Trivia Question #4 (Q2)

In 2008, we had 5 Yarnathon finishers – in 2013, we had 38! Who knows how many of you we’ll have this year – you are collectively rocking out the Yarnathon this year and we’re so excited that this new team format is letting us get to know more about all of you as people and not just shoppers!

If you submitted an answer between 33-43, you’ve received your yardage and an e-mail to confirm. If you haven’t, just let us know!

This week’s question is up on Twitter:
Question 4: How many T-shirts did we give away in the Yarnathon last year?
Submit your responses via the Google Form by Friday – let’s do a range again, so all answers within 5 of the correct number will get 50 yards added to their individual Yarnathon totals. (And next week’s question will be a softball, we promise!)

Q2: Trivia Question #3

Y’all are some fabulous internet sleuths, can I just say? As so many of you figured out, in the Yarnathon’s inaugural year, 5 enthusiastic knitters reached the finish line with more than 46,000 yards of yarn. And I can probably still dictate all of their 2008 addresses since if I’m remembering right, up until mid-2008, I was still hand addressing all the packages if you can believe it.

One of my favorite things about Eat Sleep Knit has been connecting with customers, gaining friendships, watching their lives change and grow just as mine has. Some years we buy a lot of yarn, and some years we focus on the stash, but many many of our customers from way back when are still customers today, keeping in touch, chatting with us on Rav, and thank you for that! It’s truly excellent.

This week’s question is in keeping with the theme from last week:
Question #3: How many medalists were there in 2013?
Submit your answers on the Google Form by Friday! Every correct answer will receive 50 yards towards their individual total, and if you want to change your guess later in the week, feel free to simply submit a new answer.

Oh, and I totally spaced on the blog last week somehow (tax time, anybody?) but as you figured out, the correct answer to the first quarterly question was $200. 🙂

Friday Five – Honesty Edition

A confession: I’m not really knitting the things I’m posting in the Friday Five.

I really, really want to, but let’s face it, I don’t have nearly as much time to knit these days as I do to fawn over and fantasize about patterns that, while lovely, are maybe not as practical in my daily life. I mean, sure, there were the three weeks of terrible, completely uncharacteristic winter, but the number of scarves I actually need in rotation living year-round in Georgia is honestly pretty small, and when most of your knitting is done in bits and pieces between other things, colorwork, no matter how much I love it, tends to fall by the wayside. And, frankly? I’m exhausted most days, by the time I get to the point in the evening allotted for knitting time, so mostly, the more simple the pattern, the better.

So today’s Friday Five is maybe less inspired, but here it is – what I’m actually knitting right now (or about to knit, as I am not insane enough to have five active WIPs at one time).

andersAnders, which I think I already blogged awhile back, but really this just proves I do actually wish I could knit from the Friday Five patterns! By the time sweater weather comes around again, Levi will be too big for even the largest size in this pattern, so I’m feverishly trying to crank it out now for our evening walks in the woods, when it’s still a little too chilly for babies in short-sleeves.

There was a bit of a debacle with this one when I neglected to grab enough yarn for the 18 month size and upon returning to the store learned the colorway (Stormy in Yellow Label DK with Dobson in Shepherd Sport) had sold out over the weekend, but Tanis has us covered and hopefully I’ll finish this up this week!

maxfieldMaxfield Cardigan – my new knit night project! I haven’t even cast on for this yet, but my yarn is wound and my pattern is purchased and ready.

I’ve been having a tough time finding a project that wasn’t too complex to knit at knit night, since I’m often up and down helping or ringing up customers, so thus far all I’ve managed is a “quirky” half of a Nursery Cat and swatching some new yarns. But after a lot of queue and favorites-searching, I finally settled on this, a cozy sweater in a neutral palette that doesn’t need to be finished until fall. For yarn, I picked Herriot DK, in a chocolate brown and a very light natural brown.

