Down Cellar Studio Podcast

This is an off-the-cuff recording on the go! A recap of my Christmas knitting and other crafting for gifts, a funny story and some holiday cheer! Enjoy! Merry Christmas if you celebrate and best wishes to all for a Happy Healthy 2014! Show notes to be posted after Christmast at

Direct download: Episode_39_Christmas_Cheer.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

Tune in to hear about Jen's lastest knits, a couple things on & off the needles, winners of the Fall Photography Challenge contest, 2 book reviews & MORE!

Direct download: Episode_38-_Gift_Knitting_in_Full_Swing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EDT

In this episode Jen is joined by Mom and some other friends live from the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck. 2 interviews + lots of knitting. A little late in publishing, so thanks for your patience! Thanks for tuning in!

Direct download: Episode_37-_Rhinebeck_Round_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:28pm EDT

I've finished a few knitting projects and am working on lots more! I've got some other fun crafty things, a contest, a KAL and a photography challenge! Thanks for listening.

Direct download: Episode_36-_Settling_into_Fall.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

Thanks for tuning in. This week there's a fair bit of sweater knitting talk, 2 great book reviews and other fun chatter! Thanks for tuning in!

Direct download: Episode_35-_Sweater_Success.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:55am EDT

This week I talk about my sweater & shawl knitting, a couple book reviews and lots of other happenings! Thanks for tuning in.

Direct download: Episode_34-_Knitting_Lush-ious_Knitting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EDT

In this episode I talk about my newest FO (a shawl I inadvertantly designed), chat about Fiber Revival with my niece and lots of other fun things! Thanks for tuning in. Show notes can be found here.

Direct download: Episode_33-_Fiber_with_Friends.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:21pm EDT

Lots of knitting, scrapbooking, photography and other crafty adventures in this week's show!

Direct download: Episode_32-_Scrapbook_Shutter_Speed__Socks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:25pm EDT

Mom joins me this week!! We talk knitting, do some reviews and chat a bit about our summer! Enjoy!

Show notes can be found here.

Direct download: Episode_31-_Bunny_Parts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:11pm EDT

Socks off the needles... not so lucky on the tank I'm knitting. All this and more on Episode 30!

Direct download: Episode_30-_This_Project_is_Tanking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:10pm EDT

Today Jen talks about lots of socks that are on the needles, more progress with the Planche vest, a review of Handmade in the UK and some other crafty adventures! For full show notes see the blog here.

Direct download: Episode_29_Socks__More_Socks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 28

This Week’s Segments Included:

On the Needles

In My Travels

From the Armchair



On a Happy Note

Quote of the Week

On the Needles

Spring Green Garden Shawl

Yarn: The Natural Dye Studio NYMPH SOCK  

US 7 - 4.5 mm

Based off the basic shape of the Light and Up Shawl by Caroline Weins

Still deciding what to do with it. Something lacy and interesting but still simple.

Caribbean Blue Socks

Decide to use After-Thought Heel Sock Pattern by Laura Linneman

Knitting Fever Indulgence 6-Ply

Planche Vest

Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic

Needles: US 6 - 4.0 mm and US 8 - 5.0 mm

First saw this at The Stitch House when I taught the GoodReader Class

Learned a new technique for joining yarn. First heard about the Double Knot on the Knitting Pipeline Podcast.  Here's a link to Jane Richmond’s YouTube Video on how to join yarn using a double knot. I was a little worried about doing this with a slippery cotton yarn, but I pulled as hard as I could and its not budging.

In My Travels

I had a great time at NH Sheep and Wool with my friends Lisa and Ryan.

My favorite purchases of the day were 2 skeins of yarn from Dirty Water Dyeworks in their Lillian base (and some kettle corn!)

From the Armchair

I used Madeline Tosh Vintage (I believe it was the Ink Colorway) for Dan’s Dark & Stormy Hat- which I finished in November 2011. Granted he wears this hat A LOT and machine washes it, but I would have expected this yarn to hold up better. Its only pilled a little bit but mostly its faded and dingy looking...

I don’t have a ton of experience with Mad Tosh yarn and I bet some of you do, so please feel leave me your thoughts and feedback in the Episode thread on the Ravelry group. Thanks!


Some new podcasts I'm watching and listening that I think you should check out.

Fiber Hooligan Podcast

Must Stash Podcast

Two Tangled Skeins


MA Sheep & Wool is this weekend- May 25 & 26

Maine Fiber Frolic will be held June 1 and 2 from 9a-4p

At the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor ME

I'm not sure yet if I'm going, but would be interested to see/meet Lori from the Happycrafter207 podcast & Hopewood Crafts, and Heather from Highland Handmades and the Fiberista Files podcast.

Stitches East

Nov 7-10th in Hartford CT

Registration is now open.

I’m thinking of going on Saturday and maybe taking a class. More details once I decide for sure.

Sock KAL

Rules: Cast on June 1st or later. Finish and post your FO photos to the KAL thread by June 30th. It must be an adult sock with at least a 2 inch cuff. Any weight of yarn. Any pattern. You must be a member of the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry group to enter.

The June Sock Chat Thread  already very active! Come chat with us

What some of the group members are thinking of casting on:

Socks on a Plane by Laura Linneman

Mock Cable Socks by Wendy D Johnson

Scylla Socks by Fiona Lucas

Short Sheep Socks by Audrey Bochantin


2 color shawls I'm debating for my mustard and gray yarn. Any thoughts?

Heartbreak shawl by Lisa Mutch

Asunder by Lisa Mutch

Bolt by Veera Valimaki

Play by Veera Valimaki

On a Happy Note

New curtains. Have I mentioned I love Target? For $100 changed the feel of our livingroom/kitchen/diningroom which are all open to each other. Simple things can make a big difference.

Quote of the Week

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
Albert Einstein

Thanks for listening! Talk to you soon!

Contact Info:

Ravelry: BostonJen

Ravelry Group: search Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Twitter: @BostonJen1


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Facebook: Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Pinterest: BostonJen

Direct download: Episode_28-_Mistakes_Happen.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:27pm EDT

This week I've got a few FOs, some new things on the needles and a review of 9 Months of Knitting! Full show notes can be found here.

Direct download: Episode_27-_Knitting_Machine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

Jen's back after an unexpected hiatus with lots of FOs, tales from Jamaica and a perspective on the Marathon Bomber situation in Boston. For full show notes visit the Down Cellar Studio Blog.

Direct download: Episode_26-_Beaches__Bombers.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

My first adventures in sock knitting, finally doing some scrapbooking and sewing. And we're finally seeing SNOW here in MA! All this and more on this episode. For full show notes, please go to the show blog.

Direct download: Episode_25-_Snow__Socks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm EDT

I apologize so very much for the coughing in this episode. I should be able to easily edit this out but GarageBand wasn't cooperating. So it was this or no episode at all. I do hope that its not too terribly annoying! Thanks for bearing with me.

Full show notes to be posted soon here.

Direct download: Episode_24-_Got_My_Knitting_Hat_On.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

Thanks for tuning in for Episode 23 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.

This Week’s Segments Included:
Quick Update
Off the Needles
Crafty Adventures
From the Armchair
Life in Focus
Quote of the Week

Thank you all for your kind messages. My wrist surgery on 1/7 went well. I'll know more after my folllow-up appointment with my doctor soon, but I'm officially on the mend.

Off the Needles

Diagonal Eyelet Mitts
Sheep Shop Yarn

US 6 Needles


I'd like to create my own headband to use up last of Sheep Shop yarn using an i-cord cast on and i-cord edging and the diagonal eyelet pattern from the mitts.

Color work mitts - I have my eye on these Newfie Mittens

Lace jewelry frame

My next sweater??--- Oolong Cardigan by Laura Chau

Ripples shawl

Events- Out of This World KAL

Join us in the Out of this World Knit-a-Long with Sara & Lydia from Oh Loops!

4 month, 4 object knit a long
The challenge for each month will be posted in the last week of the previous month (January's is already posted here). Then you have the entire month to complete the 1 Object. You can post your FOs in both our group and in the OH Loops group to give you two chances to win!

Each month you will be asked to challenge yourself with new techniques, new colors and new patterns (all chosen at your discretion). There will be some guidance (example- in January you need to knit something for your hands) but otherwise you choose the specific pattern/yarn. You will only be required to purchase something new for the fourth and final project.

There are also Extra Credit Assignments which will only be posted in the Oh Loops Group. THey will be posted every other Friday. There will be smaller prizes up for grabs for doing the extra credit.

You must complete all 4 challenges to be entered to win

Prizes include
A skein of yarn from Oh! Loops Etsy Shop
Oh! Loops gift card
A coordinating project bag and notions bag from the amazing Silver Pumpkin Etsy shop (Don't forget-if you post your FO in both groups each month you have twice the chance to win)

Its not too late to enter- my mitts only took a couple hours!!

Come check out our January Chat Thread here.

January FOs should be posted here.

Crafty Adventures

I finally photographed my yarn stash!

I uploaded pics for a Shutterfly calendar and 2012 photo book

From the Armchair

-I finally started watching Downton AbbeyHomeland and The Mindy Project. Thoroughly enjoying them all.

-I also downloaded and started using these new apps
Wooly app
Afterglow app (heard about this from Elisa Blaha's Blog- check her out here)

Life in Focus
Challenge for the next 2 weeks-- take a self portrait

Don't forget to continue to think outside the box- take just your face, part of your face, another body part, maybe a silhouette. Get creative and post your photos here.

Quote of the Week

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.

Stephen Hawking

Direct download: Episode_23-_On_the_Mend.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

Happy 2013! Thanks for tuning in. This week I talk about knitting, sewing, photography, announce winners for the Holiday KAL and announce a new, exciting KAL and lots lots more!

Full show notes can be found at my blog.

Direct download: Episode_22-_Happy_New_Year.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT