Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 199 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Show notes with photos can be found on my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/199 

This week’s segments included:

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

Thank you to this episode’s sponsor: Knit Wit Yarn Shop

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Baby Yoda Amigurumi

  • Pattern: Baby Yoda Amigurumi (free crochet pattern) by LarissaMaced – @beefriendscrochet
  • Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in Fern (green) and Soft Taupe (Beige)
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Ahsoka Tano

  • Pattern: Ahsoka Tano- Star Wars Mini Amigurumi by Lucy Collin ($4.25 US at time)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted
  • Hook: C (2.75)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Nanaimo Cardigan

  • Pattern: Nanaimo Cardigan by Tara-Lynn Morrison. ($6.50 US Knitting Pattern)
  • Needles: US 19 (15 mm for body). US 15 (10 mm) and US 13 (9 mm) for ribbing.
  • Yarn: Casade Ecological Wool in Colorway 8018 (natural), Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool in the Birch Tweed Colorway, Noro Ito in Colorway 12 Raindance
  • Ravelry Project Page

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Christmas with the Gilmores Socks

Candy Color Socks

  • Yarn: Regia 4 ply in Colorway 01160
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Ravelry Project Page
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Vampire Vibes Socks (Ravelry Link)

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Vampires Vibes colorway. Holly Press Fibers Sheepish Sock (heels)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 

ADVENTure Gnome Mystery KAL

Brainstorming

  • DK weight socks for Dan. Love the Squish Base from Goosey Fibers. 75% Superwash Merino. 25% nylon. 
  • Crochet Lion Amigurumi by Melanie Willis. Available on Ravelry and Etsy for about $4.75 US.
  • Yoga socks
  • More spinning + getting back to design projects. 

Crafty Adventures

  • Oisin and Emelyn put 3 coats of primer on the blue wall in my studio & I did 2 coats of white paint. Then I got the crazy notion to rearrange my whole studio which required taking nearly everything out of it! Dan happily obliged! Slowly bringing things back around. Yarn mostly back in place. Check out Vlogmas Days 28 & 29 Video for more.
  • Dan and I painted the bathroom.
  • Vlogmas videos have been my other crafty adventure. finding new things to record each day. I am working on my editing skills. I vlogged through the whole month of December! Check it out here.

Knitting in Passing

I shared an update about video chatting with my niece Riley to help her with her sweater project.

KAL News

  • Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here. 
  • Quarter 4: October 1- December 31, 2020: Slay The Stash.
  • Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years (as of the start of 2020) gains you an extra entry.
  • Check out the Ravelry Thread. 
  • Thank you Quarter 4 Sponsors: APLCrafts, AdoreKnit, Jennifer Lassonde Designs- Ravelry Link/LoveCrafts Link


Pigskin Party ’20

Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website

Important Links:

December Interception:  December Mini Skeins/Maximum Spirit Interception hosted by Yumi Yarns.Get your entries in. I will pull a winner in the next episode.


Check out the January Interception: Stash Hat Scrimmage Hosted by Knitters Brewing Company. Check out the Ravelry Thread or this page .


Contest, News & Notes

Brew Buddy Growler Cozy

$4 crochet pattern in Ravelry. Use coupon code “cheer” on Ravelry through 1/10/21 to get the pattern for $3.

Life in Focus

Working on my year in Review. Planning 2021. 

Ask Me Anything

I answered listener questions posted in Instagram Stories. The first was about my making in 2020. Here’s what that looks like:

  • 209 FOs. 117 of those are washcloths.
  • Toys- 36
  • Socks 19
  • Hats- 9
  • Jar cozies- 9
  • Blankets- 8
  • Sweaters- 6
  • Growler Cozies- 4
  • Stockings- 3
  • Shawls- 3
  • Cowls- 2
  • Mitts- 2
  • Baby Rompers- 2
  • Bralette- 1
  • Trim on denim skirt- 1
  • Necklace- 1
  • Trivet-1
  • Blanket Square- 1
  • Finished 8 spinning projects and have 2 in progress. 
  • Finished one weaving project. 
  • Gifts: 65 + wash cloths

On a Happy Note

  • Santa came to see kids outside at their grandparents’ house. Hattie wasn’t thrilled.
  • I got my first haircut since January.
  • We moved my grandmother to the independent living part of an assisted living facility.
  • I checked out a newly reopened Thrift store & got a great vintage sweater and some cool handmade Christmas decorations. 
  • While Eme and Oisín painted, I watched Hattie. Teddy Ruxpin. Coloring. Playing in snow. Playing barbies. 
  • I shared a bit about our altered Christmas plans to accommodate for Covid-19.

