Woohoo Q2!


We hope you guys had as much fun as we did in Q1! Everything was so new and exciting! New mascots (adorable, right?), new trivia, and a new addition to the Yarnathon – the Booster Club! You all earned lots of badges, leveled up, won lots of prizes, and knit some truly amazing things. It was so exciting to look through all of your submissions and we can’t wait to see more as we knit along into Q2! –Drum roll please- Here are the badges you can earn in Q2:

Booster Club

High – Fill Your Boots, High Class Hooker, Silk Sweetheart, & Amelia Earheart

Medium – Seamstress, Popularity Contest, Mini Knit, Knits-a-bitionist, & Phone a Friend

Low – Sir Blocks a lot, Patty Cake, Tangled, & Needles

See the Booster Club page for the full explanations to see how you can earn these badges. You may have already earned a few from your knitting earlier in the year!


Just like Q1, we will be focusing on 3 KALs which we will all vote on at the end of the quarter! The next 3 up-to-bat are Hitofude Cardigan, No Sleeves, and Mitered Squares. Speaking of voting, who won the Q1 $20 store credits, you ask?!?

Q1 Colorwork – Popular Vote: JudyL       Random Winner: KYFarmgirl

Q1 Headgear – Popular Vote: kgartley    Random Winner: Nastyamason

Q1 Shawls – Popular Vote: celticmidget Random Winner: MissPickeytoes

The credits have already been added to your accounts! Congratulations! A big thank you to everyone for submitting and voting!!

General Guidelines for ALL knit-and-crochet-a-longs:
*Projects should be completed entirely from yarn originating from Eat.Sleep.Knit. Exceptions are small embellishments like embroidered faces.
*While any knit-a-long can be completed at any time during the year, all projects should be started and completed during 2015.
*Each project can only earn a prize for one knit-a-long, i.e. you’ll need at least one project per knit-a-long you participate in.
*For knit-a-longs with specific yardage requirements or levels, you can combine multiple projects to meet the yardage requirements. For pattern-specific knit-a-longs, if you knit two patterns we’ll credit you for the one with the most yardage.
*Each Yarnathoner is only eligible for one prize per knit-a-long, so if you want to knit two things from the same knit-a-long you’ll just receive the one yardage credit (but have two fun projects to show for it!).
*You can submit your completed projects on our website via your (new!) Yarnathon dashboard. We’ll be reviewing submissions as they arrive, but please allow 1-2 weeks to receive your credits!


Trivia starts back up next week (April 6) but we are adding a little twist! This quarter’s theme is called PhotoPLUS. Each week we will post a picture of a random skein and you will have to identify the dyer and colorway. You will find the question and submit your answers just like you always have – on the Google doc. But that’s not all! We will post an additional brain teaser/question relating to that week’s trivia photo on Ravelry on Fridays for you to play along with your teams. Keep track of your 10 answers throughout the quarter (similar to the crossword puzzle from last year) and send them in at the end of the Q2. Here’s a template for you to use: PhotoPLUS The team with the most correct submissions will win a prize! You can submit by mailing your answers to the store address or e-mailing them to trivia@eatsleepknit.com. You can find your first question here.  Check our Twitter or Ravelry Page every Monday for the new photo! Your dashboards will be updated on Monday by noon Eastern.


Little Magnolia

Little Magnolia

There are causes that speak to each of our lives for different reasons because, without understanding why, certain things happen to certain people. Erin has so bravely chosen to share a difficult time in her life in order to honor her daughter and help others. We are hoping that April showers will be May flowers so here is our head Kitty:

April’s colorway is special, one that is near and dear, and it had to be April. April 3rd was the day our first child, our first daughter, was born. Stillborn, actually, as a result of extreme prematurity when I went into labor at 23 weeks pregnant in 2012. Little Magnolia is for Amy, our first child, our first daughter. It’s also for all the babies just like her, born too soon, too early, for reasons known and unknown. We are donating every penny of sales of this colorway to March of Dimes, an organization which, I must admit, prior to Amy’s loss, I still thought was somehow related to polio. It’s not, anymore.

The March of Dimes fights against premature births, and even then I wondered, how can the March of Dimes stop biology? And the answer is, by supporting, funding, and sponsoring research into not only finding out why but also finding out how to intervene. Thanks to the interventions and protocols and treatments researched by the March of Dimes, we have been able to have a healthy, full-term son. And, as many of you know, we are actually expecting our third any time now, our second daughter. With any luck, thanks to the advancements in medical care that the March of Dimes champions every day, we’ll get to see her grow up. And so will many other families with similar stories.

Shortly after Amy died, friends of ours called me and said they wanted to get us a tree in her honor. A Gems Magnolia, a Georgia favorite, known colloquially as a “Little Magnolia.” It was perfect. We planted it in our front yard, and when I went outside on that first Mother’s Day, this was what I saw.


It took a lot of courage for Erin to choose to share this. Premature births are difficult no matter the outcome, but there are ways to help, give/receive support, and spread hope. The fiber community is a loving one so, whatever your cause, reach out!

Little Magnolia will be available in the following bases: TMLPashmina, Tosh DK, Tosh Vintage, and Tosh Sock. If you’d like to make your own donation to March of Dimes, click here.