Down Cellar Studio Podcast
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 110 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Off the Needles
 
  • Yarn: Various Scraps
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Video Tutorial for Cate's Clasp Weft Join for Knitting available on my YouTube channel. Cate will be releasing a PDF soon. Check back here for a link.
    • Check out Cate's other brilliant works at Infinite Twist
    • This join is meant for non-super wash yarn. It has held up well in super wash socks, maybe because they are knit tightly. You may want to swatch if using a more slippery yarn, especially at a looser gauge.
  • I also started  Frankensock #5
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Khaki Colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

 

  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)- Color 604, browns, light green and a teal
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel 52 stitches
 
  • Pattern: Stanley the Giraffe by Little Muggles ($5 through Craftsy)
  • Yarn: Vanna’s Choice
  • Hook: F 3.75mm
 
  • Pattern: my own notes
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 super wash
  • Hook: C 2.75 mm
  • Pattern: my own notes
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted- magenta
  • Hook: D 3.25 mm

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Mint Rain Twist Sock- Self Striping in the After the Storm Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

 

 

Brainstorming 

  • Idea from TwinSet Jan re: options for Color Collusion shawl.
  • I need to start Christmas stockings for this year.
  • Eme wants partners for her bunnies sheep and elephant. She recommended I start with baby bunnies in fun colors! Can do.

From the Armchair

Check out this cool documentary:
 
 

Knitting in Passing

  • My niece Emelyn (almost 13 years old) wants to finish the cowl she cast on last year after the RI Fiber Fest.
  • Riley wanted to knit on socks at a fundraiser we were at last week, so she, Megg and I all knit together for a few minutes.

KAL News

 
First Quarter Prizes:
 
  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you'll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
  • Additional prize for March— Fibernymph Dye Works resist-dyed sock blank – either with sparkle or without – custom dyed in the winners choice of colors.

Events

Life in Focus

March Happiness Project- Automation
  • I've made some progress
    • Set up my credit card to auto pay each month.
    • Set up my phone and Dan’s phone to auto upload our photos to Dropbox.
    • I am still looking for better photo management solution to replace iPhoto. Have any tips for me?
    • I've backed up my photos to Google Photos
    • I am working on a new habit of deleting photos off my phone each night before bed.
    • I purchased an eye-fi SD card from Amazon. This will send my camera photos onto my phone so I can edit, upload, share with others, put right into Project life app on my phone. I love it! It was easy to set and it is easy to use.

Contests, News and Notes

 
 
 
The Fuller Craft Museum is calling for submissions to come with a written description of the story behind the hats, which are often made as an act of meditation. Contributors are also asked to first send a photograph of their pussy hat to the Fuller Craft Museum before submitting, to make sure there is no overlap in design with other hats already received by the museum.
 
Patterns I'm excited about
 

Life in Focus

March Happiness Project- Automation
  • Struggling a little more with this one but I have made some progress.
  • Only have 1 credit card. Set it to auto pay each month.
  • Set up my phone and Dan’s phone to auto upload our photos to Dropbox. I store all of our photos and its easier and takes less time this way than having to take Dan’s phone and plug it into my computer.
  • Still looking for better photo management solution. If others have tips. Have all Macs. iPhoto. Slow. crashes. Not ideal. I have lightroom from disc, not creative cloud. may move to one of those options but need to decide. In the meantime, at least our photos are safe and backed up.
  • Also backing up ALL my photos phone and computer to Google Photo which I mentioned in this segment last month.
  • Trying out new habit of deleting photos off my phone each night before bed. Strategy of pairing- write in journal and delete bad photos before bed
  • Bought an Eye fi card from Amazon. Puts camera photos onto my phone so i can edit, upload, share with others, put right into Project life app on my phone. Really easy to use. Connect to the wifi network when it comes up. open app on my phone and photos download into the app. Download onto my phone's photo app only if I choose, which is nice! Easy to use. Glad I have it. Still may not always use it, but I enjoy having that option.
 

On A Happy Note 

  • Spring shopping. Not totally happy about the shopping process but happy to have a few things that fit well.
  • Trying new recipes (I don’t enjoy the process, but the result make me happy)
    • New to me things: cooking lentils and trying chipotle sauce (to replicate bowl from B Good).
  • Scrapbooking, documenting important memories, ordering photos from Persnickety Prints
  • Hanging out with our friends daughters- Carina and Ella
  • Dinner and movie for my friend Megg's birthday!
  • Family fun at a local fundraiser.
  • Emelyn asking to go on a birthday date with Dan (and him saying yes, but they need to go out for a fancy dinner!)

