Episode 32: Doing It With Someone

January 2, 2018

On this month's episode of On Pins and needles, we talk about how to start new habits, our tastes (or not) in seafood, and our goals in 2018.

Rosie finished Portage in the UK River Knits Impressionist colorway. WOOHOO!! She's currently on the second panel of the Hue Shift Afghan in jeweltones and will be making a stocking once she gets the snowflake charted.
Amelia is also working on the Hue Shift Afghan in the original colorway.
Kayte has set aside the Hue Shift to finish the Billow Baby Blanket, the Braided Balls, and a ribbed hat in Premier Yarns Sweet Roll, colorway "Black Pepper Swirl." 

Also mentioned:
Scrabble Slam
Monopoly Deal
Exploding Kittens
Settlers of Catan
Doodling for Cat People
Bombas socks
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
Plan to Eat


Episode 31: Up the Cookie Gun’s Butt

December 1, 2017

On this episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about bookstores, how many UFOs is too many, and crafting for the holidays.

Amelia is working on the Hue Shift Afghan, panel 1.
Kayte is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in worsted, panel 3 (out of order), and two Braided Balls.
Rosie is working on (surprise!!) the Hue Shift Afghan in Jeweltones.

Also mentioned:
City Lights
Caffe Trieste
Amanda Hat
Stranger Things
Nora Corbett Cross Stitch - Electra
Sycamore Studio
Cross Stitch World for Apple or Android
Brené Brown


Episode 30: Cram It In There

November 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about how much of a pain in the ass quilting is, what to do when your project goes awry, and what the price of learning is.

Amelia is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in original rainbow.
Kayte is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in original rainbow and continuing the Billow Baby Blanket.
Rosie is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in jewel tones and the Weekend TV Marathon Hat in Caron Simply Soft.

Also mentioned:
Amanda Hat
Knit Picks Capretta
Lion Suede
Black Panther


Episode 29: I Like My Needles Kinky

October 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we giggle quite a bit from exhaustion (Kayte and Rosie), talk about vacations (Amelia and Rosie), and discuss the human ingenuity that brought us the wonder of fiber.

Amelia STARTED THE SECOND SOCK of Mercury sock in the Hedgehog Fibers Yarn (colorway Raven). WOOHOO!!!
Kayte is working on a baby blanket in Billow and the Celtic Myths Fingering Shawl in Test Tube from Mad Science Yarn, colorway Sinister Laugh.
Rosie is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in the jeweltone colorway and is hoping to get back to her sweater soon.

Also mentioned:
Food Network
Hell's Kitchen
Masterchef Junior
Nora Corbett
Ott light
Aida cloth
Hardanger fabric


Episode 28: She Likes to Watch

September 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about learning styles, the advantages and disadvantages of online classes, and a new craft website Kayte discovered called Creativebug.

Rosie is almost done with Portage in the Impressionist colorway! One and 3/4 sleeves to go! She will be bringing Hermia to cast on for her cruise to Alaska since it will start out significantly smaller and more portable.
Amelia is working on the foot of the Mercury sock in the Hedgehog Fibers Yarn (colorway Raven).
Kayte cast on the Celtic Myths Fingering Shawl in Test Tube from Mad Science Yarn, colorway Sinister Laugh. She's also still working on the Hue Shift Afghan when she gets too cold from the AC.

Also mentioned:
Twin Peaks
Freshstitches (Stacey Trock)


Episode 27: I Like Pre-poked Holes

August 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about how the weather affects our crafting, techniques for weaving in ends, and give updates on our use of Bullet Journals and other organizational systems.

Amelia is still working on... wait for it... her awesome Mercury Socks in the Raven colorway of Hedgehog Fibers yarn.
Rosie finished the Bee Blanket and has gone back to the Portage cardigan in Impressionist-colored yarn from UK River Knits that is close to being done!
Kayte finished the Micah vest in Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Fair Isle DK and is working on the matching hat from the pattern. She also finished a Claudia hat (not Trellis as stated on the podcast) in a random blue acrylic, and is making matching mitts using the basic construction of the Mitt Envy pattern to go with the Skyp Socks in the same delicious colorway. (!!!)

