Down Cellar Studio Podcast (general)
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 94 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this week's sponsors: Little Skein in the Big Wool & Fair Winds Farm
 
Off the Needles
 
  • Hook: US H/ 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream in Black Currant Colorway and a little white for trim
  • No pattern.
  • Hook: US H/ 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream in Black Currant and scraps from a blue/green/purple/white striping
  • Pattern: Hexagon from this tutorial
 
  • Hook: I/ 5.5 mm
  • Yarn:
  • Pattern: Used this tutorial to learn how to make a hexagon.
 
  • Hook: unsure
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix and Cascade 220 Superwash leftovers
  • Pattern: double crochet granny squares
  • Idea from Susan B Anderson in this blog post.
 
  • Needles: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarning in the Pats Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering Base. Color A (light coral is called Seashell). Color B (dark coral is called Reef Coral) and Color C (aqua blue is called Gulf)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Riley Rose Shawl 
 
Stash Dash Total (so far): 4,537 meters
 

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Needle: US 3/ 3.25mm
  • Yarn: Holiday Yarn Flocksock
  • Pattern: Boxy by Joji Locatelli

From the Armchair 

Dave The Sheep Dog? Written and Photographed by Carrie McKie
$10.99 online or in store at The Yarn Sellar in York, ME
Really cute book. I encourage you to go check it out!
 

Crafty Adventures

Tie dye project with kids!

In My Travels 

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
 
Splash Pad Party
 
  • See official rules for all of the details
  • Tune in to Episode 91 to hear about all of the amazing prizes from our Sponsors.
  • Golf Tournament is underway! Our first team has finished but there are still lots of prizes up for grabs so keep on knitting. Prizes will be announced in future episodes.
    • I announced prizes for our first team to finish the tournament; more prizes will be announced in Episode 95.
  • We also have a round of Mini Golf going on. Check it out here and enter your FOs in this thread.
  • Tune in to hear if you won a prize in the Splash Pad Party for Instagram or chatting in one of our various chatter threads. I'll announce the rest of the winners in Episode 95.
  • Even though the KAL ends on 7/31 there is still plenty of time for summer knitting. Feel free to continue to use the #splashpadparty16 so others can see your projects. Chat threads will still be open.
 
Be sure to check out our Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors:
 
Fiber Events
  • Stitch and Pitch Boston 2016 Thursday August 11 at 7:10p $45 per ticket. Purchase online, gets you voucher then you meet up outside Gate K with the group to get your actual ticket for entry. Lisa and I are going. If you’re local you should join us.
  • Fiber Revival Saturday, August 13, 2016  9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
    • $6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
    • Lisa and I will be there and are planning to claim a spot and sit and knit for the day, weather permitting. Hope you’ll join us- let us know in this thread on Ravelry.
  • Indie Untangled Trunk Show October 14, 2016 from 5p-8p at the  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, 2015 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Contest News & Notes

  • My new design, the Riley Rose pattern is now available. 
    • There is a coupon code available for podcast listeners. Tune in for details.
    • If knit and finish by August 6th. Post project page and PM me. Pick one of my patterns free for yourself and a friend of your choice. 

On a Happy Note

  • I went to see Vertical Horizon’s free concert in the Boston Common with Lisa, and her son and daughter. Really fun night. It was hot but the show was great, forgot how much I loved their music. And we knit!
  • Aila and Will slept over the weekend of the 16-17th so parents can finish some renovation work at their house. Pool day Sat and Sunday!
  • Sunday afternoon went to a cookout at my Nana’s assisted living facility. Knit and listened to the music. Fun! Knitting definitely helped what could have been an otherwise boring function.
  • Aila left Giraffe Mommy- her prized possession- at our house. I came home and found her. Told Kris I’d send lots of photos of GM and me having fun so A would know she was ok. Dinner, showers, reading, made her a tent to sleep in, snuggles, riding the train, going to work. set up her own little office. Went to the craft store and then taught her to crochet so she could make a dress. Aila called Monday night when she got back from a trip with her grandmother, sad about it. Told me all of Giraffe Mommy's favorite things so I’d know. Very sweet. Brought her back on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday night I went to Will and Aila’s track meet where we did a mini birthday celebration for Will before they left for vacation. I gave him the Rhino I had intended for Christmas!
  • Finally scored a sock blank from Andre Sue Knits on Etsy
  • Mom found a photo of a dress she made when she was in her early 20's that she wore to her Bridal Shower. She handed it down to me and its my favorite item of clothing! Was fun to have a photo of her wearing it.image
 