Quote of the Week

"Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything."
-Unknown
 
Direct download: Episode_110-_Toy_Parade.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:10pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 109 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included: 

 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Anna (Frozen) Inspired Softie by Kristen's Kords (kit)
  • Hook: E (3.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Caron One Pound + Red Heart With love

 

 

On the Needles

 

  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Khaki Colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

 

 
  • Pattern: Journey by Alina Schneider
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (merino/bamboo worsted weight)
  • Needles:  US 6 (4.0 mm)
 
 

 

 
  • Pattern: Stanley the Giraffe by Little Muggles ($5 through Craftsy)
  • Yarn: Vanna’s Choice
  • Hook: F 3.75mm 

Knitting in Passing 

 

I've recently taught knitting skills to 4 co-workers! I love sharing this hobby with new people!

KAL News

 
First Quarter Prizes:
 
  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you'll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
  • Additional prize for March— Fibernymph Dye Works resist-dyed sock blank – either with sparkle or without – custom dyed in the winners choice of colors.
  • Congrats to our February winner- KnitterDeb1030

Events

Life in Focus

March Happiness Project- Automation
  • I've made some progress
    • Set up my credit card to auto pay each month.
    • Set up my phone and Dan’s phone to auto upload our photos to Dropbox.
    • I am still looking for better photo management solution to replace iPhoto. Have any tips for me?
    • I've backed up my photos to Google Photos
    • I am working on a new habit of deleting photos off my phone each night before bed.
    • I purchased an eye-fi SD card from Amazon. This will send my camera photos onto my phone so I can edit, upload, share with others, put right into Project life app on my phone. Haven’t had a chance to play with it yet.

On a Happy Note

  • Daytona 500 party- we had a great time visiting with friends + presenting the trophy Dan made to the last year's winner of their Fantasy League.
  • Visited Boston Public Market Open House
  • Knit Night at Gather Here in Cambridge+ meeting my friend's new baby
  • Wine Tasting/Fundraiser Party at a friend's house + wearing a vintage shirt I purchased years ago but hadn't yet worn.
  • I got new glasses!!
  • I took my niece Millie to Legoland for her 5th birthday. There is some bonus audio of Millie and me at the end of the episode.
 

Quote of the Week

 
“To be mature you have to realize what you value most. It is extraordinary to discover that comparatively few people reach this level of maturity. They seem never to have paused to consider what has value for them. They spend great effort and sometimes make great sacrifices for values that, fundamentally, meet no real needs of their own. Perhaps they have imbibed the values of their particular profession or job, of their community or their neighbors, of their parents or family. Not to arrive at a clear understanding of one’s own values is a tragic waste. You have missed the whole point of what life is for.”
 
-- Eleanor Roosevelt, You Learn by Living
 
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_109__Festival_Season_is_Just_Ahead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 108 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Fish Belly Fiber Works, Tributary Base in the Bougainvillea colorway (fingering weight held doubled)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Pattern: KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.25mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
 
Mary, Millie & Morgan (skirt + cardigan)

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
 

From the Armchair 

 
A thought about 2016 FOs: One pair of my shortie socks with softer yarn didn't stay up. In the future I am going to stick with Regia or harder wearing wools in future and knit at a denser gauge.
 
Making My Life Easier- I back up my photos from my phone and my computer to Google Photos. It acts as a back-up but also makes it easier for me to add photos to my Ravelry Project Pages. because there is an option upload from Google Photos.
 
Book Review: Heart on My Sleeve. Knit with Care conceived and coordinated by Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits.
  • Designs by Shannon Cook, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallée, Joji Locatelli, Alexa Ludeman, Jane Richmond, Ysolda Teague, and Emily Wessel
  • Visit their website for more details.
  • For details about their KAL check out this Ravelry thread.

Knitting in Passing

 
  • I shared a story about connecting with another Weight Watchers Member on knitting. I helped her with her first sock.
  • If you're a new sock knitter you may want to check out the Tin Can Knits Rye Sock Pattern. Great resource for a knit sock knitter because it explains the construction.

KAL News

 
  • Click here to find about more about this KAL.
  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • The 12 Months to Christmas KAL is a craft-a-long that helps you prepare for the busy winter holiday season. Complete gift projects each month (or just in the months that you choose) so you don’t have to scramble in December. Find some cool new gift ideas, cheer each other on, and we’ll provide some motivation in the form of the potential to win prizes!
  • First Quarter Prizes:
 
 
  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you'll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
  • In March we also have a prize from Fibernymph Dye Works. The winner can choose a resist-dyed sock blank – either with sparkle or without – in their choice of colors.
 
