Episode 222: Holidays, Hijinks & Hugs Here


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Thank you for tuning in to Episode 222 of the Down Cellar Studio Podcast. Full show notes and photos can be found on my website: http://www.downcellarstudio.com/222

This week’s segments included:

  • Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • On the Needles, Hook or Bobbins
  • From the Armchair
  • Some Years Later
  • Crafty Adventures
  • KAL News
  • Life in Focus
  • On a Happy Note
  • Quote of the Week

Shout out to Ultimate Insider Patrons: Charlie, Candy, Alicia, Rachel, Rainah, Luanne & Beth

Off the Needles, Hook or Bobbins

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
  • Check out Day 10 of my Vlogmas Videos to see the shawl after blocking.

Gnomes of the Gnorth

  • Pattern: Gnomes of the Gnorth by Sue Perez (free crochet pattern on Ravelry & website). Video tutorial available on YouTube.
  • Hook: B
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Worsted
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

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

Riley’s Christmas Cardigan

  • Pattern: Everyday Cardigan in Merino No. 5 by Loopy Mango
  • Needles: US 15 (10 mm)
  • Yarn: Bernat Blanket in Misty Green (sage color)
  • My Ravelry Project Page
From the Armchair

Sweet Bobby Podcast– 6 part investigative series about a woman’s experience with being Catfished in England.

Some Years Later

In July of 201, I knit Mom a pair of socks out of scraps of Knit Picks Felici. I washed them with a large batch of socks this week and both have holes in the heels. Click here for the Ravelry Project Page. At least 1-2 other pairs in this batch were knit before 2017 and they look great.

Crafty Adventures
  • Mom & I did some Christmas baking with Riley and Millie.
  • We made Snickerdoodles, Blondies and no-bake protein bites with oats, peanuts and chocolate chips.
  • Decorating the tree together.
  • I talked on the last episode about getting wool strips of fabric from Dan’s friend’s mother. In this episode I chat with Mom about supplies my Nana might have for braided rugs.
KAL News

Pigskin Party ’21: Official Hashtag: #DCSPigskinParty21

Important Links:

Updates in this episode

  • Monthly Scavenger Hunt (December clues have been posted): Figure out these fun clues and earn points each month. Check out this Ravelry Thread or this Google Doc.
  • Tune in to hear the winner of the November Interception Challenge.
  • Tune in to hear November Interception Winners.
  • 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.
Life in Focus

Diane, Jen’s Mom, shared the troubling news of her lung cancer diagnosis. Click here for more information about this cancer that’s caused by an EGFR mutation.

On a Happy Note
  • Riley & Millie’s Christmas Panto
  • Jenny & the Pajamas
  • Helen!
  • Vlogmas– check out the playlist on my YouTube Channel.
  • Out supportive friends, family & medical professionals.
  • Getting the Christmas wrapping done quickly with Dan’s help.
Quote of the Week

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and being alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You have to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes too near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself that you tasted as many as you could.”

-Louise Erdrich

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