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Thanks for listening to Episode 53

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Dan’s Leftover Socks

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Leftovers of Cascade 220
  • Pattern: customizing an after-thought heel sock in worsted weight yarn.

On the Needles

Purple Sparkle Legwarmers

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Hopewood Crafts
  • Pattern: none, improvised. Notes in Ravelry.

Cool Clavicle Cover

  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) (calls for US 8)
  • Yarn: Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in the Ponkie Brewster Colorway
  • Pattern: Cool Clavical Cover by Megan Williams
  • Addictive and fun knit. Interesting take on a traditional garter tab cast on! I recommend you check this out.

Zauberball Socks

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Crazy Zauberball
  • Pattern: none
  • Cast on first night of football for Pigskin party KAL

Coloring Book Yarn Socks

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Coloring Book Yarns- Colorway: September. Base- 80% merino/ 20% nylon
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams

Brainstorming

  • Howard Hoodie
  • Holiday knitting (more on that in the next episode)

From the Armchair

Announced the winner of the Knitters’ Gallery of Mitered Squares eBook. Thanks again to Cooperative Press for sponsoring this contest!

This week's book review: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

  • Elizabeth is also the host of Dark Matter Knits video podcast which I adore. Books is published by Cooperative Press. I’d like to thank them for sending this to me for review.
  • This is both a comic book style story and a pattern book with 6 awesome patterns.
  • I've included a snippet from my nieces Riley & Millie and my nephew Garret who thoroughly enjoyed this book! It gets a little wild and crazy at the end, but I suppose that's what happens when you ask 2, 4 & 6 year olds to be your co-hosts! Enjoy!
  • The PDF is $9.95 and the Print/PDF combo is $15.95.

Contest: If you'd like to be entered to win an eBook copy of Kung Fu Knits, come over to the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group and enter to win!

Events

Fall Shawl Style

  • Show us your shawls and post to Instagram using wearing #fallshawl style
  • We had 95 posts at the time of recording!  I randomly chose a winner: instagram user FibertrekTV! Congratulations!
  • Special thank you to Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade, a designer of beautiful shawls. Helen is this episode's sponsor of #fallshawlstyle

Pigskin Party KAL

Rhinebeck- NY Sheep and Wool: October 18 & 19 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds

On a Happy Note

  • David Allen’s Getting Things Done Seminar (the GTD book is a great way to start)
  • Project Life app for iPhone by Becky HigginsPage made with Project Life App
  • I love that it's the time of year to wear shawls, hats and socks! Hooray for knitwear!

Quote of the Week

David Allen “I am rather like a mosquito in a nudist camp; I know what I want to do, but I don’t know where to begin.”

Direct download: Episode_53-_Do_you_Kung_Fu_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:50 PM

Thanks for tuning in this week! Segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Baby MonsterMonster Knitting | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix in the Badlands Colorway
  • Pattern: Leila, Lydia and Lucas (the Momma and Baby Monsters) by Rebecca Danger (I made the baby size) from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters

Mitered Squares (2)Mitered Squares | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

I talk more about the yarn and the mitered squares pattern in From the Armchair.

On the Needles

Crazy Vanilla Socks with an After-thought HeelCrazy Vanilla Socks | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in Colorway Fliederduft
  • Progress: first sock done except for the heel. Second sock- just started the toe decreases

Started a hat with dk weight yarn from Fiberstory that I bought at Stitches.  Not frogged yet, but likely will be.

Dan's Leftovers SocksDan's Socks | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Leftovers of Cascade 220
  • Pattern: customizing an after-thought heel sock for Dan's size in worsted weight yarn. Details in project page on Ravelry.

Cool Clavicle CoverCool Clavicle Cover | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) (calls for US 8)
  • Yarn: Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in the Ponkie Brewster Colorway
  • Pattern: Cool Clavical Cover by Megan Williams
  • Addictive and fun knit. Interesting take on a traditional garter tab cast on! I recommend you check this out.

Brainstorming

Upstairs Downstairs: A Cowl in Three Sizes by Paula Emons-Fuessle $5 US pattern

  • Sport Weight Cowl. Diagonal lace pattern with garter stitch border and center section
  • Small size calls for 250 yards of Sport Weight Yarn. Have some special yarn in mind!

Designs: I'm working on a number of different designs right now- I have so much inspiration.  I also have a new shawl design being test knit, so I expect it to be ready shortly!

