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Hello! I am currently in ‘granny’ mode, hence the lack of blogs. The reason lies in the photos. Mum and Dad, expecting this weekend!! So exciting! I have to admit that this has taken up most of my mind space the last week.

That aside I have been dyeing for a new and exciting spin to launch at Wonderwool in April. Also very exciting. AND I have commissioned a new laceweight spin with Shetland, Jacob and Alpaca, yummmmmmm!!

Also I finished lots of kids knits which are in Up to Seven in Bath, and I am very pleased with these too. All my designs!

Talking of which I am currently working on some gorgeous new designs which I will get published as patterns when they are totally done and test knitted.

WOW!! All sounds very busy and indeed it has been, but all exciting and new. With spring comes new life and new starts and better weather one hopes! Well 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!

Blue Sprinkler

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I thought I would impart this story so you can know what goes on behind the scenes at Jillybean’s kitchen. I have had a week of disasters, in that everything I go to do either breaks or runs out or becomes heavily complicated etc etc…. I spent 2 days dying this week and the first day went well, no serious problems. Fired up with enthusiasm I attempt a second day hot on the back of the first. The first batch went ok really and i was obviously feeling smug and complacent when disaster struck. The boiler sort of exploded forming a high reaching sort of volcano cross sprinkler system of hot blue dye in my kitchen. Not expecting this and being in the firing line (well, indeed, who was not??) I started throwing various items of clothing and dog beds etc at the increasing flood now waterfalling down the walls, cascading off the table and sprinkling in all directions. The dogs left the room while I fought the flow. Panic, in my experience does not fully lend itself to logical thinking and evasive action. It takes a daughter to point out that it may be wise to unplug said boiler as it had fused all the electrics in any case and to try to empty the boiler rather than catch the flow. Today, 2 days later I am still finding blue where blue has no right to be and certainly not in the original fixings. However, the blue of the yarn is really quite fetching… and then there is the sewing up, but really that is another story!!



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Just managed to put up some more roving on the Etsy store. It’s such a lovely thing to photograph! Gorgeous snails of colour and softness.

Welcome, one and all!

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Welcome to the long-overdue blog of Jillybean Yarns.

We hope this will be a place of inspiration  and motivation for everyone that visits, as well as a handy way to keep up to date with everything that’s going on at Jillybean HQ. It can be a hectic place at times, but we’ll aim to update the blog regularly.

The blog will have two authors, me, Meg, and Jillybean herself, and I’m sure we will have very different styles of writing and topics to cover. I can’t say for sure what the future of this blog holds, but I’m sure it will be interesting/amusing nonetheless!!

For my part, I’m a young knitter, with only a few years of experience, but I’ve well and truly been swallowed into the knitting world and I’m hungry to learn as much as I can and build my skills.

Since my mum started her business, I have been privy to the wide world of sheep and their breeders, and have developed an enthusiasm all of my own for these wonderful woolly creatures. Most importantly on my voyage of discovery, I have discovered an insatiable desire for British wool. I love nothing more than holding a skein of Jillybean wool and knowing exactly which flock the wool came from.


On the risk of launching into an enthusiastic torrent of praise for British flocks and their owners, I must stop now!

Welcome to the blog! Be sure to check back soon.

Over and out,

MJ x