Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 159 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Max's Very Little Giraffe

  • Pattern: A Very Little Giraffe by Annaboo’s House- free crochet pattern available on website not for download
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover super wash worsted yarn in yellow, brown and cream.

Sunset Stripes Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Sunset Stripes colorway

Grace & Frankie Shawl

  • Pattern: Grace & Frankie by me, Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Suburban Stitcher Merino DK: 100% Superwash Fine Merino Wool in the Predictability Colorway. 115 grams = 250 yards
  • Yarn used in sample = 220 grams | 478 yards (473.5 meters)
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)

Kris 40th Birthday Shawl

  • Pattern: Grace & Frankie by me, Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Vanir DK (100% merino). 2 skeins in the Morello colorway
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)

On the Needles

Rock You Like a Hurricane Socks

  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • West Yorkshire spinners for heel only. mauve color.

Dragon Belly Shawl 

  • Pattern: Dragon Belly Shawl by Johanna Lindahl Free crochet pattern
  • Yarn: Teal Torch Knits TTK Splendid sock. 100% SW Merino. Stone Ground colorway. 2 skeins
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm).

Barcelona/ Porto Socks #1 

  • Yarn: Hjerte Garn. magic Colours Stompegarn jacquard Magic Color: 7749
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams

Holly Press Fibers Boxy

  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You.
  • Assylum Fibers + 2 mystery skeins from stash. Holding fingering held double.

Brainstorming

Whirligig Shrug: baby/child shrug knitting pattern by Stefanie Japel. I knit one back in 2011 for my cousin Bella

In My Travels

I gave an overview of my 10 day trip to Barcelona, Spain and Portugal

Packing in a carry-on for 10 Days

  • 3 pairs pants- black and grey leggings & 1 pair jeans
  • 8 shirts
  • vest with hood
  • denim jacket
  • 1 handknit shawl & 1 cotton scarf
  • sneakers, shortie boots and slide sneakers.
  • Socks, underwear
  • 1 pair of sleep shorts too cold to wear- slept in leggings

I had plenty of clothing. Washed clothes at my friend's house on Friday before we went to Porto. Could have done w/ fewer shirts but it was nice to have variety. Wish I had wool socks for bed.

Lessons Learned

  • Didn’t need my shortie boots. Sneakers and casual sneakers would have been sufficient.
  • Denim jacket and vest were good to mix and match & good layering options.
  • Loved having my prescription sunglasses!
  • I could bring less jewelry if I plan to buy some.
  • I never understood the point of packing cubes-  but my mom sent some over and I'm sold. They really do compress things more than I thought possible and kept my small suitcase organized.

Overall Travel Highlights & Safety Tips

  • Clean out your wallet before you leave. Take photos of what’s in your wallet in case it’s stolen. My wallet stolen before we got to our first apartment. Because it was fast and easy to call and cancel, the thieves didn't get in any charges on my cards.
    • I had new cards & a license by the time I returned home
  • Carry wallet and passport on your person during airport and train travel.
  • Always zip your purse.
  • Keep passport separate from wallet.
  • Was happy I packed Airborne & my water bottle. It was easy to fill and carry (saved me money too).
  • Downloading google map of city in advance was a huge win. You can find your blue dot on map even without WiFi.
  • WiFi in lots of places. Cafes, restaurants etc. makes traveling without cell service possible.
  • Carry-on suitcase was plenty to manage through cobblestone streets and many flights of stairs in metro stations. I might have thought of bringing a larger suitcase if it were "free" but that would have been a bad idea.
  • Brought external battery back up for phone. Used at least most days. My phone was in airplane mode except for 2 small needs for cellular. But I used it to take lots of photos. Internet and apps on WiFi as needed. Bought European 220 plug that supports 2 usb cords which worked for all of the electronics I needed to charge. Worked well but I didn't like that it lights up green when plugged in. Not good if want to charge phone by bed.

Barcelona 

Porto 

  • Love the street art in Porto.
  • Loved that Porto is so walkable. Can’t get too lost.
  • Loved small winding streets with bright colors and laundry hanging.
  • First AirBnB gave us really great recommendations. Ora Viva= favorite restaurant.
  • You can easily hop on a river cruise. They sell tickets right down by the river.
  • Cable cars/ gondola brings you to top of bridge. Fun ride!
  • Fun with Laura taking photos
  • Graham’s port wine tour.

