Episode 86: Fox on Sox

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 86 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: leftovers + Regia All Times Color 4-Ply in Stable Colorway (gray) for heels, cuffs & toes
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams
  • The join and weaving in the ends always put me off of trying these before and then I remember that Cate from Infinite Twist had a join in her Bifrost scarf called the Clasp Weft Join adapted from weaving that might work.
    • BiFrost Info : $3.00 for the pattern alone or $55 for the kit.
  • This is a total experiment and I will keep you posted on how it holds up.image
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn Greatest of Ease base in the Come What May Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams
  • Notes: OMG heel works great for self striping but wasn’t best choice for this. I’d recommend an afterthought heel instea.
  • Pattern: Small Sitting Fox by Kristi Tullus $4 Euro ($4.60 US right now)
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash, orange, black and white
  • Eyes & Nose from 6060 on Etsy
  • I kept him in my project bag from Little Skein in the Big Woolimage

On the Needles

  • Yarn: leftovers + Regia All Times Color 4-Ply in Stable Colorway (gray) for heels, cuffs & toes
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams
  • Notes: Thank you to Amber (Yarnhoarder) for sending me 1-2g scraps. I used them in this and my blanket!). I am also doing swap with In a Sknit Podcast Group- Check out Kristi’s Ravelry Group Sign ups run through 3/31/16. If anyone else wants to exchange let me know!
  • Yarn: Regia Design line by Arne & Carlos
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williamsimage
  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection Color 602 Pinks, Orange and Gray self striping.  150g/437 yard skein 70% extra fine merino, 25% polyamide, 5% cashmere
  • Needles: US 2.0 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
  • Notes:  Cast on 52 stitches. So far it fits. Will likely decrease to 48 closer to heel and work the x-small version of the OMG heel for a 48 stitch sock.
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock & Plymouth Select DK (white)
  • Hook Size: D& H
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • Notes: 71 blocked as of Stash Dash last summer. Planned 108 but already have more than that!
  • I used the Citric Acid soak method with instructions from the Knitmore Girls on the colorful centers before adding white


  • Legacy Knitz  Stuffy KAL starting 4/1/16
  • I’d like to make some beachy type stuffies for my niece Emelyn. Some ideas:
    • Octopus by Susan B Anderson
    • Crabby Patsy– crochet pattern by Lily/ Sugar’n Cream
    • Sailor Whale — whale with white hat and a red/white life preserver ring around his middle!
  • I’d like to cast on a shawl when I get more mojo back
  • I think Frankensock #3- will be gray with neutrals and earthy tones.

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of Masterpiece Knits: The Modern Collection by Kate Chiocchio and Nancye McGill Bonomo of Dragonfly Fibers! Purchase your book here.
Enter to win a kit to make the Modern Lattice Cowl by Andi Smith (I called it Modern Lace Cowl in the audio. Sorry for the error).
cowl squared

I’ve been loving YouTube Podcasts lately–here are some of my new go tos:

 Knitting in Passing

  • Follow up to last episode’s citric acid discussion.
    • Note from Becky- Knit Actually Podcast– who let us know that vinegar is better than citric acid for Stellina and manicures (it will dull them both)
    • Note from Greg of the Unraveling Podcast who couldn’t find citric acid with the canning supplies at the grocery store but found them in herbal supplements section.
    • Knitmore Girls Episode 369 discussed Citric Acid soaking too! Check it out.


12 Months to Christmas KAL
  • 12 Months to Christmas FO Thread
  • 12 Months to Christmas Chat Thread 
  • Announced 2 prize winners this episode! Tune in to see if you won.
  • In May, we’ll pull for some more winners.
    • Skein of fingering from Western Sky Knits. Magnolia Sock in the Colorway Dark Night image
    • Pattern from Kino Knits: Maribouimage
      • Mary mentioned on Episode 10 of Kino Knits Podcast that she randomly gifted it to people on Ravelry who had a birthday day it was released! What a clever idea!

Contest, News & Notes

This week I pulled a winner of the Pomball Hat Collection eBook. Tune in to see if you won!
On a Happy Note 
    • I am so excited to have such an amazing community that has grown around the Down Cellar Studio in the past 4 years. Thank you all!
    • I purchased 5 skeins of self-striping yarn from Mint Rain
    • My nieces and nephew had a bowling birthday party. Here’s a pick of Mom and I in our boots (just pretending to bowl)imageimage
    • I went to Legoland Boston with my nephew Garret for his 6th birthday adventureimage image
    • I had a lot of fun at my cousins’ St Patrick’s Day Party!image
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