Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 206 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, Hook or Bobbins
  • On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Reminder: All Links that lead to Ravelry are labeled as such.

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Eme’s 17th Birthday Rainbow

  • Pattern: Rainbow Crochet pattern by AmiMami Doll on Etsy. $3.74 (on sale $3). 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted Minis + Big Twist soft from Joann’s
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Interesting in picking up some Brava Worsted Minis? Consider using my Knit Picks Affiliate Link

Riley’s Nanaimo Cardigan

  • Pattern: Nanaimo Cardigan by by Tara-Lynn Morrison
  • Ravelry Project Page
  • Yarn:  Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Colorway: Storm Front (5 skeins)
  • Needles:
    • US 13 – 9.0 mm
    • US 15 – 10.0 mm
    • US 19 – 15.0 mm
  • Size XS/S
  • Used 4 full skeins (not the 5 that I purchased)
  • Tag from Beam City with my logo on it.

Sidewalk Stripes Socks

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes  in the Sidewalk Chalk Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 US knitting pattern)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Whale Song Socks

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Whale Song Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 US knitting pattern)
  • Ravelry Project Page Link

Hydrangea Stripes Blanket

  • Yarn: Sprighly Acrylic Worsted in Silver Grey, Suede and Misty Pink. Vanna’s Choice in Grey Marble, Charcoal Grey & Oatmeal. Knit Picks Brava Minis in assorted colors.
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm), Cast on with K (6.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Hydrangea Stripes Blanket by Lucy of Attic24 (free crochet blanket)
  • Ravelry Project Page
  • Chained 118 to start with J hook. Used that for first sc row too. Then went to H hook.
  • Finished blanket. 34 wide by 50 inches long. 53 rows plus set up and finish row.
  • 692 grams used.

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Hydrangea Stripe #2

  • Pattern: Hydrangea Stripes Blanket by Lucy of Attic24 (free crochet blanket)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Hook: I  (Cast on with K hook)
  • Yarn: Vanna’s Choice in Shadow Ombre, Orion Blue, Burgundy & Sea glass, Sprightly Acrylic Worsted in Suede & Big Twist Soft in Rose & Charcoal
  • Chain 86 to make this one a little smaller.

Fibernymph Spinning

Freewheeler Sweater

  • Pattern: Freewheeler by Kristen Finlay (Ravelry Link) $11 AUD (~$8.35 US)
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Yarn (held double): Holiday Yarns FlockSock (Badger Black Colorway); CeCe’s Wool Yarn Baby! 1120 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino (Cherries Jubilee Colorway)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Dan’s New Year’s Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 US knitting pattern)
  • Yarn: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Needles: Goosey Fibers in the Stay out of the Forest (not final dye version) & Lock Your F*cking Door (brown)
  • Ravelry Project Page
  • Cast on 52 stitches.

Gram’s Mother’s Day Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 US knitting pattern)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitting Fever Indulgence 6-ply Color 102-Green, purple, blue, red stripes.
  • Ravelry Project Page
  • Cast on 64
  • Ribbed down front of the leg


  • Excavation Blanket by Jana Pihota (free knitting pattern- Ravelry download only. Inspired by by friend Melissa. 
  • I’d love to make another Hydrangea Stripe Blanket (for me).
  • I’d like to make a Nanaimo for me using the same Storm Front Colorway I used for Riley’s.

From the Armchair

Knitting in Passing

When I visited with my Aunt Florence during her chemo treatment, I took out sock to show her. We got talking about how colorwork is done and the difference between intarsia and stranded colorwork. Just then, a nurse walked by and admired Dan’s sock. We got to chatting with her. She said she knits but hasn’t in awhile because of some joint pain but is looking forward to getting back into it.

KAL News

  • Splash Pad opens Friday May 28
  • You can sign up on May 1st. Stay tuned for the link.
  • Save the Date: Virtual Kick Off Weekend May 29 & 30, 2021
  • Sponsor spots open. Click here for details.
  • Rules will go up soon but as a reminder, WIPs are eligible for this KAL so if you want to get strategic and save stuff consider this your heads up. 
    • Pro Shop Sponsors are given the opportunity to sell exclusive items before & during the KALThis is the paid option ($50 for Splash Pad Party). There are a max of 20 spots per KAL. Pro Shop sponsors receive 1 free 30 second promotional ad on the Down Cellar Studio Podcast, and first selection of Virtual Vending Spots for the Kick off Weekend Saturday May 29 & 30th.
    • Snack Shack Sponsors will donate prizes but will not be able to sell KAL Exclusive products. This is free option and there are unlimited spots. Snack Shack Sponsors may sign up for any available Virtual weekend spots available after Pro Shop Sponsor Sign Up.
    • Note: All Sponsors are required to contribute at least one prize with a minimum suggested value of $20.

Sponsor List (subject to change as we are still inviting sponsors)

Pro Shop Sponsor
Anne Beady
Cookie and Bees
Fibernymph Dye Works
Geektastic Fibers
Into The Woods
Irocknits Designs
Knit Style Yarns
Knitters Brewing Company
Prairie Bag Works
Sunsoaked Yarns
Snack Shack Sponsor
Bonnie Baker Etsy Shop
Cragen Cottage Designs
Hyacinth Creek Designs
Kino Knits
Knitosophy Designs
KnittenKristen Designs
Legacy Fiber Artz
Nicole Simmons Knits
Precision Athletic Training
Windswept Designs


  • Know of something? Let me know.
  • NJ Wool Walk– April 17th through April 25, 2021. Mostly in person event but they’re also having a lot of virtual events.
  • Vogue Virtual Knitting Live– April 14-18. I am taking 3 classes & a lecture.

Contest, News & Notes

Check out the new Down Cellar Studio Patreon! Details about each tier is listed below or tune into this video to hear Mom & I chat about it.

$2/month: Coffee Club

  • 2 Episodes of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast each month (24/year)
  • Several YouTube Videos per month on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel.
  • Access to my public BostonJen1 Instagram Feed
  • (NOTE: You do not have to be a patron to continue to enjoy these offerings. They will always be free)

$3/month: Passionate Podsters: 

  • Access to all blog posts in my Patreon feed. Behind the scenes in my making and more lifestyle details, tips etc. Reviews and other notes about finished projects. Lots of photos, sneak peeks of upcoming designs and more! 
  • Access to private vlog video (approximately once per month)
  • And everything in the previous tiers.

$5/month: Stitchin’ Squad

  • Monthly Group Zoom Knit Nights during the Splash Pad Party & Pigskin Party MALs (make-a-longs).
  • Access to a private Instagram Feed with even more behind the scenes and lifestyle goodness.
  • And everything in the previous tiers

$7/month: Invaluable Insiders

  • A coupon to use in Jennifer Lassonde’s Ravelry Store each Quarter good for 1 free self-published pattern.
  • This tier will evolve depending on the group’s interest. I’ll take polls and see what you’re interested in. Perhaps we’ll do periodic Zoom chats focused on a specific topic with some Q&A at the end. Will record for those who aren’t available to attend live. 
  • And everything in the previous tier.

$10/month: Ultimate Insiders

  • A coupon to use in Jennifer Lassonde’s Ravelry Store each Month good for 1 free self-published pattern.
  • Patron shoutouts on the podcast
  • Even more behind the scenes looks at designs in progress + the opportunity to help me name new patterns
  • And everything in the previous tiers

Special Offer: Sign up in April- any tier- and be invited to submit your questions in advance and to join Jen live on a Zoom all to discuss, time management, efficiency, goal setting or anything else you need help or motivation with. Zoom will be scheduled in May and will be recorded for those who can’t attend live.

On a Happy Note

  • I enjoyed my first time inside our local library in a long time. Got 3 books and snagged a great deal on some zoo passes for Riley and Aila’s birthday adventure.
  • First time decorating for Easter here using hand blown eggs from my family.
  • Easter festivities. Check out this vlog for some silly Easter dinner shenanigans. You can also see Millie reminding me how to latch hook.
  • Trying something new- daikon radishes my friend Melissa gave me.
  • Experimenting with going gluten free which seems to be helping my digestion…
  • The Last Blockbuster on Netflix

Quote of the Week

Never say anything about yourself you don’t want to come true.― Brian Tracy

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