Down Cellar Studio Podcast
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 157 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
 
  • Pattern: A Very Little Giraffe by Annaboo’s House- free crochet pattern available on website not for download
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover super wash worsted yarn in yellow, brown and cream.

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Sunset Stripes color way- black + white self patterning, orange, red, yellow and purple.

Brainstorming

  • Travel projects for my upcoming trip to Portugal & Spain.
  • Current plan- 1 pair of socks & 2 skein crochet shawl project for the Dragon Belly shawl by Johanna Lindahl.
  • While in Barcelona & Spain I am planning to buy yarn to bring back (and work on while there as needed)

From the Armchair

 
 

Crafty Adventures

  • I bought 2 king sheets at Savers. Sewed together. Threw them over my Christmas tree + tied on each side. Stored for the season (yes i know its nearly spring)! Quick and dirty but it works!

In My Travels

  • I shared stories from Farm Fiber Days at Russell’s Garden Center
  • Hung out with Lisa, Anne & Ryan
  • Met up with Monique- host of the Knitting on the Run podcast
  • Got such a positive response to my new Ice Time Hat which was really exciting!
  • Lisa is knitting sample for Lisa Dachinger Wools for use at future events!
  • Judy Sullivan from Clover Works Farm who will knitting up an Ice Time hat sample soon too!
  • I bought two skeins of DK from A Hundred Ravens
  • Two skeins SW merino/yak and silk fingering $18 each from Friends in Fiber
  • Nice chatting with Dianne of Lady Dye Yarns

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Official Rules for 2019 
  • Check out the March Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
  • February winner announced!
 
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019

Events

 
 

Contest, News & Notes

I released 2 new patterns on 3/8/19: Ice Time Hat & Ice Time Cowl
 

The Ice Time Hat is a 2-color hat worked with mosaic knitting (so you’re never using more than 1 color in any given row). After the brim, you change colors every 2 rounds which I promise will have you saying “just one more round!” after each one. The pattern effect is achieved using slipped stitches and simple 1x1 cables. Perfect for even an adventurous beginner. If you like the hat, be sure to check out the matching Ice Time Cowl.

Check out #icetimehat on Instagram to find other color combinations that testers + knitters have used.

Yarn

  • Main Color used 80 yards / 73 meters | Contrast Color used 65 yards / 60 meters
  • Sample knit in Legacy Fiber Artz DK. Main Color= Vanilla Bean (cream) & Contrast Color= Grey Gardens (gray)

Finished Size

  • Size: 18 in. / 45.75 cm around & 9 in. / 23 cm tall
  • Fits head: 19-21.5 in. / 48.25-54.75 cm around
  • I’ve found it fits nearly every teen and adult I’ve tried it on. If you need a larger hat, you could try going up a needle size and using worsted weight yarn (be sure to check gauge first of course)
 
Ice Time Cowl

 

Yarn

  • Main Color used: 120 yards / 110 meters
  • Contrast Color used: 96 yards / 88 meters
  • Sample knit in Legacy Fiber Artz DK. Main Color= Vanilla Bean (cream). Contrast Color= Grey Gardens (gray)

Finished Size
* Size: 20.5 inches / 52 cm around & 12 in. / 30.5 cm tall

 

Ask Me Anything

Tune in to hear my answers to these questions!
 
Designs coming up:
  • I am working on a new DK weight triangular shawl design. Nearly done! Yarn: Suburban Stitcher DK in thePredictability colorway! Totally in love with it!
  • Working on a Riley Rose hat idea to coordinate with the cowl and shawl

On a Happy Note

  • Our new couch and recliner were delivered!
  • Garret's 9th Birthday Sleepover
  • ThredUP Goody Box- I got one recently and loved it. If you're interested, please use my referral code.
  • Went to see Gretchen Rubin on her latest Book Tour for Outer Order Inner Calm.
  • Birthday dinner for my friend Megs.
  • I'm still sore from straining muscles in my ribs at Altitude with Millie... and my treadmill died, but I'm finally getting back to the gym and feeling good.
  • Skype with Marta- to do more Barcelona trip prep. Any tips for Porto or Barcelona? Let me know!

Quote of the Week

Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
—Gustave Flaubert
 
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Direct download: Episode_157_-_31219_8.30_PM.mp3
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 156 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes at www.downcellarstudio.com/156
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

 

 

  • Pattern: Frozen’s Olaf Amigurumi Doll by ChiWei Ranck (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover white worsted weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
 
Finished Ice Time Hat and Cowl since I last spoke to you. I shared a peek on Instagram to solicit test knitters. Thank you for the overwhelming response! Thank you to Legacy Fiber Artz for the gorgeous yarn!

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
 
  • I am working on a new DK weight triangular shawl design. Nearly done!
  • Yarn: Suburban Stitcher DK in the Predictability colorway!

Brainstorming

  • Planning to knit another of the DK shawls I am knitting now for my BFF
  • Need to check gift bin to see if I have socks to gift.
  • Need to listen back to see if Garret put in a request for his birthday. I think he wants a sweater... that will have to wait for Christmas!

From the Armchair

 

Things I'm enjoying online:

 
I also did a review of  Stash Fit by Cate Carter Evans

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the March Thread
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
 
 

Events

 
 

Contest, News & Notes

 
Check out my Instagram feed if you listen close to the time of recording to enter to win a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted in the Rock Creek Colorway and a copy of my Tan House Brook Hat pattern!
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • My brother texted me a photo of him wearing his Ice Time Hat when he opened it!
  • Valentine’s Day- not usually a holiday we celebrate. But this year we did and it was so much fun!
  • Hattie’s 1 year photos!
  • Dinner and Movie with my cousin Jenny- The Upside.
  • Daytona 500 Party!
  • Monday off for President’s Day- the perfect SNOW!
  • Tried the Impossible Burger at Not Your Average Joe’s after hearing about it on The Future of Meat episode of Freakonomics Podcast (Episode 367)
  • Millie's birthday sleepover!

Quote of the Week

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. – Viktor Frankl
 

Bonus Audio from Millie

She talks about making slime for the first time. The method she learned was similar to this recipe.
 
 
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Direct download: Episode_156_-_22519_8.20_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 155 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. For full show notes including photos, please check out my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/155 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways purchased from Yarn's End $7 for 50g skein
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
 
Kaiya Mei Hat #1 and #2
  • Pattern: Kaiya Mei by Jamie Hoffman (free knitting pattern)
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight leftovers.
  • Hat #1- baby girl hat using solid purple and speckled red/blue from Sunsoaked yarn
  • Hat #2- baby boy hat using worsted weight scraps- navy and white. Colorwork patterns from Tin Can Knits Strange Brew ebook.
  • Pattern: Confection Baby Shrug by Tonya Wagner (free knit pattern)
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) for the body and US 7 (4.5 mm) for the ribbing
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Surfs Up Colorway
 
  • Yarn:
    • KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in Colors 601 + 602 ( 70% Merino, 25% Nylon, 5% Cashmere goat)- DK
      • Skacel Kenzie- worsted: 50% Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Alpaca, 10% Angora, 5% Silk
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 48 stitches.

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Yoshi & Lucy, Isabel Base in the Commissioner color way (gray with blue flecks)
  • Pattern: Frozen’s Olaf Amigurumi Doll by ChiWei Ranck (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover white worsted weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You & 3 skeins from stash
  • Holding fingering weight double.

Brainstorming

  • Yarn: Bijou Spun (75/25 Yak/merino)
  • US 6 Needles
  • Pattern: Autumnal Mitts by Jo Bangles
  • Found 1 finished mitts. Makes to sense to finish the pair!

From the Armchair

  • I reviewed the book Finish by Jon Acuff

Crafty Adventures

I made a birthday hat for my niece Hattie. A quick and satisfying project!
 
