Down Cellar Studio Podcast
Down Cellar Studio Podcast
BostonJen
A Knitting, Photography and Crafting Podcast
Episode 197: Gifting All Along
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 197  of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Brainstorming Knitting in Passing KAL News Events On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode's sponsors: Prairie Bag Works & Irocknits Stayed tuned to the end for a bit of bonus audio with my niece Riley! Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Holly Cozy Pattern: Ball Band by Jennifer Lassonde (free crochet pattern). Hook: F (3.5 mm) Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up in the Ecru Colorway. Rowan Designer Collection DK Handknit Cotton in Hastings Green & Cherry.  Ravelry Project Page Link Link to Holly Berry Pattern (non-Ravelry link) Lotion Cozy Pattern: Ball Band with a Twist by Jennifer Lassonde (free crochet pattern). Hook: F (3.5 mm) Yarn: Rowan Designer Collection DK Handknit Cotton in Hastings Green & Cherry.  Ravelry Project Page Sweet Stripes Socks Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Sweet Stripes Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Ravelry Project Page Oisin’s Christmas Alien Ravelry Project Page Pattern: none Hook: D (3.25 mm) Yarn: Worsted Weight Acrylic. Christmas is Here! Cookie Pattern: Cookie by Philomena from the Christmas is Here! eBook Hook: D (3.25 mm) Yarn: worsted weight acrylic yarn from stash.  On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Wave of Change Jacket  Pattern: Wave of Change Jacket by Denise Bayron ($9 US knitting pattern) Yarn: Battenkill Fiber Mill Yarn (from Rhinebeck 2019). No label or other details available Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) for body. US 6 (4.0 mm) for ribbing. Size 3, 45” bust because it calls for 2-4 inches of positive ease.  Ravelry Project Page Check out Week 45 Video on my YouTube Channel to see Mom try it on. Rainbow Ripple Bralette Pattern: Ripple Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs ($9 US knitting pattern). Click here for my Ravelry Project Page. Needles: US 2 ( 2.75 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm) Yarn: Spunky Eclectic yarn purchased at MA sheep & wool (I think)  Spinning  Fiber from Wound Up Fiber Arts Base: Corriedale Colorway: Prim I have 2 other similar colorways so I’m spinning all of it and will ply them together for a 3 ply yarn. Riley’s Charcoal Afghan Ravelry Project Page Pattern: none Hooks: US N/P (10.0 mm) to cast on. US M/N (9.0 mm) for body. Signs of the Season Socks Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base in the Signs of the Season Colorway Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Ravelry Project Page Ursa Ravelry Project Page Pattern: Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak Needle: US 11 (8.0 mm) Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky in the Juji Fruit Colorway  Yarn provided to me free for review. Tune in to hear my initial thoughts. Hippo Disco Socks Ravelry Project Page. Yarn: Lemonade Shop Simple Sock. Hippo Disco Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Brainstorming Christmas is Here! Introducing 8 free patterns written by 8 Latin American designers! Check out this link to Christmas is Here Pattern Page on Ravelry. Gingerbread Man, Nutcracker, Elf Doll, Mouse, Bear, Angel, Cat with a Santa hat, Reindeer. Each of them are absolutely adorable! Crochet patterns in Spanish and English Garret asked for a crocheted wig. I’ll be using the Afro Hair Wig by Weiyan Huang as a guide. Ravelry Link to Pattern here. Knitting in Passing Chatting with Riley about knitting on Zoom and seeing how her projects are coming! KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here. Quarter 4: October 1- December 31, 2020: Slay The Stash. Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years (as of the start of 2020) gains you an extra entry. Check out the Ravelry Thread.  Thank you Quarter 4 Sponsors: APLCrafts, AdoreKnit, Jennifer Lassonde Designs- Ravelry Link/LoveCrafts Link Pigskin Party ’20 heck out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Rules– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. Scoreboard List of Pigskin ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance– come celebrate each other’s finished projects (this is not where you enter your FOs for points in the 2020 season. See Rules for details) Check out details for the November Interception here & our newly announced December Mini Skeins/Maximum Spirit Interception hosted by Yumi Yarns. Extra Point Challenge: Give yourself and your team 100 points for each small project (min 25 yards: less than 100 yards) you complete. To be eligible for extra points, a project must be started no earlier than 11/1/20 and completed no later than 12/25/20. Limit 5 projects per player (500 total bonus points). Check out the details on my website or on Ravelry. Events Dramatic Knits Podcast is hosting a KAL October 1-December 31, 2020 where I am the featured designer! Check out this Ravelry Post for details.   BIPOC Make Along: Runs 10/1-12/18  Festive Sock Along with Amy Florence of Stranded Podcast. Stay tuned to her podcast Ravelry Group for details. October 1- December 1, 2020. #Festivesockalong2020  Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for gilmorealong2020. Started 9/22.  Knit All the Yarn Podcast  #stockingstuffersmal2020 Check out the details in the Knit All the Yarn Podcast Ravelry Group. Runs from October 1 – December 31, 2020. No wips. Any craft is welcome! The Indie Giftalong is running! Check out their Ravelry Group.The Indie Design Gift-A-Long is a 5+ week long KAL/CAL of holiday gifts made from patterns designed by a rather extensive list of independent designers. From November 24th, 2020 at 8:00 pm US EST to December 31, 2020 at midnight US EST there will be fun games, contests, and 8 KAL/CALs that will help you get your holiday knitting and crocheting done with companionship and fun! Please use #giftalong2020 and #GAL2020  On a Happy Note My daily Theragun use is making a noticeable difference. I decorated the house for Christmas the weekend before Thanksgiving- except for the tree.  Emelyn came home from school! Hugs! So rare these days. Thanksgiving weekend. Dan and I spent the day together. PJs day (and putting up the tree). I finally put up the photos I had printed on Wood Panels from Walgreens months ago. Impromptu Christmas shopping with Mom! I did some Christmas shopping at Savers. Video coming soon to my YouTube Channel on how I thrift. Put tree in diningroom bc having windows done.  Riley coming for a sleepover! Quote of the Week “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” – G.K. Chesterton Thank you for tuning in! Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Instagram: BostonJen1 YouTube: Down Cellar Studio Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio Music -“Soft Orange Glow” by Josh Woodward. Free download: http://joshwoodward.com/
Nov 29
1 hr 2 min
Episode 196: Stuffies & Celebrations!
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 196 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website. Off the Needles On the Needles Brainstorming Crafty Adventures Knitting in Passing KAL News Events Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knitters Brewing Company, Knit Style Yarns, Knit Wit Yarn Shop Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins A Good Sized Owl Pattern: Owl with Hatching Owlet by Laura Sutcliffe ($2.75 US crochet pattern) Hook: C (2.75 mm) Yarn: leftover acrylic & wool worsted/dk weight yarn Safety eyes from 6060 on Etsy Ravelry Project Page See it in 3D in my Week 44 Video on YouTube.  Baymax Pattern: Baymax Disney Amigurumi by Catherine Johansson (free crochet pattern) Hook: C (2.75 mm) Yarn: worsted weight acrylic yarn from stash Notions: 6 mm safety eyes from 6060 on Etsy+ polyfil Ravelry Project Page Link Cuddle Bunny Mini Pattern: Cuddle Bunny Mini & Pillow by Emmy Faranda ($3 US crochet pattern). Hook: D (3.25 mm) Yarn: worsted weight acrylic yarn from stash. Ravelry Project Page Reindeer Nugget  Pattern: None. Used Antlers (mostly) from Flora the Fawn pattern- Ravelry Link. Etsy Link.  Yarn: Sweitzer Fiber Mill (from Rhinebeck bargain bin): leftovers from my Watayuki pullover.  Safety eyes and nose from 6060 on Etsy Ravelry Project Page Velvety Chemo Cap  Pattern: none Yarn: Bernat Crushed Velvet in the Toasted Plums colorway Hooks: F (3.75 mm) and G (4.25 mm) Ravelry Project Page On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Wave of Change Jacket  Pattern: Wave of Change Jacket by Denise Bayron ($9 US knitting pattern) Yarn: Battenkill Fiber Mill Yarn (from Rhinebeck 2019). No label or other details available Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) for body. US 6 (4.0 mm) for ribbing. Ravelry Project Page Check out Week 45 Video on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel to see Mom try it on. Rainbow Ripple Bralette Pattern: Ripple Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs ($9 US knitting pattern). Click here for my Ravelry Project Page. Needles: US 2 ( 2.75 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm) Yarn: Spunky Eclectic yarn purchased at MA sheep & wool (I think)  Started with Size XS. Ripped out and cast back on for size Small. Christmas with the Gilmores Socks Yarn: Area 51 Fibres in the Christmas with the Gilmores Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Ravelry Project Page Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for gilmorealong2020. Starts 9/22. Sweet Stripes Socks Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Sweet Stripes Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Ravelry Project Page Signs of the Season Socks Yarn: Fibernymph Dye Works Bounce base in the Signs of the Season Colorway Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Ravelry Project Page Brainstorming Thinking about making differently as we enter a safer at home winter season. Tune in to hear my musings about how my interests and choices have changed during the pandemic. I’m going to cast on a bulky weight crochet blanket for my niece, Riley. Do you have a favorite washable, super bulky yarn that’s great for gifts? Crafty Adventures I ordered our Christmas cards from Snapfish. I finally finished a scrappy curtain to hide storage space under my desk in my craft room. See more in my Week 44 Video on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel. I spent time last Saturday on December Daily prep. Went through photos already printed out. Gathered supplies. Paper, photos, page protectors Organized by type- full paper, scraps of paper, embellishments, tools.   Made list of stories I want to tell based on photos already printed. Check out Week 45 Video on my Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel to see more. Knitting in Passing Talking to Riley on video chat about knitting. She finished a cowl she’s been working on. Trying to figure out what her next project will be. KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here.  Quarter 4: October 1- December 31, 2020: Slay The Stash. Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years (as of the start of 2020) gains you an extra entry. Check out the Ravelry Thread.  Thank you Quarter 4 Sponsors: APLCrafts, AdoreKnit, Jennifer Lassonde Designs- Ravelry Link/LoveCrafts Link Pigskin Party ’20 Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Pigskin Party Rules: ’20-21 Season– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. 2020 Pigskin Party KAL (Responses) Pigskin Party ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance– come celebrate each other’s finished projects (this is not where you enter your FOs for points in the 2020 season. See Rules for details) November Interception Sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works: Punt! Sometimes during the game, a team needs to just call it like it is, switch up the direction of play and punt the ball to the other team. We’ve all gotten a lot of practice with punting things in 2020. For the November Interception sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works, we’re going to see what projects you need to punt to make them work for you. This challenge is all about making substitutions from what a pattern calls for as a way of making sure it works for you (your materials, your skill levels, your aesthetic preference etc). Check out this thread in the Ravelry Group or the full details posted on my website. Events I really enjoyed the CraftNOW Symposium on 10/30. Dramatic Knits Podcast is hosting a KAL October 1-December 31, 2020 where I am the featured designer! Check out this Ravelry Post for details.   BIPOC Make Along: Runs 10/1-12/18  The Festive Sock Along with Amy Florence of Stranded Podcast. Stay tuned to her podcast Ravelry Group for details. October 1- December 1, 2020. #Festivesockalong2020  Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for gilmorealong2020. Started 9/22.  Knit All the Yarn Podcast  #stockingstuffersmal2020 Check out the details in the Knit All the Yarn Podcast Ravelry Group. Runs from October 1 – December 31, 2020. No wips. Any craft is welcome! Life in Focus 2 library visits (check off my 20 for 2020 list) I’ve been making more pages in the Project Life App for my 2018 album. I’m up to week 40, so only 12 left to do! Can definitely finish before the end of this year.  On a Happy Note Our 1st snow. A belated Halloween celebration. Mom’s sweater try on. Refinishing my great Aunt Milly’s old desk with my best friend. My new overalls! Exploring new trails that opened up in my town- even when I got lost! Election results. Work for social justice and improvements to the way we treat our planet among other things are still going to require effort so I’ve signed up with Vote Save America to get more information on how to volunteer help out in Georgia’s run off election. Our new backhoe! Quote of the Week “One of the consolations of old age is the intense pleasure I now get from nature. It seems that in youth I was too busy confronting life and experience to stand still and gaze.” – P. D. James Music -"Soft Orange Glow" by Josh Woodward. Free download: http://joshwoodward.com/ Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 YouTube: Down Cellar Studio  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Nov 15
54 min
Episode 195: Videos & Visions
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 195 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes & photos can be found on my website. This week’s segments included: Off the Needles On the Needles Brainstorming From the Armchair Crafty Adventures KAL News Events Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Imagined Landscapes, Invictus Yarns, JDStudios480 Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Cake Party Socks- Take 2 Yarn: Wisdom Yarn Pix in the Cake Party Colorway & Patons Kroy (cuffs, heels, toes) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams. Link to my Ravelry Project Page.  Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Black is the New Orange Socks- Ravelry Project Page Link Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 SW Merino, Nylon Self Striping in the Black is the New Orange Colorway Nanaimo Cardigan (Ravelry Project Page) Pattern: Nanaimo Cardigan (website link) by Tara-Lynn Morrison US 15 (10.0 mm) US 19 (15.0 mm) Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in the Blackstone Colorway- Black with maroons, grays, browns. Trying small. Only 4 sts different in collar than Medium but with Super Bulky that makes a difference. On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Tranquility Scarf Pattern: Laura’s Tranquility Scarf by Journey Chanel Designs ($4 crochet pattern). Ravelry Project Page. Also available on Etsy Hook: I (5.5 mm) Yarn: Malabrigo Rios- Colorway Archangel (2 skeins) Wave of Change Jacket Pattern: Wave of Change Jacket by Denise Bayron ($9 US). Click here for my Ravelry Project Page. Yarn: Battenkill Fibers Yarn Mom purchased at Rhinebeck 2019 (9 skeins in blue)- bulky  Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) & US 8 (5.0 mm) Cozy Classic Raglan  Ripped back this sweater because I didn’t love the fit. It’s not even back on a needles yet but this is progress. Check out my Ravelry Project Page. Watch me talking through this in my Fall 2020: Around Town & Around the House video on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel. Sweater Try-on is around the 10 minute mark.  Rainbow Ripple Bralette Pattern: Ripple Bralette by Jessie Maed Designs ($9 US knitting pattern). Click here for my Ravelry Project Page. Needles: US 2 ( 2.75 mm) & US 4 (3.5 mm) Yarn: Spunky Eclectic yarn purchased at MA sheep & wool (I think)  Gram’s Christmas Socks Yarn: Patons Kroy Stripes in the Sweet Stripes Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Brainstorming I talked about how I’ve set up my shawls in my closet to make sure I wear them all (instead of re-wearing the ones I love most).  From the Armchair Civics 101 Podcast from NH Public Radio & Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  Veep on HBO. Little Drops of Wonderful Vlogtober Videos Crafty Adventures Check out my new autumn video recorded during Rhinebeck weekend. Fall 2020: Around Town & Around the House video on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel. December Daily. Memory Keeping project started by Ali Edwards where you tell 1 story a day each day in December. Won’t be doing a lot of our “normal” holiday things this year- put that time into documenting traditions and highlights of holidays gone by.  I’m thinking of doing Vlogmas this year. What do you think? What do you want to see? KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here.  Quarter 4: October 1- December 31, 2020: Slay The Stash. Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years (as of the start of 2020) gains you an extra entry.Check out the Ravelry Thread.  Thank you Quarter 4 Sponsors: APLCrafts, AdoreKnit, Jennifer Lassonde Designs- Ravelry Link/LoveCrafts Link Pigskin Party ’20 Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Rules– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. Scoreboard List of Pigskin ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance– come celebrate each other’s finished projects (this is not where you enter your FOs for points in the 2020 season. See Rules for details) VTKimmyKim- hosting a Netflix Party movie night on November 7th at 8:00pm EST. Movie= Wine Country. Check out this and other pop-up events in this thread in the Ravelry Group— or host your announce and share it here. November Interception Sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works: Punt! Sometimes during the game, a team needs to just call it like it is, switch up the direction of play and punt the ball to the other team. We’ve all gotten a lot of practice with punting things in 2020. For the November Interception sponsored by Fibernymph Dye Works, we’re going to see what projects you need to punt to make them work for you. This challenge is all about making substitutions from what a pattern calls for as a way of making sure it works for you (your materials, your skill levels, your aesthetic preference etc). Check out this thread in the Ravelry Group or the full details posted on my website. Tune in to hear if you’re a Participation Winner for the month of October. Events Virtual Vogue Knitting Live- November 2020 For those of you who did our Pigskin Virtual Kick off Pre-game Stretch with Mara- just a heads up that Mara will be doing her first ever event with Vogue. Her stretching class for makers will be available as marketplace extra so if you’ve signed up for a class you can join in on this too! Dramatic Knits Podcast is hosting a KAL October 1-December 31, 2020 where I am the featured designer! Check out this Ravelry Post for details.   BIPOC Make Along: Runs 10/1-12/18  The Festive Sock Along with Amy Florence of Stranded Podcast. Stay tuned to her podcast Ravelry Group for details. October 1- December 1, 2020. #Festivesockalong2020  Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for gilmorealong2020. Started 9/22.  Knit All the Yarn Podcast  #stockingstuffersmal2020 Check out the details in the Knit All the Yarn Podcast Ravelry Group. Runs from October 1 – December 31, 2020. No wips. Any craft is welcome! Kino Knits. Dumpster Fire 2020 Ornament(Ravelry Link) KAL. October 24-November 7, 2020. Post on public Instagram with #DumpsterFire2020KAL, and/or show proof of donating to your local food bank (no minimum – every little bit helps!) Life in Focus I had an invigorating chat with about planners and goal setting with my friend Melissa. I talked a little about how I’m doing things these days. Has the pandemic changed the way you plan your days/weeks/months? Want to hear more of my thoughts on planning? Check out my latest YouTube Video: Getting Organized, Setting Goals & Making the Most of 2020. This was a talk I did in January 2020. On a Happy Note I got out to Vote! Hope you will too Spent time with mom working on a memory keeping project for a friend. Looked through old photos and things while I was there.  2 trips to the library lately. Pick up quick visit only- can’t really stay and browse but that’s another thing off my 20 for 2020 list! Foliage! I adore it Getting back into working out after cortisone shot- inflamed sciatic nerve. Not fun. Back to regular massages though fear that will be cut off at some point with Covid numbers going back up in the US. Theragun daily seems to be making a difference in my most sore spots.  Boxing Day Bonus Shawl is being knit up by test knitters. SO excited about some of the color combos they’re using! My fav part. Folks often choose colors/combos I don’t think of. Texting with my niece Eme who is away at college, photos she took for her photography class. Texts from my SIL with my youngest niece Gabriella snuggled in the blanket I crocheted for her.  Cool weather for hand knits.  Happy mail- advent swap package! Check out For the Love of Minnies Group on Ravelry. Thank you Stephanie, not sure if you listen.  Also mailed an homemade yarn advent calendar to Sue of Legacy Fiber arts. She worked so hard on the ones for her shop. Doesn’t remember to keep one for herself. I figured she’s putting SO much joy out into the world, I wanted her to get some back. Had a BLAST working on it. SB supplies, stamping etc.  Quote of the Week “Success is largely the failures you avoid. Health is the injuries you don’t sustain. Wealth is the purchases you don’t make. Happiness is the objects you don’t desire. Peace of mind is the arguments you don’t engage. Avoid the bad to protect the good.” -James Clear Thank you for tuning in! Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 YouTube: Down Cellar Studio Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Oct 31
44 min
Episode 194: Gnomies & Cozies
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 194 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Brainstorming From the Armchair Crafty Adventures Knitting in Passing KAL News Events Contest, News & Notes Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Cookie and Bees, Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Fibernymph Dye Works & AdoreKnit Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Bella Cosa Shawl Pattern: Bella Cosa Shawl (free crochet pattern on Ravelry) by Stitch with Passion Crochet Hook: J 6.0 mm Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK. No colorway listed.    Autumn Garland Acorns: Ravelry Link, Website Pumpkins: Ravelry Link, Website  The September Leaf: Ravelry Link  Oak Leaf: Ravelry Link, Website  Materials: Yarn: DK & Worsted scraps Hook: C (2.75 mm) or D (3.25 mm) Gnoel Gnome Pattern: Gno Fun Like Gnome Fun by Sarah Shira, Imagined Landscapes (Pigskin Pro Shop Sponsor). Ravelry Project Page Link. Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm). Hook: C (2.75 mm) Yarn: leftover worsted & DK weight from stash. Crocheted the body (dusty pink yarn), and stuffed. Knit hat top down as written using a mustard color from Gale’s Art (DK). Stuffed and sewed to body. Knit beard and arms per pattern and sewed on. Gnori Gnome  Pattern: None; crocheted. Improvised Hook: C (2.75mm) Yarn: Leftover DK weight yarn in stash Link to my Ravelry Project Page Pumpkin Jar Cozy  Pattern: Ball Band by Jennifer Lassonde (free crochet pattern)- Ravelry Link or LoveCrafts Link. Hook G (4.25 mm) & F (3.75 mm) Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Up in the Ecru & Orange Colorways Sewed on crochet appliqué I’d already made. Check out the Ravelry Project Page for that FO. Nanaimo Cardigan (Ravelry Project Page) Pattern: Nanaimo Cardigan (website link) by Tara-Lynn Morrison US 15 (10.0 mm) US 19 (15.0 mm) Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick  I saw Arthella from Best Day Ever Crafting Podcast working on hers. She saw it on the Knit State of Mind Podcast (Episode 16) when Wanda recently finished hers.  Declan 1st Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Grey Brown Marl Colorway with Flax for heel Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Christmas with the Gilmores Socks Yarn: Area 51 Fibres in the Christmas with the Gilmores Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Ravelry Project Page #gilmorealong2020   Black is the New Orange Socks- Ravelry Project Page Link Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 SW Merino, Nylon Self Striping in the Black is the New Orange Colorway Nanaimo Cardigan (Ravelry Project Page) Pattern: Nanaimo Cardigan (website link) by Tara-Lynn Morrison US 15 (10.0 mm) US 19 (15.0 mm) Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in the Blackstone Colorway Brainstorming Tara, Arianrod on Ravelry, PMed me about the Continuous Mitered Square Blanket by Kara Gunza. DK weight crochet blanket. Looks like knit mitered squares. Ravelry Pattern Page / Direct website link Scandinavian Gnome by Lizz Jelsma. Crochet pattern available on Ravelry & on MakeItSewCrochet website. Starting kids Christmas toys. I need silver glittery yarn for Oisin’s custom alien. Ideas?  From the Armchair Brenda Dayne– The Cast On Podcast is returning after 5 years!  I met Brenda at Web’s Yarn Store in 2012 which I discussed in Episode 6 of this podcast. You can listen to back episodes of this podcast on The Podcast App– available for Apple + Android. The Home Edit. Netflix & their Master the Mess series on YouTube Obsessed. Crafty Adventures Rubber Stamping & Embossing. Made some gift tags and Christmas cards. They all need some finishing touches and parts are for a surprise gift so I’ll share later in the season but it felt great getting back into a hobby that I started 25 years ago!  Check out my first ever Day in the Life Vlog on my Down Cellar Studio Podcast YouTube Channel   Knitting in Passing I wore my Ninilchik Swoncho to Joann’s. The cashier at Joann asked if I minded sharing where I bought my sweater because she loved it and wanted to buy one. I told her I knit it. She’s just learning to crochet. I told her, she could definitely do this. Just keep learning. Dan got a nice text from his friend for whom I crocheted a baby blanket when their first granddaughter was due this summer. He thanked us again for her blanket saying it’s her favorite. So sweet. KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here. Quarter 4: October 1- December 31, 2020: Slay The Stash. Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years (as of the start of 2020) gains you an extra entry.Check out the Ravelry Thread.  Thank you Quarter 4 Sponsors: APLCrafts, AdoreKnit, Jennifer Lassonde Designs- Ravelry Link/LoveCrafts Link Pigskin Party ’20 Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Rules– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. Scoreboard List of Pigskin ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance– come celebrate each other’s finished projects (this is not where you enter your FOs for points in the 2020 season. See Rules for details) October Interception For this Interception you’re going to blend two (or more) colorways together in one project. You can marl them, use stripes, use one as an accent against a main color. You decide how to pair them up. A 2 color shawl, socks with contrast cuffs/heels/toes, a striped hat. As long as it’s at least 100 yards, it counts for this challenge.  