Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thanks for tuning in. This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • In My Travels 
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • Knitting in Passing 
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Crochet Bunting

  • Hook Size: D 3.0mm
  • Yarn: leftover Oh Loops Platinum Socks in the Cindy Lou Who color way image
  • Pattern: Mary, Millie and Morgan by Susan B Anderson
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in various colors
  • Needles: US 3image

Mother's Day Socks

  • Yarn: Coloring Book Yarns in the Marceline colorway.
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williamsimage

On the Needles

Sock Yarn Blanket

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0mm
  • Pattern: double crochet granny square
  • Pattern: Argent by Hunter Hammersen
  • Needles: US 6-  4mm needles
  • Yarn: Frog Tree Pediboo (sport) color 1130 Jade image

Colorful Cowl

  • Yarn: Mirasol Tuhu- DK weight yarn, 50% Llama, 40% Merino, 10% Angora in gray, aquamarine, chartreuse, cream, hot pink and tangerine
  • Needles: US 5
  • Provisionally cast on 60 stitches, knitting in the round. Will make a very long tube that kitchener together to make a long infinity cowl.image
  • Yarn: RAF: Fraternal Twin Brother to RBF- Self striping colorway from Kirby Wirby. 75% Superwash BFL, 25% nylon
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williamsimage

Maryland Socks

  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Pitter Pat Colorway (hot pink, hot orange, hot purple, watermelon/strawberry pink, electric blue and a tealy green.
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williamsimage


  • Purple baby hat for Kiley (MiniPurlGirl) on Ravelry who is collecting purple baby hats as part of her senior project to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome, the Period of Purple Crying and Accidental Infant Death. If you're interested, check out Kiley's Ravelry profile for details on where to send hats by the end of May. She is offering a  A skein of purple Wollmeise will be randomly given to one donator. One entry per hat. #ClickforKiley if you post on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Stash Dash 2015- Knit Girlls Event- May 22nd-August 14th.
  • Suburban Stitcher- Around your Neck KAL- June 1- August 31st.
  • Michelle Actually KnittingPAL KAL.  June 1- September 1 Use pattern, project bag, stitch markers, yarn... made by podcasters. This year she's going to be offering coupon codes, including one from me, so go check out her Ravelry group

In My Travels


Marathon Spring Cleaning  -Marathon KAL - pulled for winners between episodes & posted. Check out thread on Ravelry if you haven't already!

Fiber Related Plans for 2015

 Contest, News and Notes

Trickle Shawl Kits available from Infinite Twist now!  Kits available in single colors and five-color gradients and include 500 yards of hand-dyed yarn, a bamboo circular knitting needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle, pattern marking pencil, and a zippered brocade notions pouch. and free shipping for the U.S. and China. Canada and UK shipping is now $10 (formerly $20), other international is $20.IMG_7599

Trickle KAL Instagram Contest (Starting now and running through June 30, 2015)

  • Use a Infinite Twist kit or your own yarn (when pattern is published separately later this month).
  • You don't have to finish your shawl to be eligible to win.
  • Post photos of your progress and  use #trickleshawl. If you're using the Infinite Twist Trickle Kit be sure to use #tricklekit.
  • Prizes:
    • Two Infinite Twist yarn prizes- any who tags their photos with #trickleshawl will be eligible to win
    • Those who knit with the Infinite Twist kit and use #tricklekit will be entered to win $100 gift certificate to Infinite Twist.

Knitting in Passing 

A nice lady, whose name I later learned is Sue, asked on the train one afternoon if I was knitting a Curl! [She was correct] Now that's a first! 

On a Happy Note

  • Getting back into habit of cooking & running.
  • Planning a weekend away with Dan to Portland, Maine. 
  • The joy in seeing Aila open the doll I knit for her birthday. She told Emelyn "I asked for one and she made it for me!!!"imageimage
  • The snow is gone and it's finally getting warm here.
  • Mother's day is coming up Sunday. Happy Mother's Say to all of you moms and grandmothers out there.

Quote of the Week

 A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review. ~Robert Brault

Direct download: Episode_67-_Festivals_Abound.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:27pm EST

2 FOs and lots on the needles. Many upcoming events and an announcement about my new design- The Trickle Shawl which is now available through Infinite Twist. Check out the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group for details & to enter the contest!


For full show notes, visit my website.

Direct download: Episode_66-_Trickle_Shawl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:55pm EST

Thanks for tuning in. Lots of FOs this time and some new projects too! For full show notes check out

Direct download: Episode_65-_Sheep__Socks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06pm EST

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 64.

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Direct download: Episode_64-_Flowers_in_the_Snow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:49pm EST

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 63! This week I share some finished objects and some WIPs. You'll hear about my travel adventures some fun winter stories. 


Did you participate in the Pigskin Party KAL? If so, tune in to see if you're a prize winner!


Full show notes will be posted on


Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Episode_63-_And_the_Winners_Are....mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:58pm EST

Thanks for tuning into this episode of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast!


This week I talk about some finished projects, a few new knits, a little sewing, a yarn review & book review and lots more fun (including a new KAL announcement).


Check out for more details and full show notes!


Thanks for listening!

Happy Knitting!

Direct download: Episode_62-_Wins__Losses.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:22pm EST

This week I talk about a bunch of recently finished objects and my trip to Vogue Knitting Live in New York City!


Show notes will be up soon at


Thanks for tuning in!

Direct download: Episode_61-_I_Heart_New_York.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:05pm EST

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 60!

This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • Contests, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

The only photo I have of this so far. Garret thought it looked like a veil! Riley & Garret are wearing Mom's new dishcloths as hats!