Pigskin Party
Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
 
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:
  • January & February Huddle & Instagram Winners
  • 10 Grand Prize Winners
  • Sponsor Love Thread Winners
  • 10 Grand Prize Winners

Events

Life in Focus

February: Memory keeping
 
The Plan:
  • Determine a sustainable plan for documenting memories through scrapbooking (paper and/or digital) in a creative, sharable way that doesn’t overwhelm me.
  • Find, print and hang more photos in our home.
 
Why?
  • I scrapbooked 2005-2009 of my life and then again for part of 2013. I am so grateful to have documented the stories of that time in my life, especially as my nieces and nephews were born. I want to fill in the gaps and document those stories before I lose them. Kids were still so little then. So many cute photos, memories, milestones. funny things they said.
  • I have boxes of photos & memorabilia my mother thoughtful saved for me. I want to organize it and purge what I don’t want and find a system for making this into something worth saving and sharing.
  • I want to remember and celebrate my life. I want to share stories with my family and pass along wisdom where I can.
 
What I've done so far:
 
  • Identified an approach- Stacy JulianLibrary of Memories approach combined with Project Life divided page protectors
  • Sorted through childhood memorabilia based on these categories
  • Assessed finished scrapbooks.
  • Sort through emails and journals. Momento app all to pull social media.
  • Reorganize 2014 photos already printed into LOM approach. Started scrapbooking them!
    • Heard tip to put photos in divided  Pocket Pages first. get that finished. Did that while binge watching with dan and my friend laura. felt productive but didn't take as much brain space as actually scrapbooking. Easier to batch and liked that I could do it from the couch.
  • Working on Project Life App for 2017 and 2016 photos. Appreciate that the app allows me to scrapbook on my phone anywhere.
 
Resources
 
Apps:
 
Podcasts:
 
Websites + Blogs
 
 
March- my focus will be about automation. If you have any tips for me, please come share in the Ravelry group.
 

On a Happy Note

  • World of Difference Shawl- has been a huge hit! Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response.
  • Visiting with friends. Binge watching, Season 3 of the Affair. The Crown. Black Mirror.
  • I had a good appointment with my Physical Therapist.
  • Weight Watchers is going well. I met a new personal goal!
  • I spent time this weekend my niece and nephew.

Quote of the Week

 
Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life. When you can let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way.
Oprah Winfrey.
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_108-_And_The_Winners_Are.....mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:03pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 107  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles 

  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Modifications:
    • Made it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
    • Did garter stitch for body instead of textured stitch. 
 
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in brown & red
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: none
  • Eyes & Nose from: 6060 on Etsy
 
  • Pattern: Heart Garland by Sarah Anderson
  • Yarn: Pussyhat leftover yarn- Tink Yarn, Cascade 220, other stash scraps
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm)
  • Idea from Andie of AndreSue Knits Video Podcast
  • Works for Marce of Brown Berry Chronicles Video Podcast KAL  #MakeWIPsNotWaste
 
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings- self striping
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams
 

 

Bruins Hat

  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic Fingering weigh yarn in Bruins Tailgate Party Colorway
  • Pattern: None- see project page for details.
  • Needles: US 5 & 6

On the Needles 

  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)- Color 604
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel 52 stitches
 
  • Pattern: Journey by Alina Schneider $7
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (merino/bamboo worsted weight)
  • Needles:  US 6 (4.0 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.0mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
 

Brainstorming 

From the Armchair 

Podcasts:
  • Teaknits Podcast video podcast hosted by Lauren (available on YouTube)
  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Podcast hosted by Vivian and Alyson audio podcast available on iTunes & YouTube.
  • Cohesive Home Podcast - audio podcast hosted by Kate & Melissa. Focusing on minimalism, slow, values based living, creativity, goal setting.
  • Nourishing Real Talk - audio podcast hosted by Lindsey and Jenna. “Space for fearlessly authentic women and multi-passionate entrepreneurs who are all about living their lives and doing business on their own terms."

Movies:

Books:
 
First Quarter Prizes:
 
 
  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you'll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-
  • Check out the Sponsor Love Thread in our Ravelry Group. Tell us about your favorite Pigskin Party sponsors and be entered to win prizes.
  • Announced the Knit Knight Designs Interception Winners
  • Announced winners of the Bail Money for Greg Interception

Events 

GoodReader Class - March 25 from 4-6p Stitch House in Dorchester, MA ($30)
 
 

Contests, News and Notes 

World of Difference Shawl- my  new shawl is available on Ravelry! Purchase it within the first 2 weeks and get it for 50% off! No coupon code required.
 