To be eligible to win Complete a project of at least 100 yards that uses the 2 colors. If you want to make multiple small projects, the total must be over 100 yards. Project must have been cast on on/after 10/1/20 and completed by 10/31/20 Post your FO with a description and/or photo that shows how you’re meeting the challenge. 1 entry for your FO (or group of small FOs). Post your FO in the October Interception Thread in the Ravelry Group.  Players not on Ravelry can post on Instagram with #DCSPigskinComeTogether. You may only enter in one place- Ravelry OR Instagram.  1 additional entry in each place if you use one or more colorways from Holly Press Fibers.  Total of 2 entries Max per player (1 for your FO + 1 for using Holly Press Fibers Yarn) Prize: $30 Holly Press Fibers Gift Certificate (note- no additional points will be offered for completing this Interception. You can still enter for points for this project as usual). Pop-Up Events 30 Day Tailgate Talk Challenge Over on Friday! Did you like it? Should we do it another? For points? Or not for points? Kick Off Challenge- 50 pts for each FO you cast on in first 2 weeks of Pigskin Party. Limited time to enter for these points. Check out Details on Ravelry or on my website. Ravelry User VTKimmyKim is hosting a Netflix Party Movie Night on November 7th at 8:00pm EST. Movie TBD. Check out this and other pop-up events in this thread in the Ravelry Group— or host your announce and share it here. Events Tune in to hear about my classes with Virtual Vogue Knitting Live– October 9-11 Virtual Kick off event Thursday evening with Josh Bennett and London Kaye. Lots of fun.  Keynote on Saturday with Jared Flood. Friday, October 9, 2020 Beginning Brioche- Faina Goberstein. Saturday, October 10, 2020 Brioche and Beyond- Olga Jazzy. Sunday, October 11, 2020 Inclusive Size Shawls – Kim McBrian Evans. Operation Sock Drawer Book Launch Zoom Party hosted by the Stockinette Zombies. Jasmin & Gigi of the Knitmore Girls came on and talked about how the book came together and selecting the patterns, and then several of the designers shared more about themselves another designs. Watch the replay on YouTube. Shetland Wool Week. Replays on their Youtube Channel. Asking for donations if you find them valuable. Kino knits. Dumpster Fire 2020 Ornament & KAL along. BIPOC Make Along 2020 Festive sock along with Amy Florence of Stranded Podcast. Stay tuned to her podcast Ravelry Group for details. October 1- December 1  #Festivesockalong2020  Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for gilmorealong2020. Starts 9/22. I bought yarn from Area 51 Fibres. Can’t wait!  Knit All the Yarn Podcast #stockingstuffersmal2020 Check out the details in the Knit All the Yarn Podcast Ravelry Group. Runs from October 1 – December 31, 2020. No wips. Any craft is welcome! Contest, News & Notes Call for Testers-want to knit a sideways fingering weight shawl that calls for 20 calls/ 200g total? Message me! Life in Focus I’ve had a tough couple weeks with pain. Lessons learned: Listen to your body. Adjusting your plans/goals to be kind to the only body you get is absolutely OK. Don’t skip stretching. It’s important! Adjusting my routine can and often is a good thing. Waking up early to walk in the summer because it was light already and would be too hot later was a good idea. Now its dark at 5:45a… Its time to adjust. It shouldn’t take THIS hitting me so hard to get me there, but it sorta did. I’m just getting back to things now but I’m going to start thinking about what my routine looks like. I’ll be active and I do like having a routine. Habits work well for me… but that can look different in different seasons.  On a Happy Note A 2 hour deep tissue massage with my favorite massage therapist. Ordered a Theragun Pro with permission of my Rheumatologist using Flex Spending money. Not sure what a Theragun is- check out this article from CNet.  Home delivery from our local dairy Hornstra Farms! Outdoor get together for Dad’s birthday at my brother’s & watching Riley and Millie in their neighborhood production of Our Little Mermaid. I checked my ballot status- it has been mailed to me! I look forward to submitting it! Go out and Vote! Quote of the Week “Our political leaders will know our priorities only if we tell them, again and again, and if those priorities begin to show up in the polls.” -Peggy Noonan “Not Voting is not a protest. It is a surrender.” -Keith Ellison Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Oct 15
56 min
Episode 193: Socks & Kick Off!
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 193 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes and photos can be found on my website:  This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Brainstorming From the Armchair Knitting in Passing KAL News Events Ask Me Anything On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knit Wit Yarn Shop, Cookie & Bees, agirlandherwool & Sunsoaked Yarns. Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Eme’s Halloween Garland  Acorns: Ravelry Link, Website  Pumpkins: Ravelry Link, Website Owl: Ravelry Link, Website  Oak Leaf: Ravelry Link, Website Teenie Tiny Pumpkin: Ravelry Link, Website Baby Ghost: Ravelry Link  Itty Bitty Bat Amigurumi: Ravelry Link, Website  Fall Oak Leaves: Ravelry Link, Website  Amigurumi Candy Corn: Ravelry Link, YouTube Tutorial Spooky Spider Bro: Ravelry Link, Website Materials: Yarn: DK & Worsted scraps Hook: C (2.75 mm) or D (3.25 mm) On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Bella Cosa Shawl Pattern: Bella Cosa Shawl (free crochet pattern on Ravelry) by Stitch with Passion Crochet Hook: J 6.0 mm Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK. No colorway listed.  Freewheeler Sweater Pattern: Freewheeler by Kristen Finlay (Ravelry Link) $11 AUD (~$8.35 US) Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) Yarn (held double): Holiday Yarns (Badger Black Colorway); CeCe’s Wool Yarn Baby! 1120 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino (Cherries Jubilee Colorway) Black is the New Orange Socks- Ravelry Project Page Link Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 SW Merino, Nylon Self Striping in the Black is the New Orange Colorway Using my handmade Hello Kitty Halloween Project bag.    Scrappy Sparkly Halloween Socks- Ravelry Project Page Link Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Yarn: Some scraps. Some Knitty & Color minis  Declan 1st Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Patons Kroy in the Grey Brown Marl Colorway with Flax for heel Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Vampire Vibes Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Vampires Vibes colorway. Holly Press Fibers Sheepish Sock (heels) Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Fall Garlands Acorns: Ravelry Link, Website (made 2) Pumpkins: Ravelry Link, Website (made 2) The September Leaf: Ravelry Link (made 2) Oak Leaf: Ravelry Link, Website (made 2) Teenie Tiny Pumpkin: Ravelry Link, Website (made 1) Fall Oak Leaves: Ravelry Link, Website (made 1) Materials: Yarn: DK & Worsted scraps Hook: C (2.75 mm) or D (3.25 mm) Brainstorming I’m having a hard time finding a lion crochet toy pattern I like (and that isn’t too large). This Lion Amigurumi is kind of cute. I keep browsing the bundle of patterns from Pigskin ’20 Sponsors. Thank you Zoom Dog Knits for putting this together.   From the Armchair Listener Mary sent this tutorial for joining granny squares. Check out this link to the zigzag slip stitch join tutorial.  I scored two great crafty books at Savers. Spent less than $6 for the pair!  Basic Crochet Stitches: 250 Stitches to Crochet. Edited by Erika Knight. Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book Knitting in Passing I told stories about knitting with my 2 year old niece, Hattie, and her wearing my handknit socks. When she’s big she wants her own knitting and a bag for her knitting. My best friend wants a gnome after seeing mine. Link to my Ravelry Project. A family friend, age 16, asked me for handknit socks. So sweet.  KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here. Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library– check out the Ravelry Thread here .Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and BeesDon’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests & #LessentheLibrary  I will pull Q3 winners in next episode October 1- December 31: Slay the Stash Of course we still want you to slay your stash so we added it to the very end. Use up any skein purchased prior to 2020 all the way down to the last 3 yards. Again, older than 5 years gains you an extra entry. Pigskin Party ’20 Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Rules– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. Scoreboard List of Pigskin ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance Thread on Ravelry.  Use #DCSPigskinEndZoneDance on Instagram September/October Huddle Ravelry Thread. Use #DCSPigskinParty20 on Instagram Mark it Monday Ravelry Thread. Use #DCSPigskinMarkItMonday on Instagram Important Details shared this episode: check out the October Interception on my website or on Ravelry. Events Virtual Vogue Knitting Live– October 9-11 Festive sock along with Amy Florence of Stranded Podcast. Stay tuned to her podcast Ravelry Group for details. October 1- December 1  #Festivesockalong2020  Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for gilmorealong2020. Starts 9/22. I bought yarn from Area 51 Fibres. Can’t wait!  Knit All the Yarn Podcast  #stockingstuffersmal2020 Check out the details in the Knit All the Yarn Podcast Ravelry Group. Ask Me Anything In Episode 192- Timenow13 on Instagram asked about listening to older episode of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. You can download The Podcast App– available for Apple + Android and go all the way back to Episode 1 (like I did this week. WOW!) On a Happy Note A clean house, decorated for fall! We had a small social distant gathering at the house. Oisin, Will, Aila, and Declan were here working in the woods all day. Their parents came in the evening for a beer and some pizza. We had a camp fire and my best friend brought s’mores stuff.  I found another new trail. I’m enjoying watching the leaves falling and seeing our neighbors’ goats out and about. When boys working in the yarn I took my grabber and cleaned up our frontage of so much litter!  Making soups. Currently loving this Asiago Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup.  Fresh garlic from our friend’s garden.  Quote of the Week “Life is a train of moods like a string of beads, and as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue, and each shows only what lies in its focus.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson Thank you for tuning in! Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Sep 30
44 min
Episode 192: Pumpkins & Party Time!
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 192 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes & photos on my website: www.downcellarstudio.com/192  Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Knit Wit Yarn Shop & YumiYarns Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Gno Fun Like Gnome Fun (Ravelry Link) Pattern: Gno Fun Like Gnome Fun by Sarah Schira $7 Canadian knitting pattern Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) Yarn: Body: Gale’s Art Super Star DK (mustard), Hat: Madeline Tosh Tosh Vintage (in a one of a kind blue/green). Beard/skin: Cascade Eco Alpaca, Natural Flat Crocheted Pumpkin: Ravelry Project Page Pattern: Special Holiday Issue of Workbasket Magazine Oct/Nov 1993 Hook: D (3.25 mm) Yarn: Scraps DK   Pumpkin  Pattern: Pumpkin Garland by Eva Polaripop (free crochet pattern). Ravelry Link, Website Link. Hook: C (2.75 mm) Yarn: Leftover DK weight scraps On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Spinning Shetland 4 oz Ravelry Project Page Singles are done. Need to wind off and ply. 3 ply.  Freewheeler Sweater Pattern: Freewheeler by Kristen Finlay (Ravelry Link) $11 AUD (~$8.35 US) Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) Yarn (held double): Holiday Yarns (in a gray colorway); CeCe’s Wool Yarn Baby! 1120 yards fingering weight Superwash Merino in the Cherries Jubilee colorway Saw this sweater on Rose Hip Knits Podcast on YouTube. The host, Hanna, was a test knitter.  Vampire Vibes Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Vampires Vibes colorway. Holly Press Fibers Sheepish Sock (heels) Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Fall Garlands Acorns: Ravelry Link, Website (made 2) Pumpkins: Ravelry Link, Website (made 2) Owl: Ravelry Link, Website (made 1) The September Leaf: Ravelry Link (made 2) Oak Leaf: Ravelry Link, Website (made 2) Teenie Tiny Pumpkin: Ravelry Link, Website (made 1) Baby Ghost: Ravelry Link (made 1) Itty Bitty Bat Amigurumi: Ravelry Link, Website (made 1) Fall Oak Leaves: Ravelry Link, Website (made 1) Materials: Yarn: DK & Worsted scraps Hook: C (2.75 mm) or D (3.25 mm) Plan is to make a garland for my niece Emelyn who just moved away for college; and a set for myself. One might be more Halloween themed and one more fall themed. Black is the New Orange Socks- Ravelry Project Page Link Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Yarn: White Birch Fiber Arts 80/20 SW Merino, Nylon Self Striping in the Black is the New Orange Colorway Using my handmade Hello Kitty Halloween Project bag.  Scrappy Sparkly Halloween Socks- Ravelry Project Page Link Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Yarn: Some scraps. Some Knitty & Color minis  Brainstorming I purchased all of the new Patons Kroy colorways available from Yarnspirations website.  I purchased some fiber. Some from a destash & some from Wound Up Fiber Arts. I purchased some Corriedale. Shawl wearing Thanks to IG user: spincess514, Diana, who mentioned the #shawtember hashtag. I want to knit all the sweaters. Colorwork. DK. Swoncho. Boxy. Browsing Ravelry, IG, Pinterest. Do you have any favorites? From the Armchair Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy Also referenced Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown Nice White Parents podcast series by the New York Times  Little Red Mitten Youtube Podcast with Kerri & Jolyn- makers behind Leo and Roxy yarn and owners of the Little Red Mitten shop. Knitting in Passing Tune in to hear a review of my Virtual Vogue Knitting live classes  1. Legin Innovation Uplifting Crochet Class with LeginKnits. 2. Josh Bennett’s Design Workshop: Building Your Design Identity- highly recommend. 3. Five Crochet Shawls: An Exploration of Shapes and Constructions Cecilia Losada KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here. Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library– check out the Ravelry Thread here. Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and BeesDon’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests you can also add one for the Quarter:#FreetheFavorites #LessentheLibrary #SlaytheStash   Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Rules– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. Scoreboard List of Pigskin ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance– come celebrate each other’s finished projects (this is not where you enter your FOs for points in the 2020 season. See Rules for details) Updates in this episode: This year, everyone is a team to provide you a small group to chat with and get to know. The teams roll up into 3 Conferences. Wendy heads up the Alpaca Football Conference (AFC), Lisa heads up the Sheep Football Conference (SFC) and I’m heading up the Llama Football Conference (LFC). Play around with the Points Tally form to practice. That will be wiped on Friday night 9/18. Participants can enter any pre-game points they’re eligible for starting on Saturday 9/19 (but remember you cannot cast on until 9/25).  Stay tuned for a 30 Day Challenge that will help us get to know each other. Join us for our Virtual Kick Off on 9/25 & 26. Details can be found in the Ravelry Groupand on my website. I will be sending out an email newsletter later this week with key Pigskin reminders and links. I am also creating a PDF printable that lets you plan out your projects if you’re the paper planner type. Not on my email list yet? Sign up now and you’ll automatically have it sent to you 24 hours after you sign up.  It is never too late to join in the Pigskin Party. Fill out the Sign up Form anytime. We’d love to have you. Events Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, ran from May 22- August 22, 2020. Thank you to everyone who posted/commented that you enjoyed challenge between Jasmin and me. Jasmin shared the results on the Knitmore Girls Podcast Episode 593. Results: Jasmin- 18,816 meters. Jen- 28,557 meters Tune in to hear my breakdown by craft and project type. In theory, the loser our of little private competition donates money to charity, but it’s become something we both have committed to regardless of the outcome. This year, with employer matching we were able to give $200 each to Black Lives Matter, the NAACP & ActBlue. If you’ve gotten something out of this challenge, we encourage you to donate to one of these causes or something that speaks to your value. Festive Sock Along with Amy Florence of Stranded Podcast. Stay tuned to her podcast Ravelry Group for details. October 1- December 1 #Festivesockalong2020  Beth MDQuilter (Instagram) and Abigail Covert_Knits (Instagram) teaming up for #gilmorealong2020 on Instagram. Begins on 9/22. I bought yarn from Area 51 Fibres. Can’t wait! Contest, News & Notes The Knitmore Girls’  Operation Sock Drawer book will be published October 20th. Call Hicklebees or check out this link to order a signed copy! I already ordered mine. Ask Me Anything Happyjustknitting asked: With Stash Dash over, do you still have WIPs or are you working on casting new things/spinning? Tune in to hear my answer. Timenow13 on Instagram Megan asks “Hi, I have two questions. I have recently found your podcast and love it, I’ve listened to it backwards to episode 91 on Apple podcast and I would love to listen to the rest but I’m not sure if they are available anywhere? My second question is if you have any tips for being in a transitional knitting place? I have only ever done flat things mostly washcloths and baby blankets, I finally finished my first piece of lace. I want to start doing hats or mittens or maybe ever a sweater but it all seems like a big jump. Any tips?” You can listen to all of my back episodes directly from my podcast host Libsyn. Click on the POD icon next to the episode name to play an episode. This should work well on mobile or desktop. Taking knitting to the next step- my best advice is “Go where your interest lies.” After scarves I went to hats. I started top down with the Hill Country Hat (Ravelry Link)  by Clara Parkes, which isn’t typical but I thought that would be easy to measure. The great thing w/ hats is they don’t take long and it will fit SOMEONE. Other easy patterns I tried: Neighborly- Ravelry Link (kid’s vest) by Jennifer Casa (Free) & 5-hour baby sweater (cardigan)- Ravelry Link by Courtney Filner (free) I also recommend Tin Can Knits Simple Collection- Ravelry Link. On a Happy Note Starbucks Cold Brew with Dark Cocoa Almondmilk Foam Found a new longer trail local nature preserve! Big upgrade at work has gone well and more importantly- its mostly behind us! Dan bought me a Li’l Sebastian Mug (which he purchased online as we binged Season 7 of Parks and Recreation) Great to see my cousin Gayle who came down for a visit! Fridge and freezer broke (not so happy) but with a recommendation on a local repair shop, it was fixed the same day we called! Cool enough weather to wear handknits- I wore to my Soldotna for visit to Staci’s Stitches.  Quote of the Week Humor is the antidote to overthinking. It’s a way of saying that life is paradoxical. Humor contains contradictions; it does not resolve them but revels in them. It says that the right way to exist among the contradictions, paradoxes, and absurdities of life is to cope with them through laughter. — Bob Mankoff Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Sep 15
1 hr 4 min
Episode 191: Slowing Down
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 191 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. For full show notes with photos please check out my website. This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbin Brainstorming From the Armchair Knitting in Passing KAL News Events Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsor: Knit Wit Yarn Shop Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Cedar River Blanket (Ravelry Link) Pattern Cedar River Blanket by Kat Goldin (free crochet pattern) Non-Ravelry Link Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in White, Light Gray, Yellow, Dark Charcoal & Black Hook: I (5.5 mm) Simple border- light gray, yellow, black.  16 squares total- 780g. 1602 yards/1464 meters Hibernate Blanket (Ravelry Link) Pattern: Hibernate Blanket by Yarnspirations Design Studio (free crochet pattern), Non-Ravelry Link Hook: L (8.0 mm) Yarn: Paton’s Kroy in the Camo Colorway held double with Bernat Softee Chunky Stash Dash: 1658 meters. Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl (Ravelry Link) Yarn: Queensland Collection Perth in the Alice Springs Colorway Pattern: Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl by Michelle Ferguson (crochet pattern $5) Etsy Link Hook: G (4.25 mm) 736.0 meters / 804.9 yards. 184 grams Winnie Sanderson Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Legacy Fiber Artz Steel Toes in the Winnie Sanderson Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Micro Sock kits. Very affordable. 50g MC. 20g mini.  $21  236 meters Cake Party Socks #2 (Ravelry Link) Yarn: Wisdom Yarn Pix in the Cake Party Colorway + Patons Kroy for contrasting cuffs, heels and toes.  Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Finished 1 sock. 151 meters Rainbow Growler Cozy (Ravelry Link) Growler Cozy in Blues (Ravelry Link) Yarn: Lion Brand Re-up Hooks: J, K & L (6mm, 6.5 mm and 8 mm) Pattern: my own design. Not yet released 160 meters each. Yarn held doubled throughout. For the Rainbow one, I held black doubled for bottom, then switched to pink/cream, purple/cream up through the rainbow. Curves a bit around the front and has an open spot with ties you can tie around the handle on the back.  Grass & Sky 32oz Jar Cozy (Ravelry Link) Sunflower Rib 32oz Jar Cozy (Ravelry Link) Yarn: Lion Brand Re-up Hooks: J, K & L (6mm, 6.5 mm and 8 mm) Pattern: my own design. Not yet released 139 meters total for these 2  EmPower People Cowl 1 & 2 Ravelry Project Page for Cowl 1 + Cowl 2 Pattern: emPower People (non-Ravelry link) by Laverne Benton (free crochet pattern) Hook: H (5.0 mm) Yarn: Woolbearers Gradient Sets. 5 colors, I used 3. Held double with each other, and some with a Knitters Brewing Co Sockaholic II Caribbean Hues Yarn Ravelry Handspun Page Fiber: Merino from Beesy Bee Fibers in the Caribbean Hues Colorway 5 colors of blues and greens. 3 ply yarn. 173 meters for 4 oz.  Stash Dash- 692 meters Recently heard on the Knit Boop Podcast that Yu Ra saves random singles and plies together into a scrappy skein when she has a bunch. Totally doing that with my leftovers. Brainstorming Come share your best tips for patterns that work well for knitting or crocheting with handspun. Click here for a link to a thread in our Ravelry Group. Or email me with suggestions!  I will be working from home through June 2021. Thinking about a shawl rotation & also what new shawls & sweaters I want to add to my wardrobe. I think the Dathan Pullover (Ravelry Link) by Kate Davies could be a good way to add to my wardrobe and use handspun. Link to purchase a kit. From the Armchair Knit State of Mind (YouTube) with Wanda and Heather  Thread to Mend Podcast (YouTube) with Taylor Owen. Bella’s Custom Crochets (YouTube). Check out her crochet designs on her website- Bella’s Custom Crochets Floss Toss (YouTube) with Rachel & Sue. Rachel is also the host of the Treehouse Knits Podcast (YouTube). Sue co-hosts Legacy Fiber Artz Podcast (YouTube) with her daughter Chelsea. Knitting in Passing Eme texting me while packing for school. Aila asked for mini versions of her stuffies for Christmas.  Millie asked for a “good sized owl” for Christmas and a horse for her birthday.  My cousin Joe reached out after he saw the llama I made for Eme and asked for a Lion for his new daughter, Victoria.  I started teaching my niece Aila to spin. Did some crochet talk with my friend Cheri.  Hattie (2 1/2) has been asking to knit with me. My sister-in-law texted me to say my nephew Garret’s “only Nana blanket” needs repair.  KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here.  Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library– check out the Ravelry Thread here. Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and BeesDon’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests you can also add one for the Quarter:#FreetheFavorites #LessentheLibrary #SlaytheStash Pigskin Party ’20 Check out all of the details you need to know either in the Start Here Thread  on Ravelry or on my website.  Important Links: Rules– see what’s new and exciting this year.  Sign up Form– get your name on the Roster! Points Tally Form– earned some points? Get credit! Support Request Form– mixed up something when entering points. Let us know. Scoreboard List of Pigskin ‘20 Sponsors Pro Shop Sponsors Exclusive Items Coupon Codes Prize Thread Questions Thread End Zone Dance– come celebrate each other’s finished projects (this is not where you enter your FOs for points in the 2020 season. See Rules for details) Important Updates in this Episode: Save the date for our Virtual Events Friday 9/25 & Saturday 9/26. Events Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, runs May 22- August 22, 2020. Check out the Chat Thread & the Rules in the Knit Girllls Podcast group Virtual Vogue Knitting Live in September Life in Focus I checked a few more things off my 20 in 2020 List Go to MFA- replaced with day trip De Cordova Sculpture Park Car detailed. Riley and Millie  Take a Yoga Class- Yoga for Tension Relief On a Happy Note Vacation. Ice cream with Dan at local dairy.  Cooler nights which are great for sleeping.  Went out on friends boat. Lobstering.  I got to test drive our new tractor. Beach day followed by my grandmother’s 86th birthday dinner. She loved her shawl. My sister-in-law texted me photos of my new niece in her romper and blanket. So thoughtful!  I voted in the MA primary. Check out the Vote Save America website to learn more.  Quieter weekends! The Office Ladies podcast. Quote of the Week If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit. -BANKSY Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Aug 30
52 min
Episode 190: Party On!
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 190 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Check out full show notes with photos on my website. This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Brainstorming From the Armchair KAL News Events Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: APL Crafts & Knit Wit Yarn Shop Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Solid Granny Square Scrap Blanket (Ravelry Link) Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn Pattern: Solid Granny Square by Lullaby Melodia (free crochet pattern) Hook: D (3.25 mm) Finished blanket 466g. 2 skeins of Lion Brand Sock Ease. Rest was scraps.  1,777 meters for Stash Dash Summer Camp Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Summer Camp Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 66g total= 262 meters for Stash Dash Lucy the (Almost) No Sew Llama (Ravelry Link) Pattern: Lucy the (Almost) No Sew Llama by Crystal Mihaylo Pickrel ($6 crochet pattern) Etsy Link Hook: F (3.75 mm) Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable (White) & Bernat Pipsqueak in Whitey White Scarf: Spunky Eclectic Rainbow Fingering + Solid Red sock yarn scraps 88 meters- white  49 meters- fluffy = 137 meters used for llama 33 meters of yarn used for scarf Stash Dash total for project: 174 meters Sally Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Sally Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Second sock knit as part of Natalie of Knitty Natty Podcast’s Sock Week 2020  238 meters  Spinning Tequila Sunrise Cheviot (Ravelry Link) by Blueberry Chick Yarn (Non-Ravelry Link)  Fiber: 4oz Cheviot Spun on my Kromski Minstrel Spinning Wheel Spun Z twist (Clockwise), plied S twist (counter-clockwise) 3 ply yarn July 11- August 4th. Didn’t spin every day 550 yards (light fingering/heavy lace)? Stash Dash Meters 2011 Spinning Beesy Bee Gelato (Ravelry Link) Fiber: 4oz  Beesy Bee Fibers– 85% Merino, 15% Recycled Sari Silk (Non-Ravelry Link) First Merino spin. Very slippery. Trying not to go too thin.  201 meters of a 3 ply (worsted/heavy DK) Stash Dash total: 804 meters On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Cedar River Blanket (Ravelry Link) Pattern Cedar River Blanket by Kat Goldin (free crochet pattern) Non-Ravelry Link Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in White, Light Gray, Yellow, Dark Charcoal & Black Hook: I (5.5 mm) C2C crochet squares that you seam together so that the diagonal stripes when pieced together form diamonds. I am making the small throw size (16 squares). Mattress stitched together instead of dc2tog because I liked the look. Hibernate Blanket (Ravelry Link) Pattern: Hibernate Blanket by Yarnspirations Design Studio (free crochet pattern), Non-Ravelry Link Hook: L (8.0 mm) Yarn: Paton’s Kroy in the Camo Colorway held double with Bernat Softee Chunky Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl (Ravelry Link) Yarn: Queensland Collection Perth in the Alice Springs Colorway Pattern: Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl by Michelle Ferguson (crochet pattern $5) Etsy Link Hook: G (4.25 mm) Winnie Sanderson Socks (Ravelry Link) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Legacy Fiber Artz Steel Toes in the Winnie Sanderson Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Micro Sock kits. Very affordable. 