Q2 Kitty Picks



Here we are again for Q2’s Kitty Picks! You all made some beautiful airy projects for our Summer Yarns KAL. From heat-friendly tanks using Nerd Girl Yarns Winning to some amazing delicate shawls, you all knocked our kitty socks off. As we expected, this was another hard choice to make but here are our final selections:


Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: Wolfpak’s Winning Linum
Why? It seems like Winning is always sold out, and this is why.





Prize: Feature your project on ESK’s social media

Pick: spaulson’s Luxe Inara
Why? I’m can’t deny my love for another amazing color combination! Come on – Cousteau, Glass Bottom Boat, Oceana, Shire, Lead, Birch Grey, Jade, and (2015’s ESK exclusive) Tybee Island Inn – I’m still swooning!



Prize: Skein of yarn

Pick: hydrangealover’s On the Beach AND DaughterofFishes Pool and Kill it With Fire
Why? On the Beach:  this is exactly the sweater I would choose, it’s so cozy and simple and wearable. You’ve added to my queue now! Pool and Kill it With Fire: Planned pooling is so cool and I’m so impressed you made this work out, especially with a yarn like Silky Merino which is dyed with very short intervals!



Prize: 3 stars for your team

Pick: tsukichan33’s Momi Shrug
Why? I’m sure it’s even softer than it looks, which means it’s a dream to wear! It probably goes with everything and the pattern is beautiful, clean and interesting with the eyelets!




Prize: Custom illustration based on your Ravelry profile

Pick: wingedselkie’s Spring Garden Tee
Why? I’ve always loved a frilly capped sleeve. My arms staunchly reject them, but I keep buying and returning them anyway. I would buy this one and let it hang in my closet until the return window lapsed!



Prize: Glamor-shot of your favorite yarn

Pick: luarn’s bridges and balloons
Why? Her notes take you through the emotional journey of knitting this top lol But her perseverance paid off, and her Zinone is just gorgeous, I feel more motivated to work on my own now! And I love this perfect color for summer.



Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: Melissa 724’s Magnus the Viking
Why? I love this Viking! It’s the cutest knit man I’ve ever seen!




Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: theirmama4sure’s The Q2 KAL
Why? Because I have a cute bag addiction.





Prize: 1,500 yards

Pick: Lizella’s Shockwaves
Why? I’m a fellow gray lover and this is everything I love in a shawl– the subdued colorways, the kitten soft Eyre Light…I saw this this shawl as a WIP in the shop and have been thinking about it ever since!


We are happy to announce that we have added a new ESK Kitty to the family – Angie! She will be helping with pulling and shipping orders.

Prize: Free shipping coupon

Pick: krakengoddess’s Silky Stole
Why? I love this scarf! The color is great and would go with anything. It looks so soft and warm.


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 summer weight yarn KAL. Thanks to everyone who knitted-a-long and submitted their projects!


July Featured Yarn – Super Sparkle


Who doesn’t love a little sparkle added to their knitwear? Blue Moon Fiber Arts sure does! Super Sparkle takes sparkle yarn to a whole new level with their revolutionary technique of plying the Lurex into the wool. One continuous filament spun directly into the wool means the sparkle will stay put – not shedding or pulling! We can’t get over how smart this yarn is – Tina truly listened to the knitting community when creating Super Sparkle! Here are our favorite pattern suggestions for this magical fiber:


Stolen Moments by Shannon Squire is meant to be knit in Super Sparkle. The simple pattern shows off BMFA’s wildly variegated colorways and the addition of a pompom at the ankle is such a fun touch. These toe-up socks do not require a lot of attention which makes them perfect to throw in your bag to knit on the beach, the train, or your local Knit Night.


Up next is another Shannon Squire pattern – Slay Me. This pattern is perfect for all you Buffy fans! To celebrate the hit TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer turning 20, Tina created some amazing Buffy colorways and we are lucky enough to stock three – Bite Me, Buffy, and Sunnydale. “This asymmetric shawl starts and ends the same way: with one single stitch. Along the way, you’ll play with striping, work some simple yet effective mesh lace, and create a lovely and stretchy edging.”

traceyLastly, we would like to feature our Exclusive Candyland colorways. We initially ordered Super Sparkle just for our exclusives. Once we saw Tracey knit up Lord Licorice’s Bitter Bats in Madder Ribbed Socks by Nancy Bush, we had to add stock colors to our Super Sparkle selection! Simple sock patterns are best for Super Sparkle so you don’t lose intricate patterning in the highly variegated colorways.

We also love the idea of adding a stripe or two of Super Sparkle into patterns like Find Your Fade by Andrea Mowry or any of Stephen West’s funky brioche patterns! Have you knit with Super Sparkle? Share your project in the comments below!