Episode 103: From Dirt Bikes to Knitting in 2.5 seconds

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 103 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Pigskin Party KAL
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s show sponsors, The Yarn Sellar & Knit Life Designs

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet by Family Circle  (originally in November 1977 magazine) Was reprinted in 90’s.
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Paton’s Classic Wool- Bright Red. img_5558-2
  • Pattern: Spacious OMG
  • Yarn: Regia Jean Style Color
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Basket #4  this season
  • Black and red with sparkles
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
  • No handles on this one
  • Hook: I (5.5mm)
  • Pattern: Wintertide Headband by Elena Hunt (free)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick- charcoal gray heather
  • Whipped up in less than an hour
  • Found a cool black button in my stash. Super fun! Quick giftimg_6804
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash + Loops & Thread Impeccable
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • No patternimg_7090
  • Hook: J
  • Yarn: cream and gold acrylic from Target
  • No pattern (similar to the purple one she’s wearing below)
  • Pattern: Yoki the Dragon Amigurumi by Mariska Vos-Bolman ($5)- buy 4 get one free deal no code needed
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes
  • More advanced pattern- all pieces crocheted separately and added on
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On the Needles

  • 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
  • Yarn: Ross Farm Shetland 3 ply sport
  • Needles: US 8
  • Pattern: New design, half hexagon shape like My Own Backyard

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Christmas Knitting/Crochet plans:
  • DONE- headband for co-worker using the Wintertide Headband pattern
  • DONE- Dragon for Will using Yoki the Dragon pattern
  • Unicorns for Ella and Carina using Shy Little Unicorn Pattern — got great deals on Black Friday so will save this for their birthdays,
  • Washcloths I found 11 I made during Stash Dash
  • Oisin needed a toy, but I found an alien I crocheted last year!
  • Left to do:
    • Shawl for Gram- in progress
    • Outfits for Riley’s doll (made last year)
    • Mittens for Riley- barely started- will chat more about them next time…
    • Aila- kitty using kitty ballerina pattern from Etsy
    • Bella- penguin using a pattern gifted to me by Joy- Happyfox24
    • Nana, Kris and Megg crochet basket- may only make 1, we’ll see
    • Garret- ninjas– white one
    • Ice cream coozie for Matt
    • New: Triple Luxe Cowl for Gail (if don’t get completely finished its ok)- recording 12/8 — 14 days… still going to be interesting
  • Maybe:
    • poncho (Azel pullover by Heidi May)
    • Anna dolla (from Kit) for Millie

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
Pigskin Party ’16
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
  •  Announced November Interception Prizes


Life in Focus

In this episode I talked about managing eating well and how I find balance during the holiday season. I mentioned the most recent episode of the Happier Podcast which I found really timely (re: “Not Treating Yourself” and Planned Exceptions)

Ask Me Anything

This week I answered a question from Donna (ZoSew) regarding changing yarns and colors in crochet.
Here is a helpful link I used when learning which I also discussed on Episode 74.

On a Happy Note

  • The first part of this audio was recorded with my 8 year old niece Riley who asked if we could record together!
  • I managed to lose 1.4 pounds during Thanksgiving week which feels like a huge win. Part of that was exercise for sure including this beautiful walk on Thanksgiving morning.img_6678
  • SO much fun on the dirt bikes. After Riley and I recorded I took a try! Video on Instagram.img_6714img_6760
  • Megg, Tom, Em and Oisin stayed for dinner/Pats game. Megg kitchenered the two toes on her very first pair of socks! They came out great.
  • Gilmore Girls reboot on Netflix!
  • Got most of my shopping done Black Friday (with Mom!!) and Cyber Monday! img_6699 img_6698
  • Lavash pizza with roasted tomatoes & basil and Trader Joe’s cinnamon almonds. Obsessed!!
  • Will and AIla’s annual Christmas! Sleepoverimg_6970 img_6907 img_6992 img_7003 img_6995img_6874

Quote of the Week

“Before you call someone lazy or judge them, try to imagine their perspective, beliefs, and abilities and forget yours. That is, respond with curiosity and empathy. When you do, I predict you’ll find yourself understanding their choices. You may not like their beliefs and choices, but you’ll understand them.”
-Joshua Spodek
After the credits, stay tuned for a bit of audio of my niece Millie (1 year ago at age 3 1/2) telling a joke.. that isn’t really a joke- it’s a DISASTER!!!
Thank you for tuning in!
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