50g MC. 20g mini.  Brainstorming All the design projects!  Knit Picks Felici socks Stalking wide scarves that almost look a vest with big deep pockets at the bottom.  Cozy Fireside Wrap by Kristen Caldwell- crochet pattern. Ravelry Link. Direct Website link. From the Armchair Vogue Knitting Live Virtual Class: How to Use Handspun for Knitting with Heavenly Blesser KAL News Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here. Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library– check out the Ravelry Thread here. Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and Bees Don’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests & #LessentheLibrary Splash Pad Party – Tune in to hear if you’re a winner! Pigskin Party Do you want to sponsor? Check out this page on my website and fill out the Google Form. Check out the Updated Rules before you sign up. This year all FOs will be entered on the Points Tally Form. We’ll still have an End Zone Dance Thread for commenting and celebrating. Where can you find all the key details and links you want/need? The Pigskin Party Page on my website and the Start Here Thread in Ravelry, I will post in Instagram Stories any pertinent updates and save them to a Pigskin ’20 Highlights on my main page We’ll kick off with Virtual Events 9/25 & 9/26 similar to what we did for the Splash Pad Party kick off. Details to follow List of Sponsors (to date: This list will be updated) For links & more details click here. Pro Shop Sponsor Snack Shack 2 Guys Yarn Company A Hundred Ravens AdoreKnit Anne Beady Designs agirlandherwool Holly Press Fibers Cookie & Bees Kino Knits Designs of Acadia  knidhiknits Fair Winds Farm Knit/Wit Designs Fibernymph Dye Works Legacy Fiber Artz Imagined Landscapes Designs Lilliput Yarn IrocKnits Designs Love in Stitches  JDStudios480 Samantha Guerin Design Jennifer Lassonde Designs Shanalines Designs Knit Style Yarns  Spargur Yarn Co Knitters Brewing Company Tamy Gore KnitWit Yarn Shop The Crazy Sock Lady Designs Prairie Bag Works Yumi Yarns Designs Rising Tide Fiber Co   Sunsoaked Yarns   Events Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, runs May 22- August 22, 2020. Check out the Chat Thread & the Rules in the Knit Girllls Podcast group Life in Focus Really liking this Shampoo bar from Free Reign Organics on Etsy Updated on my 20 for 2020 list Finished up So You Want to Talk About Race by by Ijeoma Oluo via Hoopla in conjunction with my local library system. Empower People 2020 Project On a Happy Note Visit to Stellwagen Beer Company. We have a new niece- Gabriella Grace! Foraging for wild blueberries with Mom Video chat with Millie on Facetime using funny filters Dropped off an entire car load of donations to Savers.  Millie’s softball game & Oisin’s baseball game. Tropical storm blew through and we didn’t lose power!  Met up with Lisa to plan out this year of the Pigskin Party!  Kayaking Aila’s voice recital on a Family Zoom Quote of the Week Olympic gold medalist Wilma Rudolph  “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.” Thank you for tuning in! Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Aug 15
57 min
Episode 189: Stockings, Skirts & Spinning in Summer
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 189 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes with photos can be found on my website. Click here.  This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Brainstorming From the Armchair Crafty Adventures Knitting in Passing KAL News Events Contest, News & Notes Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Holly Press Fibers  Many links below are links to Ravelry, but where other links were available I have noted that specifically.  Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Teddy’s Christmas Stocking Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stocking by Family Circle Magazine (Non Ravelry Link) Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted in Red, White and Everglade Heather Hook: F (3.75 mm) A very special thank you to listener- Annette- Readorknit on Ravelry who sent me her copy of Family Circle 1977 that contains this pattern! Stash Dash total: 460 meters Altered Denim Skirt Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime in the Gulf Colorway  Hook: B & C Hooks Pattern: None Yarn: One Twisted Tree Prime base in the Gulf colorway  Yarn leftover from Riley Rose shawl sample- Caribbean blue waters. Bought the skirt at Savers & thought it would be perfect to jazz up with some crochet trim.  10g used for bottom trim and pockets. Belt- C hook. 18g used 117 meters Stash Dash Cake Party Christmas Socks Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams Yarn: Wisdom Yarn Pix in the Cake Party Colorway + Patons Kroy in Red for heels, cuffs & toes Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Finished socks used 72g total: 44g of the main and 28g contrast color, so I have enough to make another pair.  Stash Dash Total: 271 meters To Knit or to Hike Socks Pattern: OMG Heel Socks by Megan Williams Yarn: Holly Press Fibers Sheepish Sock in the To Knit or To Hike Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Finished socks are 64g. Stash Dash: 270 meters.  Summer 2020 Wash Cloths Round 2 Pattern: Solid Granny Square by Lullaby Melodia (Non- Ravelry Link) Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream  Hook: J (6.0 mm) 70 granny squares (4 rounds each). I also did one large hexi, 1 large circle and 2 small circle cloths for make up removal  Stash Dash: 1518 meters Spinning 3 ply- 2 Corriedale, 1 BFL 24 grams 67 meters Stash Dash total: 268 meters. Beesy Bee Fibers- Cream Corriedale Total 2 ply 210g  1,258 meters Stash Dash Total= 3774 Beesy Fibers 4oz Natural BFL Total 2 ply: 98 grams 431 meters Stash Dash Meters: 1,293 This episode’s Stash Dash Total: 18,881 meters On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl Yarn: Queensland Collection Perth in the Alice Springs Colorway Pattern: Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl by Michelle Ferguson (crochet pattern $5) Hook: G (4.25 mm) Solid Granny Square Scrap Blanket Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn + 2 skeins of Lion Brand Sock Ease marshmallow  Pattern: Solid Granny Square by Lullaby Melodia (free crochet pattern) Hook: D (3.25 mm) 3 rounds per square Summer Camp Socks Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Summer Camp Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Cedar River Blanket Pattern Cedar River Blanket by Kat Goldin (free crochet pattern) Non Ravelry Link Yarn: Loops & Threads Impeccable in White, Light Gray, Yellow, Dark Charcoal & Black Hook: I (5.5 mm) Spinning  Blueberry Chick Yarn – 4oz Cheviot in the Splash Pad Party Exclusive – Tequila Sunrise  Brainstorming Purchased yarn from Legacy Fiber Artz– Winnie Sanderson-Mini Sock Skein Set I ordered a bunch of new Knit Picks Felici colorways! From the Armchair Check out the Knitting with Knitboop hosted by Ya Ru on YouTube PodcastYa Ru is also the host of the Quiet Queers Craftalong, for which I’m a sponsor.  Crafty Adventures/ Knitting in Passing I finished my Photo album for January- June 2018. I made my pages in the Project Life App and am printing through Picaboo. I order the 12×2 Lay Flat books. They’re pricy but the quality is beautiful.  Riley told me she’d like to make a cushion for a little nook in her room so I started teaching her crochet. Garret, 10, took a bit of interest in my wheel and specifically the Tequila Sunrise colorway. While Garret petted the wool, Riley dug out old Picaboo calendars that have collages of photos of the family and made pages for her own scrapbook.   KAL News   Quarterly Quests! Get all of the details here.  Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library– check out the Ravelry Thread here. Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and Bees Don’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests you can also add one for the Quarter: #LessentheLibrary Splash Pad Party – Check out the Start Here Thread for Details & Links to everything you need Pro Shop Sponsors: 2 Guys Yarn Company Adoreknit agirlandherwool BedeSisters & Blueberry Chick Yarn Fibernymph Dye Works Jennifer Lassonde Designs Prairie Bag Works Rising Tide Fiber Co Sunsoaked Yarns Yumi Yarns Designs Snack Shack Sponsors Anne Beady Designs Apple Fiber Studio Cookie and Bees Fair Winds Farm Irocknits Designs Keegan Lane Designs Kino Knits Knitters Brewing Company Legacy Fiber Artz NähSt Design Pearl and Plum Progress Keepers by Meliabella The Sensible Stitcher Pigskin Party still going ahead as scheduled even if the NFL Football season is altered or canceled. I moved the start date to 9/25/20. We will kick off with virtual events on 9/25 & 26. More details to follow! I am still looking for sponsors. Do you want to sponsor? Check out this page on my website and fill out the Google Form. Already signed up? Check your email for a confirmation email from me. Pro Shop Sponsors are given the opportunity to sell exclusive items before & during the KAL. This is the paid option ($60 for Pigskin Party). There are a max of 20 spots per KAL. I believe I have 9 left at this time so please fill out form soon if interested.  