Episode 70: Grannies

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 70!

This week’s segments included
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Events
  • Contest, News and Notes
  • Knitting in Passing 
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles 
  • Pattern: Hallow Moon by Dieuwke van Mulligen
  • Yarn: Ashton Studio Arts Genoa Fingering- Almost Black & trio of peach/salmon mini skeins
  • Needles: US 7- 4.5mm
  • Modification- edge: RS, s1wyif, k1, s1wyif. WS: k1, s1wyif, k1.  
  • Used 128 grams/514 meters 
  • Also counts for the Around Your Neck KAL hosted by Suburban Stitcher
On the Needles

Sock Yarn Blanketimage

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0mm 
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • 3 rounds with sock yarn(2g), 1 round in white (2g)- total 4g
  • I’ve completed 71 total squares (need at least 108)
  • Citric Acid wash centers before adding white border
  • Yarn: Mirasol Tuhu- DK weight yarn
  • Needles: US 5
  • Provisionally cast on 60 stitches, knitting in the round. Will make a very long tube that kitchener together to make a long infinity cowl.
  • Random striping- gray, aquamarine, chartreuse, cream, hot pink and tangerine
  • Over 30 inches long already  Used 156g of yarn. 310 meters 
  • Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts in the  Electric Slide colorway 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • First is done! 
  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in Rocky Top colorway 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Very manly colorway! Loving that the colors swirl around a little to keep me interested while still having an ultimately subtle effect overall so he’ll actually wear them.

I’m also working on a new shawl design that I can’t wait to share!


I’m dreaming up another crochet blanket using a gradient kit for the centers of each square! I think I’ll be on the look out for a gradient at Stitches Midwest. If you know of any indies who sell them, let me know.

My sister-in-law started a new job and asked for a blue and cream coaster for her desk. Need to search my scraps and look for ideas. Any pattern suggestions?

  • Participating in Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast
    • 3,886 yards complete= 3,553 meters
  • Stitches Midwest– August 6-9 in Shaumburg, IL
Contest, News and Notes
Trickle Shawl KAL– extended through the end of summerIMG_7622-3
  • Use a Infinite Twist kit or your own yarn & knit on my latest shawl design, the Trickle Shawl
  • You don’t have to finish your shawl to be eligible to win.
  • Post photos of your progress and  use #trickleshawl. If you’re using the Infinite Twist Trickle Kit be sure to use #tricklekit.
  • Prizes:
    • Two Infinite Twist yarn prizes- any who tags their photos with #trickleshawl will be eligible to win
    • Those who knit with the Infinite Twist kit and use #tricklekit will be entered to win $100 gift certificate to Infinite Twist
Pigskin Party KAL- I am in the very early stages of planning the 2015 DSC Pigskin Party KAL. Keep your eyes here for full rules and details and I’ll discuss on an upcoming episode. For those of you who may be new this is a KAL that runs along the NFL football season (Sept-Feb) and it’s a ton of fun!!!
I am putting out a call for sponsors. This year we’re going to do things a little differently.
I am looking for 10 headline sponsors for the 2015 Down Cellar Studio Pigskin Party KAL.
  • Headline Sponsors will be mentioned on every show between start and end of football season
  • Last year that was 12 episodes with an average of 3300 listeners per episode in 2014
  • Must donate:
    • 1 prize/prize pack for grand prize (at least a $40 value)
    • $15 paypal donation to podcast to cover shipping and other associated cost
    • Optional: donate smaller prize for participation and random giveaways during season. 
    • Optional: discount code to get people ready in August

Headline Sponsors must commit by September 1st. The first 10 who commit are guaranteed a spot.

Not ready to be a headline sponsor? That’s ok too! We are also looking for sponsors for participation prizes and and random interceptions throughout season. If you’re interested, please contact me via email at downcellarstudio@gmail.com or check out website for full details!

Knitting in Passing
  • On June 19th I met named Ed from Russia. He told me stories about his family living in the tundra with absolutely nothing around. He said his mom knit everything for his family. Sweaters. Socks. Hats. Gloves. Everything! He said he think it’s what kept her sane because it was so silent. 
  • Mislissa, Melissa from MA, shared on our Ravelry group that she had used my advice for teaching kids to knit…. She said  “I have to thank you a thousand times over. I did what you said, planning the right project to bring with me when I knew my nieces would be around. The 6 year old asked me what I was working on (like she always does) and after I told her I asked if she wanted to try. At first she said no, but then my son said yes so he did a few stitches sitting my my lap. After she saw him do it she was ready. She did about 10 or so stitches and was ready to be done. Then I had the 4 year old and the 20 month old take turns on my lap doing hand over hand. It was awesome. So much less stress than trying to teach for independence. They all loved it and I can see doing this every week when we get together until they are truly old enough (and interested enough) to do it themselves. It was so nice being able to share my craft with my nieces. They are my husband’s sisters kids so there’s always been a little distance between us but this more than made up for it.”
On a Happy Note
  • I’m still wearing a walking cast to help my left Achilles get better. Hoping to be out of it in time for Stitches Midwest in Augustimage
  • 4th of July weekend– 3 cookouts with family and friends!
  • Celebrating my nephew Oisin’s birthday!
  • Looking forward to my upcoming stay-cation!
Quote of the Week

The water is your friend.  You don’t have to fight with water, just share the same spirit as the water, and it will help you move.  ~Aleksandr Popov

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