Down Cellar Studio Podcast
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 102 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
Knitting in Passing
KAL News
Events
Contest, News & Notes
Life in Focus
Ask Me Anything
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors, Knitty Kitty BagsPlum Deluxe and Prairie Bag Works
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
  • 56 stitches
 
3 baskets

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Cast on initially and was knitting with the textured pattern called for. Talking too long. Beautiful texture but taking too long. The effect while beautiful wasn’t worth the effect. Ripped out after a few inches. Switched to garter stitch using increases called for.
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
 
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. 16 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
 
 
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet by Family Circle  (originally in November 1977 magazine) Was reprinted in 90's got off ebay. made one for my cousin's daughter in 2014
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool
  • Pattern: Spacious OMG
  • Yarn: Regia Jean Style Color
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Grammy's shawl
  • Yarn: Ross Farm Shetland 3 ply sport
  • Needles: US 8
  • Pattern: New design, half hex like My Own Backyard

Brainstorming

 
Christmas Knitting/Crochet plans:

Crafty Adventures

I'm working on my annual photo calendars from Picaboo
 

Knitting in Passing

  • On this episode I shared three stories about knitting as it popped up in conversation at work, on the train, and in my car.

KAL News

 
12 Months to Christmas KAL
12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
 
 
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group 87 entries so far! They are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Even if you're not participating go over and check out the thread. Chatter thread has been really fun. You are all such great cheerleaders for each other. Love seeing that!
 
Prizes:
 
Pigskin Party
Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
 
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 
10/10 Bingo winner- chiromom2- pattern from Becky Kelly- chose:  Bijou Creek Cowl.
 
Interceptions
  • WIPs Interception- runs through 12/31
  • Mini Skein Interception- sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works
    • Use one or more mini skeins to make a project from start to finish (adding to a cozy memories blanket won't start). Must be a new cast-on and cast off.
    • Runs December 1- January 15th
    • Take photo of your mini skeins before. Make project.
    • Come chat about it here
    • Enter to win prizes:
    • Will pull for prizes.
      • A copy of the book Mini Skein Knits and two sets of Fibernymph Dye Works minis.
      • Nahst Designs- medium sized project back with zipper- black with plaid print. Easily fit a shawl or 2 socks. Includes notions pouch.
      • Lilliput Yarn- skein of self striping in winner's choice of team colors (or whatever colors you like from her selection)
    • Enter for points: in your End Zone Dance Thread
      • 150 points for using Fibernymph Dye Works Mini Skeins (sponsor of this Interception)*
      • 50 points for using mini skeins from any Pigskin Party ‘16 Sponsor (Pro Shop or Field Sponsor)*
      • Plus your yardage, special teams points you’d already be eligible for.
      • *Doesn't matter if you use one mini skein or 10, max is 150 pts for using Fibernymp and 50 points for using a Pro Shop or Field Sponsor yarn
    • Check the Ravelry Board- Lisa (jamlknitter) is going to start a thread announcing a Mini Skein swap.

Events

 
Vogue Knitting Live- NYC  January 13-15, 2017
 

Contest, News & Notes

I pulled a winner of Filament No 1 Fall 2016 ebook
 
Thank you for the support for my new shawl design- My Own Backyard
I pulled a winner for the pattern and the gradient kit from Dragonfly Fibers.
 

Life in Focus 

In this episode I talked about cleaning out my closet, getting rid of me old, too-large clothes and how that morphed into participating in the *minsgame. I listen to an audio podcast called the Slow Home Podcast and in the month of October they were doing a Minimalist Challenge called the Minsgame where they invite listeners to play along.
 
 

Ask Me Anything

 
SaraknitsKC asks: "Can you talk more about your virtual knit nights? How did you find a group? Sounds like a lot of fun!"
 
My groups found me. But I'd highly recommend it. We use Google Hangout- details on how to start a video chat.
 

On a Happy Note

 
  • Making lifetime in Weight Watchers!
  • Cooking chili!
  • My friend Laura came to visit last weekend. We checked out these vendors at a local craft fair (our favorites)
  • Gilmore Girls, tacos and good friends! 
 
Quote of the Week
 
Attention is the most basic form of love. By paying attention we let ourselves be touched by life, and our hearts naturally become more open and engaged. -Tara Brach
 
 
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_102__Christmas_Gift_Knitting_in_Full_Swing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 101  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
Knitting in Passing
In my Travels
Contest, News & Notes
KAL News
Events
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
 
Thank you to this Episode's Sponsors: Lilliput YarnImagined Landscapes & One Geek to Craft Them All

Off the Needles

 
Baby Ghost Ornaments for Halloween by Josephine Wu (free)
  • I made 2 which you can find here and here.
 
Little Friendly Ghost by Emily Michelle (free)
 
Distinctly Batty by Karissa Cole (free)
 
Batty (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page
 
Ninja (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page.
  • Garret- has since requested, white, green, red and blue
2 Kitties
  • You can find my project pages here and here.

For all of these stuffed animals- the eyes/noses came from 6060 on Etsy.

 
  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia Arnie & Carlos line Color #02459
  • Too short. Have to rip back. Should have tried on before decreasing for toe
  • Check out the details in my project page linked above.
  • If you're interested in test knitting after this is tech edited, please reach out to me via email at downcellarstudio at gmail.com
 

On the Needles

 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • First sock is done!
 
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. Planning to knit these about 15 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
 
 
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
 
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
 

From the Armchair

 
I talked a bit about some of my new favorite podcasts that you may want to check out:
 
 
In this episode I reviewed: Filament No 1, Fall 2016 ebook
 
I think this is a beautiful collection and a nice value at $21 for 10 patterns. Click on the link above to see details or to get your own copy today!
To be eligible to win a copy, enter in this thread in our Ravelry Group.
 
 

Knitting in Passing 

In this segment, you'll hear some audio from my nieces Riley (8) and Millie (4) from a car ride to dance class the other day.
 

In My Travels 

 

Dan and I traveled to Sarasota, FL for a conference I attend through work. This year I received the company's 2016 Voalte Innovation Award which was an honor.

We loved Surf Shack for their delicious variety of tacos.
 
 
Contest, News and Notes
 
News: My Own Backyard is now available on Ravelry
shawl release.
 
 
Contest:
 
Tune in to hear if you won a copy of the Grey Matters  ebook by Katya Frankel that I reviewed on Episode 100.
 
 

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
 
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
 
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
 
Prizes:
 
Pigskin Party
Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 

Interceptions

Winners:
I announced the winners of the Plum Deluxe Interception and the October Huddle & Instagram Winners! Tune in to see if you won!
 

Events

On a Happy Note 

 
  • Meeting anne at knitting group- didn't realize she lived so close. Test knit my Emelyn Mae got to see that in person.
  • Bag sent by Beautiful Syster looks a lot like this one
  • 5 year journal: I selected The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five Year Record by Gretchen Rubin
  • Halloween!
  • Making butternut squash soup. Comfort food without a lot of calories. Roast butternut squash, onions, carrots. Can add other veggies. Added veg stock into oven so didn't have to dirty another pan. left in oven at lowered temp. Immersion blender to blend up. 1 sp per serving (from the stock).
  • Cousins visiting from FL
 
Quote of the Week
Success is the ability to do what has to be done when the motivation to do it is gone.
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_101__My_Own_Backyard.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:20pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 100 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
In my Travels
KAL News
Events
Contest, News & Notes
Life in Focus
Ask Me Anything
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
Thank you this episode's sponsors Pearl & Plum, Fair Winds Farm and Plum Deluxe
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic II in NE Patriots Tailgate Party Colorway
  • Pattern: Best Bunny by Lion Brand (free)
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: Berroco Vintage (worsted) in a light purple
  • This purple bunny was requested by my niece Millie because Hoppy needs a friend!
 

Christmas Socks

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Lilliput Yarns- Bumpus Hounds Colorway
 

On the Needles

 
 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) Little Shop of Horrors Mini Skein Set
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) (Need to do this when more than 450 yards in 100 gram skein)
  • Yarn: Andre Sue Knits (Etsy)
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) (Need to do this when more than 450 yards in 100 gram skein)
  • Yarn: Andre Sue Knits (Etsy) Sock Blank- Rhinebeck
 
  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia Arnie & Carlos line Color #02459
 
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide. Almost to lace part now!
 
Shawl Design in progress
 
 
  • Pattern: Socked Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure (free)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic Fingering weigh yarn in Bruins Tailgate Party Colorway

From the Armchair

In My Travels

 Tune in to hear about my 2016 Rhinebeck Experience!
 
 
 
Podcasters Mentioned:

Shops Mentioned:

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
 
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
 
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
 
Prizes:
 
Pigskin Party
Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!
 
Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 

Events

Contest News & Notes

I announced the winner of Kate Oates' new book Grown
 

Life in Focus 

In this episode I share more about my journey this year to health and weight loss- specifically about freeing up time and building habits.

Ask me Anything

  • I answered a question from Cynalune-about knitting strategies during weight loss and a question from craftyhobbit about managing fibromalygia.

On a Happy Note

  • Spending in person time with my dear friends.
  • Fall weather and foliage!
  • My cousin Jenny's wedding!
  • I placed a Plum Deluxe tea order. My favorites: Mindful Morning black tea, Coconut Macaron, Reading Nook Tea Blend + one new one - Spicy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Herbal Tea

 

  • Halloween is coming! We kicked off with an event at my Nana's assisted living facility!

Quote of the Week

  • “Just because your mind tells you that something is awful or evil or unplanned or otherwise negative doesn’t mean you have to agree. Just because other people say that something is hopeless or crazy or broken to pieces doesn’t mean it is. We decide what story to tell ourselves.” ― Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_100__Rhinebeck_Friends__Family.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 99 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
From the Armchair
In My Travels
KAL News
Events
Life in Focus
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
 
 

Off the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) 2 mini skeins in Harley Quinn Colorway
 
 
  • Pattern: Dandy Sir Cephalopod by Susan Claudino $6 pattern
  • Needles: US 6
  • Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Targhee Classic in colorway: Emerald Isle Lot 1015 (195 yards)
  • Eyes from 6060 on Etsy
  • Mustache- Tangerine Designs
 

On the Needles

 

Christmas Socks

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Lilliput Yarns- Bumpus Hounds Colorway
 
 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) Little Shop of Horrors Mini Skein Set 
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) (Need to do this when more than 450 yards in 100 gram skein)
  • Yarn: Andre Sue Knits (Etsy)
 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
 
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
 
 
  • Pattern: Rugged Ripples by Stephanie Gage (free)
  • Hook: I, 5.5 mm
  • Yarn: Caron One Pound, Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop, Loops and Threads Impeccable
  • Tutorial available by Very Pink

From the Armchair

 

 

 
 
 
Rhinebeck Festival Prep: My Tips
  • Clothes- layers. Wear your knits.
    • Tip: pick your hand knits first. Choose the rest of your outfit accordingly!
  • Shoes should be comfy (and not new). Something you won't mind if they get covered in muck.
  • Bag/purse- try not to make it too big.
  • Camera- capture the fun. For me, iPhone is great.
    • Pen + paper- in case you see a pattern you want to jot down name of etc. If you're a digital person you could take photos and jot them down later.
  • Check out vendor list in advance. Make list of MUST go to vendors and where they are located.
  • Make list of what you'd like to buy yarn for. Put list of what you need on phone/paper (something that doesn't require internet) cell service is getting better but can still be spotty.
  • Bring snacks/water. Aim to eat at non-traditional times. Everyone wants to get lunch at 12 or 1. It's hard to do when you just want to shop and see and chat. I recommend setting timers on your phone if you're the type who can get lost in the day.
  • Bing a mix of cash and card if possible.
    • Food vendors sometimes only take cash
    • Some booths line for cash and one for cards. if have both- you can pick shorter line.
  • Don't pack too much knitting. Simple sock etc. bring extra sock needle or hat needle. You may want to cast on right  away!
  • Many things at the really packed booths at Rhinebeck DO SELL OUT. Some vendors bring stock for Sunday. Some don't. Many people like to do a loop before committing to things but if there's only a couple and you're going to majorly regret it if its gone later. Consider buying it on the first pass.
Check out this Knitty Article by Stephanie Purl-McPhee & a blog post I wrote in prep for Stitches Midwest: Fiber Events: Setting Yourself Up for Success
 

In My Travels

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival
 
Lisa and I went up on Saturday morning. We met up with  Holly from Fish Belly Fiber Works (Field Sponsor for Pigskin Party) and her friend Maureen. 
 
Got to see Pro Shop Sponsor Jen from Knits4Comfort! and met her lovely mom Nancy!
 

Was great seeing Kathy from Merlin Tree again so soon!

 

Purchases
  • Periwinkle Sheep- 2 skeins 1) grey/rose quartz, the witch's cauldron
  • Hampton Artistic Yarns- 2 skeins
  • Dyenamics Yarn Supersocke in Zombie Colorway- grays with green, orange/red
  • Katrinkles- Needle gauge with the state of MA etched in. Also bought ornaments.
  • Pair of socks from Dan.
  • Cloth needle keeper and a small pottery bowl from Northside Knit Co
  • Bulky skein of yarn from Hampton Fiber Mill and Spinnery based out of VT 
 
Key West
Dan and I went with friends Mike and Cheryl and my parents
 
We purchased Hammock Swings for our deck made by Cobble Mountain Hammock Co.

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas
  • This KAL runs all through 2016. Finish 1 item each month that you plan to gift for the holidays this year. Enter your FOs here.
  • New Prizes:
    • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
    • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
    • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey
    • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
 
 
 
Pigskin Party 2016

Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!

Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

A special thank you to Pro Shop Sponsors

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 
  • 312 People on the Roster! Not to late to join in. 5 month KAL join whenever, craft as much or as little as you like.
  • Sidelines Thread:
  • This episode I announced the 10 Grand Prize Packs up for grabs this year.
  • Thank you again to all of our sponsors. If you choose to purchase something from them and have the opportunity to let them know you heard about them from this podcast please do let them know that their advertising here is worth their time and money.

Events

 

Life in Focus

in the last episode I shared a bit about my health journey and motivation to lose weight. So much great feedback on this segment. Started a Life in Focus Thread in Ravelry Group. Check it out! Thank you for sharing bits of your life, struggle and successes with me!
 
This week I shared some eating and meeting tips that have helped me along this journey.
 
This week I wanted to share just a few things that I’ve learned over the course of this year that may be good concrete tips for you
 
 

On a Happy Note

 
Quote of the Week
"When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else- we're the busiest people in the world." -Eric Hoffer
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
Contact Information:
Direct download: Episode_99__Fiber_Travel_Fun.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EST

 
 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 98 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Life in Focus
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Daizie KnitsPlum Deluxe Tea & Media Peruana Designs
 

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Amma Granny Square Top by Maria Valles
  • Hook: C 2.75 mm
  • Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Classic 10 in a creamy vanilla color
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Regia 4 Ply
 
  • No Pattern
  • J Hook
  • Lion's Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton (Aran weight)
 

On the Needles

 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Lilliput Yarns- Bumpus Hounds Colorway
  • Love it! lime green and hunter green striped with red! super fun
  • 2nd christmas pair i'm working on. past heel on first sock!
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic II in NE Patriots Tailgate Party Colorway
  • Cast on 64 with US 1 needles- bamboo.
    • Too big
  • Cast on 56 with US 1- metal
    • Thought it was too small at first. Think it may be fine.
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) 2 mini skeins in Harley Quinn Colorway & leftover Knit Picks Kaleidescope colorway
 
Started a new design project which I'll share more details on soon
 

Brainstorming

 
 
Tutorial available by Very Pink
 
 
 
Debating the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli or Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaire.
 
I am watching with Mae C. Jemison Worsted Merino Bamboo from Yarn Geek Fibers- lovely light gray.
 
 

From the Armchair

 
 
 
Point/Counterpoint Volume 1 by  Mary Hull and Sarah Schira
 
 
Two new audio podcast I've been enjoying

Life in Focus

In this episode I shared about my motivation to lose weight and some reasons why I think the Weight Watchers program has worked well for me.sed to be photography. focusing on what's important in life.
If you have questions, feel free to post in the Ask Me Anything Thread.

KAL News

 
  • We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016.
    Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout on Ravelry.
  • We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL.
    • Sun Valley Fibers: There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.
    • Lollipop Yarns:  Use the code BigBadBergAlong for free shipping until 10/1. Check out her Ravelry group where she is doing a kit giveaway.
    • One Twisted Tree: Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL.
  • I am planning to do the Sunwalker Shawl. with MCS from Sun Valley Fibers in Kensington Colorway.
  • Participating in the Pigskin Party? You can double dip and this will earn you Interception points
 
Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Pro Shop Sponsors

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 
  • Check out Sideline Games Thread
    • Virtual Knit NIGHT and FOOTBALL Join Lisa on Google Hangout on Thursday Night September 29. We will meet online at 8:00pm eastern time. We can all chat and watch the Dolpphins vs Bengels. The best thing about the video chat is you don’t need to type. Link will be posted in the Sideline Games Thread on September 29. All you need to do is copy the link and put it in your browser. The Google Hangouts only accommodate 10 people so you may need to wait to get in.
  • We had our first Bingo Game on Monday 9/19- winner EmilyK3661 who chose the Tumbao pattern from Media Peruana Designs
  • Upcoming Bingo Dates-  Monday Night October 10th & Thursday Night October 27th

Events

On a Happy Note

  • Custom Orthotic- seems to be working well for my heel.
  • I won photo contest at work!
  • Will and Aila sleepover
    • We went to look at well, explored the woods.
    • I fixed Will's rhino's cheek and leg
    • Aila worked on her loom for about 6 min. Dan and I spent first half of Pats game untangling her yarn.
  • MyaStone - Taryn was in MA for a conference and came to my local knitting group last week! It was great meeting her.
 
Quote of the Week
“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.”  -Ryan Holiday
 
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_98__Shorties.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59pm EST

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 97 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Skipping Stones by Sally Cameron part of the Friendship across the Oceans collection with Clare Devine
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Gale's Art Super Star DK
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.0 mm) & US 1.5 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarn- Self Striping Twist Sock in the "We're all Misfits" colorway
 
 

On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia, Arnie & Carlos Color #02459
 
 
  • Pattern: Amma Granny Square Top by Maria Valles
  • Hook: C 2.75 mm
  • Yarn: Aunt Lydia's Crochet Thread Classic 10 in a creamy vanilla color 
 
  • Pattern: Sir Dandy Cephalopod by Susan Claudino
  • Needles: US 6
  • Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Targhee Classic in colorway: Emerald Isle Lot 1015 (195 yards)- worsted weight- greens and blues….. so oceanic. 
 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) (Need to do this when more than 450 yards in 100 gram skein)
  • Yarn: Andre Sue Knits (Etsy)
  • Notes. Plan for 4 shortie socks with different heels and toes.

2016 Patriots Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic II in NE Patriots Tailgate Party Colorway

Brainstorming

  • I mentioned last time I'm looking for yarn for more Christmas socks. I purchased a skein from Lilliput Yarn in the Bumpus Hounds colorway and I love it!
 
 
  • I'm totally jonesing to cast on the Fidra Hat by Gudrun Johnston

From the Armchair

  • This is a set of  16 inch (40 cm) needles that retails for $64.39.
  • It comes with needle sizes 4-10.
  • Definitely worth checking out, but tune in to hear my review!

Some new (to me) podcasts I'd recommend:

Crafty Adventures

I've been doing some sewing. I used the following two tutorials:

 

KAL News

12 Months to Christmas KAL

The Big, Bad, Berg-a-long

  • We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016.
    Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout on Ravelry.
  • We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL.
    • Sun Valley Fibers: There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link “Big Bad Berg-Along” on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.
    • Lollipop Yarns:  On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the codeBigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will have these kits up for preview starting Monday September 5th, 2016 in the Lollipop Yarn Ravelry Group as well as on her website, linked above.
    • One Twisted Tree: Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check out the website for more information.
  • I am planning to do the Sunwalker Shawl. with MCS from Sun Valley Fibers in Kensington Colorway.
  • Participating in the Pigskin Party? You can double dip and this will earn you Interception points!
Pigskin Party '16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don't forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you're doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Pro Shop Sponsors

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode

On a Happy Note 

 
  • Meeting group member, Mislissa (Melissa) who has been able to come to my local knitting group!
  • Settling into fall and doing more crafting!
  • Kiddos going back to school!
  • Getting back to the gym and getting closer to my weight loss goal (and yes, I still eat delicious things like Chipotle!)
  • My dear friend and college roommate, Amber learning to knit so we've been connecting over that which I've thoroughly enjoyed! I shared some funny audio from her at the end of the episode. I also talked about how I recommend this book by Susan B Anderson to help her learn to knit and she's loved it!
 
Quote of the Week
 
“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer's best of weather And autumn's best of cheer.” —Helen Hunt Jackson
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Thank you for tuning in!
 
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Direct download: Episode_97__Ready_to_Party.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:36pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 96  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Knits4Comfort Merino/Silk in the Beach Shade Colorway (438 yards of fingering)- used 80 grams
  • Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington- used 42 grams in a medium gray
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: a new, original design that will be called the Emelyn Mae shawl after my niece who goes to knitting festivals with me and helped me pick out this skein of yarn from Knits4Comfort
 
  • Yarn: Knitting Fever KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Cashmere Colorway- 602
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: Koigu KPPPM in Color 6156 & Louet Gems Gingering Weight (burnt orange)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0 mm & H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • Some Notes:
    • Each square has 3 rounds with sock yarn (2 grams each) & a border of Plymouth Select DK in white (1 round= 2 grams)
    • I purchased 16 skeins of the Plymouth DK.  3 full skeins plus almost another full skein in scraps remain.
    • Final size- 10 squares by 16. Single crocheted together. 3 rounds of DC edging. Specific notes about how I did the corners are in my project page linked above.
    • Fingering for squares: 1280 yards  | White for squares: 832 yards  | White for seaming: 327.6 yards  | TOTAL: 2439 yards (2230 meters)
  • Yarn: Mirasol Tuhu- DK weight yarn
  • Needles: US 5
  • Provisionally cast on 60 stitches, knitting in the round. long tube that kitchener together to make a long infinity cowl.
  • Random striping- gray, aquamarine, chartreuse, cream, hot pink and tangerine
  • Kitchener in the Round Tutorial: I used this video to help me kitchener this cowl together.
  • Final result: 54 inches long and 5.5 inches wide
 
Frankensocks #2 and #3
 
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Kaleidescope colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams (knit cuff down)
  • First Knit Picks experience- this yarn had 3 knots between the two 50 g skeins. Not the ideal first time around, especially for self striping. I did my own color management and made this best of it. I'm still totally happy with these, the yarn is super soft. I think it is great for gifts.
 
