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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

 
Patterns saw at Rhinebeck that I’ve favorited:
 
 

From the Armchair

 

KAL News

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

Contest, News & Notes

Life in Focus

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

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

In My Travels

 
Tune in to hear my Rhinebeck Recap with Mom!
 

KAL News

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

Events

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

The Dream: podcast about MLM- multi-level marketing
 

Crafty Adventures

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

Knitting in Passing

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

In My Travels

 
Sarasota, Venice and Largo Florida

KAL News

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

Events

 
 
 

Life in Focus

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

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

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

KAL News

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

Events

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

Life in Focus

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

Ask Me Anything

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

On a Happy Note

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

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

From the Armchair

In My Travels

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

KAL News

 

Slay the Stash 2018

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

Events

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

 

From the Armchair

 

Knitting in Passing

 

I shared two quick stores from knitting in Nashville.

In My Travels

 

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

 
 

KAL News

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

Events

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

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

Vacation knitting planning!
 

From the Armchair

Enjoying watching Making it on NBC
 

Crafty Adventures

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

KAL News

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

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

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

Events

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

Ask Me Anything

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

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

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

Off the Needles

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

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

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

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

From the Armchair

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

In my Travels

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

KAL News

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

Contest, News & Notes

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

Life in Focus

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

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

Off the Needles

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

Brainstorming

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

From the Armchair

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

Knitting in Passing

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

In my Travels

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

KAL News

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

Events

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

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

Off the Needles

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

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

Knitting in Passing

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

In My Travels

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

KAL News

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

Events

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

On a Happy Note

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

Quote of the Week

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

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

On the Needles

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

Brainstorming

 

From the Armchair

Two audiobooks I enjoyed recently
 

Crafty Adventures

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

In My Travels

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

     

    So thankful this was a doll floating in the river!

KAL News

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

Events

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

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

On the Needles

 

Large Granny Square Blanket

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

Hexagon Scrappy Blanket

 

Brainstorming

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

Crafty Adventures

 

KAL News

 Slay the Stash 2018

  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • Tune in to see if you're the April winner of a skein of Blueberry Chick Yarn!
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
The Splash Pad Party KAL Runs June 1-July 31Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE

Events

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

 Life in Focus

Update on 18 in 2018 Projects

  • I played around with iMovie for slideshow for my Cabaret Cast Party. It was very simple but it was good practice at playing more with video
  • Try New Exercise classes: I've tried out free classes at the gym at my work as part of their #30x30StopStroke Challenge in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month. I've done Tabata, Yoga and a new Zumba class.
  • We had plans to buy paint for the Spare Room make over but had a mix up with the location of the Sherwin Williams store.

Ask Me Anything

 
Stormcoast- Jen from Uncreative Crafter Podcast said: Just curious, so you don’t have to answer this if you don’t want to. As a fellow New Englander, I would say that your mom and brother have Boston/Massachusetts accents. I don’t notice one with you. Do you have any insights into why that is?
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Aila's birthday dinner!
  • Second weekend Cabaret- with surprise visits from my college friends Laura & Jessica.
  • Took that Monday off. Got a massage and went to late lunch with Dan
  • Aila's friend birthday party- complete with Magic Show!
  • Dan and I had a blast a my Cabaret Cast Party
  • Riley & Aila's Birthday Sleepover
 
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Direct download: Episode_137__Crafty_Time_with_Aila__Rileyv2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:17pm EST

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www.downcellarstudio.com/136

Direct download: Episode_136__Chatting_with_Mom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:28pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 135 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found at: www.downcellarstudio.com/135
 
This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (Self Striping) in the Witch's Brew Colorway with Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Ash Colorway for contrast
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
 

On the Needles

 
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Plan: 3 large granny squares, bordered with cream or gray (TBD), 4-5 rows
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Takes about 6 grams per round on outside.  Plan is to do 3 rounds in a solid, cream color around each of the 12 squares. 12 squares with 3 rounds of cream- 18g per square- 216 grams required (I'll buy 3 skeins)
  • 12 squares (3x4)  at 18 inches each will yield a 54 inch by 72 inch blanket. 
 
