Episode 98: Shorties

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 98 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Life in Focus
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Daizie Knits, Plum Deluxe Tea & Media Peruana Designs

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 colorimageimage
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Regia 4 Plyimageimage
  • No Pattern
  • J Hook
  • Lion’s Brand Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton (Aran weight)image image

On the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Lilliput Yarns- Bumpus Hounds Colorway
  • Love it! lime green and hunter green striped with red! super fun
  • 2nd christmas pair i’m working on. past heel on first sock!imageimage
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic II in NE Patriots Tailgate Party Colorway
  • Cast on 64 with US 1 needles- bamboo.
    • Too big
  • Cast on 56 with US 1- metal
    • Thought it was too small at first. Think it may be fine.image
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) 2 mini skeins in Harley Quinn Colorway & leftover Knit Picks Kaleidescope colorwayimage
Started a new design project which I’ll share more details on soon

Brainstorming

Tutorial available by Very Pink
Debating the Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli or Sunshine Coast by Heidi Kirrmaire.
I am watching with Mae C. Jemison Worsted Merino Bamboo from Yarn Geek Fibers– lovely light gray.
 

From the Armchair

 
Point/Counterpoint Volume 1 by  Mary Hull and Sarah Schira
Two new audio podcast I’ve been enjoying

Life in Focus

In this episode I shared about my motivation to lose weight and some reasons why I think the Weight Watchers program has worked well for me.sed to be photography. focusing on what’s important in life.
If you have questions, feel free to post in the Ask Me Anything Thread.

KAL News

  • We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016.
    Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout on Ravelry.
  • We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL.
    • Sun Valley Fibers: There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.
    • Lollipop Yarns:  Use the code BigBadBergAlong for free shipping until 10/1. Check out her Ravelry group where she is doing a kit giveaway.
    • One Twisted Tree: Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL.
  • I am planning to do the Sunwalker Shawl. with MCS from Sun Valley Fibers in Kensington Colorway.
  • Participating in the Pigskin Party? You can double dip and this will earn you Interception points
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.

Pro Shop Sponsors

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 
  • Check out Sideline Games Thread
    • Virtual Knit NIGHT and FOOTBALL Join Lisa on Google Hangout on Thursday Night September 29. We will meet online at 8:00pm eastern time. We can all chat and watch the Dolpphins vs Bengels. The best thing about the video chat is you don’t need to type. Link will be posted in the Sideline Games Thread on September 29. All you need to do is copy the link and put it in your browser. The Google Hangouts only accommodate 10 people so you may need to wait to get in.
  • We had our first Bingo Game on Monday 9/19- winner EmilyK3661 who chose the Tumbao pattern from Media Peruana Designs
  • Upcoming Bingo Dates-  Monday Night October 10th & Thursday Night October 27th

Events

On a Happy Note

  • Custom Orthotic- seems to be working well for my heel.
  • I won photo contest at work!image
  • Will and Aila sleepover
    • We went to look at well, explored the woods.image image
    • I fixed Will’s rhino’s cheek and legimage
    • Aila worked on her loom for about 6 min. Dan and I spent first half of Pats game untangling her yarn.image
  • MyaStone – Taryn was in MA for a conference and came to my local knitting group last week! It was great meeting her.
Quote of the Week
“The only guarantee, ever, is that things will go wrong. The only thing we can use to mitigate this is anticipation. Because the only variable we control completely is ourselves.”  -Ryan Holiday
 
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Episode 97: Ready to Party!

