Episode 94: Of Crochet & Giraffes

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.image
  • 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 tutorialimage
  • Hook: I/ 5.5 mm
  • Yarn:
  • Pattern: Used this tutorial to learn how to make a hexagon.IMG_3295
  • 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 WilliamsIMG_3463 IMG_3322
  • 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 IMG_4459-2
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 downimage
  • Needle: US 3/ 3.25mm
  • Yarn: Holiday Yarn Flocksock
  • Pattern: Boxy by Joji LocatelliIMG_3217 IMG_3294

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 

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The owner: Betty!

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
Splash Pad PartyArtwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE
  • 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. Riley Rose
    • 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!image
  • 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!IMG_3349 IMG_3370 IMG_3427
  • 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.IMG_3447
  • 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.image
  • 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!image
  • 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
Thank you for tuning in!
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Pigskin Party 2016- Call for Sponsors!

IMG_3671We are looking for Sponsors for the 2016-2017 Pigskin Party KAL Season. This year we will have two types of Sponsor options. Field Sponsors (unlimited availability, unpaid option) and Pro Shop Sponsors (limited availability, paid option).

Newsletter subscribers who expressed interest in sponsoring received early access to these spots. If you would like early notification for future sponsor spots, please be sure to sign up for my email newsletter and check the box to indicate you’re interested in being a sponsor.

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
    • Must use coupon code “pigskinparty16”
    • Must post details in the Coupon Code Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group. You decide the rest of the details. Please include these in the post:
      • Dollar amount or percentage of discount
      • Coupon code start & end date

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 1650 members) when prizes are announced.

Pro Shop Sponsors

Pro Shop Sponsor spots will be available on a first come-first served basis within 2 categories.

  • 7 spots will be reserved for new sponsors or Rookies. If you have never sponsored the Pigskin Party in the past, you’re eligible! If you’ve ever been a Sponsor or Headline Sponsor in the past you are not a Rookie.
  • 13 spots will be available for returning sponsors (I will keep a waitlist and if the 7 Rookie spots don’t fill up, I will contact the returning sponsors on the waitlist as those spots open up). I am so thankful to all of you who return each year and I want to encourage you to come back, however I also want to bring other, potentially new, indie businesses in front of my audience to continue to grow our community.

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 via PayPal to Jennifer Lassonde (2lifeinfocus@gmail.com= PayPal address).
    • Note: do not send this fee until you receive an email from me, confirming your spot.

Optional:

  • Provide coupon code for participants.
    • Must use coupon code “pigskinparty16”
    • Must post details in the Coupon Code Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group. You decide the rest of the details. Please include these in the post:
      • Dollar amount or percentage of discount
      • Coupon code start & end date
  • Create a custom item that relates to the Pigskin Party 2016.
    • 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 2016 Splash Pad Party sold out eventually if not immediately. I’d love to bring my audience to your business and expand your reach.
    • 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. This will allow me to verify which items were created for the Pigskin Party and award extra points to participants who use this item during the KAL.
    • 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 (instead of fast forwarding) 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 4800 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 1650 members).
  • Link to your business from show notes that accompany every episode from September 2016  through February 2017.
  • 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

  • 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. Please note, I am on vacation so I may not be in touch immediately but the date/time of the response will be noted.
    • 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).

A new addition to my design collection: Riley Rose!

My latest knitting design, the Riley Rose Shawl is available today!

Pattern is available on Ravelry for $6.00 (see special offer details below)

Riley Rose is a 3-colored shawl worked sideways. You begin on the right tip with an interesting garter-tab cast on with a mock i-cord edging and increase up to the point of the triangle and then decrease for the left side of the shawl. Best of all, the stitch patterns and colors change just often enough to keep you from getting bored!

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Limited Offer: until Wednesday July 27, 2016 at 10p EST, this shawl will be available for $3.00. No coupon code required! After that time, it will go up to the full price of $6.00.

Dying to cast on? Finish this shawl by August 6th, take photos, create a project page and PM me (BostonJen). I’ll happily gift you and a friend of your choice any one of my other patterns for free! You and your friend may each choose a different pattern if you like.

Key DetailsIMG_4485-2

Yarn:  One Twisted Tree in the Prime Merino Fingering Base- 460 yards/100grams

  • Color A:  Seashell (light coral) – 151 yards
  • Color B:  Reef Coral (dark coral) – 254 yards
  • Color C:  Gulf (aqua blue) – 203 yards
  • Total:      608 yards used (with gauge of 25 stitches of 4 inches in Garter)

Gauge: 25 stitches & 40 rows per 4 inches (in Garter Stitch)

Finished Size: Width: 66.5 in / 167.7 cm  | Height: 18 in/ 45.7 cm

A Note about Yarn: the One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering yarn used in the sample is a lighter fingering than you may have on hand. If your gauge is different (and likely it will be if you do not swatch), you will use more yarn. Please see notes below for the amount of yarn used when this pattern is knit at different gauges. A special thank you to my test knitters for providing this information.

  • 21 sts/ 4 inches= A: 190 yards  |   B: 312 yards  | C: 252 yards  |  Total: 754 yards
  • 23 sts/ 4 inches= A: 190 yards  |  B: 300 yards  |  C: 250 yards  |  Total: 740 yards
  • 24 sts/ 4 inches= A: 166 yards  |  B:  277 yards  | C: 175 yards  |  Total: 618 yards
  • 25 sts/ 4 inches= A: 151 yards  | B: 254 yards  | C: 203 yards  | Total: 608 yardsRiley Rose

Skills used in this project: Judy’s Magic Cast-On (could substitute another provisional cast on if you like), basic increasing and decreasing, and kitchener stitch.

  • A video tutorial for this shawl’s cast on is available here.
  • A video tutorial for the Judy’s Magic Cast On is available here.

This pattern has been tech edited & test knit.IMG_4436-2

This shawl is dedicated to my niece Riley Rose who is a bright, creative, caring girl. Her interests are many and varied, skipping around like the patterns in this ever-changing design. Riley is always one to wrap you in a warm embrace and I hope some of that warmth finds you, too.IMG_7864IMG_7890