On Pins and Needles
Episode 48: Whizzing Off the Needles

Episode 48: Whizzing Off the Needles

September 2, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about our childhood hobbies and activities, our love or hatred of them, and how they have impacted our lives today.

Rosie frogged the 1898 hat and is reknitting the yarn (Knit Picks Brava worsted in gray) into an earflap hat from a pattern of her own creation. It will still have dinosaur points and be adorable.
Amelia is making a Grandma's dishcloth in Knit Picks Dishie to clean the grime that accumulates on her front-loading washing machine. She's still working on the mistake rib scarf in Caron Chunky Cakes.
Kayte finished her baby blanket in Pacifica Yarn Company Zephyr DK in Gull and has been working on washcloths in unknown cotton that had been gifted to her. She will resume the plain sock soon.

We're excited to highlight the BIPOC maker of the month:
Sweet Georgia Yarns by Felicia Lo Wong
This website is chock-full of goodness! With hand-dyed yarn, crafting classes, beautiful fiber, and tons of patterns, this is a phenomenal resource for your craft closet, both physical and digital.

Also mentioned:
Afterthought heel
Two-at-a-time socks
British Drying closet
UV resin
Aliexpress
@dpj1967 on Instagram
JoyTunes Simply Piano
Catalina Island Marine Institute

Episode 47: A Bad Shaft is Useless

Episode 47: A Bad Shaft is Useless

August 3, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about the heat (a lot), some new stuff we're doing, but most importantly, we talk about how to support BIPOC makers in the crafting community.

Amelia is working on a Mistake Rib Scarf in Caron Chunky Cakes. Hue Shift is on hold during the hot, hot summer.
Rosie is making a flat-top, top-down baby hat in Bernat Baby Jaquards, Berries & Cream.
Kayte is working on the Garter Rib Baby Blanket in Zephyr DK in Gull, and has thought about working on the plan sock.

Also mentioned:
UV Resin
Raku pottery
Blue Bronty
Ravelry statement
@ladydyeyarns on Instagram
Lady Dye Yarns website
#rhineBIPOCsweater
Badass Craftivist Club
Privilege 101: A Quick and Dirty Guide
Explaining White Privilege
Dismantling Racism Workbook
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

Episode 46: It Was Wayyyy Too Hard

Episode 46: It Was Wayyyy Too Hard

July 1, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about Ravelry taking a stand, lots of new craft things in our lives, and when to give up on your project.

Rosie is still working on the 1898 hat in Knit Picks Brava and does not like it one little bit.
Amelia finished a sweater! The Baby Surprise Jacket is magical. She's using what's left (Caron Cakes) to make a plain hat.
Kayte is still working on her vanilla sock. Also, her Pacifica Yarn Company Zephyr DK has found new life as a Garter Rib Baby Blanket. They're both so much happier - both she AND the yarn!

Also mentioned:
Molly Rinker
Ravelry announcement (donation page)
RAICES
Black Trans Travel Fund
Tour de Fleece
Sgraffito
Cross Stitch World
Diamond Painting
Temari
Gretchen Rubin

Episode 45: They’re Not Huge Holes

Episode 45: They’re Not Huge Holes

June 2, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about not-crafting, shadow comforts, and more mindfulness than you can shake a stick at.

Rosie is making an 1898 hat with dinosaur spikes in Knit Picks Brava Worsted, Cobblestone Heather colorway.
Kayte is working on her log cabin blanket in Bernat Mosaic, and has started some vanilla socks with purple toes (Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye in the Goddess colorway) and a beautiful red for the body of the sock (Hawthorne Tonal Handpaint in Hood River)
Amelia finished the Pincha Shawl (YAY!) and it has been gifted to the recipient. She is currently working on a Baby Surprise Jacket in Caron Cakes and it is going super fast.

Also mentioned:
Einstein's Biggest Blunder (on Netflix)
Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
SARK
Jennifer Louden - Shadow Comforts
yarnpeople
10 Guideposts for Wholehearted Living (Play and Rest)
Merge Dragons
Calm app
Box breathing
Insight Timer
STOP technique
Chumbawumba (Tubthumping)

Episode 44: The Captain Has Entered You

Episode 44: The Captain Has Entered You

May 8, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, Amelia is well-lubricated with a margarita, and we meander through topics of connection, dog training, and craft budgeting.

Rosie is working on animal baby hats by Cassandra May and others. (Flamingo, Tiger, Elephant, Yoda, Dinosaur)
Amelia is working on the Pincha Shawl in some beautiful handpainted yarn from Silly Sheep Designs on Etsy alternated with black sock yarn. It's so gorgeous, seriously.
Kayte is working on the Log Cabin in Bernat Mosaic (since recording, she found THREE more skeins, so she'll be able to finish the blanket someday, yay!)

