$35 and Under

Jimmy Beans Rainbow                                                                                                     
$25.00                                             $35.00                                        $26.00

$75 and Under

            Breast Cancer Awareness                   Heidi & Lana                          Swans Island 
                 Pom Pom Hat Kit                    Conversion Shawl Kit                  Slalom Hat Kit
                        $40.00                                         $58.00                                     $75.00

$110 and Under

               Swans Island 6-in-1           Knitter's Pride Golden Light      Heidi & Lana Discovery
                      Zara Kit                        Interchangable Needle Set                 Poncho Kit
                      $90.00                                      $109.99                                    $110.00

Madtosh Color Madness


Our obsession with color is real and definitely fueled by Madelinetosh. We took some inspiration from the runways to help us choose our color palette as the weather gets colder. Check out some of our favorite color trends from this season!

  1. Tosh Merino Baltic 
  2. Tosh Merino Light Worn Denim  
  3. BFL Sock Memory 
  4. Tosh Sport Optic 
  5. Tosh Sport Gemini Twins 
  6. Tosh Sport Modern Fair Isle 
  7. Prarie Translation 
  8. Home Hosta Blue 
  9. A.S.A.P Translation
  10. Silk Merino Coquette Deux  
  11. Prarie Posy
  12. A.S.A.P Rose
  13. Home Silverfox
  14. A.S.A.P Smokestack
  15. A.S.A.P Moonglow
  16. Home Cactus Flower
  17. Dandelion Brick Dust
  18. Tosh Sock Rocky Mountain High

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Royal Knitspiration

Royal Knitspiration

Congratulations to the newly engaged Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle! We are feeling inspired by the duo’s engagement announcement yesterday morning so here are a few of our favorites that we will knit through to the Royal Wedding!

British Invasion Kit  

If you've been wanting to test out new yarns but your heart hasn't committed to a full skein just yet, then the British Invasion sampler is for you. It features eight mini-skeins from some of our favorite brands from across the pond along with circular needles and the Mosaic Tiles Cowl pattern from Heather Boyd.

Find the sampler here: British Invasion Kit

Rowan Hemp Tweed Suffolk Pullover Kit

The Rowan Suffolk Pullover is perfect for keeping warm in the English countryside and pairs with any Wellies. 

Find Prince Charming here: (Just kidding...We wish!)

Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace Crystal Palace Shawl Kit

We are wondering is Ms. Markle will choose traditional lace for her wedding gown so in the mean time, we are inspired by Fyberspates Scrumptious Lace Crystal Palace Shawl Kit!

Find the kit here: Fyberspaces Scrumptious Lace Crystal Palace Shawl Kit

Refract Socks by Rachel Coopey
To prevent cold feet, we love Rachel Coopey’s designs using her own Coopknits Socks Yeah! yarn. 

Find the pattern here: Making No. 4
Find the yarn here: Coopknits Socks Yeah!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

10 Yarny Holiday Decor Projects!

The holiday season is upon us, ladies and gentlemen! I don't know about you but it feels like this year has FLOWN by, and my brain still hasn't made the transition to "holiday mode" just yet.

The holidays can be the furthest thing from relaxing, with people frantically rushing around like maniacs to complete their gift shopping, crowded and loud holiday parties, entertaining and hosting family members, and the nightmares of holiday travel. Sometimes the best way to escape the craziness of the holidays is to do what us knitters and crocheters do best: to sit back, relax, and craft!

Us fiber enthusiasts love the process of creating something with our own two hands. It allows us to connect on a deeper level to our craft, and brings so much gratification. My favorite way to get into the holiday spirit while steering clear of the madness has been to create my own holiday decorations. It gives me much-needed time to escape, get creative, turn on the holiday tunes with a good cup of coffee, and reflect on my favorite holiday memories as a kid with my family and friends.

Here's a list of my 10 favorite knitted and crocheted decor projects for this holiday season. I've made some yarn recommendations for each project, but many of these projects can be worked up with yarn from your stash. I encourage you to take a step back from the holiday frenzy whenever you get a chance and immerse yourself in your craft. It will help you feel so much more connected to holidays, and you'll have some adorable, personalized decorations to cherish for the years to come!

1. Easy Christmas Stocking by Knitting Pure & Simple
Yarn used: Berroco Ultra Wool

2. Wine Bottle Sweaters by Deborah Tomasello

3. Sheep Balls by Dona Carruth
Suggested yarn: Cascade Heritage

4. Mod Stripe Tree Skirt by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich (FREE PATTERN)
Yarn used: Cascade 220 Superwash

5. Cable Vision Wreath by Hilary Hunt (FREE PATTERN)

6. Naughty or Nice Christmas Pillow by Maggie Stoudt (FREE PATTERN)
Suggested yarn: Cascade Pacific Bulky

7. Woodland Elves by Kristen Rettig (FREE PATTERN)
Suggested yarn: Plymouth Encore Worsted

8. Christmas Lights by Amalia Samios
Suggested yarn: Cascade Cherub DK

9. Snowflake Table Runner by Mary Jane Protus (FREE PATTERN)
Suggested yarn: Berroco Weekend

10. Rudolph the Candy Cane Reindeer by Catherine Waterfield
Suggested yarn: Plymouth Dreambaby DK

Happy Crafting & Happy Holidays! ♥

Friday, November 17, 2017

Knitstant Hits! Top 5 Quick Knit Projects

Top 5 Quick Knit Projects 
for the Holiday Season

'Tis the season to get crafty! This holiday season, knit gifts like a pro with our Top 5 Quick Knit Projects. Using fresh patterns and newly arrived bulky weight yarns, these projects will fly off your needles! And who knows? You may even finish your holiday knitting early this year!

(featured in Knitscene 2017 Winter)

Really crunched for time? Make it shorter by doing less repeats!

Free Pattern!

Free Pattern!

Free Pattern!

(featured in Plum Dandi)

Happy Knitting!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Jimmy's Journey to... Knitter's Pride!

Jimmy's Journey to... Knitter's Pride!

Check out a few of our favorite photos from the KP factory!

Have questions about how your needles and shawl pins are made? Ask in the comments!

Monday, November 6, 2017

#iknitforharvey Round Up

WOW, WOW, WOW! You guys really are something else! Over the last couple of months, with your and Blue Sky Fibers' help, we we're able to raise over $7,500.00 for the students of KIPP with the #iknitforharvey campaign..Yes, that is seven, five, zero, zero. I really couldn't be more thankful to be a part of this community. 

So Doug, Huck, and I headed down to Houston last week to visit KIPP DREAM on Friday morning to deliver the AWESOME stuffies you guys knitted (there is some serious talent in this world!). The students were amazing and found this super cool book about knitting that I read to them and we talked even more about knitting afterwards and I'm pretty sure I convinced a few of them to join the club (knitter's unite!). 

Well then we got to the main part of the assembly - the stuffies. Words can't explain how much those Royal Petites meant to these kids, but I'm going to try. I so badly wish that you all could've been there to see their faces light up once they got their animals (I mean, c'mon, look at those faces!) It was one of those moments that made me realize why Jimmy Beans does what we do. 

From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of our entire Jimmy Beans team, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us get these guys knitted and to deserving kids. We are so lucky.