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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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


Episode 14: Poking It into Soap

June 1, 2016

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about keeping track of where we are in our patterns, apps we love or like or are thinking about trying, and have a lovely special guest, Mo!

Amelia made a Dustland hat by Stephen West.
Rosie is putting finishing touches on the Monster Butt pants, finished Sylvi (YAY!!!), did a counted cross-stitch tea towel, and is still working on the Peacock Shawl. Whew!
Kayte is working on a Spiral Scarf in Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable in Bistro and a garter stitch scarf in Caron Jewel Box.
Mo is working on Hermione's Everyday Socks in Kroy Patons Socks Stripes, and is continuing to plug away on the gorgeous bamboo circular shawl called Tulpenkranz by Herbert Niebling in Aunt Lydia's Bamboo.

Also mentioned:
Fire Mountain Gems (and the referenced polymer clay video)
Grosgrain ribbon
Sashiko stitching
Latch hooking
Wool rug hooking
Locker hooking
Knit Companion app (for Apple products) - the basic version is free, and then there are upgrades you can purchase
Wooly app (also for Apple products) - $3.99
Pinterest and Pinterest app for Apple products or for Android - free
County app (free version) and a new County Plus for $1.62 that links to your Ravelry account! (both for Android devices)
XO Studio Clothing


Episode 13: Mounting My Cunt

May 1, 2016

Happy One-Year Anniversary to us!!!

To celebrate, we had our very first special guest, Beth!

Beth is working on a Color Affection Shawl in Zen Yarn Garden Serenity and a cabled beanie for her uncle.
Rosie is continuing to work on the Monster Butt Baby Leggings.
Amelia is plugging away at the Downton Abbey Mystery Knit-a-Long and hasn't cheated by looking ahead!
Kayte finished the baby set and is kind of working on (when not ripping out) the Cushy Sweater of Doom (OF DOOM) in Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Bouclé.

Also mentioned:
Knitter's Pride Karbonz (Carbon Fiber Needles)
Sari Sweater by Bethasaurus
Beth's Etsy page (if link does not work, the shop may not be open yet)
Singer sewing machines
Stitch Jones

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