(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


Episode 23: It Grabs Itself

March 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we have special guest Sarah to talk about lapidary, we talk at length about kombucha, and we laugh as Rosie gets completely grossed out at the thought of drinking something that's been made by our SCOBY friend. Good times.

Rosie cast on Portage in a custom-dyed River Knits yarn she got for Christmas in colorway Impressionist, ripped out and redid the sleeves on Brunello which is now FINISHED (YAY!), and is waiting for more Shine Sport to come in to finish her progeny's Honeywell Cardigan.
Amelia is continuing to work on the Prayer Shawl for her aunt in Universal Uptown Bulky Amplify after fighting off the knitter's plague.
Kayte is still working on her Hue Shift Afghan in Knit Picks Brava worsted, the Paintbox Log Cabin in Bernat Mosaic, and will be casting on the Martine Hat in Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in the Blue-Purple colorway as soon as she find the clampy piece for her ball winder. (Update: Clamp has been found!)

Also mentioned:
Gilmore Girls
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Stardew Valley
Knit Picks
Oxana Crafts
Wire weaving
Turkish spindle
Kombucha (includes directions!)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine


Episode 22: They Come Pre-Hardened

February 1, 2017

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about emotionally and physically seasoned cookware, knitworthy friends and family, and how we determine whether someone is deserving of a handmade item.

(Note: There's some staticky distortion in various places in the podcast that we were unable to remove. The offending cable has been sent to cable heaven and next month's podcast should be free from static - we hope).

Rosie is almost finished with Brunello in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool. YAY!
Amelia is working on a Prayer Shawl in Universal Uptown Bulky Amplify.
Kayte is working on her Log Cabin in Bernat Mosaic, the Hue Shift Afghan in Brava Worsted, and is frogging the Color Affection Shawl in Capretta.

Also mentioned:
Unkamen Supplies
Mod Podge
How to open and close jump rings
Garrison Keillor

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Episode 21: Tighter is Better

January 1, 2017

TRIGGER WARNING: References in this podcast to weight loss and food/eating.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, our friend Mo returns (YAY!) and we all talk about our Craftolutions/Craftspirations for 2017.

Rosie is still working on Brunello in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.
Amelia started the Hue Shift Afghan in sportweight Brava.
Kayte also started the Hue Shift Afghan, but in worsted Brava, as well as the Color Affection Shawl in Capretta.
Mo is doing a plain vanilla sock in (discontinued) Knitting Fever Indulgence (with aloe - fancy!!).

Also mentioned:
Dip pen calligraphy
Knit Picks
Knit Companion
Niebling shawl pattern (Tulpenkranz aka "Shawl of Doom")
Bullet Journal
Twisted Yarn Shop
Berroco Vintage DK
Hermia by Alison Green
Portage by Melissa Schaschwary
River Knits Yarn on Etsy
Hollywell Cardigan by Megan Goodacre
Shine Sport
Luxury Yarn One Skein Wonders
Word of the Year by Christine Kane
Brené Brown


Episode 20: The Pumpkin is a Lie

December 1, 2016

This month, we discuss parties (including the long-awaited and fabulous Friendsgiving), some comfort foods, and alternative holiday traditions.

Amelia is working on a Wiccan Rede cross-stitch sampler from the Stitcherhood Etsy shop
Rosie is working on a Brunello Cardigan in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool.
Kayte is still working on the Threads pullover in Zephyr DK.

Also mentioned:

Hue Shift Afghan
Hitofude by Hiroko Fukatsu
Color Affection Shawl by Veera Välimäki
Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
Harry Potter decoupage ornament
There's a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
William Schinn (pottery artist)
Schrodinger's dishes
Hermia sweater by Alison Green Will
Buttermilk Pie

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Can't Talk has a great list of resources for all different kinds of action groups here.

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You can also reach us by email: Kayte@cant-talk.com, Rosie@cant-talk.com, and Amelia@cant-talk.com


Episode 19: The Panic Hump

November 2, 2016

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about fanciness, hand jobs, and what to do when fear sets in when learning something new.

Rosie is working on Felicity Mitts by Cloud House Studio in Handmaiden Sea Silk in natural/undyed.
Amelia is upset with The Second Sock (My Cup of Tea Socks in Wicked Witch). She also is working on baby blankets.
Kayte finally found a pattern for the Zephyr DK in Gull (YAYYYYY!!!) - Threads by Justyna Lorkowska.

