Thursday, May 8, 2014

Episode 44- Tan House Brook Shawl!

Thanks for tuning in to Episode 44

This Week’s Segments Included:

Off the Needles
On the Needles
Crafty Adventures
From the Armchair
Close Knit Family
On a Happy Note


Off the Needles

Mini Sock Yarn Bunny by Susan B Anderson $5 pattern

Yarn: Shasta Daisy Knits
Needles: US 1

Socks for Dan
Pattern: How I Make Worsted Weight Socks recipe from Susan B Anderson (free)
Yarn: Kenzie
Needles: US 3-3.25mm needles
40 sts around

On the Needles

Socks for me.
Vanilla socks with an after-thought heel. 
CO 60 stitches on US 1.5
Paton’s Kroy 55015 Bramble Stripes

Redcedar by Tincanknits from their Cascadia book which I reviewed awhile back.
Scarf pattern
US 10.5 needles
Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn

[On the Hook]
by Family Circle

The original


My niece just got an American Girl Doll for her 5th birthday. I'm thinking of doing a matching set for her and her doll. Have you done this? Any ideas for me?

Crafty Adventures
Project Life
  • I've been using a collage app on my iPhone to put 2 Instagram pics on a 4x6 print

Bullet Journaling

Mothers’ Day Projects

From the Armchair

I'm trying a new organizational system- putting my circular needles in a plain ziploc bag. Writing in Sharpie the needle size. Then when I pack up a project bag with the yarn and needles, I put the ball band in the now empty ziploc bag so that I don’t lose the ball band (in case I don’t enter the project/yarn info into Ravelry right away). Then when I finish the project I put the needles back in the baggie and I know what size they are and they don’t end up in a pile.


Saturday May 10 (and Sunday)  Deerfield Fairgrounds in Deerfield, NH
planning to go Saturday with my niece Emelyn!

Emelyn is looking forward to knitting a bean bag out of the book I got her for Christmas - Kids Knitting: Project for Kids of All Ages by Melanie Falick


Thank you for participating in the April Shawl KAL! The two winners were announced!

Announcing the Tan House Brook Shawl.
For full details, see this post
Want to KAL with us? Come chat!

Prizes [more to come] 
Close Knit Family

I recorded some audio with my niece Riley in March to catch up with her about her knitting and to see if she has any advice for young knitters.

On a Happy Note

Thank you Knitmore Girls for purloining this segment!
Welcome to anyone who has found the show that way- and for the kind messages I’ve received from some new listeners! So glad to have you!

  • Found a sewing chest at an estate sale for only $30!

[[fits nicely in our living room!]]

  • We had 5 of our nieces and nephews for a sleepover! SO. MUCH. FUN!

    [[watching Frozen, what else?!]]

  • Gave Kris, my best friend, my Rocky Coast Cardigan. She loves it. I never wear it. Win win!

Contact Info:
Ravelry: BostonJen
Instagram: BostonJen1

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Announcing- The Tan House Brook Shawl

I am so pleased to announce the release of my first published knitting pattern

The Tan House Brook Shawl

[Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Sock/ Fingering Weight. Rock Creek Park Colorway]

 This top-down, elongated triangular shawl is a great project for new and experienced knitters alike. The simple stockinette section at the beginning helps you learn the increase pattern. 

Then we add in some fun texture in short bursts which should keep you interested throughout the project!  The result is a very wearable shawl that has a bit of lace without being too fancy for everyday use. Wear it over your shoulders or bandana style to add some warmth and fun to your look!

The Details
Yarn: 400 yards of Fingering OR Worsted Weight
Needles: US 7 (fingering version) 
              US 9 (worsted weight version)
Available as Ravelry download for $5 US

Other Features:
  • Link to a video on technique for casting on
  • Check boxes next to each line of direction for easy tracking of your progress
  • Stitch counts at the end of each section to use as a guide
To hear more about this pattern and plans for a Knit-a-Long please tune in to Episode 44 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast to air this week!

[Woolen Rabbit Pearl/ Fingering Weight. Straw Colorway]

[Neighborhood Fiber Co Studio Worsted/ Worsted Weight. Charles Centre Colorway]

What is the Tan House Brook?

The Tan House Brook is the brook that flows through our property. In the middle of the woods it lends a lot of texture and interest to landscape and the textured patterns on this shawl are reminiscent of that.