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Rank #1: Episode 101: My Own Backyard

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 101  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:   Off the Needles On the Needles From the Armchair Knitting in Passing In my Travels Contest, News & Notes KAL News Events On a Happy Note Quote of the Week     Thank you to this Episode's Sponsors: Lilliput YarnImagined Landscapes & One Geek to Craft Them All Off the Needles   Baby Ghost Ornaments for Halloween by Josephine Wu (free)
  • I made 2 which you can find here and here.
Halloween Hipster Ghost Amigurumi (free)   Little Friendly Ghost by Emily Michelle (free)   Distinctly Batty by Karissa Cole (free)   Batty (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page   Ninja (no specific pattern followed)- details in project page.
  • Garret- has since requested, white, green, red and blue
2 Kitties
  • You can find my project pages here and here.

For all of these stuffed animals- the eyes/noses came from 6060 on Etsy.

Halloween Socks 2016
  • Pattern: Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Regia Arnie & Carlos line Color #02459
  • Too short. Have to rip back. Should have tried on before decreasing for toe
New Design- working title is Neon Triangles
  • Check out the details in my project page linked above.
  • If you're interested in test knitting after this is tech edited, please reach out to me via email at downcellarstudio at gmail.com
  On the Needles   Key West Socks
  • OMG Heel Sock Pattern
  • US 1.5 Needles
  • Yarn: Knitterly Things Vesper Sock Spring Sonata Colorway
  • First sock is done!
Legwarmers for Riley
  • Yarn: Legacy Fiber Arts in the Steel Toes base. Colorway:  Sue Says So
  • Needles: US 1.5 for ribbing and US 2 for body
  • Pattern: None. Cast on 56 with US 1.5 needles.  Switch to US 2 after ribbing. Knit one inch then increased to 60 stitches. Planning to knit these about 15 inches long for Riley who is 8 years old.
Mary's Harley Socks
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Wild Hare Fiber Studio Pinnacle Fingering in Hope Colorway
  • Needles- US 1 (2.25mm)
Sunwalker Shawl
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Planning to make it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
  From the Armchair   I talked a bit about some of my new favorite podcasts that you may want to check out:     In this episode I reviewed: Filament No 1, Fall 2016 ebook   I think this is a beautiful collection and a nice value at $21 for 10 patterns. Click on the link above to see details or to get your own copy today! To be eligible to win a copy, enter in this thread in our Ravelry Group.     Knitting in Passing  In this segment, you'll hear some audio from my nieces Riley (8) and Millie (4) from a car ride to dance class the other day.   In My Travels   

Dan and I traveled to Sarasota, FL for a conference I attend through work. This year I received the company's 2016 Voalte Innovation Award which was an honor.

We loved Surf Shack for their delicious variety of tacos.     Contest, News and Notes   News: My Own Backyard is now available on Ravelry shawl release.     Contest:   Tune in to hear if you won a copy of the Grey Matters  ebook by Katya Frankel that I reviewed on Episode 100.     KAL News 

12 Months to Christmas KAL

12 Months to Christmas KAL Prizes!  
  • Amplitude Shawl pattern by Greg Cohoon
  • Skein of Worsted weight yarn from Tink Yarn in Lady Luck colorway
  • Project bag from Freckled Whimsey- navy with hearts. Good sock size. Removeable wristlet strap.
  • Ripple Ribbed Socks pattern by Susie White
The Big, Bad, Berg-a-long Post your FO photo and details in the Big Bad Berg Along FO Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group   Prizes:   Pigskin Party Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!   Pigskin Party ’16
  • Wondering what this crazy KAL is? Check out this page which gives you the best overview with all necessary links.
  • 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
    • Continue to update this with all of the points you earn during the KAL
    • Check out our amazing sponsors.
    • Find the coupons here.
    • 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!
  • Don’t forget to use #DCSPigskinParty2016 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  • Want to make sure you know the latest news about the Interceptions, swaps and other fun challenges throughout the Pigskin Party? Stay tuned to the Sidelines Games thread in the Ravelry Group.

Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!

Key Details Mentioned in this Episode  

Interceptions

Winners: I announced the winners of the Plum Deluxe Interception and the October Huddle & Instagram Winners! Tune in to see if you won!   Events On a Happy Note   
  • Meeting anne at knitting group- didn't realize she lived so close. Test knit my Emelyn Mae got to see that in person.
  • Bag sent by Beautiful Syster looks a lot like this one
  • 5 year journal: I selected The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five Year Record by Gretchen Rubin
  • Halloween!
  • Making butternut squash soup. Comfort food without a lot of calories. Roast butternut squash, onions, carrots. Can add other veggies. Added veg stock into oven so didn't have to dirty another pan. left in oven at lowered temp. Immersion blender to blend up. 1 sp per serving (from the stock).
  • Cousins visiting from FL
  Quote of the Week Success is the ability to do what has to be done when the motivation to do it is gone. ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Nov 15 2016

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Rank #2: Episode 107: World of Difference

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 107  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
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles  Sunwalker Shawl
  • Pattern: Sunwalker by Melanie Berg
  • Yarn: Sun Valley Fibers MCS (Merino Cashmere Silk) Fingering in Kensington Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Modifications:
    • Made it smaller than originally called for. Notes from this Ravelry Project Page as my guide.
    • Did garter stitch for body instead of textured stitch. 
Teddy
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash in brown & red
  • Hook: C (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: none
  • Eyes & Nose from: 6060 on Etsy
Heart Garland
  • Pattern: Heart Garland by Sarah Anderson
  • Yarn: Pussyhat leftover yarn- Tink Yarn, Cascade 220, other stash scraps
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm)
  • Idea from Andie of AndreSue Knits Video Podcast
  • Works for Marce of Brown Berry Chronicles Video Podcast KAL  #MakeWIPsNotWaste
Mom’s 2017 Birthday Socks
  • Yarn: Berry Colorful Yarnings- self striping
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Sock by Megan Williams

Bruins Hat

  • Yarn: Knitters Brewing Company Sockaholic Fingering weigh yarn in Bruins Tailgate Party Colorway
  • Pattern: None- see project page for details.
  • Needles: US 5 & 6
On the Needles  Dan’s New Year’s Socks
  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Collection (MCN)- Color 604
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel 52 stitches
Journey Sweater 
  • Pattern: Journey by Alina Schneider $7
  • Yarn: Yarn Geek Fibers Whiz Bang (merino/bamboo worsted weight)
  • Needles:  US 6 (4.0 mm)
Snowy January Socks
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.0mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
Hexagon Scrappy Blanket Brainstorming  From the Armchair  Podcasts:
  • Teaknits Podcast video podcast hosted by Lauren (available on YouTube)
  • Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Podcast hosted by Vivian and Alyson audio podcast available on iTunes & YouTube.
  • Cohesive Home Podcast - audio podcast hosted by Kate & Melissa. Focusing on minimalism, slow, values based living, creativity, goal setting.
  • Nourishing Real Talk - audio podcast hosted by Lindsey and Jenna. “Space for fearlessly authentic women and multi-passionate entrepreneurs who are all about living their lives and doing business on their own terms."

Movies:

Books: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography    KAL News 12 Months to Christmas KAL First Quarter Prizes: WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt
  • 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.
Pigskin Party ’16 Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!   Key Details Mentioned in this Episode-
  • Check out the Sponsor Love Thread in our Ravelry Group. Tell us about your favorite Pigskin Party sponsors and be entered to win prizes.
  • Announced the Knit Knight Designs Interception Winners
  • Announced winners of the Bail Money for Greg Interception
Events  GoodReader Class - March 25 from 4-6p Stitch House in Dorchester, MA ($30)     Contests, News and Notes  World of Difference Shawl- my  new shawl is available on Ravelry! Purchase it within the first 2 weeks and get it for 50% off! No coupon code required.     Life in Focus Happiness Project 2017January: Minimalism   February: Memory keeping   The Plan:
  • Determine a sustainable plan for documenting memories through scrapbooking (paper and/or digital) in a creative, sharable way that doesn’t overwhelm me.
  • Find, print and hang more photos in our home.
  Why?
  • I scrapbooked 2005-2009 of my life and then again for part of 2013. I am so grateful to have documented the stories of that time in my life, especially as my nieces and nephews were born. I want to fill in the gaps and document those stories before I lose them. Kids were still so little then. So many cute photos, memories, milestones. funny things they said.
  • I have boxes of photos & memorabilia my mother thoughtful saved for me. I want to organize it and purge what I don’t want and find a system for making this into something worth saving and sharing.
  • I want to remember and celebrate my life. I want to share stories with my family and pass along wisdom where I can.
  What I've done so far     Resources   Apps:   Podcasts:   Websites + Blogs   On A Happy Note
  • 3 point protein shake — Almond Breeze Almond/Coconut Blend Milk (unsweetened), 1 scoop Whole Foods Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 tbsp PB2
  • Idea of being kind to your future self. I heard about this on the Happier podcast- Episode 101
  • I've been setting a weekly agenda in Evernote and it's helping me achieve more each week.
  • Women's March Boston! 
  • I celebrated a belated Christmas with my niece Emelyn and nephew Oisin. They made me  yarn ball tree and decorated frames for their school photos!
  • Ice skating with friends!
  • Going through my toys-ponies, barbies etc! Millie playing with my Barbies!
  • Garret playing with his new dirt bike!
  • We went to a friend's for dinner! Their daughter singing and dancing kept us entertained for hours!
  • Google photos app
  • Mom and Jeffs birthday dinner and family Karaoke!
  Quote of the Week Jane Goodall said: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”   ------   Contact Information:

Feb 13 2017

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Rank #3: Episode 108: And The Winners Are...

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 108 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
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles Tini's Pussyhat
  • Yarn: Fish Belly Fiber Works, Tributary Base in the Bougainvillea colorway (fingering weight held doubled)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Pattern: KitKat Hat by Andre Sue Knits
Snowy January Socks
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50- Imprim Ciel Colorway
  • US 1 (2.25mm) needles
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
  Mary, Millie & Morgan (skirt + cardigan) On the Needles Anna Crochet Doll Gradient Angles Shawl
  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  From the Armchair    A thought about 2016 FOs: One pair of my shortie socks with softer yarn didn't stay up. In the future I am going to stick with Regia or harder wearing wools in future and knit at a denser gauge.   Making My Life Easier- I back up my photos from my phone and my computer to Google Photos. It acts as a back-up but also makes it easier for me to add photos to my Ravelry Project Pages. because there is an option upload from Google Photos.   Book Review: Heart on My Sleeve. Knit with Care conceived and coordinated by Emily Wessel and Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits.
  • Designs by Shannon Cook, Romi Hill, Bristol Ivy, Tanis Lavallée, Joji Locatelli, Alexa Ludeman, Jane Richmond, Ysolda Teague, and Emily Wessel
  • Visit their website for more details.
  • For details about their KAL check out this Ravelry thread.
Knitting in Passing  
  • I shared a story about connecting with another Weight Watchers Member on knitting. I helped her with her first sock.
  • If you're a new sock knitter you may want to check out the Tin Can Knits Rye Sock Pattern. Great resource for a knit sock knitter because it explains the construction.
KAL News   12 Months to Christmas KAL
  • 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!
  • First Quarter Prizes:
WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt
  • 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.
  • In March we also have a prize from Fibernymph Dye Works. The winner can choose a resist-dyed sock blank – either with sparkle or without – in their choice of colors.
  Pigskin Party Our 3rd annual make-along hosted in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group that runs during the NFL football season September 8- February 6th (Monday after Superbowl- you can knit and post photos on that last day) The more projects you finish, the more touchdowns and field goals you’ll score and the more points you earn. You can also increase your score by using products from our awesome sponsors or meeting other challenges and by recruiting new team members. The more points you have, the more entries you get for the prize drawings. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation  on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light if you’re not a hardcore player.  You can participate in as much or as little as you like. In short- it’s 5 months of fun, chatter, some good healthy banter and of course PRIZES!   Pigskin Party ’16   Thank you to our Pro Shop Sponsors!   Key Details Mentioned in this Episode:
  • January & February Huddle & Instagram Winners
  • 10 Grand Prize Winners
  • Sponsor Love Thread Winners
  • 10 Grand Prize Winners
Events Life in Focus February: Memory keeping   The Plan:
  • Determine a sustainable plan for documenting memories through scrapbooking (paper and/or digital) in a creative, sharable way that doesn’t overwhelm me.
  • Find, print and hang more photos in our home.
  Why?
  • I scrapbooked 2005-2009 of my life and then again for part of 2013. I am so grateful to have documented the stories of that time in my life, especially as my nieces and nephews were born. I want to fill in the gaps and document those stories before I lose them. Kids were still so little then. So many cute photos, memories, milestones. funny things they said.
  • I have boxes of photos & memorabilia my mother thoughtful saved for me. I want to organize it and purge what I don’t want and find a system for making this into something worth saving and sharing.
  • I want to remember and celebrate my life. I want to share stories with my family and pass along wisdom where I can.
  What I've done so far:  
  • Identified an approach- Stacy JulianLibrary of Memories approach combined with Project Life divided page protectors
  • Sorted through childhood memorabilia based on these categories
  • Assessed finished scrapbooks.
  • Sort through emails and journals. Momento app all to pull social media.
  • Reorganize 2014 photos already printed into LOM approach. Started scrapbooking them!
    • Heard tip to put photos in divided  Pocket Pages first. get that finished. Did that while binge watching with dan and my friend laura. felt productive but didn't take as much brain space as actually scrapbooking. Easier to batch and liked that I could do it from the couch.
  • Working on Project Life App for 2017 and 2016 photos. Appreciate that the app allows me to scrapbook on my phone anywhere.
  Resources   Apps:   Podcasts:   Websites + Blogs     March- my focus will be about automation. If you have any tips for me, please come share in the Ravelry group.   On a Happy Note
  • World of Difference Shawl- has been a huge hit! Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response.
  • Visiting with friends. Binge watching, Season 3 of the Affair. The Crown. Black Mirror.
  • I had a good appointment with my Physical Therapist.
  • Weight Watchers is going well. I met a new personal goal!
  • I spent time this weekend my niece and nephew.
Quote of the Week   Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life. When you can let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way. Oprah Winfrey.   ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Feb 28 2017

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Rank #4: Episode 117: Under Construction

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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 WorksPeriwinkle Sheep, and One Geek to Craft Them All   Off the Needles   Construction Zone
  • 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
Blues Stripey Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Singin the blues stripes
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Beyond the Wall Socks
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Beyond the Wall Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Lime in the Coconut Socks
  • 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)
Summer 2017 Dishcloths 
  • Pattern: Teal Swirl Dishcloth
  • Hook: Various H + J (I think)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream
Riley's 2017 Christmas Legwarmers
  • 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.

New Stash Dash total: 3571.9 meters

  On the Needles   Reese's Christmas Stocking
  • 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.
Peregrine Falcon
  • 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
  From the Armchair Tune in to hear my review of the Knitter's Pride- Knit Blockers 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   12 Months to Christmas KAL
  • 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!
WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt
  • 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.
  Splash Pad Party       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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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       ------ Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Jul 17 2017

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Rank #5: Episode 119: Saco River Knitting

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 119 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contests, News and Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  Off the Needles   Jujuy 
  • Pattern: Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles:US 5 (3.75 mm)
  • Yarn: O Wool O-Wash Fingering- 3 colorways
  • Stash Dash= motivation to finish it!  798.4 meters
Cozy Christmas Socks
  • Yarn: Cozy Knitter Bliss Sock in the Joyful colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Used 291.9 meters of yarn
  Stash Dash Total 5,520.2meters     On the Needles   Saco River Socks
  • Yarn: Skeindalous Yarn in the Sophia Base (MCN) in the Wesley’s Sweater color way
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on for our Saco River trip.  First sock finished. Second sock past heel. Will finish before Stash Dash ends on August 20th.
  Brainstorming
  • Finish Reese Stocking
  • Crochet Erik's Stocking
  • Lengthen  Construction Zone sweater
  • Finish at least 1 pair of socks before Stash Dash ends
  • Red Monster for Will
  From the Armchair KAL News   12 Months to Christmas KAL
  • 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!
WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt
  • 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.
Splash Pad Party 2017 Winners Announced! The Pigskin Party KAL kicks off September 7th. More details in the next episode but for now check out these threads. Events  
  • Stash Dash KAL hosted by the Knit Girllls Podcast runs May 26-August 20, 2017
  • Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival: September 23 & 24
  • VT Sheep and Wool: September 30 & October 1, 2017
  • Needles Up : Friday October 20 from 3-6p  conference center of the Delamater Inn, Rhinebeck NY
  • Indie Untangled:  Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  The Best Western Plus Kingston, N.Y.
  • NY Sheep and Wool: October 19-22 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, NY
  • A Weekend with Ann Weaver: Steeking and Finishing at Neighborhood Fiber Company November 18 + 19
  • I am going to see Gretchen Rubin on her book tour on September 12th at the Brattle Theater. To see if the tour is coming to a location near you check out this website. There you can find more details about Gretchen’s new Four Tendencies Book, her other books and her podcast (all of which I enjoy and find incredibly useful).
  Contest, News and Notes   Yeksa Shawl by Janine McCarty of the Yarn and Ewe Girl Podcast on YouTube Life in Focus   August-Happiness Project focus: home and love
  • Getting back on track with minimizing our/our home's impact on the environment because that is important to me
    • Began using my reusable iced coffee cup again
    • Set of 8 metal straws from Amazon
    • Made a kit for my purse with fork, knife, spoon, cloth napkin and metal straw. haven’t used it yet, but I’m excited for the opportunity.
    • Talking with Dan about reducing our plastics- buying items with less/no packaging or glass/tin containers.
  • Decorating our home and making it feel more homey--- put this on the back burner until fall
On a Happy Note  
  • I bought gorgeous black lace dress for my cousin's wedding.
  • I went to see the Red Sox with my brother. They didn't play because of rain but we had a great night.
  • Mom and Dad asked us about going to dinner and we ended up spending 2+ hours with an old childhood friend and her husband who saw us check in on Facebook!
  • Dan and I went camping at the State Park behind our house as a test run for our Saco River Trip.
  • Saco River Trip. 3 days/2 nights, starting in North Conway NH and ending at the Brownfield Bridge in Brownfield, ME. About 26 miles. Much of that we didn’t even paddle. Gear all worked great. It was so peaceful, gorgeous scenery.
  • Need a laugh? Check out this video by Jim Gaffigan- Seafood
Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Aug 17 2017

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Rank #6: Episode 153: New Year, New Goals, New Pattern!

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 153 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website.   This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Lilliput Yarn   Off the Needles

I've been working on some design knitting- a worsted weight Tan House Brook hat! Can't wait to share more details soon.

On the Needles Worsted Boxy
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash in Solstice Heather  Colorway 26300 Dark blue with tints of black
  • Needles: US 7 & US 8
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Raw Honey Mitts
  • Yarn: Cloudborn Wool Worsted Twist Colorway 27-003 (charcoal gray)
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) & 7 (4.5mm)
  • Pattern: Raw Honey by Alicia Plummer $4.00 US (knit pattern)
Diego
  • Pattern: Lalylala 4seasons Halloween by Lydia Tresselt- 3 pattern combo, Diego-sugar skull, Frank- Frankenstein monster (already made), Brian is a Zombie with brain exposed (haven't made)
  • Yarn: leftover worsted weight yarn
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Cast on for Oisin before Christmas and completely forgot about it! 
Dan's 1st Felici Socks
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8 Bit Colorway
Winter Storm Hat
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways
From the Armchair 2018 Year in Review - Knit & Crochet Projects   84 FOs 23 pairs of socks 17 stuffed animals 10 shawls 6 hats ( 6 dishcloths 5 sweaters 4 blankets 3 Christmas Stockings 3 baby toys 2 pairs baby sandals 5 other   40 knit versus 44 crochet 19 things for me (same as 2017)     2018 Podcast/Knit Life in Review- Tune in to hear more
  • 24 episodes
  • Attended Vogue Knitting Live NYC & Rhinebeck
  • Designed + published 2 new patterns:
  • Hosted 3 awesome KALs: Slay the Stash, Splash Pad & Pigskin Party
  • Had a lot of fun with some other craft projects (detailed on the show)
KAL News Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Official Rules for 2019 
  • Check out the January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019   Pigskin Party
  • 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. Continue to update your post 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 #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
In this Episode:
  • Check out Exclusive item thread!-  something you like? get it now. After Super bowl wont' be available for 6 months.
  • Tune in to see if you won a December participation or Interception prize
  • WIPs Interception- details can be found here. If you have any questions, please post in the Questions Thread.
  Events

Events in/around New England (or within driving distance) that you may want to check out.

