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Rank #1: Episode 137: Crafty Time with Aila & Riley

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 137 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/137   This week's segments included:    
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Life in Focus
  • Ask Me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • **Bonus Audio at the end of Riley and Aila
    Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, KnitCircus and Fibernymph Dye Works   On the Needles   Chevron Baby Blanket

Large Granny Square Blanket

  • Yarn: leftovers and mini skeins (fingering weight yarn)
  • Hook: C yarn
  • Plan: 3 large granny squares, bordered with cream or gray (TBD), 4-5 rows
  • Inspiration: BetsyMakes Project
  • Finished 4th Squares & blocked them
 Christmas Stockings
  • 3 to do in 2018. One for my cousin Kara who is expecting a baby girl in August! 2 for out of state cousins Noelle & Noah
  • 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)
  • 3 red, 3 green done and blocked. Ready to crochet together and add cuffs.
Gradient Angles Shawl
  • Pattern: Gradient Angles by Janice Hamby
  • Yarn: Infinite Twist Helix: Colors= Spooky Purple, African Violet, Mona Lisa, Tickled, Sakura, Anthurium (purples, pinks into peach)
  • Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm)
Rainbow Stripe Paintbox Socks
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) and US 1 (2 mm)
  • Yarn: Paintbox Sock yarn in the Rainbow stripe colorway & Patons Kroy for heel
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Holly Jolly Christmas Socks
  • Yarn: Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in the Holly Jolly colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Hexagon Scrappy Blanket

 

Brainstorming My nephew Garret asked for another pair of two-part socks (like those shown below)! I ordered yarn from Knitters Brewing Company to fulfill his request for 1 pink and 1 purple.     Crafty Adventures   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.
  • May post 
  • Tune in to see if you're the April winner of a skein of Blueberry Chick Yarn!
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
Slay the Stash 2018: Sponsor List The Splash Pad Party KAL Runs June 1-July 31   Splash Pad Party: 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. Knits4comfort
  8. Knitters Brewing Company
  9. Knit Style Yarn
  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
Splash Pad Party: Snack Shack (Last week to claim a spot! If you're interested click here to learn more)
  1. Be Ewe Fibers
  2. Brenda Castiel Designs | Goodstuffcrafts 
  3. Daizie Knits
  4. Heddi Craft Designs
  5. Imagined Landscapes
  6. Jennifer Lassonde Designs
  7. Knitty by Nature Shop
  8. Mrs U Makes
  9. Remade by Hand
  10. V Yarn
  11. 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 18 in 2018 Projects

  • I played around with iMovie for slideshow for my Cabaret Cast Party. It was very simple but it was good practice at playing more with video
  • Try New Exercise classes: I've tried out free classes at the gym at my work as part of their #30x30StopStroke Challenge in honor of National Stroke Awareness Month. I've done Tabata, Yoga and a new Zumba class.
  • We had plans to buy paint for the Spare Room make over but had a mix up with the location of the Sherwin Williams store.
Ask Me Anything   Stormcoast- Jen from Uncreative Crafter Podcast said: Just curious, so you don’t have to answer this if you don’t want to. As a fellow New Englander, I would say that your mom and brother have Boston/Massachusetts accents. I don’t notice one with you. Do you have any insights into why that is?     On a Happy Note
  • Aila's birthday dinner!
  • Second weekend Cabaret- with surprise visits from my college friends Laura & Jessica.
  • Took that Monday off. Got a massage and went to late lunch with Dan
  • Aila's friend birthday party- complete with Magic Show!
  • Dan and I had a blast a my Cabaret Cast Party
  • Thred up box | Want to try it for yourself? I'd appreciate if you use my referral link.
  • Riley & Aila's Birthday Sleepover
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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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 #4: 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:

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Rank #5: 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:

Jan 29 2019

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Rank #6: Episode 88: Sweet Bunny

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Hope you enjoy Episode 88 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This episode features lots of knitting and crochet, stories of my recent trip to Newport, RI and lots of other Happy Notes including some audio of Riley and me during a girls day out and some bonus audio at the end of the episode of some quality time with my 6 year old niece Aila and 8 year old nephew Will.I also share the list of Splash Pad Party 2016 Sponsors and announce the details of a Mini Skein Swap going on in the group now. Signs up for the swap open until Wednesday 4/27!

Show notes can be found here.To chat, check out the Episode 88 Chat Thread on Ravelry.

Apr 23 2016

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Rank #7: Episode 87: Cookie Monster & Teen Angst

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Thank you for tuning in! Mom joins me again this episode. There is a ton of knitting content, a couple personal/family stories (some of the slightly embarrassing nature), more than a few laughs and a Summer KAL announcement!

Check out show notes at www.downcellarstudio.com/87

Apr 08 2016

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Rank #8: 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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Thank you for tuning in.

