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Direct download: Episode_72-_Stitches_Midwest_Recap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58 AM


Thank you for tuning in to Episode 71! Check out www.downcellarstudio.com for full show notes including lots of fun photos!
 
Today's segments include
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • Knitting in Passing 
  • On a Happy Note
 
 
Off the Needles 
  • Crochet Pattern of same name by Justine Dalipe
  • Hook: D
  • Yarn: leftover Berrocco Vintage from stash
  • Will calls him Rock n Rolla (after Pokemon character Roggenrola)
 
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Kawaeh (leftovers in stash)
  • Pattern: Best Bunny by Lion Brand
  • Hook: D
  • Pink body, face and limbs. Perfectly wreckless for ears. Safety eyes
  • Friend's daughter's first birthday
 
  • Yarn: white birch fiber arts. Electric Slide colorway 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Felt like they flew off the needles. LOVE White Birch stripes! She will be at Stitches and I can't wait to score some more.
  • Weigh for STASH DASH
 
  • {This is a working title for new shawl design}
  • Needles: US 7
  • Yarn: Fiber Optic Kashmir, 420 yard set gradient- MCN base
On the Needles
 
  • Yarn: Freia handprints fingering. 75g skein
  • Needles: US 7  
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 SW in various colors
  • Pattern: Baby Owl by Little Muggles
  • Hook: C
 
  • Yarn: Opal Sweet & Spicy in colorway 8613 Zuckerstreusel
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 56
 

Sock Yarn Blanket

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock & Plymouth Select DK (white)
  • Hook Size: D& H
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • 71 squares complete for Stash Dash
    • DK- used 142g (2.6 yards per gram)= 369.2 yards = 337 meters
    • Fingering (basing it on 400 yards to 100 grams) (4 yards per gram)- used 142 grams- 568 yards = 519 yards
    • Total: 865 meters
  • I used the Citric Acid soak method with instructions from the Knitmore Girls on the colorful centers before adding white

Dan's Dress Socks

  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Rocky Top colorway (browns, navy, bit of dark green)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
 
Brainstorming
  • I'm contemplating making this crochet shark blanket that has been viral on Facebook. And maybe some of these mermaids too! Wouldn't it be cute to have all 7 of the nieces and nephews in these on Christmas morning!?!
  • I'm also gaining confidence with crochet stuffies. Bought yarn to make a giraffe and some snowmen, maybe an Olaf!
 
Events
  • Participating in Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast
    • I have knit/crocheted 4695 meters (not including my Electric Slide socks which I need to weigh)!
    • I should be able to make my 5k goal!
  • 2015 Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party Knit-a-Long [September 10-February 8]
    • I'll review all of the rules and details on the next episode and will post them here on the website.
      • All 10 of our Headline Sponsor spots have been filled.
    • I'm still accepting prizes for participating and Interceptions so if you'd like to be a sponsor, check out this post for all of the details. We'd love to have you on the team.
  • Stitches Midwest- August 6-9 in Shaumburg, IL
    • Podcaster Meet up will be Saturday from 1-2p in the Nirvana B room on the second level of the convention center. Check out this thread for more details.
    • I'm taking a class!: Plug it in, Plug it in with Candace Eisner Strick
  • I'll be teaching my GoodReader Class at the Stitch House in Dorchester on Sunday August 23 from 10a-12 noon
  • Greater Boston Yarn Crawl will be held: Thursday 9/17 through Sunday 9/20. There are 17 shops participating. I need to check my calendar. Let me know if you're going!
  
Contest, News and Notes
 
 
Trickle Shawl KAL-- extended through the end of summer
  • 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
 
 
  
Knitting in Passing
  • I took Riley (7 years old) to my local knitting group last week when I was on vacation. She loved it and wanted to share some audio with you. 
On a Happy Note
  • Update on Achilles - the boot is off. I need to do 4-6 weeks of physical therapy next
  • Vacation was GREAT!
  • Will & Aila sleepover from Sunday-Tuesday, Tuesday was Will's 8th birthday.  I decorated the kitchen and put a candle in his waffle. The kids thought that was great!
  • On Will's birthday we went to Legoland! He and Aila had SO much fun! They shared audio too!
  • Friday-Sunday I got to hang out with my friends Amy, Nicki & Ryan. So fun!

Direct download: Episode_71-_Sweet_Summertime.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09 AM

Direct download: Episode_70-_Grannies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:25 PM

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 69! This week, we had a special guest, my mom Diane! For full show notes and photos visit. www.downcellarstudio.com/69
 
Today's segments include
Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
From the Armchair 
Events
Contest, News and Notes
Knitting in Passing 
In My Travels 
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
 
Off the Needles 
 
Stripey Leftovers Hat
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood
  • Yarn: leftovers- Dragonfly Fibers & some mystery black yarn
  • Needles: US 5- 3.75mm
  • Pattern: Argent by Hunter Hammersen
  • Needles: US 6-  4mm needles
  • Yarn: Frog Tree Pediboo (sport) color 1130 Jade- 80% Merino, 20% Bamboo
  • Used Jenny's surprisingly stretchy bind off. 
  • Blocked out huge and I love it!
 
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Pitter Pat Colorway 
  • Needles: US 1.5- 2.5mm
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 64, 2x2 rib. loving spiral pooling.
  • Decrease to 60 after ribbing and then to 56 about an inch later. almost a striping effect! Made them extra tall
  • Did the Citric Acid Treatment on them. 
    • No dye came out.
  • Yarn: RAF: Fraternal Twin Brother to RBF- Self striping colorway from Kirby Wirby. 75% Superwash BFL, 25% nylon (first time using BFL) 
  • Needles: US 1.5- 2.5mm
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Did the Citric Acid Treatment on them. 
    • No dye came out.
  • Pattern: Alien by  Hannah Kaminsky
  • Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy 2 ply in the Ghoulish colorway
  • Eyes from 6060 (etsy shop). 
  • 2-3 inches tall. Looks just like the photo! 
  • Yarn: Lion Brand. Lion's Pride Woolspun Bulky-  80% Acrylic, 20% Wool
  • Hook: K 6.5 mm
Mom and I discussed some old grant square blankets she made when I was a kid. She thought they were so ugly she wouldn't even put them together, but my Nana decided they should be finished and seamed them up. We used them in the car when we were kids.
 
For the record Mom thinks granny square blankets with more modern yarns are perfectly nice!
 
On the Needles
 
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree in the Shimmer Base- 93 Diagon Alley Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5- 2.5mm
  • Green heel. Mini skein from Sarah of YarnGeekFibers. Super Geek base in Temple Grandin colorway. 
 
  • Pattern: Hallow Moon by Dieuwke van Mulligen
  • Yarn: Ashton Studio Arts Genoa Fingering- Almost Black & trio of peach/salmon mini skeins
  • Needles: US 7- 4.5mm
  • Modification- edge: RS, s1wyif, k1, s1wyif. WS: k1, s1wyif, k1. 
 
  • Yarn: Mirasol Tuhu- DK weight yarn
  • Needles: US 5
  • Provisionally cast on 60 stitches, knitting in the round. Will make a very long tube that kitchener together to make a long infinity cowl.
  • Random striping- gray, aquamarine, chartreuse, cream, hot pink and tangerine
  • Yarn: white birch fiber arts. Electric Slide colorway 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
 
  • Pattern: Whiz Bang by Sarah S
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock in the Grimm Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Slipped stitches that are staggered. 
  • My first toe up sock. Looking forward to the Bootylicious Heel!
Brainstorming
 
  • Crochet cowl from blog: Pink Milk
    • Looks like its knit. Striped up. Would be a great stash buster.
 
From the Armchair
Events
  • Participating in Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast
    •      2,888 yards complete= 2640 meters
 
Contest, News and Notes
 
Trickle Shawl Kits available from Infinite Twist now!  Kits available in single colors and five-color gradients and include 500 yards of hand-dyed yarn, a bamboo circular knitting needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle, pattern marking pencil, and a zippered brocade notions pouch. and free shipping for the U.S. and China. Canada and UK shipping is now $10 (formerly $20), other international is $20.
 
  • 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
Knitting in Passing
  • Knitting on socks Will's baseball game and ended up teaching someone how to Magic Loop 
  • Knitting after dinner at the bar at a local restaurant and a friend of a friend asked about knitting and then asked if she could try it! I was impressed with her enthusiasm.
In my Travels
  • Portland, Maine for the weekend
  • We both enjoyed massages at the Nine Stones Spa
  • I visited 2 yarn shops Knit Wit & Tess Designer Yarns
  • We sampled beer at 4 different breweries
    • Rising Tide
    • Bissell Brothers- I love their Substance Ale (IPA) 
    • Foundation- I loved their Epiphany IPA
    • Allagash
      • 4 free samples just for visiting!
  • First time trying AirBnB and we were really pleased with the experience.
 