 

KAL News

 
 
Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the February Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media

Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019

  • We wrapped up the Pigskin Party on February 4th. Grand Prizes will be announced on Episode 156.
  • Tune in to hear if you won a January participation prize.
Special Thank You to this season's Pro Shop Sponsors
 

Events

 

Contest, News & Notes

Life in Focus

I reviewed my January goals, progress, and what's working well for me in achieving my goals for the year!
 

Ask Me Anything

Suzanne emailed to ask "I would be interested in hearing you discuss why you prefer to use Evernote over the Notes app in the iPhone and how you shifted from one to the other. I use the Notes app by default but have been hearing more about Evernote. What are the pros and cons? Do you have any tips if I want to transition? Thank you for being a great knitting friend. "
 
I discussed Evernote and how I use David Allen's Getting Things Done Method
 

On a Happy Note

  • Booked a trip to Barcelona and Porto with my friend Laura. Do you have any tips? Please share in Episode 155 thread!
  • I did a massive clean out of the studio.
  • We bought a new fridge and finally have an ice maker for first time in 10 years.
  • I met up with my friend Robb hadn’t seen in awhile. We went to a jazz class together!
  • I got over the nasty cold/cough that’s going around in about a week. Seems like a record
  • We had our friends' daughters- Carina and Ella- for a sleepover. We had fun painting, building forts with the rubber puzzle piece floor mats. We watched a movie, ate Dan's snowflake pancakes and had a blast!
  • Mom’s birthday & Hattie’s first birthday- celebrated last weekend!

Quote of the Week

“Reviewing your past is one of the best ways to understand who you really are and how you’ll work best on a goal. Keep in mind that perfectionism can’t stand self-awareness. If you’re self-aware, you’re more likely to know and accept your limitations, which means you won’t fall for the promise of a perfect performance.”
 
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Direct download: Episode_155_-_2_14_19_8.50_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 154 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In My Travels
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Tune in at the end to hear some audio from my nieces and nephew- Riley, Garret + Millie.

Off the Needles
 
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash in Solstice Heather Colorway
  • Needles: US 7 & US 8
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Cast on for XS small size- 19 inches below arms. Used approximately 1100 yards
  • I did a split hem modification. Details can be found in my project page.
 
On the Needles
 
 
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways
  • Cast on Newborn size
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Yoshi & Lucy, Isabel Base in the Commissioner colorway
  • Pattern: Confection Baby Shrug by Tonya Wagner (free knit pattern)
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) for the body and US 7 (4.5 mm) for the ribbing)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Surfs Up Colorway (stripes in all blues and purples)
Brainstorming
I was initially brainstorming this toy:
Marlene the Bunny Girl- crochet pattern by Joanna Klenmeyer available on Etsy
But after talking with Millie it seems she'd rather an Elsa or Olaf doll instead.
 
 
From the Armchair
 
Race in the knitting community has been a huge topic of conversation on social media lately. In this segment I shared some thoughts about how I'm trying to expand my horizons to be a better informed, more sensitive person. I hope you know that you are ALL welcome here in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Community.
 
An interesting conversation to listen to is on Oprah's Super Soul Conversations Podcast. In December they did a 2 part episode with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.  Check it out here: Part 1Part 2
 
 
Knitting In Passing
 
 
Check out this article about the popularity of podcasts- including knitting podcasts!
 
 
 
In My Travels
 
I shared some details from my recent trip to New York City. Some links to things I mentioned:
 
 
KAL News
 
Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors;if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes. 
Events
Contest, News & Notes
 
  • The Box o Balls Mini Skein Swap is going around after some postal delays. If you want to participate (even if you already signed up) come back to the thread to re-confirm.
  • Thank you for all of your support for my first pattern release of the year- the Go with the Flo shawl! The Cast On Party was so much fun! check out #gowiththefloshawl on Instagram to see some fun versions that have been cast on.
  • Thanks to everyone who responded to the call for Test knitters for my upcoming Tan House Brook hat! Testing is going well. If you're interested in test knitting for me in the future, feel free to PM me and I'll keep you posted.
  On a Happy Note
  • I went to see Mary Poppins Returns in theaters. It was delightful.
  • We had my nieces and nephews for a sleepover. My 10 year old niece Riley cast on and began knitting on cowl and became quickly obsessed! 
  • I was fortunate to have a Google hangout with Mary (kinoknits) and Sarah (imaginedlandscapes) about design advice.
  • Free week at gym! I ended up joining with a 10 class per month option!  
  • I bought tickets for Gretchen Rubin's book tour for her new Outer Order Inner Calm book.
  • January purge feels good!! 
Quote of the Week
 
Thinking and doing, doing and thinking--these are the sum of all wisdom. Both must move ever onward in life, to and fro, like breathing in and breathing out. Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.
 
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
 
 
 
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Direct download: Episode_154_-_12819_6.40_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:07pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 153 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website.
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Lilliput Yarn
 

Off the Needles

I've been working on some design knitting- a worsted weight Tan House Brook hat! Can't wait to share more details soon.

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash in Solstice Heather  Colorway 26300 Dark blue with tints of black
  • Needles: US 7 & US 8
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
 
 
 
  • Yarn: Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist Colorway 27-003 (charcoal gray)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) & 7 (4.5mm)
  • Pattern: Raw Honey by Alicia Plummer $4.00 US (knit pattern)
 
  • Pattern: Lalylala 4seasons Halloween by Lydia Tresselt- 3 pattern combo, Diego-sugar skull, Frank- Frankenstein monster (already made), Brian is a Zombie with brain exposed (haven't made)
  • Yarn: leftover worsted weight yarn
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Cast on for Oisin before Christmas and completely forgot about it! 
 
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8 Bit Colorway
 
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways

From the Armchair

 
84 FOs
23 pairs of socks
17 stuffed animals
10 shawls
6 hats (
6 dishcloths
5 sweaters
4 blankets
3 Christmas Stockings
3 baby toys
2 pairs baby sandals
5 other
 
40 knit versus 44 crochet
19 things for me (same as 2017)
 
 
2018 Podcast/Knit Life in Review- Tune in to hear more
  • 24 episodes
  • Attended Vogue Knitting Live NYC & Rhinebeck
  • Designed + published 2 new patterns:
  • Hosted 3 awesome KALs: Slay the Stash, Splash Pad & Pigskin Party
  • Had a lot of fun with some other craft projects (detailed on the show)

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019

  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Official Rules for 2019 
  • Check out the January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
 

Pigskin Party

  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
In this Episode:
  • Check out Exclusive item thread!-  something you like? get it now. After Super bowl wont' be available for 6 months.
  • Tune in to see if you won a December participation or Interception prize
  • WIPs Interception- details can be found here. If you have any questions, please post in the Questions Thread.
 

Events

Events in/around New England (or within driving distance) that you may want to check out.

Contest, News & Notes

News: Check out this Commuter Knitting in news  story from CNN
 
News: Please check out my first knitting pattern of 2019!
 
Go with the Flo
 
Would you like to test knit a worsted weight hat for me? PM me on Ravelry!
 
 
 

Life in Focus

  • I talk more about my 2019 plans, 2 major goals, and the habits I'll be employing to help me get there.
  • Other things I keep in mind:
    • Your past is your teacher not your fortune teller (what can you learn from previous attempts, failures etc)
    • What can/what do I need to cut out? We often need to prioritize our goal over other less important things. Get clear about that up front.
    • Think ahead to what challenges you'll face and think about how to get around that.
    • Make a list of my fears. Writing them down helps!
    • Be ok with failure. Learn from it and move on. If I miss one day or one workout or one healthy meal, get right back on track at the next possible opportunity. "Growth is not in perfection, but in quickening your recovery time when you inevitably act contrary to your highest interests." – Neil Strauss
  • How I Track Progress
    • Weekly Evernote Note. List Quarterly, Monthly and Weekly Goals at the top. Then start a To-Do list for the week. The "to-do's" I add can be removed, moved to the next week or completed as I see fit.
    • Plan each week on Sunday, look at the calendar and plot out my open time.
    • Daily journaling of progress I'm making towards my two goals- paired with my existing habit of writing down my daily plan for water/food and movement.
 

