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Mother's Day is only a couple weeks away!! Still trying to come up with the perfect gift for Mom? Or do your kids need a (gentle) push in the right direction? We've come up with a list of things that we think crafty moms will absolutely love!








  1. Mother's Day Bouquets



    Get mom a beautiful bouquet for her special day! Available in both knit and crochet, these fiber-flower kits come with everything needed to make a fabulous shawl/wrap!



  2. Stanwood Needlecraft Ball Winder  
  3. Lacis Umbrella Swift



    Numbers 2 and 3 kind of go hand-in -hand; they're like Batman and Robin, peanut butter and jelly, or pineapples and pizza (yeah I said it, don't @ me)! Winding hanks without these tools can be such a hassle and wastes so much time that could be better spent crafting! If you're trying to come up with the perfect gift this Mother's Day, we promise that this combo is a real winner!




  4. Beekman 1802 Goat Milk Hand Cream and Lip Balm Sets
    A lot of people don't really realize the toll that working with yarn has on your hands. They can get dry resulting in discomfort that'll keep you from reaching your true crafting potential! Beekman 1802 has some amazing products to help rejuvenate dry skin!




  5. Jimmy's Craft Crate


    Last week, we launched our first-ever Jimmy's Craft Crate; a new kit that not only a great spring knitting project but also a flower pot, flower seeds, a watering can, and other notions to help welcome the blossoming spring season!




  6. Hand-Fired Yarn Bowl


    A yarn bowl that's also a handmade work of art! These bowls have all been thoughtfully created by our good friend, Jim Atchison of Lickin' Flames!




  7. Scheepjes Colour Pack 



    Perhaps the most colorful gift for mom this Mother's Day is the Colour Pack from Scheepjes! The big ol' box of yarn comes with 50 mini skeins of Stonewashed XL and Riverwashed XL.




  8. Wrist Ruler



    A ruler that you can have on you at all times? And it's stylish?? Sounds too good to be true! These wrist rulers from I Love Handles are the real deal!




  9. Namaste Maker's Crossbody Bag


    The Maker's Crossbody Bag is one of our favorites from Namaste! It's gorgeous design is complimented by its practicality and features many crafters love including: a built-in yarn feeder, tassel with emergency stitch marker, key leash (doubles as a tape-measure), five interior pockets, and so much more!




  10. Jimmy Beans Wool Gift Card






    All of the gifts on this list are sure to make mom happy, but this is the only one that guarantees she'll get the gift she really wants!
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Behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we want to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!






We're already onto Q2 for 2019's Knit Club; time flies when we're havin' fun! This project was designed by our very own Jenny Nelson! She's the coolest and an awesome designer! Find out a little more about her in this Q&A!


Why did you start designing patterns?

I decided to experiment with designing as a new way to challenge myself. Many of my friends/former coworkers are talented knitters and designers, and they were all very supportive of the idea and offered just the right amount of encouragement.

 What was the first pattern that you designed?

I designed the Berries & Cream Cowl for Jimmy Beans' Big Beanie Bag subscription back in the summer of 2017.

  Is there any particular pattern that has a special meaning to you?

The Mindy's Hat pattern I designed for Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 2017 was very special to me. I was so honored and excited to have been approached to create that design, and of course Mindy is a dear friend of mine so it will always remind me of her!

Would you describe how you feel when you see someone making/wearing your designs?

So, so happy! A friend of mine was so excited about my Mindy's Hat pattern because the sample fit her head just right (she had always struggled finding winter hats that fit and looked good on her), and so I just had to knit one for her in her favorite color! And the way she was able to style it with her own wardrobe was pretty cool too! It looked very modern and classy!

Are there any “rituals” that you might have while designing patterns?

Hmmm... Perhaps when I have more designs under my belt I will uncover a ritual! :)

If you could partner with any dyer, who would it be and why?

Rachel of Unraveled Designs, of course!

Are there any hints you can give about upcoming designs?

I recently purchased the book Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible and the stitch patterns inside are so beautiful! The next pattern I design will likely be inspired by something I found in that book.

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks now?

I'm knitting a really beautiful cowl using The Fibre Co.'s Road to China Light yarn. The pattern is called Tilting Lines and it's from the book Knitting Short Rows by Jennifer Dassau. It's lacy and utilizes short rows to create a really flattering ruched look. 

Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever knitted?

I don't think it's necessarily crazy, but at the bottom of the Grand Canyon when I backpacked there for my 30th birthday! :)
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In this post, we interview Michael Sellick of The Crochet Crowd! We are so overjoyed that Mikey is our designer for our Q2 Crochet Club project! He will also be at this year's JBW Retreat

1.    Why did you start designing patterns?

You learn to tweak ideas that you see over time to suit your own purposes. I came to realize others wanted to share in my ideas and the only way to do that was to be strategic to write things down and present it back out to the public as an optional pattern. I love the mathematics. Theory converting to tangible and tweaking the projects along the way.

2.    What was the first pattern that you designed?

Over the years, I wrote miniature patterns but my first real design was the Stitch, Stop and Roll Afghan. I prefer my deals to be complex and skill building generally. It would be the first design where a company was interested in my creativity beyond myself self publishing my own work.

3.    Where do you find your inspiration for your patterns?

You find inspiration in what people find of interest in the social media. Asking yourself, ‘What if’ questions. Like the other night, I was self designing while at my stitch night. People were asking me how I know the next line of the pattern. I tell them I really don’t. You decide and the afghan will tell you through visual what it’s missing or needing.

4.    Is there any particular pattern that has a special meaning to you?

The Study of Texture is one of my favourites of all time. Thousands of people have made my afghan and expressed their love of learning something new. Watching others build their skills in real-time gives me unlimited joy.

5.    Would you describe how you feel when you see someone making/wearing your designs?

I feel a sense of pride when people put trust in me and my design to want to try it. I feel like a small peice of me went beyond my computer and into the hands of another person.

6.    What are some signature features of your designs?

For afghans, I finish most afghans in the same stitch. I also love raised textures in my work. Texture is fun to try to achieve. Most of the projects I am known for involve texture.

7.    Are there any “rituals” that you might have while designing patterns?

When designing, I stay offline. I turn on the TV for background noise and lose myself in the project. I write as I go, tweak as I go… and hopefully by the end of the time frame I have something I can put my name on. Other times, I may not succeed but I save for later.

9.    Is there any advice you would give to new designers or those wanting to start designing patterns?

Design what you love. Be conscious that it may not be something you would use. Design with other’s who may stumble across the design in mind. Stay on a budget for the design. I tend to put a dollar amount on the table and design within that price point.

10.  What’s on your needles/crochet hooks now?

I have the 9 Months of Squares in process. Details coming in April.

11.  Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever knitted?

I wouldn’t define any places I have crocheted at. I have crocheted in malls, cars, parks, heritage parks, Disney World, Cruise Ships or retail stores. For 2020, we are expecting to take a plane ride to the Arctic Circle. I want to take my crochet just to say I crocheted in the Arctic Circle.


What has been potentially life threatening is crocheting while Daniel does heavy duty landscaping. He’s sweating his butt off and I am in the shade whipping through my yarn. When asked to go get him water, I roll my eyes and say fine!



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We missed Stitches West, to say the least! It's been a few years since we've attended the show and when we decided to make our return, we knew we had to come back BIG! Not only were we honored to sponsor the event, but we had the opportunity to showcase our new Namaste Bags & Accessories on the Stitches West Fashion Show runway! To hear the 'oooh's' and 'ahh's' of the crowd was music to our ears (we were totally tickled!)!! 

We're beyond excited to share a few photos of what walked down the runway. And, a huge sneak peek at some new colors and bags launching VERY soon on the site

Namaste, 






Photos By Knitting Universe/Stitches West

   













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Behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we want to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!




We're on our third month of Jimmy's Indie Club and we are super excited to introduce you to the dyer of Black Elephant yarns: Petra Schwarczova! Petra dyed one of our 2018 Micro Brew yarns and we are so happy to get to work with her again! 

Why did you start dyeing yarn? 
It started as a hobby, as I wanted to dye something for myself.

Why did you name the company Black Elephant? 
Black is my surname in German (Schwarz) and Elephant was on a notebook my mum gave me for my birthday to write my knitting patterns in. Also, when I was younger, she used to tell me that I walk like an elephant (loud). :)

What was the first color that you dyed and why did you start with that? 
It was antique mauve and it was one of the colours in the dyer starter pack I bought at a yarn show

Where do you find your inspiration for colors? 
Everywhere really. Nature, architecture, music, films, documentaries. I see colors everywhere.

Is there any particular color that has a special meaning to you? 
Not that I am aware of, but judging on the colourways I have dyed already, I seem to be drawn to different shades of orange and blue - no idea why.

Would you describe how you feel when you see a garment made from your yarn?
It might seem weird, but I inspect how it knits, whether I like how it knits/crochet and if there is a room for improvement for that particular colourway. I have been always an anxious person and always on a search for that perfect colourway, so I feel relieved when I see positive comments about my yarns from people knitting with them.

What would you say is the best thing about your yarn? 
 I can't say what is the best as I am my own worst critic and am never 100% happy - there is always something to make better, learn more.

For what kinds of projects are your yarns best suited? 
For any garments, sky is the limit. :)

If you could partner with any designer, who would it be and why?
That's a hard question. I like so many and can't single out just one.

What’s next for the future of Black Elephant? 
We have just taken additional room next to our studio which I am preparing to have for knitting/crochet workshops - it would be great to have people around as being locked in the dyeing room can be very lonely sometimes. I would also love to try designing some patterns when I find time between dyeing sessions.

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks? 
Sadly nothing at the moment, but I have recently finished Andrea Mowry's Nurtured Sweater and I love it.

If you had a yacht, what would you name it and why? 
Lorelai, after the character from my all time favourite TV series Gilmore Girls ( I think I watched all seasons about 7 times by now)




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Behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we want to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!


With month three of the 2019 Tosh Shawl Club fast approaching, we wanted to introduce you to the designer of this year's gorgeous shawl: Ambah O'Brien!

Why did you start designing patterns?
It was quite spontaneous, as a fairly new knitter I didn't think that I would ever design, however I was always tweaking and exploring as I knit from patterns, then I had an idea and decided to try it out. With some encouragement from my friend and LYS owner I decided to publish it as a pattern. I was amazed by the response to it and immediately had a new design on my needles - I haven't looked back since then!

What was the first pattern that you designed?
My first pattern was a single skein eyelet shawlette, Kinta. I later added a two skein, larger version and another knit up in a gradient yarn. I had lots of fun with Kinta.

Where do you find your inspiration for your patterns?
Everywhere! Often it will come from the yarn itself, as I collect a group of colours and dream up a design to complement them. Fashion is an inspiration, I may see a shape or pattern or group of colours that spark my imagination, as does the world in general, regional and urban areas. Sometimes I begin with an idea of something I'd really like for myself, a style of garment or an accessory.

Would you describe how you feel when you see someone making/wearing your designs?
It is so exciting, I adore seeing the colours people choose for their projects, and get very inspired by this. My heart fills up when I see folks wearing my designs that they have knit and added their own stamp of creativity to, it's very special.

What are some signature features of your designs?
I do explore ideas and techniques; in general, I'd say modern, geometric inspired designs, colour, and a mixture of textures like lace with garter stripes.

Are there any “rituals” that you might have while designing patterns?
I like to have my yarn sit out for a while, so I can look at it over several days in different light, switch out colours if I am using several and generally let the ideas start to play in my imagination. I'll think about it a lot as I drift off to sleep too.

 If you could partner with any dyer, who would it be and why?
Wow, I feel so lucky to have partnered with many amazing dyers already and would be delighted to work with any of them again. Recently, I discovered a newer Australian Dyer, Terina from Love and Speckles, she created amazing Advent yarn kits and some really unique colours. I'm looking forward to creating a design with her yarn this year.

Are there any hints you can give about upcoming designs?
You can expect lots more shawls and garments from me in 2019. I'm pretty excited about a cute mosaic DK weight jacket I will be releasing in February plus I collaborated with 2 yarnies to create 2 shawls for Vogue Knit Live NYC  and am really excited to wear and share these.

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks now?
I'm currently making a colourwork pullover in a gorgeous merino-silk blend, perfect for our summer here right now in Australia. It has a gorgeous drape. I'll be releasing this in early April.

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Have you signed up for 2019's Tosh Shawl Club?? It's not too late! Sign up here and receive everything you need to catch up on this year's shawl! And if you'd like to see more of Ambah's designs, click
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Behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we want to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!







This week, we interviewed Marinda Lariz of Meraki Knits! Marinda designed our Q1 Knit Club project and we are so happy to be working with her! 

Why did you start designing patterns?
I actually started designing by accident. I found that I was altering patterns every time I would start a project and finally realized I would be happier with the result if I just started from scratch and wrote my own. 

What was the first pattern that you designed? 
The first pattern I designed is called Kasen's Earflap Hat. I set out to make a simple hat for my son with only two requirements, stripes and earflaps. Self-striping yarn took care of step one but the earflaps took a bit more work. I made it my goal to figure it out on my own and not reference other earflap hat patterns. There was a bit of trial and error involved but eventually it all came together and came out just how I pictured it.

Where do you find your inspiration for your patterns? 
I find inspiration all around me all the time! I really love color and texture and often come across ideas where I least expect them - even at the grocery store! Sometimes a simple combination of colors will inspire me and other times another piece of knitwear will light the creative spark.

Is there any particular pattern that has a special meaning to you? 
I have two patterns that hold a lot of meaning to me. Kasen's Earflap Hat and Cabled Teddy Hat. These were each created with one of my children in mind and they each fit their personalities perfectly! Cabled Teddy Hat was the first pattern I created that really guided me towards my overall vision for my patterns by incorporating texture along with unique design elements (hello bear ears!).

Would you describe how you feel when you see someone making/wearing your designs?
Excitement! I have a deep passion for knitting and fiber arts and am elated when another person knits and wears one of my designs. My greatest hope is that they have found as much joy in the process of creating their project as I have in designing and writing the pattern.

What are some signature features of your designs? 
You will almost always find a combination of color and texture in my designs. I really like projects that have multiple design elements. Not only does this help keep the knitter engaged but it also produces a finished project that is interesting to look at.

Are there any “rituals” that you might have while designing patterns? 
I always sit down with a cup of coffee or tea when I design. Something about sipping a warm beverage helps to relax me and get my creative juices flowing.

 If you could partner with any dyer, who would it be and why?
There are so many amazing dyers out there! I love indie dyers who use quality yarns and take the time to set the color appropriately. Right now, I really love House of A La Mode. The yarn is so soft, well saturated and consistent between skeins, and knits up beautifully!

Are there any hints you can give about upcoming designs? 
I have a few things in the works! I'm really enjoying brioche right now (texture + color = win!) and am working on a new design incorporating this as we speak. I'm also looking ahead to the summer months and am finishing up a fingering-weight shawl design that will be released early this spring.

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks now? 
Right now I'm designing a pair of fingerless mitts and simultaneously working on Andrea Mowry's The Shift cowl. I love to have two or three projects going at a time. It helps keep my mind from getting creatively burned out and grows my knitwear wardrobe at the same time!

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If you haven't gotten in on Q1's Knit Club project, it's not too late! You can sign up here!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Marinda a little bit more, but we urge you to head over to Meraki Knits to see all of her beautiful designs!

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Behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we want to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!









In this post, we get to meet Nicole from Hue Loco, our Indie Club dyer for February! Hue Loco has so many fun colors (their Backyard Chickens collections are amazing) that will make you go . . . loco.


Why did you start dyeing yarn? 
I started dyeing yarn for my own stash needs about 3 years ago in my kitchen. 

Why did you name the company Hue Loco? 
      I wanted a company name that stood out and encompassed my love for color and the creative life, thus Hue Loco (color crazy) was born!

What was the first color that you dyed and why did you start with that? 
     The very first colorway that I sold was Compliment Me. The name is a play on the color wheel, for Hue Loco it was the perfect first.

Where do you find your inspiration for colors? 
     We have so many colorways! It’s important for me to stay excited about creating, I pull from a wide range of inspiration from nature to my kids and even chickens! 

Is there any particular color that has a special meaning to you? 
      Many of the colors are special to me, however, I do have a base that’s very near and dear to my heart! Our Phyllis Sock base is named after my grandmother Phyllis who recently turned 82. She has always been a big part of my life, and still one of the coolest women I’m blessed to have in my life. 

 Would you describe how you feel when you see a garment made from your yarn? 
     It makes me super excited to know that someone chose to use my yarn in their special project. I’m very proud. 

 What would you say is the best thing about your yarn? 
      We have a studio full of fine & fiber artists so our yarns are always really fresh in color and relevance. I’d say, that makes us pretty special. 

For what kinds of projects are your yarns best suited? 
     We offer a wide range of bases to our customers, so I’d like to think Hue Loco yarns are suited for all types of projects!

If you could partner with any designer, who would it be and why? 
      I’ve really been loving Jessie Maed’s recent designs. They marry color & construction so beautifully. She’s also size inclusive which I love too. Are you reading this Jessie? :)

What’s next for the future of Hue Loco? 
      I’m in a really happy place with my company. For the last three years I’ve been a work horse. I’d like to take the time to enjoy life a bit more and do some spontaneous collaborations in 2019.

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks? 
      Right now I’m going in between my cozy memories blanket, Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry and a new design I’ve been working on. I like to keep 2-3 projects on my needles at all times.

Legos, Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, or K’nex and why? 
     Legos! I have three boys, I’m very confident in my lego building skills. 
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Today, we learn about Apple Fiber Studios, our Indie Dyer for January's Indie Club! Hailing from the great state of Washington, these folks bring you soft, brilliantly dyed yarns with an emphasis on fun down to their very core. . . y'know like an apple c- ...any way, let's meet Apple Fiber Studios!

When did you start dyeing yarn?  
2016!

