Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thanks for listening to Episode 53

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Dan’s Leftover Socks

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Leftovers of Cascade 220
  • Pattern: customizing an after-thought heel sock in worsted weight yarn.

On the Needles

Purple Sparkle Legwarmers

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Hopewood Crafts
  • Pattern: none, improvised. Notes in Ravelry.

Cool Clavicle Cover

  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) (calls for US 8)
  • Yarn: Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in the Ponkie Brewster Colorway
  • Pattern: Cool Clavical Cover by Megan Williams
  • Addictive and fun knit. Interesting take on a traditional garter tab cast on! I recommend you check this out.

Zauberball Socks

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Crazy Zauberball
  • Pattern: none
  • Cast on first night of football for Pigskin party KAL

Coloring Book Yarn Socks

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Coloring Book Yarns- Colorway: September. Base- 80% merino/ 20% nylon
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

Brainstorming

  • Howard Hoodie
  • Holiday knitting (more on that in the next episode)

From the Armchair

Announced the winner of the Knitters’ Gallery of Mitered Squares eBook. Thanks again to Cooperative Press for sponsoring this contest!

This week's book review: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

  • Elizabeth is also the host of Dark Matter Knits video podcast which I adore. Books is published by Cooperative Press. I’d like to thank them for sending this to me for review.
  • This is both a comic book style story and a pattern book with 6 awesome patterns.
  • I've included a snippet from my nieces Riley & Millie and my nephew Garret who thoroughly enjoyed this book! It gets a little wild and crazy at the end, but I suppose that's what happens when you ask 2, 4 & 6 year olds to be your co-hosts! Enjoy!
  • The PDF is $9.95 and the Print/PDF combo is $15.95.

Contest: If you'd like to be entered to win an eBook copy of Kung Fu Knits, come over to the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group and enter to win!

Events

Fall Shawl Style

  • Show us your shawls and post to Instagram using wearing #fallshawl style
  • We had 95 posts at the time of recording!  I randomly chose a winner: instagram user FibertrekTV! Congratulations!
  • Special thank you to Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, a designer of beautiful shawls. Helen is this episode's sponsor of #fallshawlstyle

Pigskin Party KAL

Rhinebeck- NY Sheep and Wool: October 18 & 19 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds

On a Happy Note

  • David Allen’s Getting Things Done Seminar (the GTD book is a great way to start)
  • Project Life app for iPhone by Becky HigginsPage made with Project Life App
  • I love that it's the time of year to wear shawls, hats and socks! Hooray for knitwear!

Quote of the Week

David Allen “I am rather like a mosquito in a nudist camp; I know what I want to do, but I don’t know where to begin.”

Direct download: Episode_53-_Do_you_Kung_Fu_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50pm EST

Thanks for tuning in this week! Segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Baby MonsterMonster Knitting | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix in the Badlands Colorway
  • Pattern: Leila, Lydia and Lucas (the Momma and Baby Monsters) by Rebecca Danger (I made the baby size) from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters

Mitered Squares (2)Mitered Squares | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

I talk more about the yarn and the mitered squares pattern in From the Armchair.

On the Needles

Crazy Vanilla Socks with an After-thought HeelCrazy Vanilla Socks | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in Colorway Fliederduft
  • Progress: first sock done except for the heel. Second sock- just started the toe decreases

Started a hat with dk weight yarn from Fiberstory that I bought at Stitches.  Not frogged yet, but likely will be.

Dan's Leftovers SocksDan's Socks | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Leftovers of Cascade 220
  • Pattern: customizing an after-thought heel sock for Dan's size in worsted weight yarn. Details in project page on Ravelry.

Cool Clavicle CoverCool Clavicle Cover | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) (calls for US 8)
  • Yarn: Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in the Ponkie Brewster Colorway
  • Pattern: Cool Clavical Cover by Megan Williams
  • Addictive and fun knit. Interesting take on a traditional garter tab cast on! I recommend you check this out.

Brainstorming

Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuessle $5 US pattern

  • Sport Weight Cowl. Diagonal lace pattern with garter stitch border and center section
  • Small size calls for 250 yards of Sport Weight Yarn. Have some special yarn in mind!

Designs: I'm working on a number of different designs right now- I have so much inspiration.  I also have a new shawl design being test knit, so I expect it to be ready shortly!

From the Armchair

Infinite Twist Yarn (Affiliate link: If you enter code "Down Cellar Studio" at check out you'll receive a cool prize pack with samples of her beautiful yarn. At no additional cost to you, I will also receive a small commission to help support the podcast)Infinite Twist Yarn on Down  Cellar Studio Podcast

  • I encourage you to go to the Infinite Twist website and check out this video to learn more about what they do. According to their site, Infinite Twist is a "Shanghai-based yarn company run by Cate Carter-Evans. We produce socially responsible hand-spun yarns made by rural and migrant women, as well as hand-dyed mill-spun yarns."
  • They offer kits, yarn & spinning wheels.
  • Sign up for their newsletter to get a free pattern every month!
  • Check out Cate on Instagram as InfiniteTwist

We have some really fun stuff coming up with Infinite Twist next month so stay tuned.

A Knitter's Gallery of Mitered Squares: 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture & Lace by Jill Bigelow Suttel and Jane Bigelow 

Pricing: $18.95 Ravelry Download or click here to order a print version (with free eBook version) for $26.95

  • This book provides very clear instructions about how to make mitered squares, connection them etc.
  • All patterns are charted, the layout is clean and the photos are beautiful.
  • There is a great variety in the 45 patterns included! There are also 4 projects included in the book.
  • I really enjoyed this book and I think this is a great resource to have!

Contest: Check out the book's Ravelry page. Tell me in the contest thread in our Ravelry Group what your two favorite squares are.

Events

#fallshawlstyle

  • Show me your fall shawl style! How do you wear your shawls? How do you accessorize? How can you use a shawl to really jazz up an otherwise plain outfit? I want to see!
  • If you're interested in hearing more about fashion and knitting tune in to the couple most recent episodes of the Knitting Pretty Podcast! Em does a great job talking about styling knitwear.
  • Come chat about it in our Ravelry Group
  • To be entered to randomly win a prize- post on Instagram with the hashtag #fallshawlstyle.
    • I'll randomly pick winners from the Instagram posts.
  • If your photo is especially good, I'll be in contact about featuring it on the blog!

#DCSPigSkinParty

  • For details see the official page for this contest here.
  • I'd like to say a very special thank you to my good friend Lisa for the concept and her support. You'll see her as a moderator in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group.

On a Happy Note

  • Great end to vacation (the start of which I discussed on Episode 51)
  • Finished Couch to 5 K program (still not quite running 5k in 30 minutes but I'm making progress)!
  • Awesome Labor Day Weekend! Knitting. My first facial. Back to School Shopping with my niece and my Mom (ran into my grandmother). Went to yoga with Mom. Went with her to purchase her new MacBook Pro!
  • Two Tangled Skeins Video Podcast is running a KAL for Cool Clavicle Cover and Tan House Brook Shawl. Go check them out!

Quote of the Week

The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.

Lewis Grizzard

Thanks for tuning in! Happy Knitting and I'll talk to you soon!

Direct download: Episode_52-_Are_you_Ready_for_some_Football_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:11pm EST

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