Category Archives: PigSkinParty

Episode 121: Learning All the Things

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 121 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knitty Kitty Bags, MediaPeruana, Knitters Brewing Company

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)IMG_4917

On the Needles

 
  • Yarn: sock yarn scraps
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Leftovers of black, white, gray, orange, yellow, tan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on first sockIMG_4882
  • Yarn: Sunsoaked Yarns Sock 80/20 Superwash Merino/Nylon in the Christmas Ribbon Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist
  • This was my #DCSpigskinparty17 Cast on!IMG_4877
  • Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts Merino/Nylon in the Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Poppy Troll Hat x2
  • Carina’s Hat + Ella’s Hat
  • Pattern: Poppy Troll Hat by  Tawnya Myers (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: H
  • Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver in 2 colors of pinkIMG_4918
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Crescent shawl that calls for 1 main color, a gradient set and a contrast color for the border. Over 800 yards (further details TBD)
  • If you are interested in Test knitting, please email me (downcellarstudio at gmail dot comIMG_4883

Brainstorming

Like you, I’ve been prepping for Pigskin Party ’17, by finding all of the things I’ve purchased from our amazing sponsors (and ordering some more)
Crochet shawls I’m debating
Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Cook; $6.95 US
GoodReader class: I am going to begin working on a course I can offer to those who want to learn how to use GoodReader for knitting without having to come to an in-person class with me. Please come share your feedback and tell me how you learn best.

From the Armchair

I learned a lot about pleasure versus happiness from these podcasts/articles about/by Dr. Robert Lustig

Knitting in Passing

My cousin Patrick loved the stocking I made for his new daughter. When he opened it, my cousin Grant commented how he has one but his younger sisters don’t which made him sad. I signed up to make some for them too!

KAL News

  • Click here to find about more about this KAL.
  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • The 12 Months to Christmas KAL is a craft-a-long that helps you prepare for the busy winter holiday season. Complete gift projects each month (or just in the months that you choose) so you don’t have to scramble in December. Find some cool new gift ideas, cheer each other on, and we’ll provide some motivation in the form of the potential to win prizes!
New Prizes:
  • Declare a WIP from the first quarter of 2017 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you’ll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.
  • At the top of the thread you can click on “Projects” to see what everyone has been working on. 532 projects that have been worked on, many finished since January! That’s amazing.
Pigskin Party KALArtwork - Pigskin Party Final2
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links. There’s also a helpful “Start Here” Thread in the Ravelry Group
  • 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 where you’ll track your points.
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • Check out our amazing Sponsors; if you use their products, you’ll earn more points per FO
    • 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! Some will be given out during the KAL; some will be part of the Grand Prizes.
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty17 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:
  • Over 240 people on Roster as of 9/12
  • A few things: you do not have to watch Football to participate. You can craft anytime not just during football games. You can post your points for your FOs in the End Zone dance thread anytime you want. Don’t have to do it immediately after you finish.
  • Favorite Post in End Zone Dance Thread: Instructions (click gray heart- find it in your Favorites in your Notebook)
  • Florence of Designs of Acadia has created a Pigskin Party Logo Tote Get yours today. They’re only $12.
  • Monday Night Scavenger Hunt
    • Every Monday night Lisa will post a clue to an item by one of our sponsors. You have until the following Monday night to look up that clue and find the item.
  • Kick It Off With Color : Our First Interception. Thank you to Sponsor: Yarn Love Yarn
    • Most football teams have 2-3 colors in their uniforms! Let’s get inspired by all that color and get some colorful projects off the needles/hooks.
    • Requirements:
      • Finish a project of at least 50 yards before 9/30 that contains at least 2 different colors
      • The 2 colors can be found within 1 yarn. You can use multiple yarns. Totally up to you.
      • If you have to ask if its two separate colors it’s probably not. Blue and light blue are not two different colors. Blue and orange are two separate colors.
      • These colors do not have to be your team colors, NFL colors or even any sports teams colors. It’s just the kicking off point for color combinations but don’t limit yourself.
      • Project can be knit, crocheted, woven, spun or machine knit.
      • Max of 2 entries per person.
Prizes:
  • 2 lucky winners (pulled by Random Number Generator from this thread) will get to choose a skein of yarn of his/her choice from Yarn Love Yarn