Remember show notes for this episode can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/159

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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

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Apr 15 2019

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Rank #9: Episode 81: Mom & Me

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 81 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.
Check out www.downcellarstudio.com/81 for show notes
 
This week's segments included:
 
Off the Needles
On the Needles
From the Armchair
Crafty Adventures
Contest, News & Notes
On a Happy Note
Pigskin Party KAL
 
Off the Needles 
 
Tan House Brook Hat v1 (still designing)
  • Yarn- Neighborhood Fiber Company
  • Needles- US 6 & US 7
  • Design Process Tip- use different colors (in Excel or in Colored Pencils) to mark each repeat, section of your design to help yourself visualize it better
  • Jen's Blocking Tip: For blocking a hat, put a soup bowl over mason jar to give it more height so it doesn't drag on the counter
  • Mom's Blocking Tip: Send your knits to your daughter and say "here!" and have her block them for you! Or better yet, send them to Jen!
Quick Coral Target Hat
  • Yarn: Hand Made Modern  Wool Blend Yarn Duo 120 yard each (yarn from Target)
  • Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm)
  • Pattern: I made it up. Find detailed instructions in my Project Page linked above
Faerie's Firelight
  • Yarn: Woolen Rabbit Pearl in the Straw Colorway (fingering weight yarn)
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Pattern: by Jenn Sheelen ($4)
  • This is my January "12 months to Christmas KAL" project
On the Needles 
 
Regia Socks
  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Regia Design Lines Colorations Color by Kristin Nicholas (blues, greens, purple, plum/magenta, white, dark gray). self patterning
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
From the Armchair  
  • Mom and I have been watching Making a Murderer (Netflix), Ray Donovan and Homeland
  • Jen has been watching The Affair  (Showtime). Mom has been watching Limitless.
  • Mom is reading the Alex Cross books by James Patterson.
  • Jen has been listening to Gretchen Rubin's Better Than Before
Tune in for a review of a project bag from Etsy Shop Pearl & Plum. In the excitement of talking with Mom I forgot to mention that the large (owl print) bag was graciously provided to me by Vivian of Pearl and Plum for review.Check out the Pearl & Plum Contest Thread to be entered to win. We have a small and a medium project bag up for lucky listeners to win!
Coupon Code!!!  If you want to purchase a bag from this amazing shop, use coupon code: DownCellarJan15 to get 15% off a purchase of at least $30 through the whole month of January
 
Mom reviewed a product she purchased on Etsy for a Christmas gift from BeBeBeez. These personalized elastic bands are a great way to know whose bottle is whose (so you can avoid sharing germs). Mom had one small issue and the customer service was great! Highly recommend.
Crafty Adventures
  • I've been sewing on my scrap fabric curtain
  • Mom will be turning a duvet cover into fabric for a new shower curtain and to recover the pieces on her headboard.
  • Mom talks about her decorating for Christmas, reactions from the kids, and the most commonly asked questions
 
Contest News & Notes
 
  • News starting email list Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio! Once I get to 200 will draw for a winner. Prize will be announced on Episode 82 or whenever we hit 200!
  • Side note: with Mom's help, I was able to find a better way to update the Down Cellar Studio Facebook page! Come check it out. I'll be posting more regularly there now.
  • This week I announced the winners of the Fix a Stitch and the Riot of Color Yarn!
 
12 Months to Christmas KAL- details announced on the episode
On a Happy Note
  • Emelyn and Oisin opening their gifts!
  • Will loved his Force Awakens Hat
  • My favorite gift-- Canvas from the kids with hand prints that make a tree
  • I got an IPA beer making kit from Williams Sonoma from my friend Megg
  • Mom gave the girls (Emelyn, Riley and Aila) a knitting kit for Christmas
  • Dan and I did our annual January clean out and moved our dry food to an easily accessible drawer in our island. I am hoping that if I can easily see it, I will know and use what we have and waste less!
Pigskin Party KAL
Thank you to our Headline Sponsors!

This Episode I announced the December Participation Winners! Tune in to see if you've won!
Thank you for tuning in.
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Jan 13 2016

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Rank #10: Episode 84: Stitches West

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For full show notes check out my website:

www.downcellarstudio.com84 for links and photos to everything discussed!

Happy knitting!

Feb 28 2016

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Rank #11: Episode 83: Superbowl & Sharing

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  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Pigskin Party KAL
 Off the Needles
 
Football Cocoon & Hat
  • Pattern: Football Coccon & Hat by Kelly Dager- $4 US
  • Needles: US 15 (10mm)
  • Yarn:  Lion Brand Homespun USA (Billings Chocolate & NY White) 1 skein of the white was enough to make 3 cocoons & 3 hats. Cocoons take more than 1 skein each. 3 skeins would be plenty for 2 cocoons + their matching hats.
Stitches Midwest 2015 Socks- for me
  • Yarn: Socks that Rock Lightweight
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
Regia Socks- Mom's birthday
  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Regia Design Lines Colorations Color by Kristin Nicholas
  • Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams
     
Schwimmen Hat
  • Pattern: Schwimmen by Shannon Cook $4.95
  • Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in poison colorway- so much depth of color
  • US 6 & 7 ( 4.0 & 4.5 mm) needles
Greyhaven Hat
  • Pattern: Greyhaven Hat by Robin Ulrich $5 US
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) for ribbing & US 7 (4.5mm) for body
  • Yarn: MadelineTosh Tosh DK in Midnight in Manhattan- purchased at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January
  • Third time I've made this hat; it's one of my favorites. 
On the Needles
 
Rhinebeck Socks 2015
  • Yarn: Gales Art Sock blank
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Turned heel on sock #2 and my friend Megg and nephew Oisin both knit on them!
Winter Brights Hat
  • Yarn: Plymouth Merino DK (cream color) & Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in Genie colorway- short bursts of color
  • Needles: US 4 & 5 (3.5 & 3.75 mm)
  • May remember my Fall Brights Hat-- too big. Never wear it. This will be its replacement
Dan's 1st Patterned Socks
  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Regia Design line by Arne & Carlos
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
Brainstorming
I'm looking forward to casting on Susan B Anderson's new Octopus pattern with Tink Yarn in the Stardust colorway!
 