Contest, News & Notes News: Check out this Commuter Knitting in news  story from CNN   News: Please check out my first knitting pattern of 2019!   Go with the Flo   Would you like to test knit a worsted weight hat for me? PM me on Ravelry!       Life in Focus
  • I talk more about my 2019 plans, 2 major goals, and the habits I'll be employing to help me get there.
  • Other things I keep in mind:
    • Your past is your teacher not your fortune teller (what can you learn from previous attempts, failures etc)
    • What can/what do I need to cut out? We often need to prioritize our goal over other less important things. Get clear about that up front.
    • Think ahead to what challenges you'll face and think about how to get around that.
    • Make a list of my fears. Writing them down helps!
    • Be ok with failure. Learn from it and move on. If I miss one day or one workout or one healthy meal, get right back on track at the next possible opportunity. "Growth is not in perfection, but in quickening your recovery time when you inevitably act contrary to your highest interests." – Neil Strauss
  • How I Track Progress
    • Weekly Evernote Note. List Quarterly, Monthly and Weekly Goals at the top. Then start a To-Do list for the week. The "to-do's" I add can be removed, moved to the next week or completed as I see fit.
    • Plan each week on Sunday, look at the calendar and plot out my open time.
    • Daily journaling of progress I'm making towards my two goals- paired with my existing habit of writing down my daily plan for water/food and movement.
  On a Happy Note
  • Had a lovely visit with my dear friend Laura over the New Year's Holiday weekend
  • Watching: The Affair, Season 4. Escape at Dannemore. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Leah Remini; Scientology the Aftermath, Ray Donovan. The Mule (in theater)
  • Purging and clean out after the holidays!
  • New workout area I set up in the cellar!
  • Tree still up!
Quote of the Week Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. – Calvin Coolidge   ------ Thank you for tuning in. Remember show notes for this episode can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/153 If you have a moment to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, I'd greatly appreciate it. I can be found on Ravelry as BostonJen and I'd love it if you came over to join our lively and engaged Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group. Check me out on Instagram at BostonJen1 if you want to see what I'm up to between episodes. Email me at downcellarstudio@gmail.com   For website: Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #7: Episode 120: Crafting, Camp and Kayaking

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 120 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
  Off the Needles   Saco River Socks
  • Yarn: Skeindalous Yarn in the Sophia Base (MCN) in the Wesley’s Sweater color way (
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 64 grams-  256.3 meters
Gray + Black Socks
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Gris colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 69 grams-  296.5 meters
Black/Gray Patons Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Eclipse Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 75 grams-  227.7 meters
My Stash Dash Total (as compared to last year)   Frankensocks #5 and #6
  • Yarn: sock yarn scraps
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Reese's Christmas Stocking
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
On the Needles   Erik's Christmas Stocking
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
Frankensock #7
  • Yarn: sock yarn scraps
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Garret's 2 Part Socks
  • 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
  • Garret asked for knee socks that are in two pieces. Worked top down two at a time on two different needles, magic loop. US 1.5. Navy Cuff (Cascade Heritage Sock), then rainbow. Cast on 52. A couple inches down I decreased by 4 to get to 48. Allow enough room for his calf.

 

Crafty Adventures  
  • Aila made a memory/memento box out of scrapbooking supplies and a photo calendar
  • Riley, Aila and Millie all made tulle tied flip flops: Here's a link to a tutorial that is similar to what we did.
  • Aila painted some pottery at the South Shore Pottery Shop
  • I am nearly finished with my January-June Project Life Pages!
KAL News   12 Months to Christmas KAL
  • 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!
WIP’ing 2017 in the Butt
  • 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.
    4th Annual Pigskin Party KAL     Details Discussed on This Episode: Events Contest, News and Notes I announced the winner of the Yeksa Shawl by Janine McCarty of the Yarn and Ewe Girl Podcast Life in Focus

My September Plan: Learning 

  • I'm thinking about taking a Craftsy class, trying new knitting or crochet techniques, taking out some library books. Do you have any suggestions from me?
On a Happy Note  
  • We saw America and 3 Dog Night at South Shore Music Circus.
  • My friends came to visit for the weekend and we celebrated my grandmother's birthday.
  • I enjoyed the Solar Eclipse, but even funnier is this video Total Eclipse of the Heart Literal Video.
  • I met up with some knitting friends at Slum Brew in Assembly Row Somerville. 
  • We've had lots of summer fun with the nieces and nephews. Sleepovers, crafts, dance camps etc!
  • Dan and I kayaked the North River. The first half was amazing. The rest was a struggle but we survived! Ha!
  • The kids contracted lice and so kindly shared it with me. Sigh. If you ever have the misfortune, my recommendation is to go to a professional place like this instead of using the drugstore shampoos!
  • Signed up for hiit training for 4 weeks with my work friends. We survived!
Quote of the Week "Happiness and misery consist in a progression towards better or worse; it does not matter how high up or low down you are, it depends not on this, but on the direction in which you are tending."   -- Samuel Butler   Bonus audio from the nieces at the end! ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Sep 01 2017

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Rank #8: Episode 169: Christmas Socks!

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 169 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website.    This week's segments included:    
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: agirlandherwool & Jennifer Lassonde designs     Off the Needles   I finished a new version of a hat design I’m working through. DK weight yarn from Goosey FibersSquish Base. So squishy and soft. Highly recommend. Also realized that this base is a 75% super wash merino wool 25% nylon which I think is hard to find. But if you’re ever wanting to make DK weight socks this is a great option.   On the Needles Watayuki Pullover
  • Pattern: Watayuki by Natsuko Iida $6.34 US at time of checking
  • Yarn: Sweitzer Fiber Mill
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)
  • #myRHINEbipoc sweater #2 for me. This also counts for the #BIPOCMAL
Flamingo Yarn Bombing Project
  • She needs a name! Suggestions on Facebook: Flora, Flo, Rosa, Penelope, Florence, DANielle (because I said she was going to replace Dan), Flossy, Peggy, Paulette, Fifi, Mango, Frankie for Francesca, Fran,Felicia the Fab Flamingo, Ethyl,  Phyllis, Fabriana, Robin, Fiona, Flora, Fantasia, Fleur
  • Will be on display at the Mansfield, MA Fall Festival at Fulton Pond October 4 + 5, 2019
West Yorkshire Spinners Christmas Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners in the Fairy Lights colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Mystery Spirit Yarn Christmas Socks
  • Yarn: Unknown
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan (Knit-Wit Designs— Pigskin Sponsor)
To Knit or to Hike Socks
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers Sheepish base in the To Knit or to Hike Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • First Pigskin Party 19 Project. Holly Press Fibers is a Pro Shop  Sponsor (8pts) and I'm carrying it in a fun woodland themed bag from Kitchen Counter Crafter- Snack Shack Sponsor (4 pts)
Kaylee’s Christmas Stocking
  • 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)
From the Armchair Knitting In Passing  I shared a story about chatting with a man on my train about knitting socks (and then found out Lisa was on my train the whole time but we didn't see each other). KAL News Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the September Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019  Pigskin Party ’19    Not familiar? It's a ridiculously fun make-a-long that runs all through the NFL football season. We typically have a couple hundred participants each year. For each FO you finish, you earn touchdown & field goal points. You also earn points for using sponsor products & fulfilling other challenges. For every 100 points earned, you get an entry into our Grand Prize drawing. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light.     Everything you need to know is linked in the Start Here Threadin the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group including the Rules, Questions Thread, End Zone Dance Threadwhere you post your FOs, Coupon Code Thread, List of Prizes, Exclusive Items from our Sponsors!     September Interception is posted! Presented by Pigskin Sponsor Woodsy & Wild
  • Prize: A Woodsy & Wild signature Birch Bag
  • You can also find a video of me talking about it on my Instagram profile page listed as #1 Interception or find it on YouTube.
  Pro Shop Sponsors  Snack Shack Sponsors Events   Contest, News & Notes #BIPOCMAL: Started by DesamourDesigns on Instagram. Click here for a link to her website with all the details.   Life in Focus
  • Health: Focusing on drinking more water and eating breakfast later. Skipping snacking and working through urges to eat. Time to get off the summer pound or two I put on.
  • Design- got a huge stack of stitch dictionaries from the library! Psyched to pour through them.
On a Happy Note
  • I shared stories from Labor Day weekend. Yes, Mom and I made another trip to Savers.
  • Last Saturday, we hung out at - Vitamin Sea Brewing. Then I saw a friend in fundraiser musical- the Bridges of Madison County.
  • Applepicking at Applecrest.
Quote of the Week "To be heroic is to be courageous enough to die for something; to be inspirational is to be crazy enough to live a little." ― Criss Jami   ------     For website: Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #9: Episode 159: Grace & Frankie

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 159 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles

Max's Very Little Giraffe

  • Pattern: A Very Little Giraffe by Annaboo’s House- free crochet pattern available on website not for download
  • Hook: B (2.25 mm)
  • Yarn: leftover super wash worsted yarn in yellow, brown and cream.

Sunset Stripes Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Sunset Stripes colorway

Grace & Frankie Shawl

  • Pattern: Grace & Frankie by me, Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: 2 skeins of Suburban Stitcher Merino DK: 100% Superwash Fine Merino Wool in the Predictability Colorway. 115 grams = 250 yards
  • Yarn used in sample = 220 grams | 478 yards (473.5 meters)
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)

Kris 40th Birthday Shawl

  • Pattern: Grace & Frankie by me, Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: A Hundred Ravens Vanir DK (100% merino). 2 skeins in the Morello colorway
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)
On the Needles

Rock You Like a Hurricane Socks

  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • West Yorkshire spinners for heel only. mauve color.

Dragon Belly Shawl 

  • Pattern: Dragon Belly Shawl by Johanna Lindahl Free crochet pattern
  • Yarn: Teal Torch Knits TTK Splendid sock. 100% SW Merino. Stone Ground colorway. 2 skeins
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm).

Barcelona/ Porto Socks #1 

  • Yarn: Hjerte Garn. magic Colours Stompegarn jacquard Magic Color: 7749
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams

Holly Press Fibers Boxy

  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You.
  • Assylum Fibers + 2 mystery skeins from stash. Holding fingering held double.
Brainstorming

Whirligig Shrug: baby/child shrug knitting pattern by Stefanie Japel. I knit one back in 2011 for my cousin Bella

In My Travels

I gave an overview of my 10 day trip to Barcelona, Spain and Portugal

Packing in a carry-on for 10 Days

  • 3 pairs pants- black and grey leggings & 1 pair jeans
  • 8 shirts
  • vest with hood
  • denim jacket
  • 1 handknit shawl & 1 cotton scarf
  • sneakers, shortie boots and slide sneakers.
  • Socks, underwear
  • 1 pair of sleep shorts too cold to wear- slept in leggings

I had plenty of clothing. Washed clothes at my friend's house on Friday before we went to Porto. Could have done w/ fewer shirts but it was nice to have variety. Wish I had wool socks for bed.

Lessons Learned

  • Didn’t need my shortie boots. Sneakers and casual sneakers would have been sufficient.
  • Denim jacket and vest were good to mix and match & good layering options.
  • Loved having my prescription sunglasses!
  • I could bring less jewelry if I plan to buy some.
  • I never understood the point of packing cubes-  but my mom sent some over and I'm sold. They really do compress things more than I thought possible and kept my small suitcase organized.

Overall Travel Highlights & Safety Tips

  • Clean out your wallet before you leave. Take photos of what’s in your wallet in case it’s stolen. My wallet stolen before we got to our first apartment. Because it was fast and easy to call and cancel, the thieves didn't get in any charges on my cards.
    • I had new cards & a license by the time I returned home
  • Carry wallet and passport on your person during airport and train travel.
  • Always zip your purse.
  • Keep passport separate from wallet.
  • Was happy I packed Airborne & my water bottle. It was easy to fill and carry (saved me money too).
  • Downloading google map of city in advance was a huge win. You can find your blue dot on map even without WiFi.
  • WiFi in lots of places. Cafes, restaurants etc. makes traveling without cell service possible.
  • Carry-on suitcase was plenty to manage through cobblestone streets and many flights of stairs in metro stations. I might have thought of bringing a larger suitcase if it were "free" but that would have been a bad idea.
  • Brought external battery back up for phone. Used at least most days. My phone was in airplane mode except for 2 small needs for cellular. But I used it to take lots of photos. Internet and apps on WiFi as needed. Bought European 220 plug that supports 2 usb cords which worked for all of the electronics I needed to charge. Worked well but I didn't like that it lights up green when plugged in. Not good if want to charge phone by bed.

Barcelona 

Porto 

  • Love the street art in Porto.
  • Loved that Porto is so walkable. Can’t get too lost.
  • Loved small winding streets with bright colors and laundry hanging.
  • First AirBnB gave us really great recommendations. Ora Viva= favorite restaurant.
  • You can easily hop on a river cruise. They sell tickets right down by the river.
  • Cable cars/ gondola brings you to top of bridge. Fun ride!
  • Fun with Laura taking photos
  • Graham’s port wine tour.

Knitting

  • No trouble with metal or bamboo circulars in any airline.
  • The shawl project & one pair of socks was plenty for a busy trip of sightseeing, knowing I'd buy some more yarn there.
  • The boys loved the giraffes I crocheted for them.
  • Marta’s oldest made me a sign that said "Welcome Home" in English and had a drawing of a girl in a giraffe costume like the stuffy I made Aila for Christmas that he saw in my Instagram feed.
  • If you're traveling, consider bringing  an FO you want great photos of.
KAL News

Slay the Stash 2019

  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the April Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media

Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019

Official Rules for 2019 

Splash Pad will open June 1st!

Interesting in Sponsoring the Down Cellar Studio Podcast in 2019? Details for the Splash Pad Party & Pigskin Party can be found here.

There are two types of Splash Pad Sponsorship Opportunities- find more details here

  • Pro Shop Sponsors are given the opportunity to sell Splash Pad Party exclusive items in the month of May (or until July 15th). This is the paid option ($50). There are a max of 18 spots.
  • Snack Shack Sponsors will donate prizes but will not be sell Splash Pad Party Exclusive products . This is free option and there are unlimited spots.

18 total Pro Shop Sponsor spots. 7 already taken! Don't delay!

Anyone getting Splash Pad ready or wanting to share your sponsor products be sure to use  #splashpadparty19 on Instagram!

Thank you to Jodi who started a pre-pool party chat thread in the group! If you're missing your Pigskin Party buddies, check it out.

Events
  • CT Sheep & Wool: April 27 9-4 rain or shine
  • Gore Place Sheep Sheering Festival: April 27 from 10a-5p in Waltham MA- $20 general admission ages 13 and up, free for children 12 and under and Gore Place Members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available at the gates on the day or online.
  • NH Sheep and Wool: May 11 & 12 in Deerfield NH Saturday 9am - 5pm & Sunday 9am - 4pm Admission is:  Reg price is $7.  Seniors 65 and older $5 youth 12 and under are free.
  • Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village: May 25-27 9:30a-5p One Day Pass $28 for adults, $26 senior, $14 kids
  • MA Sheep and Wool: May 26 & 27 in Cummington, MA Fair Admission:Parking - $10 per car,  $15 for a two day pass

Online Events

  • Knit Girllls annual Stash Dash KAL will run from May 24-August 24, 2019
Contest, News & Notes

Grace & Frankie Shawl release 

The Grace & Frankie Shawl is an elongated triangular shawl that is worked from the top down. Garter Stitch edges offset by the lace in the center. i-cord edging gives the edge a very polished look and bonus, there's not a single purl stitch in the shawl.

The design of the shawl is inspired by the relationship I have with my best friend, Kris. She often compares us to Grace & Frankie (from the Netflix original series)- best friends who love and need each other but on the surface have nothing in common. You'll see that play out in the shawl where the openness of the lace is offset by the solid fabric of the garter stitch—completely different types of stitches and fabric that complement each other well.

Click here for all of the details.

The Grace & Frankie Shawl is available for $6 on Ravelry. If you signed up for my newsletter you already got an early bird special discount.

Next up Riley Rose Hat. Interested in test knitting? PM me on Ravelry!

Life in Focus
  • 2019 Goals: publish 10 patterns | build muscle!
  • Health, wellness & muscle building.  I talk about how much value Im getting out of the PnP tribe that I’m still a member of.  I'm learning to be patient in building muscle while also listening to my body and going slower than I want to because of my fibromyalgia.
  • Planning: doing weekly plans in Evernote is keeping me organized and helping me prioritize. With that I'm 1 pattern ahead of where I wanted to be at this time of the year.
On a Happy Note
  • 7th Podcast anniversary!
  • We thoroughly enjoyed Riley, Garret & Millie's birthday dinner followed by laser tag! So fun. Who knew?!
  • I had a blast celebrating my best friend's 40th birthday with a birthday dinner of tacos followed by swing dancing. 
  • Dan and I will be going to San Francisco soon!

Quote of the Week

I want to live so densely, lush, and slow in the next few years, that a year becomes ten years, and my past becomes only a page in the book of my life.” 

— Nayyirah Waheed

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Apr 15 2019

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Rank #10: Episode 168: Stash Dash Tallies & Pigskin Kick Off

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 168 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 sponsor: Sunsoaked Yarns   Off the Needles Coffee Break Socks 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Coffee Break Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 244 meters
Rock You Like a Hurricane Socks
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • West Yorkshire spinners for heel only.
  • 278 meters
Dan's 1st Felici Socks
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8 Bit Colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Rhinebeck Socks 
  • Yarn: Sock blank by AndreSue Knits
  • US 1 (2.25mm)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • 353 meters
Riley's Messy Bun Hat 
  • Yarn: Sugarbush Bold in the Dover Sand colorway. blue
  • Hook: H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Gina’s Messy Bun Hat
  • 121 meters
Millie’s Messy Bun Hat
  • Yarn: Sugarbush Bold in the Lavender Frost Colorway
  • Hook: H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Gina’s Messy Bun Hat
  • 125 meters
Aila’s Messy Bun Hat
  • Yarn: Loops and Threads Impeccable in the Orange Crush colorway
  • Hook: H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Gina’s Messy Bun Hat
  • 101 meters
Holly Press Fibers Boxy
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You.
  • 1945 meters
Sandbar Cardi 
  • Yarn: Berocco Summer Silk in the colorway:
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Sandbar Cardi by Toni Lipsey (crochet pattern $7.50)
  • 1051 meters
Herringbone Square Basket
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the Charcoal Colorway
  • Hook: I (5.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Herringbone Square Basket by Rebecca Langford (free crochet pattern)
West Yorkshire Spinners Christmas Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners in the Fairy Lights colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Finished 1 sock= 152 meters
4 Christmas Washcloths
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream Stripes in the Holiday Stripes Colorway + Cream
  • Hook: J (6.0 mm)
  • Pattern: none- basic hexagon
  • Notes: held yarn double with cream.
  • 153 meters
  My Stash Dash Result=. 16,355 meters (Goal 10k. Stretch Goal 15k) On the Needles I'm working Flamingo crochet project for Mansfield Yarn Bombing. No pattern.   West Yorkshire Spinners Christmas Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: West Yorkshire Spinners in the Fairy Lights colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm
Spirit Yarn Christmas Sock
  • Yarn: Unknown
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan (Knit-Wit Designs)
Brainstorming
  • Need to get started on Christmas gifts & stockings
  • Wendy knitters Brewing compnay posted adorable football coaster! Free crochet pattern.
  • listener Sara KnitsKC- sent me even better idea for the Crayon pattern for Aila's Christmas gift.
  • My friend Melissa asked me to think about designing a pattern for a roll up pouch to hold silverware + a re-useable straw.
From the Armchair   I discussed audiobooks: We Are Never Meeting in Real Life  by Samantha Irby  Michael Hyatt's Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World   In My Travels  
  • I discussed an afternoon in Portland visiting Duck Fat, Rising Tide, Austin Street Brewing, Lone Pine. Maine Beer Company
  • We spent the rest of the weekend camping Wolfe's Neck Ocean Front Camping. .
KAL News   Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the September Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019  Pigskin Party  6th Annual Pigskin Party kicks off —- September 5, 2019 and runs through February 3, 2020 Check out the Start Here Thread for everything you need to know   Pro Shop Sponsors Snack Shack Sponsors   Events Life in Focus
  • Tune in to hear updates on my 2019 Goals around publishing 10 patterns and building muscle.
Ask Me Anything

Tune in to hear my answers to questions listeners posted on Instagram.

On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Unless a capacity for thinking be accompanied by a capacity for action, a superior man exists in torture. —Benedetto Croce     ------       Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Aug 30 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 145: Nashville with GramCracker

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 145 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website.   This week's segments included.    Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: The Woolly ThistleSunsoaked YarnsInfinite Twist   Thanks to Mom for joining me! It's always so much fun!   Off the Needles   Rafa's Hat
  • Pattern: Rafa's hat (free) by Joji Locatelli
  • Yarn: Swan's Island Sterling Collection Worsted ( 85% Merino, 15% Alpaca) gray/blue color
  • Needles: US 5
  • Size: Small
Tamarugo Hat On the Needles   Henry's Bunny
  • Pattern: Henry's Bunny- free knitting pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner
  • Yarn: Leftover worsted weight alpaca in natural color
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75mm) (called for US 3-- too loose)
  • We got chatting about our fake, plastic bunny Henrietta who lived in the bushes outside our house growing up. This is where she lived, but I can't find a photo of her.
KFI Scrappy Socks
  • Yarn: KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in Colors 601 + 602 (DK) & Skacel Kenzie (worsted)
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 48 stitches
  • I'm using the Cate's Clasp Weft join to change yarns
Turquoise Stripes Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
Brainstorming
  • Porgs by Emily Premise-Conclusion $6.50 crochet pattern for Oisin
From the Armchair In My Travels Mom and I shared a lot of stories and highlights from our trip to Nashville!   KAL News  

Slay the Stash 2018

  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • September Post
  • August winner announced! Tune in!
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
    Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List Pigskin Party
  • 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. Continue to update your post 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 #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  Details Discussed on This Episode:   Pro Shop Sponsors -Score 8 points for using a Pro Shop Sponsor Product in your FO- For more details click here.   Field Sponsors -Score 4 points for using a Field Sponsor Product in your FO- For more details click here. Events   2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.   On a Happy Note
  • Millie going into first grade
  • (Mom) making Ripie & Gramcracker videos on YouTube
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Sep 14 2018

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Rank #12: Episode 165: GoodReader Tutorial is Here!

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 165 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
  • Quote of the Week
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Kitchen Counter Crafter    Off the Needles   Jar Cozies  
  1. Coral & Navy- pint sized. 46 meters
  2. July 4th- pint sized- 46 meters
  3. Mustard & Gray- pint sized. 38 meters
  4. Ball Band Cozy- 24oz size- 56 meters
  5. Black & Gray- 32 oz- 62 meters
  6. Gray & White- pint sized- 32 meters
  7. Dan’s 24 oz Jar Cozy- 56 meters
  • Enjoying Lion Brand Re-Up Yarn
  • Fits well into my plastic free july personal challenge.
  • I use mine with a metal straw and a recycled plastic cover from Cuppow
Washcloths for Work
  • Pattern: none
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-up
  • Hook: G (4.25 mm)
    • Magic ring 6
    • Increase up through inc, sc7
    • Last round in a contrast color for ones I’m using at the gym. Single color for washing dishes at work.
  • Made 6 so far. 60 grams of yarn- 88 meters
  2 new designs in the works. 3 samples knit Meters for Stash Dash as of this episode: 7,373 Meters.   On the Needles   Barcelona/Porto Socks #2
  • Yarn: Hjerte Garn. magic Colours Stompegarn jacquard Magic Color: 7749
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Finished 3 out of 4 shorties
Spooky Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Spooky color way
  • Needles: US 1 (2.5 mm)
Deja Blue Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Spooky color way
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Dan's 1st Felici Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8-bit color way
  • Needles: US 1 (2.0 mm)
Rainbow Hexagon Blanket  Knit Picks Brava Bits Colorful Granny Blanket
  • Pattern: Weaveless Colorful Granny by CherylDeeCrochet
  • Hook: K 6.5 mm
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted Value packs
Fisherman's Wife 
  • Pattern: The Fisherman's Wife
  • Hook: 12 mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the Fig Colorway
Project from class Intermediate Crochet - Intro to Cables, Thursdays July 11 - August 8, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at Staci's Stitches in Scituate. MA $80     Brainstorming
  • I talked to the nieces and nephews about crochet toy requests (to get ready for Christmas). Aila asked for an orange crayon with a cute face. Oisín wants an alien with a baseball and a hat. Will wants Rocky Balboa! 
From the Armchair   Chernobyl  on HBO & Sky UK Chernobyl Podcast   Prompted me to want to learn more about the subject. Some links you might find interesting:    KAL News Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the July Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
  • Pull June winner- post #16 laDiDa2u- Knit picks felici.
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019  Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors Snack Shack Sponsors Events Online Event: Knit Girllls annual Stash Dash KAL will run from May 24-August 24, 2019
  • Watch the friendly competition with Jasmin and me on Instagram: #teambostonjen #beatcuteknitter
Check back for updates later in the year   Contest, News & Notes  
  • Tune in to hear if you won a copy of the Moduloncho by Shana Cohen- check her out on Instagram as Shanalines_designs
  • Private Notes feature on Ravelry! new. Not sure when. So handy. For design stuff. notes about the pattern that are too specific and don't want to violate someone else's copyright.
  • Check my first ever Crochet pattern available free on Ravelry. It's called the Ball Band Cozy
  • The GoodReader Tutorial Washcloth- is also now available on Ravelry for $10 US. Check out the Ravelry page for full details. If you have any question about whether the GoodReader app will work for your iPad, don't hesitate to reach out to me on Ravelry (BostonJen).
  • Come chat in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Thread for GoodReader App users
 Life in Focus   I talked about my personal Plastic Free July Challenge. Tune in for all of the details. Here are a couple links you might find helpful.
  • Using my 24oz wide mouth Ball Jar with my Cuppow Lid
  • Ordered Crush & Brush Toothpaste tabs. Was really skeptical but I like them.
  • Whole Foods who says their policy is that you have to use the plastic containers they provide.
    • Yes, I know many of you can bring their own containers so not every store follows this policy. 
    • I heard on a recent podcast that some people get those Whole Foods provided plastic containers once, fill in bulk section, bring items home, put into glass containers, wash out the plastic and re-use them next time (& Whole Foods cashier can't tell!) A little sneaky and not so above board? Perhaps. But also if someone uses a plastic bag and sneezes on it before filling- not sure we're any worse off... 
Resources   On a Happy Note
  • Oisin's birthday!
  • Attending our friend's wedding, a beautiful rainbow and rocking my David Bridal dress I got at Savers for less than $10!
  • Knitting with Riley and Millie
  • The water balloon toss my Dad organized for our big pool party!
  • 4th of July fun and kayaking with friends.
  Quote of the Week It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #13: Episode 141: Summer Overwhelm

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 141 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.    Full Show Notes can be found on my website.   This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Prairie Bag Works, Lilliput Yarn, Stitched by Jessalu and Plum Deluxe     Off the Needles   Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Serpent Colorway
  • Hook: H (5 mm)
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (Free crochet pattern)
  • 490.5 meters
  Second Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Spirit Colorway (#212)
  • Hook: H (5 mm)
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (Free crochet pattern)
  • 533.6 meters
  Baby Barefoot Flower Sandals
  • Pattern:  Baby Barefoot Flower Sandals by Esther Chandler (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn
  • Hook: C and one marked 0 (very old hook)
  • Link to first pair & second pair
  • 6 grams each: 49.8 meters total 
JustRight & BigTime Dishcloth
  • Pattern: JustRight and BigTime Dishcloth by Deborah Ellis (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream held with Aunt Lydia's crochet cotton #10
  • Hook: I
  • Cotton thread almost gives it a subtle scrubbly quality.
  • Green one: 73.9 meter
  • Cream one: 69 meters

I also made 4 other dishcloths using Sugar and Cream cotton yarn in various patterns. 160 more meters

Easy Breezy Swim Cover Up 
  • Yarn: We Are Knitters The Cotton In Salmon Pink
  • Hook: F
  • Pattern: Easy Breezy Swim cover up
  • Used 4.3 skeins- 911.6 meters, 430 grams
Summer Fun Socks
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Dads Jacquard colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  Stash Dash Total as of this episode: 8662.4 meters!   Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast KAL that runs May 25-August 27th. Find Stash Dash Rules here. I'll be participating!   On the Needles   Portland 2018 Socks
  • Yarn: Lane Cervinia Forever (75% wool, 25% nylon)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Dan’s Slate Socks
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Adding black to make it go further
Hibernate Rainbow Blanket
  • Pattern: Hibernate Blanket (free crochet pattern) by Yarnspirations Design Studio
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky (gray- 7 skeins) & Knitters Brewing Company  fingering (24-30g each of red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple).
Brainstorming  
  • Another Hibernate blanket. I'd like to re-finish the bottom of my Swoncho (I'm adding length), and the 2 crochet stockings before I head out on vacation in August.
  •  I'm thinking ahead for a trip coming up in August: Parallel bars crochet shawl and maybe the Beloved: Bonnet pattern by Tin Can Knits.
From the Armchair  Two new podcasts I'm enjoying a lot right now: In my Travels
  • Dan and I went back up NH to my cousin's lake house this weekend. We visited with my cousin Meagan who was up from Florida. We kayaked. I walked, and knit and crocheted... just what I needed to clear my head during this busy month.
KAL News   Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • July Post
  • Tune in to hear if you're the June Winner!
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List The Splash Pad Party KAL Runs June 1-July 31   Pro Shop Sponsors  
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs
Contest, News & Notes
  • CPCTC sock pattern by Sarah Jordan is now available on Rav for $5. I discussed my test knit on Episode 140 if  you want to hear more.
Life in Focus I described swapping out one of my 18 in 2018 goals for doing a "No spend" month in July.     On a Happy Note
  • I tried stand up paddle boarding. Fun!
  • Fourth of July -pool day fun!
  • fireflies --we have so many this year. Do you!?
  • I had fun taking my niece Hattie’s 5 month photos. Thought broke lens but it was just my UV filter. PSA get one! $8 on Amazon probably saved me $300.
  • I talked about adding more structure back into my healthy eating and exercise habits and how much I'm loving that!
  • Work is nuts right now. But there's a lot of good that will come out of it and the insanity will die down soon enough! Thank goodness I can still knit on a conference call from time to time. It saves my sanity.
Quote of the Week   Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. – Goethe   ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #14: Episode 154: Socks, Shrugs & Thanks!