 

Life in Focus

 
 
February: Memory keeping
 
The Plan:
  • Determine a sustainable plan for documenting memories through scrapbooking (paper and/or digital) in a creative, sharable way that doesn’t overwhelm me.
  • Find, print and hang more photos in our home.
 
Why?
  • I scrapbooked 2005-2009 of my life and then again for part of 2013. I am so grateful to have documented the stories of that time in my life, especially as my nieces and nephews were born. I want to fill in the gaps and document those stories before I lose them. Kids were still so little then. So many cute photos, memories, milestones. funny things they said.
  • I have boxes of photos & memorabilia my mother thoughtful saved for me. I want to organize it and purge what I don’t want and find a system for making this into something worth saving and sharing.
  • I want to remember and celebrate my life. I want to share stories with my family and pass along wisdom where I can.
 
What I've done so far
 
 
Resources
 
Apps:
 
Podcasts:
 
Websites + Blogs
 

On A Happy Note

  • 3 point protein shake — Almond Breeze Almond/Coconut Blend Milk (unsweetened), 1 scoop Whole Foods Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 tbsp PB2
  • Idea of being kind to your future self. I heard about this on the Happier podcast- Episode 101
  • I've been setting a weekly agenda in Evernote and it's helping me achieve more each week.
  • Women's March Boston! 
  • I celebrated a belated Christmas with my niece Emelyn and nephew Oisin. They made me  yarn ball tree and decorated frames for their school photos!
  • Ice skating with friends!
  • Going through my toys-ponies, barbies etc! Millie playing with my Barbies!
  • Garret playing with his new dirt bike!
  • We went to a friend's for dinner! Their daughter singing and dancing kept us entertained for hours!
  • Google photos app
  • Mom and Jeffs birthday dinner and family Karaoke!
 

Quote of the Week

Jane Goodall said: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
 
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Direct download: Episode_107__World_of_Difference.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:24pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 106 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off the Needles

 
Pussycat Project Hats: 6 complete so far

On the Needles 

 
 
  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.0mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
 
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) 
 
 
 
  • Pattern: Heart Garland by Sarah Anderson
  • Yarn: Pussyhat leftover yarn- Tink Yarn, Cascade 220, other stash scraps
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm)
  • Idea from Andie of AndreSue Knits Video Podcast
  • Works for Marce of Brown Berry Chronicles Video Podcast KAL  #MakeWIPsNotWaste
 

From the Armchair

 
  • The Other F Word podcast: conversations about failure
  • Minimalism; A Documentary About the Important Things  available on Netflix in the US.
  • The Bletchley Circle on Netflix
  • What I Know For Sure: (audio book of short stories/essays written and ready by Oprah Winfrey
    • A favorite quote from the book"...when people say they're looking for happiness I ask 'what are you giving to the world?' It's like the wife who once appeared on my show wondering why her relationship with her husband had broken down. She kept saying "he used to make me so happy. He doesn't make me happy anymore' what she couldn't see was that she was the cause of her own effect. Happiness is never something you get from other people. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love or happiness you're able to give. If you think something is missing in your life or you're not getting what you deserve- remember there is no yellow brick road. You lead life. It doesn't lead you." Oprah

 In My Travels

Vogue Knitting Live NYC

  • Class with Bristol Ivy (highly recommend)
  • Visiting with friends!
 
  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you'll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
  • Start planning your February project. Must post in thread by February 5
 
Pigskin Party
 
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-
 
  • Mini Skein Interception- sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works- ended January 15th. Prizes Announced!
  • Small & Self Indulgent Interception- Sponsored by Knit Knight Designs
    • Cast-on on/after January 1. Finish by January 31.
    • Create project 300 yards to less- that you plan to keep for yourself. Could be something to wear or something for your home. Anything that will be a bright spot in your life. Just tell us why it brings you joy to make/have etc.
 