Pattern: Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow $7
Needles: US 10 (6.0 mm)
Yarn:
  • “DK” Mystery skeins (pink and grays). Exact yardage not known. Yarn purchased from Sweitzer’s Fiber Mill at Rhinebeck 2017.  3 skeins blush pink, 2 skeins of dark gray, 1 skein light gray. 3 50gram skeins of Plymouth DK Merino in white looks a bit more cream to me).
  • Held with Fingering. 2 skeins of Legacy Fiber Artz also purchased this year. The Mayor (grays, pinks, cream and bits of rust), Edwards Scissorshands- cream base with blush pink and small pops of charcoal. Light gray Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock (2 50 gram skeins).
 
 
  • Pattern: Non-Eucilidian by Sarah Jordan
  • Yarn: Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland Sock Lite in the Pewter Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu color way
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Twisted Owl Fiber Studio 2-ply Sock (80/20 SW Merino Nylon) 400 yards for 100g in the Poison Ivy Colorway (red/green variegated)
  • Pattern: TBD
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with 1x1 twisted rib. Cuff down. Heel TBD

Crafty Adventures

  • Finished Collage Walls!! 
  • #the100dayproject- #100daysofsharing journaling prompts with my best friend Kris using mini albums I've made/am making for us 
    • I used two Arc system note books at Staples
    • I used the Levenger Circa 1-2-3 portable punch to punch holes in paper. This punch is available for $18 on Amazon
    • If you have a punch and can make your own covers you don't even need the notebook
    • It's been a great way to use scraps and supplies I'll likely never fully use up anyways.
  • I've done some sketching and drawing in a mixed media notebook I bought last year. I also purchased a 12 color Reeves watercolor paint set at Michaels for about $6 and had fun playing with it! 

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Check out the April Thread
  • Tune in to see if you're the March winner!
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
 
 
Splash Pad Party! Are you ready?!
 
What is the Splash Pad Party?
  • Make-along that runs June 1-July 31.
  • Official Rules can be found here.
  • The current list of sponsors is below. It will be updated until the time
  • The Prize Thread is open and ready. Our Pro Shop Sponsors will be offering up some amazing Exclusive Products. Check back to this thread often to get the first look!
  • Interested in sponsoring?- Sponsor Spots available
 
Pro Shop Sponsors (to date)
 
 
Snack Shack (to date)

Events

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

 
Festival Schedule
 
 
  • #the100dayproject
100daysoflists with my bFF
-posting on IG not every day so it doesn't fill up my feed. just prompts I came up with. If you want me to list some in the group as a kick off for chatter later me know. I'd love to hear your answers!
 

Contest, News & Notes

 
My latest shawl design, Jean Marie, is now available on Ravelry!
It is on sale for only $3 until 4/21 (no coupon code required)- after that it will go up to the regular price of $6.
 
 
Jean Marie is a top-down half-hexagon shawl designed for 3 colors of Ross Farm Sport weight yarn. It uses simple knit, purl and slipped stitches to create three distinct textures- one for each color.  The result is a very wearable, warm shawl that sits nicely on the shoulders. It is also great for use with commercial or handspun yarn in a single solid, tonal or variegated yarn. You can easily use Sport or DK weight! 

 

 
 
Ask me Anything
 
This episode I answered a question from SewRunKnit about how to photograph FOs late at night before a KAL deadline.
 
 
  • First tip would be-- take the best photo you can without killing yourself. Consider more of a proof of life so you're eligible for the contest and then after you post- delete those photos so you HAVE to take a better photo in the daylight. Natural light photos always come out best, especially if your photography skills are limited.

