Episode 107: World of Difference

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 107  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off 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)
  • Modifications:
    • Made it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
    • Did garter stitch for body instead of textured stitch. IMG_8262 IMG_8016
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in brown & red
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: none
  • Eyes & Nose from: 6060 on EtsyIMG_7837
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings- self striping
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams
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Bruins Hat

  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic Fingering weigh yarn in Bruins Tailgate Party Colorway
  • Pattern: None- see project page for details.
  • Needles: US 5 & 6IMG_8482

On the Needles 

  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)- Color 604
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel 52 stitchesKFI Sock Dan
  • Pattern: Journey by Alina Schneider $7
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (merino/bamboo worsted weight)
  • Needles:  US 6 (4.0 mm)Journey Sweater
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.0mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG HeelIMG_8563

Brainstorming 

From the Armchair 

Podcasts:
  • Teaknits Podcast video podcast hosted by Lauren (available on YouTube)
  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Podcast hosted by Vivian and Alyson audio podcast available on iTunes & YouTube.
  • Cohesive Home Podcast – audio podcast hosted by Kate & Melissa. Focusing on minimalism, slow, values based living, creativity, goal setting.
  • Nourishing Real Talk – audio podcast hosted by Lindsey and Jenna. “Space for fearlessly authentic women and multi-passionate entrepreneurs who are all about living their lives and doing business on their own terms.”

Movies:

Books:
First Quarter Prizes:
  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you’ll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
  • Check out the Sponsor Love Thread in our Ravelry Group. Tell us about your favorite Pigskin Party sponsors and be entered to win prizes.
  • Announced the Knit Knight Designs Interception Winners
  • Announced winners of the Bail Money for Greg Interception

Events 

GoodReader Class – March 25 from 4-6p Stitch House in Dorchester, MA ($30)
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Contests, News and Notes 

World of Difference Shawl– my  new shawl is available on Ravelry! Purchase it within the first 2 weeks and get it for 50% off! No coupon code required.IMG_7083-2 IMG_7067-2

Life in Focus

February: Memory keeping
The Plan:
  • Determine a sustainable plan for documenting memories through scrapbooking (paper and/or digital) in a creative, sharable way that doesn’t overwhelm me.
  • Find, print and hang more photos in our home.
 
Why?
  • I scrapbooked 2005-2009 of my life and then again for part of 2013. I am so grateful to have documented the stories of that time in my life, especially as my nieces and nephews were born. I want to fill in the gaps and document those stories before I lose them. Kids were still so little then. So many cute photos, memories, milestones. funny things they said.
  • I have boxes of photos & memorabilia my mother thoughtful saved for me. I want to organize it and purge what I don’t want and find a system for making this into something worth saving and sharing.
  • I want to remember and celebrate my life. I want to share stories with my family and pass along wisdom where I can.
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What I’ve done so far
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Resources
Apps:
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Podcasts:
Websites + Blogs

On A Happy Note

  • 3 point protein shake — Almond Breeze Almond/Coconut Blend Milk (unsweetened), 1 scoop Whole Foods Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 tbsp PB2
  • Idea of being kind to your future self. I heard about this on the Happier podcast- Episode 101
  • I’ve been setting a weekly agenda in Evernote and it’s helping me achieve more each week.
  • Women’s March Boston! IMG_7891
  • I celebrated a belated Christmas with my niece Emelyn and nephew Oisin. They made me  yarn ball tree and decorated frames for their school photos!IMG_8116IMG_8115
  • Ice skating with friends!IMG_8207
  • Going through my toys-ponies, barbies etc! Millie playing with my Barbies!IMG_8438
  • Garret playing with his new dirt bike!IMG_2335
  • We went to a friend’s for dinner! Their daughter singing and dancing kept us entertained for hours!
  • Google photos app
  • Mom and Jeffs birthday dinner and family Karaoke!IMG_8525 IMG_8562 IMG_8526 IMG_8561

Quote of the Week

Jane Goodall said: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
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Episode 106: So Much Pink!

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 106 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
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Pussycat Project Hats: 6 complete so far

On the Needles 

  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)img_7622
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.0mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
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  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) img_7621
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From the Armchair

  • The Other F Word podcast: conversations about failure
  • Minimalism; A Documentary About the Important Things  available on Netflix in the US.
  • The Bletchley Circle on Netflix
  • What I Know For Sure: (audio book of short stories/essays written and ready by Oprah Winfrey
    • A favorite quote from the book”…when people say they’re looking for happiness I ask ‘what are you giving to the world?’ It’s like the wife who once appeared on my show wondering why her relationship with her husband had broken down. She kept saying “he used to make me so happy. He doesn’t make me happy anymore’ what she couldn’t see was that she was the cause of her own effect. Happiness is never something you get from other people. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love or happiness you’re able to give. If you think something is missing in your life or you’re not getting what you deserve- remember there is no yellow brick road. You lead life. It doesn’t lead you.” Oprah

 In My Travels

Vogue Knitting Live NYC

  • Class with Bristol Ivy (highly recommend)
  • Visiting with friends!

