Meet the ESK Staff! Pt. 8

Hello Eat.Sleep.Knitters! It’s time once again for your favorite blog series: Meet the Staff! It’s pretty close to wrapping up so we’ll have to devise another delightful series soon! Pressure!

Today we introduce the mysterious Lindsay, Queen of Shipping, who ships packages so fast you wonder if she’s superhuman (even after all these years, we’re still not sure)! 🙂 Alas, Lindsay isn’t a knitter, so we changed up our interview questions a little:

Has working in a yarn store gotten you interested in learning to knit or crochet?
Yes. I did try it out for a little bit to see what all the fuss was about. I heard that it’s very relaxing, but I’m just too impatient and too much of a perfectionist for it.

What has been the most surprising part of working in a yarn store being a non-knitter?
The variety of projects. Y’all don’t just make scarves (as many non-knitters believe). There are patterns out there for shoes, skirts, pet costumes, lampshades, you name it. It’s absurd!

What’s your favorite type of project?
Fair isle sweaters. They just look so sweet and cozy. (Like Umbrellas, Grettir, or Chickadee)

What’s your favorite part about the job?
Imagining the beautiful projects people are making from their orders.

What’s your favorite shipping box?
How could I possibly choose?

What’s your favorite color?
Purples: plum, violet, lavender, orchid, magenta….

What’s your favorite yarn that we carry?
SweetGeorgia yarns – the colors are so bright and cheerful!

What’s your favorite season?
Spring. Some people argue that autumn is the most beautiful in GA, but I believe it’s spring. I love all the flowering trees and the smell of fresh-cut grass.

What’s your favorite sports team?
Atlanta Braves. My husband and I try to go to opening weekend every year. I can Tomahawk Chop like a pro! I can’t wait for the new season to start – another reason to love spring.

What’s your favorite movie, TV show or music?
For movies – I love anything from my childhood. Movies from the 80’s and 90’s.  When it comes to the radio, I prefer to listen to talk/news radio. I feel like I’ve heard every song a few too many times.

Since you don’t knit, what’s your favorite hobby or past time?
I like puzzles and I read a lot. My husband and I really like hiking. We also have 3 tiny dogs that take up a lot of our time.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?
Jekyll Island, GA. My husband and I just eloped there in August. It was beautiful. We’ll be going back for years.

Also: In cast you haven’t heard – we’re going to have our inaugural Eat.Sleep.Knit Night this Friday evening 5-7pm!! If you’re in the area, please join us! If you aren’t, join us in spirit! We’ve got some wonderfully comfy couches and a need to socialize while working on our projects! 🙂 We’ll have water, tea, coffee and some kind of snacky-snack to share.

We’ll be running the Knit Night each Friday in February and if interest is high (as in enough folks join in the fun) we’ll keep it going! So be sure to stop in, we’d love to see you!!

Meet the ESK Staff! Pt. 7

Aren’t we done meeting the store staff by now? Not yet! 🙂 There are still a couple of lovely ladies to go and we hope you enjoy getting to know each of us a little better! Today we’d like to introduce our sage Saturday star: Jackie!

What type(s) of crafting do you do?
Knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sewing, have tried painting and drawing, needlepoint, and other crafts over the years. I taught myself to knit and crochet, which are my main crafts nowadays. My mom could cook, but she was not a crafty person.

What’s your favorite color?
Life is in color, therefore I love all colors! One week I may lean toward red, blue, green, purple, hot pink; whatever catches my eye at the time.

Where do you find inspiration?
All over! Life, friends, yarn.

What’s the Finished Object you’re most proud of completing?
A Kollage sweater pattern I have been working on for a while and a sweater I made for my husband. Also a shawl pattern for the Think Outside the Shawl Contest where I won second place in my category. {Editor’s Note: Jackie doesn’t have a lot of projects up on Ravelry yet, but we love the Shibui Cliff Hat she made!}

English vs. Continental?
English, I’m left handed and learned by looking at books and magazines (before the internet).

What’s your favorite “advanced” technique?
I enjoy doing colorwork but also enjoy cables and lace and trying new techniques.

What’s your favorite knitting resource?
There are a lot of good resources; and, after completing levels 1 and 2 and working on level 3 of the TKGA Master Knitters Program, I try to utilize them all.

What’s your favorite entertainment?
Changes with the times. But, Scooby Doo has always been a favorite and Jonny Quest.

What’s your favorite non-yarn-related hobby?
Riding my bike on the Silver Comet Trail. I love being outdoors.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?
I have always enjoyed going to the mountains, so I would have to say Gatlinburg TN.

Meet the ESK Staff! Pt. 6

Hello again ESK-ers! These last few weeks have been quite the whirlwind around here what with getting yarn restocks aplenty and kicking off the 2014 Yarnathon! We’re all having a great time getting to know our teams and getting into the Quarterly Challenges and KAL projects. We hope you’re also having lots of fun with it (and if you’re not sure what I’m talking about, click here and read all about it!)

Lest you think we were done introducing all the ESK staff, there are still a few more of us hiding out waiting for our turn! Today I introduce myself – Emily, the Social Media Maven 🙂

What type(s) of crafting do you do?
Knitting. Although, I’m finally giving my best efforts to learn crochet for the Q1 Yarnathon New-To-You KAL!

How long have you been knitting and how did you learn?
About 10 years ago, my sister and mother started knitting this really gorgeous blanket pattern for various friends and family members. I asked them to make one for me, and instead I got a “Learn to Knit” kit and they spent Christmas Day teaching me the basics. I never did make that blanket!

What’s your favorite color?
Purples, Rainbows, and recently Teals

What’s your favorite type of project?
I love making shawls but I don’t understand fashion well enough to actually wear them and look cool. So now I’ve started filling my house with cowls I wear a little more frequently.

What’s your favorite yarn that we carry?
I don’t think I can pick just one! But I do love Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted – so soft and so many gorgeous colors!

What’s the Finished Object you’re most proud of completing?
My double-knit Totoro Scarf – it’s so snuggly soft in BSA Sportweight.

English vs. Continental?
After a quick google search, it appears I knit Continental. 😉

What’s your favorite “advanced” technique?
I love a moderately complicated lace pattern.

Who’s your favorite designer(s)?
Thea Coleman of Baby Cocktails, so many gorgeous sweaters to pine after!

What’s your favorite non-yarn hobby?
An array of activities which I’m constantly trying to do *while knitting* – including playing board games, watching corny movies on Netflix, and reading (thank goodness for e-readers!).

One more thing: Go Team RoboKnits!
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So long, Sock-A-Long!

Well, it’s finally here, the end of the Fall Sock-A-Long! I thought for sure I could make one pair of socks in roughly two months, but in reality I only managed one. Well, I got the second sock started, but not very far!

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You may have already seen that Erin left the rest of us in the dust here at the store. Kudos for not falling victim to Second Sock Syndrome (or Last-Minute Holiday Gifts)!

 

 

 

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But I think we put in a pretty good showing, with Tiffany, Jessica and myself all managing to finish one sock! That counts for something, right?? We tried, we really did!

 

 

If you haven’t already, be sure to head over to our Ravelry group and post the best photo of your finished Sock-A-Long socks as your contest entry! If you didn’t finish or you participated using non-ESK yarn, we’d still love to see your progress in the original Sock-A-Long thread!

Between now and Friday, December 20th be sure to vote for your favorite pair using the Agree button! (Voting ends at noon Eastern Time.)

A big Thank You to every participant! Do you think we should do this again? Do you have suggestions on how we can make this more awesome in the future? Please let us know, either here or on Ravelry!

Thanks again, and Happy Knitting!

Gift Guide

Whether you’re a new knitter or you’ve been a yarnaholic for ages, there’s bound to be someone in your life wanting to get you knitting-related gifts.  Invariably these folks are completely stumped by the doodads, pointy things, and strings – so we’re here to help!

Feel free to just link this to all friends and relatives in the gift-giving spirit! 😉

So let’s break this down into categories! First up: Notionskittysnips_3
Many notions are extremely useful even if you have more than you really need – let’s say stitch markers, scissors (especially of the cute kitty or puppy varieties!), and of course tapestry needles! I leave my good rust-proof T-pins close to where I do most of my blocking, but they invariably get moved when I think I’m going to do some sewing. These kind of things make excellent stocking stuffers!

14oz_main_3Soak wash is a great way to keep your knits (and other delicates) looking their best for years to come! We have a variety of scents and sizes from single-use packets up to bottles with enough to last upwards of 75 washes.
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Need some way to hold all the doodads, all your projects, or just want to show off your ESK love? Check out the variety of stylish Namaste bags which could easily be used as purses, carry-ons, or even diaper bags! Contemplate your next project over your morning coffee with the Eat.Sleep.Knit. mug which has a free pattern printed on the side! If you’re looking to spread the word about your favorite yarn shop, consider our various t-shirts or brand new tote bag designs!

Third: Needles & Yarn
It can be a little tricky to give needles or yarn as gifts since everyone’s tastes are different. Not to mention that for the non-knitting gift-giver, it can be intimidating to look at all the variety we carry and have no idea what their recipient would like. So here’s where the ESK wishlist really shines – add the needles or yarn you *really* want to your wishlist, whether it’s a whole set of interchangeable needles, a sweater’s worth of yarn, or just the needle/yarn you need for your next project. This way you’re sure to get the perfect gift!

BothTotesFullAnd last but not least: Gift Certificates
Not everyone loves gift certificates. Maybe they aren’t personal enough, maybe they feel like a last-minute choice. But I think having the freedom to choose what I’ve been pining for without repercussions to my wallet is the best gift! There is always a skein (or 12!) that I’ve had my eye on for a while but need to save my pennies for mundane things like groceries. Gift certificates let me have the yarn without the guilt! Everybody wins! 🙂

Actually last: The Wishlist
I’ve mentioned our Wishlist a few times here so I should probably lay out the details for anyone not yet savvy to this amazing feature! When you make an account on eatsleepknit.com you can add items to your cart (buy it all now!) or your wishlist (save it for later!) – AND you can share that wishlist with any potential gift-givers! Either via a direct link or by searching for your email address.

Full Disclosure:
I haven’t hung the new Customer Love bulletin boards yet. At least it’s bringing my office some much-needed holiday cheer! (And yes, those boxes do hold the cork boards that are waiting patiently to be hung on the wall!)
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Sock-A-Long Status

Happy Monday, ESK fans! It’s December. No, really, this is even the SECOND week in December already! Where has the year gone? How is there only a week left in the Sock-A-Long?!?

Remember how excited we all were to knit those socks? Remember how we were all so sure we could finish them in a little over two months? OK, so Erin wasn’t exactly sure, but I was a bit overconfident that I would have them done in no time. And here I sit, with only two-thirds of one sock finished while Erin’s already on her second sock! I guess that’s what happens when I suddenly decide I have all kinds of time to knock out an armload of gift knits – poor sock gets ignored. 😦

But from the looks of our Fall Sock-A-Long Fun thread on Ravelry, a lot of you are making fantastic progress! Which is great because there’s only ONE week left to be eligible for the contest! Next Monday (December 16) we’ll open the Sock-A-Long Finished Object thread for everyone to post beautiful photos of their *completed* socks. We’ll give everyone some time to get the photos up and there will be two prizes – one based on user votes and the other for participation chosen at random. Stay tuned to the Ravelry group for more details!

In other news:
Please remember that we are always working our hardest to make your shopping experience the best it can possibly be, but there aren’t many of us. So we ask that if you have customer service questions you email us directly (eatsleepknit @ eatsleepknit.com) rather than ask us here on the blog, on our Facebook page, or in our Ravelry group. We do try to keep up with all the contact points, but we can only guarantee you’ll get the help you need with direct emails. Thanks!

Another big Thank You to everyone sending us lovely notes and cards! I’m about to hang up a *second* bulletin board in our front room so we can show all of them off at once! Not only are they really sweet, they’re making me quite jealous of wherever y’all buy your stationery! So adorable!

If you’ve waited until The Last Possible Moment to make holiday gifts, keep your eyes peeled for some more quick project patterns coming later this week! (FYI: If they’re Hanukkah presents, you’re officially late! :D)

And lastly, if you have a topic you’d like us to cover on the blog, please let us know! We’re a creative bunch, but since we’re here to help you – let us know what you’d like to see from us! 🙂

Meet the ESK Staff! Pt. 5

Is everyone having a good holiday season? Things seem to be settling down around the shop – as far as settling down goes what with trying to restock all the shelves in the Post-Black-Friday-Haze! 🙂

So naturally it’s time to get back to introducing the wonderful staff who work so hard to get you that perfect skein (or three)!

Today, it’s time to meet Jessica, the Yarn Slinger!

What type(s) of crafting do you do?
Knitting, sewing, and I’m also learning to crochet and weave.

How long have you been knitting and how did you learn?
I’ve been knitting since 2010! I learned by watching YouTube videos.

What’s your favorite color?
I love red!

What’s your favorite yarn that we carry?
Malabrigo! So many fun colors and bases to choose from!

What’s the Finished Object you’re most proud of completing?
My Mary Mary Cardigan

English vs. Continental?
Mostly English, but Continental is fun sometimes!

What’s your favorite “advanced” technique?
I really enjoy knitting cables!

Who is your favorite designer?
Tiny Owl Knits and Andrea Black

What’s your favorite non-yarn-related hobby?
Video games!

Where is your favorite vacation destination?
Anywhere with a beach (or a tiki bar)!

Whew!

Well! After three days and a small printer mishap, we’ve shipped all the orders we received during the Black Friday Surprise Sale as well as the rest of the weekend’s orders. We thank you all for your patience as we make every effort to get your yarn out in a timely manner!

So starting tomorrow everything is back to normal around here! All the aisles have been cleaned up, errant yarn put back in its cubes, and we are ready to get back to retail hours for those of you lucky enough to be local!

Some of you have already received your Black Friday orders and are starting to post your stash pics on the 2013 Stash thread in our ESK Ravelry group! Yay! Keep it up! We love seeing how happy our customers are by the yarns they’ve ordered. Not to mention we’re all a little nosy as to what kind of projects you’re coming up with – it might inspire us as well 😉

Also under the topic of “getting back to normal” – there isn’t terribly much time left on our Sock-Along! I know I’ve been overwhelmed with my last minute gift knitting, but hopefully I’ll get at least one of my socks done in time. (Ok, that’s not terribly likely, but a gal can dream!)

Happy Knitting!

Happy Wednesday!

Greetings and Salutations! I hope everyone is having a great day! And if for some reason you aren’t, I hope this helps cheer you up! Just thought I’d share a few fun things happening around the store this week. Maybe something to take your mind off some of the impending Holiday Stress or just your average Wednesday Woes. 🙂

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A huge Thank You goes out to Kim and Rosemary for sending us some adorable (and SPARKLY!) cards with their Lotto Cards! They’re so cute and I can’t wait to hang them on the Customer Love board.

Many yarn shipments have been showing up on our doorstep of late, so if you’ve been hunting down a certain base, color, or brand – be sure to have your Wishlist set to email you when it’s back on the shelves! It could arrive at any time and we don’t want you to miss out!

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Recently we started carrying brand new Tote Bags! They’re just as durable as the all blue bag but with new graphics and new features! The pink bag is the same size as the blue bag, but PINK and features the handy front pocket and a spiffy new logo declaring your love for ESK! The tan bag has the gorgeous blue on the base as well as the *longer* straps, features a snap to keep your things from falling out, and our adorable kitty mascot knitting away on the front! Both bags are quite roomy, durable canvas and are available for sale now.

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How about a little Sock-Along Update: we’re all still on our first sock! It’s been just a little busy around the store of late what with making plans for next year, helping folks get yarn for their holiday projects, taking inventory, and countless restocks we’ve let our socks languish around the shop. But we aren’t giving up hope! There’s still almost a month until the Finished Socks contest and we’re pretty sure we can make it! Thanks to all the cheerleaders in our Sock-Along Ravelry thread for keeping everyone motivated! We love you!
For more yarny goodness, keep your eyes on our Ravelry group and our Facebook page – both are sure to inform and entertain! If you’re a Pinner, check out our array of boards and pins on our Pinterest page. And if you prefer your yarn news mainly in pictures or manageable 140 character bites, follow our Instagram and Twitter feeds!

Meet the ESK Staff Pt. 4

It’s time once again to get to know the staffers at the greatest yarn shop! We’ve been so busy lately with restocks, new yarns, and new developments for 2014 that I almost forgot to post another interview! Lucky for you, I remembered just in time.

So today we introduce Jenny the Graphics Guru!

What type(s) of crafting do you do?
Paper crafting, painting, knitting, and hot-gluing stuff to other stuff

How long have you been knitting and how did you learn?
Just over 2 years. My best friend took me to a class as a birthday surprise because it was something I had always wanted to try. Two months later I got a job here at Eat.Sleep.Knit. and moved to Atlanta!

What’s your favorite color?
Rainbow

What’s your favorite type of project?
I love hats because they’re quick and I have a good head for them.

What’s your favorite yarn that we carry?
Malabrigo Worsted and Twist

Where do you find inspiration?
Anything that makes me laugh!

What’s the Finished Object you’re most proud of completing?
My bunny slippers that I wear almost every day. Technically only one of them got bunnified, but at this point, that’s as finished as they will ever be. {Editor’s Note: I was going to link to these as they are super-cute, but Miss Jenny hasn’t added them to her Ravelry page! For shame! The pattern used was Hopsalots.}

English vs. Continental?
Both!

What’s your favorite “advanced” technique?
Untangling wads of yarn.

Who is your favorite designer?
Tiny Owl Knits

What’s your favorite knitting resource?
I don’t really follow knitting much, so I just trust the advice and suggestions of my savvy co-workers.

What’s your favorite non-yarn-related hobby?
Painting and photoshopping peoples heads on stuff.

Where is your favorite vacation destination?
Sanibel Island!