Episode 99: Travel, Fiber, Fun

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 99 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
Off the Needles
On the Needles
Brainstorming
From the Armchair
In My Travels
KAL News
Events
Life in Focus
On a Happy Note
Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) 2 mini skeins in Harley Quinn Colorwayimage
  • Pattern: Dandy Sir Cephalopod by Susan Claudino $6 pattern
  • Needles: US 6
  • Yarn: Spunky Eclectic Targhee Classic in colorway: Emerald Isle Lot 1015 (195 yards)
  • Eyes from 6060 on Etsy
  • Mustache- Tangerine Designsimage

On the Needles

Christmas Socks

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Lilliput Yarns- Bumpus Hounds Colorwayimage
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Be Ewe Fibers (Etsy shop) Little Shop of Horrors Mini Skein Set image
  • 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)
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorwayimage image
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.image
  • Pattern: Rugged Ripples by Stephanie Gage (free)
  • Hook: I, 5.5 mm
  • Yarn: Caron One Pound, Lion Brand Ice Cream Big Scoop, Loops and Threads Impeccable
  • Tutorial available by Very Pink

From the Armchair

 

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Rhinebeck Festival Prep: My Tips
  • Clothes- layers. Wear your knits.
    • Tip: pick your hand knits first. Choose the rest of your outfit accordingly!
  • Shoes should be comfy (and not new). Something you won’t mind if they get covered in muck.
  • Bag/purse- try not to make it too big.
  • Camera- capture the fun. For me, iPhone is great.
    • Pen + paper- in case you see a pattern you want to jot down name of etc. If you’re a digital person you could take photos and jot them down later.
  • Check out vendor list in advance. Make list of MUST go to vendors and where they are located.
  • Make list of what you’d like to buy yarn for. Put list of what you need on phone/paper (something that doesn’t require internet) cell service is getting better but can still be spotty.
  • Bring snacks/water. Aim to eat at non-traditional times. Everyone wants to get lunch at 12 or 1. It’s hard to do when you just want to shop and see and chat. I recommend setting timers on your phone if you’re the type who can get lost in the day.
  • Bing a mix of cash and card if possible.
    • Food vendors sometimes only take cash
    • Some booths line for cash and one for cards. if have both- you can pick shorter line.
  • Don’t pack too much knitting. Simple sock etc. bring extra sock needle or hat needle. You may want to cast on right  away!
  • Many things at the really packed booths at Rhinebeck DO SELL OUT. Some vendors bring stock for Sunday. Some don’t. Many people like to do a loop before committing to things but if there’s only a couple and you’re going to majorly regret it if its gone later. Consider buying it on the first pass.
Check out this Knitty Article by Stephanie Purl-McPhee & a blog post I wrote in prep for Stitches Midwest: Fiber Events: Setting Yourself Up for Success
 

In My Travels

Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival
Lisa and I went up on Saturday morning. We met up with  Holly from Fish Belly Fiber Works (Field Sponsor for Pigskin Party) and her friend Maureen. image
Got to see Pro Shop Sponsor Jen from Knits4Comfort! and met her lovely mom Nancy!image

Was great seeing Kathy from Merlin Tree again so soon!

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Purchasesimage
  • Periwinkle Sheep- 2 skeins 1) grey/rose quartz, the witch’s cauldron
  • Hampton Artistic Yarns– 2 skeins
  • Dyenamics Yarn Supersocke in Zombie Colorway- grays with green, orange/red
  • Katrinkles– Needle gauge with the state of MA etched in. Also bought ornaments.
  • Pair of socks from Dan.
  • Cloth needle keeper and a small pottery bowl from Northside Knit Co
  • Bulky skein of yarn from Hampton Fiber Mill and Spinnery based out of VT 
Key West
Dan and I went with friends Mike and Cheryl and my parentsimage image
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We purchased Hammock Swings for our deck made by Cobble Mountain Hammock Co.

KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas
  • This KAL runs all through 2016. Finish 1 item each month that you plan to gift for the holidays this year. Enter your FOs here.
  • New Prizes:
    • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
    • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
    • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey
    • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group
Pigskin Party 2016

Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!

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.

A special thank you to Pro Shop Sponsors

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
 
  • 312 People on the Roster! Not to late to join in. 5 month KAL join whenever, craft as much or as little as you like.
  • Sidelines Thread:
  • This episode I announced the 10 Grand Prize Packs up for grabs this year.
  • Thank you again to all of our sponsors. If you choose to purchase something from them and have the opportunity to let them know you heard about them from this podcast please do let them know that their advertising here is worth their time and money.

Events

Life in Focus

in the last episode I shared a bit about my health journey and motivation to lose weight. So much great feedback on this segment. Started a Life in Focus Thread in Ravelry Group. Check it out! Thank you for sharing bits of your life, struggle and successes with me!
This week I shared some eating and meeting tips that have helped me along this journey.
This week I wanted to share just a few things that I’ve learned over the course of this year that may be good concrete tips for you

On a Happy Note

 
Quote of the Week
“When we do not do the one thing we ought to do, we have no time for anything else- we’re the busiest people in the world.” -Eric Hoffer
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