Episode 92: It’s a Marathon Not a Sprint

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 92 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Fix-a-StitchStitched by Jessalu, Never Not Knitting & Kitchen Counter Crafter

Off the Needles 

  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Beige colorway & cream
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy- Purple Haze Colorway
  • Needles US 2 & 3 (2.75 and 3.25 mm)
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56, 2×2 ribbing for about 2 inches. Switched to stockinette then moved up to US 3 needles.
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On the Needles

  • Yarn: Regia Fluormania in Neon Beach- neon orange and turquoise blue
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock self striping in the Pats colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knitting Fever KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Cashmere Colorway- 602
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knits4Comfort Merino/Silk in the Beach Shade Colorway (438 yards of fingering)
  • Pattern: new design in progress

Brainstorming

The yarn for my Boxy Sweater arrived! Holiday Yarn Flocksock Fingering. Peachy Keen Colorway. 75% SW Merino. 25% Nylon.image
I have some yarn from One Twisted Tree coming to knit the final sample of this shawl which should be published soon.
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Crochet kit for Anna doll (from Frozen) with Jasmin at Stitches West in February. Really want to cast that on. Itching for some crochet. Hopefully soon.

From the Armchair

Crafty Adventures 

I went to a local paint night with my friends Lisa and Suzanne and we painted wine glasses.
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Ask Me Stuff

Mislissa asked about how I factor in sizing for gift knits. Tune in to hear my response.

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL (feel free to double dip with Splash Pad Party if you’re gifting the finished object)
Splash Pad Party

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

Be sure to check out our Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors:
There is still time to sign up for the Swim Meet & Golf Tournament we’re planning for July.
In this episode I announced 5 winners for Instagram post and Ravelry Chatter as part of the Splash Pad Party KAL.
  • This event will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 from 9am to 4pm at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
  • I am hoping to attend. More details on that soon.

Contests, News & Notes

Check out the Sock Yarn Swappers group on Ravelry, as well as on Facebook. They are running a
KAL to use up all these mini skeins.  The Summer of Squares KAL will run from May 27 to August 27.

On a Happy Note

Birthday fun! Which started early! On Wednesday I received a Knitter’s Brewing Company Splash Pad Party gradient set from Lisa!

imageThursday night- I helped out my BFF and received some more early birthday gifts. A giraffe nightgown + necklace that has first initial from each of 7 nieces and nephews. SO special.imageFriday- Dan and I went to see mt grandmother in the morning then to get massages. Had a wonderful time at his friend’s wedding.image

Saturday- spent the day photographing my nieces and nephew’s dance recital dress rehearsalimageimageimageSunday we went out to breakfast at my favorite breakfast place then Riley made her stage debut as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and Chocolate factory. imageimageimage

  • With birthday money and gift cards, I bought a set of Fiestaware dishes to replace some cheaper dishes we bought 8 years ago when we first moved into our house.
  • Riley and Millie’s gymnastics recital, Aila, Emelyn, Will & Oisin’s dance recital then our twin friends’ 40th birthday party.imageimage
    imageSunday— Fun day for Father’s Day by the pool. Did some pool knitting but my sock was co-opted by Riley who wanted to knit on them.imageimage
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Episode 91: The Pool is Open!

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 91 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Pearl & Plum, Designs of Acadia & Suburban Stitcher
Thank you Mom for joining us for this episode!

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Fiberstory Fave Sock in Koi Pond & Deep Sea colorways & Woolen Rabbit Pearl Sock in the Straw Colorway
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
  • Pattern: a new design concept. Pattern to come!

My First Toe Up Socks

  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn Greatest of Ease base in the Come What May Colorway & Regia All Times Color in the Stable Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williamsimage
  • Yarn: Coloring Book Yarn- Colorway= Good Vibes
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Regia 4 ply
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williamsimage
  • Yarn: Online Supersocke Color 1821
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williamsimage
  • Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts in the Electric Slide colorway 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Made these last summer. Foot was too short. Never wore. Ripped out and fixed.image

Brainstorming

I bought these patterns:

I’m looking forward to making:

  • Little Fishy Bath Mitts by Alison Ziegler $2.50 knit pattern. Kindly gifted to me.
  • Granny squares with my mini skeins from our first Down Cellar Studio Yarn Swap!image

From the Armchair 

Mom learned how to use QuickTime to take video of her screen to show Apple Store what was wrong with her laptop.

In My Travels

MA Sheep and Wool + Webs Adventure with Lisaimageimageimage
Purchases
  • Worsted weight yarn from Spunky Eclectic
  • Skein of Holiday Yarn in Peachy Keen- to swatch for Boxy
  • Fingering Weight skein from The Periwinkle Sheep- Silver lining colorway.
  • Salmon colored yarn from Susan of a Riot of Color.
  • Valley Yarns Huntington
  • Addi Turbo Sock Rockets needles

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL

Splash Pad Party KAL 2016: THE POOL IS OPEN!imageThis fun filled, summer KAL runs from June 1- July 31

Contest News & Notes

On a Happy Note

Mom is happy that the Lassonde Pool Pub is open and she can enjoy time in her 3-season room. We’re also happy that the pool is heated now!
I got a haircut! image
Daisies are back. Always come around the week of my birthday! Such a treat. image
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Episode 90: Design on the Mind

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 90 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In My Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
Special thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Blueberry Chick Yarns & Sun Valley Fibers

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Regia Fluormania in Neon Beach
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Spring Shawl (Version 2)image
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
  • Yarn: Fiberstory Fave Sock  & Woolen Rabbit
  • Pattern: new shawl design- almost to the end!
I talked about design thoughts I have and how I keep those organized. I referenced a  Getting Things Done Seminar I went to in September 2014 which you hear more about on Episode 53.

Brainstorming

I talked about strategizing for all of the summer KALsimage

From the Armchair

This episode I reviewed the Helen Japanese Knot style bag from Pearl and Plum which I really love and encourage you to check out.

I also reviewed Plum Deluxe Tea which is delicious, organic and affordable! Check out their website. I’ve tried and enjoyed these three: Coconut Macaroon Dessert TeaMindful Morning Blend- Earl Grey Tea and Reading Nook Blend Teaimage

I talked about a screener of a film that was sent to me. Film is called Yarn by Una Lorenzen. Find the list of screenings around the world here. Follow them on Facebook or check out the trailer.

In My Travels 

I talked about my last minute trip to the NH Sheep and Wool Festival where I got to meet these amazing podcasters from all over New England.image
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Yarn I purchased:

Lucky Pluck Farm– who also has an Etsy Shop
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Sweater Quantity from Holiday YarnimageRhode Island Fiber Festival & Craft Fair at the Coggeshall Farm last Saturdayimage

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Emelyn & I bought yarn from Knits4Comfort.image
I bought a sock blank from Quaere Fiber– Janelimage
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Events

Splash Pad Party 2016 –  STARTS ON WEDNESDAY June 1! Are you ready?
 Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE

Challenges will be posted in the Community Pool and Country Club Chatter Thread soon! You’ll want the month of June to strategize.

Be sure to check out our Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors:

Contest, News & Notes 

Tune in to see if you won a beautiful Progress Keeper by Caroline Maday of Creations of the Anomalous Mind on Etsy
Tune in to see if you won a copy of my Trickle Shawl Pattern

 On a Happy Note

  • Riley and Millie’s dance recital!image image image
  • Meeting up with and having dinner with my college friend, Gary
  • PT going well
  • 36th birthday is coming up!
  • I’m going to MA Sheep & Wool!

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