Episode 81: Mom & Me

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 81 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
Crafty Adventures
Contest, News & Notes
On a Happy Note
Pigskin Party KAL

Off the Needles 

Tan House Brook Hat v1 (still designing)
  • Yarn- Neighborhood Fiber Company
  • Needles- US 6 & US 7
  • Design Process Tip- use different colors (in Excel or in Colored Pencils) to mark each repeat, section of your design to help yourself visualize it better
  • Jen’s Blocking Tip: For blocking a hat, put a soup bowl over mason jar to give it more height so it doesn’t drag on the counter
  • Mom’s Blocking Tip: Send your knits to your daughter and say “here!” and have her block them for you! Or better yet, send them to Jen!
  • Yarn: Hand Made Modern  Wool Blend Yarn Duo 120 yard each (yarn from Target)image
  • Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm)
  • Pattern: I made it up. Find detailed instructions in my Project Page linked above
  • Yarn: Woolen Rabbit Pearl in the Straw Colorway (fingering weight yarn)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Pattern: by Jenn Sheelen ($4)
  • This is my January “12 months to Christmas KAL” project

On the Needles 

  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Regia Design Lines Colorations Color by Kristin Nicholas (blues, greens, purple, plum/magenta, white, dark gray). self patterning
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams

From the Armchair 

  • Mom and I have been watching Making a Murderer (Netflix), Ray Donovan and Homeland
  • Jen has been watching The Affair  (Showtime). Mom has been watching Limitless.
  • Mom is reading the Alex Cross books by James Patterson.
  • Jen has been listening to Gretchen Rubin’s Better Than Before
Tune in for a review of a project bag from Etsy Shop Pearl & Plum. In the excitement of talking with Mom I forgot to mention that the large (owl print) bag was graciously provided to me by Vivian of Pearl and Plum for review.image image
Check out the Pearl & Plum Contest Thread to be entered to win. We have a small and a medium project bag up for lucky listeners to win!
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Coupon Code!!!  If you want to purchase a bag from this amazing shop, use coupon code: DownCellarJan15 to get 15% off a purchase of at least $30 through the whole month of January
Mom reviewed a product she purchased on Etsy for a Christmas gift from BeBeBeez. These personalized elastic bands are a great way to know whose bottle is whose (so you can avoid sharing germs). Mom had one small issue and the customer service was great! Highly recommend.

Crafty Adventures

  • I’ve been sewing on my scrap fabric curtainimage
  • Mom will be turning a duvet cover into fabric for a new shower curtain and to recover the pieces on her headboard.
  • Mom talks about her decorating for Christmas, reactions from the kids, and the most commonly asked questionsMom Family Room Tree
Contest News & Notes
 
  • News starting email list Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio! Once I get to 200 will draw for a winner. Prize will be announced on Episode 82 or whenever we hit 200!
  • Side note: with Mom’s help, I was able to find a better way to update the Down Cellar Studio Facebook page! Come check it out. I’ll be posting more regularly there now.
  • This week I announced the winners of the Fix a Stitch and the Riot of Color Yarn!
12 Months to Christmas KAL- details announced on the episode

On a Happy Note

  • Emelyn and Oisin opening their gifts!image
  • imageWill loved his Force Awakens Hatimage
  • My favorite gift– Canvas from the kids with hand prints that make a treeimage
  • I got an IPA beer making kit from Williams Sonoma from my friend Megg
  • Mom gave the girls (Emelyn, Riley and Aila) a knitting kit for Christmas
  • Dan and I did our annual January clean out and moved our dry food to an easily accessible drawer in our island. I am hoping that if I can easily see it, I will know and use what we have and waste less!

Pigskin Party KAL

This Episode I announced the December Participation Winners! Tune in to see if you’ve won!
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