But if you do have to shoot inside your house at midnight when the lighting is dim at best- here are my best tips:

  1. Find the best possible light your house has to offer.
  2. Try to find a lighter background to shoot agains
  3. Shoot straight at your FO instead of looking down on it, if possible.
If using DSLR Camera (some require a built-in flash)
  1. Shoot in Aperture priority mode- and look for a low F stop number. Raise your ISO-. You may need a tripod or self timer because shake from hand can ruin the shot. Sometimes this is still really tricky and if we're going for simple it may not be your best bet.
  2. Use a flash but diffuse the light. Some options:
    • Use the flash with tissue over it
    • Hold a white index card/paper at a 45 degree angle in front of your flash, and take your shot. The light should hit the card, bounce to the ceiling, and spread out the light.
    • Cut a water bottle and place over flash to diffuse light
    • DIY diffuser tutorial
    • Pop-up flash tips
If using your smart phone to take photos
  1. Tap screen to focus, picking the darkest area. The camera should adjust and brighten it up some.
  2. Find a better camera app. I like the Camera Plus app. It allows you to adjust the brightness.
 

On a Happy Note

  • Easter with my big, crazy family was tons of fun, especially the egg hunt with the kiddos.
  • Lunch with Holli with Qdoba!
  • Date night Dan at a new local restaurant
  • My Aunt Florence's 90th brithday!
  • Starting #the100dayproject with Kris. I've also opened a thread in the Ravelry Group if you want to share your answers to the prompts
  • Taking time for a mini-retreat day at home while Dan was away (and before the chaos of the musical really ramps up)
  • Birthday breakfast with my 2 besties and my niece Hattie
 
 

Quote of the Week

"To blame someone for not understanding you fully is deeply unfair because, first of all, we don't understand ourselves, and even if we do understand ourselves, we have such a hard time communication ourselves to other people. Therefore, to be furious and enraged and bitter that people don't get all of who we are is a really cruel piece of immaturity."
 Alain De Botton
 
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Direct download: Episode_135__Jean_Marie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 134 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.Full show notes including photos can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/134
 
This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
Crafty Adventures
KAL News
Events
Contest, News & Notes
Life in Focus
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
 
 
Off the Needles
 
Aunt Florence shawl. Got to half way point during 3/13 noreaster. 
  • Needles: US 6
  • Yarn: Invictus Yarn Beyond XL in the Colorway Believe 150g skein- 600 yards
  • Pattern: to be published 
  • Still looking for test knitters. Very loose timeline for this one. Would love to see how it works with handspun since it can be done based on weight instead of yards.
 
On the Needles
 
 
Pattern: Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Winslow $7
Needles: US 10 (6.0 mm)
Yarn: 
  • “DK” Mystery skeins (pink and grays). Exact yardage not known. Yarn purchased from Sweitzer’s Fiber Mill at Rhinebeck 2017.  3 skeins blush pink, 2 skeins of dark gray, 1 skein light gray. 3 50gram skeins of Plymouth DK Merino in white looks a bit more cream to me).
  • Held with Fingering. 2 skeins of Legacy Fiber Artz also purchased this year. The Mayor (grays, pinks, cream and bits of rust), Edwards Scissorshands- cream base with blush pink and small pops of charcoal. Light gray Cloudborn Highland 
 
  • Pattern: Non-Eucilidian by Sarah Jordan
  • Yarn: Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland Sock Lite in the Pewter Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Rainbow stripe colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and US 1 (2 mm)
  • Pattern: planning to do the Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici (Self Striping) in the Witch's Brew Colorway with Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in the Ash Colorway for contrast
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
    • Pattern: TBD 
 
 
From the Armchair
 
talked about Arne and Carlos video that talks about if you want even tension with colorwork you shouldn't do it two handed 
 
Goop Podcast (hosted by Gweneth Paltrow- 1st episode features Oprah Winfrey)
 
 
Crafty Adventures
 
Collage wall in the hallway is nearly done!
 
KAL News
 
 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List
 
Events
 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
Festival Schedule
 
I won't be going to Maryland Sheep & Wool :( but if you do I hope you have fun 
 
 
 
 
 
Contest, News & Notes
 
News- Splash Pad Party- Sponsor Spots available
 
Life in Focus
 
On a Happy Note
  • Lots of family fun, musical adventures and self care!
 
