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Episode 117: Under Construction

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 117 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • 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: Prairie Bag Works, Periwinkle Sheep, and One Geek to Craft Them All

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Construction Zone by Heidi Kirrmaier
  • Yarn: Tempting Ewe Yarns Luxe Aran (90% Merino/10% Silk) in the Grey Goose Colorway. 2 skeins 340 yards each
  • Needles: US 9 | 5.5 mm
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  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_0395
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Beyond the Wall Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_2395
  • Yarn: Blueberry Chick Yarn in the Put the Lime in the Coconut Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_2797
  • Pattern: Teal Swirl Dishcloth
  • Hook: Various H + J (I think)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici colorway: 27304 Lemonade (greens, yellows, blues: self striping)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) & US 2. (2.75 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with US 1.5 ribbing for a couple inches. Switch to US 2 and knit stockinette for 1 stripe. Increase by 4 stitches to get to 60 sts. Knit the leg and reverse the shaping on the other side.IMG_2780

New Stash Dash total: 3571.9 meters

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Front and back are done and blocked.
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  • Pattern in Spirit Animals Book by  by Jessica Boyer put out by Leisure Arts. $10 ebook copy from their website. Paperback $12.99
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava and Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
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From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of the Knitter’s Pride- Knit BlockersIMG_2725 IMG_2723

Knitting in Passing

  • I  met a lovely lady named Beryl at the hair salon last Saturday. She said she was just learning socks. I encouraged her to stick with it. I love the opportunity to chat with kind people, as Michelle of The Actually Knitting Podcast says, #becauseofknitting

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!
  • Two new winners announced!
  • Declare a WIP from 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.
Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-
  • Use coupon code AUGUST at periwinklesheep.com From Aug 1-15 to get 15% off your order.
  • Congrats to Team Pushing the Purls- winner of the Shuffleboard Tournament
  • Tune in for some July chat/Instagram winners

Events

Life in Focus

July: Focus on Family
  • We spent the first 5 days of the month in NH with my parents, my best friend, Dan’s brother and my niece and nephew. Quality family time that you can hear more about from Aila (8) and Will (10) at the end of the episode.IMG_2712 IMG_2706 IMG_2708
  • I spent quality time with my great Aunt Florence after knee replacement. When she’s done w/ rehab for her knee, going to make a date to have her help me with a sewing project.

On a Happy Note

  • Dan and I are planning a kayak camping trip in August.IMG_2463 IMG_2461
  • My friend Devon was back in the US for a visit. She lives in Vienna now with her husband and they are expecting first baby in November. While she was home, she, Kris and I made this corn chowder recipe from Food + Wine. It was a little bland so we added a little cayan pepper and about a cup and half of Fiesta blend shredded cheese from Whole Foods (just what I had in my fridge). Then on Sunday we went to her Shower.IMG_2755
  • Enjoying getting back to walking on a more consistent basis.
  • Trying out new “recipes” (I don’t follow recipes strictly)
    • Spaghetti Squash, Roasted Red Pepper, Zucchini, Eggplant, Tomatoes Basil, Ricotta (lazy man’s veggie lasagne)
    • Overnight Oats: 1/2 c rolled oats, 3/4 c unsweetened almond/coconut blend milk, 1scoop of vanilla protein, cinnamon and blueberries- put in fridge overnight. 6 Weight Watchers Smart Points

Quote of the Week

“Do not hunt for subjects, let them choose you, not you them.  Only do that which insists on being done and runs right up against you, hitting you in the eye until you do it.”
— Samuel Butler
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Episode 116: Put the Lime in the Coconut

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 116 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Possible Segments
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Infinite Twist, Plum Deluxe, Blueberry Chick Yarn

Off the Needles

  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper’s Yarn Sonnet’s. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
  • Size: 37 1/4 inch bust- calls for 920 yards
  • I had 20 yards less than what was called for, so had to do cap sleeves and 2 inches shorter on the body. I love it!IMG_2117
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_2112 IMG_2113
  • Pattern: 4seasons Halloween by Lalylala Lydia Tresselt (5.50 Euros) for 3 pattern collection (also includes Diego, sugar skull, and Brian the brain)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 superwash/KnitPicks Brava
  • Hook: CIMG_0391
Stash Dash 2017 Total to Date:
  • Total: 1945.2 meters to date
  • Goal 10k

On the Needles

  • Pattern: Construction Zone by Heidi Kirrmaier
  • Yarn: Tempting Ewe Yarns Luxe Aran (90% Merino/10% Silk) in the Grey Goose Colorway. 2 skeins 340 yards total
  • Needles: US 9 | 5.5 mmIMG_2054
  • Pattern: Christmas Stockings to Knit and Crochet from Family Circle Magazine
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_0395
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Beyond the Wall Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_2061
  • Yarn: Blueberry Chick Yarn in the Put the Lime in the Coconut Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_2120