Shawl for Mom

  • New design in the works
  • Needles: US 7 needles
  • Yarn: Berrocco Ultra Alpaca Light in black

Emelyn's Christmas HatIMG_7296

  • Pattern Goblin Hat by Elizabeth Murphy (free pattern)
  • US 5 (smaller than called for)
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Kawaeh DK

Monster for OisinIMG_7303IMG_7268-3

  • No pattern (cast on 24 stitches)
  • Needles: US 8

On the Needles

Pattern: None
Needles: US 2

Measure in LoveIMG_1063

  • Pattern: Measure in Love by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Mad Tosh DK in Embers color way- burnt orange
  • Needles: US 5

Nutcracker Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Nutcracker Candy Colorway from Must Stash Yarn in the Perfect Sock Base
  • Needles: US 1.5

Crafty Adventures

I did some sewing (alone and with my best friend). I love these project bags. I vary up the sizes, but they are all based on this tutorial.IMG_7279IMG_7274IMG_0993

I did some sewing with my niece and nephew during our recent sleepover. Emelyn is 10. She made 3 pillows! Two for her, and one for Oisin's new alien stuffed monster, Dave.

Oisin learned to sew buttons in school but hasn't done it in awhile. I gave him the swatch from my Rocky Coast Cardigan and bunch of old buttons. He had a blast!IMG_7228

Every year I make custom photo calendars from Picaboo. The quality is great and I appreciate how customizable they are.

From the Armchair

2014 accomplishments:

  • I finished 51 projects (20 more than last year) including publishing 2 designs. 10 things for me, the rest were gifts.
  • Click here to check out my 2014 Projects Tab in Ravelry.

2015 goals:

  • Knit from my well curated stash. I've updated my stash on Ravelry. Currently I have 65 yarns stashed/ 91 skeins total.
  • Publish at least 2 if not more patterns in 2015.
  • Take more classes, especially at fiber events I'm already planning to go to.
  • Keep me in mind when knitting (make sure my gift knitting ratio doesn't go up too much)

Fiber Related Plans for 2015

  • January- Vogue Knitting Live. January 16-18 in NYC.
  • February- I'm going to North Carolina for a scrapbooking weekend!
  • May: Maryland Sheep & Wool: May 2 & 3
  • May: NH Sheep and Wool: May 9 & 10 (I'll be taking Emelyn & Aila on Saturday)
  • August: Stitches Midwest in Shaumburg IL August 6-9
  • October:  NY SHeep and Wool- 3rd full weekend in Oct 16-18th 2015


Pigskin Party KALTune in to Episode 52 if you haven’t already

  • Knit-a-long that runs along the NFL football season. For any projects you complete between Sept 4 and Feb 2nd you'll earn points which are used to give you entries in for fantastic prizes. Opportunities to get more points along the way by using products from our awesome sponsors and for posting on instagram, getting others to participate in the KAL and things like that.
  • Never too late to sign up. Go to for all of the details. This is the last full month.
  • There are also monthly prizes for participating by using hashtag #DCSPigskinParty on Instagram and for chatting in the Monthly Huddle Tread in the DCS Ravelry Group! Come play along. We're having so much fun!
  • WIP Interception- Winner Announced!!
  • New sponsor: Jan Smiley Bag- Check out this martini themed bag! What a great prize!
  • Just arrived in the mail- a beautiful new bag from Prairie bag works- beautiful cardinals and other birds on the outside. would be great for a 2-3 skein project. drawstring. inside has 2 pockets and a jump ringIMG_1070IMG_1071

December Participation Prizes were announced

Contests, News & Notes

Taste of Nomad Kit:

  • One lucky winner will get a 3 month subscription to the Taste of Nomad Taster Package. Kits will arrive each month and include one original pattern and the yarn to make it, along with a recipe card from the garden behind the shop and a fun surprise.

  • How to enter: Come on over to this thread, check out their patterns and tell us what you like best to be entered to win a 3 month subscription. Contest ends January 5th. You must be a member of the Ravelry Group to be entered to win.

News- VAT increase European Union have gone into effect. I want to make sure you can still buy my patterns. If you live in the EU and want one of my designs, please PM me on Ravelry, I'll send you my Paypal info. If you make a donation to podcast I'll give you the patterns you'd like. I'm still hoping for better solution in the coming weeks/months.

On a Happy Note

  • We had a wonderful Christmas.
  • Aila loved the huge giraffe we bought her. Will loved him Rhino!IMG_6886IMG_6888-2IMG_6938
  • My best friend, Kris, made me a chevron burlap pillow with my podcast logo on a pocket on the front! AMAZING!IMG_0994
  • Millie loved her Anna hoodie! The kids all had a great day!IMG_7059
  • I went to see the The imitation Game at the movies. I think this is a must see.
  • Dan and I are doing a biggest loser style weight loss challenge with our friends. It's been a really fun and super motivating competition so far!
  • I've enjoyed quality time with Dan over the vacation. We've started watching the League on Netflix. Totally irreverent raunchy humor, but if you're interested in that this is a funny show.


Direct download: Episode_60-Knit_Gift_Review_Repeat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:56pm EST

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 59. This time I've got 9 FOs to share and lots of holiday merriment! Check out for full show notes.

Direct download: Episode_59-_FO_Parade.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:08pm EST

Thank you for tuning into Episode 58! I'm so thankful for all of my amazing listeners. Please check out for show notes and links to project details, contests and KALs!

Happy knitting!

Direct download: Episode_58-_Thankful.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EST