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Direct download: Episode_94-_Of_Crochet__Giraffes.mp3
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For full show notes including photos check out www.downcellarstudio.com/93 
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 93 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • On the Needles
  • Off the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: North Light FibersDragonfly FibersKnitCircus Yarn

On the Needles 

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in Blue Brown colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1.5 (22.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock self striping in the Pats colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
  • Worked on these on 4th of July- Pub Crawl along the Freedom Trail with friends. Seemed fitting.
 
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering Base. Color A (light coral - Seashell). Color B (dark coral- Reef Coral) and Color C (aqua blue- Gulf)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Riley Rose Shawl-- soon to be released
  • Yarn Availability: Tuesday July 12th at One Twisted Tree 5 colors to choose from. Shadow (gray), Sandbar (tan), Gulf (aqua blue), Seashell (light coral), Reef Coral (dark coral). If you haven't signed up for Danie's newsletter I recommend it (enter your email address on right side of her webpage).

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Regia Fluormania in Neon Beach
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
  • How I knit-- US 1 needles 2x2 rib for 10 rounds, stockinette for 10 rounds. May just do all ribbing to heel next time.
  • How do they wear? GREAT!
Stash Dash Update: 3,422 meters to date!
 
 

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard (spoiler alert- I think this a great resource.

Knitting in Passing

Tune in to hear a chat with my newly 8 year old nephew Oisin about how he learned to knit. What he likes to work on. Why he likes knitting etc. He talks about having Dysgraphia and how working with his hands in knitting helps him.
 

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
 
Splash Pad Party

This fun filled, summer KAL runs from June 1- July 31

Pigskin Party will be starting up in early September. Click here for details from last year's Pigskin PartyInterested in sponsoring? Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter.

 
Fiber Events
  • Fiber Revival Saturday, August 13, 2016  9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little's Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
    • $6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
    • Lisa and I will be there and are planning to claim a spot and sit and knit for the day, weather permitting. Hope you'll join us- let us know in this thread on Ravelry.
  • Indie Untangled Trunk Show October 14, 2016 from 5p-8p at the  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, 2015 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
 

Contests, News & Notes

 
 
Great Northern Yarn Haul-- Check out this yarn crawl in VT & Maine from July 8-17th
 

Ask Me Anything

 
In this episode I answer a question from CrochetbyChineka about train/commute knitting tips.
 

I mention a bag I bought on Amazon that sits on the floor of the train (that I don't mind if it gets dirty). It was a great deal and has served me well. Here is a photo of my 2 bag system.

 

On a Happy Note

Tune in for audio of my nephew Oisin after our visit to Legoland Discovery Center
We also had a sleepover for his birthday and he got the much anticipated birthday pancakes!
Pool days! and pool knitting of course
 
I bought my first Felici Self Striping Yarn! Lisa and I went in on an order (it's not all mine I swear).
 
 
 
Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_93__2_Guys_a_Girl__a_Knitting_Party.mp3
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 92 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.
Full show notes & photos can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/92
 
This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
 
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Fix-a-StitchStitched by Jessalu, Never Not Knitting & Kitchen Counter Crafter
 

Off the Needles 

 
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Beige colorway & cream
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy- Purple Haze Colorway
  • Needles US 2 & 3 (2.75 and 3.25 mm)
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56, 2x2 ribbing for about 2 inches. Switched to stockinette then moved up to US 3 needles.
 