From the Armchair 
Dan and I thoroughly enjoyed Season 1 of Jessica Jones on Netflix
 
Knitting in Passing
Last Thursday I taught my friend Erika to knit! She did a great job learning the Long Tail Cast on and the knit stitch! Can't wait to work with her some more.
On Friday night, my dear friend Megg asked to knit on my sock and began talking about wanting to have her own project. On Saturday, we went to the local yarn shop and got her set up!
Megg learned to Cast On and how to purl and practiced those. I knit most of the cuff. She sent me a photo this week of her progress!
 
While I was at their house on Saturday, my nephew Oisin asked to work on his Star Wars Crochet Kit!
 
We started by teaching him how to wind yarn and then did a little crochet. Oisin knows how to knit but wanted to learn to purl, so we did that too! It was a great afternoon!
 
Events
 
I'll be attending Stitches West– February 18-21 in Santa Clara, CA
12 Months to Christmas KAL
 
 
Contests, News and Notes 
 
Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio! Once I get to 200 will draw for a winner for a gorgeous skein of yarn from My Colour Wheelhouse!
On a Happy Note 
  • I LOVE my new purse from Atenti that I purchased at Vogue Knitting Live
  • We had a lovely night celebrating my Mom's 60th Birthday this week!
  • Snow!
  • We had 2 new iTunes review recently! THANK YOU!
Pigskin Party KAL
Thank you to our Headline Sponsors!
Check out the (over 2900) photos in the End Zone Dance Thread! If you need some inspiration or motivation- go look! You won't regret it.
 
This episode I announced winners for January Huddle & Instagram prizes, Super Bowl Interception Prizes & Sponsor Love Contest Prizes.
 
I will be tallying everyone's points in their End Zone Dance Threads and randomizing entries so I can pull winners for our 12 amazing Grand Prizes in an upcoming episode.
Thank you for tuning in!
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Feb 13 2016

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Rank #12: Episode 82: Design Enthusiasm

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 82 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:
 
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • From the Armchair
  • In my Travels
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask Me Stuff
  • On a Happy Note
  • Pigskin Party KAL
 
Off the Needles

Tan House Brook Hat v2

  • This is a hat I'm designing. The second version came out better than the first but I'd still like to tweak it.

Christmas 2015 Socks

  • Yarn: Marigold Jen- Merry & Bright (purchased at MD Sheep & Wool)
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
On the Needles
Dan's 1st Patterned Socks
  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Regia Design line by Arne & Carlos
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
Regia Socks
  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Regia Design Lines Colorations Color by Kristin Nicholas
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
Patriots Socks
  • Yarn: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Needles: Berry Colorful Yarnings Saturated Sock in the Patriots Colorway
  • Pattern: OMG by Megan Williams
Schwimmen Hat
  • Pattern: Schwimmen by Shannon Cook $4.95 Ravelry Download
  • Slouchy lacy hat, DK yarn
  • Yarn: Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in poison colorway- so much depth of color
I'm working on a new shawl design
  • My plan is to join in on Jenny from Tiny Paper Foxes' #Craftfor20 hashtag in the month of February to make progress on design work
From the Armchair
In My Travels
Vogue Knitting Live- NYC 2016 Recap
My purchases:
  • Regia 4 ply
  • DK weight yarn from Artfil
  • Jill Draper makes stuff- worsted weight- Raspberry Beret
  • 2 Skeins of Malabrigo Rios Teal Feather for gift knits + 1 skein in Vaa colorway
  • Madeline Tosh - Tosh DK in Midnight in Manhattan
  • Regia- Arne and Carlos (2 skeins)
  • Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK- poison colorway
  • Woolbearers-- 4 gradient sets
Events
 
Stitches West– February 18-21 in Santa Clara, CA
 
Contest News & Notes
 
In Episode 81 I reviewed a project bag from Pear & Plum on Etsy. 2 Winners announced on this episode for these beautiful bags!
 
Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio! Once I get to 200 will draw for a winner for a gorgeous skein of yarn from My Colour Wheelhouse!
 
12 Months to Christmas KAL
Ask Me Stuff
This week I answered a question from NittenNurse about my degree and my line of work which was fun to answer.
 
Do you have a question you'd like to ask? Come ask in the thread on Ravelry.
 