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 154 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • In My Travels
  • Knitting in Passing
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Tune in at the end to hear some audio from my nieces and nephew- Riley, Garret + Millie.

Off the Needles     Worsted Boxy
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted Superwash in Solstice Heather Colorway
  • Needles: US 7 & US 8
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Cast on for XS small size- 19 inches below arms. Used approximately 1100 yards
  • I did a split hem modification. Details can be found in my project page.
  On the Needles     Winter Storm Hat
  • Pattern: Winter Storm Hat by Gabrielle Vezina
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • Yarn: King Cole Merino DK in the Irish Navy and Aran (cream) colorways
  • Cast on Newborn size
Rock You Like a Hurricane Socks
  • Yarn: Freckled Whimsy yarn in the Rock You Like a Hurricane colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Acrobat Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
Amanda’s Birthday Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Yoshi & Lucy, Isabel Base in the Commissioner colorway
Hattie’s Stripey Shrug
  • Pattern: Confection Baby Shrug by Tonya Wagner (free knit pattern)
  • Needles: US 8 (5 mm) for the body and US 7 (4.5 mm) for the ribbing)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Worsted in the Surfs Up Colorway (stripes in all blues and purples)
Brainstorming I was initially brainstorming this toy: Marlene the Bunny Girl- crochet pattern by Joanna Klenmeyer available on Etsy But after talking with Millie it seems she'd rather an Elsa or Olaf doll instead.     From the Armchair   Race in the knitting community has been a huge topic of conversation on social media lately. In this segment I shared some thoughts about how I'm trying to expand my horizons to be a better informed, more sensitive person. I hope you know that you are ALL welcome here in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Community.   An interesting conversation to listen to is on Oprah's Super Soul Conversations Podcast. In December they did a 2 part episode with Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade.  Check it out here: Part 1Part 2     Knitting In Passing     Check out this article about the popularity of podcasts- including knitting podcasts!       In My Travels   I shared some details from my recent trip to New York City. Some links to things I mentioned:     KAL News   Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the January Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019  Pigskin Party
  • 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. Continue to update your post 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 #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes. 
Events Contest, News & Notes  
  • The Box o Balls Mini Skein Swap is going around after some postal delays. If you want to participate (even if you already signed up) come back to the thread to re-confirm.
  • Thank you for all of your support for my first pattern release of the year- the Go with the Flo shawl! The Cast On Party was so much fun! check out #gowiththefloshawl on Instagram to see some fun versions that have been cast on.
  • Thanks to everyone who responded to the call for Test knitters for my upcoming Tan House Brook hat! Testing is going well. If you're interested in test knitting for me in the future, feel free to PM me and I'll keep you posted.
  On a Happy Note
  • I went to see Mary Poppins Returns in theaters. It was delightful.
  • We had my nieces and nephews for a sleepover. My 10 year old niece Riley cast on and began knitting on cowl and became quickly obsessed! 
  • I was fortunate to have a Google hangout with Mary (kinoknits) and Sarah (imaginedlandscapes) about design advice.
  • Free week at gym! I ended up joining with a 10 class per month option!  
  • I bought tickets for Gretchen Rubin's book tour for her new Outer Order Inner Calm book.
  • January purge feels good!! 
Quote of the Week   Thinking and doing, doing and thinking--these are the sum of all wisdom. Both must move ever onward in life, to and fro, like breathing in and breathing out. Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.   —Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe       -------------- Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #15: Episode 143: Splashing Around the Prizes

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For full show notes please check out my website.   Thank you for tuning in to Episode 143 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     DK + Fingering Shawl Design Prototype
  • Yarn: 1 skein of DK (charcoal), 1 skein of fingering (plum)
  • Needles: US 9 (5.5 mm)
  • Top Down crescent shaped shawl. DK (gray) always in garter. Fingering weight plum colored yarn always in stockinette. Sometimes with lace border. Short rows are done in the fingering section
  • 560 meters 
Landscape Stripes Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy stripes in the Landscape Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 273.6 meters
Laura's Socks that Rock
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight (colorway unknown)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 299.7 meters 
Dawn to Dusk Shawl #3
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: H 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Pegasus colorway (purple, peach, cream, green)
  • 495.9 meters
Christmas Stockings x2
  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stockings from Family Circle Magazine 1977
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Red, Everglade Heather and White
  • Hook: F (3.75 mm)
  • Completed 2 stockings for my Mom's cousin who requested them for her grandchildren.
  • finishing always takes longer than I remember it will.
  • Meters: 458 and 444 meters 
Ninilchik Swoncho 
  • Pattern: Ninilchik Swoncho by Caitlin Hunter
  • Needles: US 4 & 6
  • Yarn: Cloudborne DK, Fiberstory DK + Gale's Art Super Star DK
  • Lengthened the sweater and added short rows to the back.
  • Project page by KnitWit50 on how to have a better transition between stockinette and ribbing using instructions from the Tech Knitter Blog Post. It really does look much cleaner and evens out the knit stitches that trail down into the ribbing
Large Granny Square Blanket
  • Hook: C yarn
  • 3x4 layout.
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • 3603.9 meters
Stash Dash Total: 17,906.5 meters  in 37 projects.   Next time I record will be after 8/27 and Stash Dash will be over!     On the Needles     Dan’s Slate Socks
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Paintbox Socks
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Fairisle Storybook colorway
  • Pattern: TBD
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Construction Zone
  • 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 mm
  • Adding length by crocheting along the bottom with charcoal fingering weight yarn.
Hexagon Scrappy Blanket
  • Pattern: Instructions from this tutorial
  • Yarn: leftover sock yarn
  • Hook: D 3.25 mm
  • Only 4 rounds of color
  • Bought Cloudborn Highland Superwash Sock Twist Yarn from Craftsy- SW Fingering in the Grey Heather colorway (6, 50 gram skeins)
  • 76 hexagons done.
  • Instructions on how to make half hexagons
    Brainstorming Vacation knitting planning!   From the Armchair Enjoying watching Making it on NBC   Crafty Adventures Mom machine sewed sleeves on a store bought cardigan for me to lengthen. I cuffed them and sewed by hand to finish them up. Quick, poolside project!   KAL News   Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • August post is up
  • July winner announced
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List   The Splash Pad Party KAL    

Prize winners announced! Thanks again to all of our awesome sponsors for making this possible!

    Pro Shop Sponsors  
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs
    Pigskin Party Starts September 6th! Events 2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.   Ask Me Anything   This time I answered a question from shateenamanda about resources for designers. I mentioned this book (which I haven't read yet). Beginner's Guide to Writing Knitting Patterns by Kate Atherly. I also highly recommend paying a tech editor   On a Happy Note
  • Our nephews Will and Oisin came for the weekend for their birthday sleepover and we had a blast.
  • Pool Days!
  • I had a sleep study done. Can't wait to find out more.
  • Refocused on my healthy habits! Down 7 pounds since June thanks to healthy eating and prioritizing moving my body.
  • Visited my niece Hattie to take her 6 month photos!
  Quote of the Week If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully.   -Maya Angelou   ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #16: Episode 167: Rainbows, Friends & KALs

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 167 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes can be found at: www.downcellarstudio.com/167    This week's segments included:
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles  Holden Cable Crochet Hat 
  • Pattern: Holden Cable Crochet Hat by Lakeside Loops ($5 crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: Sugarbush Yarns Dawson (Bulky weight; 50% llama, 50% merino) in the Wandering Vine Colorway (red)
  • Hook: K 6.5mm
  • 157 meters 
Rainbow Hexagon Blanket  Ryan’s Rainbow Cozy 
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up
  • Hooks: F (3.75 mm) and G (4.25 mm)
  • Pattern: Ball Band with a Twist by Jennifer Lassonde
  • Meters: 56 
Pink & Purple Cozies 
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up
  • Hooks: F (3.75 mm) and G (4.25 mm)
  • Pattern: Ball Band by Jennifer Lassonde
  • 208 meters
Deja Blue Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Deja Blue colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Meters: 262 
  Stash Dash KAL: 11,528 meters to date   On the Needles   Coffee Break Socks 
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Coffee Break Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Gina’s Messy Bun Hat
  • Yarn: Sugarbush Bold in the Dover Sand colorway. blue
  • Hook: H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Gina’s Messy Bun Hat
Holly Press Fibers Boxy
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You + 3 mystery skeins from stash. Using fingering held double.
Sandbar Cardi
  • Yarn: Berocco Summer Silk in the colorway 4006 Boardwalk
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Sandbar Cardi by Toni Lipsey (crochet pattern $7)
  • This will likely be a #RhineBIPOCsweater for me 
Crafty Adventures I learned some basic Embroidery from my friend Beverly. On the way home, I ordered this tracing light box for use in future projects.   Knitting in Passing I shared a story about meeting a man in Baltimore who told us a story about how he learned to crochet during recovery from surgery. In My Travels Tune in for stories about my recent trip to visit with friends in Baltimore
  • I got out walking - cool park trails on Sunday morning
  • We enjoyed Paper Moon for breakfast. We visited a cute plant store B.Willow and I purchased a Tinted Lip balm (with no plastic container) from Priya Means Love
KAL News   Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the August Post
  • Tune in to see if you're the July winner! 
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019    The Splash Pad is closed for the season! Tune in to see if you won a prize.     Pigskin Party: the 6th Annual Pigskin Party kicks off on September 5, 2019 and runs through February 3, 2020   Not familiar? It's a ridiculously fun make-a-long that runs all through the NFL football season. We typically have a couple hundred participants each year. For each FO you finish, you earn touchdown & field goal points. You also earn points for using sponsor products & fulfilling other challenges. For every 100 points earned, you get an entry into our Grand Prize drawing. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light.     Pro Shop Sponsors (so far)
  1. Abstract Fiber
  2. AdoreKnit
  3. agirlandherwool
  4. Designs of Acadia (Pigskin Logo Bag)
  5. Fibernymph Dye Works
  6. Holly Press Fibers
  7. Imagined Landscapes Designs
  8. Infinite Twist
  9. JDStudios480
  10. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  11. Knitosophy Designs
  12. Knitters Brewing Company
  13. Prairie Bag Works
  14. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  15. Sunsoaked Yarns
  16. Yarn Love
  Snack Shack Sponsors (so far)
  1. Anne Beady Designs
  2. APLCrafts
  3. Birch Hollow Fibers
  4. Brenda Castiel Designs
  5. Designs by Meliabella
  6. Geektastic Fibers
  7. IrocKnits Designs
  8. Kino Knits
  9. Kitchen Counter Crafter
  10. Knit/Wit Designs
  11. Leading Men Fiber Arts
  12. Lilliput Yarn
  13. Love in Stitches
  14. Queen City Yarn
  15. Remade By Hand Designs
  16. Shanalines Designs
  17. Teal Torch Knits
  18. The Project Bag
  19. UNICORN CLEAN
  20. Windswept Designs
  21. Woodsy and Wild
    Events   Online Events
  • Knit Girllls annual Stash Dash KAL will run from May 24-August 24, 2019 Watch the friendly competition with Jasmin and me on Instagram: #teambostonjen #beatcuteknitter
  • The Blanket Project- the Art Division and other groups throughout the country have begun knitting and quilting blankets for children at the border. Social Media:  Feel free to share your pictures/videos with us using the hashtags #theblanketprojectla #artdivisionla Instagram: @artdivisionla    Facebook: @artdivision.org  Twitter: @ArtDivisionLA
    • Knitted, Quilted, Crocheted and Fleece tie/knot Blankets are welcome. 
Local Events   Ask Me Anything This episode I answered two questions from Instagram.
  1. MegsDuffy- How do you stay motivated when you have so much going on???
  2. ProudfootK- Plans for fall sweater knitting? Tips on curating your stash/or curbing stash acquisitions? 
  On a Happy Note
  • Old friends: my friend Laura visited the first weekend in August. I spent last weekend with friends I've know for more than 12 years- originally met through scrapbooking.
  • Cooler mornings.
  • Long walks outside.
  Quote of the Week

