Teaching Your Brain to Knit
Brainy Thing:   24:21             Behind the Redwood Curtain:    32:25
What We’re Learning from our Knitting       
Catherine started a new project:   a lace shawl called Heaven Scent by Boo Knits. She is using a skein of zauberball cotton  https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/schoppel-wolle-zauberball-cotton in “Rosey Times” colorway.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heaven-scent
Margaret searches  for sock longevity and discovers a trove of information in The Knitters Book of Socks by Clara Parkes.  She finds fibers, twists, and stitches that help socks last longer.  
 
Brainy Thing:
Catherine continues our exploration of the possibility of positive addiction.  From an online sources, Changing Minds  https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/schoppel-wolle-zauberball-cotton, she presents differences in addiction, habits and compulsions.
  
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Making hats and dresses was one of the few occupations women could choose from 1860 to the 1930’s in Humboldt County.  She shares the stories of a couple of women who succeeded here with excellent needle skills. https://www.facebook.com/Vintage-Avenger-163731777018458/ 
 
Give Away:
We have a sock book give-away this week.  Be the first person to ask for it on the Episode 85 thread to win.   
 
Links:   
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
 
 
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, We continue our exploration of positive addictions, do they exist and are they different from habits and compulsions;  Catherine starts a new lace shawl l— Heaven Scent;  Margaret searches for sock longevity;  and we trace the history of women and hats in Humboldt County.  We also have a new book give away.   
 
While editing this podcast, I searched for a link to Humboldt Millinery and I discovered a “permanently closed” notice online.    There are, however, stores in Ferndale that carry vintage clothes and hats and even a dedicated vintage dress shop in arcata called Vintage Avenger on H Street.  
 
 
 

Brainy Part:   22:40              Behind the Redwood Curtain: 31:20
 
What We’re Learning From Our Knitting
Catherine continues her exploration of knitting textures in blocks she’s planning to turn into a charity blanket. This time the patterns are from: http://www.knittingstitchpatterns.com/  She will send her blanket to:  Hats and More from War Torn Syria https://www.ravelry.com/groups/hats-and-more-for-war-torn-syria Margaret’s knitting turns toward the birds from Arne and Carlos’ “Field Guide to Knitted Birds” and learns all sorts of things.  https://www.amazon.com/Carlos-Field-Guide-Knitted-Birds/dp/1570768234/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1525027997&sr=1-2&keywords=arne+and+carlos+knitting+books;   https://arnecarlos.com/
 
Brainy Thing:
Catherine questions if there is such a thing as “positive addictions.”  
Dr. William Glasser
Peg O'Connere
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Humboldt enjoys the longest running collegiate baseball team in the country:  Humboldt Crabs Baseball  http://humboldtcrabs.com/
 
 
Links
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
 
 
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we ask the question “Is there such as thing as positive addiction,” ;  Catherine continues her exploration of texture stitches, learning about gauge in the process;  Margaret takes flight on the subject of knitted birds, from Arne and Carlos;  and we celebrate the Humboldt Crabs Baseball Team— the longest operating collegiate semi-pro baseball team in America
 
Direct download: Ep._084__positive_addiction__textured_fabric_birds_Humboldt_Crabs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:41pm PDT

Brainy Thing:    26:17   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  37:36
 
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Margaret explores the seed stitch and its alternatives:   https://www.amazon.com/Treasury-Knitting-Patterns-Barbara-Walker/dp/0942018168   One “Crochet Seed Stitch”  Marly Bird  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aeGlbpmYx8
Another Crochet Seed Stitch:  Dora Orhenstein The Crocheters workshop
 
Brainy Thing:  Creativity I
Who’s creative and how you can be (already are) too.:   Make it mighty Ugly — Kim Werker  https://www.amazon.com/Make-Mighty-Ugly-Exercises-Creative/dp/157061914X
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Arcata addresses universal human needs:  Portland Loo  http://theloo.biz/
 
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Direct download: Ep._083_creativity_seed_stitch__texture__toilets4_16_18_3.33_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm PDT

Brainy Thing:  19:55              Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:10
 
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting
Margaret calls for emergency help from Catherine to help her figure out a supposedly invisible repair (Knit Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXD3TdbpDbM;  Kate Atherly in Knitty 2006 http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATrepairs101.html;  Rina Crochet’s book Flawless Knit Repair  19 pages of gold, I’m guessing, used  for $99 )  of her Multnomah Shawl by Shawl repair
The shawl design is Multnomah by Kate Ray.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/multnomah
Recommended by Chrissy the Great https://www.ravelry.com/people/chrissythegreat  formerly of the Manic Purl audio Podcast and currently (well, currently in a break from ) Snappy Stitches video podcast.  
Purl soho has picture tutorial of  duplicate stitches initials on a cap using the “A”s and not the “V”s of the knit stitch.  
 
Brainy Thing
Margaret explores a comprehensive approach to learning and teaching in the Universal Design for Learning method.  http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl/3principles
 
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Want a dog park, spectacular views of the Pacific. an eco preserve of a coastal forest, paths in the woods where you won’t get lost?  Try Hiller Park in McKinleyville.   http://mckinleyvillecsd.com/hiller-park
 
Links:
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
 
 
In today’s episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we explore Universal Design for Learning to help us learn and teach from a more comprehensive approach,  we put our brains together to mend a shawl using what we’re calling the duplicate stitch/weave method, and Catherine reports how Hiller Park in McKinleyville serves many needs from dog park to eco preserve of a coastal forest.
 
Direct download: Ep._082_Universal_Design__Shawl_Repair__Hiller_Park.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:03pm PDT

Brainy Thing:  24:21            Behind the Redwood Curtain 35:41
 
What We’re Learning from our Knitting
Margaret’s further exploration of Fair Isle veers into Crochet Fair Isle under the instruction of Karen Whooley.  (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/karen-whooley)  Other Fair Isle references in the report.  
 
