Episode 128: Reflecting on 2017

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 128 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Off the Needles

  • I used fingering, worsted and bulky weight yarn with varying hook sizes.
  • Soaked finished stars quickly in water. Squeeze out excess water.  Used T pins to pin into blocking board (covered in saran wrap to protect it.
  • Dabbed on Mod Podge Stiffy with a foam brush and wiped into front and back.

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  • Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable
  • Hook: D 3.25 mm
  • Pattern: Groot Amigurumi by Clare Heesh (free crochet)924C2612-A784-46C2-A5C0-33AD0DBECADF
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash- Red
  • Hook: C:
  • Pattern: none9C0FF422-6C7E-48AC-9240-A65E1A2B7805
  • Yarn: Cozy Knitter Bliss Base (80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon) You’ve been Elfed Colorway.
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)2A39C8AD-CDD1-4106-BEEC-364675FBC9B6
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore Tweed Colorway 0217- Black with tan flecks
  • Needles: US 5 + US 7
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat (free) by Jared Flood
  • Cast on 92- thicker yarn
  • 6 1/2 inches before decreases but I think that was too short. My gut told me 7 inches but the only notes in my Rav Project pages said 6.. now I know.
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On the Needles

  • Yarn:  Dyenamics Yarn Supersock Fingering in Zombie Colorway – gray base with darker gray (some blue tones) blips of red and green
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG HeelE4CA9A48-DC2E-411C-BFA6-21ED6C585E00
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight in the Sugar Plum Fairy Dust Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss HeelIMG_5613
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  • Pattern: Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
  • Yarn: Cloudborne DK, Fiberstory DK + Gale’s Art Super Star DK
  • Needles: US 4 & 6880D113D-B71D-4F54-AB5C-77A6432416A6

Brainstorming

  • Fingering Yarn held double for socks. Christmas yarn leftovers with white or gray
  • Siksak Hat
  • Baby prop- if you have any favorites please let me know!

From the Armchair

Crafty Adventures

Before Christmas I spent a crafty afternoon with my best friend Kris!
  • My Christmas making was done so I focused on finishing and getting things unstuck.
  • Finished sewing in the ribbon to cover the steeks on my cardiganD4A6FF80-F966-413C-ACF6-1405E27328F7
  • Ripped out toe on a pair of socks that I made too short.DF87A0B4-62CE-4B5E-BDE0-B4D082B17E26
  • I fixed granny square jacket my mom made decades ago so my niece can wear it…F59F1F2F-C7BE-4662-BA82-08D0D26E935A
  • Did finish a few of those crochet stars because they were fun…
  • And Kris got some sewing done while we chatted!D65C832B-EAAB-4377-94F5-09747820C6D9

KAL News

  • Declare a WIP from the 1st 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.
Pigskin Party KAL
  • 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. Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
  • For every 100 points, you’ll earn an entry into the drawing for the Grand Prizes
    • 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.
  • 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
Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!
Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:

Slay the Stash 2018

 

 Events

Life in Focus

Happiness Project
  • Gave my final thoughts on the December Project.
  • Did a 2017 Happiness Project Review.
  • I mentioned that I recently listened to an Episode of Slow Your Home where Cait Flanders was talking about her year long spending ban. Link above if you want to check that out.
  • I am still planning my 2018 Goals–but if you want some recommended reading in the meantime….

Ask Me Anything

  • Citric Acid Discussion continued….
    • Yes, citric acid is safe to use in containers you eat from. Here’s an article from Livestrong
    • Color catchers- are another great idea. I use these sometimes too!
    • Citric acid works to set color in wool but does not work for cellulose fibers (cotton, e.g.).

