Q4 Kitty Picks

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For the Q4 Vintage Queue KAL, you all dove deep into your queues, libraries, and favorites to find the one pattern you’ve always meant to knit. With so many new patterns coming out each week, great patterns often get lost so we thought, let’s blow the dust off some ancient patterns and bring them back to life. With so many wonderful projects, this Kitty Picks was the toughest yet! Here are our picks:

KittyAngieAngie 
Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: sew42mom Very Tall Socks
Why? Makes a great winter piece to have! The bow is just too sweet and just makes the socks!

 

 

KittyEmily

Emily
Prize: Feature your project on ESK’s social media

Pick: vintagenettles Pumpkin Bloom
Why? The colorway/pattern combination is flawless. It’s seamless, which I love, and the lace detail that flows from the yoke to the sleeves is just beautiful!

 

 

KittyErin

Erin
Prize: Skein of yarn

Pick: antifreezekills Faded Oak
Why? To be frank, it’s awesome. Her color fade is spot-on and makes the pattern look even better than the original. I also love that it seamlessly integrates yarn from three different dyers!

 

 

KittyJanine

Janine
Prize: 3 stars for your team

Pick: preciouslyinked Ray of Sunshine
Why? Because WOAH. It’s completely gorgeous, fits perfectly, and makes me want to cast on right now.

 

 

KittyJenny

Jenny
Prize: Custom illustration based on your Ravelry profile

Pick: enw001 Catkin
Why? As the very worst knitter at ESK, my pick is always solely based on what jumps out at me as I scroll through. This shawl made me say “I want that!…Maybe I should start knitting again.” The blue/white color combo would be perfect for freezing my tail off in my 200 year old house while waiting for the gas man to come refill our propane.

 

KittyJess

Jess
Prize: Glamor-shot of your favorite yarn

Pick: daughteroffishes Steeky Socks
Why? This socks are so cute (I Gumdrop Mountain so much!) and I love the unusual construction!

 

 

 

KittyKenzie


Kinsey
Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: laniew1 3 Color (not) Cashmere Shawl
Why? These colors are so great together! So cute and well done.

 

 

KittyLindsey


Lindsay
Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: sirijor Peanut Butter & Jam
Why? Willy Wonka was my favorite exclusive this year and I love a button up cardigan!

 

 

KittyTracy

Tracey
Prize: 1,500 yards

Pick: celaine420 Apex
Why?  It has cables, lace patterning on both sides, multiple charts to work at the same time, AND was a gift knit! This one has been in my queue since it was released and it’s lovely to see Celaine420’s gorgeous version in Vintage.

 

If your project was picked by an ESK Kitty, please e-mail us at trivia@eatsleepknit.com. We will need your ESK username and, depending on the prize, some other information. We hope you enjoyed this Vintage Queue KAL. If your prize was star(s) or yardage, they will count towards this year’s team/yardage total. Thanks to everyone who knitted-a-long and submitted their projects!

2018 Yarnathon Puzzle – Liar Dyer

Yarnatron dove deep under the sea and got some salt water in his motherboard which shorted some of his circuits. Now, he has a few glitches so he had to come up with a new puzzle for you! Introducing: Liar Dyer!

Yarnatron will now pull up 3 yarn photos on his belly that are supposed to be from the same dyer that’s listed on his top screen. Your job will be to identify which yarn is NOT from that dyer. As the example shows, Yarn 3 is clearly NOT a Madelinetosh colorway (it’s Purple Rain from Blue Moon Fiber Arts) so the answer to this puzzle would be Purple Rain.

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These puzzles will get trickier so start studying your colorways now! Liar Dyers will be posted the first 10 Mondays of each quarter on our Twitter feed. Submit your Yarnatron answers here. Have fun, good luck, and if you get stuck, your Ravelry friends will surely give you a hint or two.

November Featured Yarn – Sport Sock 80/20

If you have been looking for a sport weight with some added strength and structure, Sport Sock from Spun Right Round is your answer. The obvious pattern choices for a yarn with this fiber content & dye-style are socks and fades. Socks would knit up quickly and hold up well with the 20% Nylon and fades come together easily with Spun Right Round’s speckle color palette. But can you combine these main features, strength & speckles, in other garments and accessories? Of course!

Oranje by Ann Weaver is an absolute stunner. This sweater was inspired by athletic uniforms worn in the Netherlands with its high collar and yoke details. As the designer said, “Surprising details like the striped hem facings, braids, and a row of tiny glass buttons make this piece one of a kind.” The body of Oranje would be simply magnificent in one of Spun Right Round’s more bold colors like The Big Teal Wave.

The nylon fiber content really comes into play when knitting skirts or other garments that will see a lot of wear. Think about it, you are sitting all day, moving around in your chair, brushing against things, etc. You want a sturdy yarn to create a long-lasting fabric. Sport Sock can hold up to the challenge and will fare well to the abuse of daily life. Splendid Glory by Monika Sirna plays wonderfully with the speckled colorways that Spun Right Round is known for. Knit mainly in stockinette, Splendid Glory whips right up and gives you added excitement and twirl-ability with an airy lace hem. The designer even wrote two version: full or subtle flare.

