Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 74! This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Ask Me Stuff
  • Pigskin Party KAL
Off the Needles 
    • Yarn: Freia Handpaints Fingering & Mad Color Fiber Arts
    • Needles: US 7
    • I added keyhole to this one because I always wear them bandana style and that helps it stay in place nicely.
    • Thank you to my test knitters who are going like gangbusters on both versions!
    • I blocked this using Knitter's Pride Blocking Wires
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Variegated Twist in Late Night Lite Brite Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: Owl to Egg Reversible Toy by Susan B Anderson
  • US 4 Needle- 3.5mm needles
  • All leftover yarn.
  • This will be a Christmas Gift for my niece Emelyn
    • I added tag for my projects christmas2015 and then created a set to show those projects. 8 in there so far! Not too shabby for gift knitting without a concerted effort
  • Going to make another and swap out head/body to make it an alien for Emelyn's brother Oisin.
On The Needles
  • Pattern I'm making up.
  • US 7 (4.5mm) needles
  • Yarn:
    • Oh Loops Platinum Sock- Voyage Colorway- blue
    • Cascade Heritage Silk- White
    • Two Guys Yarn Co- The Standard in Sock base in Summer Solstice Colorway- purple
  • Pattern: Crochet Giraffe by Emma Dent
  • Hook: C 2.75mm
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in various colors
  • I suggested a blog post that has a tutorial on how to do the color change differently but it was unavailable for most of the past couple weeks. It seems to be working now, thankfully.
    • Yarn: Mia Bella
    • Disco Diva Base- Merino, Nylon Stellina mix. SUPER SOFT even with a good bit of sparkle.
    • No pattern: Detailed notes in my project page.
    • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCN Fingering in Woodland Friends Colorway
    • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
    • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
From the Armchair 
Crafty Adventures 
Cleaning out the studio during Labor Day weekendimageimage
Here's a little tour I posted to YouTube
Knitting in Passing 
  • Dan's Aunt Nancy made my Tan House Brook Shawl! I was so touched!
Prize winners for Trickle Contest announced
On a Happy Note
  • I shared my favorite Black Bean Burger Recipe from Pioneer Womanimage
    • I make some modifications- I sauté the onions with red peppers first before adding to mixture. I heat the beans before I mash them. I usually add Cumin to make them a little smokey. Sometimes I'll mash up a cooked sweet potato or add quinoa. Last time I added BBQ sauce and shredded cheese inside. I use less breadcrumbs than called for-- basically just want a texture that stays together.
  • My friend Devon is off on an around the world adventure! If you're curious to follow her, you can find her on her website: WhatDevonDiscovered or on Instagram
Ask Me Stuff
This week I answered questions from purplepollypocket & yarning4asmile re: learning new techniques and whether I have a favorite skein of yarn.
Pigskin Party

What is the Pigskin Party KAL? For details, check out the rules page.

  • Welcome to all of our new players!
  • Don't forget that most winners are announced on the podcast so be sure to tune in.
  • We have a September Interception going on.
    • There is always a separate thread for each Interception (generally around 1 per month).
    • Enter for points in the End Zone Dance thread.
    • But this year you can also enter your Interception FO in an Interception FO Thread to be entered to win a prize.
  • Monday night Bingo with Lisa will be starting this Monday 9/21. Check out this thread for details.
  • If you're curious to see what's going on- check out the Stats thread 
  • Check out the first Winner Take All Challenge
  • I will be cutting off sponsor donations on Friday 9/25. On the next podcast I'll be sharing the details of the prizes donated. I will also compile the list of sponsors, links and overview of their shop in a Google Doc which I'll make available to everyone to have for reference
Thank you to our Headline Sponsors!
Coupon Codes are listed in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Board
Thanks for tuning in!
Direct download: Episode_74__Socks__Toys.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:45pm EDT

Thanks for tuning in to episode 73. This week's Segments included:

  • Off Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

Snowman Ornament #1

Hook: C 2.75 mm

  • Cascade 220 Superwash in White
  • Added crochet chain loop in back to make it an ornament. Made a green crocheted scarf. (Directions in pattern)
  • I used safety eyes and embroidered a mouth and twig-like arms with black fingering weight yarn.
  • Yarn: Knit Circus  Magnificent DK- April Skies Colorway
  • Needles: US 8
  • First DK weight version. Made mods to suit the shorter yardage
  • Really impressed with the yarn, very squishy and soft. Color progressions are beautifully done so subtle and lovely
  • Hook:
  • Yarn: Lion Brand- Cypress Double Crochet Washcloth
  • Mods: I made this 18 stitches wide

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Perfect Retreat Shawl by Susan B Anderson $6.00
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Fiberstory Fave Sock in Colorway Sterling (medium gray)
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Rare Gems Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Variegated Twist in Late Night Lite Brite Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • First sock is finished. love how yarn spiral pools at the top and then does the variegated twist around the leg and foot. 
  • Great colors- fuschia, mustard, teal, navy
  • Going to be gift for friend Laura. Saw the 3 skeins of OTT I purchased. When they arrived I posted on IG. She's been asking for socks and is very knit worthy. Didn't finish in time birthday in August but she should be coming to visit in Sept :)
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0mm 
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • Started making more colored centers with scraps I received in trades at Stitch Midwest
  • Pattern: Crochet Giraffe by Emma Dent
  • Hook: C 2.75mm
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in various colors 
  • Ann, roocmc, suggested a blog post that has a tutorial on how to do the color change differently. Ripped out what I had and it looks much better.
  • Yarn: Freia Handpaints Fingering & Mad Color Fiber Arts
  • Needles: US 7
  • Design nearly finished.
  • If you're interested in test knitting, please PM me on Ravelry (BostonJen)

Crafty Adventures

  • My friend Megg bought me a beautiful teal colored square, wooden tray with tiles to inset in it. We had all 7 of my nieces and nephews paint them!
  • I've been sewing scraps of mostly Amy Butler fabrics together into a random patchwork effect. I will make this into a curtain to hide the underneath section of my desk.image
  • I had an impromptu night with my best friend, Kris (and niece/nephew Aila & Will) ast night. Kris started a sewing project from Aila's old dress and pajamas. I knit on my shawl and Aila worked on her weaving project.


 Trickle Shawl KALimage
  • Extended through Labor Day which is Monday 9/7  so get those entries in!
  • Use a Infinite Twist kit or your own yarn
  • You don’t have to finish your shawl to be eligible to win.
  • Post photos of your progress and  use #trickleshawl. If you’re using the Infinite Twist Trickle Kit be sure to use #tricklekit.
  • Prizes:
    • Two Infinite Twist yarn prizes- any who tags their photos with #trickleshawl will be eligible to win
    • Those who knit with the Infinite Twist kit and use #tricklekit will be entered to win $100 gift certificate to Infinite Twist

Pigskin Party KAL

What is the Pigskin Party KAL?

  • Virtual knit-a-long that runs along the NFL football season. For any projects you complete between Sept 10 and Feb 8th, you'll earn points that make you eligible for fantastic prizes. For every 100 yards completed (in your fiber craft of choice) you earn 7 points for a touchdown. For all partial touchdown yardage you earn 3 points (field goal) |For any small finished project (less than 100 yards) earn 3 points
  • There are also Special Teams points available for using sponsor products and fulfilling other challenges.
  • For every 100 points you earn, you'll be entered in the drawing for one of many grand prizes graciously donated by our Sponsors
  • In addition to working for your prizes- there are also prizes for just for participating. Use #DCSPigskinParty2015 on Instagram to show us what you're working on and come chat in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group's Monthly Huddle Thread and you could be randomly selected
  • It's never too late to sign up. Join anytime during the football season (you don't even need to be a fan to play along)
We're off to a great start this year!  As today:
  • 178 players on the Roster
  • 24 confirmed sponsors in addition to our 10 Headline Sponsors
  • 28 coupon codes
    • Special thank you to Carmen, a simplehomestead, who created a Google Worksheet and shared it with the group for easier tracking of your points.
    • TarynL is starting a Fantasy Football League for those interested. Draft is September 9th so check out the thread before 9/8 to sign up :)
    • I've added the Chat Room Feature to the group. If you're on the main DCS Ravelry group page, you'll now see a button that says "Chat Room." Lisa will be using this for Bingo on Monday nights but we can use it anytime. If you see someone in there, feel free to go in and chat!
    • Another thing I think it would be fun to do, is to post a selfie on Instagram and tag it #DCSPigskinPartyKAL2015 so we can get to know each other.
This week I shared a little bit about each of our Headline Sponsors. Please check them out (and thank them for sponsoring this KAL
I'll tell you more about our other sponsors next time, but here are links to each of their websites
We have an enormous amount of coupon code from our very generous sponsors.  Details are posted in the Ravelry group which is the best place to go to find all KAL related info.
Most good through end of 2015 of through SuperBowl Weekend but look closely at the expiration dates.
  1. Berry Colorful Yarnings: 10% off any order including custom orders and kits
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs 20% off any self-published patterns  Good Stuff Crafts- $5 off
  3. Donita’s Sewing Rack 10% off any purchase
  4. Freckled Whimsey 10% off any purchase of $20 or more
  5. Infinite Twist Free Mini-skeins with purchase
  6. Jan B Smiley- 10% off $25 purchase through 11/1
  7. Just Run Knit- Megan William Designs 50% off any one check out (can purchase multiple patterns, but code is good once per person) thru Halloween
  8. Kerri Knits Designs 25% off self published patterns
  9. Kino Knits 25% off any Kino Knits pattern
  10. Knitters Brewing Company 10% off purchase
  11. KnittingsMyBag 20% off your entire purchase
  12. Knitty kitty Bags 20% off purchase
  13. Laura Linneman Designs- LaLa’s Knits  25% off purchase
  14. Lilliput Yarn 15% off anything in the shop
  15. The Little Mount Yarn Co. 15% off any order
  16. Luv Knots 15% off your purchase
  17. Lucia Pane (Pearl of the Pacific) Designs 10% off your purchase in Ravelry store
  18. MediaPeruana Designs 25% off any self-published patterns thru Halloween
  19. MyMuddlings 15% off any purchase
  20. Noel Margaret Designs 15% off any self published patterns
  21. Nomad Yarns Free shipping and free Football Head knitting pattern with every order
  22. Soap-a-licious 15% off entire purchase
  23. Suburban Stitcher 25% off your purchase
  24. Sunsoaked Yarns 10% off purchase of at least $10 through Halloween 
  25. Sun Valley Fibers 15% off purchase 
  26. The Tangled Skein-CA 10% off your purchase- no minimum purchase required
  27. Yarn Geek Fiber 10% off the total purchase
On a Happy Note
  • Riley to knitting group again- she didn't do ANY knitting. She wanted to play with my friend Jenn (audio at end of the show)
  • Beach day a couple weeks ago Megg's fried scallops
  • Aila and Will for a sleepover- always fun! Dan had to work in the morning and they thought he was hiding to scare them. fun to listen to them chatter and plan together.
  • My nephew Garret's obsession with my making slippers for my brother.
  • Went to my first yoga class in ages on Monday! Felt so good to move! Still doing my PT and have to take things very slowly.
  • 4 day weekend!!
  • I joined Periscope. I'm BostonJen there. Come friend me!
Direct download: Episode_73-_Ready_for_Kick_Off.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:04pm EDT