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Fun Friday Links 11.14.14

Winter + Iced Coffee

In case you didn’t know, we New Englanders drink Iced Coffee all year round!

Have you checked out Ray Donovan? I think it’s a great show! Lots of nudity, language and violence so it’s not for everyone but it’s well written and really engaging! Just finished Season 2!

I reviewed Hannah Fettig’s Stash Bot in my last episode. If you want to see Stash Bot in Action & in case you’re curious about how the numbers are calculated, check this out.

Check out this article about Five Tips to Make your Photography Backgrounds Pop by my awesome friend Emily of Knitting Butterflies Podcast.

I love this new Hayward shawl from Susan B Anderson and the kit available from Infinite Twist.

Have you checked out the Indie Gift-A-Long on Ravelry? You can get some great discounts while supporting independent designers! Plus there are KALS! Super fun!

Check out my guest post over on A Playful Day: 5 Tips for Great Blog Photography of your Knits! Kate’s blog and podcast are phenomenal so poke around while you’re there!

Apple Picking 2014

Apple Picking 2014 | Down Cellar Studio Apple Picking may just be my very favorite day of the year. This year’s experience was even more fun because for the first time ever, all 7 of my nieces and nephews were there to join in on the fun. I love the orchard we go to (even though it seems to get busier each year) because in addition to apple picking they have cider donuts, animals to pet, tractor and pony rides, ice cream and delicious food (including a butternut squash soup that is, in and of itself, worth the 1+ hour drive there). 
So here’s a sampling of my favorite moments of this year’s trip in photos and captions! Enjoy!
Apple Picking 2014 | Down Cellar Studio

Garret is such a love bug. Millie doesn’t seem to be in the mood for hugging though

Apple Picking 2014 | Down Cellar Studio

Despite the fact that it was 80+ degrees and everyone was sweaty, there were so many hugs! I swear nearly every time we turned around one kid was hugging another.

Apple Picking 2014 | Down Cellar Studio

There was a Pie Eating Contest after we ate lunch! Will and Garret decided to play along!

Pie Eating!

Pie Eating!

Getting out into the Orchard

Running out into the Orchard…

More hugs!

More hugs!

These apples are heavy!

These apples are heavy!

Freshly Picked & Delicious

Freshly Picked & Delicious

Aunties + kiddos. So much love!

Aunties + cousins + hugs. So much love!

Family time1

Family time!

Apple Picking 2014 | Down Cellar Studio

All 7 nieces & nephews reasonably focused & happy in one shot! It’s an Apple Picking Miracle!

Will inspects Aila's apples to ensure his sister is not putting any bruised ones in his bag.

Will inspects Aila’s apples to ensure his sister is not putting any bruised ones in his bag.

Eskimos Kisses in the Orchard

Eskimos Kisses in the Orchard

Apple Picking 2014 | Down Cellar Studio

So much love in these little ones!

Waiting patiently in the ice cream line. Aila was the best dressed picker there!

Waiting patiently in the ice cream line. Aila was the best dressed picker there!

Ice Cream! Mint Chocolate Chip for… most of us anyways!

Ice Cream! Mint Chocolate Chip for… most of us anyways!

Ice cream melts quickly when its 83 degrees in late September...

Ice cream melts quickly when its 83 degrees in late September… We may have been sweaty and tired at the end of the day but it was perfect!

Episode 50: Down Cellar Studio Podcast

Episode 50: Big Announcement

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This Week’s Segments Included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needle
  • From the Armchair
  • Events
  • In my Travels
  • Crafty Adventures
  • On a Happy Note


Off the Needles

Rainton HatRainton Hat knit by Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast

  • Pattern and book by Katya Frankel from the Head to Toe: Kids’ Knit Accessories Book that I reviewed in Episode 38
  • Calls for Aran weight and US 6 (4.0 mm) needles. I used Cascade 220 Superwash in the Mystic Purple Colorway. I still used US 6 needles. Followed directions for the 18” circumference.

On the Needles

Shawl for Grammy

  • Yarn: Lotus Yarns Silky Cashmere Fingering 400 yards of  55% silk, 45% Mongolian Cashmere in a very light tan color (#16)
  • US 5 needles
  • Pattern: new design not yet release

From the Armchair

The Killing (tv show), particularly Seasons 1 & 2. Both available on Netflix.

Hell on Wheels (tv show still running on AMC). Just returned with Season 4 this week.


Thank you for participating in the Tan House Brook Shawl KAL! We had 53 entries and 4 great winners. Tune in to see if you won! The Original Tan House Brook

Michelle from Actually Knitting Podcast is running an interesting KAL right now called a PAL KAL. A podcast-a-long knit-a-long. It runs July 1 -Sept 1. Rules: The design, yarn or fiber must be from a knitting/crochet/fiber podcaster. (Not all 3, just one of those to qualify). For more details, check out the Actually Knitting Podcast Group.

Contest: Put in your name to be entered to win an eBook copy of Knits that Breathe: 12 Breezy Projects to Keep you Cool by Julie Turjoman.

Check out the thread in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group to enter.

I’ll be attending Stitches Midwest  August 7-10 in Shaumburg, IL

In my Travels

Prep for Stitches Midwest: Check out this post for my tips on how to be prepared to fully enjoy Stitches Midwest or your next fibery adventure!

Crafty Adventures

If you’re here perhaps you’ve heard that my latest crafty adventure was building this new website. I hope you’ll like it over here! My goal is to have blog posts 5 days a week with a mix of crafty and lifestyle content.

I would LOVE to hear what YOU want to hear and see from me. If you could take less than 5 minutes to complete this survey, I’ll do my best to include the things you’re interested in

On a Happy Note

  • Couch to 5k Running Progress:  I’m currently on Week 6
    c25k Week 6 Boston Jen
  • I caught a One Twisted Tree Update- Danie from Prairie Girls Knit and Spin Podcast.One Twisted Tree Bag
  • I have some new iTunes reviews from the month of July. Thank you to BlueJeep & Tatooedcat!

THANK YOU for listening!

If you enjoyed this show or learned something from me today, I’d ask to you to please take a moment of your time to leave a star rating or quick review on iTunes to help others find the show too!

Happy Knitting!

Talk to you soon!