On a Happy Note

  • Funky Nutcracker- my oldest niece Emelyn was Nutcracker. and she did a great job! 80D61261-3E67-4B1A-93BB-F8575A83B1669067B3C7-9A27-4AFD-B982-87F347308428
  • We ended our Crafty Afternoon with a trip to Ann Taylor loft. Kris, Aila and I got a set of 3 bracelets with our initials for free! FUN!EE08969D-D531-4964-B4FF-DA5C493FB235
  • Enchanted Village: Aila and I squeeze in a visit and got to see Santa!20171216-IMG_2292-2
  • Riley, Garret + Millie’s Christmas Sleepover4565DFDE-6AF5-496D-BA51-5D5FD269EFA1 5194789D-7052-4908-BF41-AFB8BE38AD06 A7CB0FC5-7DC5-4BCE-A8C0-3F9334D4AC2B
  • I auditioned for a local production of the musical Caberet and got in. Eeek! This is me knitting to calm my nerves before auditions!04488E8A-AAE6-4FB9-8BF6-E9708DFF431D
  • Christmas!6B131A01-DA24-4B6E-A11E-C317FCE88DBC 10248E53-959D-40F1-BDC8-06432568F2A8 FD68567E-C0BA-4B82-AA7C-350C1DC5AAB29C0FF422-6C7E-48AC-9240-A65E1A2B7805 FD552249-79C1-4EFB-8805-DC630AA94CF7
  • Star Wars!8F22BE91-DF5C-4E77-A484-F975FC34F891

Quote of the Week

“I just want to highlight one perspective I’ve found very useful over the years: The value of goals is not in the future they describe, but the change in perception of reality they foster, in the present.”
-David Allen of Getting Things Done
Bonus audio from Riley, Garret and Millie at the end. Spoiler alert- it gets especially silly at the end. It may not make a lot of sense because I started recording part way through a conversation but the kids’ laughter (especially Garret’s) is especially infectious and I wanted to share!
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Episode 127: Stuffies and Self Care

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 127 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Plum Deluxe, Imagined Landscape DesignsNekozuki Knits
In this episode you heard a promo of Tightly Spun, a new podcast starting up in January 2018 by Emily Straw. Click the link for details!
Enjoy this episode? Have a question? Wanna chat? Come over to this thread in our Ravelry Group to discuss!

Off the Needles

  • Pattern: Greedo by Lucy Collins in the Star Wars Even More Crochet (kit)
  • Yarn: Vanna’s choice Sage (face), cloudbourn DK (held double) for turquoise, Vanna’s choice mustard
  • Hook: C
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  • Pattern: 4 Seasons Easter by Lydia Tresselt 6.77 US (3 patterns- chick, bunny and sheep)
  • Yarn: Sprightly Worsted
  • Hook: C6C0842BB-47C9-422E-A91E-7450659BDE16
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood
  • Yarn: Malibrigo Rios in the VAA Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 for brim, US 7 for body
  • Cast on 92 stitches (less than called for). I always do stockinette longer than called call for- 6 inches instead of 5 before decreases.728DB91D-8E3B-4B3A-8A21-E5C5FF1DE012
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Amethyst Stripes Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
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  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Baker Street Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 + US 7
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat (free) by Jared Flood
  • Cast on 96 sts with US 5
  • 6 inches before starting decreases
  • Finished hat- 56 grams | 42 grams remain
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Poppy Troll Hats
  • 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 pink:
  • Carina: 5-10 year old child size Ella:1-4 year old child size.
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  • Gray and purple Poncho and matching Skirt
  • Pink skirt and matching scarf
  • Yarn: Fingering Weight Scraps
  • Hook: CEA7D6754-8428-48A6-8D2F-07B89042CE16 7E999AF0-1455-4268-ABCD-73E6E393A3FB

On The Needles

  • Yarn: Switzer’s Fiber Mill (unknown base/length skeins)
  • Needles: US 7 & US 9
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Will have to edit these needle sizes when I cast this back on. I had to rip out because my sweater was 68 inches instead of 64. Will cast back on soon!CB1CA91B-DACA-4EFC-83B9-E5D9D0F3AB1A
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore Tweed Colorway 0217- Black with tan flecks
  • Needles: US 5 + US 7
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat (free) by Jared Flood
  • Cast on 9 (thicker yarn)
  • Yarn: Cozy Knitter Bliss Base (80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon) You’ve been Elfed Colorway.
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
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  • Free pattern from the Persia Lou Website 
  • Yarn: scraps of fingering, worsted and bulky
  • Hooks: Various sizes from C up to match yarn size.
  • Used Mod Podge Stiffy to stiffen