On a Happy Note
  • Bathroom reorganization-I moved the bins I use for washing socks under the sink. I also moved our salad spinner into the bathroom since its primary use is for getting extra water out of socks once they've been washed. It's much more convenient this way.
  • I've been very much enjoying hand soap and wool wash soap bars kindly sent to me by Jessica of Soap-a-licious. The wool wash soaps up nicely and its my go to wool wash for socks. It is not currently in the store but check back soon if you're interested.
  • I ordered a project bag from Holland Handmade on Etsy. Erin also has a video podcast on YouTube.
  • I was sick last weekend but seem to have passed this cold quicker than most of my coworkers. 
Pigskin Party KAL
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At the time of this posting there are over 2220 photos in the End Zone Dance Thread! If you need some inspiration or motivation- go look! You won't regret it.
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Jan 29 2016

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Rank #13: 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:

Jul 30 2019

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Rank #14: Episode 156: Birthday Projects

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 156 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes at www.downcellarstudio.com/156   This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles   Amanda’s Birthday Socks

Olaf
  • Pattern: Frozen’s Olaf Amigurumi Doll by ChiWei Ranck (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: leftover white worsted weight yarn from stash
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  Finished Ice Time Hat and Cowl since I last spoke to you. I shared a peek on Instagram to solicit test knitters. Thank you for the overwhelming response! Thank you to Legacy Fiber Artz for the gorgeous yarn! On the Needles   Acrobat Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
  • I am working on a new DK weight triangular shawl design. Nearly done!
  • Yarn: Suburban Stitcher DK in the Predictability colorway!
Brainstorming
  • Planning to knit another of the DK shawls I am knitting now for my BFF
  • Need to check gift bin to see if I have socks to gift.
  • Need to listen back to see if Garret put in a request for his birthday. I think he wants a sweater... that will have to wait for Christmas!
From the Armchair  

Things I'm enjoying online:

  I also did a review of  Stash Fit by Cate Carter Evans 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 March Thread
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019  Pigskin Party   Grand Prize Winners announced. Click here for list of prizes within each of the 10 Grand Prize Packs   Events Check back for updates later in the year   Contest, News & Notes   Check out my Instagram feed if you listen close to the time of recording to enter to win a skein of Neighborhood Fiber Company Studio Worsted in the Rock Creek Colorway and a copy of my Tan House Brook Hat pattern!     On a Happy Note
  • My brother texted me a photo of him wearing his Ice Time Hat when he opened it!
  • Valentine’s Day- not usually a holiday we celebrate. But this year we did and it was so much fun!
  • Hattie’s 1 year photos!
  • Dinner and Movie with my cousin Jenny- The Upside.
  • Daytona 500 Party!
  • Monday off for President’s Day- the perfect SNOW!
  • Tried the Impossible Burger at Not Your Average Joe’s after hearing about it on The Future of Meat episode of Freakonomics Podcast (Episode 367)
  • Millie's birthday sleepover!
Quote of the Week Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. – Viktor Frankl   Bonus Audio from Millie She talks about making slime for the first time. The method she learned was similar to this recipe.     ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Feb 27 2019

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Rank #15: Episode 152: Socks, Socks + More Socks

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 152 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found here.   This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles   Crocheted Garland for AilaMatt's 2018 Christmas Hat
  • Yarn: Berrocco Vintage in the Dungaree Colorway
  • Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) and US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood
Turquoise Stripes Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy
  • Needles: US 1.5  (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
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

Dan's 1st Felici Socks
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the 8 Bit Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- OMG Heel by Megan Williams

Christmas Pops Socks
  • Yarn: Holly Press Fiber Works SHEEPish in the Christmas Pops Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern- Non-Euclidian Heel by Sarah Jordan
KFI Scrappy Socks
  • Yarn:
    • KFI Luxury Indulgence Cashmere in Colors 601 + 602 ( 70% Merino, 25% Nylon, 5% Cashmere goat)- DK
    • Skacel Kenzie- worsted: 50% Wool, 25% Nylon, 10% Alpaca, 10% Angora, 5% Silk
  • Needles: US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG heel by Megan Williams
  • Cast on 48 stitches.

Brainstorming   Crafty Adventures Mom and I (mostly Mom) made a fascinator for a wedding I was attending.     KAL News Slay the Stash 2018
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end (within 3 yards) . Let’s use up those older special skeins that are soooo pretty we don’t want to touch them. Finish up that skein 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.
  • December Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • December Sponsor: Sunsoaked Yarns
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 Rulesbut if you still have questions, come over to the Questions threadand ask. We’re happy to help.
  • Put your Name on the Roster then claim your spot in the End Zone Dance Threadwhere 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.
  • Don't forget about the  December Interception: Craft a Team- sponsored byImagined Landscapes for Sponsoring.
We also have the WIPs Interception running through 2/4.     Life in Focus
  • Tune in to hear my review of my 18 in 2018 project
I also talked about how I do my Year in Review:   Reviewed 2018 by theme: work, personal, podcast/design, finances, health + fitness
  • What am I most proud of?
  • What results did I get?
  • New Skills or Knowledge?
  • Things and People that brought me happiness
  • Top 5 things I'm grateful for
  • Habits + improvements I've incorporated

I will talk more about 2019 Planning in the next episode.

On a Happy Note
  • Met my friends for knitting, chatting and dinner!

  • Aila performed her first piano recital!
  • Wedding fun with friends! We thought we should have been at table 9- 9 Ladies Dancing!
  • Christmas Eve with my cousins!
  • Christmas!
  • My best friend gave me a jewelry hanger from Pottery barn
  Quote of the Week Whence all this hurry to arrive at a state? Are you not already face-to-face with the eternal mystery? Take it easy for a while; just watch the snow falling or the kettle boiling, and not so much hurry. – Alan Watts           ------     Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Dec 28 2018

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Rank #16: Episode 79: Christmas Knitting Galore

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  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Pigskin Party KAL
 
Off the Needles

Chewbacca

Obi Wan (with cape)  - purchased pattern separately from Etsy from Lucy Collins

Puppy Daddy
  • Pattern: Puppy and his Daddy by  Ana Paula Rimoli  from The Big Book of Little Amigurumi
  • Hook: C 2.75mm
  • Yarn: Plymouth encore- brown, leftover from Star Wars crochet & creamy/tan color
  • Big black nose & eyes from 6060 on Etsy!
Grandchild Birthstone Shawl
  • Pattern- my design
  • US 7 (4.5mm) needles
  • Yarn:
    • Oh Loops Platinum Sock- Voyage Colorway- blue
    • Cascade Heritage Silk- White
    • Two Guys Yarn Co- The Standard in Sock base in Summer Solstice Colorway- purple
Scrubbie Dots Dishcloth
  • Pattern: Scrubbie Dots by  Doni Speigle
  • Hook: H
  • Yarn: Lilly Sugar and Cream Yarn
  • I expanded it to make it larger using basic circular crochet increases. Made about 4-5 total this season
Riley Slippers  & Millie's Slippers
  • Pattern: Updated Parkspin Slippers by Joan Janes (free)
  • Needles: US 8
  • Worsted weight yarn held doubled.
Riley's Christmas Mittens & Millie's Christmas Mittens
  • Pattern: Little Waiting for Winter Mittens by Susan B Anderson $4 US
  • Needles: US 6 (Calls for 7s)
  • Riley Yarn: Berrocco Vintage & Plymouth Encore: Added length to the hand based on the drawing I took of Riley's hand
  • Millie Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash (purple) & Lana Gatto Super Soft Pink- Color 5240: Made hand a little longer. Added 4 stitches after thumb gusset. Details in project page on Ravelry
On the Needles
 
Riley's Christmas Doll
  • Pattern (Crochet): by Nicky Blade called NickyBlade Doll Pattern- free Ravelry download
  • C hook (2.75mm)
  • Cascade 220 superwash, cream for skin, gray, blue and a purple.
  • Girl with brown hair- shirt, pants and shoes. simple but really cute. looks like riley's style
Storm Trooper (yes another)
 
Brainstorming
Joy from movie Inside Out crochet pattern by Allison McDonough $5.00 pattern. Wanted to make for Riley- my brother actually suggested but I can't find just the right green for her dress.
 
Also found an eBook of 5 Doc McStuffins character crochet patterns also by Allison McDonough.
 
Bought the yarn on the way home today to start The Force Awakens Hat
 
From the Armchair 
 
Crafty Adventures
I've been sewing iined draw string bag from this tutorial.
 
I highly recommend photo calendars from Picaboo (for yourself or as gifts)
 
Events
  • Vogue Knitting Live– January 15-17, New York City I’m taking a shawl design class on Friday with Susan B Anderson and attending the Market on Saturday.
  • Stitches West– February 18-21 in Santa Clara, CA --Saturday afternoon-podcaster meet-up! Details to come!
 
Contest News & Notes
I announced the winners of Jenn Sheelen Contest from Episode 78.
New contest for this episode: Sock Knitter Profile Bag kindly offered up by One Twisted TreeNews
Becky Kelly from Knit Actually Podcast is hosting Knit Nosh event on January 23, 2016 at 12:30 pm at Samples World Bistro in Longmont, CO. The yarn companies providing yarn for the event are Bijou Basin Ranch, MJ Yarns, Skeindalous , Knerd. Tickets are still available. Details are available on her website.
 
On a Happy Note
  • I will be reviewing the Madelyn Tote bag from Pearl and Plum next month but it's already making me very happy and so I wanted to share! W
  • 2 kids sleepovers in 2 weeks! (including some audio from Riley who is 7 and Millie who is 3)
  • Having a sewing day with my best friend in lieu of Christmas shopping
  • At our friends Christmas Party I offered up some Tittens for the Yankee Swap. It was VERY well received!
  • My co-workers and I ordered under desk exerciser that I heard about on Savvy Girls Podcast and I really like it. 
 
Pigskin Party KAL
Thank you to our Headline Sponsors!
Tune in to hear about the November Prize Winners!
WIPs Interception: runs November 10 – December 25— 8 awesome prizes which I announced in Episode 77
Check out this thread for details and to chat & post your finished objects in this thread to be entered for prizes. This is the only time during this 5 month long KAL that you can finish WIPs earn some points so take advantage!
 
High Fives going on now until Sunday 12/20!
Happy Holidays, Merry merry christmas, happy knitting, talk to you next time!
 
(This episode ends with a little bit of audio of my niece Millie singing. Hope you enjoy it)

Dec 19 2015

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Rank #17: Episode 80: Merry and Bright

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 80 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast.