Also mentioned:
Fray Check
Aleene's Tacky Glue
VeryPink Knits
Knit Picks Shine
LSG Ravelry Group
Twin Peaks
Cross Stitch Style Kit
Bullet Journal
Erin Chondrin


Episode 26: Insert It

July 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we have Rosie back! YAY! We discuss what attracts us to yarn, patterns, and trying new crafts. We'd love to hear your stories as well. We're on Twitter (@OPAN_Podcast), Facebook, and Ravelry. Drop by and share what attracts you to a pattern, yarn, fiber, art, craft, etc!

Amelia started new Mercury Socks in Hedgehog Fibers, colorway of Raven, that she got on her trip to the southeast US at a LYS called Warm and Fuzzy.
Rosie is working on a baby blanket for a co-worker (Bee & Honeycomb Baby Blanket) in Universal Yarn Cotton Supreme in white, yellow, and charcoal.
Kayte just finished Skyp socks with an afterthought heel and is working on a Micah vest for her nephew-type person in Sirdar Snuggly Crofter Fair Isle DK.

Also mentioned:
Chiaogoo needles and hooks
Duplicate stitch
UK River Knits
Play at Life


Episode 25: Don’t Burn Your Face Off

June 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we're missing Rosie due to scheduling conflicts, so it's Amelia and Kayte talking about kids, parenting, and Kayte's attempts at candlemaking.

Amelia finished the Hitchhiker in Pearlescent Knit Picks Stroll Tonal and is back to the Hue Shift afghan.
Kayte finished Martine mitts using the Mitt Envy pattern and the swirls from the Martine Hat. She started the Simple Skyp Socks but decided on toe-up with an afterthought heel in Loops & Thread Luxury Sock in Canyon (you can see her project page here to see the colors of this cursed yarn).

Also mentioned:
Fidget Cube
Klutz kits
Klutz Window Art


Episode 24: Yes, And

May 1, 2017

On this month's (2-year anniversary! which we don't mention) episode of On Pins and Needles, we're back from illnesses and such to discuss the art and craft of improvisation on stage with Kayte's partner Pierce. He has a lovely voice.

Rosie is knitting on Portage, a top-down raglan sweater, in the hand-dyed Impressionist-colored yarn from UK River Knits. It's very squishy!
Amelia is knitting a Hitchhiker in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Pearlescent colorway.
Kayte knitted a Martine hat for her sponsor in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Blue-Violet, started panel #2 of the Hue Shift Afghan, and is crocheting granny squares to finish an afghan for her friend.

Also mentioned:
Learn Calligraphy for a Latté
Improvisational Comedy
Unscrewed Theater


(RERUN) Episode 10: Tighten the Hole

April 1, 2017

Everyone is recovering from the things this month, so we are re-running this fabulous episode from February 2016. Enjoy!


On this month’s episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about the dynamics of crafting groups, courageous friendships, and how it’s important to stretch ourselves to do creative things that are uncomfortable for our mental and emotional well-being.

Amelia is working on a Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-A-Long that is a circular shawl using Knit Picks Stroll Glimmer in Peacock
Rosie RIPPED OUT THE GARDEN SWEATER (we all cried on the inside a bit), to redo it using a different pattern.
Kayte is making a baby sweater called Newborn Vertebrae in Ella Rae Cozy Soft

Kayte needs your help! If you want to make a suggestion for her What’s New for February, email her at kayte@cant-talk.com. 

Also mentioned:
Jimmy Beans Wool
Magic methods (not actually magic loop as mentioned in the podcast): Magic Ring (circular cast-on for knitting) & Magic Ring (crochet)
Downton Abbey
Michaels Arts & Crafts
Red Heart Soft
Analysis Paralysis
Brené Brown
Pearl Fiber Arts
Muppet Christmas Carol
Fire Mountain Gems