 

Life in Focus

  •  January Happiness Project Update (in progress): Minimalism
  • Interesting Things to Read:
    • Things I don't need
    • Join the Clutter Free Revolution
      • "I think a handful of brilliant and recklessly deceitful entrepreneurs have convinced us that our individual value as human beings is more closely tied to the things we own. Here’s the really weird bit: We know. But we pretend that’s not what’s going on. Instead, we proudly show off our new stuff, and say things like, “You’ve got to get one of these!” Sure, it’s fun and that excitement is real. But in most cases, we haven’t really done our homework. We skip that step and go straight to believing if something’s for sale, it must be good. We’ve not learned about where our stuff comes from, what kind of harmful materials went into making those things, whether or not the people who made that stuff were treated fairly, and if there’s an environmentally responsible way to safely dispose of all that stuff when we’re done with it.  So, here we are; this peculiar species, frantically racing about – consumed with doing anything we can to make enough money to buy these curious things we’re convinced will make us happy. The truly astonishing thing is how fleeting our happiness has become. It’s almost like finding the thing has become the source of our joy – even more so than the thing itself. Before we know it, we’ve become preoccupied with finding the next thing, and the next thing."   Evan Zislis
 
Quote of the Week

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing…It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default.”   ~ J. K. Rowling

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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_106__So_Much_Pink.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 105  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Riley's Mittens

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in White and Black
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Little Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson

Penguin Amigurumi

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in White and Black
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: Penguin Amigurumi by  Mariska Vos-Bolman

Dan’s Extra Crazy Socks

  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel

Christmas Tree Ornament

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Pattern: improvised.

PussyHat Project Hat #1

  • Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Pop Rocks Colorway
  • Needles: US 6 & US 7 (4.0 & 4.5 mm)
  • Pattern: KitKat Hat by AndreSue (free)
  • Cast on 88. Ribbing, 3 needles bind off on the inside when done

Bruins Sockhead Hat

  • Pattern: Socked Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure (free)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic Fingering weigh yarn in Bruins Tailgate Party Colorway

Unicorn

  • Pattern: Shy Little Unicorn by  Ana Paula Rimoli (library book)
  • Yarn: KnitPicks Brava Worsted
  • Hook: C

Crochet Hexagon Washcloth

Crafty Adventures

  • Project Life App
  • In the Everyday Joy Themed Cards there is a card that says "knitting is my happy place"

From the Armchair

 

Designs: Created 5 new shawl designs, 2 of which have already been published: Riley Rose & My Own Backyard

Events: We've had so much fun with the Splash Pad KAL, the 3rd Annual Pigskin Party & 12 Months to Christmas KAL

Fiber Events

  • Vogue Knitting Live- January
  • Stitches West- February
  • Rhode Island Fiber Fest, NH Sheep and Wool, MA Sheep and Wool- May
  • Fiber Revival- August
  • Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival- September
  • Rhinebeck- October

KAL News

  • Announced last of 2016 12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes! 

12 Months to Christmas 2017

  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • Finish 1 project during each/all of the 12 months of 2017 that you plan to gift for the 2017 holidays. Post 1 item (max) per month of the year. Prizes will be drawn randomly throughout the year from all posts in the FO thread.

New Year-long Craft along- WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt

 

Pigskin Party

Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!

Pigskin Party ’16

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-

  • December Huddle Winners & Instagram Winners Announced
  • WIPs Interception Winners Announced
  • Mini Skein Interception- sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works-
    • Use one or more mini skeins to make a project from start to finish (adding to a cozy memories blanket won't start). Must be a new cast-on and cast off.
    • Runs December 1- January 15th
  • Small & Self Indulgent Interception- Sponsored by Knit Knight Designs 
    • Cast-on on/after January 1. Finish by January 31.
    • Create project 300 yards to less- that you plan to keep for yourself. Could be something to wear or something for your home. Anything that will be a bright spot in your life. Just tell us why it brings you joy to make/have etc.

Events

Life in Focus

I talked about my plans for a Happiness Project for 2017. For more information, check out Gretchen Rubin's website.

On a Happy Note 

  • Christmas & New Year's!
  • SNOW! For a video click here.
  • Going to the library!
  • 30 min of Zumba w/ my favorite instructor. 

Quote of the Week

"What I know for sure is that pleasure is energy reciprocated.  What you put out, comes back. Your base level of pleasure is determined by how you view your whole life. "  --Oprah Winfrey from What I know for sure

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Contact Information:

Direct download: Episode_105__Happiness_Project.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:57pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 104 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsor: Knits4Comfort
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Bernat worsted weight
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • No pattern- details written up in project page linked above
 
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: Sylvie the Ballerina from Bubbles and Bongos on Easy (not available on Ravelry)
 
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. 16 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
 
 

(need  to photograph)

  • Yarn: madelinetosh vintage in Neon Peach Colorway (2 skeins)
  • Hook: I (5.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Triple Luxe Cowl free crochet pattern by Stephanie Jessica Lau
  • Chained about 175 sts. Followed pattern aside from cast on number.
 