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” -- William Shakespeare, Hamlet

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Rank #17: Episode 166: Ball Band with a Twist!

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 166 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website.   This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
    Off the Needles   Ball Band with a Twist -24 oz (pint + a half size) and16oz(pint size)
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up in Lime (base), Sunflower (bottom), and Aqua (body)
  • Hook: G (4.25 mm) & F (3.75 mm)
  • 24 oz- 51 meters
  • 16 oz- 35 meters
  • Pattern available now! $2 on Ravelry. 2 sizes. 3 colors though that’s easy to edit. Photo tutorial showing you how to find the third loop. 
Rainbow Cozy
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up in Lime (base), Sunflower (bottom), and Aqua (body)
  • Hook: G (4.25 mm) & F (3.75 mm)
  • 24 oz- 51 meters 
Fisherman's Wife
  • Pattern: The Fisherman's Wife (class at Staci's Stitches)
  • Hook: 12 mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in the Fig Colorway
  • First foray into Crochet Cables!
  • 129 meters 
Gina Bun Hat
  • Yarn: Sugarbush Bold in the Dover Sand colorway. Cream
  • Hook: H 5.0 mm
  • Pattern: Gina’s Messy Bun Hat
  • 128 meters 
Diamond Lace Hat (gray)
  • Slouchy hat Pattern design idea that I can't share yet.
  • 144 meters
Bronwyn Shawl(in blues)
  • Pattern: Bronwyn Shawl by Toni Lipsey (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn:  Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash
  • Hook: J (6 mm)
  • Knit Picks Wool of the Andes- Color A- Dove Heather, Color B Light blue (need to find ball band), and Color C- Solstice Heather (Navy)
  • 778 meters
Barcelona/Porto Socks #2
  • Yarn: Hjerte Garn. magic Colours Stompegarn jacquard Magic Color: 7749
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 2 pairs of shortie socks- 359 meters
Spooky Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Spooky color way
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 270 meters
1,946 meters since last episode. 9,319 meters to date! 15k here I come!   On the Needles Rainbow Hexagon Blanket  Holly Press Fibers Boxy
  • Pattern: Worsted Boxy by Joji Locatelli
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5mm) and US 8 (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fibers - Sheepish (fingering weight) base in colorways:  Flower Petal, Rambler in the Wilderness & Seeking You. Assylum Fibers + 2 mystery skeins from stash. Holding fingering held double. 
Deja Blue Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Deja Blue color way
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 
Dan's 1st Felici Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8-bit color way
  • Needles: US 1 (2.0 mm)
  • Colors_ light and dark grey with a dirty lime green. 
Red Lace Hat
  • 3rd version of lace slouchy hat design. Smaller size. So addictive!
New Slouchy Hat Design 
  • Yarn: Goosey Fibers - Goosey Hefty (Worsted Weight) in the Carolina Colorway
  Brainstorming
  • Garret asked for a rainbow ninja - I was confused at first because he has a whole rainbow. he wants 1 ninja with all the colors.
  • Riley wants hats and booties for her doll Brooklyn. Light pinks and white each in fingering. Thicker winter hat with Pom Pom
  • Oisin asked for alien with a baseball hat & a ball: Alan the Alien and his Flying Saucer. $5 crochet pattern by Moji-Moji Design. Alan can sit inside his saucer- the top comes off so you hide him in here. Not sure if I'll make the saucer or not but I may!
  • When asked what she wanted, Millie said dramatically "I need to THINK about it!!"
  • I now also want to make all the crochet hats! 
  • I'm eyeing the Sandbar Cardiby Toni Lipsey. $7.50 crochet pattern for me. 
  • Would also love to make the Easy Crop Top by Grace forthefrills (free crochet pattern) 
  Crafty Adventures Stay tuned to the end of the episode for this segment. My 11 year old niece Riley and I recorded two bits of audio last weekend about our crafty adventures during her sleepover.     KAL News   Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the August Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019   Official Rules for 2019  Splash Pad Party Pro Shop Sponsors Snack Shack Sponsors

  • Get those projects finished up! Post in Summer Celebration thread! I'll close it on Thursday morning August 1st. If the thread is open You may post. Winners will be announced on the next episode. Thanks again to all of our sponsors this year!!
  6th Annual Pigskin Party kicks off —-  September 5, 2019- February 3, 2020   Not familiar? It's a ridiculously fun make-a-long that runs all through the NFL football season. We typically have a couple hundred participants each year. For each FO you finish, you earn touchdown & field goal points. You also earn points for using sponsor products & fulfilling other challenges. For every 100 points earned, you get an entry into our Grand Prize drawing. We also have lots of prizes reserved for participation on Ravelry and Instagram to keep it fun and light.  
  • All of the details you need can be found in Pigskin '19 Start Here Thread 
  • Want to sponsor? Details for the Sponsor options can be found here.
  •  This year we're going to try out a Team option. Check out the Try Out thread in early August for details and to sign up.Please note:  joining a team is not required to play.   
Events Online Event: Knit Girllls annual Stash Dash KAL will run from May 24-August 24, 2019 Contest, News & Notes
  • Thanks for all the love for the GoodReader Tutorial! Come join our chat in the Ravelry Groupif you found cool uses or have questions.
  •  Ball Band with a Twist pattern available on Ravelry!
  • LadyDyeYarns is partnering up with my friends and yours- The Knitmore Girls on a project called, #myRhineBIPOCSweater. Check out this post on Instagram for details - posted below as well to help spread the word!They say, "We want to make sure this year and beyond that BIPOC designers and dyers are represented at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival. So we wanted to do a KAL/CAL for the #myRhineBIPOCSweater."The way this will work is:
    •  Choose a piece from this list This list has been curated by @blacksquirrelberkeley (based on @jeanettesloan’s list)
    • Use/Purchase yarn from a BIPOC dyer (check out Lady Dye's previous post of BIPOC dyers)
    • Use the #RhineBIPOCSweater, and a dyer from the BIPOC Dyer list to spread the love.
    • Dyers: Jasmin and I did come up with colors theme for this KAL/CAL: purple, green, blue, golden yellow, and black. We are encouraging all those participating to use any/all of these colors for your sweater. We are asking #bipocdyers to use these colors to create your inspired colorways for this KAL/CAL. We have a link that we are using that can choose your color palette shade from the colors we listed above.
    • We really hope you all can join us in the KAL/CAL. We can’t wait to look on instagram and see the progress everyone is making and we will see you all at Rhinebeck with your sweaters on! This is what it’s all about. Taking action, working together, creating an inclusive community, and recognizing diversity in designers and dyers.
    • Here’s the google link For BIPOC DYERS TO SUBMIT THEIR INFO SO WE CAN LIST YOUR COMPANY
  Life in Focus
  • Tune in to hear my updates on my Plastic Free July challenge.
  • This did include 2 deliveries from Misfits Market. If you think you might like it,check out this link to get 30% off your first order.
  • Update on Shampoo Bar I bought at Whole Foods- used it 3-4 times now. Still not 100% sold. Under layer of my hair looks stringy/greasy. You can't really see that from the top thankfully. Will use a little more but it may not be a good fit for me. 
  • Come chat in the#PlasticFreeJuly Threadin the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group! Will definitely extend beyond this month!
  Ask Me Anything Deferred this episode's questions to Episode 167 for time.   On a Happy Note  
  • Pool Party for my nephew Will's 12th birthday.
  • Finding new walking trails off the beaten path at my local State Park.
  • Camp- long walk. crazy hills. Pickle ball. Kayaking. Playing dominos.
  • Wearing dresses!
  • Check out this Superhero Muffin recipe. I got a cakeholder type thing at Savers to hold our muffins. Dan likes them so I think these may be part of our weekly food prep for awhile.
Quote of the Week Don't take criticism from someone you would never go to for advice. –Heather Antos ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #18: Episode 142: 10k yarn / 33mi kayaking