Wired Fingerless Mittens by Sarah Schira play up both strengths of Sport Sock. The fun speckles work well with simple cables and the durability of nylon is definitely appreciated for anything worn on the hands. The mitts only call for 2/3 of a skein so, if you’d love a set, grab another skein and make the matching Wired Cowl!

 

Beck

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LauraPNW puts the A in amazing with her stunning Beck by Dani Sunshine. She used Tosh DK in Kelp and Tosh Vintage in Prairie Fire; an unspeakably perfect color combination that has an all new special meaning now that both colors are discontinued. Originally planned for a pair of socks, Laura dove deep in her stash for these colors and knew they couldn’t be wasted inside a pair of shoes. Let’s add to the special meaning of this sweater with one precious detail: she knit this as an exact replica of her daughter’s Brook sweater. That’s right, Laura and her sweet girl Eleanor have matching sweaters:

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Too much to handle, right? Well, once I chose Laura’s Beck as my Kitty Pick, I was so curious about this tiny blonde beauty. Is she spunky? Shy? Curious? Laura’s response is too perfect to paraphrase:

“Eleanor has been a large influence on my knitting life. Before she was born,
I knit the occasional baby sweater for a friend or maybe a hat for a family
member. After she came into my life, I started knitting so much more, and
getting way more adventurous with trying new techniques. The instant
gratification of knitting for littles is perhaps too motivating. She is a
fun, spunky, headstrong girl who has opinions on everything. I used to love
finding patterns that came in both our sizes so I could try them out on her
first and decide if I wanted one too.”

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DSC_0637_medium2Aside from the color combination, the thing that stood out to me was the fit Laura achieved. As most sweater knitters know, gauge is the key to a great fit and, after a full frog, Laura has learned the importance of swatching.

“It knit up so fast at first that I thought for sure I would get the bonus star for my Giraffes. But after finishing the body, it was huge (note to self…gauge swatch). I
somehow mustered the strength to rip it all out, start over, and still finish in a month. Very glad I did.”

Featuring projects is so much fun but the best part is hearing the story behind each stitch. I’d like to give Laura a special thank you for this beautiful sweater but, more importantly, sharing with us! If you’d like to see more of Laura’s beautiful projects,  amazing photography, and, of course, see more Eleanor, check out her project page here.

 

 

Q3 Kitty Picks

Our Q3 Sweater KAL was a great challenge for many of you. Whether you were racing against the clock to finish your sweater within 2 week or if you were putting your skills to the test by knitting your very first sweater, so many of you CRUSHED this KAL! We love hearing that KALs encourage you to push yourself and try new things – that’s what it’s all about. That being said, you all made this quarter’s Kitty Picks extremely difficult. Here are our picks:

KittyAngieAngie 
Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: KeiB Butterfly
Why? Love the this sweater! It would be good to wear either as casual or dressed up and I really love the great fall colors!

 

 

KittyEmily

Emily
Prize: Feature your project on ESK’s social media

Pick: LauraPNW’s Beck
Why? Laura not only used one of the most amazing Tosh colorways, now discontinued Kelp, but she made this as a replica of Brook that she knit for her daughter. I adore the pops of Prairie Fire and the amazing fit she achieved!

 

KittyErin

Erin
Prize: Skein of yarn

Pick: ginni’s Couronne
Why? I completely forgot that I loved this pattern and even own it until I saw ginni’s version. When I saw her color combination, I immediately pushed it to the top of my queue. Thanks for the inspiration!

 

 

KittyJanine

Janine
Prize: 3 stars for your team

Pick: watchdawnwork’s Keera
Why? This beauty! It looks timeless and modern at the same time. The backside full of lace and texture was executed beautifully. I’m fully inspired to make one of my own 🙂

 

 

KittyJenny

Jenny
Prize: Custom illustration based on your Ravelry profile

Pick: ragamuffinjane’s Rock Creek
Why? I LOVE wearing sweaters over dresses. I did it yesterday…while mowing the lawn on the farm. And way to go on making pattern alterations on your first sweater!

 

KittyJess

Jess
Prize: Glamor-shot of your favorite yarn

Pick: liveinthesun’s Buckley
Why? You can tell how happy Carolyn is with her sweater by the big beautiful smile on her face! I love the cheerful pops of color! 

 

 

KittyKenzie


Kinsey
Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: antifreezekills’ Sunset Highway
Why? I love this color scheme! I would so wear this all Winter. Love It!

 

 

KittyLindsey


Lindsay
Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: Sirijor’s Shapely Boyfriend
Why? I love boyfriend sweaters, and this color combo is perfect! Fantastic job!!

 

 

KittyTracy

Tracey
Prize: 1,500 yards

Pick: shootermcgruder’s Stone Fence
Why? Thea Colman’s modern classic cabled sweaters and the Hedgehog Fibres colourway Wish are two of my favorite things. I love shootermcgruder’s Stone Fence! Particularly the meshy openwork panels!