On a Happy Note

  • Had a lovely visit with my dear friend Laura over the New Year's Holiday weekend
  • Watching: The Affair, Season 4. Escape at Dannemore. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Leah Remini; Scientology the Aftermath, Ray Donovan. The Mule (in theater)
  • Purging and clean out after the holidays!
  • New workout area I set up in the cellar!
  • Tree still up!

Quote of the Week

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
– Calvin Coolidge
 
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Direct download: Episode_153_-_11019_6.41_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:23am EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 152 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found here.
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

 
 
 
  • Yarn: Berrocco Vintage in the Dungaree Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams

     

 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8 Bit Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams

     

 
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fiber Works SHEEPish in the Christmas Pops Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
 
 
  • Yarn:
    • KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in Colors 601 + 602 ( 70% Merino, 25% Nylon, 5% Cashmere goat)- DK
    • Skacel Kenzie- worsted: 50% Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Alpaca, 10% Angora, 5% Silk
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 48 stitches.

     

Brainstorming

 

Crafty Adventures

Mom and I (mostly Mom) made a fascinator for a wedding I was attending.
 
 

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end (within 3 yards) . Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. Finish up that skein and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • December Sponsor: Sunsoaked Yarns
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
 
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rulesbut if you still have questions, come over to the Questions threadand ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Threadwhere you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors;if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Don't forget about the  December Interception: Craft a Team- sponsored byImagined Landscapes for Sponsoring.
We also have the WIPs Interception running through 2/4.
 
 

Life in Focus

  • Tune in to hear my review of my 18 in 2018 project
I also talked about how I do my Year in Review:
 
Reviewed 2018 by theme: work, personal, podcast/design, finances, health + fitness
  • What am I most proud of?
  • What results did I get?
  • New Skills or Knowledge?
  • Things and People that brought me happiness
  • Top 5 things I'm grateful for
  • Habits + improvements I've incorporated
 

I will talk more about 2019 Planning in the next episode.

On a Happy Note

  • Met my friends for knitting, chatting and dinner!

 

  • Aila performed her first piano recital!
  • Wedding fun with friends! We thought we should have been at table 9- 9 Ladies Dancing!
  • Christmas Eve with my cousins!
  • Christmas!
  • My best friend gave me a jewelry hanger from Pottery barn 
 

Quote of the Week

Whence all this hurry to arrive at a state? Are you not already face-to-face with the eternal mystery? Take it easy for a while; just watch the snow falling or the kettle boiling, and not so much hurry.
– Alan Watts
 
 
 
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_152_-_122818_11.22_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 151 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out my website for full show notes and photos.
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Yumi Yarns & Knit Style Yarns
 
 

Off the Needles

 
 
  • Hook D- 3.25 mm
  • Yarn: Vanna's Choice
  • Pattern:  Pig Miniatric Amigurumi by Miss Dolkapots (free)
 
  • Pattern: Little Pig (free crochet pattern) by Mari-Liis Lille
  • Hook D- 3.25 mm
  • Yarn: Vanna's Choice (same as used for Eme's)
 
  • Pattern: Flora the Fawn by Joanna Kienmeyer (etsy Crochet pattern $5.34)
  • Hook B- 2.25 mm
  • Yarn: Cloudborn Highland DK
 
  • Hook: J
  • Yarn: worsted held with fingering
  • Pattern: in Ravelry notes
 
Crochet Thong for Yankee swap
Goes with the TittensI made in 2015
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Traveler (sport weight) in the Summertime Blues Colorway + Patons Kroy Solids (Red)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) 
  • Pattern:Turn a Square Hat 
  • Yarn: Leading Men Fiber Arts 
  • Needles: US 5 & 7 
  • Cast on 96. 6.5 inches before decrease for the crown

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fiber Works SHEEPish in the Christmas Pops Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams  

Crafty Adventures

 

I talked about mending Mom's fingerless mitts. Click here for the link to original project page. Clearly these have been well loved since 2012!

Brainstorming

  • Fingerless Mitts for mom (clearly she needs another pair)
  • Another toy for Will
  • Knit Picks Felici for socks for Dan

From the Armchair

Diane: Reading James Patterson's Women's Murder Club: 15th Affair
 
 
Jen:
 

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end (within 3 yards) . Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. Finish up that skein and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Tune in to see if you won!
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
 
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
 
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rulesbut if you still have questions, come over to the Questions threadand ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Threadwhere you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors;if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
 In This Episode:

Contest, News & Notes

 
Tune in to see if you won the Riley Rose Cowl Contest.
Didn’t get your pattern yet? Sign up for my newsletter to get it for free or find it on Ravelry for only $4.

Life in Focus

Mom and I talked about reviewing 2018 and some ideas for focusing and shaping 2019 by getting better systems in place.
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Celebrating Dan’s Birthday
  • Funky nutcracker - featuring my niece Emelyn
  • I planned a surprise for my niece Aila for Giraffe Mommy's birthday but had to work. Dropped off gift for her instead.
  • My friend Laura coming to visit after Christmas!!

Quote of the Week

When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.  -Marquis de la Grange (1639 - 1692)
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_151_-_121518_5.12_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 150 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Tailored Knits that Fit, Infinite Twist & The Woolly Thistle
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-a-holic II
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Pattern: NickyBlade Doll (free crochet pattern) by Nicky Blade
  • Hook: B 2.25 mm
  • Yarn: leftover DK weight
 
  • Hook: B 2.25 mm
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn 
 
  • Patterns: My First Babies Little Boy Blue Amigurumi Dress Up Doll Football Player Accessories + My First Babies Amigurumi Dolls pattern by Michelle Kovach (patterns each $1)
  • Hook: US C (2.75mm)
  • Yarn: DK/worsted from stash
 
  • Pattern- Hulk by Kati Galusz from Marvel Crochet Kit
  • Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in the Fern color way + purple DK weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams 
  • Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Traveler (sport weight) in the Summertime Blues Colorway + Patons Kroy Solids (Red)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
 
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fiber Works SHEEPish in the Christmas Pops Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams 
Brainstorming
  • Diego for my nephew Oisin
  • Flora the Fawn for my niece Aila
  • A hat for my Dad
  • A stuffy for my niece Millie (maybe an elephant?)
  • Something for my 10 month old niece Hattie
 
From the Armchair
  • Bad Blood by John Carryrou
  • Bear Brook podcast from New Hampshire Public Radio (true crime)
  • Gladiator podcast from Wondery (Aaron Hernandez, football and concussion syndrome)
  • Mayans MC  tv show
 
Crafty Adventures
 
 
Emelyn wanted to make gifts for her friends. Channel called Crafty on Snapchat. Series of episodes of instructional videos 
 
Aila painted ornaments and paintings for family! There are so many cool how to draw videos on YouTube 
 
 
Knitting in Passing
  • Meeting up with Ramona, Lisa, Jillian, Anne and Sarah in Somerville for dinner after work.
  • Dinner with Lauren and Ryan at Lolita in Boston. Delicious wine and tacos tapas! Cold night. First snow. Warm friends and lots of laughs. 
 
KAL News
 
 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • November Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
Rules and the 2019 will be posted in December
 
 
 
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rulesbut if you still have questions, come over to the Questions threadand ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Threadwhere you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors;if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
December Interception Announced! Thank you to Imagined Landscapes for sponsoring this month. The Theme is Craft a Team! Check out the details in this post.
 

Events

If you haven't already- check out the Indie Designer Gift-Along on Ravelry! I am participating this year as a designer. Join the KAL using one of my patterns (or any of those of the other 300+ designers) and enter to win prizes. 
 

Contest, News & Notes

Riley Rose Cowl Contest- Winner will be announced next time
 

Life in Focus

I've been doing a daily yoga and meditation challenge this month and loving it!
 
Love this Date Energy Ball Recipe & drinking Natural Calm before bed
 

On a Happy Note

 

Quote of the Week

 
“Ask yourself throughout the day, “what do I need to do in this moment to take care of myself?” If you can be aware of what legitimate needs and wants you’re not attending to, and then take actions to meet them on your own – or ask your partner for help if you can’t – that is the road to happiness.”
– Neil Strauss
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:

 

Direct download: Episode_150_-_112918_6.55_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:12pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 149 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes and photos can be found on my website.
 
Bonus audio from the nieces and nephews at the end! 
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: JDStudios480, Rainy Day Fiber CompanyFibernymph Dye Works
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Friendly Sonya by AradiyaToys on Etsy $6.99
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Sport in Cream, custard and Almond
  • Hook: B 2.25mm 
 
  • Pattern: Amigurumi Dog Pattern available on Etsy from Diminu $4.01
  • Hook: 3.5 mm
  • Yarn: Loops and Threads Impeccable in Chocolate and Soft Taupe. Cream (nose) in stash acrylic worsted/Aran weight yarn 
 
 

On the Needles

 
 
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-a-holic II
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: none
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Traveler (sport weight) in the Summertime Blues Colorway + Patons Kroy Solids (Red)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
 
 
  • Yarn:
    • KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in Colors 601 + 602 ( 70% Merino, 25% Nylon, 5% Cashmere goat)- DK
    • Skacel Kenzie- worsted: 50% Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Alpaca, 10% Angora, 5% Silk
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
 

Brainstorming

 
Patterns saw at Rhinebeck that I’ve favorited:
 
 

From the Armchair

 

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • November Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Tune in to see if you're the October Slay the Stash WINNER!
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
In this episode: Tune in to hear
  • If you won an October Participation Prize or an Interception Prize
  • Details about the 10 Grand Prize Packs!
 
 

Contest, News & Notes

Life in Focus

  •  I've challenged myself to doing Yoga & Meditation every day in November and am thoroughly enjoying it!
  • I moved the social media apps on my phone to the third page. I think it's helping my productivity.
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Halloween- Trick or Treating with Oisin and Hattie
  • Going to see my niece Aila perform in Annie
  • Woodchopping Weekend (fun party despite losing power)
  • Going to see Assassins, the musical!
 

Quote of the Week

If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.”
– Confucius
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_149_-_111218_5.45_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:57pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 148 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes on my website.
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: KnitCircus Yarns & Bags by Awesome Grannie 
 
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: The Weekender by Andrea Mowry (Knitting $7 pattern)
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (60% Merino, 40% Rayon from Bamboo- worsted)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) for cast on, US 6 (4.0 mm) for ribbing, US 7 (4.5 mm) for the body
 
 
 
  • Pattern: Belle the Butterfly $4 pattern from Theresascrochetshop on Etsy
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: leftover worsted weight yarn scraps from stash
 
  • Yarn: leftover worsted weight yarns
  • Hook: C
  • Pattern: Cuddle Bunny Mini by Emmy Faranda ($2.99 downloadable crochet pattern)
  • Learned new invisible decrease technique. Check it out here. Working through front loop only. Works well.
 

On the Needles

 
  • Patterns by Megan Kreiner: Winnie the Pooh Crochet Book/Kit
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: worsted weight yarn from kit
  • Piglet- made all pieces. Didn’t have eyes. Need to stuff and sew up
 
 
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-a-holic II
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Great conference knitting. Basically 2 15 inch leg warmers. One is ready for bind off. Second one is in the ribbing on second leg. Need to make 48 stitch shortie socks with 8 inch feet to go with.
  • Two legs done. Pink sick cast on.
 
  • Pattern: TBD
  • Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Traveler (sport weight) in the Summertime Blues Colorway + Patons Kroy Solids (Red)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
 
  • Yarn: Lavender Lune- full skein + a mini set
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Pattern: TBD- basic garter stitch asymmetrical triangular shawl.
 
 

In My Travels

 
Tune in to hear my Rhinebeck Recap with Mom!
 

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • October 2018 Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
 
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
-Score 8 points for using a Pro Shop Sponsor Product in your FO-
 
 
Field Sponsors
-Score 4 points for using a Field Sponsor Product in your FO-
 
Details Discussed on This Episode:
 

Events

On a Happy Note

  • My big work project going well
  • Taking my nephew Oisin to Treat or Treat at my Nana’s Assisted Living Facility
 

Quote of the Week

The cost of your good habits are in the present. The costs of your bad habits are in the future." James Clear from Atomic Habits
 
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Contact Information:
 
Direct download: Episode_148_-_102818_4.01_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

 
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 147 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes including photos can be found on my website.
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Rainy Day Fiber Company& Fibernymph Dye Works
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Belle the Butterfly $4 pattern from Theresascrochetshopon Etsy
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: leftover Worsted Weight yarn scraps from stash
 

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: The Weekender by Andrea Mowry (Knitting $7 pattern)
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (60% Merino, 40% Rayon from Bamboo- worsted)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) for cast on, US 6 (4.0 mm) for ribbing, US 7 (4.5 mm) for the body
 
 
  • Pattern: Belle the Butterfly $4 pattern from Theresascrochetshopon Etsy
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: leftover Worsted Weight yarn scraps from stash
 
  • Yarn: Sock blank by AndreSue Knits
  • US 1 (2.25mm)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
 
 
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-a-holic II
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Pattern: TBD
  • Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Traveler (sport weight) in the Summertime Blues Colorway + Patons Kroy Solids (Red)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG
  • Well past heel of first sock. Christmas gift in the works

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

The Dream: podcast about MLM- multi-level marketing
 

Crafty Adventures

  • Finished Week in the Life 2017 album. Unexpected free day. No apple picking.
  • Photos of Hattie 8 months.

Knitting in Passing

  • Construction worker commenting that sweater knitting seemed a great way to pass the commute
  • Helping Oisín get his knitting groove back on Thursday.
  • Wearing my shawls and using #ravelry to get photo into Ravelry project page easily.

In My Travels

 
Sarasota, Venice and Largo Florida

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • October 2018 Post
  • September winner announced
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rulesbut if you still have questions, come over to the Questions threadand ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Threadwhere you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors;if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
Details Discussed on This Episode:
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
-Score 8 points for using a Pro Shop Sponsor Product in your FO-
 
 
Field Sponsors
-Score 4 points for using a Field Sponsor Product in your FO-
 
 
 
 

Events

 
 
 

Life in Focus

I joined the PnP tribe in September. In this episode I shared about how that coaching helped enable a healthy, fun trip to Florida!
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Local production of Urinetown (the musical)
  • Celebrating my niece Hattie's Baptism
  • TSA PreCheck interview before  our flight to FL. It was ready before we flew back.
  • Cool fall weather. Walking. Taking baths. Leaves starting to turn. Honey crisp apple candle Trader Joe’s.
  • Dad's retirement!

Quote of the Week

“I lied and said I was busy. I was busy but not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming a racing heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay. Sometimes this is my busy and I will not apologize for it.” -B. Oakman
 
 
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Direct download: Episode_147_-_101418_8.06_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:14pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 146 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out my website for full show notes including photos!
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Knitters Brewing Company, AdoreKnit & Queen City Yarn
 
 

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Henry's Bunny- free knitting pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
  • Yarn: Leftover worsted weight alpaca in natural color
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)  

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Desperately Seeking Shallow SC Crescent by in G (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: 4.5 mm
  • Yarn: Hampton Artistic Yarns HAY Snorgle (MCN) fingering in the Berry Milkshake color & Toil and Trouble Sonnet in the Wine Harvest Color.
 
  • Pattern: 2018 Winter Games Hat (free knitting pattern) by Susan Rainey
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sock-a-holic II in the NE Patriots Tailgate Party colorway held with gray fingering from stash. Knitters Brewing Company Brewski Worsted in Red & Royal Blue
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) & US 7 (4.5 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG
 
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fiber Works SHEEPish in the Christmas Pops Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- TBD
 
  • Pattern: Porgs by Emily Premise-Conclusion ($6.50 US)
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: Vanna's Choice and Craftsy Sprightly Acrylic Worsted
 
  • Pattern: The Weekender by Andrea Mowry (Knitting $7 pattern)
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (60% Merino, 40% Rayon from Bamboo- worsted)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) for cast on, US 6 (4.0 mm) for ribbing, US 7 (4.5 mm) for the body
  • Ripped out Journey Sweater  beautiful, cabled pull over. Started in January 201.
 

Brainstorming

  • Planning out Christmas knitting & crocheting using a Google Spreadsheet. This year. I need to finish 2 projects per week. Think I can make it happen.

KAL News

 
 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • October Thread
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
-Score 8 points for using a Pro Shop Sponsor Product in your FO- For more details click here.
 
 
Field Sponsors
-Score 4 points for using a Field Sponsor Product in your FO-
 
This Episode:
 
  • JD Studios480  adorable exclusive football bag with embroidery. $33.99 large bag.  10% discount on your purchase. This special promo will be available from now till February 1, 2019. Use code “PIGSKINPARTY2018” at checkout.
  • Knittyknatty- has designs featuring football theme- 40 yard dash socks
  • Lolodidit- is sponsoring a Game Day KAL through her social media! Definitely check it out.
  • Frog it interception 9/24-10/15- details provided in this link
  • Wild Side Interception Sponsored by Kino Knits (October 2018) details provided in this link. Thank you Kino Knits  

Events

 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
 

Life in Focus

  • After feeling stalled in my progress with Weight Watchers, I've decided to join a private online community called the PnP tribe after listening to the Losing 100 Pounds with Phit-n-Phat podcast and doing their free challenge in September. Then joined- private member community. Online coaching re: mindset behind losing weight.
  • Work has been busy but it's been a great challenge. Good reminder of my strengths as a project manager. Commitment to myself on personal stuff is paying off at staying more on top of work and podcast stuff too!

Ask Me Anything

Posted on Instagram Stories asking for things you want to know. Tune in to hear what I said!
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • A peek at some of the yarn I purchased from some of our Pigskin Party Sponsors
 
  • I am looving wearing and Sharing Fall shawls on Instagram check out  #fallshawlstyle to see more and post yourself wearing your shawls too so I can see.
  • Had my nieces and nephew-Riley, Garret Millie- for a sleepover. Millie is still finding first grade very tiring. 2 naps on Saturday. Altitude trampoline park. Garret brought his 2 part rainbow socks & I lengthened toes. Instagram live on Sunday with girls and Mom.  Kids picked out things they wanted me to make for Christmas. Pancakes...SO MUCH FUN!
  • Will's flag football game then to soccer.
  • Helped Dan with wood. hucking trees out of the woods onto the driveway and into trailer
  • Massage on Sunday! needed it. another round of hiit classes.
  • Long walks to the reservoir on the weekends- my happy place.
  • Planning to meet Meghan weekly help with Hattie's Christmas Stocking.
  • Receiving texts with photos Hattie needing new sweater.
 
Quote of the Week
"The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go."
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Direct download: Episode_146_-_92918_11.10_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 145 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website.
 
This week's segments included.
 
 Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: The Woolly ThistleSunsoaked YarnsInfinite Twist
 
Thanks to Mom for joining me! It's always so much fun!
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Rafa's hat (free) by Joji Locatelli
  • Yarn: Swan's Island Sterling Collection Worsted ( 85% Merino, 15% Alpaca) gray/blue color
  • Needles: US 5
  • Size: Small
 

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Henry's Bunny- free knitting pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
  • Yarn: Leftover worsted weight alpaca in natural color
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) (called for US 3-- too loose)
  • We got chatting about our fake, plastic bunny Henrietta who lived in the bushes outside our house growing up. This is where she lived, but I can't find a photo of her.
 
 
  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in Colors 601 + 602 (DK) & Skacel Kenzie (worsted)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 48 stitches
  • I'm using the Cate's Clasp Weft join to change yarns
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams

Brainstorming

  • Porgs by Emily Premise-Conclusion $6.50 crochet pattern for Oisin

From the Armchair

In My Travels

Mom and I shared a lot of stories and highlights from our trip to Nashville!
 

KAL News

 

Slay the Stash 2018

  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • September Post
  • August winner announced! Tune in!
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
 
 
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
 
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
 
Details Discussed on This Episode:
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
-Score 8 points for using a Pro Shop Sponsor Product in your FO-
 
 
Field Sponsors
-Score 4 points for using a Field Sponsor Product in your FO-
 

Events

 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
On a Happy Note
  • Millie going into first grade
  • (Mom) making Ripie & Gramcracker videos on YouTube
 
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Direct download: Episode_145_-_91318_8.47_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:04pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 144 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week 

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Fairisle Storybook colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • 234 meters
 
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Deep End colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 250 meters
 
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 10.5 inch leg and foot- 334.4 meters
 
  • Pattern: Parallel Bars by Annaboo's House (4 pound crochet pattern available on Etsy)
  • Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (75% wool, 25% silk) fingering weight yarn in the Rose Quartz colorway
  • Hook: 4.5 mm
  • 606 meters
 
2018 Stash Dash Projects: 21,004 meters total in 45 projects
 
Breakdown
  • 22 Knit | 23 crochet
  • 14 things I plan to keep, 20 gifts, 11 TBD
  • 4 items over 1000 meters- 2 items over 900 meters each. Total for these large projects was almost 10k
Comparison to previous years
 
 

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Rafa's Hat by Joji Locatelli (free)
  • Yarn: Swan's Island Sterling Collection Worsted Weight in the Celestine Colorway 85% organic merino, 15% alpaca
  • Needles: US 5
  • Size Small- 96 st cast on
 
  • Yarn: Scraps of fingering weight (mostly Patons Kroy)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 1x1 twisted rib for top.

Brainstorming

 

From the Armchair

 

Knitting in Passing

 

I shared two quick stores from knitting in Nashville.

In My Travels

 

I'll share some more details of our Knoxville, Bristol, Nashville trip next time, but I did love meeting Amanda and shopping at Haus of Yarn in Nashville. Thanks Meg for the recommendations for other things to see in Nashville. I purchased yarn from Teeny Button Studio- 2 skeins of BFL fingering + mini skein (partly because their sample for Andrea Mowry's Thaliah shawl was beautiful). I also got a beautiful project bag.

 
 

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • September Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
Artwork - Pigskin Party Final2
 
 
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you’ll track your points. Continue to update your post with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
  • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
 
Details Discussed on This Episode:
  • Reviewed the Rules
  • Sponsors (to date)- check them out- stock up on goodies that will earn you more points
  • Monday Night Scavenger Hunt is going to happen each week again this season!
  • September Interception- details announce. Will posted in the group soon.
  • Check out Coupon Codes generously posted by our sponsors- there are 12 already!
 

