Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 187 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:

  • Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • Brainstorming
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week


Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Yumi Yarns

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

C2C Blanket

  • Pattern: Corner to Corner Start tutorial by Lauri Bolland
  • Hook: I (5.25mm)
  • Yarn: Vanna’s Choice 3 skeins each of (pink) and (light gray)
  • Border- I used the first round from this tutorial
  • 858 meters

Red Thumper Hat

  • Pattern: Thumper Hat by Jennifer Lassonde ($5 knitting pattern)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca
  • 128 meters

Pan the Alien

  • Pattern: Allen the Alien Amigurumi by Abby Sy (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight Superwash Wool, blue white and green.
  • 44 meters

Demic the Round Plus Alien

  • Pattern: Round Plush Alien by Janet Carrillo (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Worsted Weight Superwash Wool, blue white and green.
  • 38 meters

Misfit Scrappy Sock 

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarn Twist Sock in the We R All Misfits (self striping). Holly Press Fibers Sheepish Minis in 2 colors of green
  • 241 meters

Paton’s Kroy Socks for Gram

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Green Stripe Ragg Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 212 meters

PrideSockathon2020 Socks

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Rainbow Colorway & Paton’s Kroy (coal)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on for Abigail of Covert Knits Video Podcast Pride Sockathon 2020 runs through June 30th. #pridesockathon2020 
  • Abigail is donating money to The Trevor Project for each pair she finishes. I donated $60.60 when I finished this pair.
  • 272 meters 

Stash Dash Total to date: 8,463 meters (20K here I come)

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Summer 2020 Wash Cloths Round 2

  • Pattern: Solid Granny Square by Lullaby Melodia
  • Hook: J (6.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar n’Cream
  • 30+ in second round so far! Goal is to use up all of this stash.

Chevron Scrap Blanket

  • Pattern: Chevron Scrap Blanket by Maria’s Blue Crayon
  • Yarn: Various acrylic worsted weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: J (6.0 mm)
  • This is a great stash buster. I need at least 16g to make one stripe of 7 rows & 10g to make a corner

Spinning Corriedale to ply with BFL

  • 8oz of corriedale (natural cream color)
  • First 4 oz done.

Brainstorming

The Crochet Luna Podcast is hosting an August MAL for these Soap Sacks.

Fortune’s Shawlette crochet pattern by Tamara Kelly $4.00

Hatching Alien by Kayte-Did’s Free crochet pattern

KAL News

Quarterly Quests!

Get all of the details here. Check out the Quarter 2 Thread April 1-June 30 – Free the Favorites Thank you to our Quarter 2 Sponsors: Prairie Bag WorksNahSt DesignsYumi Yarns DesignsagirlandherwoolHolly Press Fibers

Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library check out the Ravelry Thread here.
Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and Bees
Don’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests you can also add one for the Quarter:
#FreetheFavorites #LessentheLibrary #SlaytheStash

Splash Pad Party 

Check out the Start Here Thread for Details & Links to everything you need

Pro Shop Sponsors:

Snack Shack Sponsors

Tune in to hear if your name was randomly selected for a June participation prize. Keep posting in Poolside chat thread and use #splashpadparty20 on IG. 

Events

Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, runs May 22- August 22, 2020. Check out the Chat Thread & the Rules in the Knit Girllls Podcast group

Tour de Fleece runs from Saturday June 27 to Sunday July 19 

Life in Focus

  • Goals for year- 7 patterns- 3x week workouts
    • 3x week workouts are still going strong.
    • Design- I finished the knitting and most of the writing of another pattern (which will be #5 for the year). 
  • Continuing work on Me & White Supremacy workbook.
  • I need to revisit my 20 for 2020 list because some things like visiting 2 new cities just won’t be realistic. 

On a Happy Note

  • Walking with my BFF while kids worked in yard with Dan. 
  • Two tiny fawns and their moms who are hanging around our property a lot right now. 
  • Father’s Day at my parents with my brother’s 3 kids. Outdoor movie night. Seafood. Swimming.
  • Judging jumps off the diving board using the score cards Riley made (0.0, 1, 2 and 3) 
  • Oisin’s birthday.
  • Dan playing guitar again.
  • Date night at the Drive In to see the new Lion King. 

Quote of the Week

“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear.”

— John Cage

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 186 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:

  • Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • Brainstorming
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: agirlandherwool & Fibernymph Dye Works

I started the show with a bit of my perspective on and support for Black Lives Matter. Tune in to hear the details. I also shared a quote from Gretchen Rubin from Episode 267 of the Happier Podcast.
“The things of ordinary life can seem trivial especially at times like this but big things coexist with little things— and by taking care of little things– and our own lives —we strengthen ourselves to take action on big things. And to turn outward— and to think about other people and the right action we can take in the world.”

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Mixed BFL

  • Mixed BFL: Call Me Row-Bear from 2GuysYarn
  • Wheel: Kromski Minstrel 
  • 2 ply yarn 
  • 312.7 meters. 
  • Stash Dash Total: 938 meters

Christmas Stocking for Jenna & Cecilia

  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stocking by Family Circle Magazine 1977 (not available online anymore)
  • Yarn: Patons Classic Worsted in Bright Red
  • Hook: F (3.75mm)
  • 912 meters 

Happiest Blanket Ever 2 

  • Pattern: Happiest Blanket Ever by Tamara Kelly (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love (Pastel Green) for Main Color. Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop in the Tutti Fruitti Colorway 
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Cast on for Baby Size. Chain 154.
  • MC- 783 meters, CC: 429 meters: about 90 meters for last round of border in a salmon color. Total: 1304 meters for stash dash
  • FO= 51 inches long  and 37 inches wide

