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2 FOs and lots on the needles. Many upcoming events and an announcement about my new design- The Trickle Shawl which is now available through Infinite Twist. Check out the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group for details & to enter the contest!

 

For full show notes, visit my website.

Direct download: Episode_66-_Trickle_Shawl.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:55 PM

Thanks for tuning in. Lots of FOs this time and some new projects too! For full show notes check out www.downcellarstudio.com

Direct download: Episode_65-_Sheep__Socks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06 AM

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 64.

For show notes come visit www.downcellarstudio.com

 

 

Direct download: Episode_64-_Flowers_in_the_Snow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:49 AM

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 63! This week I share some finished objects and some WIPs. You'll hear about my travel adventures some fun winter stories. 

 

Did you participate in the Pigskin Party KAL? If so, tune in to see if you're a prize winner!

 

Full show notes will be posted on www.downcellarstudio.com

 

Thanks for listening!

Direct download: Episode_63-_And_the_Winners_Are....mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58 AM

Thanks for tuning into this episode of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast!

 

This week I talk about some finished projects, a few new knits, a little sewing, a yarn review & book review and lots more fun (including a new KAL announcement).

 

Check out www.downcellarstudio.com for more details and full show notes!

 

Thanks for listening!

Happy Knitting!

Direct download: Episode_62-_Wins__Losses.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:22 AM

This week I talk about a bunch of recently finished objects and my trip to Vogue Knitting Live in New York City!

 

Show notes will be up soon at www.downcellarstudio.com

 

Thanks for tuning in!

Direct download: Episode_61-_I_Heart_New_York.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05 AM

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 60!

This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • Contests, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

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The only photo I have of this so far. Garret thought it looked like a veil! Riley & Garret are wearing Mom's new dishcloths as hats!

Shawl for Mom

  • New design in the works
  • Needles: US 7 needles
  • Yarn: Berrocco Ultra Alpaca Light in black

Emelyn's Christmas HatIMG_7296

  • Pattern Goblin Hat by Elizabeth Murphy (free pattern)
  • US 5 (smaller than called for)
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Kawaeh DK

Monster for OisinIMG_7303IMG_7268-3

  • No pattern (cast on 24 stitches)
  • Needles: US 8

On the Needles

LegwarmersIMG_0997
Pattern: None
Needles: US 2

Measure in LoveIMG_1063

  • Pattern: Measure in Love by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Mad Tosh DK in Embers color way- burnt orange
  • Needles: US 5

Nutcracker Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Nutcracker Candy Colorway from Must Stash Yarn in the Perfect Sock Base
  • Needles: US 1.5

Crafty Adventures

I did some sewing (alone and with my best friend). I love these project bags. I vary up the sizes, but they are all based on this tutorial.IMG_7279IMG_7274IMG_0993

I did some sewing with my niece and nephew during our recent sleepover. Emelyn is 10. She made 3 pillows! Two for her, and one for Oisin's new alien stuffed monster, Dave.

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Oisin learned to sew buttons in school but hasn't done it in awhile. I gave him the swatch from my Rocky Coast Cardigan and bunch of old buttons. He had a blast!IMG_7228

Every year I make custom photo calendars from Picaboo. The quality is great and I appreciate how customizable they are.

From the Armchair

2014 accomplishments:

  • I finished 51 projects (20 more than last year) including publishing 2 designs. 10 things for me, the rest were gifts.
  • Click here to check out my 2014 Projects Tab in Ravelry.

2015 goals:

  • Knit from my well curated stash. I've updated my stash on Ravelry. Currently I have 65 yarns stashed/ 91 skeins total.
  • Publish at least 2 if not more patterns in 2015.
  • Take more classes, especially at fiber events I'm already planning to go to.
  • Keep me in mind when knitting (make sure my gift knitting ratio doesn't go up too much)

Fiber Related Plans for 2015

  • January- Vogue Knitting Live. January 16-18 in NYC.
  • February- I'm going to North Carolina for a scrapbooking weekend!
  • May: Maryland Sheep & Wool: May 2 & 3
  • May: NH Sheep and Wool: May 9 & 10 (I'll be taking Emelyn & Aila on Saturday)
  • August: Stitches Midwest in Shaumburg IL August 6-9
  • October:  NY SHeep and Wool- 3rd full weekend in Oct 16-18th 2015

Events

Pigskin Party KALTune in to Episode 52 if you haven’t already

  • Knit-a-long that runs along the NFL football season. For any projects you complete between Sept 4 and Feb 2nd you'll earn points which are used to give you entries in for fantastic prizes. Opportunities to get more points along the way by using products from our awesome sponsors and for posting on instagram, getting others to participate in the KAL and things like that.
  • Never too late to sign up. Go to downcellarstudio.com/pigskinparty for all of the details. This is the last full month.
  • There are also monthly prizes for participating by using hashtag #DCSPigskinParty on Instagram and for chatting in the Monthly Huddle Tread in the DCS Ravelry Group! Come play along. We're having so much fun!
  • WIP Interception- Winner Announced!!
  • New sponsor: Jan Smiley Bag- Check out this martini themed bag! What a great prize!
  • Just arrived in the mail- a beautiful new bag from Prairie bag works- beautiful cardinals and other birds on the outside. would be great for a 2-3 skein project. drawstring. inside has 2 pockets and a jump ringIMG_1070IMG_1071

December Participation Prizes were announced

Contests, News & Notes

Taste of Nomad Kit:

  • One lucky winner will get a 3 month subscription to the Taste of Nomad Taster Package. Kits will arrive each month and include one original pattern and the yarn to make it, along with a recipe card from the garden behind the shop and a fun surprise.

  • How to enter: Come on over to this thread, check out their patterns and tell us what you like best to be entered to win a 3 month subscription. Contest ends January 5th. You must be a member of the Ravelry Group to be entered to win.

News- VAT increase European Union have gone into effect. I want to make sure you can still buy my patterns. If you live in the EU and want one of my designs, please PM me on Ravelry, I'll send you my Paypal info. If you make a donation to podcast I'll give you the patterns you'd like. I'm still hoping for better solution in the coming weeks/months.

On a Happy Note

  • We had a wonderful Christmas.
  • Aila loved the huge giraffe we bought her. Will loved him Rhino!IMG_6886IMG_6888-2IMG_6938
  • My best friend, Kris, made me a chevron burlap pillow with my podcast logo on a pocket on the front! AMAZING!IMG_0994
  • Millie loved her Anna hoodie! The kids all had a great day!IMG_7059
  • I went to see the The imitation Game at the movies. I think this is a must see.
  • Dan and I are doing a biggest loser style weight loss challenge with our friends. It's been a really fun and super motivating competition so far!
  • I've enjoyed quality time with Dan over the vacation. We've started watching the League on Netflix. Totally irreverent raunchy humor, but if you're interested in that this is a funny show.

 

Direct download: Episode_60-Knit_Gift_Review_Repeat.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:56 PM

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 59. This time I've got 9 FOs to share and lots of holiday merriment! Check out www.downcellarstudio.com for full show notes.

Direct download: Episode_59-_FO_Parade.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08 AM

Thank you for tuning into Episode 58! I'm so thankful for all of my amazing listeners. Please check out www.downcellarstudio.com for show notes and links to project details, contests and KALs!

Happy knitting!

Direct download: Episode_58-_Thankful.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30 AM

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 57. Today's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • Contests, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • Elephant for Riley
    • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (from stash)
    • Needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
    • Pattern: Savannah Chaps $3.99 US
    • Modifications: in the round. Judy's Magic Cast on for arms worked way to the top, stuffed, bound off sewed on.
  • Conjunction Cowl
    • Pattern by Susie White- Prairie Girl Susie from Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast
    • Yarn: Miss Babs Kawaeh DK
    • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 40 inch. Nova Cubics Platina (first time using these needles)
    • Modifications: only cast on 112 sts- fewer than called for. Decreased to 96. Didn't make it as high as called for, because its for my 10 year old niece.

On the Needles

  • Dark Side of the Moon Socks
    • Yarn: Self Striping from Stacie of Must Stash Yarn-- grays with dark gray rainbow stripes! Love colors
    • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
    • Pattern: OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams
    • Knit on these at the Patriots Game after I figured out how to smuggle them past security (I know, I'm a rebel)
  • My 1st Christmas Socks
    • Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight- Mill End
    • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
    • Pattern: OMG Heel socks by Megan Williams
  • Autumnal Mitts
    • Pattern by Jo Bangles- free
    • Needles: US 6
    • Simple fingerless mitt pattern that only calls for 110-130 yard of DK. I've made before and love my pair. Simple cable and eyelet pattern that repeats. Goes quickly.
    • Yarn: Bijou Basin Ranch- Himalayan Trail (75% Yak down 25% merino) in the 49 Dinna fash colorway-- sent to me for review-- next episode
  • Fingerless mitts (for my niece to go with the Conjunction Cowl)
    • No pattern
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Kawaeh DK (Ginko= green & Perfectly Wreckless= variegated + pink - Floyd)
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) 40 inch. Nova Cubics Platina

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of the Stashbot App by Hannah Fettig. You can also check out the website about StashBot & a blog post about it. For questions or to chat, visit Hannah's Ravelry Forum.  I really like this and think its a great addition to your knitter's toolkit! Check it out!

I also reviewed project bags from The Etsy Shop Bags by Awesome Grannie. I have the Large bag and notions pouch in the Giraffe in the Garden fabric! The bag is plenty large for 3-5 skeins of yarn and your project. I love that this is a bigger than usual notions pouch (I used mine for elephant poly-fill). Her prices are great for the quality workmanship put into these bags! Definitely check it out!

Events

  • Fall Shawl Style:
    • We'll be running this contest through the next episode. Show us your shawls and post to Instagram using #fallshawlstyle
    • Tune in to hear if you're the winner of a pattern by Helen Stewart, designer and voice behind the Curious Handmade Podcast
  • ShawlTogether is a project hosted by Cate of with Infinite Twist and more other bloggers and podcasters
    • There are already some great posts on various blogs on all different shawl topics!
  • Pigskin Party KAL
    • Tune in to Episode 52 if you haven’t already
    • Knit-a-long that runs along the NFL football season. For any projects you complete between Sept 4 and Feb 2nd you'll earn points which are used to give you entries in for fantastic prizes. Opportunities to get more points along the way by using products from our awesome sponsors and for posting on instagram, getting others to participate in the KAL and things like that.
    • Never too late to sign up. Check out this page for all of the details.
    • There are also monthly prizes for participating by using hashtag #DCSPigskinParty on Instagram and for chatting in the Monthly Huddle Tread in the DCS Ravelry Group! Come play along. We're having so much fun!
    • October Participation Prizes for Instagram and Ravelry were announced. Thanks to our prize sponsors:  Judy Marples & Lauren McMordie

Contests, News & Notes

Twist Fiber Studio Kickstarter prize winner announced!

Infinite Twist Contest- Down Cellar Studio Custom Gradient & pattern kit winner announced

On a Happy Note

  • I'm doing a 4 week challenge at my gym! It's just the kick in the pants I needed to get back into health habits!
  • Halloween 2014. It's especially fun as the kids get older each year.
  • Dinner + a movie with my best friend and realizing my knitting in the dark skills are improving!
  • I splurged on an iPad Air!!

Quote of the Week

Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night; and thus he would never know the rhythms that are at the heart of life. ~Hal Borland

Direct download: Episode_57__Conjunction_Addiction.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:55 AM

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