Also mentioned:
Nasty Woman counted cross-stitch
Miranda Prince (Jeopardy contestant from Albany, OR and yarn purveyor of Colorsong)
NaNoWriMo (PixyKayte is Kayte's handle and Janon is Amelia's handle. Friend us and write together!)
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Anne Lamott
Pottery Wheel
The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz
Brené Brown


Episode 18: Gentle Rubbing

October 1, 2016

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about creativity as self-care or as stress, our favorite pens, and Kayte almost arm-wrestles Rosie for jumping in on a potential project take-over.

Rosie finished the Peacock Shawl!! YAY!! She is now working on Mercenary Gauntlets using Hazel Knits Artisan Sock in the Temptation colorway.
Amelia is crocheting baby blankets and is very sad about that.
Kayte worked on her portion of the round-robin Daybreak Shawl and is passing it along to Rosie.

Also mentioned:
Knit Picks
Blocking (tips)
Hue Shift Afghan
Subversive Cross Stitch
Tul pens
Energel pens (Kayte uses the Deluxe kind)
Staedtler pens
Bullet Journal
Brené Brown


Episode 17: The Foodening

September 1, 2016

(Trigger warning: this podcast discusses food, including food issues, which may be triggering to some listeners).

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles we talk about food as art, food as craft, and food as a pain in the ass.

Rosie is almost finished with the Peacock Shawl (40 rows away from the end!).
Amelia finished her part of a round robin of the Daybreak shawl and is contemplating the Hue Shift Afghan as a next project.
Kayte is working on finishing some crochet blankets for a friend and will eventually re-swatch for the Margot Sweater.

Also mentioned:
Stitch Jones - Sharon Spence
Mitt Envy
Knotty gloves
Jared Flood
Stephen West
Knit Picks
Marble Chunky
Ten Stitch Afghan (rectangular and round)
Pop blanket
Lion Brand Pound of Love
Zephyr DK
Sharon Kay Penman
Diana Gabaldon
Doctor Who
Harry Potter
Gordon Ramsay
Hell's Kitchen
Great British Bakeoff (and Sue Perkins)
Plan to Eat
Bento boxes


Episode 16: Get Right Up on Top of It

August 1, 2016

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we discuss habits, organization, and the wondrousness of the Bullet Journal (BuJo or BJ for short).

Amelia made an N7 hat for a friend and is mad at the second sock from Episode 1, My Cup of Tea Socks in Wicked Witch.
Rosie is working away on the Peacock Shawl which has become a bazillion stitches across and has been cross-stitching tea towels.
Kayte has plans to complete the piggies soon, and has plans to cast on the Margot Sweater this month in Zephyr DK in Gull.

Also mentioned:
Cake - Satan Is My Motor
Neil Diamond
Grateful Dead
Smashmouth - All Star
Superman by Lazlo Bane
Hue Shift afghan
Stardew Valley
The Wire
Game of Thrones
Grey’s Anatomy
Pancake Sex Book Club
Izzy’s Etsy shop
Mochi Things – Better Together
Better Then Before by Gretchen Rubin


Episode 15: Ribbed for His Pleasure

July 1, 2016

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk with special guest Jeannie about spinning wheels, drop spindles, and how she became the Pima County Fair spinning champion!

Rosie is still working on the Peacock Shawl.
Amelia is binding off the Downton Abbey Shawl (YAY!)
Jeannie is making some 4x1 socks for her husband, cross-stitch patterns based on art nouveau by Mucha, and Hamilton costumes for her husband and son for Halloween.
Kayte finished the spiral scarf, finished the triceratops lovey, and is working on a pair of piggies.

Also mentioned:
The Mission System
Picot bind-off
Subversive Cross Stitch
Final Fantasy X
God of War
Stardew Valley
Hueshift afghan
Rigid heddle loom
Birdhouse Yarns
Seeley Booth
Tour de Fleece
Majacraft Little Gem
Drop Spindle
Navajo plying - on the wheelon a drop spindle
Hanson e Spinners
Babe spinning wheels
Tempe Yarn and Fiber
Grandma's Spinning Wheel
Beginning Spinning
Abby Franquemont
Spunky Eclectic - Amy King