Category Archives: Splash Pad Party

Episode 95: Adding up the Meters

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 95 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top downimage
  • Needle: US 3/ 3.25mm
  • Yarn: Holiday Yarn Flocksock in Peachy Keen Colorway
  • Pattern: Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Size: X-Small
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  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in Blue Brown Marl colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top downimage
  • Yarn: Quaere Fibre Sock Blank
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top downimage

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On the Needles

  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn from sock
  • Hook Size: D 3.0 mm & H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Double Crochet Granny Square
  • 3 rounds with sock yarn, 1 round with Plymouth Select DK in white
  • Going to finish seaming this summer. That’s my new goal!image

Brainstorming

Want to hit 10k in stash dash. As of this recording I’m at 6,545 meters. Click this link to see all of my Stash Dash 2016 Projects!
Stash Dash runs until Sunday August 21

From the Armchair

Review: Colorworks by Debi Yarn
Podcast Episode: Elise Gets Crafty: E102 On “Being Busy”
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Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL

New Prizes- will giveaway in Episode 96

Looking for gift knit/crochet ideas- check out the Splash Pad Party Golf Tournament Team Threads & Mini Golf Threads for small project ideas.

Splash Pad Party ’16Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE

The big bash wrapped up 7/31! What a great time it was!

Tune in to hear if you won a prize! If you did, be sure to contact me via email or Ravelry PM. Click here for reminder of the amazing prizes we have for this KAL! 

Still waiting to hear from winners announced on last episode for the participation prizes so if you haven’t tuned in yet, please check out Episode 94.
Thank you to Lisa for coming up with most of the amazing ideas behind this KAL, to Designs of Acadia for creating our amazing logo and to our pool boys Greg and Joey from the Unraveling with Greg & Joey podcast for keeping things interesting.
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The Pigskin Party KAL will be kicking off with the NFL Football season in September. I still have just a few spots left. Click here for details, and fill out the form today if you’re interested in signing on as a sponsor.

Fiber Events

Contest News & Notes

I pulled winners for the Phoenix Hat by Sally Cameron. Thanks Emilia for offering up this wonderful prize!
I am currently accepting sponsor applications for the 2016-2017 Pigskin Party KAL. Click on this link for more details.
 

Ask Me Anything

  • I answered a question from cynalune on Ravelry about my dream knitting bag.

On a Happy Noteimage

  • My cousin’s bachelorette party in Provincetown (Cape Cod). Favorite places: Patio (went to lunch with Mom), Boat Slip Beach Club Tea Dance (4-7p)image image
  • MGH Diversity Statement- came through on my work email and I was so touched by it.
    • Because of diversity we will excel.   We think broadly about diversity and everything that makes us unique.  It is core to our mission. Our differences make the MGH a more interesting and distinctive environment in which to work and are an important means of providing the very best care to every one of our patients, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, sexual orientation, disabilities, life experiences, geographic backgrounds, skills and talents among others. We will not excel without recognizing and appreciating everyone’s perspectives.
    • Through inclusion we will respect.  Together we work hard to make this hospital a diverse and inclusive place of healing. Encouraging a broad range of opinions, ideas and perspectives drives creativity, innovation and excellence. Our continued engagement in our nationally recognized initiatives and programs highlights our commitment to diversity and inclusion. But this ongoing work will not be complete until every employee, every patient, every family member, every visitor feels safe, respected, welcome, comfortable, supported and accepted within our walls.
    • Focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate.  Our job is to improve health and save lives, regardless of what our patients or colleagues look like, where they come from, what they believe, or who they love. Issues of equity and justice are not separate but rather intertwined with patient care, education, research, and community health. Targeting inequality enhances the quality of care for all. We believe in treating our patients and each other with the dignity that every human being deserves.
  • Meeting up with new friends at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA for knit night.
  • Bathing suits that fit from Athleta. Rash guard love. Pacifica (long sleeved version)
  • Not so happy- water in our well is low because of the summer drought. Good news is that we’re finding ways to conserve water and hopefully are building in some better long-term routines.