Events

Life in Focus

September Happiness Project: Learning

  • Labor Day free streaming on Craftsy
  • Thanks to  knittykitties  for gifting me a Creative Bug 3 month subscription. I can’t wait to try out a few classes.
  • Thanks to DCAlaneknits for posting in the Episode 120 chat thread with this link to Mother Bear Face Tutorials: 2 Knit Lit Chicks Podcast.
  • I’m looking forward to watching and learning about the Philosopher Wool Technique for 2 handed colorwork knitting. Planning ahead for colorwork baby sweater I want to cast on soon
  • I watched a Podcasting 101 on Creative Live (9/11).
  • Crochet Shawl (will be a first for me)
  • Fish Lip Kiss Heel (will be a new heel for me)
  • Thank you to Lisa for letting me borrow her spindle and some fiber and teaching me basics so I could play with spinning at home.
  • Won’t get all of these done in next 15 days or so, but having found resources and prepped things out will set me on the right path and I’m really enjoying this focus.

On a Happy Note

  • My cousin Kara’s wedding. So much fun! Wore my new black lace dress. Thanks for all of the compliments!20170902-img_0431
  • HIIT training at gym. Really hard, but the 30 minutes goes by really fast. twice a week for 4 weeks. In the third week now.IMG_4657
  • Fall coming. Very cool in the mornings here. My parents pool is closed (sniff) and I’ve had two weekends at home to get things done. Feels good.
  • Family dinner and campfire time!IMG_4829IMG_4823IMG_4828
  • Gretchen Rubin’s new book The Four Tendencies was released on 9/12. I was lucky to get tickets to the first stop on her book tour that night in Cambridge. Went with my friend Kim. We’ve read all of Gretchen’s books, listen to her Happier Podcast religiously and use her framework all the time at work. IMG_4866 IMG_4867 IMG_4868

Quote of the Week

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”
– Roy T. Bennett

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Episode 120: Crafting, Camp and Kayaking

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 120 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Skeindalous Yarn in the Sophia Base (MCN) in the Wesley’s Sweater color way (
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 64 grams-  256.3 metersIMG_4055
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Gris colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 69 grams-  296.5 metersIMG_4157
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Eclipse Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 75 grams-  227.7 metersIMG_4315
My Stash Dash Total (as compared to last year)
Frankensocks #5 and #6
  • Yarn: sock yarn scraps
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_4673 IMG_4647
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)IMG_4653

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)IMG_4694
  • Yarn: sock yarn scraps
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts Merino/Nylon in the Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Garret asked for knee socks that are in two pieces. Worked top down two at a time on two different needles, magic loop. US 1.5. Navy Cuff (Cascade Heritage Sock), then rainbow. Cast on 52. A couple inches down I decreased by 4 to get to 48. Allow enough room for his calf.

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Crafty Adventures

  • Aila made a memory/memento box out of scrapbooking supplies and a photo calendarIMG_4581
  • Riley, Aila and Millie all made tulle tied flip flops: Here’s a link to a tutorial that is similar to what we did.IMG_4525
  • Aila painted some pottery at the South Shore Pottery ShopIMG_4596
  • I am nearly finished with my January-June Project Life Pages!

KAL News

  • Click here to find about more about this KAL.
  • Check out: Chat Thread & FO Thread 
  • The 12 Months to Christmas KAL is a craft-a-long that helps you prepare for the busy winter holiday season. Complete gift projects each month (or just in the months that you choose) so you don’t have to scramble in December. Find some cool new gift ideas, cheer each other on, and we’ll provide some motivation in the form of the potential to win prizes!
  • Declare a WIP from the first quarter of 2017 or earlier within the first 5 days of the month, posting a photo of it in the thread. Finish the project by the end of the month, update your post with your FO photo and you’ll be eligible to win a Ravelry downloadable pattern of your choosing up to $8.

4th Annual Pigskin Party KAL

Details Discussed on This Episode:

Events

Contest, News and Notes

I announced the winner of the Yeksa Shawl by Janine McCarty of the Yarn and Ewe Girl Podcast

Life in Focus

My September Plan: Learning 

  • I’m thinking about taking a Craftsy class, trying new knitting or crochet techniques, taking out some library books. Do you have any suggestions from me?