Quote of the Week

“A man is about as big as the things that make him angry.”Winston Churchill


Contact Information:

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  • Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week


Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knit Wit Yarn Shop & Knit Style Yarns

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Black Chemo Cap

  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Bernat Velvet in Blackbird colorway
  • Hooks: F (3.75 mm) for brim and G (4.5 mm) for body
  • Ravelry Project Page Link

Rainbow Ripple Bralette

  • Pattern: Ripple Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs ($9 US knitting pattern). Click here for my Ravelry Project Page.
  • Needles: US 2 ( 2.75 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Spunky Eclectic yarn purchased at MA sheep & wool (I think) 
  • Size Small

Nordic Christmas Gnome

  • Pattern: Nordic Christmas Gnome (free crochet pattern) by Ragnhild Hynne Uebler/Yarnhild. Link directly to website (not a Ravelry link)
  • Yarn: worsted weight acrylic from stash
  • Hooks: B (2.25 mm), D (3.25 mm) & J (6 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page

Piggie Nugget v2

Hippo Disco Socks

  • Ravelry Project Page.
  • Yarn: Lemonade Shop Simple Sock. Hippo Disco Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

Riley’s Charcoal Afghan

Garret’s Crochet Wig

Wave of Change Jacket 

  • Pattern: Wave of Change Jacket by Denise Bayron ($9 US knitting pattern)
  • Yarn: Battenkill Fiber Mill Yarn (from Rhinebeck 2019). No label or other details available
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) for body. US 6 (4.0 mm) for ribbing.
  • Size 3
  • Ravelry Project Page
  • Check out my Day 8 Vlogmas Video to see Mom try it on!

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Spinning

  • Fiber from Wound Up Fiber Arts
  • Base: Corriedale
  • Colorway: Prim
  • I have 2 other similar colorways and will ply them together. Not doing any color management.

Christmas with the Gilmores Socks

ADVENTure Gnome Mystery KAL

Signs of the Season Socks

  • Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base in the Signs of the Season Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Baby Yoda Amigurumi

  • Pattern: Baby Yoda Amigurumi (free crochet pattern) by LarissaMaced – @beefriendscrochet
  • Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in Fern (green) and Soft Taupe (Beige)
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Brainstorming

  • Getting back to my Ursa Cardigan and my Nanaimo Cardigan which I don’t think I even told you I cast on because I didn’t get very far.
  • I have a whole list of small Crochet projects I’d like to try out to make a Christmas garland or some small decorations. 

Crafty Adventures

  • I’ve only done 2 pages for my December Daily Album which I’m ok with. Forgot that December is not really the ideal time to do that because in addition to really enjoying my Christmas making— scrapbook stuff down cellar. Pellet stove isn’t on. Cold. 
  • Alo realizing, my goal i to document this stuff. I’m not feeling overly compelled to make every page a work of art. That’s fine. Taking pressure down a notch. 

KAL News


Quarterly Quests!

  • Get all of the details here. 
  • Quarter 4: October 1- December 31, 2020: Slay The Stash.
  • Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years (as of the start of 2020) gains you an extra entry.
  • Check out the Ravelry Thread. 
  • Thank you Quarter 4 Sponsors: APLCrafts, AdoreKnit, Jennifer Lassonde Designs- Ravelry Link/LoveCrafts Link

 

Pigskin Party ’20

Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website

Important Links:

Tune in to hear if you won the November Interception & check out our December Mini Skeins/Maximum Spirit Interception hosted by Yumi Yarns.

I announced November Participation prizes and will soon post the details of the 14 Grand Prize Packs we have this year!

Events

Contest, News & Notes

I released my latest shawl design- the Boxing Day Bonus Shawl (Ravelry Link). It is a sideways knit garter & eyelet shawl intended to maximize the use of mini skeins, specifically an Advent Mini Skein collection! The shawl is worked with increases in garter stitch stripes up to the center panel. The triangles are formed with German Short rows, then you decrease in garter stripes to finish off. The result is a big, cozy shawl where the rows never get too long and you’re not binding off hundreds of stitches but you still get that polished edge with the mock i-cord effect I use in so many of my pattern. Best of all- the pattern includes links to video tutorials to guide you throughout. 

Check out full details on my website or on Ravelry.

Tune in for a coupon code only for podcast listeners! You won’t find it anywhere else.

 On a Happy Note

  • Monday Nov 30th- we lost power in the evening but Dan and I worked together on getting the Christmas cards addressed and ready to mail!
  • We lost power again on Sat 12/5. It didn’t last long but we listened to the My Favorite Murder Podcast and I got sleeve of mom’s cardigan done.
  • Getting back into running!
  • 2 massages recently!
  • Zoom knit hangout with my friend Emily who you may know from the Knitting Butterflies audio podcast. Emily has been posting videos on her YouTube Channel again. Check them out here.
  • All new windows installed, and our door replacements will be finished next weekend!
  • I visited with Mom for her sweater try on and to pick up garland.  Tune in to Day 8 Vlogmas Video to see Mom’s gorgeous Christmas decorations. She says they’re scaled way down, and they are, but its still more than anyone else I know!
  • We had another rainy Saturday so we watched hours of Good Girls on Netflix and wrapped all of our Christmas gifts.
  • Getting to see our nieces and nephews (safely) and seeing Hattie experience Teddy Ruxpin Singing and Reading to her for the 1st time!

Quote of the Week

I used to spend a lot of energy trying to get further. I now spend a lot of energy trying to get better. Progress is a trajectory, not just a destination.

–Web Smith


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