Friday, March 16, 2018

Hippity, Hoppity, the Jimmy Beans Bunny is on its way!

Easter Egg hunting is right around the corner, and the Jimmy Beans Bunny is excited to make a visit to you! In the spirit of good, ol' fashioned Easter Egg hunting, we've filled a thousand Easter Eggs with yarn samples, and today through March 31st, we'll be sneaking them into a random sel-egg-tion of orders each day! One of these eggs will contain a $100 gift card! If your egg doesn't have the $100 gift card, you still have a chance to win by entering our #jimmybeansbunny Instagram contest! You can read more about how to enter here!

With Easter Egg hunting on the brain, we're feeling egg-ceptionally inspired to knit and crochet with pastel colors right now! Here are a few of the yarns that are inspiring us most this week! 

We also love these little plushies, and would imagine that the kiddos in your life wouldn't mind finding one of these cuties in their Easter basket! ;)

Do you have any Easter or spring knits planned? Let us know in the comments below!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Illuminate With Luminosa!

We're head over heels for Cascade Yarn this month, and with new lines of yarn, who can blame us? At the top of our list this week: Luminosa! The shimmery tones of this yarn are as unique as the name itself, and we can't help but feel glamorous, just by looking at it! The baby alpaca keeps this yarn feeling extra soft, and the metallic viscose gives it pizzazz! 

The allure of the Luminosa line was intensified, when we saw it on the latest cover of Vogue Knitting magazine! Featuring Krysten Ritter (one of our fave celeb knitters!), sporting an oversized, cozy cardigan knit three-stranded using Luminosa, this edition is sure to go down in history as one of the most memorable!

If you're like us, you can't wait to knit one of these sweaters for yourself! To make it easy, we've made a kit on our website! The sweater on the cover uses colors 03 Sunstone, 04 Garnet, and 06 Pink Quartz. Shannon, from Cascade Yarns, knit a few additional swatches to showcase other color combinations of the Luminosa, and we're having a hard time choosing which one we like best! All 5 of these color combinations can also be found on our website as kits.

See what we mean?! It's hard to decide which one you like best, right?! Let us know in the comments below which color combo is your favorite!

Black Panther Infinity Scarf Inspo

If you're like us, you probably always have your 'knit-radar' (knitdar?!) on. You can imagine the surprise of knitters across the country, when a beautiful, knitted scarf showed up in movie theaters last month. The hugely successful film, Black Panther, featured the character Nakia, played by Lupita Nyong'o. Nakia fabulously wore the infinity scarf, full of green, blue, and brown tones. It was love at first sight, and we've been thinking about it ever since! 

We heard from so many of you who said you were dyeing (pun intended) for the details, as were we! Though we knew that there was some Madelinetosh in Plaid Blanket included, we weren't quite sure of the remaining yarns. Luckily for knit-nation, the designer, Jeff Gillies, released the pattern over on Ravelry last weekend!

In the original scarf, Jeff included 4 skeins of Noro Silk Garden - 430, 1 skein of Malabrigo Mechita - Hojas, 1 skein of Madelinetosh Dandelion - Shire, and 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light - Plaid Blanket. Unfortunately, both the Dandelion line and the Shire colorway have been discontinued by Madelinetosh, but we would recommend that you substitute another skein of Tosh Merino Light in its place, such as Pheasant or Joshua Tree. These colorways are pictured below!

We have more of these colors on their way to us soon! In the meantime, here are a few of our recommendations for similar colorways that can be used, or we encourage you to select your own! This versatile scarf would be gorgeous in a variety of color combinations, so let your creative juices flow! (Just remember to send us pictures, so that we can see all of your wonderful creations!)

Noro Silk Garden: 381 Rust, Turquoise, 417 Rust, Brown, Natural, 426 Greens, Coral, Ink

Malabrigo Mechita: 416 Indiecita866 Arco Iris886 Arequita

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light: Fir Wreath, Oak, Pool

Christine's yarn selection!
One of our sweet, local customers, Christine, was the first person to alert us to the inclusion of a knit scarf in the movie (thanks, Christine!). She has been busy planning her own version of the scarf, and shares her story below:

"My eyes lit up when I first saw the rich, earthy greens and browns of this shawl worn by the beautiful Lupita in the movie Black Panther. Knitting is a such a valuable part of so many people’s lives, and the costume designer honored that by showcasing this unique shawl.  Seeing the Instagram post about Madelinetosh’s vibrant Plaid Blanket used for the shawl was so exciting! Knitters came together as they described how the shawl caught their attention in the movie. Creative minds aren’t quiet, so people sought out the designer, yarns and pattern. Making something beautiful is rewarding but making something with a larger community is enriching. I was so excited to order my yarn from Jimmy Beans and use the Ravelry groups to inspire and support ideas. My Plaid Blanket yarn and complementing colors are wound and ready. We all start with the same tools: yarn, needles and stitches, now it’s time to collaborate to make art." - Christine

For her scarf, Christine has selected (from L to R in photo) Noro Silk Garden - 417, Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light - Plaid Blanket, Malabrigo Arroyo - 416 Indiecita, and Malabrigo Arroyo - 855 Aguas. We love this color combination, and can't wait to see Christine's finished project!

It's your turn, knitters! Will you knit your own Nakia's Infinity Scarf? What color/yarn combination will you choose? Let us know in the comments below - we can't wait to create with you!

Luck of the Irish: Keep From Getting Pinched This St. Patrick's Day With These Yarns From Rowan

Now that St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, we're getting in the spirit with our knits and one of our favorite UK brands, Rowan! 

In Celtic folklore, the Rowan tree is one that is sacred, offers protection and it is said that the first woman came from Rowan. It was so sacred to Celts, that it was forbidden to use any part of the tree other than for sacred ceremonies. Often times, these trees were planted in cemeteries to protect the deceased from evil spirits and planted near entryways to protect from misfortune.

Image: The Present Tree

To top it all off, the Rowan tree is associated with one of Ireland's patron saints, St. Brigid of Kildare, who is the Celtic patron of many things including spinning and weaving!

We've rounded up our top five favorite green yarns from Rowan so you can knit yourself something to keep you protected from getting pinched this St. Patrick's Day!

Top Five Favorite Green Yarns From Rowan
Rowan Handknit Cotton Kaffe Fassett Limited Edition - Lizard

Friday, March 2, 2018

Knitterati Countdown...1 Week & Counting!

Okay, knitting friends, the Knitterati Knit-Along countdown is officially on! We are in the home stretch, with only 1 week left to go! Have you ordered your kit yet?!

The yarn arrived to us earlier this week, and we've been non-stop packing up the kits ever since! If you've already ordered your kit, you should be receiving a shipping confirmation to your email very soon (if you haven't already)!

The Knit-Along begins NEXT Friday, March 9th, with the first square being released in Cascade's newsletter! Throughout the Knit-Along, following the release of each square, Jimmy Beans will be releasing instructional videos, over on our YouTube channel, which will detail the techniques used in each square. Perfect if you are an expert brushing up on your skills, or a beginner learning new skills!

There's a bit of mystery surrounding the Knitterati, and the Beans were determined to get to the bottom of it - to learn a bit more about the Knitterati Knit-Along kit, you can watch Matt & Nadia solve the mystery in the spoofy video below: 

We'll be counting down, until we can finally cast-on next Friday! In the words of Matt, we hope that you will "join us"!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Knitterati 2018 is Coming!

It's that time of year again - Knitterati is making a triumphant return in 2018! Cascade Yarn's wildly popular Knit-Along is set to begin again on March 9th, and we hope that you'll join us for the fun!

Here are the deets: 16 top designers, 16 squares, 20 balls of Cascade 220 Superwash Merino, 1 lapghan, and 1 happy knitter, YOU!

The project this year will be a lapghan, with 16 designers contributing to 16 squares, each square measuring 12". The pattern will be a gradient design, using cables and lace. Gradient designs are one of our personal favorites at the moment, so needless to say, our needles are itching to get to work!

The pattern for the lapghan is free, when you sign-up to receive Cascade's newsletter. Squares will be released every 3 weeks over the next year, giving you plenty of time between clues to complete each square!

With two different color options to choose from, there's something for everyone! The Original Gradient moves from purple to grey to blue to green tones, whereas the Alternate Gradient moves from purpley/pink to gold to blue to green tones. Both options are gorgeous, and the difference is subtle. To make it easy, we've created a kit for each color option on our website, which you can find here!

If neither of these color options strike your fancy, you can give our Customer Service team a call at 877-529-5648, and we'd be happy to help you select your own gradient for the Knit-Along! We can also be reached at

Which gradient option do you prefer: Original or Alternate?! Let us know in the comments below - we'd love to know your thoughts!

Il Giorno Perfetto: The Perfect Italian Summer Day.

 Il Giorno Perfetto: The Perfect Italian Summer Day.

There's no greater comfort than waking up from the warm sun on your face. I can hear the faint conversation of the cafe owner and a motorcyclist below my window as they sip their espresso. Stepping out from underneath my sheets, the damp, morning chill from the sea hits my skin and I immediately wrap my shawl around my shoulders. Realizing I have yet to get groceries for the weekend, I gather my belongings and make my way to the market for some fresh fruit and milk.

Navigating the market in the morning is not so much intimidating as it is exhilerating. In true Italian fashion, I dodge scooters and listen to the conversations and laughter of old friends. Heading to the fruit first, I can immediately smell the fresh peaches and melon and for a brief moment, I feel like I am completely surrounded by peach trees. These will definitely pair well with fresh yogurt. As I make my way through, I am thankful that my bag is large enough to hold all of the goodies I am bringing back home. I fill my market bag to the brim with fruit, tomatoes, fresh herbs and milk from the local cheese shop and make my way home.

As mid-morning peaks, the heat begins to fill the house indicating that it is time to head to the beach. I pack up my bag, close the shades but leave the windows open so that the sea breeze can come through. The steps to the beach are long and winding but take me through alleyways and past shops I normally wouldn't see. I can hear the waves get louder but the only thing from blocking my view is a long tunnel of Wisteria. 

A sense of immediate relief overcomes me as I walk through the tunnel - my skin has found refuge from the sun underneath the shade. I look to my left, look to my right, and scan the beach for open spaces. The combination of striped umbrellas and striped towels makes it a little bit hard to see, but I find an open space in between a young couple and older woman. I notice the wrinkles in her skin and immediately imagine the colorful life she has lived thus far. 

I doze in and out of sleep as the day carries on, catching glimpses of bright flowers and vines growing along side the colorful houses perched on the mountainside. As the beach begins to empty, the opportunities for people watching begin to dwindle so I finish reading the final 30 pages of Vogue Italia. Closing the last page, I realize that the sun was generous with it's rays and my skin is sensitive to the touch. I pack up my things and begin to head back through the wisteria and up the stairs to my house. 

Unlocking the door, a small rush of cool air combs through my salt-soaked hair and I collapse on the couch, thankful that I left the blinds closed before I left. I can see the colors of the sunset changing on the tile floor, bouncing from pink to orange and I know this will be one of my favorite sunsets. I wrap myself up and head to the balcony. I close my eyes, take a deep breath and I know that this will forever be one of my favorite memories. 

Shop the Story
My time in Italy is where many of my favorite memories come from. These patterns are uncannily similar to many of my closet staples throughout my travels. My personal favorite is the market bag. It is versatile and most importantly easy to pack. My second favorite is having an evening wrap, especially for cooler nights...

The Perfect Market Bag

The Summer Shawl

The Beach Bag

The Evening Wrap