WeCrochet Podcast Episode 25 – Bright Pink Yarn Machine
Photo from April Gopwani of OTH Crochet Nook

With Thanksgiving over and done, we have moved on to the part of the fall that gets erased and just becomes everyone’s default winter. Our crafting queues are now full of fun projects that will brighten our homes for the holidays and beyond. In this episode of the WeCrochet Podcast, we’re talking about our holiday crafting lists, what to do with pom-poms, and interviewing a yarnpreneur and crocheter about her yarn vending machines.

First, Sara and Heather check in about crocheting for the holidays and what does or does not constitute a good crochet gift for kids or other members of the family. Find our their favorite cold-weather yarn picks and whether they are pro pom-pom. 

Next, Katelyn joins Heather to talk all about pom-poms: how to attach a removable pom-pom to a hat, and how to use pom-poms in your holiday decor and beyond. Pom-poms are fun and easy way to use up yarn and add some whimsy to a project. They can also be used to engage your kiddos in a craft project.

Heather and Sara briefly discuss Crochet Foundry, a group of crochet designers dedicated to creating beautiful crochet garment patterns for women of all sizes. WeCrochet now offers kits for making the most popular Crochet Foundry designs.

Photo from The Philadelphia Inquirer, photo by HEATHER KHALIFA / Staff Photographer
ID: Emani holds up a skein of yarn with her Bright Pink Machine behind her

Finally, Heather interviews Emani Outterbridge, an entrepreneur who has launched her own yarn line as well as the world’s first yarn vending machines. Emani’s yarn line, Needles, offers unique colors in 8 Ply Worsted Weight 100% Acrylic yarn as well as cotton t-shirt yarn. You won’t be able to find these color combinations anywhere else. If you’re in Philadelphia, you can get this unique yarn at one of her bright pink yarn vending machines. Outside of Philly, you can connect with her on Instagram where she says she “always on”. 

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Mentioned in This Episode:
Heather’s Stocking project – Color Pop Stockings 
City Tweed
Pom-pom ornaments
How to attach pom-pom
Faux fur pom poms
wecrochet magazine issue 5
Pom-pom maker
Crochet Foundry 
Double Espresso Cardigan  
Macchiato sweater 
Emani on Instagram @Emani.milan
Shop Emani’s Designs and Yarn at www.maniwear.com

0:00 Sara and Heather Check in
5:11 Heather and Katelyn talk pom-poms
15:02 Crochet Foundry
17:42 Interview with Emani.Milan
33:28 Credits

This episode’s featured photo of the pom-pom tree is by April Gopwani, and you can find a tutorial for making that tree at http://www.othcrochetnook.ca/2020/12/diy-pom-pom-holiday-tree.html


  1. Ellen / December 3, 2020 / Reply

    Love love love the Emani story. The energy and creativity. Emani is truly spreading the joy of yarn. Amazing!

    • Heather Mann / December 7, 2020 / Reply

      Thanks for taking time to let us know, Ellen!