Knitting

  • No trouble with metal or bamboo circulars in any airline.
  • The shawl project & one pair of socks was plenty for a busy trip of sightseeing, knowing I'd buy some more yarn there.
  • The boys loved the giraffes I crocheted for them.
  • Marta’s oldest made me a sign that said "Welcome Home" in English and had a drawing of a girl in a giraffe costume like the stuffy I made Aila for Christmas that he saw in my Instagram feed.
  • If you're traveling, consider bringing  an FO you want great photos of.

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019

  • 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 (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the April Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media

Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019

Official Rules for 2019 

Splash Pad will open June 1st!

Interesting in Sponsoring the Down Cellar Studio Podcast in 2019? Details for the Splash Pad Party & Pigskin Party can be found here.

There are two types of Splash Pad Sponsorship Opportunities- find more details here

  • Pro Shop Sponsors are given the opportunity to sell Splash Pad Party exclusive items in the month of May (or until July 15th). This is the paid option ($50). There are a max of 18 spots.
  • Snack Shack Sponsors will donate prizes but will not be sell Splash Pad Party Exclusive products . This is free option and there are unlimited spots.

18 total Pro Shop Sponsor spots. 7 already taken! Don't delay!

Anyone getting Splash Pad ready or wanting to share your sponsor products be sure to use  #splashpadparty19 on Instagram!

Thank you to Jodi who started a pre-pool party chat thread in the group! If you're missing your Pigskin Party buddies, check it out.

Events

  • CT Sheep & Wool: April 27 9-4 rain or shine
  • Gore Place Sheep Sheering Festival: April 27 from 10a-5p in Waltham MA- $20 general admission ages 13 and up, free for children 12 and under and Gore Place Members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available at the gates on the day or online.
  • NH Sheep and Wool: May 11 & 12 in Deerfield NH Saturday 9am - 5pm & Sunday 9am - 4pm Admission is:  Reg price is $7.  Seniors 65 and older $5 youth 12 and under are free.
  • Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village: May 25-27 9:30a-5p One Day Pass $28 for adults, $26 senior, $14 kids
  • MA Sheep and Wool: May 26 & 27 in Cummington, MA Fair Admission:Parking - $10 per car,  $15 for a two day pass

Online Events

  • Knit Girllls annual Stash Dash KAL will run from May 24-August 24, 2019

Contest, News & Notes

Grace & Frankie Shawl release 

The Grace & Frankie Shawl is an elongated triangular shawl that is worked from the top down. Garter Stitch edges offset by the lace in the center. i-cord edging gives the edge a very polished look and bonus, there's not a single purl stitch in the shawl.

The design of the shawl is inspired by the relationship I have with my best friend, Kris. She often compares us to Grace & Frankie (from the Netflix original series)- best friends who love and need each other but on the surface have nothing in common. You'll see that play out in the shawl where the openness of the lace is offset by the solid fabric of the garter stitch—completely different types of stitches and fabric that complement each other well.

Click here for all of the details.

The Grace & Frankie Shawl is available for $6 on Ravelry. If you signed up for my newsletter you already got an early bird special discount.

Next up Riley Rose Hat. Interested in test knitting? PM me on Ravelry!

Life in Focus

  • 2019 Goals: publish 10 patterns | build muscle!
  • Health, wellness & muscle building.  I talk about how much value Im getting out of the PnP tribe that I’m still a member of.  I'm learning to be patient in building muscle while also listening to my body and going slower than I want to because of my fibromyalgia.
  • Planning: doing weekly plans in Evernote is keeping me organized and helping me prioritize. With that I'm 1 pattern ahead of where I wanted to be at this time of the year.

On a Happy Note

  • 7th Podcast anniversary!
  • We thoroughly enjoyed Riley, Garret & Millie's birthday dinner followed by laser tag! So fun. Who knew?!
  • I had a blast celebrating my best friend's 40th birthday with a birthday dinner of tacos followed by swing dancing. 
  • Dan and I will be going to San Francisco soon!

Quote of the Week

I want to live so densely, lush, and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.” 

— Nayyirah Waheed

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Direct download: Episode_159_-_41519_6.40_PM.mp3
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Hope you've enjoyed Episode 158. Not a regular episode- but instead a chat with your favorite co-host, Mom (no regular segments this time). Stay tuned to the very end for a quick word from Dad (wise guy thought we were done).
 
