Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 226 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. 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
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Dotted Rays

  • Pattern: Dotted Rays by Stephen West (Knitting pattern available on Ravelry  for 6 Euros ~$7 US. Also available on Gumroad.)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Capretta Superwash in the Sagebrush colorway, Knit Picks Palette in Wonderland Heather, Opal Heather, Caribbean, Seafaring, Spruce.
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page

Pink Moon Sweater

  • Pattern: Pink Moon by This.Bird.Knits. $8 US Pattern available on Ravelry and on the This.Bird.Knits Site.
  • Needles: US 5 & 7 (3.75 & 4.5 mm)
  • Yarn:
    • Sweitzer Fiber Mill unknown (gray)- Rhinebeck 2019
    • Lisa Daschinger Wools (mustard)- Farm Fiber Day’s Russell’s Market January 2020
    • mur yarn merino cashmere fingering (pink)- Barcelona 2019
    • Rowan Alpaca Classic (pink) Staci’s Stitches- LYS
    • Marroon- Handspun
  • Ravelry Project Page
  • The sleeves were too long so I ripped back after the cuff, then did the kitchener stitch in the round to reattach to the sleeve. 
  • Check out this video I used to learn how to do the Kitchener Stitch in the Round
  • Vlog January 29 & 30th – shared a little bit of the process.

Fear Less Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 knitting pattern available on Ravelry)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Emma’s Yarn Practically Perfect Sock in the Knit & Stitch Colorway
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Story about the yarn: Shortly after my cousin Gayle listened to E222 that I recorded with mom where we talked about her cancer diagnosis, she was out running an errand and the only parking spot she could find was directly in front of a yarn shop. She took it as a sign and asked for something local that would be good for socks. 
  • Knit & Stitch Boutique in Cocoa Village, FL
  • I stitched Fear & Less just before the toes on each sock using stranded color work and a basic chart I made in Excel.

Boujee New Years Socks

Ball Band Cozy

  • Pattern: Ball Band by Jennifer Lassonde (free crochet pattern on Ravelry & LoveCrafts). 
  • Yarn: Aqua- Lion Brand re-up. Green- other kitchen cotton of unknown origin
  • Hook:
  • My Ravelry Project Page

Citrus Hat

  • Pattern: Citrus Hat by Laura Treadway (free knitting pattern available on Ravelry)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Zen Colorway
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Size: Adult small which is 96 sts. 20″ circumference but I know from experience this cast on count should work. 
  • 2×2 rib then a 6×2 rib
  • Stripes- blues, greens, grays. 
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Gift for my brother’s 40th birthday!

Heart Garland

  • Pattern: Heart Garland by Sarahndipities Designs (free crochet pattern available on this blog)
  • Hook: G (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Brewski Worsted
  • Gift for my friend Liz.

Mom’s Card Heart Garland 

  • Pattern: Heart Garland by Sarahndipities Designs (free crochet pattern available on this blog)
  • Hook: G (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted & other worsted weight acrylic yarn from stash- blues, greens, yellows, white and silver. 
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Gift for Mom for all of the cards she’s received recently.

 February Yarnable Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 knitting pattern available on Ravelry)
  • Yarn: Hypnotic Yarn Plush Sock in the Raspberry Creme Colorway (February Yarnable Subscription Box colorway)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Yarnable Subscription Box Affiliate Link

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Garret’s Nana Blanket

Caribbean Blue Handspun Cowl- frogged

  • Yarn: Handpun made with Merino Fiber from Beesy Bee Fibers on Etsy in Caribbean Hues Colorway. 5 colors greens/blues. 3 ply yarn
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5)
  • Pattern: None- playing around with stitch pattern for potential design. didn’t love it. 
  • My Ravelry Project Page

Mr. Fezziwig Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 knitting pattern available on Ravelry)
  • Yarn: Woolens & Nosh Corriedale Sock in the Mr. Fezziwig Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Click here for Wiki page on Mr. Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol
  • Finished first sock!


  • Check out this video from Ysolda on Instagram. It shows how you don’t need to start with a slip knot to start a long-tail cast on and how that can help you avoid that extra little bump of fabric that slip knot creates. Mind blown!
  • Millie’s birthday gifts.
    • Tip: Warm water and white vinegar worked perfectly to get slime off a commercial stuffed animal. It removed the thick, crusted on slime from her handmade but still left a bit of a pink color cast on them.

From the Armchair

The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley. Bookshop Affiliate LinkAmazon Affiliate Link.

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Knitting in Passing

  • Kris legwarmer sock. It fits. Now that I know that, I can make second. 
  • Knitting at local brewery turned into a conversation!
  • Finished up my Ice Time Hat Class.
  • I visited Staci’s Stitches for the Hypnotic Yarn trunk show last weekend.

KAL News

Pigskin Party ’21:

The Pigskin Party is officially over. Thank you to all of you who made it such a huge success! I will announce all of the rest of the winners on Episode 227 at the end of February!

Contest, News & Notes

On a Happy Note

  • We got about 2 feet of snow in 1 storm during the last weekend in January
  • Decorating my very boring laptop shell with stickers
  • Netflix Series: The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window
  • Mom’s birthday. Sleepover. Spa day. Shopping lunch. Dinner. Presents every couple hours. So much fun!
  • Some good news at mom’s recent appointment with her Oncologist.
  • My brother Jeff’s birthday fun at Dave and Busters. 
  • Rachel kindly sent me a gift card to try out Silk and Sonder monthly journal. 
  • Wordle– I’m enjoying it! Are you?

Quote of the Week

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”~ Albert Pike

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