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  • Declare a WIP from 2016 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you’ll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
  • Start planning your February project. Must post in thread by February 5
Pigskin Party
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
  • Mini Skein Interception- sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works- ended January 15th. Prizes Announced!
  • Small & Self Indulgent Interception– Sponsored by Knit Knight Designs
    • Cast-on on/after January 1. Finish by January 31.
    • Create project 300 yards to less- that you plan to keep for yourself. Could be something to wear or something for your home. Anything that will be a bright spot in your life. Just tell us why it brings you joy to make/have etc.
 

Life in Focus

  •  January Happiness Project Update (in progress): Minimalism
  • Interesting Things to Read:
    • Things I don’t need
    • Join the Clutter Free Revolution
      • “I think a handful of brilliant and recklessly deceitful entrepreneurs have convinced us that our individual value as human beings is more closely tied to the things we own. Here’s the really weird bit: We know. But we pretend that’s not what’s going on. Instead, we proudly show off our new stuff, and say things like, “You’ve got to get one of these!” Sure, it’s fun and that excitement is real. But in most cases, we haven’t really done our homework. We skip that step and go straight to believing if something’s for sale, it must be good. We’ve not learned about where our stuff comes from, what kind of harmful materials went into making those things, whether or not the people who made that stuff were treated fairly, and if there’s an environmentally responsible way to safely dispose of all that stuff when we’re done with it.  So, here we are; this peculiar species, frantically racing about – consumed with doing anything we can to make enough money to buy these curious things we’re convinced will make us happy. The truly astonishing thing is how fleeting our happiness has become. It’s almost like finding the thing has become the source of our joy – even more so than the thing itself. Before we know it, we’ve become preoccupied with finding the next thing, and the next thing.”   Evan Zislis
Quote of the Week

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing…It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case you fail by default.”   ~ J. K. Rowling

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Episode 105: Happiness Project

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 105  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

Riley’s Mittens

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in White and Black
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Little Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Andersonimg_7377

Penguin Amigurumi

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in White and Black
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: Penguin Amigurumi by  Mariska Vos-Bolmanimg_7297

Dan’s Extra Crazy Socks

  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heelimg_7485

Christmas Tree Ornament

  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Pattern: improvised.img_7308

PussyHat Project Hat #1

  • Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Pop Rocks Colorway
  • Needles: US 6 & US 7 (4.0 & 4.5 mm)
  • Pattern: KitKat Hat by AndreSue (free)
  • Cast on 88. Ribbing, 3 needles bind off on the inside when doneimg_7443

Bruins Sockhead Hat

  • 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 Colorwayimg_7618

Unicorn

  • Pattern: Shy Little Unicorn by  Ana Paula Rimoli (library book)
  • Yarn: KnitPicks Brava Worsted
  • Hook: Cimg_7467

Crochet Hexagon Washcloth

Crafty Adventures

  • Project Life App
  • In the Everyday Joy Themed Cards there is a card that says “knitting is my happy place”

From the Armchair

2016-knits-in-review

Designs: Created 5 new shawl designs, 2 of which have already been published: Riley Rose & My Own Backyard

Events: We’ve had so much fun with the Splash Pad KAL, the 3rd Annual Pigskin Party & 12 Months to Christmas KAL

Fiber Events

  • Vogue Knitting Live- January
  • Stitches West- February
  • Rhode Island Fiber Fest, NH Sheep and Wool, MA Sheep and Wool- May
  • Fiber Revival- August
  • Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival- September
  • Rhinebeck- October

KAL News

  • Announced last of 2016 12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!

12 Months to Christmas 2017

  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • Finish 1 project during each/all of the 12 months of 2017 that you plan to gift for the 2017 holidays. Post 1 item (max) per month of the year. Prizes will be drawn randomly throughout the year from all posts in the FO thread.

New Year-long Craft along- WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt

 

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:

  • December Huddle Winners & Instagram Winners Announced
  • WIPs Interception Winners Announced
  • 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
  • Small & Self Indulgent Interception– Sponsored by Knit Knight Designs
    • Cast-on on/after January 1. Finish by January 31.
    • Create project 300 yards to less- that you plan to keep for yourself. Could be something to wear or something for your home. Anything that will be a bright spot in your life. Just tell us why it brings you joy to make/have etc.

Events

Life in Focus

I talked about my plans for a Happiness Project for 2017. For more information, check out Gretchen Rubin’s website.

On a Happy Note 

  • Christmas & New Year’s!
  • SNOW! For a video click here.img_7616
  • Going to the library!img_7526
  • 30 min of Zumba w/ my favorite instructor.

Quote of the Week

“What I know for sure is that pleasure is energy reciprocated.  What you put out, comes back. Your base level of pleasure is determined by how you view your whole life. ”  –Oprah Winfrey from What I know for sure

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