Events

 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • I was gifted some "My Favorite Murder" podcast stuff from Dan
  • Facetiming with my 6 year old niece Millie at work the other day
  • Labor Day weekend ahead!
 

Quote of the Week

“Passions weaken, but habits strengthen, with age, and it is the great task of youth to set the current of habit and to form the tastes which are most productive of happiness in life.”
 
-- William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life
 
 
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Direct download: Episode_144_-_83118_6.06_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:13pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 143 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off the Needles

 
 
 
  • Yarn: 1 skein of DK (charcoal), 1 skein of fingering (plum)
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)
  • Top Down crescent shaped shawl. DK (gray) always in garter. Fingering weight plum colored yarn always in stockinette. Sometimes with lace border. Short rows are done in the fingering section
  • 560 meters 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy stripes in the Landscape Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 273.6 meters
 
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight (colorway unknown)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 299.7 meters 
 
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: H 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Pegasus colorway (purple, peach, cream, green)
  • 495.9 meters
 
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Completed 2 stockings for my Mom's cousin who requested them for her grandchildren.
  • finishing always takes longer than I remember it will.
  • Meters: 458 and 444 meters 
 
 
  • Pattern: Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
  • Needles: US 4 & 6
  • Yarn: Cloudborne DK, Fiberstory DK + Gale's Art Super Star DK
  • Lengthened the sweater and added short rows to the back.
  • Project page by KnitWit50 on how to have a better transition between stockinette and ribbing using instructions from the Tech Knitter Blog Post. It really does look much cleaner and evens out the knit stitches that trail down into the ribbing
 
 
 
  • Hook: C yarn
  • 3x4 layout.
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • 3603.9 meters
 
 
Stash Dash Total: 17,906.5 meters  in 37 projects.
 
Next time I record will be after 8/27 and Stash Dash will be over!
 
 

On the Needles

 
 
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Fairisle Storybook colorway
  • Pattern: TBD
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Pattern: Construction Zone by Heidi Kirrmaier
  • Yarn: Tempting Ewe Yarns Luxe Aran (90% Merino/10% Silk) in the Grey Goose Colorway. 2 skeins 340 yards total
  • Needles: US 9 | 5.5 mm
  • Adding length by crocheting along the bottom with charcoal fingering weight yarn.
 
 
  • Yarn: leftover sock yarn
  • Hook: D 3.25 mm
  • Only 4 rounds of color
  • Bought Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist Yarn from Craftsy- SW Fingering in the Grey Heather colorway (6, 50 gram skeins)
  • 76 hexagons done.
  • Instructions on how to make half hexagons
 
 

Brainstorming

Vacation knitting planning!
 

From the Armchair

Enjoying watching Making it on NBC
 

Crafty Adventures

Mom machine sewed sleeves on a store bought cardigan for me to lengthen. I cuffed them and sewed by hand to finish them up. Quick, poolside project!
 

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • July winner announced
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
 
The Splash Pad Party KAL
 
 

Prize winners announced! Thanks again to all of our awesome sponsors for making this possible!

 
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
Snack Shack
 
 
Pigskin Party Starts September 6th!

Events

2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 

Ask Me Anything

 
This time I answered a question from shateenamanda about resources for designers. I mentioned this book (which I haven't read yet). Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherly. I also highly recommend paying a tech editor
 

On a Happy Note

  • Our nephews Will and Oisin came for the weekend for their birthday sleepover and we had a blast.
  • Pool Days!
  • I had a sleep study done. Can't wait to find out more.
  • Refocused on my healthy habits! Down 7 pounds since June thanks to healthy eating and prioritizing moving my body.
  • Visited my niece Hattie to take her 6 month photos!
 

Quote of the Week

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.
 
-Maya Angelou
 
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Contact Information:
 
 
 
Direct download: Episode_143_-_81418_7.03_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 142 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
 
Off the Needles
 
 
  • Pattern: Hibernate Blanket (free crochet pattern) by Yarnspirations Design Studio
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky (gray- 7 skeins- used 6 ) & Knitters Brewing Company  fingering (24-30g each of red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple).
  • Simple two row repeat.
  • 14 rows of color. 4 plain gray. 
  • Total: 1224 meters
 
3 fingering weight yarns held together. Mint rain self striping. Two mystery skeins in Stash
  • H hook and I hook
  • crocheted in a circle. Added a tie on each side to tie under pan. Can pack and not scratch the surface of the pan
  • 46 grams. 168.4 meters  worked up in about a half hour.
 
  • Yarn: Lane Cervinia Forever (75% wool, 25% nylon)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
 
Current Stash Dash Total: 10,338.3
 
Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast KAL that runs May 25-August 27th. Find Stash Dash Rules here.
 
On the Needles
 
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
 
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy stripes in the Landscape Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WIlliams
  • I purchased most of my Paton's Kroy Yarn from Craftsy
 
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight (colorway unknown)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
 
  • Pattern: Construction Zone by Heidi Kirrmaier
  • Yarn: Tempting Ewe Yarns Luxe Aran (90% Merino/10% Silk) in the Grey Goose Colorway. 2 skeins 340 yards total
  • Needles: US 9 | 5.5 mm
  • Knit this last year but am lengthening it with crochet + fingering weight yarn
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: H 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Pegasus colorway 
Brainstorming
  • I'd like to make some more crocheted circles for my Aunt' Camp to use between her pots.
  • Reviewing my Stash Dash plans and schemes. 
  • I want to make all of the blankets!!!
 
From the Armchair
 
Little Drops of Wonderful- video podcast on YouTube. Hosted by Ali in the UK. Knitter & Crocheter.
 
Crafternoon Treats video podcast on Youtube hosted by Kathryn in the UK. Mostly Crochet some knits too i think.
 
Must Love Yarn video podcast on YouTube hosted by Angela and Kelly who own an online shop & store in Shelburne, VT.
 
Wool Hands Needlesvideo podcast on YouTube hosted by Tayler Earl, dyer behind Fiber for the people. Beautiful video quality, talks about knitting in the news, fun KALs etc.
 
In My Travels
 
 
KAL News
 
 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • August Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
 
The Splash Pad Party KAL
Runs June 1-July 31
Will pull winners from chat threads and Summer Celebration in early August.
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs
 
Events
 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
 
 
Life in Focus
Update on no spend July
 
 
 
On a Happy Note
  • Hitting up a local brewery. Untold Brewing. 
  • Instagram live for the first time with Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls Podcast
  • My nephew Will's 11th birthday party. 
  • Work deadline is nearly here!
  • Hiit classes start back up tomorrow.
 
Quote of the Week
"Courage doesn't mean you never feel afraid. It simply means you choose NOT to let your fear control you and step forward anyway." -Allanah Hunt
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Remember show notes for this episode can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/142 
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Direct download: Episode_142_-_10k_yarn_33mi_kayaking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 141 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. 
 
Full Show Notes can be found on my website.
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Prairie Bag Works, Lilliput Yarn, Stitched by Jessalu and Plum Deluxe
 
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Serpent Colorway
  • Hook: H (5 mm)
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (Free crochet pattern)
  • 490.5 meters
 
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Spirit Colorway (#212)
  • Hook: H (5 mm)
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (Free crochet pattern)
  • 533.6 meters
 
Baby Barefoot Flower Sandals
  • Pattern:  Baby Barefoot Flower Sandals by Esther Chandler (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn
  • Hook: C and one marked 0 (very old hook)
  • Link to first pair & second pair
  • 6 grams each: 49.8 meters total 
 
  • Pattern: JustRight and BigTime Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream held with Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton #10
  • Hook: I
  • Cotton thread almost gives it a subtle scrubbly quality.
  • Green one: 73.9 meter
  • Cream one: 69 meters

I also made 4 other dishcloths using Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in various patterns. 160 more meters

  • Yarn: We Are Knitters The Cotton In Salmon Pink
  • Hook: F
  • Pattern: Easy Breezy Swim cover up
  • Used 4.3 skeins- 911.6 meters, 430 grams
 
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Dads Jacquard colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
Stash Dash Total as of this episode: 8662.4 meters!
 
Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast KAL that runs May 25-August 27th. Find Stash Dash Rules here.
I'll be participating!
 

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Lane Cervinia Forever (75% wool, 25% nylon)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Adding black to make it go further
 
  • Pattern: Hibernate Blanket (free crochet pattern) by Yarnspirations Design Studio
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky (gray- 7 skeins) & Knitters Brewing Company  fingering (24-30g each of red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple).

Brainstorming

 
  • Another Hibernate blanket. I'd like to re-finish the bottom of my Swoncho (I'm adding length), and the 2 crochet stockings before I head out on vacation in August.
  •  I'm thinking ahead for a trip coming up in August: Parallel bars crochet shawl and maybe the Beloved: Bonnet pattern by Tin Can Knits.

From the Armchair

 Two new podcasts I'm enjoying a lot right now:

In my Travels

  • Dan and I went back up NH to my cousin's lake house this weekend. We visited with my cousin Meagan who was up from Florida. We kayaked. I walked, and knit and crocheted... just what I needed to clear my head during this busy month.

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • July Post
  • Tune in to hear if you're the June Winner!
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
The Splash Pad Party KAL
Runs June 1-July 31
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs

Contest, News & Notes

  • CPCTC sock pattern by Sarah Jordan is now available on Rav for $5. I discussed my test knit on Episode 140 if  you want to hear more.

Life in Focus

I described swapping out one of my 18 in 2018 goals for doing a "No spend" month in July.
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • I tried stand up paddle boarding. Fun!
  • Fourth of July -pool day fun!
  • fireflies --we have so many this year. Do you!?
  • I had fun taking my niece Hattie’s 5 month photos. Thought broke lens but it was just my UV filter. PSA get one! $8 on Amazon probably saved me $300.
  • I talked about adding more structure back into my healthy eating and exercise habits and how much I'm loving that!
  • Work is nuts right now. But there's a lot of good that will come out of it and the insanity will die down soon enough! Thank goodness I can still knit on a conference call from time to time. It saves my sanity.

Quote of the Week

 
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
– Goethe
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_141_-_Summer_Overwhelm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 140 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. For full show notes including photos go to my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/140
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsor: Yarn and Ewe
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Made for my cousin Kara who is expecting a baby girl in August!
  • 458 meters
 
  • Yarn:  Knitting Fever KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Cashmere in Colorway 601
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel sock
  • 252 meters
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in the Tranquil Colorway
  • Hook: C
  • Pattern: Small Alien by Kristi Tullus
  • 48 meters
 
  • Pattern: Riley Rose by Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: Hikoo by Skacel Simpliworsted in Aqua Mint, Deep Turquoise, Gypsy Red and White
  • Needles: US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm)
  • 368.7 meters
 
 
  • Woolbearer's Gradient Sets- combined two gradient sets, using 8 of the 10 mini skeins
  • Hook: H
  • 832 meters
  • Yarn: Twisted Owl Fiber Studio 2-ply Sock (80/20 SW Merino Nylon) in the Poison Ivy Colorway
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with 1x1 twisted rib.
  • 1st sock cuff down Non-Euclidian
  • 2nd sock test knit toe up version of this pattern- went well!
  • 299.9 meters
 
5730.6 Meters for the Stash Dash KAL
 
On the Needles
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy stripes in the Landscape Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy stripes in the Slate Jacquard Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
 
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Plan: 3 large granny squares, bordered with cream or gray (TBD), 4-5 rows
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
 
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Serpent Colorway 150g/ 590 yards. 100% Acrylic DK
  • Hook: H (5 mm)
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (Free crochet pattern)
  • I messed up on the decrease side (apparently I was ready to stop the row half way through and didn't realize it for a bit so I eventually had to rip that back)
 
  • Yarn: We Are Knitters The Cotton In Salmon Pink
  • Hook: F
  • Pattern: Easy Breezy Swim cover up
 

Brainstorming

  • I'd like to add some single color shawlettes for spring and summer in my wardrobe. I also have these 2 beautiful skeins of worsted weight wool/mohair yarns from my friends for my birthday. Any suggestions? Let me know in the Ravelry group
  • Stuff I brought to Camp:
    • Crochet Market Bag
    • Easy Breezy Swim Cover Up in progress
    • Thinking ahead to lengthening my ninilchik swoncho which I ripped back in March or April thinking it would be too warm to wear (wrong).  Looked at project pages for ideas for adding short rows in back. Didn't find any but I did find a link in pattern page by KnitWit50 on how to have a better transition between stockinette and ribbing that I'm excited to try.
    • Check out photo in the Tech Knitter Blog Post. It really does look much cleaner and evens out the knit stitches that trail down into the ribbing

From the Armchair

 
B.A. Paris books - psychological thrillers loved both Behind Closed Doors and the Breakdown. I listened to audiobooks through my library using Overdrive App
 
 
 
 

Knitting in Passing

 
At Dan’s cousin’s lake house, a 20 year old construction worker tested out his childhood knitting skills on my sock.
 
 

In my Travels

 
  • Staying at my cousin’s lake house for a few days while she’s away
  • Two long kayak trips. 6 miles and 8 miles. Very windy
  • Hanging out with the neighbors
  • Out for a walk most mornings. Dan came with me yesterday.

KAL News

 
 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • June Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Don't forget you can double dip with Splash Pad Party, Stash Dash or any other KAL you participate in as long as you meet criteria.
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
The Splash Pad Party KAL
Runs June 1-July 31
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs
 

Events

 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
 
 
 
On a Happy Note
  •  Ballroom dance and Sombreros
  • new charm for my necklace to include Hattie
  • girls recital. Reese’s birthday party
  • Father’s Day cookout at my parents. Riley made outfits for barbies outnof used latex balooons. Posted on Instagram
  • Oisín 10th birthday party. Video game truck.
Quote of the Week
“People that feel happy, successful, and fulfilled by their lives and work all have one thing in common: they feel as though they are making progress on something that matters...what I do, as stupid as it sounds, is I don’t focus on balancing everything. I focus on just making sure I make progress on one thing a day. That’s right you heard me, just one thing a day that matters to me. Now, if I can make progress on one thing a day that matters to me, then I can let go and let the rest of my day get hijacked by kids, by my spouse, by phone calls, by emails, by social media, by all kinds of things that come up and tend to hijack your day when you are a busy person.”
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_140_-_62918_9.21_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:36pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 139 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/139
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: A Simple Homestead, Knits4Comfort & Celestial Sews 
 

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 - Imprim Beige
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 283 meters
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes: Coastal Stripes
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 273 meters
 
  • Yarn: Leftovers of black, white, gray, orange, yellow, tan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 302 meters
 
  • Pattern by: Daisy Farm Crafts (blog)
  • Yarn: Sprightly Acrylic Worsted Yarn from Craftsy in Navy, White and Silver Grey
  • Washed and dried the finished blanket in washing machine. It's so squishy soft!
  • 926 meters
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • 296 meters
  • Yarn: Sprightly Acrylic Worsted (Craftsy)
  • Needles: US 6 & US 8
  • Pattern: Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits
  • 59 meters (1/3 of the skein)
 
  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni in the Rocky Top Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Reknit toe after it developed a hole
  • 368.7 meters
 
  • Yarn: Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in the Holly Jolly colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel
  • 252 meters
3840 meters for Stash Dash as of this recording
 
 

On the Needles

 
 
  • Yarn: Woolbearer's Gradient Sets purchased at Vogue Knitting Live a couple years ago. 5 mini skeins, 700 yards fingering Put two sets together using 8 of the 10 mini skeins. (140 yards per mini x 8= 1120 yards)
  • Pattern: Dragon Belly Shawl (free crochet pattern)
  • H hook
 
  • Yarn: Twisted Owl Fiber Studio in the Poison Ivy Colorway (red/green variegated)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

Margaret from Teaching Your Brain to knit came over to the Episode 134 thread to say--
"Thanks for the shout out for the TYBTK podcast. Since we recorded that episode about colorwork I discovered Roxanne
Richardson’s video podcast on multiple colorwork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORTtv5Vl6zg It was so informative. If you’re getting good gauge, I wouldn’t change it."
 
Thanks for sharing, Margaret!!
 

Knitting in Passing

 
Man on the train one morning ask- how many things do you make in a year. First time I’ve gotten that one. Funny timing since I’m in productivity mode right now. Maybe that was all over my face. He and the women he was standing with seemed to know I was crocheting but it got her talking about a mutual friend whom she described as a rabid knitter. He didn’t seem to think those terms jived. But I assumed him there were many of us out there.

In My Travels

  • I had a fun night visiting a local brewery- Barrel House Z- with my knitting friends a couple weeks ago.
  • I made a trip to the Pints & Purls (Thursday night event) at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • June Post
  • Check the show notes to see if you won in the month of May.
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Don't forget you can double dip with Splash Pad Party, Stash Dash or any other KAL you participate in as long as you meet criteria.
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
The Splash Pad Party KAL
 
 
Runs June 1-July 31
Pro Shop Sponsors
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs

Events

2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Dan and I are taking ballroom dance lessons
  • I've been freshening up our deck where we spend a lot of time in summer- I bought a new rug and a table at a yard sale.
  • Birthday weekend fun included Riley and Millie's dance recitals, lunch with my family and drinks with friends at another friend's surprise party.
  • My friend Claire gifted me some handspun from her sister who is a new spinner
  • I took some photos of my niece Hattie is is now 4 months old
  • Loveable boys- I share stories about my nephew Oisin and our friend's son, EJ!

Quote of the Week

"Every man makes his own summer. The season has no character of its own, unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather. Circumstances have not allowed me to make a good summer for myself this year... My summer has been overcast by my own heaviness of spirit. I have not had any adventures, and adventures are what make a summer." -Robertson Davies, "Three Worlds, Three Summers," The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_139__Dancing_into_Summer_Fun.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:49pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 138 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/138
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Knitters Brewing CompanyAdoreKnitJust Run Knit Designs & Pearl & Plum
 
Off the Needles
 
  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium (purples, pinks into peach)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • 491.4 meters 
 
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Rainbow stripe colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and US 1 (2 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Notes:   Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles. Feeling a little too big. Instead of ripping back, I switched to US 1 needles. Second sock knit on US 1.
  • 288.9 meters
 
  • Pattern: Non-Eucilidian by Sarah Jordan
  • Yarn: Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland Sock Lite in the Pewter Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Cast on 60, went down to 56 stitches.Second sock cast on 56 sts.
  • 297.6 meters
 
I created a Tab in Ravelry. I tag each FO that I finish during stash dash with stashdash18 and then set up a tab that pulls all projects with that tag.
  • Stash Dash Total to date:  1,076 meters in 3 projects

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Riley Rose by Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: Hikoo by Skacel Simpliworsted in Aqua Mint, Deep Turquoise, Gypsy Red and White
  • Needles: US 10 1/2 (6.5 mm)
 
Christmas Stockings
  • 3 to do in 2018. One for my cousin Kara who is expecting a baby girl in August! 2 for out of state cousins Noelle & Noah
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • All 3 have been crocheted together. ready to start cuff.
  • 170 grams used before the cuff.
 
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Plan: 3 large granny squares, bordered with cream or gray (TBD), 4-5 rows
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
  • I've added the border on 2 squares.  The weight of a finished square after 3 rounds of border is 60-62 grams.
 
  • Pattern by: Daisy Farm Crafts (blog)
  • Yarn: Sprightly Acrylic Worsted Yarn from Craftsy in Navy, White and Silver Grey
  • Chained 148 bigger hooked than called for. love the fabric I don't love crocheting through the back loop only but I do love the effect.
 

Brainstorming

 

From the Armchair

Two audiobooks I enjoyed recently
 

Crafty Adventures

  • I shared a #the100dayproject update and talked about work on 2 of my current Scrapbooking Projects- my 2017 and 2018 Week in the Life Albums
 

In My Travels

  • Dan and I went camping in Thompson CT this weekend.We kayaked on West Thompson Lake and in Quinbaug River. We collected 53 pieces of trash on our way back. I found a baby doll! freaked me out (especially after listening to hours of My Favorite Murder.

     

    So thankful this was a doll floating in the river!

KAL News

 
 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • May Post
  • June Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Don't forget you can double dip with Splash Pad Party, Stash Dash or any other KAL you participate in as long as you meet criteria.
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
The Splash Pad Party KAL
Runs June 1-July 31
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knitty by Nature Shop
  9. Mrs U Makes
  10. Remade by Hand
  11. V Yarn
  12. Windswept Designs
 

Events

 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
 
Stash DashKnit Girllls Podcast KAL that runs May 25-August 27th. Find Stash Dash Rules here.
I'll be participating!
 
 
On a Happy Note
  • I talked about my experience with a Thred up box. I would definitely do it again! Want to try it for yourself? I'd appreciate if you use my referral link.
  • I was so excited to finally meet Sarah (themartiniknitter) in real life! Check out her Etsy shop
  • #30x20stopstroke challenge. 30 min workout every day all month. I've been taking advantage of free classes at the gym. Its been hard work- sometimes twice a day- but its fun. 
  • Biking at Wompatuck State Park. 
  • New sunglasses from Zenni Optical made it all more enjoyable. Aviator sunglasses. $80 with RX, polarized etc. If you'd like to check it out, please consider using my referral code. You'll get $5 off and I'll get $5 towards my next pair
  • Dan and I celebrated our 14th Anniversary- ironically Dan was sent away for work! Oh well. We were together all weekend!
 
Quote of the Week
Behind every great relationship are difficult and uncomfortable conversations we rarely get to see. Great relationships don't fall into our laps. They require people to move through their fears and insecurities and do the hard work to move wounds into healing. -Vienna Pharaon
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_138__Socks_Shawls__Baby_Dolls.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 137 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/137
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • **Bonus Audio at the end of Riley and Aila
 
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, KnitCircus and Fibernymph Dye Works
 

On the Needles

 

Large Granny Square Blanket

  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Plan: 3 large granny squares, bordered with cream or gray (TBD), 4-5 rows
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
  • Finished 4th Squares & blocked them
 Christmas Stockings
  • 3 to do in 2018. One for my cousin Kara who is expecting a baby girl in August! 2 for out of state cousins Noelle & Noah
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • 3 red, 3 green done and blocked. Ready to crochet together and add cuffs.
 
  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium (purples, pinks into peach)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
 
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and US 1 (2 mm)
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Rainbow stripe colorway & Patons Kroy for heel
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in the Holly Jolly colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Hexagon Scrappy Blanket

 

Brainstorming

My nephew Garret asked for another pair of two-part socks (like those shown below)! I ordered yarn from Knitters Brewing Company to fulfill his request for 1 pink and 1 purple.
 
 

Crafty Adventures

  • Recovered top sewing box. Glue gun simple. So beautiful now. 20 min project