If your project was picked by an ESK Kitty, please e-mail us at trivia@eatsleepknit.com. We will need your ESK username and, depending on the prize, some other information. We hope you enjoyed this Rhinebeck-esque Sweater KAL. Thanks to everyone who knitted-a-long and submitted their projects!

September Featured Yarn – Adorn Luxe

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Three Irish Girls’ Adorn Luxe is a yarn that demands to be seen! With a color palette that ranges from demure to wild, we think this luxurious yarn deserves a little time in the featured spotlight. The Merino / Nylon blend makes it ideal for long-lasting yet soft socks but is also a wonderful garment yarn. Many of TIG’s colorways are extremely popular and hard to snag, including our exclusive holiday candy themed Mini-Skein Sets. Here are our favorite pattern suggestions for Adorn Luxe!

Boxes and Buds shrugBoxes & Buds Shrug by Denise Voie de Vie is a splendid crochet shrug with the most interesting rectangular lace design. This shrug is graded in 3 sizes and, at most, requires 3 skeins of Adorn Luxe.

The sizing is as follows:
Sm/med (lg/xlg, 2x/3xlg)
Width across back: 20 (28, 36)” or
(51 [71, 91 ½] cm)
Length: 30” (76 cm)

We would suggest a more solid colorway for this pattern so you won’t lose any of the detail in the lace pattern. So, choose a color like Cindy Lou Who or Hydrangea and get ready to have a new favorite garment!

 

The Sky You Love

 

The Sky You Love by Casapinka is a very simple pattern that will show off some of Three Irish Girl’s highly variegated colorways. If you were able to grab a skein of Space Oddity, this is the perfect pattern to pair it with a neutral and go to town! The scalloped edging is optional so, if you are looking for a more everyday look, just omit that portion and bind off. You could even continue on to make a larger shawl but the sample shown here measures 15” deep by 90” along bottom border.

Sketch It

If you love a little bit of texture to keep your knitting exciting, try Sketch It Cowl by Aimee Pelletier. This cowl was inspired by graphic novels so it has 5 panels, each with a different texture. The best things about this cowl? It’s a free pattern and one of the many lovely single-skein projects that we all adore!

Uncensored Guide to Finishing Projects

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The last thing you want to do when you finally finish knitting a color work sweater is weave in all those pesky ends, give it a soak, and lay it out to block. You just want to put it on and wear it…anywhere will do: the post office, the grocery store, or even just to the kid’s bus stop. Nevertheless, we all know how important the finishing steps are in a truly polished project. So, since we all have to weave in & block, let’s commiserate in this uncensored guide to finishing projects!

Weaving in Ends is the Worst
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As Sophia Petrillo always starts, “Picture it. Sicily 1920.” You have been knitting for weeks on an amazing fair isle sweater for your best friend’s birthday. 12 colors, 8 charts, 9 glasses of merlot, 2 seasons of your favorite show, and a touch of carpal tunnel. It’s the day before the birthday party and you cast off. “Phew! That was close!” you think. Then, you see the sea of dangling cut ends and almost lose it. In your mind, you call off the party, wonder if fringe could possibly make a comeback, and end up wanting to curl up in a ball with a box of donuts. But, it’s your best friend and this sweater will be so beautiful when you are finished so you grab the tapestry needle and weave in those ends until your eyes cross! Expletives may or may not be used.
Tip: Weave in your ends as you go. This may slow down your process a bit but it will save you from the dread of weaving in ends for an hour.

Soaking Stinks

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Photo Credit: Wool & the Gang

There is a certain amount of anxiety that comes with dunking your hand-dyed project in a vat of soapy suds. You never know what could happen. The yarn could bleed, your project could bloom from a medium to extra large, or plenty of other unpredictable outcomes. Generally, soaking turns your project into a softer than soft work of art that smells wonderful so this step is worth the 10 pound mass of wet sheep that you haul out of your tub!
Tip: If you are new to blocking, try one of our Soak minis to see which scent you like best!

Boooo! Blocking 

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After you have knit your garment, woven in any ends, and given it a nice bath, it’s time to block. This step is seriously where the magic happens but, boy can it be tedious with all those t-pins! Another common roadblock is finding an area large enough to block a 1200 yard shawl or, like we learned last year, a huge Carson Throw. Some people use their beds for large projects or tetris together blocking mats to fit the shape of their shawl. Either way, once you see those stitches come to life, you will realize that all your hard work was worth it. Garter turns glamorous, lace blooms into lovely webs, and even stockinette sparkles!
Tip: If you ended up with a garment that is just a smidge too short, you can attempt to add some length by aggressively blocking your garment. Wool is very forgiving and can stand a little stretch!

Now, we know not all of these things are as miserable as we are making them sound. Some of us really enjoy blocking! We also know that these finishing steps are completely worth it and take your project to the next level. There are just things we like to gripe about (ie: what’s a swatch even?) and know our knitter friends will always understand!