Retro Ravelry

Did you know that when Ravelry first started, you couldn’t join unless you were selected off the invite list? It was (and still is) the coolest club around so we did an extreme creep on the original Ravelry. Some of us were around when Ravelry was first born but, if you’re curious about the features of Ravelry from 2007, keep scrolling through this blog post. We found some interesting things.

We are going to start out with a photo explaining what Ravelry is when nobody knew. As you can see, the creators (and lovers) that started Ravelry have a wonderful sense of humor. They played perfectly on the popularity of MySpace and “Tom” being your first friend. Jessica will always be our first Ravelry friend; whether she knows it or not!

Here are some of the very first friends to join Ravelry? Do you recognize anyone? See yourself?

If you look closely at these two photos, you will see the top yarns and top patterns from 2007. The top 4 yarns are:

  1. Cascade 220
  2. Koigu Premium Merino
  3. Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash
  4. Noro Kureyon
  5. Knit Picks Wool of the Andes (Worsted?)

The top 5 patterns are:

  1. Monkey
  2. Jaywalker
  3. Chevron Scarf
  4. Clapotis
  5. Baby Surprise Jacket

These pattern links are our best guesses so, if you have any insider information (especially about the Monkey pattern), let us know in the comments! Updated thanks to this wonderful community!

Remember when flickr was a thing? Instagram has pretty much taken over as a place to upload photos from but flickr used to be Ravelry’s and their user’s JAM!

If you can believe it, this is what the “Pattern Ideas” tab used to look like. It showed you what other people have done with a side-by-side photo of their Ravatar and their project. Do you prefer this?

There are plenty of other photos you can look at from the original post made by Ravelry. Finding this page can be tricky since it’s so old so check out the waybackmachine search we did. You can even use this website to see what the original Eat.Sleep.Knit. website looked like!

Mrs. Crosby has come to play!


There is an extra special class in our Saturday Series classes called Learn to Dye with Mrs. Crosby. We wanted to further explain what to expect when signing up for this awesomely rare experience.

We have a lovely afternoon planned for our local Amanda Jarvis fans on Saturday, April 28th. For those unfamiliar with Amanda, she is the mastermind behind Lorna’s Laces and Mrs. Crosby! There are 2 ways you can have some fun with her: a free lunch trunk show or a dye class taught by Amanda herself!

The lunch trunk show will take place from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. We will provide lunch but feel free to bring your favorite sweet treat. As we eat, chat, and knit, you can get one-on-one tips, tricks, and advice from one of the best in the business. Amanda will also have tons of samples for you to try on and yarn-pairing expertise to help you plan out your next Mrs. Crosby project!

We couldn’t be more excited to host our very first dye class! Sign ups started yesterday so reserve your spot soon! In this three-hour class, you’ll learn techniques for dyeing different types of hand-dyed yarns and dye your very own skein like the ones pictured above. Will you choose semi-solid, variegated, or splattershot? Whatever you choose, you’re the boss! The class cost ($85) includes all dye materials and one skein of your choice of any Mrs. Crosby yarn in Creme Fraiche or Lorna’s Laces yarn in Natural. Additional skeins will be available for purchase should you wish to dye more.

Fine print:

  • The class will run from 2 – 5 PM but past students have finished in as little as 1 hour.
  • Cancellations should be made at least one week prior to the event for a full refund. Cancellations within one week will be less a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Yarn Lotto cards are not included with the purchase of just a class.
  • You may use store credit towards your class cost.
  • You can sign-up for this class or one of our other Saturday Series classes online or in store.

Top 5 Way to Use Yarn Scraps

Add a tassel to a finished project

Whether the pattern calls for them or you take the reigns and add them to the points of any shawl, tassels are a great finishing touch.

Tassels add weight to the points of shawls so the ends don’t curl up and they stay in place when styling your shawl. These super trendy additions are fun to make and easy to attach to your next project!

As seen here in Entrelac Shawl with Tassels by Eva Martinsson, the border and tassels create a clean finished look to the exciting color change of Noro Sock.


Yarn art
There’s a fun & easy way to show off your love of yarn, fiber, and knitting while you’re not knitting – yarn art! There are tons of ideas that will add a yarn-y touch to your favorite space. Our favorites are yarn balls strung from a tree branch to make a yarn mobile (seen at top), string art like you did in elementary school, winding yarn balls to put in decorative vases, or making a trendy wall tapestry.

Combine them for a new project

Why not use the ends of multiple projects to whip up something new? Scraps, bits, and bobs can come together beautifully to create a new project.

Patterns like Outline by Beata Jezek and Happyscrappysocks by Socks by Sabs are written specifically to not let those precious bits of yarn go to waste. So, next time you think, I don’t need these 25 extra yards, stash them! You never know what they could become.

Warm a bird’s nest

When you are inside knitting in a warm spot, do you ever think about our feathery friends that live outside? They would love to use your yarn scraps to line and pad their nests to keep warm. All you need to do is fill a suet cage (or other container with holes) with your scraps and hang it in a tree for your local birds. They were surely take care of the rest and, if you hear a sweet tweet the next morning, you know who they’re singing to. YOU!

Pompom party

There ain’t no party like a pompom party, ’cause pompom party don’t stop! These fun fluffy friends are so addicting. Once you make one, you’ll want to make one hundred! You can add them the top of a hat, use them as cat toys, or string them to add color to any room. There are easy tutorials online or you can always spring for a pompom maker in a variety of sizes to create a perfectly round pompom.


Q4 Kitty Picks


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:

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!




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!




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!




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.




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.



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!





Prize: Free shipping coupon

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




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!




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 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.


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!




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:

BeFunky Collage

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.”

Brook 3

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.