Episode 221: Christmas Crafty!


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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 221 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
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Thank you to this episode’s sponsors: Queen City Yarns. Use the code TOUCHDOWN to save 25% off all in stock items now thru Dec 15. Advent Calendars are not included.

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Little Frog

  • Pattern: Little Frog Toy by by Yulia Klyushina ($2.60 US crochet pattern) Available on Ravelry & Etsy
  • Hook: C (2.75 mm)
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted in the Alfalfa Colorway (green) + white acrylic worsted yarn from stash
  • Eyes: from 6060 on Etsy- similar to these.

Sweet & Sour Socks

  • Yarn: hypnotic Yarn Plush Sock in the Sweet & Sour colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Ravelry Project Page

Christmas Stocking for Peyton

  • Pattern: Granny Square Christmas Stocking by Family Circle Magazine 1977 (not available online anymore)
  • Yarn: Patons Classic Worsted in Bright Red, Red Heart Super Saver Solids in Hunter Green and White
  • Hook: F (3.75mm)
  • Ravelry Project Page

Crochet Christmas Tree

  • Pattern: None
  • Yarn: White Acrylic Worsted Weight Yarn, Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle in the Marshmallow Colorway, Caron Simply Soft Party in the Snow Sparkle Colorway
  • Hook: H (5.0 mm)
  • Ravelry Project Page
On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

Dance Shoe Legwarmers

  • Pattern: Dance Shoe Legwarmers by Sherry Katherine Vernon (free knitting pattern)
  • Yarn: Charming Ewe Suki Sock in the Mystic Topaz Colorway
  • Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) & US 2 (2.75 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • If you’d like a good afterthought heel pattern, consider Susan B. Anderson’s Smooth Operator Heel pattern (Ravelry Link) For a video tutorial, check out this video from the EarthtonesGirl YouTube Channel

Mr. Fezziwig Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Woolens & Nosh Corriedale Sock in the Mr. Fezziwig Colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Click here for Wiki page on Mr. Fezziwig from A Christmas Carol

Mermaid Tail Socks

  • Pattern: OMG Heel by Megan Williams
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Felici in the Mermaid Tail colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5 (2.5 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page

Aila Grace Shawl

  • Pattern: Aila Grace by Jennifer Lassonde
  • Yarn: Into the Whirled Gloucester Sock in the Ramble Colorway (oranges, reds, pinks, purples)
  • Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
  • Indie GAL patterns I purchased during Sale:
  • Stocking for my cousin Chris’ fiancée
  • I was given a lot of wool fabric in 1-2 inch strips. What should I use them for? Braided rug? weaving? Punch needle?
From the Armchair
  1. Soundtracks by Jon Acuff. Started 10/31. Bookshop Affiliate Link. Amazon Affiliate Link.
  2. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. Amazon Affiliate Link. Bookshop Affiliate Link.
  3. The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan. Amazon Affiliate Link. Bookshop Affiliate Link.

Gee Thanks… just bought it. Podcast

Crafty Adventures

Crafting with Eme and Aila. Yarn covered styrofoam trees

  • Made with recycled plastic
  • Some yarn from Savers
  • Lion brand Wool Ease
  • Red Heart Scrubby. Looks like lights and or tinsel

Girls made jewelry. Aila glued embroidery floss to match box cars for ornaments. Will cover hot glue with clay Aila embroidery box

Knitting in Passing

I share a story about a text from my friend Laura who received a comment in public about her hand knit socks.

KAL News

Pigskin Party ’21: Official Hashtag: #DCSPigskinParty21Important Links:

November Gratitude Bonus Ticket- get 500 tickets as a token of our gratitude by going to the Points Tally Form (Google Form) and choosing the November Bonus Ticket option by 12/1/21. Winner for November Interception to be Announced in Thread Soon. Will share winner on next episode. :

  • December Interception: hosted by Knitty Natty. Find details in this Ravelry thread or in this Google Doc. Cast on 12/1/21 or later. Deadline to post 12/31/21.
    • Check out Natalie’s patterns for ideas- Ravelry Link.
    • Live Event: 12:00 PM EST on Wednesday, December 1st on the Knitty Natty YouTube Channel.The event with be a live cast on party + a live tutorial with tips for the knit Yarn Cozy Lite pattern
  • Monthly Scavenger Hunt: Figure out these fun clues and earn points each month. Check out this Ravelry Thread or this Google Doc.

November Scavenger Hunt Clues: will be posted soon on the Ravelry Forum & on my website. October Prize Winners (pressed for time last time so didn’t get to include these) Over 2k uses of the hashtag!!

  • Vlogmas coming up on my Down Cellar Studio YouTube Channel starting 12/1
  • Indie Design Gift-a-Long coming up: November 28-December 31, 2021
    • The sale period will run Tuesday, November 23 at 8 pm (US-EST) through Monday, November 29 at 11:59 pm (US-EST)
    • Check out the Indie Design GAL Ravelry Group
    • Coupon Code: giftalong2021
  • Fasten-off Yarn-A-Long Event– kicks off 11/30. 25% off Sale ends 12/6. KAL runs through December 31st.
    • Need to have patterns that are discountable off Ravelry. LoveCrafts doesn’t allow this, so I’ll be looking into options so I can participate next year.
  • I’ll be teaching Ice Time Hat Class at Staci’s Stitches starting in January.
  • Karen & Jessica of the Make Good Podcast are hosting a Sock KAL. Check out their website for details.
  • Windswept Monique of the Knitting on the Run Podcast is hosting her annual Be a Helper Craft-a-long. Check out her website for details or Monique’s Instagram Page.
  • Vogue Virtual Knitting Live– December 9-12.
  • Vogue Knitting Live in NYC in January 2022 has been canceled. They’re currently planning for: February 9–12, 2023
  • Stitches West: March 3-6, 2022 (proof of vaccination + masks will be required) in Sacramento, CA
On a Happy Note
  • Making cookies with mom
  • Thanksgiving!
  • Aila and Eme sleepover.
  • Tree decorating
  • Zoom with Patrons on Black Friday.
  • Breaking in my new MacBook Pro 14 inch
  • Dan scanning old family photos and showing them to me.
  • Nearly done Christmas shopping
  • House decorated for Christmas!
Quote of the Week

“With one kind gesture you can change a life. One person at a time you can change the world. One day at a time we can change everything.” ― Steve Maraboli

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