Press Releases

Here is a selection of our latest press releases. For media inquiries please contact Libby Butler-Gluck at or call (213) 925-9690.

February 7, 2020

Beans for Brains Scholarship is Back 

Beans for Brains Scholarship is Back!

Reno, NV – (February 7, 2020) Jimmy Beans Wool, a market-leading retailer of yarn and accessories for knitters and makers, is pleased to announce the relaunch of their scholarship program, Beans for Brains. Six students will receive a total of $15,000 in scholarship funds for the 2020-2021 school year. Established in 2009, the scholarship program was created to help aspiring knitters, makers, and students attend college or university and to date has awarded over $50k in scholarship funds. Beans for Brains recognizes students for a variety of characteristics and criteria such as GPA, community service, project knowledge, financial need, and more while uplifting their creativity through the fiber arts!

“This is about supporting the next generation of makers in one of the most important chapters of their lives. Currently, the average tuition for in-state is $25k and out-of-state is $40k and not exactly an affordable reality for many students. I was so fortunate to receive scholarships to finance my college education and without it, I wouldn’t have been able to afford it. We are so excited we will be able to hand out six scholarships this year,” says Laura Zander, Co-Founder of Jimmy Beans.

Emma Coates, recipient of a Beans for Brains scholarship shared, ”Finding the Beans for Brains Scholarship was a game-changer for me at the end of high school. It felt like it was made exactly for me at a time when it seemed like I was the only teenager in the world that was making stuff with yarn.

“The Beans for Brains scholarship helped me realize that a career in the textile arts was exactly what I wanted and that it was something that I could actually attain. In early 2019, after years of ideas and planning, I launched my brand of hand-dyed yarns and handmade textiles, Coates & Co. Fiber. I continue to be thankful for the help that the Beans for Brains Scholarship gave me as I was starting out,” Coates continued.

Beans for Brains will continue the tradition of recognizing the achievements of makers from all of the country by awarding one student from each of the four U.S Regions, one student from Reno, Nevada, the hometown of Jimmy Beans retail store and warehouse and a community service scholarship award.

Jimmy Beans, Knitters Pride, Vogue Knitting, STITCHES Events, Madelinetosh and Shibui will sponsor the six award categories and winners will be announced in June 2020. Applications are open to students who have a 3.0 GPA and knit, crochet or weave with consideration going to those who have financial needs. Students will be able to apply online from April 1-April 30, 2020.

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January 9, 2020

Madelinetosh Pledges Funds for Australian Fire Relief Effort 
Knitters Against Malaria

Madelinetosh Pledges Funds for Australian Fire Relief Efforts

Fort Worth, TX - (January 9, 2020) Madelinetosh, a producer of hand-dyed luxury yarn, announced they will be donating funds to Wildlife Rescue South Coast (www.wildlife-, an experienced wildlife rescue group in South East NSW, which has been operating since the late 1980s. Wildlife Rescue South Coast’s primary aim is to rescue and rehabilitate injured and orphaned native wildlife to eventually release them back to the wild.

To kick off the relief efforts, Madelinetosh will donate 25% of sales from their “To Australia, With Love” yarn, in bold blue, green and brown colors of planet Earth. This limited color is available in Tosh Merino Light, a superwash merino fingering weight, and Pashmina, a sport weight in superwash merino, silk, and cashmere and is a perfect match with Melanie Berg’s “Caress My Soul” shawl pattern with 50% of her sales going to her charities of choice, New South Wales Rural Fire Service and the Victorian Country Fire Authorities.

“The news and imagery of the devastation in Australia is shocking and heartbreaking. It is about doing something, anything we Our friend, Melanie Berg didn’t hesitate for one second to donate proceeds from one of her patterns to help. I am so grateful for our giving maker community. There are so many organizations out there that need help, I wish we could support them all.” says Laura Zander, CEO of Madelinetosh.

Madelinetosh “To Australia, With Love” yarn is available in Tosh Merino Light, $28.50 per skein and in Pashmina $37 per skein at Melanie Berg’s Caress My Soul pattern is available for purchase on at with proceeds going to her selected charities until January 19th.

For more information on these organizations go to:

Wildlife Rescue South Coast

New South Wales Rural Fire Services

And Victorian Country Fire Authorities