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


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