On a Happy Note

  • We saw America and 3 Dog Night at South Shore Music Circus.IMG_4088 IMG_4077
  • My friends came to visit for the weekend and we celebrated my grandmother’s birthday.IMG_4151
  • I enjoyed the Solar Eclipse, but even funnier is this video Total Eclipse of the Heart Literal Video.
  • I met up with some knitting friends at Slum Brew in Assembly Row Somerville. IMG_4504 IMG_4505
  • We’ve had lots of summer fun with the nieces and nephews. Sleepovers, crafts, dance camps etc!20170825-img_0214 20170825-img_0136 IMG_4637 IMG_4636 IMG_4634 20170825-img_0039
  • Dan and I kayaked the North River. The first half was amazing. The rest was a struggle but we survived! Ha!IMG_4640
  • The kids contracted lice and so kindly shared it with me. Sigh. If you ever have the misfortune, my recommendation is to go to a professional place like this instead of using the drugstore shampoos!
  • Signed up for hiit training for 4 weeks with my work friends. We survived!

Quote of the Week

“Happiness and misery consist in a progression towards better or worse; it does not matter how high up or low down you are, it depends not on this, but on the direction in which you are tending.”
— Samuel Butler
Bonus Audio from Riley, Aila, Millie and a little bit of Emelyn at the end of the episode. Our goodnights during our big sleepover and heading to Camp the next day!
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Pigskin Party 2017: Call for Sponsors!

We are looking for Sponsors for

the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

2017-2018 Pigskin Party KAL Season.

KAL Runs from September 7, 2017- February 5, 2018

New to the Down Cellar Studio Podcast group and wondering what previous sponsors have said?

“The Down Cellar Studio Podcast reaches a very broad audience. Since the KALs are multiple month long events, it gives the opportunity for the large body of participants to come in contact with the sponsors and their offers repeatedly throughout the course of the KALs. I think that is quite valuable.” – Fibernymph Dye Works

When asked if the sponsorship brought in new business for Fibernymph Dyeworks: “Yes, but just as importantly, it has been another way to put me in the sight line of past and current customers as well. I think that’s significant, because when KAL participants who have purchased from me in the past are reminded about my presence through the KALs, they seem more likely to shop with me again due to that recognition. Also, when they see my business participating as a sponsor in an event that they are also taking part in, I think it adds an element of cohesion to their knitting community. (That latter point is purely speculation, though!)”

Plum Deluxe says “… prices are very affordable for small business and I never worry about how my business will be represented… We always receive kind, thoughtful new customers from our DCS sponsorship.”

Knitters Brewing Company shared “I enjoy working with you because you are very organized and communicative. I can count on you doing what you say you will, and I hope that I reciprocate!”

“I found a rapid return on my investment through sales and great exposure.” –Colorful Eclectic

Are you ready to join the party?

We have two types of Sponsor options.

  • Field Sponsors (unlimited availability, unpaid option)
  • Pro Shop Sponsors (limited availability, paid option).

Once you decide what’s right for you, fill out the Google Form to apply for your spot. You’ll receive a confirmation from me complete with a reminder of what I need from you and the links to make it easy!

Field Sponsors

Required:

  • Donate a prize.
  • Mail prize to winner once I contact you with the details.
  • Post details of that prize in the prize thread before September 1.

Optional:

  • Provide coupon code
    • Must use coupon code “pigskinparty17”
    • Must post details in the Coupon Code Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group.

What you can expect from me & the Down Cellar Studio Community:

  • All sponsors will receive at least 1 mention on the Podcast.
  • Good press from happy customers.
    • Participants will be granted 4 Special Teams Points for using a product from a Field Sponsor which should encourage them to buy, use and share your products!
    • Participants will be encouraged to share your products as they use them on social media.
  • Exposure to a new audience in an established, engaged community.
  • Link to your business’ website from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group (currently over 1950 members) when prizes are announced.

Pro Shop Sponsors

20 Pro Shop Sponsor spots will be available on a first come-first served basis

Keep in mind- while the Pro Shop spots are limited, there is no limit for unpaid sponsorship & there are other opportunities this year for me to spotlight your business.

