Monday, April 23, 2012

Episode 04- Just Under the Wire

Thanks again to all of my listeners! Hope you enjoyed Episode 4. This episode's segments included:

On the Needles

Off the Needles


Looking forward to finding projects to knit up with these 2 new (free) additions to my stash that I won in contests from other podcasters! 

I won this skein from the Miss Elle Knits Podcast

Looking forward to receiving the skein I won from the Just One More Row Podcast contest. Its a custom dyed skein of sock yarn from Unwind Yarn Company.

In My Travels

I'm looking forward to:
NH Sheep and Wool Festival- May 12 & 13, 2012 in Deerfield, NH

Crossing my fingers I can make it to Brenda Dayne's A Memorable Yarn on May 8th at 6p at Webs.

Looking forward to Ravelympics 2012! Check out the group here.
I'll be participating with Team Sasquatch

Life in Focus

A recap and some tips from my first two photography classes at NESOP.
Love how much this workshop is inspiring me to take more photos. Here are a few recent favorites.

From the Armchair

I highly recommend these two (non-knitting podcasts) that I've been listening to lately.

The Nerdist Podcast

Crafty Adventures

I'm still on the hunt for cabinets... anyone know a place in MA that resells used cabinets? Here are the two new additions to the studio- a print from my Mom and my new television!

On a Happy Note

A healthy, fun recipe:
Mix quinoa, corn, black beans, chopped tomato, chopped onion, chopped cilantro and avocado. Stir it up. Serve it cold or room temperature. Delicious and healthy too!

Quote of the Week

The grass is greener where you water. -Neil Barringham

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Episode 3: Have You Any Wool?

This episode was recorded in sunny, warm Clearwater, Florida!

Thank you to Kelly from the Shorty’s Sutures Podcast for the kind review. I really enjoy Kelly's podcast! If you haven't already checked her out, please do!

On the Needles

Yummy Mummy Mitts- only slight progress. Looking forward to longer spring days and the extra daylight to get these finished.

Cabled Baby Blanket- I’ve spent most of the past couple weeks working on the Baby Cable Blanket. Looking forward to finishing this up so I can gift it!

-I hit a snag in the Rocky Coast Cardigan only because I didn't realize there was an update to the modification that was published. Back on track now and proud to say I've done my first spit splice!

Ebbtide Shawl
I started this along with the rest of the Knit Knit Cafe listeners. Abby & Ben announced this Knit-a-Long at Madrona, and I fell in love with the pattern. Then I found yarn on Etsy from Unwind Yarn Company care of Dana from the Just One More Row Podcast [with a code for free shipping no less] and knew this would be the perfect warmer weather knit.

In My Travels

I had a wonderful time on my trip to Illinois to visit my brother and his wife and kids! My parents and I joined in for an Easter Egg Hunt, a breakfast with the Easter Bunny, the older two's birthday party and lots of play and silly time!

Then from Monday through Saturday I visited my grandmother in Clearwater, FL. During the week my cousin Meagan came to visit (love this shot of us in the pool- really cool angle, don't you think?), and we visited with some other friends and family! Fun, sun and relaxation. Exactly what I needed!


Looking forward to finding just the right pattern to make a blanket for my youngest niece as a commission from her grandmother with this yarn from her great-grandmother who recently passed away.
A second bounty of yarn that's actually a WIP. I'm hoping to be able to salvage some of these actual stitches and create something that's both useable and special!
Any advice or tips on doing commissioned work? I’d love to hear from you- come join the discussion in the Down Cellar Studio Podcast Group and join our little group if you haven’t already.

Crafty Adventures

Project #1 for the Down Cellar Studio Collage Wall- Yarn Wrapped Letter

Took far more yarn than I thought it would- nearly all of a 223 yard skein of Patton's Classic Wool and maybe 40 minutes with of time. I burnt my thumb on the glue gun and my fingers were raw from the roughness of the wool- but it came out great. And I love that its the very first yarn I bought for knitting. So now it will always have prominent place in my crafting environment.

Now I just have to find a real home for it in the studio! For now its doing a bit of wandering to see where it feels at home...

On a Happy Note

You Can’t Stop the Beat- from HairSpray the Musical. The version I enjoy (from my Zumba class is the one from Glee)

I Like How Feels- Enrique featuring Pitbull

From the Armchair

I highly recommend the TapRoot Magazine. Listen to the podcast to hear a review of this first edition and my connection to it.