For full show notes please visit: www.downcellarstudio.com/80

This week's segments included:

  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • Knitting in Passing
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • On a Happy Note
  • Pigskin Party KAL
Off the Needles 

Easy Coasters  (times 2)

  • C hook
  • Worsted/dk scraps

Riley’s Christmas Doll

  • Pattern (Crochet): by Nicky Blade called NickyBlade Doll Pattern- free Ravelry download
  • C hook (2.75mm)
  • Cascade 220 superwash, cream for skin, gray, blue and a purple.
  • Girl with brown hair- shirt, pants and shoes. simple but really cute. looks like riley’s style

The Force Awakens Hat

  • Pattern: The Force Awakens Hat by Hannah L (free)
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Sport & Schachenmayr Extra Fine Merino DK (very light DK) seems lighter than the Sport
  • Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm)

Storm Trooper (#2)

  • Pattern by Lucy Collins from Star Wars Crochet Hook
  • Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash
  • Hook: C
On the Needles
Christmas 2015 Socks
  • Yarn: Marigold Jen- Merry & Bright (purchased at MD Sheep & Wool)
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
Brainstorming

I am working on a hat to match my Tan House Brook shawl design.

From the Armchair

Update on 2015 goals

  • Knit from my well curated stash
    • Started 2015 with 96 skeins in stash. Ended the year with 55! (not including WIPs)
  •  Challenge myself more
    • Took workshop with Susan B Anderson at Vogue Knitting Live 2015
    • Finally did some real colorwork (Baa-ble hat and Force Awakens Hat)
    • I learned a lot of crochet techniques through my adventures in Star Wars toy making
  • Publish at least 2 if not more patterns in 2015.
  • Knit for me (meaning knit at least 10 more things for me and keep the ratio from 2014). In 2015 I knit 18 items for me!

2015 Recap

I listed the number and types of items I made this year. You can find the details on this tab of my Projects Page. I referenced Michelle of Actually Knitting Podcast. In her recent episodes she's done a serials of Knitting Talk Backs about how to make the most of our Ravelry.

2016 goals

More to come on this next episode but I do want to join my local knitting group's "12 months to Christmas KAL" where we make 1 Christmas gift every month of the year to be more ready come Christmas 2016.

On this episode I reviewed Fix-a-Stitch. Check out the videos on the Fix-a-Stitch YouTube Channel to see how this clever tool works.

Want a chance to win a set? Come over to the DCS Ravelry Group and enter by answering the prompt on the Fix-a-Stitch Contest Thread.

Crafty Adventures

Coloring Book and pencils from my brothers kids for Christmas. They gave me these colored pencils which makes the experience more enjoyable!

Knitting in Passing

This week we have some audio from my good friend Devon who is traveling around the world. She met a very unique knitter in Morocco and would like you to meet him! Definitely check out this post!

This massive ball of yarn is not the only interesting knit bit she found in Morocco.
 
Weaving and wool plays a strong rule in traditional Moroccan culture. What she has discovered is far from traditional, but wonderful none the less.
I hope you enjoyed this little visit from Devon!
Events
Contest, News & Notes

Enter for your chance to win a beautiful skein of yarn from Riot of Color by following the prompt on this thread in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group

On a Happy Note

  • I worked the door and throughly enjoyed the kids' Christmas dance recital.
  • Dan helped with ALL THE WRAPPING! Love him!
  • Going to see Mary Poppins with the fam
  • Christmas Eve & Christmas Day with family
  • Highlights of my gifts:
    • Handsewn cosmetic case from my best friend Kris using a Tutorial on Pinterest using a placement.
    • A new coloring book with these pencils (love these pencils much more than the ones I had been using)
    • Plaid scarf from my Mom
    • Sock Knitter Profile kit from Mom! (I also announced the Sock Knitter Profile Bag Contest Winner!)
    • Camera strap with a scarf-like piece! floral print.
  • Stars Hollow print!!!

Pigskin Party KAL

Thank you to our Headline Sponsors!

I announced winners of the WIPs Interception and the December Bingo Winners! December Huddle and Instagram winners will be announced on Episode 81.

Thank you for tuning in!

Dec 30 2015

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Rank #18: Episode 157: Socks, Spots & Spain

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 157 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Ask me Anything
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
Off the Needles   Acrobat Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Acrobat color way
A 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.
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
Sunset Stripes Socks
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Sunset Stripes color way- black + white self patterning, orange, red, yellow and purple.
Brainstorming
  • Travel projects for my upcoming trip to Portugal & Spain.
  • Current plan- 1 pair of socks & 2 skein crochet shawl project for the Dragon Belly shawl by Johanna Lindahl.
  • While in Barcelona & Spain I am planning to buy yarn to bring back (and work on while there as needed)
From the Armchair   The Case Against Adnan Syed on HBO   Crafty Adventures
  • I bought 2 king sheets at Savers. Sewed together. Threw them over my Christmas tree + tied on each side. Stored for the season (yes i know its nearly spring)! Quick and dirty but it works!
In My Travels
  • I shared stories from Farm Fiber Days at Russell’s Garden Center
  • Hung out with Lisa, Anne & Ryan
  • Met up with Monique- host of the Knitting on the Run podcast
  • Got such a positive response to my new Ice Time Hat which was really exciting!
  • Lisa is knitting sample for Lisa Dachinger Wools for use at future events!
  • Judy Sullivan from Clover Works Farm who will knitting up an Ice Time hat sample soon too!
  • I bought two skeins of DK from A Hundred Ravens
  • Two skeins SW merino/yak and silk fingering $18 each from Friends in Fiber
  • Nice chatting with Dianne of Lady Dye Yarns
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 March Post
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
  • February winner announced!
  Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019  Events Check back for updates later in the year   Contest, News & Notes I released 2 new patterns on 3/8/19: Ice Time Hat & Ice Time Cowl Purchase them together before the end of the day on 3/16 and get both for only $5.   

The Ice Time Hat is a 2-color hat worked with mosaic knitting (so you’re never using more than 1 color in any given row). After the brim, you change colors every 2 rounds which I promise will have you saying “just one more round!” after each one. The pattern effect is achieved using slipped stitches and simple 1x1 cables. Perfect for even an adventurous beginner. If you like the hat, be sure to check out the matching Ice Time Cowl.

Check out #icetimehat on Instagram to find other color combinations that testers + knitters have used.

Yarn

  • Main Color used 80 yards / 73 meters | Contrast Color used 65 yards / 60 meters
  • Sample knit in Legacy Fiber Artz DK. Main Color= Vanilla Bean (cream) & Contrast Color= Grey Gardens (gray)

Finished Size

  • Size: 18 in. / 45.75 cm around & 9 in. / 23 cm tall
  • Fits head: 19-21.5 in. / 48.25-54.75 cm around
  • I’ve found it fits nearly every teen and adult I’ve tried it on. If you need a larger hat, you could try going up a needle size and using worsted weight yarn (be sure to check gauge first of course)
  Ice Time Cowl

Yarn

  • Main Color used: 120 yards / 110 meters
  • Contrast Color used: 96 yards / 88 meters
  • Sample knit in Legacy Fiber Artz DK. Main Color= Vanilla Bean (cream). Contrast Color= Grey Gardens (gray)

Finished Size * Size: 20.5 inches / 52 cm around & 12 in. / 30.5 cm tall

  Ask Me Anything Tune in to hear my answers to these questions!   Designs coming up:
  • I am working on a new DK weight triangular shawl design. Nearly done! Yarn: Suburban Stitcher DK in thePredictability colorway! Totally in love with it!
  • Working on a Riley Rose hat idea to coordinate with the cowl and shawl
On a Happy Note
  • Our new couch and recliner were delivered!
  • Garret's 9th Birthday Sleepover
  • ThredUP Goody Box- I got one recently and loved it. If you're interested, please use my referral code.
  • Went to see Gretchen Rubin on her latest Book Tour for Outer Order Inner Calm.
  • Birthday dinner for my friend Megs.
  • I'm still sore from straining muscles in my ribs at Altitude with Millie... and my treadmill died, but I'm finally getting back to the gym and feeling good.
  • Skype with Marta- to do more Barcelona trip prep. Any tips for Porto or Barcelona? Let me know!
Quote of the Week Be steady and well-ordered in your life so that you can be fierce and original in your work. —Gustave Flaubert   ------     Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

Mar 13 2019

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Rank #19: Episode 139: Dancing into Summer Fun

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 139 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/139   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
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: A Simple Homestead, Knits4Comfort & Celestial Sews    Off the Needles Bergere de France Socks
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 - Imprim Beige
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • Pattern OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 283 meters
Blue Stripey Socks
  • Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes: Coastal Stripes
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 273 meters
Scrappy Halloweeny Socks
  • Yarn: Leftovers of black, white, gray, orange, yellow, tan
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • 302 meters
Chevron Baby Blanket
  • Pattern by: Daisy Farm Crafts (blog)
  • Yarn: Sprightly Acrylic Worsted Yarn from Craftsy in Navy, White and Silver Grey
  • Washed and dried the finished blanket in washing machine. It's so squishy soft!
  • 926 meters
Imprim Bleu Socks
  • Yarn: Bergere de France Goomy 50 in the Imprim Bleu colorway
  • Pattern: OMG Heel
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
  • 296 meters
Baby Blue Barley Hat
  • Yarn: Sprightly Acrylic Worsted (Craftsy)
  • Needles: US 6 & US 8
  • Pattern: Barley Hat by Tin Can Knits
  • 59 meters (1/3 of the skein)
Dan's Dress Socks
  • Yarn: Dragonfly Fibers Djinni in the Rocky Top Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Reknit toe after it developed a hole
  • 368.7 meters
Holly Jolly Christmas Socks
  • Yarn: Dancing Dog Dyeworks Twist Sock in the Holly Jolly colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: Fish Lips Kiss Heel
  • 252 meters
3840 meters for Stash Dash as of this recording     On the Needles   Gray-dient Dragon Belly Shawl
  • Yarn: Woolbearer's Gradient Sets purchased at Vogue Knitting Live a couple years ago. 5 mini skeins, 700 yards fingering Put two sets together using 8 of the 10 mini skeins. (140 yards per mini x 8= 1120 yards)
  • Pattern: Dragon Belly Shawl (free crochet pattern)
  • H hook
Poison Ivy Socks
  • Yarn: Twisted Owl Fiber Studio in the Poison Ivy Colorway (red/green variegated)
  • Pattern: Non-Euclidian Heel
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm)
Brainstorming From the Armchair Margaret from Teaching Your Brain to knit came over to the Episode 134 thread to say-- "Thanks for the shout out for the TYBTK podcast. Since we recorded that episode about colorwork I discovered Roxanne Richardson’s video podcast on multiple colorwork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORTtv5Vl6zg It was so informative. If you’re getting good gauge, I wouldn’t change it."   Thanks for sharing, Margaret!!   Knitting in Passing   Man on the train one morning ask- how many things do you make in a year. First time I’ve gotten that one. Funny timing since I’m in productivity mode right now. Maybe that was all over my face. He and the women he was standing with seemed to know I was crocheting but it got her talking about a mutual friend whom she described as a rabid knitter. He didn’t seem to think those terms jived. But I assumed him there were many of us out there. In My Travels
  • I had a fun night visiting a local brewery- Barrel House Z- with my knitting friends a couple weeks ago.
  • I made a trip to the Pints & Purls (Thursday night event) at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA
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.
  • June Post
  • Check the show notes to see if you won in the month of May.
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2018 on Social Media
  • Don't forget you can double dip with Splash Pad Party, Stash Dash or any other KAL you participate in as long as you meet criteria.
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
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
  • Dan and I are taking ballroom dance lessons
  • I've been freshening up our deck where we spend a lot of time in summer- I bought a new rug and a table at a yard sale.
  • Birthday weekend fun included Riley and Millie's dance recitals, lunch with my family and drinks with friends at another friend's surprise party.
  • My friend Claire gifted me some handspun from her sister who is a new spinner
  • I took some photos of my niece Hattie is is now 4 months old
  • Loveable boys- I share stories about my nephew Oisin and our friend's son, EJ!
Quote of the Week "Every man makes his own summer. The season has no character of its own, unless one is a farmer with a professional concern for the weather. Circumstances have not allowed me to make a good summer for myself this year... My summer has been overcast by my own heaviness of spirit. I have not had any adventures, and adventures are what make a summer." -Robertson Davies, "Three Worlds, Three Summers," The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies   ------ Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