Episode 94: Of Crochet & Giraffes

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 94 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this week’s sponsors: Little Skein in the Big Wool & Fair Winds Farm

Off the Needles

  • Hook: US H/ 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream in Black Currant Colorway and a little white for trim
  • No pattern.image
  • Hook: US H/ 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream in Black Currant and scraps from a blue/green/purple/white striping
  • Pattern: Hexagon from this tutorialimage
  • Hook: I/ 5.5 mm
  • Yarn:
  • Pattern: Used this tutorial to learn how to make a hexagon.IMG_3295
  • Hook: unsure
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix and Cascade 220 Superwash leftovers
  • Pattern: double crochet granny squares
  • Idea from Susan B Anderson in this blog post.
  • Needles: US 1.5/ 2.5 mm
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarning in the Pats Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_3463 IMG_3322
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering Base. Color A (light coral is called Seashell). Color B (dark coral is called Reef Coral) and Color C (aqua blue is called Gulf)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Riley Rose Shawl IMG_4459-2
Stash Dash Total (so far): 4,537 meters

On the Needles

  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top downimage
  • Needle: US 3/ 3.25mm
  • Yarn: Holiday Yarn Flocksock
  • Pattern: Boxy by Joji LocatelliIMG_3217 IMG_3294

From the Armchair 

Dave The Sheep Dog? Written and Photographed by Carrie McKie
$10.99 online or in store at The Yarn Sellar in York, ME
Really cute book. I encourage you to go check it out!

Crafty Adventures

Tie dye project with kids!

In My Travels 

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The owner: Betty!

Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
Splash Pad PartyArtwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE
  • See official rules for all of the details
  • Tune in to Episode 91 to hear about all of the amazing prizes from our Sponsors.
  • Golf Tournament is underway! Our first team has finished but there are still lots of prizes up for grabs so keep on knitting. Prizes will be announced in future episodes.
    • I announced prizes for our first team to finish the tournament; more prizes will be announced in Episode 95.
  • We also have a round of Mini Golf going on. Check it out here and enter your FOs in this thread.
  • Tune in to hear if you won a prize in the Splash Pad Party for Instagram or chatting in one of our various chatter threads. I’ll announce the rest of the winners in Episode 95.
  • Even though the KAL ends on 7/31 there is still plenty of time for summer knitting. Feel free to continue to use the #splashpadparty16 so others can see your projects. Chat threads will still be open.
Be sure to check out our Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors:
Fiber Events
  • Stitch and Pitch Boston 2016 Thursday August 11 at 7:10p $45 per ticket. Purchase online, gets you voucher then you meet up outside Gate K with the group to get your actual ticket for entry. Lisa and I are going. If you’re local you should join us.
  • Fiber Revival Saturday, August 13, 2016  9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
    • $6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
    • Lisa and I will be there and are planning to claim a spot and sit and knit for the day, weather permitting. Hope you’ll join us- let us know in this thread on Ravelry.
  • Indie Untangled Trunk Show October 14, 2016 from 5p-8p at the  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, 2015 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY

Contest News & Notes

  • My new design, the Riley Rose pattern is now available. Riley Rose
    • There is a coupon code available for podcast listeners. Tune in for details.
    • If knit and finish by August 6th. Post project page and PM me. Pick one of my patterns free for yourself and a friend of your choice.

On a Happy Note

  • I went to see Vertical Horizon’s free concert in the Boston Common with Lisa, and her son and daughter. Really fun night. It was hot but the show was great, forgot how much I loved their music. And we knit!image
  • Aila and Will slept over the weekend of the 16-17th so parents can finish some renovation work at their house. Pool day Sat and Sunday!IMG_3349 IMG_3370 IMG_3427
  • Sunday afternoon went to a cookout at my Nana’s assisted living facility. Knit and listened to the music. Fun! Knitting definitely helped what could have been an otherwise boring function.IMG_3447
  • Aila left Giraffe Mommy- her prized possession- at our house. I came home and found her. Told Kris I’d send lots of photos of GM and me having fun so A would know she was ok. Dinner, showers, reading, made her a tent to sleep in, snuggles, riding the train, going to work. set up her own little office. Went to the craft store and then taught her to crochet so she could make a dress. Aila called Monday night when she got back from a trip with her grandmother, sad about it. Told me all of Giraffe Mommy’s favorite things so I’d know. Very sweet. Brought her back on Tuesday.image
  • Wednesday night I went to Will and Aila’s track meet where we did a mini birthday celebration for Will before they left for vacation. I gave him the Rhino I had intended for Christmas!image
  • Finally scored a sock blank from Andre Sue Knits on Etsy
  • Mom found a photo of a dress she made when she was in her early 20’s that she wore to her Bridal Shower. She handed it down to me and its my favorite item of clothing! Was fun to have a photo of her wearing it.image
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Episode 93: 2 Guys, a Girl & a Knitting Party