Topics we covered:
  • Mom and Dad took a 2 week vacation to Florida (Orlando, Clearwater & Fort Meyers).
  • We highly recommend the Palm Pavilion  at Clearwater Beach.
  • Mom & Dad went to a Red Sox game at the Jet Blue Park in Fort Meyers at the Mini Fenway. Meanwhile back at home Yawkey Way at Fenway has been renamed.
  • RuMeID- QR code tag for luggage
  • Do you have any tips for how to ensure you have access to your travel documents and photo IDs if your wallet is lost or stolen in travel? Share with us in the Ravelry group!
  • Jen is currently in Europe visiting her friend Marta in Barcelona and checking Porto, Portugal for the first time with her friend Laura.
  • Last time we were in Spain, Mom & I attached bachelorette party. Mom had lots of fun at the zipline/ropes course! 
  • We answered listener questions about whether Mom does any fiber crafts. Yes- she sews! Here are some of her recent projects.
  • For large family gatherings, we recommend frozen stuffed shells with sauce. Harvey’s Ham is also a big hit!
  • Do you know how to use Instagram stories on an Android? Mom could use some help!
 
Find Mom on Instagram- creationsunlimited
 
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Direct download: Episode_158_-_32119_8.16_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 157 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
 
  • Pattern: A Very Little Giraffe by Annaboo’s House- free crochet pattern available on website not for download
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover super wash worsted yarn in yellow, brown and cream.

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Sunset Stripes color way- black + white self patterning, orange, red, yellow and purple.

Brainstorming

  • Travel projects for my upcoming trip to Portugal & Spain.
  • Current plan- 1 pair of socks & 2 skein crochet shawl project for the Dragon Belly shawl by Johanna Lindahl.
  • While in Barcelona & Spain I am planning to buy yarn to bring back (and work on while there as needed)

From the Armchair

 
 

Crafty Adventures

  • I bought 2 king sheets at Savers. Sewed together. Threw them over my Christmas tree + tied on each side. Stored for the season (yes i know its nearly spring)! Quick and dirty but it works!

In My Travels

  • I shared stories from Farm Fiber Days at Russell’s Garden Center
  • Hung out with Lisa, Anne & Ryan
  • Met up with Monique- host of the Knitting on the Run podcast
  • Got such a positive response to my new Ice Time Hat which was really exciting!
  • Lisa is knitting sample for Lisa Dachinger Wools for use at future events!
  • Judy Sullivan from Clover Works Farm who will knitting up an Ice Time hat sample soon too!
  • I bought two skeins of DK from A Hundred Ravens
  • Two skeins SW merino/yak and silk fingering $18 each from Friends in Fiber
  • Nice chatting with Dianne of Lady Dye Yarns

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019
  • 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 (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Official Rules for 2019 
  • Check out the March Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
  • February winner announced!
 
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019

Events

 
 

Contest, News & Notes

I released 2 new patterns on 3/8/19: Ice Time Hat & Ice Time Cowl
 

The Ice Time Hat is a 2-color hat worked with mosaic knitting (so you’re never using more than 1 color in any given row). After the brim, you change colors every 2 rounds which I promise will have you saying “just one more round!” after each one. The pattern effect is achieved using slipped stitches and simple 1x1 cables. Perfect for even an adventurous beginner. If you like the hat, be sure to check out the matching Ice Time Cowl.

Check out #icetimehat on Instagram to find other color combinations that testers + knitters have used.

Yarn

  • Main Color used 80 yards / 73 meters | Contrast Color used 65 yards / 60 meters
  • Sample knit in Legacy Fiber Artz DK. Main Color= Vanilla Bean (cream) & Contrast Color= Grey Gardens (gray)

Finished Size

  • Size: 18 in. / 45.75 cm around & 9 in. / 23 cm tall
  • Fits head: 19-21.5 in. / 48.25-54.75 cm around
  • I’ve found it fits nearly every teen and adult I’ve tried it on. If you need a larger hat, you could try going up a needle size and using worsted weight yarn (be sure to check gauge first of course)
 
Ice Time Cowl

 

Yarn

  • Main Color used: 120 yards / 110 meters
  • Contrast Color used: 96 yards / 88 meters
  • Sample knit in Legacy Fiber Artz DK. Main Color= Vanilla Bean (cream). Contrast Color= Grey Gardens (gray)

Finished Size
* Size: 20.5 inches / 52 cm around & 12 in. / 30.5 cm tall

 

Ask Me Anything

Tune in to hear my answers to these questions!
 
Designs coming up:
  • I am working on a new DK weight triangular shawl design. Nearly done! Yarn: Suburban Stitcher DK in thePredictability colorway! Totally in love with it!
  • Working on a Riley Rose hat idea to coordinate with the cowl and shawl

On a Happy Note

  • Our new couch and recliner were delivered!
  • Garret's 9th Birthday Sleepover
  • ThredUP Goody Box- I got one recently and loved it. If you're interested, please use my referral code.
  • Went to see Gretchen Rubin on her latest Book Tour for Outer Order Inner Calm.
  • Birthday dinner for my friend Megs.
  • I'm still sore from straining muscles in my ribs at Altitude with Millie... and my treadmill died, but I'm finally getting back to the gym and feeling good.
  • Skype with Marta- to do more Barcelona trip prep. Any tips for Porto or Barcelona? Let me know!

Quote of the Week

Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work.
—Gustave Flaubert
 
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Direct download: Episode_157_-_31219_8.30_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 156 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes at www.downcellarstudio.com/156
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

 

 

  • Pattern: Frozen’s Olaf Amigurumi Doll by ChiWei Ranck (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover white worsted weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
 
Finished Ice Time Hat and Cowl since I last spoke to you. I shared a peek on Instagram to solicit test knitters. Thank you for the overwhelming response! Thank you to Legacy Fiber Artz for the gorgeous yarn!

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
 
  • I am working on a new DK weight triangular shawl design. Nearly done!
  • Yarn: Suburban Stitcher DK in the Predictability colorway!

Brainstorming

  • Planning to knit another of the DK shawls I am knitting now for my BFF
  • Need to check gift bin to see if I have socks to gift.
  • Need to listen back to see if Garret put in a request for his birthday. I think he wants a sweater... that will have to wait for Christmas!

From the Armchair

 

Things I'm enjoying online:

 
I also did a review of  Stash Fit by Cate Carter Evans

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019
  • 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 (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the March Thread
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
 
 

Events

 
 

Contest, News & Notes

 
Check out my Instagram feed if you listen close to the time of recording to enter to win a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted in the Rock Creek Colorway and a copy of my Tan House Brook Hat pattern!
 
 

On a Happy Note

  • My brother texted me a photo of him wearing his Ice Time Hat when he opened it!
  • Valentine’s Day- not usually a holiday we celebrate. But this year we did and it was so much fun!
  • Hattie’s 1 year photos!
  • Dinner and Movie with my cousin Jenny- The Upside.
  • Daytona 500 Party!
  • Monday off for President’s Day- the perfect SNOW!
  • Tried the Impossible Burger at Not Your Average Joe’s after hearing about it on The Future of Meat episode of Freakonomics Podcast (Episode 367)
  • Millie's birthday sleepover!

Quote of the Week

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. – Viktor Frankl
 

Bonus Audio from Millie

She talks about making slime for the first time. The method she learned was similar to this recipe.
 
 
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Direct download: Episode_156_-_22519_8.20_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 155 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. For full show notes including photos, please check out my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/155 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways purchased from Yarn's End $7 for 50g skein
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
 
Kaiya Mei Hat #1 and #2
  • Pattern: Kaiya Mei by Jamie Hoffman (free knitting pattern)
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight leftovers.
  • Hat #1- baby girl hat using solid purple and speckled red/blue from Sunsoaked yarn
  • Hat #2- baby boy hat using worsted weight scraps- navy and white. Colorwork patterns from Tin Can Knits Strange Brew ebook.
  • Pattern: Confection Baby Shrug by Tonya Wagner (free knit pattern)
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) for the body and US 7 (4.5 mm) for the ribbing
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Surfs Up Colorway
 
  • 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
  • Cast on 48 stitches.

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Yoshi & Lucy, Isabel Base in the Commissioner color way (gray with blue flecks)
  • Pattern: Frozen’s Olaf Amigurumi Doll by ChiWei Ranck (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover white worsted weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You & 3 skeins from stash
  • Holding fingering weight double.

Brainstorming

  • Yarn: Bijou Spun (75/25 Yak/merino)
  • US 6 Needles
  • Pattern: Autumnal Mitts by Jo Bangles
  • Found 1 finished mitts. Makes to sense to finish the pair!

From the Armchair

  • I reviewed the book Finish by Jon Acuff

Crafty Adventures

I made a birthday hat for my niece Hattie. A quick and satisfying project!
 
 

KAL News

 
 
Slay the Stash 2019
  • 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 (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the February Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media

Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019

  • We wrapped up the Pigskin Party on February 4th. Grand Prizes will be announced on Episode 156.
  • Tune in to hear if you won a January participation prize.
Special Thank You to this season's Pro Shop Sponsors
 

Events

 

Contest, News & Notes

Life in Focus

I reviewed my January goals, progress, and what's working well for me in achieving my goals for the year!
 

Ask Me Anything

Suzanne emailed to ask "I would be interested in hearing you discuss why you prefer to use Evernote over the Notes app in the iPhone and how you shifted from one to the other. I use the Notes app by default but have been hearing more about Evernote. What are the pros and cons? Do you have any tips if I want to transition? Thank you for being a great knitting friend. "
 
I discussed Evernote and how I use David Allen's Getting Things Done Method
 

On a Happy Note

  • Booked a trip to Barcelona and Porto with my friend Laura. Do you have any tips? Please share in Episode 155 thread!
  • I did a massive clean out of the studio.
  • We bought a new fridge and finally have an ice maker for first time in 10 years.
  • I met up with my friend Robb hadn’t seen in awhile. We went to a jazz class together!
  • I got over the nasty cold/cough that’s going around in about a week. Seems like a record
  • We had our friends' daughters- Carina and Ella- for a sleepover. We had fun painting, building forts with the rubber puzzle piece floor mats. We watched a movie, ate Dan's snowflake pancakes and had a blast!
  • Mom’s birthday & Hattie’s first birthday- celebrated last weekend!

Quote of the Week

“Reviewing your past is one of the best ways to understand who you really are and how you’ll work best on a goal. Keep in mind that perfectionism can’t stand self-awareness. If you’re self-aware, you’re more likely to know and accept your limitations, which means you won’t fall for the promise of a perfect performance.”
 
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Direct download: Episode_155_-_2_14_19_8.50_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:39am EDT

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 154 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In My Travels
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 

Tune in at the end to hear some audio from my nieces and nephew- Riley, Garret + Millie.

Off the Needles
 
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash in Solstice Heather Colorway
  • Needles: US 7 & US 8
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Cast on for XS small size- 19 inches below arms. Used approximately 1100 yards
  • I did a split hem modification. Details can be found in my project page.
 
On the Needles
 
 
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways
  • Cast on Newborn size
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Yoshi & Lucy, Isabel Base in the Commissioner colorway
  • Pattern: Confection Baby Shrug by Tonya Wagner (free knit pattern)
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) for the body and US 7 (4.5 mm) for the ribbing)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Surfs Up Colorway (stripes in all blues and purples)
Brainstorming
I was initially brainstorming this toy:
Marlene the Bunny Girl- crochet pattern by Joanna Klenmeyer available on Etsy
But after talking with Millie it seems she'd rather an Elsa or Olaf doll instead.
 
 
From the Armchair
 
Race in the knitting community has been a huge topic of conversation on social media lately. In this segment I shared some thoughts about how I'm trying to expand my horizons to be a better informed, more sensitive person. I hope you know that you are ALL welcome here in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Community.
 
An interesting conversation to listen to is on Oprah's Super Soul Conversations Podcast. In December they did a 2 part episode with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.  Check it out here: Part 1Part 2
 
 
Knitting In Passing
 
 
Check out this article about the popularity of podcasts- including knitting podcasts!
 
 
 
In My Travels
 
I shared some details from my recent trip to New York City. Some links to things I mentioned:
 
 
KAL News
 
Slay the Stash 2019
  • 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 (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
  • 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. 
Events
Contest, News & Notes
 
  • The Box o Balls Mini Skein Swap is going around after some postal delays. If you want to participate (even if you already signed up) come back to the thread to re-confirm.
  • Thank you for all of your support for my first pattern release of the year- the Go with the Flo shawl! The Cast On Party was so much fun! check out #gowiththefloshawl on Instagram to see some fun versions that have been cast on.
  • Thanks to everyone who responded to the call for Test knitters for my upcoming Tan House Brook hat! Testing is going well. If you're interested in test knitting for me in the future, feel free to PM me and I'll keep you posted.
  On a Happy Note
  • I went to see Mary Poppins Returns in theaters. It was delightful.
  • We had my nieces and nephews for a sleepover. My 10 year old niece Riley cast on and began knitting on cowl and became quickly obsessed! 
  • I was fortunate to have a Google hangout with Mary (kinoknits) and Sarah (imaginedlandscapes) about design advice.
  • Free week at gym! I ended up joining with a 10 class per month option!  
  • I bought tickets for Gretchen Rubin's book tour for her new Outer Order Inner Calm book.
  • January purge feels good!! 
Quote of the Week
 
Thinking and doing, doing and thinking--these are the sum of all wisdom. Both must move ever onward in life, to and fro, like breathing in and breathing out. Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.
 
—Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
 
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 153 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
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Lilliput Yarn
 

Off the Needles

I've been working on some design knitting- a worsted weight Tan House Brook hat! Can't wait to share more details soon.

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash in Solstice Heather  Colorway 26300 Dark blue with tints of black
  • Needles: US 7 & US 8
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
 
 
 
  • Yarn: Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist Colorway 27-003 (charcoal gray)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) & 7 (4.5mm)
  • Pattern: Raw Honey by Alicia Plummer $4.00 US (knit pattern)
 
  • Pattern: Lalylala 4seasons Halloween by Lydia Tresselt- 3 pattern combo, Diego-sugar skull, Frank- Frankenstein monster (already made), Brian is a Zombie with brain exposed (haven't made)
  • Yarn: leftover worsted weight yarn
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Cast on for Oisin before Christmas and completely forgot about it! 
 
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8 Bit Colorway
 
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways

From the Armchair

 
84 FOs
23 pairs of socks
17 stuffed animals
10 shawls
6 hats (
6 dishcloths
5 sweaters
4 blankets
3 Christmas Stockings
3 baby toys
2 pairs baby sandals
5 other
 
40 knit versus 44 crochet
19 things for me (same as 2017)
 
 
2018 Podcast/Knit Life in Review- Tune in to hear more
  • 24 episodes
  • Attended Vogue Knitting Live NYC & Rhinebeck
  • Designed + published 2 new patterns:
  • Hosted 3 awesome KALs: Slay the Stash, Splash Pad & Pigskin Party
  • Had a lot of fun with some other craft projects (detailed on the show)

KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019

  • 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 (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Official Rules for 2019 
  • Check out the January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019
 

Pigskin Party

  • 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:
  • Check out Exclusive item thread!-  something you like? get it now. After Super bowl wont' be available for 6 months.
  • Tune in to see if you won a December participation or Interception prize
  • WIPs Interception- details can be found here. If you have any questions, please post in the Questions Thread.
 

Events

Events in/around New England (or within driving distance) that you may want to check out.

Contest, News & Notes

News: Check out this Commuter Knitting in news  story from CNN
 
News: Please check out my first knitting pattern of 2019!
 
Go with the Flo
 
Would you like to test knit a worsted weight hat for me? PM me on Ravelry!
 
 
 

Life in Focus

  • I talk more about my 2019 plans, 2 major goals, and the habits I'll be employing to help me get there.
  • Other things I keep in mind:
    • Your past is your teacher not your fortune teller (what can you learn from previous attempts, failures etc)
    • What can/what do I need to cut out? We often need to prioritize our goal over other less important things. Get clear about that up front.
    • Think ahead to what challenges you'll face and think about how to get around that.
    • Make a list of my fears. Writing them down helps!
    • Be ok with failure. Learn from it and move on. If I miss one day or one workout or one healthy meal, get right back on track at the next possible opportunity. "Growth is not in perfection, but in quickening your recovery time when you inevitably act contrary to your highest interests." – Neil Strauss
  • How I Track Progress
    • Weekly Evernote Note. List Quarterly, Monthly and Weekly Goals at the top. Then start a To-Do list for the week. The "to-do's" I add can be removed, moved to the next week or completed as I see fit.
    • Plan each week on Sunday, look at the calendar and plot out my open time.
    • Daily journaling of progress I'm making towards my two goals- paired with my existing habit of writing down my daily plan for water/food and movement.
 

On a Happy Note

  • Had a lovely visit with my dear friend Laura over the New Year's Holiday weekend
  • Watching: The Affair, Season 4. Escape at Dannemore. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Leah Remini; Scientology the Aftermath, Ray Donovan. The Mule (in theater)
  • Purging and clean out after the holidays!
  • New workout area I set up in the cellar!
  • Tree still up!

Quote of the Week

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
– Calvin Coolidge
 
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