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Rank #20: Episode 162: Secret Paths to Stash Dash

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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 162 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week's segments included:  
  • Off the Needles
  • On the Needles
  • Brainstorming
  • From the Armchair
  • Crafty Adventures
  • In my Travels
  • KAL News
  • Events
  • Contest, News & Notes
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week
  Thank you to this episode's sponsors: AdoreKnit, Infinite Twist, and Knitters Brewing Company   Off the Needles   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)
  • Meters: 889
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. 2 skeins
  • Meters: 384
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 (2 skeins)
  • Meters: 884
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
  • Meters: 192
  Stash Dash Total (to date): 2349 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
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)
Bronwyn Shawl (in purple)
  • Pattern: Bronwyn Shawl by Toni Lipsey (free crochet pattern)
  • Yarn: Berroco Ultra Wool in Iris, Heather and Pepper
  • Hook: J (6 mm)
Brainstorming   From the Armchair   Crafty Adventures  
  • I made Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies with Emelyn. Click here for the recipe.
  • We also made more melted crayon art. She used a wooden board, I used a canvas. We both made jellyfish. painted the top with watercolor and/or acrylic paint
In My Travels

Wolfe’s Neck Oceanfront Campground

KAL News   Slay the Stash 2019
  • Each month you can declare a skein of yarn to knit/crochet/weave to its very end (only 3 yards or less can remain). 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 May post 
  • Use and follow #slaythestash2019 on Social Media
Slay the Stash Sponsor List- 2019 Official Rules for 2019    Pro Shop Sponsors Snack Shack Sponsors     Events  
  • 19th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic- June 1 & 2-  Windsor Fairgrounds Rt. 32, Windsor, Maine  June 1 & 2, 2019, 9 am - 4 pm  $5/adult, $8/adult 2 day pass $2/senior adult,  children under  12 are free. (3 hours from me- not sure I'll be going)
  • World Wide Knit in Public Day- Saturday June 8th. Find an event near you!
  • Check out the "Where are Jen & Lisa" Thread in the group to see what events we'll be attending and feel free to note where you're going to find other friends also going!
  •  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
  Contest, News & Notes  
  • Ann Weaver is donating all pattern sale income to ACLU through end of June!
  • I ran a little pop-up contest over Memorial Day weekend on Instagram. Check out #getoutsideandcraft It's SO fun seeing what you were up to! Let’s keep it going all year!
Life in Focus 2019 goals- 10 patterns + Build Muscle  
  • #30x30stopstroke challenge going well. I've exercised 30 minutes a day everyday this month!
  • Design- I've been experimenting with a new shawl shape that was giving me fits. Then I stopped and focused on my goal--10 patterns. Not specific patterns. And I asked myself what if this was easy? That flipped the switch and now I'm swatching a new idea I’m psyched about. Why make it hard?! It's not necessary!
  On a Happy Note
  • 15th anniversary
    • Went out for beer and early dinner after a very long day at work
  • 30x30stopstroke challenge- so far every day in May
  • Lots of good walks.
  • Trader Joe’s flowers. $5.99 last 2 weeks.
Quote of the Week Life is denied by lack of attention, whether it be to cleaning windows or trying to write a masterpiece. —Nadia Boulanger   ------   Thank you for tuning in!   Contact Information:

May 31 2019

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