Also mentioned:
Baby Surprise Jacket
The Fat Nutritionist
Picard (new show!)
Brené Brown
Cesar Millan
You Need a Budget
Dave Ramsey
Captain Marvel
Avengers: Endgame

Episode 43: Finishing

Episode 43: Finishing

March 2, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we're thrilled to have Amelia back with us, and we're also excited to be joined by special guest Mosylu to discuss, of all things, finishing.

Rosie is working on Inez mitts in Charcoal Gray SanYork Alpaca and some leftover random pink.
Amelia is not currently knitting due to a broken arm - :( - but was working on the Pincha shawl in handpainted yarn from Silly Sheep Designs on Etsy.
Mosylu is taking a "sorbet break" to work on a modular spiral pattern dishcloth in Peaches and Creme.
Kayte has literally just finished Hermione's Everyday Socks in Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted, colorway of Northern Lights and is working on the 1898 hat in Forest Green SanYork Alpaca.

Also mentioned:
Hue Shift Afghan
Knit Companion
The Expanse
hi.ravelry on Instagram
Ravelry Yearly Challenge
Sorting projects on Ravelry
Knit Pick Felici
yarnpeople
Brioche

Episode 42: Super Deep

Episode 42: Super Deep

January 1, 2019

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, Amelia is taking a leave of absence so Rosie and Kayte talk about new work excitement, mindfulness, and what we can look forward to in 2019.

Rosie finished the Hue Shift (YAY!!) and is working on an improvised Christmas stocking in Knit Picks Comfy Sport.
Kayte is embarking on the excitement of the Ziprelaxagon sock in Knit Picks Stroll Handpainted, colorway Northern Lights. She finished the previous projects she was working on, whatever they were.

Also Mentioned:
Intarsia
Fair Isle
The difference between intarsia and fair isle
Toque
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Tarot as a tool for sobriety
Going Boldly on Your Inner Voyage Meditation Manual
No Man's Sky
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie
Coco

(Rerun) Episode 10: Tighten the Hole

(Rerun) Episode 10: Tighten the Hole

November 1, 2018

With the sudden passing of Amelia's husband, the world has turned upside down and the OPAN team is grieving. We will air reruns for the next couple of months, and we appreciate you continuing to listen as we surround and support Amelia during this incredibly difficult time. ♥

This is one of our favorite episodes that we've ever done. Please enjoy.

On this rerun 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.

Original show notes:
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

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
Joann’s
Analysis Paralysis
Ravelry
Brené Brown 
Pearl Fiber Arts
Craigslist
Muppet Christmas Carol
AFGO
Fire Mountain Gems

Episode 41: Blunt is Better

Episode 41: Blunt is Better

October 1, 2018

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about creating community, infusing crafts with good vibes, and the spiritual side of crafting.

Amelia is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in rainbow.
Kayte finished the  Whiz Bang socks in Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Tiger Eye and is working on a Mistake Stitch Scarf in Kaleidoscope and Wee Peanut in Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints in Tulip Fields.
Rosie is working on the Hue Shift Afghan in jeweltones.

Also Mentioned:
She Blinded Me with Science (80s by Thomas Dolby)
Poetry in Motion (60s by Johnny Tillotson)
Lego Jurassic World
Rage Room
Great British Baking Show
Celestarium
Celestial Sleigh by Mill Hill
Zentangle
The Schuyler Blanket Project
Unitarian Universalist
White Fragility
Sigil Magic

Episode 40: Coming in the Middle

Episode 40: Coming in the Middle

September 1, 2018

On this month's episode of On Pins and Needles, we talk about exciting new things, changing the world through our actions, and being brave.

Rosie is working on the the Hue Shift Afghan in jeweltones.
Amelia is also working on the Hue Shift Afghan, but in rainbow.
Kayte finished the the Hue Shift Afghan in rainbow worsted (WOOHOO!). She's working on some Whiz Bang socks in Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in Tiger Eye, the Wee Peanut in Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints, colorway Tulip Fields, a mistake rib cowl to go with the hat in Euro Baby Kaleidoscope worsted colorway 106. Whew!

Also mentioned:
August Hamildrop - "Burn" by Audra Day (video)
Hamilton
Gmorning, Gnight! (Lin-Manuel Miranda tweets with illustrations by Jonny Sun)
Magic Loop
Gallifrey One
Knittinghelp.com
DarnKnits (knitting store in Bexhill-on-Sea)
Brené Brown
Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron