Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Jimmy Beans Wool January Beanie Bag

I have been subscribing to Jimmy Beans Beanie Bag monthly for a few months now. With the start of the new year, I thought I would write posts about the contents each month. Maybe this will help some of you decide if this is something you are interested in participating in. 

Click here to check out the website. 

Contrary to the name, there is not enough yarn in the beanie bags to make a beanie. I don't think they are trying to be misleading, it's just confusing if you don't read the description. 

My first bag came with three 20 yard balls, but the last couple of months have been four 20 yard balls. 

Each month comes with a small bag. It's a good size to keep some crochet hooks and scissors. I use one for my pens and pencils as well. 

Here are some photos of this month's goodies... 


A cute winter themed bag, 9"x5" and zippered. 



Four 20 yard balls of yarn and their information card. The card includes the weight and information about each ball. The colors on the card are a beautiful array of blues, and mine are green. You won't always get colors that are featured on the information card. 



A pamphlet with a free knitting pattern on one side, and a free crochet pattern on the other. Great that they are thinking of both kinds of fiber artists! This pattern can be completed with the yarn included in the bag this month. 



Here is my version of the crochet pattern included this month. I had to reduce my hook size to have enough yarn to do the designated number of rows. I definitely need to block this. 




Here is a link to my project page on Ravelry with more information if you want it. 

My favorite yarn by far in this month's bag is this one. It's so soft and easy to work with. It slides across the hook without catching at all, and the finished product is lush and gorgeous. It is the darkest green one right before the fuzzy yarn in the above photo. 

A sample size of laundry soap. 


A pretty wooden shawl stick that I can't wait to use! 


Pattern here and yarn here for the shawl in this photo. 


The only sad part about this month's bag... There was a coupon for a free pattern on ravelry. The shop has some wonderful patterns you can check out here. Unfortunately for the crocheters out there, all the patterns offered are knit. I wish they had included a coupon code for a crochet pattern as well. 

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I will do my best to answer them.

Edit: the January Beanie Bag has a much nicer zipper than the previous months. I hope they are sticking with the new zipper, we will see on the next bag, and I'll let you know! 

Happy Hooking! 
Kristen