 
Quote of the Week
 
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.
-Simone Weil
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_134__Go_with_the_Flo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am EST

 Full show notes can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/133
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 133 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
 

Thank you to Macolrich, knittergirlkatie, ms.knitslot, knitternicole for the new reviews in Apple Podcasts.

Thank you to everyone for your support and community as I celebrate my 6th Podiversary!

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Non-Eucilidian by Sarah Jordan
  • Yarn: Olann Hand Dyed in Ireland Sock Lite in the Pewter Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Heel notes:
    • Cuff down only. The heel turn takes what feels like a long time. You're adding stitches but still working in the round. It takes many rounds to increase out for the heel but the turn itself felt quick. Much less purling than any other heel flap I've done. No picking up stitches. I think it will be easy to memorize which is important to me.
 
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Rainbow stripe colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and US 1 (2 mm)
  • Pattern: planning to do the Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan

 

 
Christmas Stockings
  • 3 to do in 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)
  • Progress to date: 2 red pieces done. 1 green done.
 
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Plan: 3 large granny squares, bordered with cream or gray (TBD), 4-5 rows
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
 
 
  • Pattern: Log Cabin Mitts by Karen Templer (free)
  • Needles: US 6
  • Yarn: scraps of worsted
 
Go with the Flo Shawl
  • Yarn: Invictus Yarn
  • Needles: US 6
  • Pattern: to be published soon
 

Crafty Adventures

Got a little work done on my Week in the Life album from 2017. I am planning to participate in this project again this year. Check out Ali Edwards website for more details.
 
 

KAL News

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

Events

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

Contest, News & Notes

Life in Focus

 
I've been very regimented all year- documenting goals for each week and checking off boxes. This month has thrown me for a loop with storms and sickness. But that's life, right? I've eased up and adjusted. It was a good reminder that we need to be able to pivot. Go with the flow... It will all be ok.
 

Ask Me Anything

 
Question from Michelle- chellescraps on Ravelry:
I am interested in what type of ball winder and swift you have or would recommend. I am getting to the point that I could really use one. I know that I would rather spend more money on something that would last, but I do not need the gold version.
 
Answer: 
 
  • I have a Stanwood swift that I bought on Amazon. I love it and it's held up well. At $52 it's not cheap but its not crazy expensive either. I like that i folds down and doesn't take up a lot of space.
  • I have the Nancy's Knit Knacks Ball Winder. I have this one. At $299 it's a huge investment. I'm not 100% sure I'd have purchased it for myself. My mom kindly gifted it to me for Christmas. I've had it for a few years now and it's amazing. I've used others at friend's houses and nothing comes close to the experience I've had with this.
  • If you want a more in depth comparison of these items I'd check out Episode 300 of the Knitmore Girls podcast.
 

On a Happy Note

 
  • We've had three Nor'easters here in Boston already this March! For us that's meant at least 4 days without power, 2 of those had us trapped at home when a tree took down the power line in the driveway. Dan and I made the best of it, chatting, listening to podcasts and crafting. During the second storm, I got struck down with my first virus of the season and it was a doozie!

T

  • I was able to my niece Riley’s 1st dance competition. She did great!
  • Planning my nephew's Garret’s birthday celebration. He wants to go to one of the trampoline park type places and then for me to bring my big camera to his dirt bike race.
  • I had my costume fitting for Cabaret. Most of my costumes aren't family-friendly but here's one I can share.

Quote of the Week

Don't expect much from a drowning man. He's not going to offer you a candy bar or ask how your day was. He's too busy not drowning. Generosity takes effort. It requires the space to take your mind off your own problems long enough to see someone else's. It requires the confidence to share when a big part of you wants to hoard. And it requires the emotional labor of empathy. Generosity begins by trusting ourselves enough to know that we're not actually drowning.
-Seth Godin
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Contact Information:
 
Direct download: Episode_133__Socks_Shawls__Storms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:42pm EST

 
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
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • 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
 
Christmas Stockings
  • 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
 
Brainstorming
  • 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!

