44 minutes | Mar 15, 2021

Episode 204: Birthday Projects, Sweater Revisited & Knit-a-thon Excitement

Thank you for tuning in to Episode 204 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes including 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 KAL News Events Contest, News & Notes Ask Me Anything On a Happy Note Quote of the Week Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins Fifties Stripes Socks Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Yarn: Patrons Kroy Stripes in the Fifities Stripes Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Ravelry Project Page Cozy Classic Raglan (finished for 2nd time) Pattern: Cozy Classic Raglan by Jessie Maed Designs Needles: US 3 for Ribbing. US 7 for body Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft DK in color 547 Sunny Ravelry Project Page Size Medium- finished circumference- 40 inches. Original length from underarm to bottom hem was 14.5 inches. Ripped back to 9 inches from underarm to hem. Check out my Happy Dance Video wearing this newly finished sweater here. Juju Fruit Headband (#2) Yarn: Kraemer Yarns Mauch Chunky in the Juju Fruit Colorway Needles: US 8 (5.0 mm) Pattern: new design. Release TBD. Ravelry Project Page Yadi the Frenchie Pattern: Frenchie & Puggie by Maria Drozd (Blackbird Patterns on Etsy) Yarn: Black & White Worsted Weight acrylic from stash Hook: C (2.75 mm) Eyes: 7 mm safety eyes. 12 mm safety nose Ravelry Project Page Garret loved it! Check out this cute video on Instagram.  Laura’s 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) On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins 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) Ravelry Project Page Laura’s Cameo Socks Yarn: Patons Kroy FX Yarn in the Cameo Colors Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Ravelry Project Page Link Whale Song Socks Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Whale Song Colorway Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm) Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams Ravelry Project Page Link Brainstorming I swatched with unknown Sweitzer yarn (likely worsted/aran weight). Blocked swatch is 15 sts over 4 inches on US 7s. 14 sts on US8s. I like the fabric, but am having a hard time finding a pattern that matches this gauge. I’m debating the Syli Sweater by Sari Norlund. Free knitting pattern. Ravelry Pattern page or Turtle Dove by Espace Tricot- Ravelry Pattern Page. I’m also really in love with this knit dress. Pattern is the Schlossel Dress by Siga Lagamta Ravelry Pattern Page. Do you think it would look good on me? From the Armchair Finished: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah- Amazon Affiliate Link & BookShop Affiliate Link Still reading:The Evening & The Morning by Ken Follett- Amazon Affiliate Link. BookShop Affiliate Link Reminder, I am an affiliate for Amazon and Bookshop.org. Find all of my 2021 books on Bookshop by clicking here. KAL News The Splash Pad Party opens Friday May 28, 2021! Sponsor spots are available. Click here for details. Save the Dates: Virtual Kick-off Events will take place on Saturday May 29th and Sunday May 30th. Rules will go up soon but as a reminder, WIPs are eligible for this KAL so if you want to get strategic and save stuff consider this your heads up.  Events I signed up for Vogue Knitting Live Class with Carol Sulcoski- Lecture: Glorious Garter: Making the Most of the Easiest Stitch Vogue Knitting Virtual Events– March 18-21, April 15-18 & May 13-16 Knit for Food Knit-a-thon Sun, April 11th 2021 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM EDT- hosted by Laura Nelkin Sign up, or consider donating towards my $500 goal. Click here to make a donation on my page. Contest, News & Notes What’s new on the Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel? Disney Ears Tutorial with Riley- check it out here. Vlog Saturday March 6th- check it out here. Punk Frockers Sewing podcast (audio). Check out their website. Hosted by Beverly Baptiste and Jenny Hassler. They are looking to create a sewing community, will be hosting challenges, focus on sharing patterns from indie makers and size inclusive pattern designers.  I am now a Knit Picks Affiliate which means if you make a purchase using this link, I will get a small commission. It doesn’t cost you any extra. Ask Me Anything I receive a comment on the blog from Lisa suggesting a new segment on the podcast called “One Year Later” where I would “Revisit items you finished one year ago and discuss how they’ve held up. How is the yarn looking? Wearability? Does it get frequent use or is it time to frog it?” Do you like this idea? Come tell me in the Down Cellar Studio Ravelry Group. This time I talked about my Soldotna Crop which I finished 2/29/20. Click here for my Ravelry Project Page. I used Brown Sheep Prairie Spun DK in two colors of gray and Daschinger Wools for yellow and turquoise. All non superwash. Worn many many times. No signs of pilling. No stretching. Love it! I also talked about my Ice Time Mitts finished in early March 2020. Click here for my Ravelry Project Page knit in Cloudborn Fibers DK and Legacy Fiber Arts DK. I love the fit, the yarn still looks brand new. No signs of wear.  On a Happy Note Millie is healing well after knee surgery. We celebrated and showed support with a parade/outdoor visit. The night before I went to Mom’s where she, Trish and I made posters. So fun! Mom & Dad each got their first Covid vaccine! Celebrated Megg’s birthday. Workout in morning together. Dinner/fire together in the evening! Longer days. 60 degree temps. Quote of the Week “Instead of asking how many tasks you can tackle given your working hours, ask how many you can ditch given what you must do to excel.” –Morten Hansen 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 Check out my Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel Music -“Soft Orange Glow” by Josh Woodward. Free download: http://joshwoodward.com/
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