Plain socks. Just your standard, 1-inch of ribbing, stockinette the rest of the way, plain socks. I know, I know, I’m legendary for my loathing of sock knitting, but here’s the thing – I own a lot of sock yarn. And plain socks kind of rock if you have to squeeze your knitting into stolen minutes here and there. I keep them in my car, and I work on them whenever the world just seems too stressful for anything so complicated as keeping track of a pattern repeat or counting rows or shaping. The Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock recipe is a good place to start, if you don’t have your own plain sock formula.

summervinesSummer Vines – this just came out and I’m excited about starting it just as soon as I finish either Anders or my current pair of socks. It seems like exactly the type of handknit that you should own if you work in a yarn store and live in Georgia and enjoy being able to wear knitted garments more than 3 months out of the year. And, not gonna lie, it seems like it might be a little forgiving to my postpartum body, too.

Though I’m kind of glad I can’t start it yet, because I’m still undecided about what yarn to use! Currently, I’m waffling between SweetGeorgia Merino Silk Fine, Yarn Love Elizabeth Bennet, or Lorna’s Laces Solemate, but who even knows where the yarn search will take me?

A men’s sweater – so unsurprisingly vague, I know, but it’s next on my list and at six foot seven, anything I choose is guaranteed to have miles of mindless stockinette. Dan’s been jealous all winter of the Latte Baby Coat I made for Levi to wear on their walks, so I’m embarking on something for him, too. The problem is one many of us face – the man doesn’t really wear sweaters, and he’s not very charmed by most of the men’s sweater patterns I’ve found.

So I’m queueing up some choices I think would work and hoping for the best – right now, my top candidates are Emilien, Redford, and the brand-new Sandpoint Pullover (which I am leaning towards as it’s the closest in appearance to other items of clothing Dan actually wears).







Don’t forget to submit your answers to this quarter’s first trivia question today, Friday the 11th!

Q2: Team Spirit Rules!

We are all abuzz at ESK headquarters trying to wrap up all of the contests, prizes, and challenges from Q1, but as we finish one quarter, another is beginning, and we know you’re all ready to play!

So get ready for this quarter’s events, which we’ve titled “Team Spirit!”


Last quarter, we introduced the Team Yarnathon and you started to get to know your teammates and even a lot more about Eat Sleep Knit. Now it’s time to break out those pom poms and celebrate a little team pride!

As we announced in the preview last week, this quarter’s knit-a-long will be Team Mascots – you can knit any pattern that includes your team’s creature on it to qualify, and of course projects must be started after 4/1 and finished by 6/30 and use entirely ESK yarn. And yes, your team charts definitely count – those of you who have hit or will soon hit the 5 mile marker even have all the yarn all kitted up for this, so even if you don’t particularly relish the idea of an elaborate colorwork Octopus sweater (though, who wouldn’t???), you should be able to participate.

This quarter’s Team Challenge is something entirely different that we’re very excited about over here – we’re calling it Yarnathon T-Shirt Scavenger Hunt. Basically, we’ve got a list of different settings where we’d love to see you in your Yarnathon shirt, and you can choose how many you try to get and share one, two, or all of them with us!

Photo Categories:
To get started, put on your Yarnathon shirt (any team shirt or the full Yarnathon logo counts; other ESK shirts will count for half the yardage if you don’t have a Yarnathon shirt) and take a photo (or ask a friend to take a photo) of you, in your shirt…

  1. With your favorite finished ESK project
  2. With your stash
  3. At a monument/statue/famous landmark
  4. With your pet (or borrow a friend’s!)
  5. At your favorite local restaurant or bar
  6. Group photo – as many people in Yarnathon shirts as you can round up!
  7. On some type of public transportation – subway, a plane, a bus, a train
  8. At a public event – a concert, festival, sporting event, etc.
  9. In a Wacky pose
  10. With a celebrity (of course knitting celebrities count!)

We’ve created a Flickr group for everyone to share their photos and we’ve even started you off with a few of the ESK ladies! All you have to do is click “Join Group” to start uploading.

The details:

  • There are ten photo categories, and each one is worth 150 yards in the Yarnathon, with a 500 yard bonus for completing all ten. That means you can get up to 2000 yards towards your individual Yarnathon totals for particpating in this challenge.
  • At the end of the quarter, we’ll also vote for our favorites and the lucky winners can earn some extra ESK gift certificates!
  • Don’t have a Yarnathon shirt? We can fix that! You can get one with your team on it or the full Yarnathon logo. We also understand that not everyone can get a new shirt – if you have an ESK shirt but it’s not a Yarnathon shirt, you can still play for partial credit!