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 93 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • On the Needles
  • Off the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: North Light Fibers, Dragonfly Fibers, KnitCircus Yarn

On the Needles 

  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in Blue Brown colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top downimage
  • Yarn: KnitCircus Yarn- Greatest of Ease Base- Gradient Stripes Set in the Pool Party Colorway- exclusive for Splash Pad Party 16
  • Needles: US 1.5 (22.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top downimage
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock self striping in the Pats colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
  • Worked on these on 4th of July- Pub Crawl along the Freedom Trail with friends. Seemed fitting.image
  • Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime Fingering Base. Color A (light coral – Seashell). Color B (dark coral- Reef Coral) and Color C (aqua blue- Gulf)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Pattern: Riley Rose Shawl– soon to be released
  • Yarn Availability: Tuesday July 12th at One Twisted Tree 5 colors to choose from. Shadow (gray), Sandbar (tan), Gulf (aqua blue), Seashell (light coral), Reef Coral (dark coral). If you haven’t signed up for Danie’s newsletter I recommend it (enter your email address on right side of her webpage).image image

Off the Needles

  • Yarn: Regia Fluormania in Neon Beach
  • Needles: US 1 & 1.5 (2.25 & 2.5 mm)
  • OMG Heel by Megan Williams- top down
  • How I knit– US 1 needles 2×2 rib for 10 rounds, stockinette for 10 rounds. May just do all ribbing to heel next time.
  • How do they wear? GREAT!image
Stash Dash Update: 3,422 meters to date!

From the Armchair

Tune in to hear my review of The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary by Wendy Bernard (spoiler alert- I think this a great resource.

Knitting in Passing

Tune in to hear a chat with my newly 8 year old nephew Oisin about how he learned to knit. What he likes to work on. Why he likes knitting etc. He talks about having Dysgraphia and how working with his hands in knitting helps him.
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Events

12 Months to Christmas KAL
Splash Pad Party

This fun filled, summer KAL runs from June 1- July 31Artwork - Tattoo Splash - BLUE

Pigskin Party will be starting up in early September. Click here for details from last year’s Pigskin PartyInterested in sponsoring? Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter.

Fiber Events
  • Fiber Revival Saturday, August 13, 2016  9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm on 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
    • $6 entrance fee ($4 children) to the property
    • Lisa and I will be there and are planning to claim a spot and sit and knit for the day, weather permitting. Hope you’ll join us- let us know in this thread on Ravelry.
  • Indie Untangled Trunk Show October 14, 2016 from 5p-8p at the  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • New York Sheep and Wool Oct 15-16, 2015 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY
 

Contests, News & Notes

Great Northern Yarn Haul— Check out this yarn crawl in VT & Maine from July 8-17th

Ask Me Anything

In this episode I answer a question from CrochetbyChineka about train/commute knitting tips.

I mention a bag I bought on Amazon that sits on the floor of the train (that I don’t mind if it gets dirty). It was a great deal and has served me well. Here is a photo of my 2 bag system.

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On a Happy Note

Tune in for audio of my nephew Oisin after our visit to Legoland Discovery Centerimageimage
We also had a sleepover for his birthday and he got the much anticipated birthday pancakes!image
 Pool days! and pool knitting of course
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I bought my first Felici Self Striping Yarn! Lisa and I went in on an order (it’s not all mine I swear).
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