Crafty Adventures

 Photo Album Project with Kiddos:
  • Simple Stories Sn@p Album 6×8 from Joann $18.99 (got on sale/with a coupon)
  • Came with pages in there, divided page protectors and dividers with tab
  • What I’d do differently next time: create the title page and left space for them to write their names and the years. Written more prompts for them to fill in the blanks. They were mostly interested in decorating not writing but that’s understandable :)

KAL News

  • Declare a WIP from the 1st 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.
  • 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 F
    • 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:

Life in Focus

Happiness Project
December Focus: Listen to my body
  • Going really well. Concrete, simple, can adjust to a busy season and I had ideas at the ready. That seems the key to success.
  • Tracking something I’m doing every. Here are some examples: Stretching, foam rolling, going for a walk, going to bed early, reading before bed to quiet my mind, tea, no stress knitting. I took a bath with epsom salt and candles.6166C559-38B6-4ACA-9446-A32D8993D3D0 633AE2A7-778F-4A9B-9196-4294221D588E

Ask me Anything

In this episode I answered questions from Ravelry user knittergirlkatie about using citric acid to set color into sock yarn.
  • I use the Knitmore Girls Tutorial
  • I think it’s helpful especially when using multiple colors/skeins in your project and especially for handdyed yarns. I haven’t had as much bleeding/absorption with commercial dyed yarns but be careful with reds, blues, purples and neons.

On a Happy Note

  • We had a 4 kid holiday sleepover with Eme (13)/ Oisin (9), Will (10), and Aila (8). We celebrated Dan’s birthday, decorated the tree and enjoyed pancakes!9209B676-2845-49A6-BE10-41DF50FD3269 80CF7876-03DE-4188-B531-CD3C75712F868C4C2D60-C1B9-4935-A11F-995D99FC8A72 11E3CE78-FDD0-405C-B2B0-4FD393740C1B F079F8B0-8C6F-4890-9625-6F14C861F2E4 FB3CA294-22CE-4A68-B6AF-72316715C087
  • Emelyn’s school concert. I had an extra sock my bag so gave it to Megg (Eme’s mom) so she and knit together. It was lovely!
  • A non-stressful holiday season. There are a couple more things I’d like to do and things I’d like to get, but shopping is mostly done. Waiting on a few things to come in by mail so I can wrap- which I’ll enjoy doing. Turns out I’m a Grinchalong fail. Still making gifts because I can…and my heart keeps growing 3 sizes.

Quote of the Week

“Certainty is the opposite of growth.”
 –Kathleen Trotter on The Other F Word Podcast
Stay curious out there folks!
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Episode 126: 12 FOs of Christmas

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 126 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Queen City Yarn, Fancy Image Yarn and Prairie Bag Works

Off the Needles

Christmas Stockings
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Spring Leaf Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams2017-11-23 09.24.37-2
  • Yarn: Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarn in the Depths of Space Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG HeelE62AB7B1-E5CB-494A-B9EB-7979E92F821D
  • 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 Therapist2017-11-26 14.58.56-1
  • Kylo Ren pattern by Lucy Collins’ Star Wars Even More Crochet
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
  • For WillCB8FACC7-D4AA-4223-9D12-A2D78F81D0EA
  • Admiral Ackbar pattern by Lucy Collins’ Star Wars Even More Crochet
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
  • For Will02625B10-CE8A-4CB8-8FB1-4FF5351A7375
  • Poe Dameron pattern by Lucy Collins’ Star Wars Even More Crochet
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
  • For Garret
  • Pattern: BB8 pattern by Lucy Collins’ Star Wars Even More Crochet
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash + unknown white acrylic
  • Hook: C
  • For: Garret35271664-A53C-4163-B942-49FBC8AE9B89
  • Pattern: Lando Calrissian by Lucy Collins’ Star Wars Even More Crochet
  • Yarn: Worsted/DK scraps
  • Hook: C
  • For Oisin
  • Pattern: improvised
  • Yarn: Worsted/DK scraps in turquoise and gray
  • Hook: C2332547E-938F-4D0D-A0A4-67D3F46E10E6DF051483-8415-488E-9F9A-F4273A438D38

