Thank you for tuning in to Episode 132 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
- Life in Focus
- On a Happy Note
- Quote of the Week
Off the Needles
- Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
- Needles: US 6 (4 mm) & US 8 (5 mm)
- Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist in the Slate Heather Colorway (used less than 6 skeins of the 9 I purchased)
- Cast on Friday 2/9- Cast off Sunday 2/25 before Olympic Closing Ceremonies!
- Thoughts & Tips
- Add a stitch marker each day so you can see your progress.
- About the yarn- I alternated skeins up to the split for the sleeves but stopped at that point and you can't tell.
- I love the Boxy Sweater (fingering or worsted) for an easy mindless project that still nets you a sweater when you're done.
- Hook C
- Yarn: Vanna's Choice
- Pattern: Pig Miniature Amigurumi by Miss Dolkapots (free)
On the Needles
- Yarn: Leftovers of black, white, gray, orange, yellow, tan
- Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
- Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
- 3 on the list for 2018. One for my cousin Kara who is expecting a baby girl in August! 2 that my mom's cousin in VA asked for for grandkids. 1 girl (Noelle), 1 boy (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)
- Two pieces in progress! (need 6 front/back pieces to make 6 stockings)
- Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu color way
- Pattern: OMG Heel (most likely)
- Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
- Pattern: Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
- Needles: US 4 & 6
- Yarn: Cloudborne DK, Fiberstory DK + Gale's Art Super Star DK
- About the pattern: top down. Colorwork. Mostly charted. Very easy to follow. increase every X number of rows. Split for sleeves, knit the body and then pick up sleeves. Ribbed sleeves.
- Washed and laid flat to dry. Didn't pin.
- My gauge is also a little tighter than called for and I never measured my row gauge. My B measurement (from schematic) is 21.5 inches which is 3 inches shorter than is called for, so my potential issue with the length makes sense.
- I did the 5 inches before the ribbing on the bottom but I think it could be a bit longer
- Ripped back at knitting on Wed 2/14 with Anne's help figured out plan for short rows
- Loving the Log Cabin Trend right now!
From the Armchair
New (to me) Podcasts I'm enjoying:
Knitting in Passing
- I'm teaching one of my Cabaret cast members to knit at her request!
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.
- February Thread (post your FOs)
- March Thread (declare your skein before 3/1)
- Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
Pigskin Party KAL
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
Upcoming Festival Schedule (note: I will not be attending all of these- but wanted to keep a list available for those who live/visit this area)
- Stitches United, Hartford CT- March 22-25
- 5th Annual Fiber Marketplace- Yarn Sellar, York, ME: Saturday April 7 from 10a-3p
- York Harbor Inn in York ME. $5 entry fee List of vendors available on their website!
- Gore Place Annual Sheepsheering Festival: April 28
- Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival: April 28 in Vernon, CT
- Maryland Sheep & Wool: May 5 & 6 in West Friendship, MD
- NH Sheep & Wool: May 12 & 13 in Deerfield, NH
- Rhode Island Fiber Festival & Craft Fair: May 19 & 20 in Bristol, RI
- Massachusetts Sheep & Wool Festival: May 26 & 27 in Cummington, MA
- Fiber Frolic:June 2 & 3 in Windsor, ME
- VT Sheep & Wool: September 29 & 30 in Tunbridge, VT
- NY State Sheep & Wool Festival: October 20 & 21 in Rhinebeck, NY
- Fiber Festival of New England: November 3 & 4 in West Springfield, MA
Life in Focus
I talked about progress on my 18 in 2018 list. So far so good!
Finish 2017 Project Life pages and order album - done album looks great. Millie was looking at it this weekend. Some highlights. Learning how to plow and getting a photo collage wall (nearly) ready-- Dan then decided to patch and re-paint the hall but we're making progress!
On a Happy Note
- Got to see Will and Aila meet their new cousin Hattie for the first time! Nice to be able to stop in to Megg's before rehearsal- since she lives nearby there!
- Finding pockets of quiet time on the weekend, especially over the long weekend just to snuggle up at home with Dan.
- Having friends over for a Daytona 500 party!
- Cabaret is going well!
- Millie turned 6!
Quote of the Week
“I have not been inordinately materialistic, but I am attached to my house, to my inherited belongings, and to the things that I have chosen for myself. All these objects add complexity to my emotional ties to the people with whom I have shared, and share, my life, and to my aspirations for myself.”
-- Ann Truitt, Turn: The Journal of an Artist
Thank you for tuning in!