2 Blues 32oz Jar Cozy

  • Pattern: None
  • Hooks: 3.5 mm (E), 3.75 mm (F),4.0 mm (G)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up in Sky and Denim
  • 46 meters
 

Rainbow Cozy Large (32oz jar)

  • Pattern: None
  • Hooks: 3.5 mm (E), 3.75 mm (F),4.0 mm (G)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up- Black, worked my way through rainbow. Purple to red. Black body. Pink round at the top.
  • 59 meters
 

Stash Dash Summer Dishcloths Round 1

  • Yarn: Lily Sugar n’Cream
  • Hook: J (6.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Solid Granny Square
  • I’m trying to work through my entire stash of Lily Sugar n’ Cream cotton. My firstbatch of summer washcloths = 32 cloths.
  • 454 grams/ 704 meters
Stash Dash Total (to date): 6,670 meters

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Quarantine Socks

  • Yarn: Berroco Sox in Colorway 1415 Portsoy (self striping grays and blues)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Finished first sock- 38g.  
  • Almost through leg of second sock. 
 

Misfit Scrappy Sock 

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarn Twist Sock in the We R All Misfits (self striping). Holly Press Fibers Sheepish Minis in 2 colors of green
 

PrideSockathon2020 Socks

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Rainbow Colorway & Paton’s Kroy (black)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on for Abigail of Covert Knits Video Podcast Pride Sockathon 2020 runs through June. 
  • Abigail is donating money to The Trevor Project for each pair she finishes and I think I’ll do the same. 

Natural Tans BFL

  • Fiber: 4 oz BFL from Beesy Fibers.
  • Wheel: Kromski Minstrel
  • Plan is to spin 8 oz cream/undyed Corriedale and spin a 3 ply. 

C2C Blanket

  • Pattern: Corner to Corner Start tutorial by Lauri Bolland
  • Hook: I (5.25mm)
  • Yarn: Vanna’s Choice 3 skeins each of (pink) and (light gray)
  • Thanks to walshcentral- Maryann for inspiration and link to pattern on Ravelry.
  • I found this tutorial very useful to get my head around the construction.
  • I used this link for Border help  but found that I was getting too much flare, so after first round of (chain 3, sc) instead of DC in each chain, I did 2 DC, then DC in the SC below. 

Brainstorming

KAL News


Quarterly Quests!

Get all of the details here. Check out the Quarter 2 Thread April 1-June 30 – Free the Favorites Knit any projects you have “hearted” over the year with the hopes of knitting them someday. That day will arrive. Knit as many as you can. You will receive extra entries for any pattern that was favorited over 5 yearsIt can be something you’ve made before

Thank you to our Quarter 2 Sponsors: Prairie Bag WorksNahSt DesignsYumi Yarns DesignsagirlandherwoolHolly Press Fibers.
Don’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests you can also add one for the Quarter:
#sQuelchtheQueue#FreetheFavorites#LessentheLibrary#SlaytheStash& you can always add #downcellarstudiopodcast

Splash Pad Party – Check out the Start Here Thread for Details & Links to everything you need

Pro Shop Sponsors:

Snack Shack Sponsors

Events

Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, runs May 22- August 22, 2020. Check out the Chat Thread & the Rules in the Knit Girllls Podcast group

Contest, News & Notes

My latest knitting pattern is available on Ravelry! The Ice Time Mitts pattern is $5 on Ravelry.

 
  • Yarn
    • Main Color: Legacy Fiber Artz DK, 75% Superwash Merino, 25% Nylon. 100 grams, 245 yards / 224 meters. Colorway – Grey Gardens (grey)
    • Contrast Color: Cloudborn Fibers Highland DK, 100% Fine Highland Wool. 50 grams, 164 yards / 150 meters. Colorway – Maize Heather (mustard).
    • Yarn Used in Sample (Medium): Main Color used 30 grams, 74 yards / 68 meters. Contrast Color used 22 grams, 71 yards / 65 meters.
  • Sizes
    • Small (Medium, Large)
    • Finished palm circumference: 6 (7, 8) in / 15.25 (17.75, 20.25) cm
    • Intended to fit with no-ease to a little bit of negative ease. Select the size that is closest to your handcircumference as measured just below the knuckles. If you are between sizes, I’d recommend going down to a smaller size
  • Pattern Info
    • Pattern has 2 linked video tutorials- how to work the 1×1 cable without a cable needle and without dropping the stitch off your needles.
    • How to do the Jeny’s surprisingly stretchy BO on 1×1 rib. 
    • Tech edited and test knit.

Life in Focus

Ask Me Anything

Shateen Amanda asked: What is your current favorite lunch or snack?

  • Lunch- Siracha Ranch salad (salad with any veggies I have in my fridge and the Siracha Ranch dressing from Trader Joe’s)
  • Snack- fruit. or popcorn
 

Limestone knits asked: What are your favorite cardigan patterns

  • I’ve only knit 4 adult cardigans. Rocky Coast by Hannah Fettig, Lush Cardigan by Tin Can Knits, Mezzo Cardigan by Alexis Windslow, Sandbar Cardi- crochet pattern by Toni Lipsey.
  • I’ve learned something through each one- about fit and fiber content… Not sure cardigans are my thing. My favorite of these is the Mezzo Cardigan.

On a Happy Note

  • Attending a peaceful BLM protest in Boston.
  • Figuring out what my family feels comfortable with for visiting.
  • Riley and Millie knitting at the pool
  • Kayaking with Dan
  • Seeing a buck in the backyard.
  • Celebrating my 40th birthday!
  • Visiting with family after the kids come here on Saturdays to work in the woods with Dan.

Quote of the Week

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but building the new.

-Socrates

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