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Lake Tahoe and Jimmy Beans Wool

This past weekend, Danny and I had a much-needed little mini break up north in the Lake Tahoe area. Once a year, the company that Danny works for plans a spring getaway weekend for all the employees and their families. They take great care in choosing a different location each year, usually within an hour or two of the Bay Area, and it is always a real treat. This year they chose a place a little further out: Truckee, CA. It’s a ski town, slightly northwest of Lake Tahoe. The hotel we stayed in was situated really close to Truckee’s cute little downtown area, which we took our time walking around in during the weekend.




Since it’s now spring (and offseason for skiing), there was only a sugar dusting of snow left up on the mountain peaks. So lovely. It was a little drizzly for most of our stay, but the drives we took up, back, and during the trip were still so, so gorgeous. In fact, I didn’t really get any knitting done during the whole weekend, because I was too busy taking in the landscape!

Interstate 80
Vista off of Hwy 89, westside of Lake Tahoe
Hwy 89
Eagle Falls
Vista off Hwy 89
Emerald Bay
Hwy 89
Eagle Falls

A little side note. During the company dinner on Friday, I finally had the chance to wear my eco dyed wool scarf, which I made during the class I took last in March. It came out a little darker than I expected, but it turned out to be perfect for evening wear. I got some compliments, and someone even threatened to steal it while I wasn’t looking.

Moody’s Bistro

Saturday was the one full day that we had in the area. We made a little half hour jaunt over to Reno and dodged all the casinos n’ such to visit the infamous Jimmy Beans Wool in northwest Reno. If you’re not familiar with Jimmy Beans, you need to check out their website. They have a prominent online presence, and their stock of yarn and other craft supplies is humongous. You name it, they most likely carry it.


Jimmy Beans Wool storefront
Lovely samples on display
Cotton yarns = Spring is here!
Bouquet o’ Madelinetosh
Lorna’s Laces yarns

The Jimmy Beans staff were all incredibly friendly and helpful. They even showed us their huge warehouse in the back, where we were free to rummage through some of the aisles of boxes, which included clearance and discontinued yarns. My personal favorite was their clearance table, which included yarns unsuitable for online sale like cakes of wound (and presumably returned) yarn or under weight skeins.

Yep, I found some really neat finds including a skein of discontinued 100% mink yarn (I know, what?!) by Lotus, aka Trendsetter Yarns, two caked skeins of Swans Island organic Merino yarn, and some lovely brown Wensleydale yarn by Lost Coast Weavers, mill spun in nearby Yolo County.

Jimmy Beans Wool
Here it is. My yarn stash goal.
rummage rummage rummage
The love(s) of my life
…and what’s inside those boxes
Clearance table = My favorite thing ever
Shameless hoarder

Once I finally managed to tear myself away from Jimmy Beans, we made our way to Midtown Reno, where we had a light, delicious lunch at Great Full Gardens and then we hopped over into Junkee Clothing Exchange for a little bit of funky fun treasure hunting.

All in all a very relaxing trip, but over way too quickly. I can definitely see us coming back to Reno and the Lake Tahoe area very soon for a longer stay.

Well, my yarn stash has grown exponentially this year so far with the yarn crawl and other yarn shop and thrift store visits. So I’ve got some knitting and/or yarn swapping to do. I’ve been doing a (very little) bit of spring cleaning here there, and here’s what the stash is looking like now. All organized-like.


Yep, I’m up to three plastic bins now. Oof. Not quite Jimmy Beans warehouse size, but I’m on my way.

Thankfully, there’s a chunk of the worsted and DK that will become sweaters, so once I get those knitted (you know, at some point this year) it will go down a good amount.

That is, of course, if I manage NOT to add more yarn to replace what I use up. Sigh. There are worse vices out there, right?


One thought on “Lake Tahoe and Jimmy Beans Wool

  1. Your adventures and journeys are terrific. There is so much history in them there hills. So so happy to see that you wore your wrap and that it was such a hit. i told you it was stunning work. *and just to note you and danny are way cute! (even if guys don’t like being called cute) thanks for sharing.


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