KAL News

 
Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • 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
I announced Pigskin Winners in Episode 131.
 

Events

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

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

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Direct download: Episode_132__Ravellenic_Glory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EST

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 131 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
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Dark Side Colorway (rainbow with charcoal gray stripes)
  • Needles: US 2 + US 3

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
 
Christmas Stockings
  • 2 more under way: 3 to do in 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)
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu color way
  • Pattern: OMG Heel (most likely)
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) & US 8 (5 mm)
  • Yarn: Cloudborn Fibers Wool Worsted Twist in the Slate Heather Colorway
  • Swatched with 8, 9 and 10s. 8 worked well. Definitely a twisted yarn. Doesn’t plump up all that much. Not SW yarn. So far I’m enjoying it but I’m not head over heels in love with the yarn. But I bought 9 skeins for total of $27 after Christmas during Craftsy sale can’t beat that for 100% wool handmade sweater.
  • Cast on Friday 2/9- Ravellenics project
  • Looked through Project Pages linked to the pattern. Impressed by the split hem on this project.
  • Cast on for the back with US 7s. Put stitch markers 5 stitches in on each side. RS: (k1, s1wyif, k1, s1wyif, k1) WS- (s1, k1, s1, k1, s1). Garter stitch for the bottom hem. Then kept up with the edging and switched to US 8 needles and stockinette stitch.
  • Knit the back longer than the front then joined them together to work in the round.

Brainstorming

 
Pig Miniature Amigurumi by Miss Dolkpots (free crochet pattern)- looks like piggy bank pig
 
Non-Euclidian sock pattern by Sarah Jordan- $5 Ravelry download
 
 

From the Armchair

 
Tune in to hear the details of my review of the Rittenhouse Bag from Fairmount Bag Co. This bag is not available in retail yet but if you want to support this company and are company funding Kickstarters you can check out their Kickstarter campaign which runs through March 2nd.
 

KAL News

 
12 Months to Christmas KAL- winners announced!
 
 
Pigskin Party KAL
 
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
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 Post: 80 skeins declared. Can't wait to see how many finish!
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List

Events

 

Contest, News & Notes

I joined Emily on her Tightly Spun Podcast this month. Check out my episode here!

Tune in for details about two shawls for which that I'm looking for test knitters.

Would you like to know when I'm looking for sponsors for upcoming KALs? Sign up for my newsletter and check the box saying you might be interested in sponsoring.

Life in Focus

I am still going strong making weekly goals that align with my 18 in 2018 and also other important things I need to do for that week. Not 100% success rate but I am doing things that I know for sure I’d put off if I wasn’t setting the goal for it.

  • Project Life 2017 album 2 done, ordered from Picaboo. It arrived and I love it!

Ask Me Anything

This episode I answered this question: I have a kinda behind the scene question : how long does it take you to produce the podcast? From preparation to recording to KAL maintenance. Because it seems to me you must spend quite a lot of time, and yet you work and are a very productive knitter/crocheter and have other crafts projects and a busy family life. Are you a speedy knitter?
 

On a Happy Note

 

Quote of the Week

“Stay afraid, but do it anyway. What’s important is the action. You don’t have to wait to be confident. Just do it and eventually the confidence will follow.”
- Carrie Fisher
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
 
 
Direct download: Episode_131__Happy_Hattie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:58pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 130 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Colorful Eclectic
 
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream Cotton in Seabreeze & Hot Orange
  • Hook: E (3.5 mm)4867E35D-056F-44D5-AE4F-2BE847062026
 
  • Pattern: None
  • Yarn: Cotton dish cloth yarn
  • Hook: D
 
  • I purchased supplies from Amazon- Wooden Beads by Darice - 25 mm and 20 mm & an 8 piece wooden animal teether set
  • 25mm were good size to crochet around. 6 single crochet then increase on first round. knit straight, then decrease down to 6 on last round.
 