Required:

  • Donate a prize to be given away during the KAL. Mail prize to winner once I contact you with the details.
  • Post details of that prize in the prize thread before September 1.
  • Pay $50 fee via PayPal (Note: do not send this fee until you receive confirmation)

Optional:

  • Provide coupon code for participants.
    • Must use coupon code “pigskinparty17”
    • Must post details in the Coupon Code Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group.
  • Create a custom item that relates to the Pigskin Party 2017.
    • This is certainly not required, but if you are a Pro Shop Sponsor and would like to create a Pigskin Party themed product, I’m happy to support you in that! The Down Cellar Studio Podcast community is very engaged and committed to our KALs. A good portion of the exclusive products created for the 2017 Splash Pad Party sold out eventually if not immediately. I’d love to bring my audience to your business and expand your reach.
      • Note: it does not have to be football or sports themed in any way. The item must be exclusive to this KAL for 6 months from the end date (2/5/18)
    • If you do create a custom product for the Pigskin Party, you’ll need to post it in the appropriate thread in our Ravelry Group.
    • Note: Field Sponsors are not approved to create Pigskin Party themed items, and they will not be advertised on the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. If as a Field Sponsor, you already have football related items in your shop, there is obviously no problem with that, but the option to promote and offer extra KAL points for Pigskin Party Products is reserved for Pro Shop Sponsors.

What you can expect from me & the Down Cellar Studio Community:

  • 1 advertising spot on the podcast (100-150 words)

    • You provide the content. I’ll share it on the show! Ideally it’s best if this ad is customized for my podcast to encourage listeners to listen but that’s up to you.

  • Good press from happy customers.
    • Participants will be granted twice the number of Special Teams Points (8 instead of 4) for using a product from a Headline Sponsor which should encourage them to buy, use and share your products!
    • Should you create an exclusive product, we will award 16 points to each participant who uses the product as part of an FO during the KAL.
    • Participants will be encouraged to share your products as they use them on social media
  • Exposure to a new audience in an established, engaged community.
    • Your business will be featured on at least 1 post on BostonJen1’s Instagram featuring your business (current reach- over 5800 followers).
      • If you have an image(s) you prefer, I can use that- or I will find one from your shop.
      • Link to your business’ website from the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group (currently over 1950 members).
  • Link to your business from show notes that accompany every episode from September 2017 through February 2018.
  • If you create a custom item for Pigskin party and send me a photo, I will advertise it on Instagram for you with a minimum of 1 post on instagram.
    • You are also welcome to post anytime in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group.

Optional Add-Ons
These options are available to both Field Sponsors & Pro Shop Sponsors.

Advertising Spots

  • There are 11 additional ad spots available during the course of the KAL at a rate of $20 each (first come-first served- max 2 per sponsor).
  • I limit my advertisements to 3 per episode so your ad spot will stand out.

Opportunity to Sponsor an Interception (No Spots Remaining)

  • We always have Interceptions during the KAL. These are mini-challenges that last anywhere from a weekend to 1 month in time. There will be 4 Interception Sponsorship Options this year.
  • If you’d like to be the primary sponsor for one of these interceptions, you’ll be announced as such on the podcast episode where the Interception is announced and any other episodes during the Interception (and your business will be linked in that episode’s show notes). I will also feature you as the Interception Sponsor on Instagram.
  • The rate for this sponsorship is $25 (limit 1 per sponsor) and the donation of an additional prize (at least a $10 value) to be given away to one of the winners of this Interception.
  • We can work together if you have an idea for an interception that might relate to your business. Or, you can rely on the Down Cellar Studio Team to do all of the work and you just provide a prize.
    • Please note: Depending on the intensity of the Interception Challenge, there may be other prizes awarded from available KAL prizes, so your prize will not be the only one available for this challenge, but your business will be the only one announced in combination and advertising of this challenge.

Interested in signing on?
Here’s what I need from you.

  1. Please click on this link which will bring you to a Google Form. Fill out all of the required fields, click submit and it will be sent to me.
  2. Look for an email from me.
  • I will be in touch after your application is completed.
  • If you’re looking for a paid sponsorship spot, I will be in touch to let you know your total.
  • Please do not PayPal me the fees until I have confirmed your spot(s).
  • Once you sign up, I will send an email with all of the details and links you need to make this simple!