Interception Sponsors (Pigskin Party ONLY) host a challenge within the Pigskin Party ($25). There are a max of 5 spots.- 3 already filled.  Snack Shack Sponsors will donate prizes but will not be sell KAL Exclusive products. This is free option and there are unlimited spots. Events Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, runs May 22- August 22, 2020. Check out the Chat Thread & the Rules in the Knit Girllls Podcast group. Contest, News & Notes Check out this YouTube video on how to more easily Download Ravelry Library. Thank you to ladies of Tipsy Knits Podcast for mentioning it. Just a reminder that my patterns are available both on on Ravelry and LoveCrafts.  Life in Focus I reviewed my progress on my 20 for 2020 list. Tip- can’t get to your local museums? See if they have an email newsletter to keep you posted on virtual events. Plastic Free July- I admitted I’m not quite as committed as last year. Need tips? Check out this Article on How to Reduce Plastic on a Budget Social Justice Learning/Work Updates Check out my cousin’s husband, Trey Ellis’, Interview with John Lewis I attended (Virtually) the Monumental Change: Addressing the Legacies of Systemic Racism in Public Art Presented by BU Arts Initiative and WBUR The ARTery at Online/Virtual Space. It is available to watch now on YouTube I’m working on the Me & White Supremacy Workbook by Layla F. Saad & listening to So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo via Hoopla in conjunction with my local library system. Learning so much!  Great resource for becoming anti-racist and supporting Black Lives Matter causes On a Happy Note Love me Stand in the Gap tumbler. Collaboration between GGMadeIt & Magpie Fibers (Gaye Gillespie).The proceeds go to The Conscious Kid who This focuses on bringing Anti-Racism into the schools. I completed a huge studio clean out.  Kayaking with Megg, Oisin and Hattie.  Will’s track meet.  Zoom morning workouts are still going well.  We enjoyed celebrating our nephew Will’s 13th birthday  Quote of the Week “When you lose track of time, you are either living your best life or wasting it.” James Clear Thank you for tuning in! Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Jul 31
53 min
Episode 188: Home Sweet Home
Thank you for tuning in to Episode 188 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes can be found at www.downcellarstudio.com/188 This week’s segments included: Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Brainstorming From the Armchair Knitting in Passing In my Travels KAL News Events Contest, News & Notes Life in Focus On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Note- most links below link to Ravelry pages. If Ravelry is not accessible to you right now, please email me at downcellarstudio at gmail.com and I’m happy to find you another accessible link or share more information Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Quarantine Socks Yarn: Berroco Sox in Colorway 1415 Portsoy (self striping grays and blues) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 10.5 inch leg and foot. Just a little more than 3/4 of the skein.  305 meters Blue Raspberry Matchy Socks Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks in the Blue Raspberry Colorway  Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) 259 meters  Chevron Scrap Blanket Pattern: Chevron Scrap Blanket by Maria’s Blue Crayon Yarn: Various acrylic worsted weight yarn from stash Hook: J (6.0 mm) Great stash buster. I used 16g to make one stripe of 7 rows. 10g to make a corner Total: 1028 meters  Donner Pattern: Donner by Elizabeth Doherty Yarn: Ellyn Cooper’s Yarn Sonnets Jenny Needles: Body US 3 (3.25 mm). Ribbing US 1.5 (2.5 mm)  Ripped back to make it shorter so I’ll wear it more. 716 Meters  Abington Mitts Designing mitts- to coordinate with Abington Hat (part of Point Counterpoint Vol 5) Yarn: Goosey Fibers Squish DK. Pepper Spray First. More details to follow 139 meters. Stash Dash Total to date: 10,910 meters- goal is 20k! On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl Yarn: Queensland Collection Perth in the Alice Springs Colorway Pattern: Sweet Tea Triangle Shawl by Michelle Ferguson (crochet pattern $5) Hook: G (4.25 mm) Solid Granny Square Scrap Blanket Yarn: leftover fingering weight yarn Pattern: Solid Granny Square by Lullaby Melodia (free crochet pattern) Hook: D (3.25 mm) 3 rounds per square. Summer Camp Socks Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Summer Camp Colorway Needles; US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Spinning: 8oz of Corriedale. Ready To ply with 4 oz of BFL. Dan helped me out making a DIY bobbin winder with a drill with help from a blog post from Oak Blue Designs. Blueberry Chick Yarn – 4oz Cheviot in Splash Pad Party Exclusive – Tequila Sunrise  Brainstorming PRIDE Socks by Matt Akers Ebook Cedar River Blanket by Kat Goldin (free crochet pattern) From the Armchair Best Day Ever Crafting Podcast: check them out on YouTube & Ravelry Group Earthtones Girl: YouTube & Ravelry Group Knitting In Passing  I shared stories about Riley and Millie using my spinning wheel for the first time and about Hattie’s first time asking to knit with me (at age 2 1/2) In My Travels  Dan and I were lucky to get to spend a little over 2 weeks at my cousin’s lake house in New Hampshire. We did a lot of kayaking including a trip to the nearby Saco river with my family. I talked about how I take my good habits with me on vacation and some of the highlights of our trip. KAL News Quarterly Quests! Tune in to hear if you’ve won a Quarter 2 Prize! Quarter 3: July 1- September 30 – Lessen the Library– check out the Ravelry Thread here. Quarter 3 Sponsors: Sunsoaked Yarns, Apple Fiber Studio, Cookie and Bees Don’t forget to post on Instagram #QuarterlyQuests #LessentheLibrary Splash Pad Party Check out the Start Here Thread for Details & Links to everything you need Pro Shop Sponsors: 2 Guys Yarn Company Adoreknit agirlandherwool BedeSisters & Blueberry Chick Yarn Fibernymph Dye Works Jennifer Lassonde Designs Prairie Bag Works Rising Tide Fiber Co Sunsoaked Yarns Yumi Yarns Designs Snack Shack Sponsors Anne Beady Designs Apple Fiber Studio Cookie and Bees Fair Winds Farm Irocknits Designs Keegan Lane Designs Kino Knits Knitters Brewing Company Legacy Fiber Artz NähSt Design Pearl and Plum Progress Keepers by Meliabella The Sensible Stitcher Tune in to hear if you won a participation prize! Pigskin Party ’20 Because inquiring minds want to know- YES, the Pigskin Party still going ahead as scheduled even if the NFL Football season is altered or canceled. We’ve been good at Virtual parties for years. This will be our 7th annual Pigskin Party. I hope you’ll consider joining us. Official dates: September 10, 2020 through February 8, 2021. Do you want to sponsor? Check out this page on my website and fill out the Google Form. Already signed up? I’ll reach out soon to confirm your details.  Events Stash Dash, hosted by the Knit Girllls, runs May 22- August 22, 2020. Check out the Chat Thread & the Rules in the Knit Girllls Podcast group Tour de Fleece: Saturday June 27 to Sunday July 19  Contest, News & Notes I am extremely disappointed in the Ravelry response to recent user issues with their new redesign. I sell my patterns on Ravelry but want them to be accessible to everyone so you can now find my self-published patterns on LoveCrafts. Life in Focus This week’s segment focuses on #PlasticfreeJuly: I talked about what I kept from last year, how I’m giving myself grace this year during the pandemic and I give some product recommendations. Plastic Free Product Recommendations Bamboo Toothbrushes. Lena Menstrual Cup  supplemented with a couple organic lines & tampons Compostable plates & bowls & silverware for big gatherings (not that we’ve had any in 2020) TruEarth laundry strips Still working through Shampoo bars Toothpaste options. Best so far- Lush Toothpaste Tabs (out of stock online) Come chat in the #PlasticFreeJuly Thread in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group!  On a Happy Note Kayaking with my cousin Jamie. Oisín’s baseball game.  Seeing the doe and two fawns who frequent our backyard.  Seeing a bald eagle at the lake! Hamilton on Disney Plus (yes, I’m late to the game) Walgreens Wood Panel prints that I ordered for my guest room of the nieces and nephews’ sleepover photos. Zoom workouts with my bff.  Going to the Lake and also returning home. Quote of the Week It’s not about time, it’s about choices. How are you spending your choices. -Beverly Adamo Thank you for tuning in! Contact Information: Ravelry: BostonJen & Down Cellar Studio Podcast Ravelry Group Twitter: Instagram: BostonJen1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/downcellarstudio Sign up for my email newsletter to get the latest on everything happening in the Down Cellar Studio!
Jul 15
55 min
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