Category Archives: Splash Pad Party

Episode 118: Sock Obsessed

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 118 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors Colorful Eclectic, Dragonfly Fibers, KnitCircus Yarns

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Amma Granny Square Top by Maria Valles
  • Hook: C 2.75 mm
  • Yarn: Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread Classic 10 in a creamy vanilla color
  • Finished last year and brought it to Key West. The bottom trim got stuck on something in my suitcase and unraveled so I ripped back and finished it again.image
  • Pattern in Spirit Animals Book by  by Jessica Boyer put out by Leisure Arts. $10 ebook copy from their website.
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava and Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
  • This is made in many pieces. Finishing instructions aren’t great but the FO is cute!
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New Stash Dash Total: 4,429.9 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)IMG_2745
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Eclipse Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • First sock is done.IMG_3316
  • Yarn: Cozy Knitter Bliss Sock in the Joyful colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_3315
  • Yarn: Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in the Holly Jolly colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WilliamsIMG_3319
  • 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
  • Pattern: Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles:US 5 (3.75)
  • Yarn: O Wool O-Wash Fingering
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Brainstorming

From the Armchair

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.

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Key Details Mentioned in this Episode
  • Use coupon code AUGUST at periwinklesheep.com From Aug 1-15 to get 15% off your order.
  • Finish your projects by 7/31- but don’t forget you have until 8/5 to post the details in the Summer Celebration Thread.

The Pigskin Party will start up at the end of August! Interested in sponsoring, get the details and first chance at Pro Shop spots by signing up for my email newsletter and clicking the box to say you’re interested in Sponsorship Opportunities.

Events

  • Fiber Revival: Saturday August 12 from 9a-4p at the Spencer Peirce Little Farm Newbury, MA
  • Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival: September 23 & 24, 2017
  • VT Sheep and Wool: September 30 & October 1, 2017
  • Needles Up : Friday October 20 from 3-6p  conference center of the Delamater Inn, 25 Garden St Rhinebeck NY 12572- Legacy Fiber Artz, Andre Sue Knits, Sucre Sucre Minatures (Chelsea), Knit Cahoots (Cori and Megan), Fat Squirrel Speaks (AmyBeth)
  • Indie Untangled:  Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Best Western Plus, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, N.Y.
  • NY Sheep and Wool: October 19-22 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY

Contest, News & Notes

Thank you to Knitters Pride for allowing me to giveaway a set of their Knitter’s Pride- Knit Blockers to one lucky winner. Tune in to see if you won!
Forgot to tell you my other favorite Knitters Pride Product: Nova Platina (I prefer fixed circulars)

Life in Focus

Happiness Project 2017- July= Focus on Family
  • Played a board game called Spontuneous with my cousins, aunt and uncle. I’m not usually huge into board games but this was fun and I’m glad I chose to say yes!
  • We went to a movie night at local shopping center. I love the new Beauty and the Beast. Kids had a blast (Garret spent half the night talking about hand knit socks and coming up with his 2-part sock idea)IMG_3127 IMG_3126 IMG_3125 IMG_3128
  • I made it a point to go up to Camp to see my cousin for my great uncle’s memorial service. So great to spend quality time with my cousin who lives in Florida.IMG_3225 IMG_3228

On a Happy Note

  • Kayaking
    • Christi78 reached out to say: ” Really enjoyed this episode. Just thought I’d toss out that LL Bean offers great trips, including my favorite – a full moon paddle around Casco Bay. When we went we saw seals and it was a magical date night.”
    • Dan and I did about 8 miles of kayaking in NH last week. I love it so much!IMG_3230 IMG_3176 IMG_3276
  •  I’ve been experimenting with getting at least 70g of protein per day to see if it will help me build muscle and potentially lose a pound or two. Some resources I mentioned
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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 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
  • Click on link above to my project page for detailed notesimage imageimage
  • 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.

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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.