  • Yarn: Cascade Eco Alpaca (worsted) in Nature & Burgundy
  • Needles: US 6: 4.0 mm
  • Pattern: Santa's Ho-Ho Hat by Jacquelynn Vance-Kuss (free)
  • Saw this at knit night, friend Jenn Sheelen knit one and I wanted one! So happy to have this finished
 
Stash Dash 2016 Total: 11,351 meters in 40 FOs (16 started before Stash Dash) 

Brainstorming 

 
  • I want to knit a week's worth of Christmas socks. Do you have ideas of yarn I could buy? Tell me about it in the Ravelry Group.
  • My next scrap yarn blanket will be with Crochet Hexagons. Maybe with a gradiating gray border. What do you think of that idea? Here's a tutorial I found on the crocheted hexagons in case you're interested: Tutorial that might help.

Knitting In Passing 

My 4 year old niece, Millie, loves the bunny I knit for her she was little. She calls it Hoppy. Pattern from Susan B Anderson: Mini-Sock Yarn Bunny pattern. She wants a friend for Hoppy in Purple!
 
 
Aila at Williamsburg - where she encountered and participating in knitting.
 

In My Travels 

Red Sox Stitch and Pitch: super hot but we had a lot of fun!
 
 
Fiber Revival in Newbury MA on Saturday 8/13.
I drove up with Lisa and Emilia. We met up with Mara & Erika.
 
Cool stuff I bought:
Mara learned some spinning from the lovely, talented and very funny Kathy and her husband David from The Merlin Tree.
 

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL-- Winners Announced this Episode

Pigskin Party '16 KAL

  • Tune in to hear a review of the Rules and Details of the Pigskin Party '16 KAL. The KAL runs from September 8, 2016- February 6, 2017.
  • Check out the Prize Thread in the Ravelry Group.
  • Our list of Sponsors is almost finalized. Click here for a link but check back soon for the FINAL list. 
  • Some of our amazing sponsors have offered up Coupon Codes. Check them out before you start shopping!
  • The Pre-Season chat thread has already started. Want to strategize, meet some new friends and catch up with the ones you made last year-- click here!
 

On a Happy Note 

  • Custom orthotics might be the answer to my heel problems! Fingers crossed
  • Lisa & I went to a Jazz concert by a Berklee Student at the Boston Public Library for knit night a few weeks ago! SO fun!
  • Family time! Sleepovers & my grandmother's birthday. Always makes me happy!
 
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Direct download: Episode_96__Pigskin_Preview__Stash_Dash_Glory.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:09am EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 95 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
 

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
 
  • Needle: US 3/ 3.25mm
  • Yarn: Holiday Yarn Flocksock in Peachy Keen Colorway
  • Pattern: Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Size: X-Small
  • Click on link above to my project page for detailed notes
 
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in Blue Brown Marl colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Yarn: Quaere Fibre Sock Blank
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down

 

On the Needles

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0 mm & H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • 3 rounds with sock yarn, 1 round with Plymouth Select DK in white
  • Going to finish seaming this summer. That's my new goal!

Brainstorming

Want to hit 10k in stash dash. As of this recording I'm at 6,545 meters. Click this link to see all of my Stash Dash 2016 Projects!
 
Stash Dash runs until Sunday August 21
 

From the Armchair

 
Review: Colorworks by Debi Yarn
 
 
Podcast Episode: Elise Gets Crafty: E102 On "Being Busy"
 
 
  • iOS App for podcasts
  • I highly recommend this app. It's free and contains a lot of cool features over the iOS native app.

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL

New Prizes- will giveaway in Episode 96

Looking for gift knit/crochet ideas- check out the Splash Pad Party Golf Tournament Team Threads & Mini Golf Threads for small project ideas.

 
Splash Pad Party '16

The big bash wrapped up 7/31! What a great time it was!

Tune in to hear if you won a prize! If you did, be sure to contact me via email or Ravelry PM. Click here for reminder of the amazing prizes we have for this KAL! 

 
Still waiting to hear from winners announced on last episode for the participation prizes so if you haven't tuned in yet, please check out Episode 94.
 
Thank you to Lisa for coming up with most of the amazing ideas behind this KAL, to Designs of Acadia for creating our amazing logo and to our pool boys Greg and Joey from the Unraveling with Greg & Joey podcast for keeping things interesting.
 

The Pigskin Party KAL will be kicking off with the NFL Football season in September. I still have just a few spots left. Click here for details, and fill out the form today if you're interested in signing on as a sponsor.

Fiber Events

Contest News & Notes

I pulled winners for the Phoenix Hat by Sally Cameron. Thanks Emilia for offering up this wonderful prize!
 
I am currently accepting sponsor applications for the 2016-2017 Pigskin Party KAL. Click on this link for more details.
 

