Introducing Yarnopoly!

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Drum roll, please…We are so excited to announce our newest customer rewards game: Yarnopoly! This game will take the place of Yarn Lotto cards for a limited time so see what properties & prizes you can collect before we switch back to Yarn Lotto.

What’s Yarnopoly? Play our version of everyone’s favorite board-turned-give-away game. You will receive a Yarnopoly card, or two if you are in the 10K Club, in each order you place. Open the card to reveal your playing pieces. Playing pieces could either be properties with base-inspired names, railroads, or instant wins. The 6 instant wins include:

  • $5 store credit
  • $10 store credit
  • Soak Sampler
  • Notions Rescue Kit
  • Project Bag
  • Skein of Yarn

If you collect all the properties from a specific color (ie: Navy Yarnopoly is TML Turnpike & Pashmina Parkway), you win a BIG Yarnopoly prize! If you collect all 4 Railroads, you win a $2000 shopping spree! The full list of Yarnopolies and their prizes are listed on the board above or click here to download and print a larger version.

What’s changed? Logistically, not much except for creating this super fun new game! You will still receive Yarnopoly cards in every order just like Yarn Lotto cards. 10K Clubbers will still receive 2 Yarnopoly cards. You still have the chance to win instantly but you now have the added chance to win BIG prizes if you collect a Yarnopoly.

Rules:

  1. Yarnopoly cards will start to be included in orders placed on July 14th.
  2. The end date of Yarnopoly is a surprise! We will announce when it is nearing the end based on how long suppies last.
  3. Yarnopoly pieces expire 90 days after Yarnopoly ends.
  4. If you get an instant win, send in your filled out card just like a Yarn Lotto card.
  5. If you win a Yarnopoly, send in your winning property pieces with a filled out card and we will contact you via e-mail.
  6. Non-property spots on the board are decorative.
  7. If you win a Yarnopoly in store, your prize may not be claimed in store. Please leave your property pieces with one of kitties and we will contact you via e-mail about your prize.

Kitty Kaboodle: Road Trip

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As the summer begins, we are all planning our vacations and road trips. We thought it would be fun to share our favorite spots, memories, and fun facts about how the kitties travel.

  1. Where were you born?
  2. What is your favorite vacation spot?
  3. What do you collect to remember your trips? Magnets, shot glasses, t-shirts?
  4. Have you been abroad?
  5. Money is no object, what is your dream vacation?
  6. What is your worst travel experience?
  7. What is your car snack?
  8. Describe your favorite place to dine. Fancy dinner? Big pancake house breakfast?
  9. How do you pack? Do you take your whole closet? Make a list? Throw everything into a bag last minute?

lindsay

  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Jekyll Island – that’s where I got married and I love the beaches filled with driftwood.
  3. Christmas ornaments – my favorite is an Elvis from when we visited my Dad in TN and went to Graceland.
  4. Yes – Larry (my husband) & I went on a cruise to the Bahamas.
  5. I want to hike the Appalachian Trail!
  6. I snuck out of the house with my then-boyfriend and headed down to Savannah. As soon as we arrived, we got in a car accident and totaled his car. We had to take the bus 4 hours to get home and, little did we know, there is a huge prison in Savannah and the bus is the main means for the newly released inmates to get home. So, yeah, correction, we took the prison bus home.
  7. Sweet & spicy jerky
  8. I love restaurants that are in the hotels. Who doesn’t love walking down in your jammies to get breakfast?
  9. I pack like 2 weeks in advance. I make a list of all the things I need and pack very neatly. I also pack Larry’s suitcase or he would end up with 1 pair of underwear and some flip flops.

jess

  1. Voorhees, NJ
  2. Tybee Island or a cabin in Blue Ridge Mountains but there must be a hot tub.
  3. Christmas ornaments – this collection started by chance when I found a chintzy trolley in a tiny shop when Josh (my husband) and I visit San Francisco. It was cheap but is now priceless!
  4. No
  5. I would take a month long tour of Japan. I’d eat all the ramen and visit Sanrio Puroland, of course.
  6. Josh and I took a trip to Destin and we were so excited. We checked in, threw on our swimsuits, headed straight for the beach, AAAND it was algae season. The ocean felt like soup and our dreamy, clear water vacation was ruined by nature. Thanks for that.
  7. Pizza flavored Pringles
  8. I love to binge on seafood at The Crab Shack in Tybee Island. They have huge crab legs, trash cans in the tables for your shells, cats for you to give table scraps, an alligator to feed, and a bird sanctuary. It’s an oddly wonderful place!
  9. I am a list maker and very tidy packer! I know exactly how many skirts, tops, shoes, and most importantly, how much hair product I’ll need to keep my wonder-bangs tamed.

tracey

  1. Calais, Maine
  2. Paris – David (my husband) and I have been separately but hope to go together someday soon.
  3. Mugs – I recently broke David’s mug from the Spy Museum in DC and he was crushed, no pun intended.
  4. Yes – I’ve been to Paris, rural England, Canada, Berlin, and Mexico
  5. I would definitely rent a castle in Spain or the small town where my family is from in Greece.
  6. I was going home from Maine to Massachusetts after Thanksgiving in a car I recently purchased. It finally warmed up enough in my car so I pulled over to take off my parka and accidentally hit the outside lock button with my elbow. On a low-traffic area, I waited for hours until a fish & wildlife truck pulled over, gave me an ax to break my back window, and unlocked the doors. The main even covered the broken window with a beautiful piece of leather that I still have!
  7. Salt & vinegar chips & iced coffee
  8. I love a local bakery! Nothing beats fresh pastries & doughnuts.
  9. I pack very light because I hate checking bags. I have traveled a lot in the past so I have it down to a science and can pack at a moments notice!

Emily

  1. Annapolis, Maryland
  2. Navarre, FL – my sister got married there in 2012 and I loved the clear water, amazing shells, and quiet beaches.
  3. I love those silly turtle-looking guys that are made of shells!
  4. Yes, I’ve been to Canada for about 3 hours to enjoy some Canadian beer.
  5. A wildlife safari in Australia! I love animals, nature, and Aussie’s seem so friendly! Also, the make the best hair products for curly hair 🙂
  6. When we lived in NC, we would visit my Grandma in MD often. We had a lovely olive green station wagon, lovingly named the Shaggin’ Wagon, with one of those luggage racks on the top. That rack would whistle the ENTIRE way there. My mom let us try to deter the whistling by jamming napkins in the racks – it would work for about 10 minutes and we would screech with excitement until we hit about 60 mph and the napkins flew out.
  7. Bullseyes & Vanilla Coke
  8. River City Cafe – it’s a beach burger joint that has amazing onion rings!
  9. I’m a list maker and risk taker. I make my list weeks in advance but when it comes down to actually packing I think, “I have a list so it will only take a minute.” and procrastinate until the night before.

Kinsey, our newest Kitty – portrait in the works

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Destin, FL – I have gone there basically every year of my life but I recently got engaged and, Naaman is not a beach boy so that location may change.
  3. Teddy bears or other stuffed animals with the location sewn on them
  4. No, the furthest I have ever been from Georgia is Virginia.
  5. Ireland – both my parents are full Irish so I would love to rent a castle and get to know my people!
  6. On our annual trip to Destin when I was 10, I got ridiculously sunburned the first night we were there. We have a dinner cruise planned for the next day so I had to miserably mist myself with a spray bottle to try to cool off.
  7. Pure Leaf extra sweet tea and Trolly sour gummy worms
  8. The Back Porch – I would eat crab legs every night in Destin but I don’t want my parents to go broke!
  9. I am a roller – I make a list but wait until the night before.

janine

  1. Connecticut
  2. Dupont State Forest in North Carolina
  3. Glazed mugs from local artists
  4. Yes, I’ve been to Ireland!
  5. Yellowstone or Italy, of course!
  6. When in Ireland, I was really sick with a terrible sinus infection. I went to the doctor but he didn’t feel I was sick enough to be treated so I had to suffer through not tasting any food or drink for two whole weeks! Luckily I found another, extremely attractive doctor to prescribe some pseudoephedrine to clear me up!
  7. Iced coffee, gummy bears, and peach rings
  8. If it’s a road trip, Cracker Barrel is a must – buttermilk pancakes, coffee, and a candy refill from their country store!
  9. I roll everything up the night before. I only pack exactly what I need – this girl does not check bags.

amy

  1. Illinois
  2. All of them! Maybe a tie between Hawaii & Tuscany.
  3. I like to collect local artwork. I am also collects stamps for my National Park passport – I hope to visit a national park from every state!
  4. Yes – France, Germany, Italy, Bahamas, and Mexico.
  5. New Zealand – I would eat, drink, hike, repeat.
  6. My husband, Toby, and I booked a fantastic trip to St. Lucia. We were so excited until, about 3 weeks before our departure, a hurricane slammed the island. We thought, ‘No big deal, we bought trip insurance.’ Much to our dismay, the fine print only covered storms with 2 weeks of travel and, though there was no power or water to half the island and the state department issued a travel advisory against going there, we only recovered a small portion of our all-inclusive prepaid trip. So, that’s how we paid a lot of money to NOT travel to St. Lucia.
  7. Trail mix & a Diet Coke
  8. Pubs! I always look for a local microbrewery and there is usually good food to accompany good beer.
  9. I am a planner. I make a list which I edit as the trip gets closer. I am a fairly seasoned traveler so I have mastered the art of packing light. I once spend 10 days traveling through Italy with only a small carry-on and a backpack.

jenny

  1. Gainesville, FL
  2. Sanibel Island, FL – my family goes every year
  3. Sunburns & freckles 😉
  4. Yes – London, Paris, and a few cities in Spain
  5. If money and laws were no object, I would travel all over Europe and get access to all the forbidden preserved historical sites that I want. Medieval castles, burial sites, Ice Age cave dwellings, etc.
  6. On my last say in Spain, I went to a beautiful beach in Valencia. It was such a perfect day – so breezy and temperate that I didn’t put on sunscreen. My ex-boyfriend and I were both SEVERELY burn and had a 12 hour plane ride the next morning…to Sanibel Island…covered in blisters. My back has been freckled ever since.
  7. Corn Nuts
  8. When we go to Sanibel, we always eat at Cheeburger, Cheeburger – it’s a rule!
  9. I shove everything in a bag or a laundry basket an hour before I leave and then have to buy all the stuff I forget when I get there.

erin

  1. New London, CT
  2. Costa Rica – Dan & I took the most amazing trip! No problems during travel, the hotel was incredible, and we fed monkeys off our balcony.
  3. I…don’t collect anything. Pictures, maybe? If I buy anything tourist-y, it’s usually a postcard.
  4. I would like to travel more abroad but, so far, I’ve been to the Mexican Riviera and Costa Rica.
  5. I would travel to any hotel with room service. Alone. With all the yarn I could carry. And I wouldn’t say no to adult beverages!
  6. I hesitate to call it a worst travel memory because we still had a really fun time, but, during college a friend and I decided to road trip from CT to Williamsburg, VA to go to Busch Gardens in July. We were poor college students, so our “lodging” was a two-person tent in a campground. The weekend was one of the hottest on record – we were hanging out at the local Wal-Mart to cool off, and it was so hot in that tent that on the day we were leaving, we ended up giving up on ever sleeping in the heat and leaving for home at 3:30 AM. Which was a good thing, because later in the day, after we were home, it was so hot that the NJ turnpike buckled and backed up traffic for hours.
  7. Cheddar cheese pretzel Combos & a Cherry Coke Zero
  8. After a great deal of experimentation, I have determined the fastest way to deal with our family of four on road trips is Cracker Barrel. Plus you get that hash brown casserole as a bonus. When we’re actually at our destination, I will basically eat at a seafood shack for every meal if my companions allow it.
  9. I like to pack as light as possible, but I do make a list. Otherwise, I end up forgetting something important, like phone chargers or, once, underwear (yes, actually. I was stunned too).

Feel free to share your traveling experiences with us below. What do you collect? Where are you traveling this summer? What knitting are you bringing?

 

Knitting Makes Us Laugh

As much time and effort that we put into our knitting and crochet projects, when you sit back, the things we do are actually quite amusing. We stalk websites, spend hours perfecting our yarn orders, talk to ourselves, and pour over color choices. Here are a few funnies to brighten your day and bring light to some of the crazy things we knitters do!

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Do you notice anything funny about your knitting style or habits? Share with us in the comments below!

 

5 Knitting Hacks that Will Save You Money

There are so many gadgets and notions to aid in our knitting and, trust us, we want them all but they can get expensive! Why not try to recycle a few things from around your house to make your knitting life easier without breaking your budget. Here are a few of our favorite knitting hacks:

1.Tea Pot As a Yarn Bowl

5a4eafb1ed4b3e6b5c4d9aef138c86bcIf you have an extra teapot around the house or see one at a thrift store, it will expertly double as a yarn bowl. This trick works especially well if you are knitting double and pulling from the outside and center. String one end through the spout of your old teapot and the other out of the top of the pot and, voila! A perfect way to keep your cake together and in one place while pulling from both ends.

 

2.Car Sunscreens as Blocking Mat

41-tpeVW3eLWe have all seen the foam mats from a kindergarten class being used as a blocking mat. They take up a ton of space and are quite an eyesore while in use. For an easier alternative to those big mats, why not grab that sunscreen from the car that you forget to put up before heading into your favorite yarn shop? Your pins will stick nicely into its corrugated foam, the silver covering will reflect light to dry your project from the bottom, and it folds up in a snap.

3.Bread Ties to Wrap Yarn Tails

Seed Stitch baby sweater left front1 blogIf you love colorwork or always overestimate for your long-tail cast on, this trick is about to revolutionize your knitting! Use those plastic pieces from bread or bagel bags to wrap up the ends of your yarn. This will help you avoid knitting with the tail instead of your working yarn and keep all those colorwork strands out of your way!

4.Pantyhose with Runs as Yarn bras

Run-in-PantyhoseUnless they are your absolute favorite pair of pantyhose, forget the clear nail polish next time you get a run. You can reuse your old pantyhose as yarn bras! You will never get a yarn barf or exploded cake again. Are we the only ones who wonder if non-knitters read words that we understand perfectly or hear us talking about yarn barfs and think “What is it with these knitters?!”

5.Wine Corks as Point Protectors

downloadSome people collect wine corks, others turn them into funky pieces of art, but we use them as inexpensive point protectors – depending on the price tag of bottle of wine you choose, of course! You can keep your precious stitches from slipping off you needles all while emptying a few bottles of Prosecco or Merlot with your knitting friends! We will advise, if you choose corks from a red wine, make sure to rinse them first. We would hate for your pale colored shawl to end up with a spot or stain. These work well for any size needle because you are creating the hole. You could even use one end of the cork for large needles and the other for small.

What’s your favorite knitting hack? Share with us in the comments below!

Kitty Kaboodle: Inside the Kittys Studio

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Inside the Actors Studio hosted by James Lipton has always been a fun way to get to know odd things about actors. We thought we would try our hand at this interviewing style to let you in on some quirks and smirks about the ESK kitties! We are definitely a diverse litter but somehow we all balance each other out like a crazy game of Twister!

  1. Favorite / Least Favorite Word
  2. Sound or Noise you Love / Hate
  3. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  4. Unique or Quirky Habits
  5. Best Birthday Memory
  6. Favorite Soda
  7. Going on a road trip, what’s your gas station car snack?
  8. Favorite part of the ESK shop
  9. Show you can always marathon/Movie you’ve seen 100 times
  10. First thing you do when you wake up
  1. jessLackadaisical / Any word beginning with ‘B’
  2. Wind rusting leaves / Screaming babies
  3. An astronaut!
  4. There has to be a pattern to my candy before I eat it. If I pour out Startbursts, I put them in rainbow order.
  5. 30th – I had a Logan’s Run themed party because, in the movie, once you turn 30, they think you are reincarnated.
  6. Red Hare Rootbeer
  7. Starbursts
  8. I tend to squish the big skeins of Blue Moon because they’re a good cuddle size.
  9. Firefly / Interstellar
  10. Play on my tablet – I check Facebook & Instagram while still laying in bed.

janine

  1. Lumens / Moisture
  2. Thunderstorms / Crinkling plastic bags unnecessarily
  3. UN Interpreter
  4. I have to have scrambled eggs & toast for breakfast or I just can’t start my day.
  5. My first birthday while working at ESK! The knit nighters threw me a coffee and trivia party!
  6. IBC Rootbeer in the glass bottle
  7. Haribo gummy bears
  8. The indie dyer room that houses WSK, NBK, TIG, Yarn Love, etc.
  9. Scrubs / Oceans 11, 12, 13
  10. Get up and make scrambled eggs & coffee

erin

  1. Ridiculous / Potty
  2. The sound of children sleeping / White noise
  3. Cognitive Scientist
  4. I’m obsessive about alphabetization. I regularly alphabetize my books and, if I’m at a movie or book store, and the order is wrong, I have to fix it!
  5. My 8th birthday was particularly memorable because my mom made a cake to look like my Purr-tender kitty named Purry. She used a gingerbread man cake pan, ice cream cones for the ears, and iced him to look like fur!
  6. Cherry Coke Zero
  7. Cheddar Cheese Pretzel Combos & a Cherry Coke Zero
  8. The ottoman in Emily’s office – I curl up on it when we have meetings
  9. My So Called Life / Down To You & Playing by Heart
  10. Get a Cherry Coke Zero from the fridge, even if I’m carrying a screaming child.

tracey

  1. Panda / No
  2. Woofy noise my dog, Dash, makes while dreaming / Beeping of a truck backing up
  3. Field Archaeologist
  4. I time myself completing various tasks like folding laundry. I don’t try to beat my best time, I just need to know how long it takes for some reason. And I count my steps!
  5. My first day of kindergarten was my 5 birthday so I got to wear a paper crown all day!
  6. Orange Crush
  7. Honey Roasted Peanuts
  8. The Madelinetosh corner that houses TML, Sock, Vintage, and Twist Light
  9. The X-Files / Young Frankenstein
  10. I wake up to a pair of beady eyes staring at me so I immediately take Dash out.

jenny

  1. Spelunking / Moist
  2. The droning of a box fan / Hearing someones dry mouth on a podcast
  3. Medieval Historian
  4. I only floss in my car at stop lights & I absolutely cannot sleep without my box fan, a ceiling fan won’t work.
  5. I have a July birthday so we spent most of my childhood birthday’s on Sanibel Island with family having a big beach party!
  6. Classic Coke
  7. Gummies or Corn Nuts
  8. I’m fascinated by Dream in Color Jilly and Manos del Uruguay Alegria
  9. Vikings / Teen Witch
  10. I purposely put my alarm clock across the room so I hobble over to turn it off.
  1. Emily Gorgeous / I can’t even type this word because I hate it so much so here’s an acronym: Touching Uranium Really Delights Sally
  2. Church bells / Cats brawling
  3. I’d really like to name nail polish colors.
  4. The volume in my car or on the TV has to be on an even number.
  5. My 4th birthday was a carnival theme so my mom painted animals on pieces of wood, like a seal with his mouth open. Then she filled a tube sock with beans to make “fish” for us to throw in the seals mouth.
  6. Cream Soda
  7. Bugles and Bull’s Eyes
  8. Yarn Love – it’s spectacular and smells SO GOOD!
  9. The Office / The Sound of Music
  10. I sit up, pet Bianca, and think about how tired I am for about 13 minutes.

lindsay

  1. Fluffy / Squeee!
  2. Popping of bubble wrap / Squeee! (again)
  3. National Geographic photographer
  4. I set my alarms at odd times, never on the half or quarter hour. My morning alarm is at 3:46 AM.
  5. I remember we always went ice skating when I was a kid because I have a winter birthday.
  6. A&W Rootbeer
  7. Sweet & Spicy jerky
  8. The indie room because it smells so good!
  9. Gilmore Girls / Troop Beverly Hills
  10. Turn on the lights and pet my dog, Lexi!
  1. amyThank You / Overuse of ‘Amazing’
  2. My chocolate lab, Charlie, softly snoring on the couch / Mouth noises – chewing, slurping
  3. Dog trainer
  4. I have to clean the sink every morning after I brush my teeth.
  5. One year, my husband got me a lesson to fly a plane!
  6. Diet Coke
  7. Payday
  8. I am drawn to the Northbound Knitting cubes.
  9. BBC’s Coupling / The Italian Job
  10. Put on my pedometer – gotta count those steps!

Please share your answers in the comment section below! We would love to hear your interesting answers 🙂

Kitty Kaboodle – Before We Were Kitties

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Have you ever wondered what we all did before we were knighted as kitties? What were our first jobs in high school? What type of jobs led us or, in some cases, forced us to adorn the fantastic title of an ESK kitty? Follow us as we go from dead end to dream job!

Jenny – From Barbizon modeling to her first job in high school as a Custard Queen at Jeannie’s Custard Palace, our darling Illustrator, Jenny, has had a very interesting journey! Her favorite job was working at the Saint Louis Science center as a Designer & Illustrator where she designed signage, came up with the wall art & color schemes for exhibits, made posters & invitations for events, and started her day at morning meetings with a rousing game of Boggle! She also freelances – designing logos, invitations, etc. for a slew of awesome companies.

jessJessica also has a colorful “resume.” She started her working years as a Grocery Clerk at Publix! Then she moved on to become a Preschool teacher where she loved throwing holiday parties for her hilarious 4-5 years olds. After snack time & playgrounds lost their interest, Jess turned her gig as the “door girl” at a nightclub into a position that suited her better – she got to decorate for themed parties & events! Right before she blossomed into our Photographer, Jess worked for an apartment management company doing clerical work.

EmilyStill in high school, Emily teamed up with her 2 sisters and manned Guido’s Pizzeria in the heart of 6 Flags where she slung pizza, traded on the “6 Flags Black Market” for lemonade & cotton candy, and made some of her best memories sweating in the summer heat. During college, she worked part-time in an elementary school after school program and had the same fantastic group of kids from Kindergarten until their 4th grade year when she graduated college. Marketing-wise, she worked for a Canadian steel company, then a Realtor, and finally ESK!

traceyOur Maine-native, Tracey, first worked as a waitress in a local diner named Grant’s Family Restaurant. As she describes her time at Grant’s, she says, “I basically just topped off coffee cups for old men.” Once out of the diner business, she got involved in Environmental Consulting as a Marketing Manager where she would write proposals & run trade show booths. In between, she was a Test Knitter and Research Assistant before moving down South to avoid the harsh Maine winters.

Janine – The first job Janine ever accepted was as a Receptionist at a car dealership. She answered phones, crunched some numbers, and met some very interesting people. During college and a little after, she hopped around a few retail positions before finding her true love – working in a research lab. She worked in a Cognitive Neuroscience Research Lab where she measured study participant’s brainwaves as they read different sentences! Janine loves Science almost as much as she loves knitting!

lindsayOur oldest kitty, Lindsay, has a fairly short work history – she is a very dedicated employee as you all can tell by our super fast shipping. Her first job in high school was at her local Piggly Wiggly as a cashier. Once she graduated, she accepted a position at a Marriott hotel where she did laundry, made breakfast, helped at the front desk, managed the housekeepers, and even drove the Marriott van. She says, “I housed tons of baseball teams, plunged a lot of toilets, but I loved the variety! No two days were alike and I never knew what I was going to find in a room!”

amyLindsay’s loyal shipping assistant, Amy, took her first job at a neighbor’s catering company. She spent her after school hours decorating cake, cookies, and hand-dipping confections in chocolate. Amy then helped at Kitchen Affair, the same neighbor’s store front, where she helped prepare for cooking classes. She ran copies of recipes & helped with clean up. After graduating college, she worked & eventually retired from Commercial Real Estate as a Director of Project Management. She managed renovations at resorts from Hawaii to the Caribbean and everywhere in between. Though she spent 45 weeks out of the year traveling, she says, “They don’t build resorts in ugly places!”

Erin – Our head kitty started her journey at Hoit Cinema taking movie tickets for a mere $5.20/hr! She then moved up and spent the rest of high school as an Express lane cashier at Shaw’s Grocery. She loved competing with herself to check people out quickly which is no big surprise. After graduating college, she took a position as Copywriter. It was so terrible that she left for her lunch break and never came back! Her most recent, pre-ESK job was VP of Products & Services at a small company where she mastered search engine optimization and user conversion. After 4 years there, she started ESK, and actually remained working for another 2 years before she finally got up the courage to take on ESK full time.

We all started somewhere and were molded in different ways but ultimately, we ended up together..amongst these piles of yarn!

Q2 Begins Today!

The first quarter is always an absolute madhouse of excitement! There are so many new things that it is somewhat hard to take in. As things settled and you got to know your new teams, the competition was seriously on! You all earned tons, and we mean TONS, of Booster Club badges, blasted through the Yarniverse, and gathered so many stars for your teams. We hope to continue the fun so read on to see what’s new in Q2!

Knit-a-longs

Knitalong_iconWe are not starting any new KALs in April but we will continue working on our Space Shawls and Carson Throws. If you haven’t started, feel free to join any time! We have seen some amazing progress and look forward to awarding more store credit in the show off threads for the Carson Throw and shawl voting thread which will open at the end of April.

We will start our Freestyle KAL in May which is going to be tons of fun! We know what happens when we let you guys loose – you produce some inventive & beautiful work. As the name states, this is not a pattern-specific KAL but you must choose between 2 yardage brackets: 300-599 yard projects earn 250 yards & .5 star; 600+ yard projects earn 500 yards & 1 star.

In June, the Space Socks KAL begins. For this KAL, you must knit a pair of adult sized socks (this Ravelry search may be helpful) using any weight of our exclusive space colorways. You may choose any sock pattern and the minimum yardage requirement is 350 yards. If you complete your socks, you will earn 500 yards and 1 star for your team!

Booster Club

BoosterClub_IconWe know you all have been anxiously awaiting the new set of badges but wait no more! We have 6 new badges for you to earn in 2016. See what you can, will, or maybe even have already earned:

Walk Like An Estonian (20 points)
To Wear Not to Wear (20 points)
New School (10 points)
I’m So Indie (10 points)
Steeking Streaker (5 points)
Double Dutch (5 points)

New Puzzle

yarnatronIn lieu of trivia, we will be starting a new puzzle series on April 4th called Yarnatron 5000! If you can correctly solve the puzzle each week, you will earn 50 yards towards your Yarnathon total. That means you can earn 500 extra yards this quarter just by playing along & not buying a single thing. The puzzle will be posted each Monday on our Google doc and is due by Friday at Midnight EST, just like trivia. For the full explanation on how to solve Yarnatron’s puzzles, click here.