  • Yarn: Online SuperSock
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm) and US 4 (3.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Used the numbers from Barley Light by Tin Can Knits but omitted Garter Section
 
  • Pattern: Newborn Hat and Sock Set by Shelley Mackie
  • Yarn: Online SuperSock
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Written for DPNs so I made notes about how to change for 2 needles

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Scraps of fingering weight (mostly Patons Kroy)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • I use Cate's Clasp Weft Join to join the yarn
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu color way
  • Pattern: OMG Heel (most likely)
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Past first heel. Patons Kroy charcoal gray in stash. Looks great. Forgot that I cast on 60 instead of my normal 56 so my heel had 2 extra stitches didn't realize until end. Will try them on but think it will be fine.
  • Pattern: Newborn Vertebrae by Kelly van Niekerk
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Dark Side Colorway (rainbow with charcoal gray stripes)
  • Needles: US 2 + US 3

Brainstorming

 
Tin Can Knits has two relatively new DK color work sweater patterns that I'm really intrigued by:
 
 
 

From the Armchair

 
Season 1 Dark (Netflix Original)- I recommend changing the settings to Closed Captioning instead of dubbing.
 
 
 

Crafty Adventures

 

I repaired the sleeve on my friend's sweater and added pom poms to my suitcases.

 
 

Knitting in Passing

Started rehearsals for Cabaret and found that some of my friends may be interested in learning to knit (or to knit again).
 

KAL News

 
Pigskin Party KAL
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There's also a helpful "Start Here" Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you'll track your points. Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you'll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
    • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you'll earn more points per FO
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty17 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
  • Superbowl weekend is this weekend!! Don't forget you have until Monday February 5th to finish knitting, get your photos and update your End Zone Dance Post. I will close it first thing on Tuesday morning. If the thread is unlocked you can enter.
 
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 Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
 
 
Sponsor List

Events

 
2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.
 
Ravellenics- knit along with the Winter Olympics on a project of your choosing (runs from February 9-25)

Contest, News & Notes

  • I am looking for test knitters for my Jean Marie shawl pattern (due by the end of February). PM me on Ravelry (Bostonian) if you're interested.

Life in Focus

Project 2018 is well underway. Set 18 goals for the year. Each week I set action items to get me closer to those goals. In this episode I reviewed some recent progress. How is 2018 going for you? Let's chat about it in the Ravelry Group!
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • Cabaret Rehearsals started! I'm psyched to be dancing with my high school dance friends, to get my brain working in new ways, for brushing up on my tap skills and for fun costumes!
  • Ice Skating with friends outside at Gillette Stadium (where the Patriots play)
  • Baby shower for Megg- 9 years since last baby. Could use some new things. Watched Pats win AFC championship while she opened gifts.
  • Will and Aila sleepover!
  • Premier Protein- heard about at WW. I've only tried Chocolate so far but I like it.
 

Quote of the Week

Breath is the bridge that connects life to consciousness, the bridge that units your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.
 
-Thich Nhat Hanh
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Direct download: Episode_130__Sprinkling_with_Love.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 129 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out show notes with photos on my website.
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Knit Style Yarns, Knitted Wit, Inner Yarn Zen
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn:  Dyenamics Yarn Supersock Fingering in Zombie Colorway - gray base with darker gray (some blue tones) blips of red and green
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
 
 
 
  • Yarn: Paton's Kroy in the Blue Raspberry colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
 
  • Pattern: Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
  • Yarn: Cloudborne DK, Fiberstory DK + Gale's Art Super Star DK
  • Needles: US 4 & 6
  • Check out my project page on Ravelry (linked above) for full project details and notes
    • Main Color: Shaela Heather for Main color- light taupy beige.
    • CC1: Fiberstory Core DK- Sweetly- Variegated- base looks like the Shaela heather but with pinks, plums and a bit of mustard in it
    • CC2: Fiberstory Core DK- Sabrina (plum)
    • CC3: Gale's Art Super Star DK in a mustard color (lost ball band)
    • CC4 (added) Charcoal Heather- Cloudborne DK

