Down Cellar Studio Podcast
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 117 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
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Prairie Bag WorksPeriwinkle Sheep, and One Geek to Craft Them All
 

Off the Needles

 
  • 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 each
  • Needles: US 9 | 5.5 mm
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Beyond the Wall Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Blueberry Chick Yarn in the Put the Lime in the Coconut Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Pattern: Teal Swirl Dishcloth
  • Hook: Various H + J (I think)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream
 
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici colorway: 27304 Lemonade (greens, yellows, blues: self striping)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) & US 2. (2.75 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with US 1.5 ribbing for a couple inches. Switch to US 2 and knit stockinette for 1 stripe. Increase by 4 stitches to get to 60 sts. Knit the leg and reverse the shaping on the other side.

New Stash Dash total: 3571.9 meters

 

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Front and back are done and blocked.
 
 
  • Pattern in Spirit Animals Book by  by Jessica Boyer put out by Leisure Arts. $10 ebook copy from their website. Paperback $12.99
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava and Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
 

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of the Knitter's Pride- Knit Blockers
 

Knitting in Passing

  • I  met a lovely lady named Beryl at the hair salon last Saturday. She said she was just learning socks. I encouraged her to stick with it. I love the opportunity to chat with kind people, as Michelle of The Actually Knitting Podcast says, #becauseofknitting
 

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!
 
 
  • Declare a WIP from first quarter of 2017 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.
 
Splash Pad Party
 
 
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-
 
  • Use coupon code AUGUST at periwinklesheep.com From Aug 1-15 to get 15% off your order.
  • Congrats to Team Pushing the Purls- winner of the Shuffleboard Tournament
  • Tune in for some July chat/Instagram winners
 

Events

 

Life in Focus

July: Focus on Family
  • We spent the first 5 days of the month in NH with my parents, my best friend, Dan's brother and my niece and nephew. Quality family time that you can hear more about from Aila (8) and Will (10) at the end of the episode.
  • I spent quality time with my great Aunt Florence after knee replacement. When she's done w/ rehab for her knee, going to make a date to have her help me with a sewing project.
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Dan and I are planning a kayak camping trip in August.
  • My friend Devon was back in the US for a visit. She lives in Vienna now with her husband and they are expecting first baby in November. While she was home, she, Kris and I made this corn chowder recipe from Food + Wine. It was a little bland so we added a little cayan pepper and about a cup and half of Fiesta blend shredded cheese from Whole Foods (just what I had in my fridge). Then on Sunday we went to her Shower.
  • Enjoying getting back to walking on a more consistent basis.
  • Trying out new "recipes" (I don't follow recipes strictly)
    • Spaghetti Squash, Roasted Red Pepper, Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomatoes Basil, Ricotta (lazy man's veggie lasagne)
    • Overnight Oats: 1/2 c rolled oats, 3/4 c unsweetened almond/coconut blend milk, 1scoop of vanilla protein, cinnamon and blueberries- put in fridge overnight. 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points

Quote of the Week

“Do not hunt for subjects, let them choose you, not you them.  Only do that which insists on being done and runs right up against you, hitting you in the eye until you do it.”
 
-- Samuel Butler
 
 
 
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Direct download: Episode_117-_Under_Construction.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:33pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 116 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Possible Segments
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Infinite Twist, Plum Deluxe, Blueberry Chick Yarn
 
 

Off the Needles

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper's Yarn Sonnet's. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
  • Size: 37 1/4 inch bust- calls for 920 yards
  • I had 20 yards less than what was called for, so had to do cap sleeves and 2 inches shorter on the body. I love it!
 
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Pattern: 4seasons Halloween by Lalylala Lydia Tresselt (5.50 Euros) for 3 pattern collection (also includes Diego, sugar skull, and Brian the brain)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash/KnitPicks Brava
  • Hook: C
 
Stash Dash 2017 Total to Date:
  • Total: 1945.2 meters to date
  • Goal 10k

On the Needles

  • 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
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Beyond the Wall Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan William
 
  • Yarn: Blueberry Chick Yarn in the Put the Lime in the Coconut Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 

Brainstorming

  • Lydia Tresselt also has a 4 Seasons Easter Pattern- I'd like to make the lamb.
  • Poppy Troll Hats- free crochet pattern. Super cute.
  • I want to knit all the things during the 4th of July holiday.
  • I'd like to use some stash yarn to knit the Jujuy by Joji Locatelli

From the Armchair

  • Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (audiobook read by author))
  • Orange Is The New Black: Season 5 available on Netflix

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!
 
  • 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.
 
 
What is the Splash Pad Party?
  1. Craft along that runs from: June 1- July 31, 2017
  2. To win prizes, craft something that’s 50-200 grams. For every 50 grams you use, you'll earn 1 entry into the Summer Celebration Thread.  You’ll earn additional entries for using Pro Shop Products (2), Pro Shop Exclusive Products (1), Snack Shack Product (1).
  3. Prizes will be given out by using Random Number Generator to select posts in the Summer Celebration Thread.
  4. Prizes will also randomly be given to those who chat in the any of the Splash Pad related chat threads and to those who use #splashpadparty17 on Instagram
 
Be sure to check out our Pro Shop Sponsors
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Our surprise dance at my dancing school's 35th Anniversary Recital went well.
  • Riley and Millie slept over afterwards and of course we had a blast. They always love Dan's pancakes. Audio of them at the end of the episode.
  • Dan and I took our kayaks for a second outing.
  • We had an awesome pool day to celebrate Oisin's 9th Birthday
  • I've been able to work out more and my heel is nearly healed!
  • My friend Dan etched a glass with my podcast logo! SO COOL!

Quote of the Week

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”
-Adlai Stevenson
 
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Direct download: Episode_116__Put_the_Lime_in_the_Coconut.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:42pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 115 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
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to Sponsors:
 

Off the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • Self Striping, Hot pink, lighter pink, turquoise, orange and purple.
  • Hard on my hands but LOVE the colors!
  • FO=289.6 meters
 
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints Color 26 Holidays
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • FO= 287.7 meters
 
Stash Dash Total: 577.3 meters- Goal is 10k

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Gris colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici colorway: 27304 Lemonade (greens, yellows, blues: self striping)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) & US 2. (2.75 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with US 1.5 ribbing for a couple inches. Switch to US 2 and knit stockinette for 1 stripe. Increase by 4 stitches to get to 60 sts. knit leg. Will match on the other side.
 
  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper's Yarn Sonnet's. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
  • Nearly done. Will need to modify to make short sleeves because I'm short on yarn.
 

From the Armchair

In My Travels

Portland, Maine

KAL News

 
  • 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.
 
What is the Splash Pad Party?
  1. Craft along that runs from: June 1- July 31, 2017
  2. To win prizes, craft something that’s 50-200 grams. For every 50 grams you use, you'll earn 1 entry into the Summer Celebration Thread.  You’ll earn additional entries for using Pro Shop Products (2), Pro Shop Exclusive Products (1), Snack Shack Product (1).
  3. Prizes will be given out by using Random Number Generator to select posts in the Summer Celebration Thread.
  4. Prizes will also randomly be given to those who chat in the any of the Splash Pad related chat threads and to those who use #splashpadparty17 on Instagram
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:
 
  • Check out the Prize Thread for details about coupons available from some of our sponsors
  • Three participation prizes were announced on this episode. Get in touch if you're a winner!

 Contests News and Notes

Life in Focus

 
June Happiness Project Focus: Nurture Friendships
  • Do you have ideas? Clever things friends have done for you to show they care? Sending gifts or flowers works, but would like it to be something more thoughtful and heartfelt.

On a Happy Note

  • I'm having fun dancing with friends (even though I sprained something in my ribs)
  • We got a great deal at LL Bean on Kayaks and had our first adventure.
  • Went to a lecture by Jessamyn Stanley at Boston Public Library
  • I had an amazing birthday weekend with friends and family. Including our first pool day of the summer!

Quote of the Week

I think it's nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It's a fair exchange. -Cherie Lunghi
 
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Direct download: Episode_115__Summer_of_Kayaks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 114 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
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Knitters Brewing Company, Skeindalous Yarns and Pearl and Plum

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • White cuff- 23 rounds. Increased one stitch on each edge a few rounds before finishing. Started round on left side of front. 

 On the Needles

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal. Just enough variation for me.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
Lots of Socks:

Gradient Angles Shawl

  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Jan Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist

Worsted Weight Riley Rose ShawlRiley's Legwarmers

Journey Sweater

I have some leftover crochet hearts from the garland I made for Aila.

Mom recently unearthed a few hand knitted and crocheted things from our past:

  • My baby blanket hand knit by Mom's friend's mother.
  • Granny Square Shrug. Here's a photo of Riley wearing it
  • Sweaters made for my brother + me.
  • Mom sewed a set for my nursery- a diaper holder, dust ruffle and curtains
  • Mom talked about how she and her friend made pillows from face cloths held together with yarn pulled through with a crochet hook.

Brainstorming

Toy for Oisin in June- maybe one of these:
Will wants a Peregrine Falcon: found one in Spirit Animals Bookby Jessica Boyer available through Leisure Arts $9.99 download.
 

From the Armchair

 
Scanner
  • Set up. Save as jpg. Pdf.
  • Save to folder. To Mac photos program.
  • Create profiles for types of things.
  • Once set up, very easy.
  • Can scan up to 8.5 inches wide. Multiple items of different sizes at once
  • Only thing it had trouble feeding was polaroids. Didn't play with paper settings because we didn't have enough to warrant and there were two of us.
  • Got through nearly 10 years of photos in about 7 hours. Still have tons more to do.
  • Process. Scan. Save to photos program. Tag with Year and other tags. Christmas. School etc move to Year folder in photos. In harddrive folder - move into Year folder.

KAL News

 
 
  • 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.
 
Pro Shop Sponsors
 
Snack Shack Sponsors
 

Events

 
Virtual Events I'm looking forward to:
 

Contests News and Notes

Come over to the group to this thread to enter to win a copy of the Merrain MKAL pattern from Mary of Kino Knits. Tune in to hear about a coupon code available for this patternuntil 6/15/17.
 

Life in Focus

May Happiness Project: Try new tastes

On a Happy Note

  • Scanning with Mom
  • Seeing Aila perform in The Little Mermaid
  • Cleaning, yard work, picking out new railings
  • Converting the hutch in our dining room for project storage (scrapbooking and model making)
  • Mom's Happy Place: Her 3 Season Room at Lassonde Pool Pub is OPEN! Mom got new rugs and a cute new pillow (from Walmart)

Quote of the Week

"Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.”
-Oprah Winfrey
 
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Direct download: Episode_114__Chatting_with_Mom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:44pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 113 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • On the Needles
  •  Brainstorming
  •  From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  •  KAL News
  •  Events
  •  Contest, News & Notes
  •  Life in Focus
  •  On a Happy Note
  •  Quote of the Week
Thank you to this Episode's Sponsors: Knitty Kitty BagsAtelier de Soyun, Sunsoaked Yarns
 

 On the Needles 

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal. Just enough variation for me.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
  • Hook: F
  • Yarn: Swift Yarns- Swift Bliss Sock- MCN- 2 ply in Dream Weaver Colorway- light green
  • Pattern: Amma Granny Square Top by Maria Valles
  • Modification- using a solid granny square pattern found here

Granny Square Scrap Blanket #2

  • Pattern: Waveless Colorful Granny by CherylDeeCrochet (free)
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover angering weight scraps
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
I ripped out my Caesious Curl by Hunter Hammersen. Loved the stitch pattern but the shawl was too small w/ just 1 skein of fingering.
 

Brainstorming 

I'm excited to make all the spring/summer tops. I bought yarn for the Construction Zone at Maryland Sheep and Wool.
 
I'm also excited to look through all my WIPs to strategize for Stash Dash!
 

From the Armchair  

 In My Travels 

  • I talked about my trip to visit friends and attend the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
  • Friday night we went to the Knot House in Frederick.
    • Met Carol from Swift Yarns: love her color sense, she does lighter colors and speckles impeccably
    • Caught up with Karin from The Periwinkle Sheep (love her grays! I need to buy a sweater quantity from her soon)
    • Finally got to meet Kristen of Media Peruana Designs
  • Saturday highlights: shopping, podcaster meet up!!

KAL News

 
 
  • 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.
 
 
 

Contests News and Notes 

Come over to the group to this thread to enter to win a copy of the Merrain MKAL pattern from Mary of Kino Knits. Tune in to hear about a coupon code available for this pattern until 6/15/17.
 
 

Life in Focus

May Happiness Project: Try new tastes
  •  Spaghetti Squash: pierced it 10-15 times. Baked at 350 for about an hour. Easy!
  •  Siggi peach yogurt
  •  Protein shakes
  • Blue Diamond almonds with Wasabi and Soy Sauce
  • Trying to get in more protein after learning recently that you should eat 8 grams of protein for every 20 pounds you weigh

On a Happy Note 

  •  I went to the Museum of Fine Arts with my best friend to see a painting by Frida Kahlo
  • Going to my nieces' dance recital! They did GREAT!
  • Managing a successful software upgrade at work.
  • Finally getting a day off and treating myself to a massage + keratin treatment
  • Applying strategies I know work well for me when life is crazy. Eating well. Sleeping well. Knitting for stress. Exercise. Seeing friends. Making time for date night.
  • Dan hung up the swings my parents bought us for Christmas! They're from Cobble Mountain Hammock Company

Quote of the Week

“I can’t just sit here and think, ‘I just wish my body was different. Everything could be different, would be different.’ When you accept that, you can accept the strength your body parts are actually giving you.”  JESSAMYN STANLEY
 
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Direct download: Episode_113__Make_a_Splash.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 112 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contests, News and Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off The Needles

  • Pattern: Brooklyn the Ballerina by Yarn Society on Etsy (not list on Ravelry) $4.99
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (white), Knit Picks Brava (blue), Malibrigo (red)

 

On the Needles

 
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints Color 26 Holidays
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
 
  • Pattern: Waveless Colorful Granny by CherylDeeCrochet (free)
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover angering weight scraps
  • Using 3 rounds of one color of fingering.
 
 

Brainstorming

  • Swatching for Donner by Elizabeth Doherty.
  • Yarn= Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets- Jenny base which is a 50/50 bamboo cotton fingering in the driftwood colorway
  • Getting Gradient Angles back on track.
    • I encourage you to check out the amazing kits at Infinite Twist. be sure to put Down Cellar Studio in the referral box at check out to get some free goodies. For a free copy of the Quintia Shawl pattern through May 31st with code: highfive
  • It's the the of year to wash the winter knits before storing them for the winter. That will help to keep any critters away.

Crafty Adventures

Some products I mentioned.

 

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!
 
  • 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.
  • April Prize: Fibernymph Dye Works- A set of mini skeins from my Antigua colorway collection…this includes six mini skeins, three on Bounce (80 yards each) and three on Bedazzled (87 yards each)
Splash Pad Party KAL

Snack Shack Sponsors (as of 4/28)

 
Pro Shop Sponsors (as of 4/28)
 
Designs of Arcadia will be selling Splash Pad Party Logo Totes- get Pro Shop points for using that as your project bag. Also makes a great beach/pool tote! I love mine.
 

Events

Tune in to hear my best trips for Maryland Sheep & Wool Planning. Also check out:

 
Stash Dash KAL - hosted by the Knit Girllls PodcastStarts May 26th.
 

Contest News and Notes

Please check out my latest shawl design Emelyn Mae Shawl  regular price $6.00. On sale for 50% off until May 15th.
 

 

Life in Focus

Happiness Project 2017- April Explore my Surroundings
 
  • Exploring Charles Street after work. $10 sock blockers at store that's moving.
  • Dan and I went to a local restaurant for their $2 tapas Thursday night events three weeks in a row. Adding date night into routine definitely making me happier.

On A Happy Note

  • Easter with the family
  • Retirement Planning
  • Kris' birthday dinner
  • Bowling for A’s 8th birthday.
  • CT Sheep and Wool Festival with Emelyn (our 4th fiber festival together). Tune in for audio at end of the episode.

Quote of the Week

“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”
– Winston Churchill, “Hobbies”
 
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Direct download: Episode_112__Emelyn_Mae.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 111 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

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

On the Needles 

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Beyond the Wall Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints Color 26 Holidays
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Gris colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Tune in to hear my review of trying on 9 inch circular needles.
 
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici colorway: 27304 Lemonade (greens, yellows, blues: self striping)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) & US 2. (2.75 mm)
 
  • Pattern: Weaveless Colorful Granny by CherylDeeCrochet (free)
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight scraps
 
  • 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)

Brainstorming

  • Crochet Christmas stockings
  • More socks (stocked up on Patons Kroy on sale from Craftsy.com)

Crafty Adventures

I share some thought on getting back into scrapbooking after a long hiatus.

Knitting in Passing

My friend Megg and I generated a lot of conversation knitting at the Camp Pulse event last weekend. I think I may have a few more converts to teach.
 

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!
Tune in to hear if you won a First Quarter Prize
 
 
  • 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 April, we also have an additional prize from Fibernymph Dye Works
  • A set of mini skeins from my Antigua colorway collection…this includes six mini skeins, three on Bounce (80 yards each) and three on Bedazzled (87 yards each)
 
Splash Pad Party KAL
 

 Events

 

Coming to CT Sheep & Wool or Stitches United? Participate in our Riley Rose Shawl Contest.

  • Wear your Riley Rose, take a photo and post to get one entry
  • Take a photo of someone else wearing a Riley Rose shawl and get 2 entries
  • See someone wearing one, make a friend and take a photo together and get 3 entries.
  • All photos must be posted on Instagram with #rileyroseshawl and tag me @BostonJen1  to be eligible to win
 
Stash Dash KAL - hosted by the Knit Girllls PodcastStarts May 26th.
 
  • What is it: choose a creative project you will commit to for 100 days. Most people choose something very specific. I am just going to focus on doing something creative every day. So far, knitting, crochet, project life scrapbooking and hand lettering/drawing.
 

Life in Focus

Happiness Project 2017
 
April- Explore Your Surroundings

On A Happy Note

  • Riley was in a Panto performance of Aladdin
  • Taking Garret to Legoland for his 7th Birthday
  • Emelyn's surprise 13th Birthday Party.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the new Beauty & the Beast movie
  • Eme performed in Guys & Dolls!
  • Camp Pulse weekend!
 
Quote of the Week
I'm not interested in blind optimism, but I'm very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, 'This is not enough.' Colum McCann
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_111__Feel_the_Pulse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:29pm EDT

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!
 
Contact Information:
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