 
  • Yarn: Loops and Threads Impeccable Solids (worsted/aran acrylic yarn)
  • Hook: H
  • Pattern- improvised.
 
  • Yarn: Ross Farm Shetland 3 ply sport
  • Needles: US 8
  • Pattern: New design, half hex shape
 

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in White and Black
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Little Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson
  • 8-12 year old size for Riley who is 8.
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in White and Black
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: Penguin Amigurumi by  Mariska Vos-Bolman
 
  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints Color 26 Holidays
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel

Brainstorming

I talked a bit about potential plans for 2017!
 
12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • 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
  • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • Check out our amazing sponsors
  • Find the coupons here.
  • 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!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-
 
  • WIPs Interception- still running-- through 12/31
  • Mini Skein Interception- sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works
    • Use one or more mini skeins to make a project from start to finish (adding to a cozy memories blanket won't start). Must be a new cast-on and cast off.
    • Runs December 1- January 15th
    • Check out the threads for details- Chat Thread & FO Thread
  • January Interception- Sponsored by Knit Knight Designs
    • Small and Self Indulgent: check out the Chat Thread
    • Cast-on on/after January 1. Finish by January 31.
    • Create project 300 yards to less- that you plan to keep for yourself. Could be something to wear or something for your home. Anything that will be a bright spot in your life. Just tell us why it brings you joy to make/have etc.
    • Check out the threads for more details.

Events

 

On a Happy Note

 
  • Kris and Aila in Miracle on 34th Street the Musical
  • Sitting by the Christmas tree
  • Friends' Christmas Parties!
  • Getting a new (to me) car!
  • Sending Christmas cards this year

Quote of the Week

From Miracle on 34th Street
 
"I'm not just a whimsical figure who wears a charming suit and affects a jolly demeanor, you know. I'm a symbol. I'm a symbol of the human ability to be able to suppress the selfish and hateful tendencies that rule the major part of our lives. If you can't believe, if you can't accept anything on faith, then you're doomed to a life dominated by doubt." -Kris Kringle
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_104-_Gifts_Galore.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:30pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 103 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
In my Travels
KAL News
Events
Life in Focus
Ask Me Anything
On a Happy Note
Pigskin Party KAL
Quote of the Week
 
 
 
Thank you to this episode's show sponsors, The Yarn Sellar & Knit Life Designs
 
 

Off the Needles

 
 
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet by Family Circle  (originally in November 1977 magazine) Was reprinted in 90's.
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool- Bright Red. 
 
 
 
  • Pattern: Spacious OMG
  • Yarn: Regia Jean Style Color
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Basket #4  this season
  • Black and red with sparkles
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
  • No handles on this one
 
  • Hook: I (5.5mm)
  • Pattern: Wintertide Headband by Elena Hunt (free)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick- charcoal gray heather
  • Whipped up in less than an hour
  • Found a cool black button in my stash. Super fun! Quick gift
 
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash + Loops & Thread Impeccable
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • No pattern
 
  • Hook: J
  • Yarn: cream and gold acrylic from Target
  • No pattern (similar to the purple one she's wearing below)
 
  • Pattern: Yoki the Dragon Amigurumi by Mariska Vos-Bolman ($5)- buy 4 get one free deal no code needed
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
  • More advanced pattern- all pieces crocheted separately and added on
 
 

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. 16 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
 
  • Yarn: Ross Farm Shetland 3 ply sport
  • Needles: US 8
  • Pattern: New design, half hexagon shape like My Own Backyard

 

Brainstorming

Christmas Knitting/Crochet plans:
  • DONE- headband for co-worker using the Wintertide Headband pattern
  • DONE- Dragon for Will using Yoki the Dragon pattern
  • Unicorns for Ella and Carina using Shy Little Unicorn Pattern -- got great deals on Black Friday so will save this for their birthdays,
  • Washcloths I found 11 I made during Stash Dash
  • Oisin needed a toy, but I found an alien I crocheted last year!
  • Left to do:
    • Shawl for Gram- in progress
    • Outfits for Riley's doll (made last year)
    • Mittens for Riley- barely started- will chat more about them next time...
    • Aila- kitty using kitty ballerina pattern from Etsy
    • Bella- penguin using a pattern gifted to me by Joy- Happyfox24
    • Nana, Kris and Megg crochet basket- may only make 1, we'll see
    • Garret- ninjas- white one
    • Ice cream coozie for Matt
    • New: Triple Luxe Cowl for Gail (if don't get completely finished its ok)- recording 12/8 -- 14 days... still going to be interesting
  • Maybe:
    • poncho (Azel pullover by Heidi May)
    • Anna dolla (from Kit) for Millie
 

KAL News

 
12 Months to Christmas KAL
12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
 
Pigskin Party ’16
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
  •  Announced November Interception Prizes
 

Events

 
 
 

Life in Focus

In this episode I talked about managing eating well and how I find balance during the holiday season. I mentioned the most recent episode of the Happier Podcast which I found really timely (re: "Not Treating Yourself" and Planned Exceptions)
 
 
 
 

Ask Me Anything

This week I answered a question from Donna (ZoSew) regarding changing yarns and colors in crochet.
 
Here is a helpful link I used when learning which I also discussed on Episode 74.
 
 

On a Happy Note

 
  • The first part of this audio was recorded with my 8 year old niece Riley who asked if we could record together!
  • I managed to lose 1.4 pounds during Thanksgiving week which feels like a huge win. Part of that was exercise for sure including this beautiful walk on Thanksgiving morning.
  • SO much fun on the dirt bikes. After Riley and I recorded I took a try! Video on Instagram.
  • Megg, Tom, Em and Oisin stayed for dinner/Pats game. Megg kitchenered the two toes on her very first pair of socks! They came out great.
  • Gilmore Girls reboot on Netflix!
  • Got most of my shopping done Black Friday (with Mom!!) and Cyber Monday! 
  • Lavash pizza with roasted tomatoes & basil and Trader Joe's cinnamon almonds. Obsessed!!
  • Will and AIla's annual Christmas! Sleepover

 

Quote of the Week

 
"Before you call someone lazy or judge them, try to imagine their perspective, beliefs, and abilities and forget yours. That is, respond with curiosity and empathy. When you do, I predict you’ll find yourself understanding their choices. You may not like their beliefs and choices, but you’ll understand them."
 
-Joshua Spodek
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_103__From_Dirt_Bikes_to_Knitting_in_2.5_Seconds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:21am EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 102 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
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, Knitty Kitty BagsPlum Deluxe and Prairie Bag Works
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
  • 56 stitches
 
3 baskets

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Cast on initially and was knitting with the textured pattern called for. Talking too long. Beautiful texture but taking too long. The effect while beautiful wasn’t worth the effect. Ripped out after a few inches. Switched to garter stitch using increases called for.
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
 
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. 16 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
 
 
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet by Family Circle  (originally in November 1977 magazine) Was reprinted in 90's got off ebay. made one for my cousin's daughter in 2014
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool
  • Pattern: Spacious OMG
  • Yarn: Regia Jean Style Color
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Grammy's shawl
  • Yarn: Ross Farm Shetland 3 ply sport
  • Needles: US 8
  • Pattern: New design, half hex like My Own Backyard

Brainstorming

 
Christmas Knitting/Crochet plans:

Crafty Adventures

I'm working on my annual photo calendars from Picaboo
 

Knitting in Passing

  • On this episode I shared three stories about knitting as it popped up in conversation at work, on the train, and in my car.

KAL News

 
12 Months to Christmas KAL
12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
 
 
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group 87 entries so far! They are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Even if you're not participating go over and check out the thread. Chatter thread has been really fun. You are all such great cheerleaders for each other. Love seeing that!
 
Prizes:
 
Pigskin Party
Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 
10/10 Bingo winner- chiromom2- pattern from Becky Kelly- chose:  Bijou Creek Cowl.
 
Interceptions
  • WIPs Interception- runs through 12/31
  • Mini Skein Interception- sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works
    • Use one or more mini skeins to make a project from start to finish (adding to a cozy memories blanket won't start). Must be a new cast-on and cast off.
    • Runs December 1- January 15th
    • Take photo of your mini skeins before. Make project.
    • Come chat about it here
    • Enter to win prizes:
    • Will pull for prizes.
      • A copy of the book Mini Skein Knits and two sets of Fibernymph Dye Works minis.
      • Nahst Designs- medium sized project back with zipper- black with plaid print. Easily fit a shawl or 2 socks. Includes notions pouch.
      • Lilliput Yarn- skein of self striping in winner's choice of team colors (or whatever colors you like from her selection)
    • Enter for points: in your End Zone Dance Thread
      • 150 points for using Fibernymph Dye Works Mini Skeins (sponsor of this Interception)*
      • 50 points for using mini skeins from any Pigskin Party ‘16 Sponsor (Pro Shop or Field Sponsor)*
      • Plus your yardage, special teams points you’d already be eligible for.
      • *Doesn't matter if you use one mini skein or 10, max is 150 pts for using Fibernymp and 50 points for using a Pro Shop or Field Sponsor yarn
    • Check the Ravelry Board- Lisa (jamlknitter) is going to start a thread announcing a Mini Skein swap.

Events

 
Vogue Knitting Live- NYC  January 13-15, 2017
 

Contest, News & Notes

I pulled a winner of Filament No 1 Fall 2016 ebook
 
Thank you for the support for my new shawl design- My Own Backyard
I pulled a winner for the pattern and the gradient kit from Dragonfly Fibers.
 

Life in Focus 

In this episode I talked about cleaning out my closet, getting rid of me old, too-large clothes and how that morphed into participating in the *minsgame. I listen to an audio podcast called the Slow Home Podcast and in the month of October they were doing a Minimalist Challenge called the Minsgame where they invite listeners to play along.
 
 

Ask Me Anything

 
SaraknitsKC asks: "Can you talk more about your virtual knit nights? How did you find a group? Sounds like a lot of fun!"
 
My groups found me. But I'd highly recommend it. We use Google Hangout- details on how to start a video chat.
 

On a Happy Note

 
  • Making lifetime in Weight Watchers!
  • Cooking chili!
  • My friend Laura came to visit last weekend. We checked out these vendors at a local craft fair (our favorites)
  • Gilmore Girls, tacos and good friends! 
 
Quote of the Week
 
Attention is the most basic form of love. By paying attention we let ourselves be touched by life, and our hearts naturally become more open and engaged. -Tara Brach
 
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_102__Christmas_Gift_Knitting_in_Full_Swing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 101  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
Knitting in Passing
In my Travels
Contest, News & Notes
KAL News
Events
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
 
Thank you to this Episode's Sponsors: Lilliput YarnImagined Landscapes & One Geek to Craft Them All

Off the Needles

 
Baby Ghost Ornaments for Halloween by Josephine Wu (free)
  • I made 2 which you can find here and here.
 
Little Friendly Ghost by Emily Michelle (free)
 
Distinctly Batty by Karissa Cole (free)
 
Batty (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page
 
Ninja (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page.
  • Garret- has since requested, white, green, red and blue
2 Kitties
  • You can find my project pages here and here.

For all of these stuffed animals- the eyes/noses came from 6060 on Etsy.

 
  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia Arnie & Carlos line Color #02459
  • Too short. Have to rip back. Should have tried on before decreasing for toe
  • Check out the details in my project page linked above.
  • If you're interested in test knitting after this is tech edited, please reach out to me via email at downcellarstudio at gmail.com
 

On the Needles

 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • First sock is done!
 
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. Planning to knit these about 15 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
 
 
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
 
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
 

From the Armchair

 
I talked a bit about some of my new favorite podcasts that you may want to check out:
 
 
In this episode I reviewed: Filament No 1, Fall 2016 ebook
 
I think this is a beautiful collection and a nice value at $21 for 10 patterns. Click on the link above to see details or to get your own copy today!
To be eligible to win a copy, enter in this thread in our Ravelry Group.
 
 

Knitting in Passing 

In this segment, you'll hear some audio from my nieces Riley (8) and Millie (4) from a car ride to dance class the other day.
 

In My Travels 

 

Dan and I traveled to Sarasota, FL for a conference I attend through work. This year I received the company's 2016 Voalte Innovation Award which was an honor.

We loved Surf Shack for their delicious variety of tacos.
 
 
Contest, News and Notes
 
News: My Own Backyard is now available on Ravelry
shawl release.
 
 
Contest:
 
Tune in to hear if you won a copy of the Grey Matters  ebook by Katya Frankel that I reviewed on Episode 100.
 
 

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
 
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
 
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
 
Prizes:
 
Pigskin Party
Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • 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
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • 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!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 

Interceptions

Winners:
I announced the winners of the Plum Deluxe Interception and the October Huddle & Instagram Winners! Tune in to see if you won!
 

Events

On a Happy Note 

 
  • Meeting anne at knitting group- didn't realize she lived so close. Test knit my Emelyn Mae got to see that in person.
  • Bag sent by Beautiful Syster looks a lot like this one
  • 5 year journal: I selected The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five Year Record by Gretchen Rubin
  • Halloween!
  • Making butternut squash soup. Comfort food without a lot of calories. Roast butternut squash, onions, carrots. Can add other veggies. Added veg stock into oven so didn't have to dirty another pan. left in oven at lowered temp. Immersion blender to blend up. 1 sp per serving (from the stock).
  • Cousins visiting from FL
 
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Success is the ability to do what has to be done when the motivation to do it is gone.
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