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 97 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
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Skipping Stones by Sally Cameron part of the Friendship across the Oceans collection with Clare Devine
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Gale’s Art Super Star DK
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  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.0 mm) & US 1.5 (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarn- Self Striping Twist Sock in the “We’re all Misfits” colorway
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On the Needles

 
  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia, Arnie & Carlos Color #02459
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  • 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 colorimage
  • Pattern: Sir Dandy Cephalopod by Susan Claudino
  • Needles: US 6
  • Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Targhee Classic in colorway: Emerald Isle Lot 1015 (195 yards)- worsted weight- greens and blues….. so oceanic. imageimage
  • 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)
  • Notes. Plan for 4 shortie socks with different heels and toes.image

2016 Patriots Socks

  • 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

Brainstorming

  • I mentioned last time I’m looking for yarn for more Christmas socks. I purchased a skein from Lilliput Yarn in the Bumpus Hounds colorway and I love it!
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  • I’m totally jonesing to cast on the Fidra Hat by Gudrun Johnston

From the Armchair

  • This is a set of  16 inch (40 cm) needles that retails for $64.39.
  • It comes with needle sizes 4-10.
  • Definitely worth checking out, but tune in to hear my review!

Some new (to me) podcasts I’d recommend:

Crafty Adventures

I’ve been doing some sewing. I used the following two tutorials:

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KAL News

12 Months to Christmas KAL

The Big, Bad, Berg-a-long

  • We are so lucky to have the designer Melanie Berg offering our listeners a 10% discount on her patterns (self-published) starting September 15th, 2016 and ending November 2, 2016.
    Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout on Ravelry.
  • We are also going to be working with 3 Indie Dyers for this KAL.
    • Sun Valley Fibers: There will be Free Shipping in the US for kits and special pricing on the kits that they are making up just for this KAL. You can get the same kit as I am getting or as one of the other podcasters. More information is coming, but look for a special link “Big Bad Berg-Along” on their website. Use the code BigBadBergAlong at checkout.
    • Lollipop Yarns:  On September 11 at 7pm Eastern there will be an update featuring Duet and Trio kits especially for Ashbury or Quicksilver patterns. She will be offering Free Shipping if you use the codeBigBadBergAlong at checkout. She will have these kits up for preview starting Monday September 5th, 2016 in the Lollipop Yarn Ravelry Group as well as on her website, linked above.
    • One Twisted Tree: Danie will be offering a couple of different fall themed kits for the KAL. Check out the website for more information.
  • I am planning to do the Sunwalker Shawl. with MCS from Sun Valley Fibers in Kensington Colorway.
  • Participating in the Pigskin Party? You can double dip and this will earn you Interception points!
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.

Pro Shop Sponsors

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode

On a Happy Note 

  • Meeting group member, Mislissa (Melissa) who has been able to come to my local knitting group!
  • Settling into fall and doing more crafting!image
  • Kiddos going back to school!image image
  • Getting back to the gym and getting closer to my weight loss goal (and yes, I still eat delicious things like Chipotle!)image
  • My dear friend and college roommate, Amber learning to knit so we’ve been connecting over that which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed! I shared some funny audio from her at the end of the episode. I also talked about how I recommend this book by Susan B Anderson to help her learn to knit and she’s loved it!image
Quote of the Week
“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” —Helen Hunt Jackson
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Episode 96: Pigskin Preview + Stash Dash Glory!

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 96  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • There is some bonus audio of my niece Millie and I chatting at the end! Enjoy!

Off the Needles

 
  • Yarn: Knits4Comfort Merino/Silk in the Beach Shade Colorway (438 yards of fingering)- used 80 grams
  • Yarn: Valley Yarns Huntington- used 42 grams in a medium gray
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: a new, original design that will be called the Emelyn Mae shawl after my niece who goes to knitting festivals with me and helped me pick out this skein of yarn from Knits4Comfortimage image
 
  • Yarn: Knitting Fever KFI Luxury Collection Indulgence Cashmere Colorway- 602
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williamsimage
  • Yarn: Koigu KPPPM in Color 6156 & Louet Gems Gingering Weight (burnt orange)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williamsimage
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0 mm & H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • Some Notes:
    • Each square has 3 rounds with sock yarn (2 grams each) & a border of Plymouth Select DK in white (1 round= 2 grams)
    • I purchased 16 skeins of the Plymouth DK.  3 full skeins plus almost another full skein in scraps remain.
    • Final size- 10 squares by 16. Single crocheted together. 3 rounds of DC edging. Specific notes about how I did the corners are in my project page linked above.
    • Fingering for squares: 1280 yards  | White for squares: 832 yards  | White for seaming: 327.6 yards  | TOTAL: 2439 yards (2230 meters)image image
  • Yarn: Mirasol Tuhu- DK weight yarn
  • Needles: US 5
  • Provisionally cast on 60 stitches, knitting in the round. long tube that kitchener together to make a long infinity cowl.
  • Random striping- gray, aquamarine, chartreuse, cream, hot pink and tangerine
  • Kitchener in the Round Tutorial: I used this video to help me kitchener this cowl together.
  • Final result: 54 inches long and 5.5 inches wideimage
Frankensocks #2 and #3
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in Kaleidescope colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams (knit cuff down)
  • First Knit Picks experience- this yarn had 3 knots between the two 50 g skeins. Not the ideal first time around, especially for self striping. I did my own color management and made this best of it. I’m still totally happy with these, the yarn is super soft. I think it is great for gifts.image
  • Yarn: Cascade Eco Alpaca (worsted) in Nature & Burgundy
  • Needles: US 6: 4.0 mm
  • Pattern: Santa’s Ho-Ho Hat by Jacquelynn Vance-Kuss (free)
  • Saw this at knit night, friend Jenn Sheelen knit one and I wanted one! So happy to have this finished
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Stash Dash 2016 Total: 11,351 meters in 40 FOs (16 started before Stash Dash)image
  • 1 blanket
  • 1 doll blanket
  • 1 hat
  • socks- 15 pair
  • legwarmers- 1 pair
  • cowl- 1
  • shawl- 4
  • sweater- 1
  • candle cozy- 1
  • doll dress-1
  • dishcloth- 13

Brainstorming 

  • I want to knit a week’s worth of Christmas socks. Do you have ideas of yarn I could buy? Tell me about it in the Ravelry Group.
  • My next scrap yarn blanket will be with Crochet Hexagons. Maybe with a gradiating gray border. What do you think of that idea? Here’s a tutorial I found on the crocheted hexagons in case you’re interested: Tutorial that might help.

Knitting In Passing 

My 4 year old niece, Millie, loves the bunny I knit for her she was little. She calls it Hoppy. Pattern from Susan B Anderson: Mini-Sock Yarn Bunny pattern. She wants a friend for Hoppy in Purple!
Aila at Williamsburg – where she encountered and participating in knitting.

In My Travels 

Red Sox Stitch and Pitch: super hot but we had a lot of fun!image image image
Fiber Revival in Newbury MA on Saturday 8/13.image
I drove up with Lisa and Emilia. We met up with Mara & Erika.
Cool stuff I bought:
Mara learned some spinning from the lovely, talented and very funny Kathy and her husband David from The Merlin Tree.

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL– Winners Announced this Episode

Pigskin Party ’16 KAL

  • Tune in to hear a review of the Rules and Details of the Pigskin Party ’16 KAL. The KAL runs from September 8, 2016- February 6, 2017.
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  •  Check out the Prize Thread in the Ravelry Group.image
  • Our list of Sponsors is almost finalized. Click here for a link but check back soon for the FINAL list.
  • Some of our amazing sponsors have offered up Coupon Codes. Check them out before you start shopping!
  • image The Pre-Season chat thread has already started. Want to strategize, meet some new friends and catch up with the ones you made last year– click here!

On a Happy Note 

  • Custom orthotics might be the answer to my heel problems! Fingers crossed
  • Lisa & I went to a Jazz concert by a Berklee Student at the Boston Public Library for knit night a few weeks ago! SO fun!image image
  • Family time! Sleepovers & my grandmother’s birthday. Always makes me happy!image image image image
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