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 142 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
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
    Off the Needles     Hibernate Rainbow Blanket
  • Pattern: Hibernate Blanket (free crochet pattern) by Yarnspirations Design Studio
  • Hook: K (6.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky (gray- 7 skeins- used 6 ) & Knitters Brewing Company  fingering (24-30g each of red, orange, yellow, green blue and purple).
  • Simple two row repeat.
  • 14 rows of color. 4 plain gray. 
  • Total: 1224 meters
Camping Fry Pan Protector 3 fingering weight yarns held together. Mint rain self striping. Two mystery skeins in Stash
  • H hook and I hook
  • crocheted in a circle. Added a tie on each side to tie under pan. Can pack and not scratch the surface of the pan
  • 46 grams. 168.4 meters  worked up in about a half hour.
Portland 2018 Socks
  • Yarn: Lane Cervinia Forever (75% wool, 25% nylon)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
    Current Stash Dash Total: 10,338.3   Stash Dash- Knit Girllls Podcast KAL that runs May 25-August 27th. Find Stash Dash Rules here.   On the Needles   Large Granny Square Blanket
  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
Dan’s Slate Socks
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Landscape Stripes Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy stripes in the Landscape Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan WIlliams
  • I purchased most of my Paton's Kroy Yarn from Craftsy
Laura's Socks that Rock
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight (colorway unknown)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Construction Zone
  • 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 mm
  • Knit this last year but am lengthening it with crochet + fingering weight yarn
Dawn to Dusk Shawl #3
  • Pattern: Dawn to Dusk Triangle Scarf by Jess Coppom (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: H 5.0mm
  • Yarn: Lion Brand Mandala in the Pegasus colorway 
Brainstorming
  • I'd like to make some more crocheted circles for my Aunt' Camp to use between her pots.
  • Reviewing my Stash Dash plans and schemes. 
  • I want to make all of the blankets!!!
  From the Armchair   Little Drops of Wonderful- video podcast on YouTube. Hosted by Ali in the UK. Knitter & Crocheter.   Crafternoon Treats video podcast on Youtube hosted by Kathryn in the UK. Mostly Crochet some knits too i think.   Must Love Yarn video podcast on YouTube hosted by Angela and Kelly who own an online shop & store in Shelburne, VT.   Wool Hands Needlesvideo podcast on YouTube hosted by Tayler Earl, dyer behind Fiber for the people. Beautiful video quality, talks about knitting in the news, fun KALs etc.   In My Travels     KAL News     Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • August Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List   The Splash Pad Party KAL Runs June 1-July 31 Will pull winners from chat threads and Summer Celebration in early August.   Pro Shop Sponsors  
  1. AdoreKnit
  2. Celestial Sews
  3. Designs of Acadia
  4. Fibernymph Dye Works
  5. Just Run Knit Designs
  6. Knit Circus Yarns
  7. Knit Style Yarns
  8. Knits4comfort
  9. Knitters Brewing Company
  10. Lilliput Yarn
  11. Love Bird Lane
  12. Pearl and Plum
  13. Plum Deluxe
  14. Prairie Bag Works
  15. A Simple Homestead
  16. Stitched by Jessalu
  17. Sunsoaked Yarns
  18. Twisted Owl Fiber Studio
  19. Yarnandewe
  20. YumiYarns
Snack Shack
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs & Good Stuff Crafts
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knit/Wit Designs
  8. Knit-by-Bit Designs
  9. Knitty by Nature Shop
  10. Progress Keepers by Meliabella
  11. Mrs U Makes
  12. Remade by Hand
  13. V Yarn
  14. Windswept Designs
  Events   2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.       Life in Focus Update on no spend July       On a Happy Note
  • Hitting up a local brewery. Untold Brewing. 
  • Instagram live for the first time with Jasmin of the Knitmore Girls Podcast
  • My nephew Will's 11th birthday party. 
  • Work deadline is nearly here!
  • Hiit classes start back up tomorrow.
  Quote of the Week "Courage doesn't mean you never feel afraid. It simply means you choose NOT to let your fear control you and step forward anyway." -Allanah Hunt ------ Thank you for tuning in. Remember show notes for this episode can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/142  If you have a moment to leave a review on Apple Podcasts, I'd greatly appreciate it. I can be found on Ravelry as BostonJen and I'd love it if you came ov   Contact Information:

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Rank #19: Episode 144: Victory is Bittersweet

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 144 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week 
Off the Needles   Paintbox Socks
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Fairisle Storybook colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • 234 meters
Tennessee Socks
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Deep End colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 250 meters
Dan’s Slate Socks
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy Stripes in the Slate Jacquard colorway + black
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • 10.5 inch leg and foot- 334.4 meters
Parallel Bars Shawl
  • Pattern: Parallel Bars by Annaboo's House (4 pound crochet pattern available on Etsy)
  • Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (75% wool, 25% silk) fingering weight yarn in the Rose Quartz colorway
  • Hook: 4.5 mm
  • 606 meters
Hexagon Scrappy Blanket   2018 Stash Dash Projects: 21,004 meters total in 45 projects   Breakdown
  • 22 Knit | 23 crochet
  • 14 things I plan to keep, 20 gifts, 11 TBD
  • 4 items over 1000 meters- 2 items over 900 meters each. Total for these large projects was almost 10k
Comparison to previous years     On the Needles   Dan's Rafa's Hat
  • Pattern: Rafa's Hat by Joji Locatelli (free)
  • Yarn: Swan's Island Sterling Collection Worsted Weight in the Celestine Colorway 85% organic merino, 15% alpaca
  • Needles: US 5
  • Size Small- 96 st cast on
Rainbow Frankenstein Socks
  • Yarn: Scraps of fingering weight (mostly Patons Kroy)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 1x1 twisted rib for top.
Brainstorming   From the Armchair   Knitting in Passing  

I shared two quick stores from knitting in Nashville.

In My Travels  

I'll share some more details of our Knoxville, Bristol, Nashville trip next time, but I did love meeting Amanda and shopping at Haus of Yarn in Nashville. Thanks Meg for the recommendations for other things to see in Nashville. I purchased yarn from Teeny Button Studio- 2 skeins of BFL fingering + mini skein (partly because their sample for Andrea Mowry's Thaliah shawl was beautiful). I also got a beautiful project bag.

    KAL News   Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. In 2018, we are turning those sacred skeins into beautiful projects you can enjoy-- and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way! Full details and rules can be found here.
  • September Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List Pigskin Party
  • 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. Continue to update your post 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 #DCSPigskinParty18 on Instagram so we check out what you’re doing and you can be eligible for participation prizes.
  Details Discussed on This Episode:
  • Reviewed the Rules
  • Sponsors (to date)- check them out- stock up on goodies that will earn you more points
  • Monday Night Scavenger Hunt is going to happen each week again this season!
  • September Interception- details announce. Will posted in the group soon.
  • Check out Coupon Codes generously posted by our sponsors- there are 12 already!
  Events   2018 Box O' Balls Round Robin Mini Swap: sign up anytime during 2018.  Shipping cost of $13.50 (within US; have option to send Internationally) The contents will include: at least 20 mini yarn balls (each ball will be minimum of 5g/ 20 yards) to choose from, a handwritten note or card and a small gift. Find all of the details in this thread in the Ravelry Group.     On a Happy Note
  • I was gifted some "My Favorite Murder" podcast stuff from Dan
  • Facetiming with my 6 year old niece Millie at work the other day
  • Labor Day weekend ahead!
  Quote of the Week “Passions weaken, but habits strengthen, with age, and it is the great task of youth to set the current of habit and to form the tastes which are most productive of happiness in life.”   -- William Edward Hartpole Lecky, The Map of Life     ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #20: Episode 160: San Francisco

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 160 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures (with Riley & Aila)
  • Knitting in Passing
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
  • ---Stay tuned at the end for bonus sleepover audio!
  Off the Needles Whirligig Shrug 
  • Pattern: Whirligig Shrug by Stephanie Japel ($8 knitting pattern. Sizes 3 months to child size 12)
  • Yarn: Worsted weight super wash wool in purple
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
  • I repaired the Essentials Mini-PurseI knit for Aila in August 2010 when she was about 20 months old. Hole in bottom. She still uses all the time and asked me to fix it.
  • I mended the doll I made for Aila in 2015 (pattern: Mary, Millie & Morganby Susan B. Anderson). Tacked down her hair. Pulled her eyes to the surface so they can be better seen. De-pilled both items.
On the Needles   Secret Paths- Worsted
  • Pattern: Secret Paths by Johanna Lindahl (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: US I (5.5 mm)
  • Yarn: Berroco Ultra Alpaca, 50% wool, 50% alpaca
Secret Paths- Fingering
  • Pattern: Secret Paths by Johanna Lindahl (free crochet pattern)
  • Hook: US H (5.0 mm)
  • Yarn: Madeline Tosh Twist Light in the Opaline colorway (bought 2 skeins at Imagine Knit in SF)
Mystery Christmas Spirit Yarn
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
  • Yarn: Mystery yarn reds and greens
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
Dan’s Tourmaline Stripes Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Paton’s Kroy in the Tourmaline Stripes Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
From the Armchair   Knit Picks' Podcast - Episode 298: Earth Day, Every Day Check out this episode for good information on cleaning your FOs before storing for the winter.  My favorite was about even if you hand wash sock you can use the Drain & Spin cycle on your washing machine to get out excess water. I am going to try it.   Wondery One Plus One: Frida and Diego series    Crafty Adventures
  • Tune in to hear Riley & Aila talk about the crafty fun we had during their birthday sleepovers. Riley turned 11 and Aila 10.
  • We made crayon lip gloss based on this tutorial.
  • Crayon canvas art was fun!
  • Crayon pendants came out cool too.
  • Printed a vacation photo on 5x7 piece of wood at Walgreens 
Knitting in Passing
  • I shared stories of knitting at Chicago, the musical, knitting on the plane to San Francisco and at a brewery in San Francisco
In My Travels San Francisco: Highlights of thing I mentioned   KAL News   Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end. Let’s use up those older special skeins (purchased before 2019) - and maybe win a new beautiful skein of yarn from one of our sponsors along the way!
  • Check out the April Post & the May Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019    Events
  • NH Sheep and Wool:May 11 & 12 in Deerfield NH Saturday 9am - 5pm&Sunday 9am - 4pm Admission is:  Reg price is $7.  Seniors 65 and older $5 youth 12 and under are free.
  • Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village: May 25-27 9:30a-5p One Day Pass $28 for adults, $26 senior, $14 kids
  • MA Sheep and Wool:May 26& 27 in Cummington, MA Fair Admission:Parking - $10 per car,  $15 for a two day pass
Online Events:
  • Knit Girllls annual Stash Dash KALwill run from May 24-August 24, 2019
  • Jasmin Knitmore & I will be challenging each other again this year. Terms TBD.
  • Watch our challenge Instagram. Support me by using #teambostonjen #beatcuteknitter
Contest, News & Notes On a Happy Note
  • Girls sleepover. We went to see my best friend (Aila's Mom) and some other friends in a local production of Chicago (my second time).
  • Had a blast at the Boston MFA with my friend Amber and her daughter. Loved seeing Rachel & Amy again!! Thanks again for the tickets!
  • Booked camping in August!
Quote of the Week Goals are about the results you want to achieve. Systems are about the processes that lead to those results…Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress. – James Clear ------     For website: Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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