Brainstorming

  • Lydia Tresselt also has a 4 Seasons Easter Pattern– I’d like to make the lamb.
  • Poppy Troll Hats– free crochet pattern. Super cute.
  • I want to knit all the things during the 4th of July holiday.
  • I’d like to use some stash yarn to knit the Jujuy by Joji Locatelli

From the Armchair

  • Talking as Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (audiobook read by author))
  • Orange Is The New Black: Season 5 available on Netflix

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 2016 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.
What is the Splash Pad Party?
  1. Craft along that runs from: June 1- July 31, 2017
  2. To win prizes, craft something that’s 50-200 grams. For every 50 grams you use, you’ll earn 1 entry into the Summer Celebration Thread.  You’ll earn additional entries for using Pro Shop Products (2), Pro Shop Exclusive Products (1), Snack Shack Product (1).
  3. Prizes will be given out by using Random Number Generator to select posts in the Summer Celebration Thread.
  4. Prizes will also randomly be given to those who chat in the any of the Splash Pad related chat threads and to those who use #splashpadparty17 on Instagram
Be sure to check out our Pro Shop Sponsors

On a Happy Note

  • Our surprise dance at my dancing school’s 35th Anniversary Recital went well.
  • Riley and Millie slept over afterwards and of course we had a blast. They always love Dan’s pancakes. Audio of them at the end of the episode.IMG_2121
  • Dan and I took our kayaks for a second outing.IMG_2114
  • We had an awesome pool day to celebrate Oisin’s 9th Birthday.20170618-IMG_9313
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  • I’ve been able to work out more and my heel is nearly healed!
  • My friend Dan etched a glass with my podcast logo! SO COOL!IMG_2111

Quote of the Week

“My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.”
-Adlai Stevenson
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Episode 115: Summer of Kayaks

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 115 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to Sponsors:

Off the Needles

  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • Self Striping, Hot pink, lighter pink, turquoise, orange and purple.
  • Hard on my hands but LOVE the colors!
  • FO=289.6 metersIMG_1930
  • Yarn: Cascade Heritage Prints Color 26 Holidays
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • FO= 287.7 metersIMG_1926
Stash Dash Total: 577.3 meters- Goal is 10k

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Gris colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_1929
  • Patons Kroy Stripes in Mexicali Stripes and Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)IMG_1924
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici colorway: 27304 Lemonade (greens, yellows, blues: self striping)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) & US 2. (2.75 mm)
  • Cast on 56 stitches with US 1.5 ribbing for a couple inches. Switch to US 2 and knit stockinette for 1 stripe. Increase by 4 stitches to get to 60 sts. knit leg. Will match on the other side.IMG_1466
  • Needles: US 3 (3.25 mmm)
  •  Yarn:  Ellen Cooper’s Yarn Sonnet’s. Jenny base- 50/50 bamboo/cotton. Colorway is called Driftwood which is perfect for it- tans, grays, blips of peachy/pink. Variegated but almost tonal.
  • Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
  • Nearly done. Will need to modify to make short sleeves because I’m short on yarn.
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From the Armchair

In My Travels

Portland, Maine

KAL News

  • Declare a WIP from 2016 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.
What is the Splash Pad Party?
  1. Craft along that runs from: June 1- July 31, 2017
  2. To win prizes, craft something that’s 50-200 grams. For every 50 grams you use, you’ll earn 1 entry into the Summer Celebration Thread.  You’ll earn additional entries for using Pro Shop Products (2), Pro Shop Exclusive Products (1), Snack Shack Product (1).
  3. Prizes will be given out by using Random Number Generator to select posts in the Summer Celebration Thread.
  4. Prizes will also randomly be given to those who chat in the any of the Splash Pad related chat threads and to those who use #splashpadparty17 on Instagram
Pro Shop Sponsors
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:
  • Check out the Prize Thread for details about coupons available from some of our sponsors
  • Three participation prizes were announced on this episode. Get in touch if you’re a winner!

 Contests News and Notes

Life in Focus

June Happiness Project Focus: Nurture Friendships
  • Do you have ideas? Clever things friends have done for you to show they care? Sending gifts or flowers works, but would like it to be something more thoughtful and heartfelt.

On a Happy Note

  • I’m having fun dancing with friends (even though I sprained something in my ribs)
  • We got a great deal at LL Bean on Kayaks and had our first adventure.IMG_1931IMG_1932
  • Went to a lecture by Jessamyn Stanley at Boston Public Library
  • I had an amazing birthday weekend with friends and family. Including our first pool day of the summer!IMG_1794 IMG_1874IMG_19282017-06-13 06.37.02

Quote of the Week

I think it’s nice to age gracefully. OK, you lose the youth, a certain stamina and dewy glow, but what you gain on the inside as a human being is wonderful: the wisdom, the acceptance and the peace of mind. It’s a fair exchange. -Cherie Lunghi
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