From the Armchair

Infinite Twist Yarn (Affiliate link: If you enter code "Down Cellar Studio" at check out you'll receive a cool prize pack with samples of her beautiful yarn. At no additional cost to you, I will also receive a small commission to help support the podcast)Infinite Twist Yarn on Down  Cellar Studio Podcast

  • I encourage you to go to the Infinite Twist website and check out this video to learn more about what they do. According to their site, Infinite Twist is a "Shanghai-based yarn company run by Cate Carter-Evans. We produce socially responsible hand-spun yarns made by rural and migrant women, as well as hand-dyed mill-spun yarns."
  • They offer kits, yarn & spinning wheels.
  • Sign up for their newsletter to get a free pattern every month!
  • Check out Cate on Instagram as InfiniteTwist

We have some really fun stuff coming up with Infinite Twist next month so stay tuned.

A Knitter's Gallery of Mitered Squares: 45 Unique Designs in Color, Texture & Lace by Jill Bigelow Suttel and Jane Bigelow 

Pricing: $18.95 Ravelry Download or click here to order a print version (with free eBook version) for $26.95

  • This book provides very clear instructions about how to make mitered squares, connection them etc.
  • All patterns are charted, the layout is clean and the photos are beautiful.
  • There is a great variety in the 45 patterns included! There are also 4 projects included in the book.
  • I really enjoyed this book and I think this is a great resource to have!

Contest: Check out the book's Ravelry page. Tell me in the contest thread in our Ravelry Group what your two favorite squares are.

Events

#fallshawlstyle

  • Show me your fall shawl style! How do you wear your shawls? How do you accessorize? How can you use a shawl to really jazz up an otherwise plain outfit? I want to see!
  • If you're interested in hearing more about fashion and knitting tune in to the couple most recent episodes of the Knitting Pretty Podcast! Em does a great job talking about styling knitwear.
  • Come chat about it in our Ravelry Group
  • To be entered to randomly win a prize- post on Instagram with the hashtag #fallshawlstyle.
    • I'll randomly pick winners from the Instagram posts.
  • If your photo is especially good, I'll be in contact about featuring it on the blog!

#DCSPigSkinParty

  • For details see the official page for this contest here.
  • I'd like to say a very special thank you to my good friend Lisa for the concept and her support. You'll see her as a moderator in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group.

On a Happy Note

  • Great end to vacation (the start of which I discussed on Episode 51)
  • Finished Couch to 5 K program (still not quite running 5k in 30 minutes but I'm making progress)!
  • Awesome Labor Day Weekend! Knitting. My first facial. Back to School Shopping with my niece and my Mom (ran into my grandmother). Went to yoga with Mom. Went with her to purchase her new MacBook Pro!
  • Two Tangled Skeins Video Podcast is running a KAL for Cool Clavicle Cover and Tan House Brook Shawl. Go check them out!

Quote of the Week

The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.

Lewis Grizzard

Thanks for tuning in! Happy Knitting and I'll talk to you soon!

Direct download: Episode_52-_Are_you_Ready_for_some_Football_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11 AM

Tan House Brook Shawls at Stitches: Episode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastThank you for tuning in this week! This Week’s Segments Included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needle
  • Events
  • In my Travels
  • Close Knit Family
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

Shawl for GrammyEpisode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastEpisode 51 | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Yarn: Lotus Yarns Silky Cashmere Fingering 400 yards of 55% silk, 45% Mongolian Cashmere in a very light tan color (#16)
  • US 5 needles
  • Pattern: new design still to be tweaked further

On the Needles

Crazy Vanilla Socks

Split into 2 cakes. Cast on 48 stitches with US 1.5 needles. Couple inches of ribbing and then stockinette for about 16 inches. Great travel knitting for Stitches Midwest.Kitchen Counter Crafter

Events

Contest:  eBook copy of Knits that Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects to Keep you Cool by Julie Turjoman. We had 61 entries! Thanks for entering. Tune in to see if you won, and if you did, please contact me on Ravelry.

In my Travels

Discussion of Stitches Midwest. For more check out these posts:

Close Knit Family

During our most recent pool day, I was knitting on my Zauberball socks and my niece, Riley wanted to knit too! I helped a little, but mostly she wanted to work with Auntie Krissy! It was great to see two of my favorite people knitting together!Riley & Auntie Krissy Knitting

My nephew Garret informed me his slippers are too small. He needs new ones that will fit his feet! Adding that to the Christmas knitting list.

On a Happy Note

Couch to 5k Running Progress: I'm currently on Week 8. I'm running 25-28 minutes at a time- still can't believe it. I find I do better when I run every 2-3 days instead of taking off 4-5 days in between runs.

Vacation pool days!Pool Day

Garret figured out how to do a flip off the diving board (at the ripe old age of 4)Episode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastEpisode 51 | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

We spent a day at Roger William's Zoo then visiting a local dairy for ice cream!Episode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastEpisode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastEpisode 51 | Down Cellar Studio PodcastEpisode 51 | Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Stitch Fix: for the first time I kept all 5 items. I found that my stylist really incorporated all of  the feedback I gave from previous shipments and it paid off! More details to follow in an upcoming blog post. If you're interested in trying it out, please consider using my referral code.

