Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Thank you for tuning in to episode 76 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.

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This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In My Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Mint Rain in Witch’s Brew Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Aila Grace Shawl by me, Jennifer Lassonde
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Gales Art fingering -- blend 60% Merino, 20% silk, 20% yak, 400 yards
  • Yarn: Plymouth DK (cream) & Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Genie Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) and US 6 (4.0mm)
  • Pattern: took inspiration from Kaiya Mei hat by Jamie Hoffman though I never actually downloaded it because it said it was only for 6-12 month old baby.
  • I already purchased another skein of the Hedgehog Fibres in the Genie Colorway. When last I checked they had some listed at Simply Socks Yarn Co so if you're looking for some, you could try there.


  • Pattern: Updated Parkspin Slippers by Joan Janes (free)
  • Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in Colorway 1918- Shire (hunter green)


On the Needles
  • Yarn: Gales Art Sock blank- Starlight Star Bright
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 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
  • The big thing at Rhinebeck this year was the Baa-ble Hat by Donna Smith and I was inspired!
  • If you're considering knitting one, check out Susan B Anderson's blog post. She gives some great tips that would come in handy.
From the Armchair
Just finished listening to All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and highly recommend it
Podcast recommendationTiny Paper Foxes Podcast with Jennie who is Tinypaperfoxes on Ravelry.
In My Travels
Rhinebeck Highlights!imageimageimageimage
Devon's Travels: I shared a story of my friend Devon's first experience in a yarn shop in Berlin, Germany. 20150929_102257_resized20150929_101825_resized20150929_102326_resized20150929_103215_resized
You can find Devon on Instagram as WhatDevonDiscoved or join her on her adventures through her blog
Contest, News and Notes
News- my new shawl design View from the Charles has been released
$6 download available on Ravelry
DK Weight (250 yards)
Gauge: 7 stitches over 2 inches (in garter) after blocking 
Needles: US 8 (5.0mm)
Fingering Weight (400 yards)
Gauge: 8 stitches over 2 inches (in garter) after blocking
Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Contest: Emily of FibreTown Podcast has recently published a new design:  Esther Belle Shawl
Emily has kindly donated a copy. Come over to the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Board to check out the contest thread.
On a Happy Note
  • Seeing Will and Aila (and my bff Krissy) at knit night on Wednesday. image
  • Apple picking with Kris and Aila... and going to Aila's Boston Ballet Rehearsal in the morning. We go to Applecrest Farm in Hampton Falls NH. imageimageimageimage
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)
Thank you to our Headline Sponsors!

There was no Monday night Bingo on Monday 10/26- we're turning it into a different way to have fun!

  • Leave one comment with a note about what kindness you spread here in this thread before Friday 10/30 at 10p eastern (or later if I forgot to lock the thread right away) and you’ll be entered to win a pattern of your choosing from Kerri Knits Designs. And if we get more than 50 entries by Friday I'll add a second prize!
October Interception is coming to a close soon.
Find all of the rules and enter your FOs in the  October Interception FO thread and remember you must finish by 10/31.
Thanks for listening!
Direct download: Episode_76-_View_from_the_Charles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59pm EDT

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This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Ask Me Stuff
  • Pigskin Party KAL

Off the Needles

Crochet Leavesimage
  • Yellow/Mustard- worsted- G hook
  • Orange Leaf- sport weight- G hook
  • Mustard Leaf- fingering- C hook
  • Yarn: All leftover yarn
  • Pattern: Fall Leaves by Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
  • Quick, satisfying project! 
  • 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.
  • US 1 for ribbing, US 2 for body.
  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers, Djinni Sock base (MCN)
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Pattern by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: Amigurumi Spike the Dragon by Little Muggles
  • Yarn: leftover Impeccable Loops and Threads
  • Hook: G
  • Pattern: Hug Monster by Linda Salant
  • Yarn: White Birch Fiber arts- Electric Slide colorway- leftover from Rhinebeck socks
  • Hook: C 2.75mm
  • Pattern: Updated Parkskin Slippers by Joan James
  • Needles: US 8
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash. Hunter Green.
  • Pattern: Robot Boy and Girl by Ana Paula Rimoli 
  • The Big Book of Little Amigurumi
  • Hook: C 3.75 mm 
  • Yarn: Worsted weight scrap yarn

On The Needles

  • Yarn: Mint Rain in Witch's Brew Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams 

From the Armchair


Crafty Adventures

Sewing with Emelyn (age 11). She's preparing for a kids craft fair event. She's turning old jeans into bean bags aka Jean bagsimage
Aila finished first weaving project. She's excited to start again! image


On a Happy Note

  • Met my cousins son, Montgomery, at family gathering. He was wearing sweater I made him. image
    • New quilt from aunt who passed away. 
    • At funeral was given an afghan my dad's dad's mother made. (I said, my dad's dad in the recording. That's incorrect. It was dad's maternal grandmother)
  • Will and Aila sleepoverimageimage
  • Wood Chopping Weekendimage


Ask Me Stuff:
erelsi on Rav asked: Ok, this might be an odd question for most Ravelers, but… could you talk a little about how you build, manage, and use your stash?
Pigskin Party
Special thanks to headline sponsors:
Announced all prizes, and winners of September Bingo, Participation and Interception Prizes. Tune in to hear if you won!
October interception 
  • Knit/Crochet a stuffie, any animal, doll, creature etc.(does not necessarily have to be an actual mascot) - 100 Interception pts.
  • (Optional) Knit/crochet an outfit in your favorite NFL/ College/ High School team colors for your stuffie)- Additional 100 Interception pts.

For full rules and details check out this thread.

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Episode_75-_Wood_Chopping_Season.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT