Episode 102: Christmas Gift Knitting in Full Swing

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 102 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
Knitting in Passing
KAL News
Events
Contest, News & Notes
Life in Focus
Ask Me Anything
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors, Knitty Kitty Bags, Plum Deluxe and Prairie Bag Works

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
  • 56 stitchesimg_6739
3 baskets

On 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)
  • Cast on initially and was knitting with the textured pattern called for. Talking too long. Beautiful texture but taking too long. The effect while beautiful wasn’t worth the effect. Ripped out after a few inches. Switched to garter stitch using increases called for.
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.img_6752
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. 16 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.img_6751
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet by Family Circle  (originally in November 1977 magazine) Was reprinted in 90’s got off ebay. made one for my cousin’s daughter in 2014
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Paton’s Classic Woolimg_5558-2
  • Pattern: Spacious OMG
  • Yarn: Regia Jean Style Color
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)img_6750
Grammy’s shawl
  • Yarn: Ross Farm Shetland 3 ply sport
  • Needles: US 8
  • Pattern: New design, half hex like My Own Backyard

Brainstorming

Christmas Knitting/Crochet plans:

Crafty Adventures

I’m working on my annual photo calendars from Picaboo

Knitting in Passing

  • On this episode I shared three stories about knitting as it popped up in conversation at work, on the train, and in my car.

KAL News

12 Months to Christmas KAL
12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group 87 entries so far! They are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Even if you’re not participating go over and check out the thread. Chatter thread has been really fun. You are all such great cheerleaders for each other. Love seeing that!
Prizes:
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
10/10 Bingo winner- chiromom2- pattern from Becky Kelly- chose:  Bijou Creek Cowl.
Interceptions
  • WIPs Interception- runs through 12/31
  • 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
    • Take photo of your mini skeins before. Make project.
    • Come chat about it here
    • Enter to win prizes:
    • Will pull for prizes.
      • A copy of the book Mini Skein Knits and two sets of Fibernymph Dye Works minis.
      • Nahst Designs- medium sized project back with zipper- black with plaid print. Easily fit a shawl or 2 socks. Includes notions pouch.
      • Lilliput Yarn- skein of self striping in winner’s choice of team colors (or whatever colors you like from her selection)
    • Enter for points: in your End Zone Dance Thread
      • 150 points for using Fibernymph Dye Works Mini Skeins (sponsor of this Interception)*
      • 50 points for using mini skeins from any Pigskin Party ‘16 Sponsor (Pro Shop or Field Sponsor)*
      • Plus your yardage, special teams points you’d already be eligible for.
      • *Doesn’t matter if you use one mini skein or 10, max is 150 pts for using Fibernymp and 50 points for using a Pro Shop or Field Sponsor yarn
    • Check the Ravelry Board– Lisa (jamlknitter) is going to start a thread announcing a Mini Skein swap.

Events

Vogue Knitting Live- NYC  January 13-15, 2017

Contest, News & Notes

I pulled a winner of Filament No 1 Fall 2016 ebook
Thank you for the support for my new shawl design- My Own Backyard
I pulled a winner for the pattern and the gradient kit from Dragonfly Fibers.

Life in Focus

In this episode I talked about cleaning out my closet, getting rid of me old, too-large clothes and how that morphed into participating in the *minsgame. I listen to an audio podcast called the Slow Home Podcast and in the month of October they were doing a Minimalist Challenge called the Minsgame where they invite listeners to play along.

Ask Me Anything

SaraknitsKC asks: “Can you talk more about your virtual knit nights? How did you find a group? Sounds like a lot of fun!”
My groups found me. But I’d highly recommend it. We use Google Hangout- details on how to start a video chat.

On a Happy Note

  • Making lifetime in Weight Watchers!
  • Cooking chili!
  • My friend Laura came to visit last weekend. We checked out these vendors at a local craft fair (our favorites)
  • Gilmore Girls, tacos and good friends!
Quote of the Week
Attention is the most basic form of love. By paying attention we let ourselves be touched by life, and our hearts naturally become more open and engaged. -Tara Brach
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Episode 101: My Own Backyard

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 101  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
Knitting in Passing
In my Travels
Contest, News & Notes
KAL News
Events
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
Thank you to this Episode’s Sponsors: Lilliput Yarn, Imagined Landscapes & One Geek to Craft Them All

Off the Needles

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Baby Ghost Ornaments for Halloween by Josephine Wu (free)
  • I made 2 which you can find here and here.
Little Friendly Ghost by Emily Michelle (free)
Distinctly Batty by Karissa Cole (free)
Batty (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page
Ninja (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page.
  • Garret- has since requested, white, green, red and blueimage
2 Kitties
  • You can find my project pages here and here.

For all of these stuffed animals- the eyes/noses came from 6060 on Etsy.

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  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia Arnie & Carlos line Color #02459
  • Too short. Have to rip back. Should have tried on before decreasing for toe
  • Check out the details in my project page linked above.
  • If you’re interested in test knitting after this is tech edited, please reach out to me via email at downcellarstudio at gmail.comimg_5454-2

On the Needles

 
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • First sock is done!
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. Planning to knit these about 15 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.

From the Armchair

I talked a bit about some of my new favorite podcasts that you may want to check out:
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In this episode I reviewed: Filament No 1, Fall 2016 ebook
I think this is a beautiful collection and a nice value at $21 for 10 patterns. Click on the link above to see details or to get your own copy today!
To be eligible to win a copy, enter in this thread in our Ravelry Group.

Knitting in Passing 

In this segment, you’ll hear some audio from my nieces Riley (8) and Millie (4) from a car ride to dance class the other day.
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In My Travels 

Dan and I traveled to Sarasota, FL for a conference I attend through work. This year I received the company’s 2016 Voalte Innovation Award which was an honor.Voalte

We loved Surf Shack for their delicious variety of tacos.image
After the conference Dan and I enjoyed spending time with his cousins and his Aunt Nancy who gifted us these beautiful hand-quilted potholders.
Contest, News and Notes
 
News: My Own Backyard is now available on Ravelry!img_5496-2
  • Get your copy before 11/30 for half price $2.50. No coupon code needed. On 12/1, the price will go up to the normal price of $5.00
Enter to win a copy of the Dragon Sock Gradient Kit in the Titania Colorway from Dragonfly Fibers (the same yarn I used in the sample) and a copy of the pattern. Contest thread can be found here.
Contest:
Tune in to hear if you won a copy of the Grey Matters  ebook by Katya Frankel that I reviewed on Episode 100.
 

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
Prizes:
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
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode

Interceptions

Winners:
I announced the winners of the Plum Deluxe Interception and the October Huddle & Instagram Winners! Tune in to see if you won!

Events

On a Happy Note 

  • Meeting anne at knitting group- didn’t realize she lived so close. Test knit my Emelyn Mae got to see that in person.
  • Bag sent by Beautiful Syster : looks a lot like this oneimage
  • 5 year journal: I selected The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five Year Record by Gretchen Rubin
  • Halloween!
  • Making butternut squash soup. Comfort food without a lot of calories. Roast butternut squash, onions, carrots. Can add other veggies. Added veg stock into oven so didn’t have to dirty another pan. left in oven at lowered temp. Immersion blender to blend up. 1 sp per serving (from the stock).image
  • Cousins visiting from FL
Quote of the Week
Success is the ability to do what has to be done when the motivation to do it is gone.
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Episode 100: Wow 100!

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 100 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
Events
Contest, News & Notes
Life in Focus
Ask Me Anything
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week
Thank you this episode’s sponsors Pearl & Plum, Fair Winds Farm and Plum Deluxe

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic II in NE Patriots Tailgate Party Colorwayimage
  • Pattern: Best Bunny by Lion Brand (free)
  • Hook: C
  • Yarn: Berroco Vintage (worsted) in a light purpleimage
  • This purple bunny was requested by my niece Millie because Hoppy needs a friend!image

Christmas Socks

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Lilliput Yarns- Bumpus Hounds Colorwayimage

On the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) Little Shop of Horrors Mini Skein Setimage
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) (Need to do this when more than 450 yards in 100 gram skein)
  • Yarn: Andre Sue Knits (Etsy)image
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) (Need to do this when more than 450 yards in 100 gram skein)
  • Yarn: Andre Sue Knits (Etsy) Sock Blank- Rhinebeckimg_5443-2 img_5442-2

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  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia Arnie & Carlos line Color #02459image
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide. Almost to lace part now!image
Shawl Design in progress
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  • 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 Colorway

imageFrom the Armchair

In My Travels

 Tune in to hear about my 2016 Rhinebeck Experience!
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Indie Untangled Trunk Showimage
Moms and Daughters at Rhinebeck! Doesn’t get much better than this!
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Friends at the podcaster meet up!
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Finding friends in the busy marketplace!image
The llama who wanted to kiss my Mama!image
Good friends and great yarnie finds!
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My Rhinebeck haul – purchases + gifts!
Podcasters Mentioned:

Shops Mentioned:

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
Prizes:
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
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • Check out the Rules but if you still have questions, come over to the Questions thread and ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Thread
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • Some of our Pro Shop Level Sponsors will be creating exclusive items for Pigskin Party participants. They may come out at different times and will likely be limited in quantities, so keep your eyes on this Exclusive Items thread in the group for all the latest news
  • Scope out the prizes!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode

Events

Contest News & Notes

I announced the winner of Kate Oates’ new book Grown

Life in Focus 

In this episode I share more about my journey this year to health and weight loss- specifically about freeing up time and building habits.

Ask me Anything

  • I answered a question from Cynalune-about knitting strategies during weight loss and a question from craftyhobbit about managing fibromalygia.

On a Happy Note

  • Spending in person time with my dear friends.imageimage
  • Fall weather and foliage!image
  • My cousin Jenny’s wedding!image

Mom and Meimage

Dan and Me

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My cousin Mike with our grandmotherimageMom & Dad

  • I placed a Plum Deluxe tea order. My favorites: Mindful Morning black tea, Coconut Macaron, Reading Nook Tea Blend + one new one – Spicy Caramel Apple Cinnamon Herbal Tea
  • Halloween is coming! We kicked off with an event at my Nana’s assisted living facility!img_5439-2

Quote of the Week

  • “Just because your mind tells you that something is awful or evil or unplanned or otherwise negative doesn’t mean you have to agree. Just because other people say that something is hopeless or crazy or broken to pieces doesn’t mean it is. We decide what story to tell ourselves.” ― Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage
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