On a Happy Note
  • Birthday dinner with the fam
  • Dinner & movie with my 2 best friends 
  • Pool party birthday (after recording)
  • Mom received great customer service from Heart Warmer Gifts on Etsy
Quote of the Week
 
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles.
Audrey Hepburn
Direct download: Episode_69-_A_Chat_with_Mom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:40 PM

Thanks for tuning in! This week I have a lot of FOs, a bunch more on the needles. Some chatter about events I've been to, things that are coming up, a weaving project with my niece and some audio from my nephew. 

 

Hope you enjoy the episode. Check out www.downcellarstudio.com for full show notes and links to everything I talk about!

 

Happy Knitting!

Direct download: Episode_68-_Stash_Dash_Crazed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:11 PM

Thanks for tuning in. This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • In My Travels 
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • Knitting in Passing 
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Crochet Bunting

  • Hook Size: D 3.0mm
  • Yarn: leftover Oh Loops Platinum Socks in the Cindy Lou Who color way image
  • Pattern: Mary, Millie and Morgan by Susan B Anderson
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in various colors
  • Needles: US 3image

Mother's Day Socks

  • Yarn: Coloring Book Yarns in the Marceline colorway.
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williamsimage

On the Needles

Sock Yarn Blanket

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0mm
  • Pattern: double crochet granny square
  • Pattern: Argent by Hunter Hammersen
  • Needles: US 6-  4mm needles
  • Yarn: Frog Tree Pediboo (sport) color 1130 Jade image

Colorful Cowl

  • Yarn: Mirasol Tuhu- DK weight yarn, 50% Llama, 40% Merino, 10% Angora in gray, aquamarine, chartreuse, cream, hot pink and tangerine
  • Needles: US 5
  • Provisionally cast on 60 stitches, knitting in the round. Will make a very long tube that kitchener together to make a long infinity cowl.image
  • Yarn: RAF: Fraternal Twin Brother to RBF- Self striping colorway from Kirby Wirby. 75% Superwash BFL, 25% nylon
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williamsimage

Maryland Socks

  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Pitter Pat Colorway (hot pink, hot orange, hot purple, watermelon/strawberry pink, electric blue and a tealy green.
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williamsimage

Brainstorming

  • Purple baby hat for Kiley (MiniPurlGirl) on Ravelry who is collecting purple baby hats as part of her senior project to raise awareness for Shaken Baby Syndrome, the Period of Purple Crying and Accidental Infant Death. If you're interested, check out Kiley's Ravelry profile for details on where to send hats by the end of May. She is offering a  A skein of purple Wollmeise will be randomly given to one donator. One entry per hat. #ClickforKiley if you post on Instagram or Facebook.
  • Stash Dash 2015- Knit Girlls Event- May 22nd-August 14th.
  • Suburban Stitcher- Around your Neck KAL- June 1- August 31st.
  • Michelle Actually KnittingPAL KAL.  June 1- September 1 Use pattern, project bag, stitch markers, yarn... made by podcasters. This year she's going to be offering coupon codes, including one from me, so go check out her Ravelry group

In My Travels

Events

Marathon Spring Cleaning  -Marathon KAL - pulled for winners between episodes & posted. Check out thread on Ravelry if you haven't already!

Fiber Related Plans for 2015

 Contest, News and Notes

Trickle Shawl Kits available from Infinite Twist now!  Kits available in single colors and five-color gradients and include 500 yards of hand-dyed yarn, a bamboo circular knitting needle, stitch markers, tapestry needle, pattern marking pencil, and a zippered brocade notions pouch. and free shipping for the U.S. and China. Canada and UK shipping is now $10 (formerly $20), other international is $20.IMG_7599

Trickle KAL Instagram Contest (Starting now and running through June 30, 2015)

  • Use a Infinite Twist kit or your own yarn (when pattern is published separately later this month).
  • 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.

Knitting in Passing 

A nice lady, whose name I later learned is Sue, asked on the train one afternoon if I was knitting a Curl! [She was correct] Now that's a first! 

On a Happy Note

  • Getting back into habit of cooking & running.
  • Planning a weekend away with Dan to Portland, Maine. 
  • The joy in seeing Aila open the doll I knit for her birthday. She told Emelyn "I asked for one and she made it for me!!!"imageimage
  • The snow is gone and it's finally getting warm here.
  • Mother's day is coming up Sunday. Happy Mother's Say to all of you moms and grandmothers out there.

Quote of the Week

 A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review. ~Robert Brault

Direct download: Episode_67-_Festivals_Abound.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:27 AM

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

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