On the Needles

  • Yarn: Switzer’s Fiber Mill (unknown base/length skeins)
  • Needles: US 7 & US 9
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Poppy Troll Hats
  • 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 pink:
  • Carina: 5-10 year old child size Ella: 1-4 year old child size.
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  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood
  • Yarn: Malibrigo Rios in the VAA Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 for brim, US 7 for body
  • Cast on 92 stitches (less than called for). I always do stockinette longer than called for. I think 7 inches.
  • For my boss for Christmas. He mentioned in passing he needed a hat. Not in a beggy way… can’t believe I’ve never knit for him. Good on the go project.
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Amethyst Stripes Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Realized I had socks for all my usual suspects at Christmas except my BFF. Already had the first of these done from our trip to FL so I cast on the second. Past the heel. Knit on these at Nutcracker which is special and she’ll appreciate. Millie also knit on these at Thanksgiving which is fun.72E0B510-6C55-43F8-AFF8-5614B451C48B

Brainstorming

In My Travels

I share about my adventures to Baltimore to take classes at Neighborhood Fiber Company with the incredibly talented Ann Weaver.
Some highlights!
  • Meeting Ann and soaking up a bit of her incredible knowledge!AD967AAC-853C-4A11-9784-6981057777EE
  • Nicki, Beverly and I all wore our Lush Cardigans and Electric Slide socks. So fun! Made the day seem even more special!2017-11-18 20.43.41-2 2017-11-18 20.44.34-2
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  • I learned how to steek a sweater!BE9535F5-A092-4B90-ADA6-C74E3669568BCD7C8899-8088-4375-8E88-821819A39C56
  • I got to spend time with 2 of my listeners in the class. MDQuilter (Beth) and Kaikaknits2 (Kaarina). Photo of Kaarina and me in our half finished sweaters here:DB09792A-FCF1-4FC0-909A-5FC8185D2109
  • Lunch: Mount Vernon Marketplace2B153B11-3E5A-4DCB-B3FF-3969F3C42772
  • Breakfast at 9a at R House with Mary (Kino Knits Designs + Podcast) and Ashley and Tara from Misadventures in Knitting PodcastE34FB82A-EDFA-4EB1-9E95-8FFC7EF2DC7A
  • Seeing Nicki’s MEGAROW Shawl in person.C9D540A3-D309-49C6-B32A-DE14B353F917
  • Learning a no-sew zipper installation technique4339F9D6-07EE-416C-B887-E2D20EC2BB24

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!
Prizes:
  • Declare a WIP from the 1st 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.
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:

Events

  • The Down Cellar Studio Podcast will be kicking off a new year-long KAL for 2018.
  • If you’re a yarn dyer interested in sponsoring- click here for details!

Life in Focus

Happiness Project
November: Gratefulness
  • I’ve left positive reviews from podcasters I enjoy.
  • I’m working on a photo/journaling book through Picaboo

Ask Me Anything

This time I answered a question from cynalune about how I got started podcasting and whether I’ll make another crochet garment.

On a Happy Note

  • Yarn in the mail from Anotherhornfrog!87D11EDB-66D0-4E79-A1A6-063682E386A7
  • Reordered tea from Plum Deluxe!
  • $1 cards at Trader Joe’s . Did you know?!
  • Thanksgiving + my friend Laura visitingBA90B6C0-7D18-4E3C-9AA5-E624B3CC0D21
  • Aila made her debut in Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Tune in at the end of the show for audio of she and I talking about it a few weeks ago. (Aila is the black sheep in the center of the photo)9C823F90-7DD6-474C-9107-69164A9EB9292017-11-24 22.23.53-1
  • Black Friday shopping with Mom and Laura. I’m nearly done shopping!

Quote of the Week

Stillness is our most intense mode of action. It is in our moments of deep quiet that is born every idea, emotion, and drive which we eventually honor with the name of action. We reach highest in mediation, and farthest in prayer. In stillness every human being is great.
-Leonard Bernstein
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