If you enjoyed this show or learned something from me today, I'd ask to you to please take a moment of your time to leave a star rating or quick review on iTunes to help others find the show too!

Happy Knitting! Talk to you soon!

Direct download: Episode_51-_Positively_Wreckless.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:02 AM

Thank you for tuning in! Check out the full show notes at www.downcellarstudio.com (MY NEW WEBSITE)

This Week’s Segments Included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needle
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • In my Travels
  • Crafty Adventures
  • On a Happy Note

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Off the Needles

Rainton Hat

  • by Katya Frankel from the Head to Toe: Kids’ Knit Accessories Book that I reviewed in Episode 38
  • Calls for Aran weight and US 6 (4.0 mm) needles. I used Cascade 220 Superwash in the Mystic Purple Colorway. I still used US 6 needles. Followed directions for the 18” circumference.

On the Needles

Shawl for Grammy

  • Yarn: Lotus Yarns Silky Cashmere Fingering 400 yards of  55% silk, 45% Mongolian Cashmere in a very light tan color (#16)
  • US 5 needles
  • Pattern: new design not yet release

From the Armchair

The Killing (tv show), particularly Seasons 1 & 2. Both available on Netflix.

Hell on Wheels (tv show still running on AMC). Just returned with Season 4 this week.

Events

Thank you for participating in the Tan House Brook Shawl KAL! We had 53 entries and 4 great winners. Tune in to see if you won! 

Michelle from Actually Knitting Podcast is running an interesting KAL right now called a PAL KAL. A podcast-a-long knit-a-long. It runs July 1 -Sept 1. Rules: The design, yarn or fiber must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). For more details, check out the Actually Knitting Podcast Group.

Contest: Put in your name to be entered to win an eBook copy of Knits that Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects to Keep you Cool by Julie Turjoman.

Check out the thread in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group to enter.

I'll be attending Stitches Midwest  August 7-10 in Shaumburg, IL

In my Travels

Prep for Stitches Midwest: Check out this post for my tips on how to be prepared to fully enjoy Stitches Midwest or your next fibery adventure!

Crafty Adventures

If you're here perhaps you've heard that my latest crafty adventure was building this new website. I hope you'll like it over here! My goal is to have blog posts 5 days a week with a mix of crafty and lifestyle content.

I would LOVE to hear what YOU want to hear and see from me. If you could take less than 5 minutes to complete this survey, I'll do my best to include the things you're interested in

On a Happy Note

  • Couch to 5k Running Progress:  I'm currently on Week 6
  • I caught a One Twisted Tree Update- Danie from Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast.
  • I have some new iTunes reviews from the month of July. Thank you to BlueJeep & Tatooedcat!

THANK YOU for listening!

If you enjoyed this show or learned something from me today, I'd ask to you to please take a moment of your time to leave a star rating or quick review on iTunes to help others find the show too!

Happy Knitting!

Talk to you soon!

 

Direct download: Episode_50-_Big_Announcement.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:23 AM

Thank you for tuning in! Today we have lots of knitting (including 2 FOs!), some upcoming travel and some family stories. Check out the show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_49-_Stitches_Bound.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:07 AM

Sorry for the issue with the first upload of this episode. Hopefully all is well now. Thanks for tuning in. Lots of FOs to discuss on this show. Some more Down Cellar Studio Progress and lots of other fun stuff.

 

Thanks as always for tuning in! I appreciate the download. If you're enjoying the show I'd greatly appreciate a star rating or review on iTunes!

 

Happy Knitting!

Direct download: Episode_48-_Mindless_Knitting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:15 AM

Lots of WIPs this week, a couple book reviews and some other fun things I've tried out recently. Have you joined our Tan House Brook KAL yet? If not, tune in and think about joining us! Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_47-_Summer_Breeze.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14 AM

I've caught the Stash Dash bug and want to knit (and crochet) all the things! Some travel stuff to share and a few fun stories! Thanks for tuning in!

Direct download: Episode_46-Stash_Dashing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45 AM

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 45. This week I have 1 FO, a few new WIPS, some yarn acquisitions, a Life in Focus segment about photographing your FOs, and a segment co-hosted by my niece Emelyn about our adventures at NH Sheep & Wool! Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_45-_NH_Sheep__Wool_FUN.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40 PM

A few items off the needles, a special guest, shawl KAL winners announced, the announcement of my first design & an upcoming KAL! SO much jammed into 1 hour! ENJOY!

Direct download: Episode_44-_Tan_House_Brook_Shawl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:13 AM