Episode 115: Summer of Kayaks

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 115 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
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to Sponsors:

Off the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • Self Striping, Hot pink, lighter pink, turquoise, orange and purple.
  • Hard on my hands but LOVE the colors!
  • FO=289.6 metersIMG_1930
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints Color 26 Holidays
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • FO= 287.7 metersIMG_1926
Stash Dash Total: 577.3 meters- Goal is 10k

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Gris colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_1929
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_1924
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici colorway: 27304 Lemonade (greens, yellows, blues: self striping)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) & US 2. (2.75 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with US 1.5 ribbing for a couple inches. Switch to US 2 and knit stockinette for 1 stripe. Increase by 4 stitches to get to 60 sts. knit leg. Will match on the other side.IMG_1466
  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper’s Yarn Sonnet’s. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
  • Nearly done. Will need to modify to make short sleeves because I’m short on yarn.
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From the Armchair

In My Travels

Portland, Maine

KAL News

  • 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.
What is the Splash Pad Party?
  1. Craft along that runs from: June 1- July 31, 2017
  2. To win prizes, craft something that’s 50-200 grams. For every 50 grams you use, you’ll earn 1 entry into the Summer Celebration Thread.  You’ll earn additional entries for using Pro Shop Products (2), Pro Shop Exclusive Products (1), Snack Shack Product (1).
  3. Prizes will be given out by using Random Number Generator to select posts in the Summer Celebration Thread.
  4. Prizes will also randomly be given to those who chat in the any of the Splash Pad related chat threads and to those who use #splashpadparty17 on Instagram
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Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:
  • Check out the Prize Thread for details about coupons available from some of our sponsors
  • Three participation prizes were announced on this episode. Get in touch if you’re a winner!

 Contests News and Notes

Life in Focus

June Happiness Project Focus: Nurture Friendships
  • Do you have ideas? Clever things friends have done for you to show they care? Sending gifts or flowers works, but would like it to be something more thoughtful and heartfelt.

On a Happy Note

  • I’m having fun dancing with friends (even though I sprained something in my ribs)
  • We got a great deal at LL Bean on Kayaks and had our first adventure.IMG_1931IMG_1932
  • Went to a lecture by Jessamyn Stanley at Boston Public Library
  • I had an amazing birthday weekend with friends and family. Including our first pool day of the summer!IMG_1794 IMG_1874IMG_19282017-06-13 06.37.02

Quote of the Week

I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange. -Cherie Lunghi
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Episode 114: Chatting with Mom

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 114 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
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knitters Brewing Company, Skeindalous Yarns and Pearl and Plum

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • White cuff- 23 rounds. Increased one stitch on each edge a few rounds before finishing. Started round on left side of front. 20170521-IMG_8711

 On the Needles

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal. Just enough variation for me.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth DohertyIMG_1461IMG_1090
Lots of Socks:

Gradient Angles ShawlIMG_1059

  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Jan Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist

Worsted Weight Riley Rose ShawlIMG_1465Riley’s LegwarmersIMG_9901

Journey SweaterIMG_1467

I have some leftover crochet hearts from the garland I made for Aila.IMG_8387

Mom recently unearthed a few hand knitted and crocheted things from our past:

  • My baby blanket hand knit by Mom’s friend’s mother.IMG_1530
  • Granny Square Shrug. Here’s a photo of Riley wearing itIMG_1524
  • Sweaters made for my brother + me.
  • Mom sewed a set for my nursery- a diaper holder, dust ruffle and curtains (this is baby BostonJen)2017_05_29_14_49_48
  • Mom talked about how she and her friend made pillows from face cloths held together with yarn pulled through with a crochet hook. pillowWe found instructions here in case you’re curious.

    Image of a similar pillow we found online

Brainstorming

Toy for Oisin in June- maybe one of these:
Will wants a Peregrine Falcon: found one in Spirit Animals Bookby Jessica Boyer available through Leisure Arts $9.99 download.

From the Armchair

KAL News

  • 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.
Pro Shop Sponsors
Snack Shack Sponsors

Events

Virtual Events I’m looking forward to:

Contests News and Notes

Come over to the group to this thread to enter to win a copy of the Merrain MKAL pattern from Mary of Kino Knits. Tune in to hear about a coupon code available for this patternuntil 6/15/17.

Life in Focus

May Happiness Project: Try new tastes

On a Happy Note

  • Scanning with MomIMG_1346
  • Seeing Aila perform in The Little MermaidIMG_1392
  • Cleaning, yard work, picking out new railingsIMG_1514
  • Converting the hutch in our dining room for project storage (scrapbooking and model making)
  • Mom’s Happy Place: Her 3 Season Room at Lassonde Pool Pub is OPEN! Mom got new rugs and a cute new pillow (from Walmart)IMG_1525

Quote of the Week

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.”
-Oprah Winfrey
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Episode 113: Make a Splash

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 113 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • On the Needles
  •  Brainstorming
  •  From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  •  KAL News
  •  Events
  •  Contest, News & Notes
  •  Life in Focus
  •  On a Happy Note
  •  Quote of the Week
Thank you to this Episode’s Sponsors: Knitty Kitty BagsAtelier de Soyun, Sunsoaked Yarns

 On the Needles 

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal. Just enough variation for me.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth DohertyIMG_1090
  • Hook: F
  • Yarn: Swift Yarns- Swift Bliss Sock- MCN- 2 ply in Dream Weaver Colorway- light green
  • Pattern: Amma Granny Square Top by Maria Valles
  • Modification- using a solid granny square pattern found hereIMG_1179

Granny Square Scrap Blanket #2

  • Pattern: Waveless Colorful Granny by CherylDeeCrochet (free)
  • Hook: D (3.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover angering weight scrapsIMG_1124
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_0661IMG_1142
I ripped out my Caesious Curl by Hunter Hammersen. Loved the stitch pattern but the shawl was too small w/ just 1 skein of fingering.

Brainstorming 

I’m excited to make all the spring/summer tops. I bought yarn for the Construction Zone at Maryland Sheep and Wool.
I’m also excited to look through all my WIPs to strategize for Stash Dash!

From the Armchair  

 In My Travels IMG_1164

  • I talked about my trip to visit friends and attend the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
  • Friday night we went to the Knot House in Frederick.
    • Met Carol from Swift Yarns: love her color sense, she does lighter colors and speckles impeccably
    • Caught up with Karin from The Periwinkle Sheep (love her grays! I need to buy a sweater quantity from her soon)IMG_1133Finally got to meet Kristen of Media Peruana Designs
  • Saturday highlights: shopping, podcaster meet up!!
  • It was great to see Mary (Kino Knits) IMG_1167
  • Lovely to meet Kay (Bede Sisters Podcast and Blueberry Chick Yarn)

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KAL News

  • 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.

Contests News and Notes 

Come over to the group to this thread to enter to win a copy of the Merrain MKAL pattern from Mary of Kino Knits. Tune in to hear about a coupon code available for this pattern until 6/15/17.

Life in Focus

May Happiness Project: Try new tastes
  •  Spaghetti Squash: pierced it 10-15 times. Baked at 350 for about an hour. Easy!
  •  Siggi peach yogurt
  •  Protein shakes
  • Blue Diamond almonds with Wasabi and Soy Sauce
  • Trying to get in more protein after learning recently that you should eat 8 grams of protein for every 20 pounds you weigh

On a Happy Note 

  •  I went to the Museum of Fine Arts with my best friend to see a painting by Frida Kahlo
  • Going to my nieces’ dance recital! They did GREAT!
  • Managing a successful software upgrade at work.
  • Finally getting a day off and treating myself to a massage + keratin treatment
  • Applying strategies I know work well for me when life is crazy. Eating well. Sleeping well. Knitting for stress. Exercise. Seeing friends. Making time for date night.
  • Dan hung up the swings my parents bought us for Christmas! They’re from Cobble Mountain Hammock Company

Quote of the Week

“I can’t just sit here and think, ‘I just wish my body was different. Everything could be different, would be different.’ When you accept that, you can accept the strength your body parts are actually giving you.”  JESSAMYN STANLEY
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