Why did you name the company Apple Fiber Studio?  
Apple Fiber Studio was named after the great state of Washington state.  We also have a local yarn shop in Bellingham, WA that is Apple Yarns and we have been around since 2007. 

What was the first color that you dyed and why did you start with that?  
The first color in our McIntosh collection was Dreaming of Hawaii.  In the Pacific Northwest we get a little bit of rain and it is natural to be dreaming of Hawaii in February.  The color reminds me of swimming with my family in Honolua Bay.

Where do you find your inspiration for colors?  
My every-day life; sometimes I come up with a name I really like as in Happy Hammock. The imagery of my kids laying in their colorful hammocks brings a smile to my face .  Other times it is a color that just pops in the dye pots; when that happens we get suggestions from our team members until the perfect one emerges.  Party Cloudy is one of those yarns.

Is there any particular color that has a special meaning to you?
I am most proud of Buttercup Invasion, it is a yellow that makes people happy.  It is a color that I would never have guessed would be one of our best sellers but you can’t help but have a smile when you see it.


Buttercup Invasion 

Would you describe how you feel when you see a garment made from your yarn?

Giddy, it is really cool!

What would you say is the best thing about your yarn?
We start with how a yarn feels in our hands and then we play with color, it always about how the yarn feels.

For what kinds of projects are your yarns best suited?  
We now have 8 different yarns but our most popular is McIntosh and that works best with shawls; drapey, soft, and warm.

If you could partner with any designer, who would it be and why?
Ambah O’Brien because of her shawl designs.

What’s next for the future of Apple Fiber Studio?  
More collaboration with designers, yarn shops!

What’s on your needles/crochet hooks?  
Now that the holidays are over it is time to finish 2 sweaters and an afghan for my son getting ready to graduate college.

(Off the wall question so we can get to know you a little better!) If you could design the perfect garden gnome, what would it be?
A garden gnome that pulls weeds, empties the dishwasher, and goes to exercise every day.  More time for me to play with yarn.

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We're already two weeks into 2019 and we hope that you all had a fantastic Holiday Season! We are so very excited for the New Year and all of the wonderful things that it brings with it: new resolutions, new surprises, and new Jimmy's Clubs! But this year, we wanted to do something a little bit different: you see, behind every yarn and pattern we feature in our clubs there's a dyer and a designer; they are all incredibly creative, hardworking individuals and we just wanted to give you the chance to get to know them a little bit better!





First up is our designer for Q1 of Jimmy's Crochet Club: Katy of KT and the Squid and we are
so, so excited to be working with her! She has developed many wonderful designs that have struck the perfect balance of practicality and style! Katy also grew up in Reno and frequently visited our store back in our early days!




Why did you start designing patterns?

Back in 2009 I started selling finished items on Etsy just to make a little extra income. People started asking for the patterns so I gave it a shot and realized I really enjoyed it. So in 2014 I became a full time designer.


What was the first pattern that you designed? 

A hat! It was really simple but I actually didn't publish the pattern until a few years later.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-flower-earflap-hat



Where do you find your inspiration for your patterns? 

This is always a tough question because I get inspiration for a lot of places. I find myself on fashion blogs a lot of the times looking for shapes or styles of garments. 



Is there any particular pattern that has a special meaning to you? 

My Favorite Crochet Pullover is really special to me. When I was making the first sample I was in front of the mirror at home and my husband walked in. He said, "Wow, that looks like a real sweater!" We laughed it off but oddly, the comment made me feel really good about it.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/my-favorite-pullover



Would you describe how you feel when you see someone making/wearing your designs?

I try to keep my cool but I get so excited! I love seeing what people have made from my patterns. It's like seeing your kid score a goal in a soccer game. I feel proud of myself but also really proud of the person who made it. 




What are some signature features of your designs?

I tend to have a pretty simple style but I really try to think of the functionality or the fit (if it's a garment) of my designs.



Are there any “rituals” that you might have while designing patterns? 

I always start with a sketch. I'm not the best illustrator but I like putting what's in my head to paper to help me visualize it.



If you could partner with any dyer, who would it be and why?

This is a hard one because I love so many dyers! Montana Crochet, A Homespun House, Casual Fashion Queen, Hue Loco...I could go on! 



Are there any hints you can give about upcoming designs? 

I have plans for a big collection in 2019. All I'll say is if your looking to learn more about making garments (even if you've made a lot already) you'll love it. 



What’s on your needles/crochet hooks now? 

I'm finishing up my second Mala Pullover in some yarn I dyed myself. I like to do one selfish project around this time of year so that's this.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mala-pullover



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Crochet Club 2019 Q1 Project


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