Ask Me Anything

  • I answered a question from cynalune on Ravelry about my dream knitting bag.
    • My favorite purse currently I purchase from this shop on Etsy.
    • Hear more about my 2 bag system for commuting to work via train on Episode 93.

On a Happy Note

  • My cousin's bachelorette party in Provincetown (Cape Cod). Favorite places: Patio (went to lunch with Mom), Boat Slip Beach Club Tea Dance (4-7p)
  • MGH Diversity Statement- came through on my work email and I was so touched by it.
    • Because of diversity we will excel.   We think broadly about diversity and everything that makes us unique.  It is core to our mission. Our differences make the MGH a more interesting and distinctive environment in which to work and are an important means of providing the very best care to every one of our patients, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, life experiences, geographic backgrounds, skills and talents among others. We will not excel without recognizing and appreciating everyone’s perspectives.
    • Through inclusion we will respect.  Together we work hard to make this hospital a diverse and inclusive place of healing. Encouraging a broad range of opinions, ideas and perspectives drives creativity, innovation and excellence. Our continued engagement in our nationally recognized initiatives and programs highlights our commitment to diversity and inclusion. But this ongoing work will not be complete until every employee, every patient, every family member, every visitor feels safe, respected, welcome, comfortable, supported and accepted within our walls.
    • Focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate.  Our job is to improve health and save lives, regardless of what our patients or colleagues look like, where they come from, what they believe, or who they love. Issues of equity and justice are not separate but rather intertwined with patient care, education, research, and community health. Targeting inequality enhances the quality of care for all. We believe in treating our patients and each other with the dignity that every human being deserves.
  • Meeting up with new friends at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA for knit night.
  • Bathing suits that fit from Athleta. Rash guard love. Pacifica (long sleeved version)
  • Not so happy- water in our well is low because of the summer drought. Good news is that we're finding ways to conserve water and hopefully are building in some better long-term routines.
Direct download: Episode_95-_Adding_up_the_Meters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:31pm EST

 
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 94 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this week's sponsors: Little Skein in the Big Wool & Fair Winds Farm
 
Off the Needles
 
  • Hook: US H/ 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream in Black Currant Colorway and a little white for trim
  • No pattern.
  • Hook: US H/ 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream in Black Currant and scraps from a blue/green/purple/white striping
  • Pattern: Hexagon from this tutorial
 
  • Hook: I/ 5.5 mm
  • Yarn:
  • Pattern: Used this tutorial to learn how to make a hexagon.
 
  • Hook: unsure
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix and Cascade 220 Superwash leftovers
  • Pattern: double crochet granny squares
  • Idea from Susan B Anderson in this blog post.
 
  • Needles: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarning in the Pats Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
 
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering Base. Color A (light coral is called Seashell). Color B (dark coral is called Reef Coral) and Color C (aqua blue is called Gulf)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Riley Rose Shawl 
 
Stash Dash Total (so far): 4,537 meters
 

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Needle: US 3/ 3.25mm
  • Yarn: Holiday Yarn Flocksock
  • Pattern: Boxy by Joji Locatelli

From the Armchair 

Dave The Sheep Dog? Written and Photographed by Carrie McKie
$10.99 online or in store at The Yarn Sellar in York, ME
Really cute book. I encourage you to go check it out!
 

Crafty Adventures

Tie dye project with kids!

In My Travels 

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
 
Splash Pad Party
 
  • See official rules for all of the details
  • Tune in to Episode 91 to hear about all of the amazing prizes from our Sponsors.
  • Golf Tournament is underway! Our first team has finished but there are still lots of prizes up for grabs so keep on knitting. Prizes will be announced in future episodes.
    • I announced prizes for our first team to finish the tournament; more prizes will be announced in Episode 95.
  • We also have a round of Mini Golf going on. Check it out here and enter your FOs in this thread.
  • Tune in to hear if you won a prize in the Splash Pad Party for Instagram or chatting in one of our various chatter threads. I'll announce the rest of the winners in Episode 95.
  • Even though the KAL ends on 7/31 there is still plenty of time for summer knitting. Feel free to continue to use the #splashpadparty16 so others can see your projects. Chat threads will still be open.
 
Be sure to check out our Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors:
 
Fiber Events
  • Stitch and Pitch Boston 2016 Thursday August 11 at 7:10p $45 per ticket. Purchase online, gets you voucher then you meet up outside Gate K with the group to get your actual ticket for entry. Lisa and I are going. If you’re local you should join us.
  • Fiber Revival Saturday, August 13, 2016  9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
    • $6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
    • Lisa and I will be there and are planning to claim a spot and sit and knit for the day, weather permitting. Hope you’ll join us- let us know in this thread on Ravelry.
  • Indie Untangled Trunk Show October 14, 2016 from 5p-8p at the  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, 2015 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Contest News & Notes

  • My new design, the Riley Rose pattern is now available. 
    • There is a coupon code available for podcast listeners. Tune in for details.
    • If knit and finish by August 6th. Post project page and PM me. Pick one of my patterns free for yourself and a friend of your choice. 

