But first, consider Fast Company’s suggestions to calm an overactive brain before hitting the sack tonight. While not one of their recommendations per se, we don’t think they would argue that knitting is a great way to unwind.

Rhinebeck Art Contest

New York Sheep and Wool Festival has announced their annual art contest to represent the festival in 2021. Now through September 1, 2019, submit your logo idea, which must include at least one sheep and the festival name. The winning logo will be chosen by a panel of judges and be awarded $1500 and privilege of being in the forefront (and all the merch) of the 2021 festival.

New Stitch Markers From Cocoknits

From the perfectly curated and always helpful Cocoknits’ notions collection, meet the new Split Ring Markers. The markers feature a simple open loop design that lay flat while you’re knitting. They are made with nylon coated steel so not only will they attach to Cocoknits’ Maker’s Keep, the flexible opening can be adjusted to fit any sized needle.

The Yarn Menagerie

New to the TOFT menagerie of books is Edward’s Menagerie: The New Collection, which is now available for sale. Like her previous books, this collection of 50 crocheted critters will inspire you to pick up a hook and knit an entire zoo of animals. Inside, find everything from a tapir to a meerkat to a mouse and a baboon, all divided into sections according to project difficulty. Author and designer Kerry Lord offers a sweet bio about each animal as well as techniques and tutorials to bring them to life.

CAST ON: ‘Bellevue Cowl’ by Knox Mountain Knit Co

Need a quick knit to ease you back into Fall knitting season? Look no further than Knox Mountain Knit Co’s new “Bellevue Cowl.” Using two colors of super bulky yarn and mosaic knitting techniques, this close-fitting cowl will offer incredible warmth, as well as a colorful addition to any winter outfit. Working with a size US 17 needle, knit one for you…and everyone else on your holiday gift knits list.