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: None
  • Yarn: Cotton dish cloth yarn
  • Hook: D
  • Cast on 8 with magic loop. Work in the round. Making a long tube and stuffing with poly fil as you go. Sew together at end. Made this one in a tan. Going to make a smaller, brighter color work to loop through it.
 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu color way
  • Pattern: OMG Heel (most likely)
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
 
  • Yarn: Scraps (started with scraps of Paton's Blue Raspberry Colorway)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel
 
  • Yarn: Olann Yarn the Pewter colorway  (purple/grays, tans, pewter- copper?)
  • Pattern: Vanilla is the New Black
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

 
  • More details to come but I'm looking forward to getting back to knitting on this.

From the Armchair

 
2017 year in review:
 
  • 27 toys
  • 24 pairs of socks
  • 3 single socks (frankensocks)
  • 14 hats
  • 9 ornaments
  • 6 stockings
  • 4 shawls
  • 3 outfits for dolls I've made previously
  • 2 tops/sweaters
  • 7 Other (iphone case, wash cloth, legwarmers and garland)
  • Total: 99
2017 Percentages
  • 51 crochet, 48 knitting- Almost 50/50!
  • 19 for me / 80 gifts
Tip: To find your details, go to your Ravelry Projects then click on Advanced. From there you can search like you search for patterns. I sorted by "Finished" and "Finished in 2017."

In my Travels

Vogue Knitting Live: NYC - Review
 
 
Friday: I took a great class on charts with Emily and Alexa of Tin Can Knits. I spent time with my friend Lauren of the Teaknits Podcast and took Pilates at my friend Laura's new studio- PilatiBod
 
 
Saturday: I got to meet Katie (one half of the Imagined Landscapes Podcast) in person for the first time. I bought a skein of yarn and cast on before my 2p Lace class with Brooke Nico which was really valuable!
 
Sunday: I eased into the day having breakfast with Mary (of the Kino Knits Podcast) and met up with my friend Mara. At 9am I had Shawl Shapes with Veera Valimaki
 
 

KAL News

 
Pigskin Party KAL
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There's also a helpful "Start Here" Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread where you'll track your points. Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you'll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
    • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you'll earn more points per FO
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty17 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
  • December "Off Sides" Interception Winner Announced
  • December Participation Prizes Announced
 
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.
  • January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List

Events

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

Life in Focus

2018 Goals- 18 of them (well, not quite, at least not yet) inspired by Gretchen Rubin- Happier Podcast
 
 
  1. Finish 2017 Project Life pages and order album
  2. Finish exporting photos out of iPhoto
  3. Create Collage Wall for Hall
  4. Publish a shawl pattern
  5. Paint and decorate guest room
  6. Publish GoodReader PDF
  7. Go on a Camping/Kayaking trip somewhere new
  8. Establish a better filing system at home
  9. Make 3 months worth of pages on my physical scrapbook
  10. Play with video and editing
  11. Finish- A week in the Life 2017 Album
  12. Build more muscle
  13. Try three new exercise classes
  14. Sleep better
  15. Get back in the habit of journaling
  16. Perform a Weekly Review (GTD) each week
 
Word of the Year: Flex
  • Flex my muscles, stretch my muscles, be flexible in life, flex my design muscles. build them and flex
  • Note: I first heard about picking a word of the year from Ali Edwards
I am setting weekly goals and tracking in Evernote.
 

On a Happy Note

  • Laura visit for New Years
  • I joined another 4 week session of hiit (high intensity interval training)
  • Beautiful snow!
  • Really enjoying the success I’m seeing with my weekly planning. I know I”m only a few weeks in but it feels sustainable.

Quote of the Week

“If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life.”
-- Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom
 
 
 
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