On a Happy Note

  • I went to see Vertical Horizon’s free concert in the Boston Common with Lisa, and her son and daughter. Really fun night. It was hot but the show was great, forgot how much I loved their music. And we knit!
  • Aila and Will slept over the weekend of the 16-17th so parents can finish some renovation work at their house. Pool day Sat and Sunday!
  • Sunday afternoon went to a cookout at my Nana’s assisted living facility. Knit and listened to the music. Fun! Knitting definitely helped what could have been an otherwise boring function.
  • Aila left Giraffe Mommy- her prized possession- at our house. I came home and found her. Told Kris I’d send lots of photos of GM and me having fun so A would know she was ok. Dinner, showers, reading, made her a tent to sleep in, snuggles, riding the train, going to work. set up her own little office. Went to the craft store and then taught her to crochet so she could make a dress. Aila called Monday night when she got back from a trip with her grandmother, sad about it. Told me all of Giraffe Mommy's favorite things so I’d know. Very sweet. Brought her back on Tuesday.
  • Wednesday night I went to Will and Aila’s track meet where we did a mini birthday celebration for Will before they left for vacation. I gave him the Rhino I had intended for Christmas!
  • Finally scored a sock blank from Andre Sue Knits on Etsy
  • Mom found a photo of a dress she made when she was in her early 20's that she wore to her Bridal Shower. She handed it down to me and its my favorite item of clothing! Was fun to have a photo of her wearing it.image
 
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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 93 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
 
  • On the Needles
  • Off the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
 
Thank you to this episode's sponsors: North Light FibersDragonfly FibersKnitCircus Yarn

On the Needles 

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in Blue Brown colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1.5 (22.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
 
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock self striping in the Pats colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
  • Worked on these on 4th of July- Pub Crawl along the Freedom Trail with friends. Seemed fitting.
 
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering Base. Color A (light coral - Seashell). Color B (dark coral- Reef Coral) and Color C (aqua blue- Gulf)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Riley Rose Shawl-- soon to be released
  • Yarn Availability: Tuesday July 12th at One Twisted Tree 5 colors to choose from. Shadow (gray), Sandbar (tan), Gulf (aqua blue), Seashell (light coral), Reef Coral (dark coral). If you haven't signed up for Danie's newsletter I recommend it (enter your email address on right side of her webpage).

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Regia Fluormania in Neon Beach
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
  • How I knit-- US 1 needles 2x2 rib for 10 rounds, stockinette for 10 rounds. May just do all ribbing to heel next time.
  • How do they wear? GREAT!
Stash Dash Update: 3,422 meters to date!
 
 

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard (spoiler alert- I think this a great resource.

Knitting in Passing

Tune in to hear a chat with my newly 8 year old nephew Oisin about how he learned to knit. What he likes to work on. Why he likes knitting etc. He talks about having Dysgraphia and how working with his hands in knitting helps him.
 

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
 
Splash Pad Party

This fun filled, summer KAL runs from June 1- July 31

Pigskin Party will be starting up in early September. Click here for details from last year's Pigskin PartyInterested in sponsoring? Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter.

 
Fiber Events
  • Fiber Revival Saturday, August 13, 2016  9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little's Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
    • $6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
    • Lisa and I will be there and are planning to claim a spot and sit and knit for the day, weather permitting. Hope you'll join us- let us know in this thread on Ravelry.
  • Indie Untangled Trunk Show October 14, 2016 from 5p-8p at the  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, 2015 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
 

Contests, News & Notes

 
 
Great Northern Yarn Haul-- Check out this yarn crawl in VT & Maine from July 8-17th
 

Ask Me Anything

 
In this episode I answer a question from CrochetbyChineka about train/commute knitting tips.
 

I mention a bag I bought on Amazon that sits on the floor of the train (that I don't mind if it gets dirty). It was a great deal and has served me well. Here is a photo of my 2 bag system.

 

On a Happy Note

Tune in for audio of my nephew Oisin after our visit to Legoland Discovery Center
We also had a sleepover for his birthday and he got the much anticipated birthday pancakes!
Pool days! and pool knitting of course
 
I bought my first Felici Self Striping Yarn! Lisa and I went in on an order (it's not all mine I swear).
 
 
 
Thank you for tuning in!
 
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