2 improvised crochet dishcloths
 
 
 
 

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Regia Fluormania in Neon Beach- neon orange and turquoise blue
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock self striping in the Pats colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
 
  • Yarn: Knitting Fever KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Cashmere Colorway- 602
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Knits4Comfort Merino/Silk in the Beach Shade Colorway (438 yards of fingering)
  • Pattern: new design in progress

Brainstorming

 
The yarn for my Boxy Sweater arrived! Holiday Yarn Flocksock Fingering. Peachy Keen Colorway. 75% SW Merino. 25% Nylon.
 
 
I have some yarn from One Twisted Tree coming to knit the final sample of this shawl which should be published soon.
 
 
Crochet kit for Anna doll (from Frozen) with Jasmin at Stitches West in February. Really want to cast that on. Itching for some crochet. Hopefully soon.
 
 

From the Armchair

 

Crafty Adventures 

 
I went to a local paint night with my friends Lisa and Suzanne and we painted wine glasses.
 
 
 

Ask Me Stuff

 
Mislissa asked about how I factor in sizing for gift knits. Tune in to hear my response.
 
 
 

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL (feel free to double dip with Splash Pad Party if you're gifting the finished object)
 
 
Splash Pad Party
 

This fun filled, summer KAL runs from June 1- July 31

Be sure to check out our Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors:
 
There is still time to sign up for the Swim Meet & Golf Tournament we're planning for July.
 
In this episode I announced 5 winners for Instagram post and Ravelry Chatter as part of the Splash Pad Party KAL.
 
 
 
  • This event will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little's Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
  • I am hoping to attend. More details on that soon.

Contests, News & Notes

 
Check out the Sock Yarn Swappers group on Ravelry, as well as on Facebook. They are running a
KAL to use up all these mini skeins.  The Summer of Squares KAL will run from May 27 to August 27.
 

On a Happy Note

Birthday fun! Which started early! On Wednesday I received a Knitter's Brewing Company Splash Pad Party gradient set from Lisa!

Thursday night- I helped out my BFF and received some more early birthday gifts. A giraffe nightgown + necklace that has first initial from each of 7 nieces and nephews. SO special.Friday- Dan and I went to see mt grandmother in the morning then to get massages. Had a wonderful time at his friend's wedding.

Saturday- spent the day photographing my nieces and nephew's dance recital dress rehearsalSunday we went out to breakfast at my favorite breakfast place then Riley made her stage debut as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and Chocolate factory. 

With birthday money and gift cards, I bought a set of Fiestaware dishes to replace some cheaper dishes we bought 8 years ago when we first moved into our house. 

Riley and Millie's gymnastics recital, Aila, Emelyn, Will & Oisin's dance recital then our twin friends' 40th birthday party.

Sunday--- Fun day for Father's Day by the pool. Did some pool knitting but my sock was co-opted by Riley who wanted to knit on them.

Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_92__Its_a_Marathon_Not_a_Sprint.mp3
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Mom joins me for Episode 91 to celebrate the opening of the pool (both real and virtual).

I announce the prizes available for the Splash Pad Party 2016 and share lots of finished objects!

Check out our Ravelry Group to chat and find show notes on my website.

Thanks for tuning in!

Jen & Diane

Direct download: Episode_91-_The_Pool_is_Open.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

Thank you for tuning in!


For full show notes, please check out my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/90

 

Happy Knitting!

Direct download: Episode_90.mp3
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 89! Show notes can be found at:

www.downcellarstudio.com/89

 

In this episode, I talk about 1 new shawl, a bunch of WIPs, lots of details about the Splash Pad Party KAL and other contests and events in our group & the knitting community as a whole.

Direct download: Episode_89-_All_the_Summer_KALs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44pm EST

Hope you enjoy Episode 88 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This episode features lots of knitting and crochet, stories of my recent trip to Newport, RI and lots of other Happy Notes including some audio of Riley and me during a girls day out and some bonus audio at the end of the episode of some quality time with my 6 year old niece Aila and 8 year old nephew Will.

I also share the list of Splash Pad Party 2016 Sponsors and announce the details of a Mini Skein Swap going on in the group now. Signs up for the swap open until Wednesday 4/27!

Show notes can be found here.
To chat, check out the Episode 88 Chat Thread on Ravelry.
Direct download: Episode_88-Sweet_Bunny.mp3
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Thank you for tuning in! Mom joins me again this episode. There is a ton of knitting content, a couple personal/family stories (some of the slightly embarrassing nature), more than a few laughs and a Summer KAL announcement!

 

Check out show notes at www.downcellarstudio.com/87

Direct download: Episode_87-_Cookie_Monster__Teen_Angst.mp3
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I hope you enjoy this episode. Thank you for all of your support over the past 4 years! I can't believe I've been podcasting that long!

 

For full show notes please visit www.downcellarstudio.com/86

 

 

Thanks!

Direct download: Episode_86__Fox_on_Sox.mp3
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 85 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Sachet of Love by Maria Bittner (free)
  • Yarn: scraps of worsted weight
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm)
 
  • Pattern: Small Crocheted Rhino by Kristi Tullus 3.50 Euro/ $4 US
  • Calls for DK Weight yarn and a B hook (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 SW
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
 
 
  • Pattern: Small Long Legged Bunny by Kristi Tullus- Free Pattern
  • Calls for DK Weight yarn and a B hook (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 SW
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
 
 

On the Needles

 
 
Needles & Patterns for All Socks Mentioned:
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn Greatest of Ease 80/20 Merino Nylon (400 yards) Colorway: Come What May. 
 
  • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock Lightweight in the Light at the End of the Tunnel Colorway
  • Cast on: Leap Day- Feb 29th
 
  • Yarn: Regia Design line by Arne & Carlos
 
I've also been working on my Double Crochet Granny Squares for scrap sock yarn blanket.
 
 

Brainstorming

  • I'd like to make more of crochet projects in patterns by-  Kristi Tullus. 5 free patterns- bunny is one of them, if you want to it out
  • I'm thinking of starting another scrap project. Sue of the Legacy Knitz Podcast on YouTube (not Deb, as I said on the show. Sorry for the mistake!) made a mitered square log cabin blanket. She started with 4x4 mitered squares in similar color palette then added a cream colored log cabin border

From the Armchair

Watching & Reading:
Reviews:
 
 
  • Henry's Hat by Joanna and Eric Johnson, published by Slate Falls Press.  Aila (my 6 year old niece) and I reviewed this together and thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • Wool & Wire Jewelry available at NeverNotKnitting
    • Necklace $32.00
    • Earrings- $28 (I have B & D as shown on website)
    • Purse Clip $28
    • I can't recommend this highly enough. I wear my pieces nearly every day of the week. They're gorgeous, well made and classy!

Knitting in Passing

  • I helped my friend Megg work on her sock leg and turn her first heel while my nephew Oisin worked on his knitted scarf project. 
  • Posted on Instagram about doing the citric acid treatment on my newly finished socks.   For instructions check out this post by Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls Podcast.

Events

 
12 Months to Christmas KAL
Check out the Stitches West Group on Ravelry.  They are hosting a "use your Stitches Haul along" Use your stuff from the show, post something each month in the thread and be entered to win (can post WIPs or FOs). See details in the group.
 

Contests, News and Notes 

  • Tune in to see if you won the skein of Tink Yarn
  • This episode we have a contest sponsored by Sarah Schira for her Pomball Hat Collection, a 5 hat eBook collection. Check out the Pomball Hat Contest Thread in DCS Podcast Rav Group and enter to win a copy of the eBook containing all 5 hats!
 
On a Happy Note
  • I took my niece Millie to the zoo for her 4th birthday
  • I got my order of Tony's Coffee- Cafe Carmelita.
  • Took my niece Aila to her dance classes last weekend.
  • Bought some yarn at Webs after my friend Suzanne posted on Facebook. KFI Luxury- Indulgence Cashmere $12.99 a skein (normally about $25). 75% merino, 25% polyamide, 5% cashmere. Not superwash...  and I didn't realize when I purchased it that it's not fingering even though that's how its categorized on website. At 150g/437 yards it's more like a heavy sport.  Will still work great for socks and will be great gifts knits.
 
Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_85__Cast_On_All_the_Socks.mp3
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