Episode 119: Saco River Knitting

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 119 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contests, News and Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles:US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: O Wool O-Wash Fingering- 3 colorways
  • Stash Dash= motivation to finish it!  798.4 metersIMG_2767
  • Yarn: Cozy Knitter Bliss Sock in the Joyful colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Used 291.9 meters of yarnIMG_4071
Stash Dash Total 5,520.2meters

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Skeindalous Yarn in the Sophia Base (MCN) in the Wesley’s Sweater color way
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on for our Saco River trip.  First sock finished. Second sock past heel. Will finish before Stash Dash ends on August 20th.IMG_4055

Brainstorming

  • Finish Reese Stocking
  • Crochet Erik’s Stocking
  • Lengthen  Construction Zone sweater
  • Finish at least 1 pair of socks before Stash Dash ends
  • Red Monster for Will

From the Armchair

KAL News

  • Click here to find about more about this KAL.
  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • The 12 Months to Christmas KAL is a craft-a-long that helps you prepare for the busy winter holiday season. Complete gift projects each month (or just in the months that you choose) so you don’t have to scramble in December. Find some cool new gift ideas, cheer each other on, and we’ll provide some motivation in the form of the potential to win prizes!
  • Declare a WIP from the first quarter of 2017 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.
Splash Pad Party 2017 Winners Announced!Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE
The Pigskin Party KAL kicks off September 7th. More details in the next episode but for now check out these threads.

Events

  • Stash Dash KAL hosted by the Knit Girllls Podcast runs May 26-August 20, 2017
  • Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival: September 23 & 24
  • VT Sheep and Wool: September 30 & October 1, 2017
  • Needles Up : Friday October 20 from 3-6p  conference center of the Delamater Inn, Rhinebeck NY
  • Indie Untangled:  Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Best Western Plus Kingston, N.Y.
  • NY Sheep and Wool: October 19-22 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY
  • A Weekend with Ann Weaver: Steeking and Finishing at Neighborhood Fiber Company November 18 + 19
  • I am going to see Gretchen Rubin on her book tour on September 12th at the Brattle Theater. To see if the tour is coming to a location near you check out this website. There you can find more details about Gretchen’s new Four Tendencies Book, her other books and her podcast (all of which I enjoy and find incredibly useful).

Contest, News and Notes

Yeksa Shawl by Janine McCarty of the Yarn and Ewe Girl Podcast on YouTube

Life in Focus

August-Happiness Project focus: home and love
  • Getting back on track with minimizing our/our home’s impact on the environment because that is important to me
    • Began using my reusable iced coffee cup again
    • Set of 8 metal straws from Amazon
    • Made a kit for my purse with fork, knife, spoon, cloth napkin and metal straw. haven’t used it yet, but I’m excited for the opportunity.
    • Talking with Dan about reducing our plastics- buying items with less/no packaging or glass/tin containers.
  • Decorating our home and making it feel more homey— put this on the back burner until fall

On a Happy Note

  • I bought gorgeous black lace dress for my cousin’s wedding.IMG_2764
  • I went to see the Red Sox with my brother. They didn’t play because of rain but we had a great night.IMG_3541
  • Mom and Dad asked us about going to dinner and we ended up spending 2+ hours with an old childhood friend and her husband who saw us check in on Facebook!
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  • Dan and I went camping at the State Park behind our house as a test run for our Saco River Trip.IMG_3582 IMG_3684
  • Saco River Trip. 3 days/2 nights, starting in North Conway NH and ending at the Brownfield Bridge in Brownfield, ME. About 26 miles. Much of that we didn’t even paddle. Gear all worked great. It was so peaceful, gorgeous scenery.IMG_4062 IMG_4063 IMG_4060 IMG_4059 IMG_4053
  • Need a laugh? Check out this video by Jim Gaffigan- Seafood
Thank you for tuning in!
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Pigskin Party 2017: Call for Sponsors!

We are looking for Sponsors for

the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

2017-2018 Pigskin Party KAL Season.

KAL Runs from September 7, 2017- February 5, 2018

New to the Down Cellar Studio Podcast group and wondering what previous sponsors have said?

“The Down Cellar Studio Podcast reaches a very broad audience. Since the KALs are multiple month long events, it gives the opportunity for the large body of participants to come in contact with the sponsors and their offers repeatedly throughout the course of the KALs. I think that is quite valuable.” – Fibernymph Dye Works

When asked if the sponsorship brought in new business for Fibernymph Dyeworks: “Yes, but just as importantly, it has been another way to put me in the sight line of past and current customers as well. I think that’s significant, because when KAL participants who have purchased from me in the past are reminded about my presence through the KALs, they seem more likely to shop with me again due to that recognition. Also, when they see my business participating as a sponsor in an event that they are also taking part in, I think it adds an element of cohesion to their knitting community. (That latter point is purely speculation, though!)”

Plum Deluxe says “… prices are very affordable for small business and I never worry about how my business will be represented… We always receive kind, thoughtful new customers from our DCS sponsorship.”

Knitters Brewing Company shared “I enjoy working with you because you are very organized and communicative. I can count on you doing what you say you will, and I hope that I reciprocate!”

“I found a rapid return on my investment through sales and great exposure.” –Colorful Eclectic

Are you ready to join the party?

We have two types of Sponsor options.

  • Field Sponsors (unlimited availability, unpaid option)
  • Pro Shop Sponsors (limited availability, paid option).

Once you decide what’s right for you, fill out the Google Form to apply for your spot. You’ll receive a confirmation from me complete with a reminder of what I need from you and the links to make it easy!

Field Sponsors

Required:

  • Donate a prize.
  • Mail prize to winner once I contact you with the details.
  • Post details of that prize in the prize thread before September 1.

Optional:

  • Provide coupon code
    • Must use coupon code “pigskinparty17”
    • Must post details in the Coupon Code Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group.

What you can expect from me & the Down Cellar Studio Community:

  • All sponsors will receive at least 1 mention on the Podcast.
  • Good press from happy customers.
    • Participants will be granted 4 Special Teams Points for using a product from a Field Sponsor which should encourage them to buy, use and share your products!
    • Participants will be encouraged to share your products as they use them on social media.
  • Exposure to a new audience in an established, engaged community.
  • Link to your business’ website from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group (currently over 1950 members) when prizes are announced.

Pro Shop Sponsors

20 Pro Shop Sponsor spots will be available on a first come-first served basis

Keep in mind- while the Pro Shop spots are limited, there is no limit for unpaid sponsorship & there are other opportunities this year for me to spotlight your business.

Required:

  • Donate a prize to be given away during the KAL. Mail prize to winner once I contact you with the details.
  • Post details of that prize in the prize thread before September 1.
  • Pay $50 fee via PayPal (Note: do not send this fee until you receive confirmation)

Optional:

  • Provide coupon code for participants.
    • Must use coupon code “pigskinparty17”
    • Must post details in the Coupon Code Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group.
  • Create a custom item that relates to the Pigskin Party 2017.
    • This is certainly not required, but if you are a Pro Shop Sponsor and would like to create a Pigskin Party themed product, I’m happy to support you in that! The Down Cellar Studio Podcast community is very engaged and committed to our KALs. A good portion of the exclusive products created for the 2017 Splash Pad Party sold out eventually if not immediately. I’d love to bring my audience to your business and expand your reach.
      • Note: it does not have to be football or sports themed in any way. The item must be exclusive to this KAL for 6 months from the end date (2/5/18)
    • If you do create a custom product for the Pigskin Party, you’ll need to post it in the appropriate thread in our Ravelry Group.
    • Note: Field Sponsors are not approved to create Pigskin Party themed items, and they will not be advertised on the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. If as a Field Sponsor, you already have football related items in your shop, there is obviously no problem with that, but the option to promote and offer extra KAL points for Pigskin Party Products is reserved for Pro Shop Sponsors.

What you can expect from me & the Down Cellar Studio Community:

  • 1 advertising spot on the podcast (100-150 words)

    • You provide the content. I’ll share it on the show! Ideally it’s best if this ad is customized for my podcast to encourage listeners to listen but that’s up to you.

  • Good press from happy customers.
    • Participants will be granted twice the number of Special Teams Points (8 instead of 4) for using a product from a Headline Sponsor which should encourage them to buy, use and share your products!
    • Should you create an exclusive product, we will award 16 points to each participant who uses the product as part of an FO during the KAL.
    • Participants will be encouraged to share your products as they use them on social media
  • Exposure to a new audience in an established, engaged community.
    • Your business will be featured on at least 1 post on BostonJen1’s Instagram featuring your business (current reach- over 5800 followers).
      • If you have an image(s) you prefer, I can use that- or I will find one from your shop.
      • Link to your business’ website from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group (currently over 1950 members).
  • Link to your business from show notes that accompany every episode from September 2017 through February 2018.
  • If you create a custom item for Pigskin party and send me a photo, I will advertise it on Instagram for you with a minimum of 1 post on instagram.
    • You are also welcome to post anytime in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group.

Optional Add-Ons
These options are available to both Field Sponsors & Pro Shop Sponsors.

Advertising Spots

  • There are 11 additional ad spots available during the course of the KAL at a rate of $20 each (first come-first served- max 2 per sponsor).
  • I limit my advertisements to 3 per episode so your ad spot will stand out.

Opportunity to Sponsor an Interception (No Spots Remaining)

  • We always have Interceptions during the KAL. These are mini-challenges that last anywhere from a weekend to 1 month in time. There will be 4 Interception Sponsorship Options this year.
  • If you’d like to be the primary sponsor for one of these interceptions, you’ll be announced as such on the podcast episode where the Interception is announced and any other episodes during the Interception (and your business will be linked in that episode’s show notes). I will also feature you as the Interception Sponsor on Instagram.
  • The rate for this sponsorship is $25 (limit 1 per sponsor) and the donation of an additional prize (at least a $10 value) to be given away to one of the winners of this Interception.
  • We can work together if you have an idea for an interception that might relate to your business. Or, you can rely on the Down Cellar Studio Team to do all of the work and you just provide a prize.
    • Please note: Depending on the intensity of the Interception Challenge, there may be other prizes awarded from available KAL prizes, so your prize will not be the only one available for this challenge, but your business will be the only one announced in combination and advertising of this challenge.

Interested in signing on?
Here’s what I need from you.

  1. Please click on this link which will bring you to a Google Form. Fill out all of the required fields, click submit and it will be sent to me.
  2. Look for an email from me.
  • I will be in touch after your application is completed.
  • If you’re looking for a paid sponsorship spot, I will be in touch to let you know your total.
  • Please do not PayPal me the fees until I have confirmed your spot(s).
  • Once you sign up, I will send an email with all of the details and links you need to make this simple!

Episode 118: Sock Obsessed

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 118 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
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors Colorful Eclectic, Dragonfly Fibers, KnitCircus Yarns

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
  • Finished last year and brought it to Key West. The bottom trim got stuck on something in my suitcase and unraveled so I ripped back and finished it again.image
  • Pattern in Spirit Animals Book by  by Jessica Boyer put out by Leisure Arts. $10 ebook copy from their website.
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava and Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
  • This is made in many pieces. Finishing instructions aren’t great but the FO is cute!
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New Stash Dash Total: 4,429.9 meters

On 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)IMG_2745
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Eclipse Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • First sock is done.IMG_3316
  • Yarn: Cozy Knitter Bliss Sock in the Joyful colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_3315
  • Yarn: Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in the Holly Jolly colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_3319
  • Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts Merino/Nylon in the Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Pattern: Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles:US 5 (3.75)
  • Yarn: O Wool O-Wash Fingering
 IMG_3317

Brainstorming

From the Armchair

KAL News

  • Click here to find about more about this KAL.
  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • The 12 Months to Christmas KAL is a craft-a-long that helps you prepare for the busy winter holiday season. Complete gift projects each month (or just in the months that you choose) so you don’t have to scramble in December. Find some cool new gift ideas, cheer each other on, and we’ll provide some motivation in the form of the potential to win prizes!
  • Declare a WIP from the first quarter of 2017 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.

Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
  • Use coupon code AUGUST at periwinklesheep.com From Aug 1-15 to get 15% off your order.
  • Finish your projects by 7/31- but don’t forget you have until 8/5 to post the details in the Summer Celebration Thread.

The Pigskin Party will start up at the end of August! Interested in sponsoring, get the details and first chance at Pro Shop spots by signing up for my email newsletter and clicking the box to say you’re interested in Sponsorship Opportunities.

Events

  • Fiber Revival: Saturday August 12 from 9a-4p at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury, MA
  • Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival: September 23 & 24, 2017
  • VT Sheep and Wool: September 30 & October 1, 2017
  • Needles Up : Friday October 20 from 3-6p  conference center of the Delamater Inn, 25 Garden St Rhinebeck NY 12572- Legacy Fiber Artz, Andre Sue Knits, Sucre Sucre Minatures (Chelsea), Knit Cahoots (Cori and Megan), Fat Squirrel Speaks (AmyBeth)
  • Indie Untangled:  Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • NY Sheep and Wool: October 19-22 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY

Contest, News & Notes

Thank you to Knitters Pride for allowing me to giveaway a set of their Knitter’s Pride- Knit Blockers to one lucky winner. Tune in to see if you won!
Forgot to tell you my other favorite Knitters Pride Product: Nova Platina (I prefer fixed circulars)

Life in Focus

Happiness Project 2017- July= Focus on Family
  • Played a board game called Spontuneous with my cousins, aunt and uncle. I’m not usually huge into board games but this was fun and I’m glad I chose to say yes!
  • We went to a movie night at local shopping center. I love the new Beauty and the Beast. Kids had a blast (Garret spent half the night talking about hand knit socks and coming up with his 2-part sock idea)IMG_3127 IMG_3126 IMG_3125 IMG_3128
  • I made it a point to go up to Camp to see my cousin for my great uncle’s memorial service. So great to spend quality time with my cousin who lives in Florida.IMG_3225 IMG_3228

On a Happy Note

  • Kayaking
    • Christi78 reached out to say: ” Really enjoyed this episode. Just thought I’d toss out that LL Bean offers great trips, including my favorite – a full moon paddle around Casco Bay. When we went we saw seals and it was a magical date night.”
    • Dan and I did about 8 miles of kayaking in NH last week. I love it so much!IMG_3230 IMG_3176 IMG_3276
  •  I’ve been experimenting with getting at least 70g of protein per day to see if it will help me build muscle and potentially lose a pound or two. Some resources I mentioned
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