Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 205 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes and photos on my website. Click here.

This week’s segments included:

  • Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Some Years Later
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Reminder: All links to Ravelry are labeled as such. 

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Laura’s Cameo Socks

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

Easter Garland

Heart Garland 

  • Pattern: Heart Garland by Sarahndipities Designs (free crochet pattern)-website link
  • Hooks: 3.75 + others 
  • Yarn: 
    • White: Lion Brand Wool Ease- 301- White Multi
    • Big Twist from Joann’s (Holiday- Red & Twinkle- Gray/Silver)
  • Ravelry Project Page

3-ply Corriedale Yarn from Wound Up Fiber Arts

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

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 (Badger Black Colorway); CeCe’s Wool Yarn Baby! 1120 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino (Cherries Jubilee Colorway)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Riley’s Nanaimo Cardigan

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 
  • Used Green Stripe Ragg colorway of Patons Kroy for heel.

Whale Song Socks

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Whale Song Colorway. If you’d like to purchase any Knit Picks Yarn I’d appreciate it if you’d use my Knit Picks Affiliate Link.
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams ($5 US knitting pattern)
  • Ravelry Project Page Link
  • Knit Picks Stroll in Navy Colorway for the heels.

Hydrangea Stripes Blanket

  • Pattern: Hydrangea Stripes Blanket by Lucy of Attic24 (free crochet blanket)
  • Ravelry Project Page 
  • 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. Some of them include: Avocado, Dublin, Sienna, Wine, Denim, Fig, Tranquil, & Coral.
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm), Cast on with K (6.5 mm)
  • Chained 118 to start. Pattern calls for chaining 182 for a 4×6 foot blanket. Next time I’d cut by half at least for a baby blanket.

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear more about my experiences with Virtual Vogue Knitting Live in March

Some Years Later

  • Thank you to Ravelry user MLbatesWI, Lisa who recommended this idea for a segment in her review on Apple Podcasts.
  • FO from March 2016 Socks using KnitCircus Yarn in the Greatest of Ease Base in the Come What May Colorway.
    • Check out my Ravelry Project Page.
    • I wear them often and I think they’re holding up well. Not overly dingy. 
    • One note- Knit Circus has changed hands but this yarn base, according to Ravelry, isn’t discontinued. 
  • Pair of socks I knit for Dan 5 years ago with Regia 4 ply. His first pair of patterned/self-striping socks. Check out my Ravelry Project Page. Also his first pair sock weight socks. Holding up beautifully! 

KAL News

  • Splash Pad opens Friday May 28
  • Sponsor spots open. Click here for details.
  • Save the Date: Virtual Kick Off Weekend May 29 & 30, 2021
  • 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 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.

Events

Contest, News & Notes

  • I’m sorry share about the passing of Paula Emons-Fuessle on March 22, 2021
  • March 31st last day to use original version of Ravelry. I’m sad and frustrated that it has come to this. The eternal optimist in me was holding out hope that they’d fix the issues that have been reported. Tune in to hear more about my thoughts and my plan so far. If you know of good alternative, especially for a pattern database, please let me know.
  • I will not be using Ravelry from 3/31- 4/2 to support the worldwide ban that’s being organized. 
  • Want to export our patterns from Ravelry?
  • I have a new pattern available on Ravelry & Love Crafts!
    • The Sure of You Headband is a simple stockinette & reverse stockinette headband with a mock i-cord edging and flexible button closure at the back.
    • This pattern has been tech edited & test knit.All instructions are written and charted.
    • It calls for bulky weight yarn and US 8 Needles.
    • It is written for 4 sizes.
    • Use code friends on Ravelry to get the pattern for $4 instead of $5 or if you’re a newsletter subscriber, check your inbox for an even better coupon code.
  • New on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel. 

On a Happy Note

  • Savers trip with Mom- blue sequin “Fearless” pouch! Fearless is Mom’s word of the year for 2021!
  • Hattie wearing the pink legwarmers I knit for Aila. 
  • Hiking longer and in better weather.
  • Having friends over for a bonfire. Tractor rides for the kids. Jiffy pop!
  • Planning Disney trip for the whole fam!

Quote of the Week

“New goals don’t deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results.”
-James Clear


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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 204 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes including 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
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Fifties Stripes Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Patrons Kroy Stripes in the Fifities Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Cozy Classic Raglan (finished for 2nd time)

Juju Fruit Headband (#2)

  • Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky in the Juju Fruit Colorway
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Pattern: new design. Release TBD.
  • Ravelry Project Page

Yadi the Frenchie

Laura’s Tranquility Scarf

On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

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 (Badger Black Colorway); CeCe’s Wool Yarn Baby! 1120 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino (Cherries Jubilee Colorway)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Laura’s Cameo Socks

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy FX Yarn in the Cameo Colors Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Ravelry Project Page Link

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
  • Ravelry Project Page Link

Brainstorming

  • I swatched with unknown Sweitzer yarn (likely worsted/aran weight). Blocked swatch is 15 sts over 4 inches on US 7s. 14 sts on US8s. I like the fabric, but am having a hard time finding a pattern that matches this gauge.
  • I’m also really in love with this knit dress. Pattern is the Schlossel Dress by Siga Lagamta Ravelry Pattern Page. Do you think it would look good on me?

From the Armchair

KAL News

  • The Splash Pad Party opens Friday May 28, 2021!
  • Sponsor spots are available. Click here for details.
  • Save the Dates: Virtual Kick-off Events will take place on Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th.
  • 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. 

Events

Contest, News & Notes

  • What’s new on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel?
  • Punk Frockers Sewing podcast (audio). Check out their website.
    • Hosted by Beverly Baptiste and Jenny Hassler. They are looking to create a sewing community, will be hosting challenges, focus on sharing patterns from indie makers and size inclusive pattern designers. 
  • I am now a Knit Picks Affiliate which means if you make a purchase using this link, I will get a small commission. It doesn’t cost you any extra.

Ask Me Anything

I receive a comment on the blog from Lisa suggesting a new segment on the podcast called “One Year Later” where I would “Revisit items you finished one year ago and discuss how they’ve held up. How is the yarn looking? Wearability? Does it get frequent use or is it time to frog it?”

Do you like this idea? Come tell me in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group.

This time I talked about my Soldotna Crop which I finished 2/29/20. Click here for my Ravelry Project Page. I used Brown Sheep Prairie Spun DK in two colors of gray and Daschinger Wools for yellow and turquoise. All non superwash. Worn many many times. No signs of pilling. No stretching. Love it!

I also talked about my Ice Time Mitts finished in early March 2020. Click here for my Ravelry Project Page knit in Cloudborn Fibers DK and Legacy Fiber Arts DK. I love the fit, the yarn still looks brand new. No signs of wear. 

On a Happy Note

  • Millie is healing well after knee surgery. We celebrated and showed support with a parade/outdoor visit.
    • The night before I went to Mom’s where she, Trish and I made posters. So fun!
  • Mom & Dad each got their first Covid vaccine!
  • Celebrated Megg’s birthday. Workout in morning together. Dinner/fire together in the evening!
  • Longer days. 60 degree temps.

Quote of the Week

“Instead of asking how many tasks you can tackle given your working hours, ask how many you can ditch given what you must do to excel.”

Morten Hansen

Thank you for tuning in!
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