 
Catherine finds an “Interim Project” until she’s ready for a full commitment.
 
Brainy Thing:
Can training to be ambidextrous improve your brain?  Maybe but one expert says maybe not.  
Differential
Using Your
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain   Morris Graves Museum  How  an artist escapes “the noise of machine age America.”   Morris Graves
 
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website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
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Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we ask “Can learning to be ambidextrous help improve your brain?” also Margaret further explores Fair Isle;  Catherine finds  an “interim” project and we learn how one artist found an escape from the “the noise of machine age America."
 
Direct download: Ep._081_Does_Ambidexterity_Improve_Your_Brain_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:11pm PDT

Brainy Thing:    12:30                     Behind the Redwood Curtain:  24:42
 
What we’re learning from our knitting:
 
Catherine likes her Coffee Shop Wrap by Alexandra Tavel https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coffee-shop-wrap    (free through Lion Brand Yarns,) but has been yearning for lace knitting.    Margaret tries creating a design for an elongated fair isle ornament.   The project fails but she learns a lot.  https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/fair-isle-holiday-ornaments/497492.  It’s Margaret’s design but Sunne Meyer’s ornament pattern.  
 
Brainy Thing:
 
Catherine reviews the indie documentary “Beyond Food” http://beyondfoodthemovie.com/.   Among other topics the film highlights parkour sports:  https://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/07/19/beginners-guide-to-parkour/
A beginner's guide in case anyone wants to take it up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7QNWEGcNI
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Enjoy the history and the continuing beauty of the city of Eureka with the Eureka Walking Tour  https://eurekaparksandrec.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/old-town-walking-tours/.   If you want to see photos of the work that was put into the Carson Block:   (https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/witness-marks/Content?oid=3635632 )
 
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
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In Episode 80 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, The documentary Beyond Food endorses the idea that to improve your brain and your body, you need to find the right approach for you;  Catherine identifies herself as a lace knitter for now;  Margaret fails at a design for fair isle ornaments but learns a lot;  and both podcasters explore Old Town Eureka on a walking tour.
Direct download: Ep._080_Beyond_Food_-_3_2_18_9.14_AM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:37am PDT

Brainy Thing:  12:50      Behind the Redwood Curtain:   22:40
 
What We’re Learning from our Knitting:
 
Margaret learns to love Luxury with Lhasa yarn:   50% yak, 50% cashmere.  She used the Lhasa  Snuggle Mitts pattern by Laura Lamers.
Catherine found a crochet pattern for her annual scrubbies exchange : the  zinnia dishcloth  pattern from  Lily/Sugar’n Cream.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/zinnia-dishcloth   https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap
 
Brainy Thing: 
If you can’t reproduce the results of a scientific experiment, can you rely on it?  Margaret talks about the Replication Crisis in Science.  
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Catherine explores a landmark and historic hotel, the Eureka In —where else— Eureka.
 
Links:
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
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In Episode 79 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we uncover the Replication Crisis in scientific research;  Margaret learns to love luxury making Mitts with Yak and Cashmere yarn;   Catherine switches to crochet for her scrubbies swap;  and we chronicle the rise and fall and rise again of the historic Eureka Inn.

Brainy Thing:  16:44              Behind the Redwood Curtain:   30:32
 
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Catherine is surprised when she learns (again) that colors online don’t always match colors in yarn when she buys a Lion Brand Yarn pattern  Coffee Shop Wrap kit by Alexandra Tavel   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coffee-shop-wrap only to discover that a color that she thought was a mild creaming yellow turned out to be a zangy mustard.
 
Margaret   patched two more socks, including removing and replacing an afterthought heel and it turned out beautifully, just like it was planned to be.   One sock was out Austermann Step yarn in a   Blueberry Waffle  pattern https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blueberry-waffle-socks and the other was out of 
Fish Knits Yarn  warm heart     She also added to her crocheted bathroom accessories collection using adventuresome techniques from Crocheter’s Skill Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein.  The pattern is two color diamond stitch from the book.   
She compares this book to two others to two others:  
 
Brainy Thing:
Not exactly brainy but thinking along the line of how colors impact our lives, Catherine talks about the Pantone color of the Year for 2018 which is ultra violet.   Associated with mysticism and vision, expect to see the color around for awhile.  
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
One of the high points of North Coast Living is the Dungeness crabs
 
Links:
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In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we ask will the Pantone Color of the Year lead us to a higher spiritual level?, Also Catherine is surprised by a color she receives in a shawl knitting kit;  Margaret offer guides for choosing books that have the best pace for you, and the North Coast celebrates Dungenes crab season.
 
Direct download: ep_78_Pantone_Ultramarine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:33am PDT

Brainy Thing:    15:40       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  26:20
 
What we’re learning from our knitting:
Margaret learns about knitting different specialty textured yarns for her textured amigurumi The Three Little Kittens by Sara Scales https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/three-little-kittens-4.  Catherine ventures into sweater knitting for a dog using The Darling Darby Sweater:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/darling-darby-sweater.  
 
Brainy Thing:
Sensory Stimulation Helps People with Dementia
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain:  
Humboldt Handweaver’s and Spinners Guild:  http://www.hhsguild.org/
 
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
 
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we investigate using Sensory Stimulation to Ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia;  We tackle using different types of specialty yarns for texture and try a strangely shaped design for a dog sweater;  And w e give a shout out to the Humboldt Handweaver’s and Spinners Guild.  
Direct download: Ep._077_Using_Sensory_Stimulation_to_Ease_Demetia_Symptoms.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:16pm PDT

Brainy Thing:  15:52      Behind the Redwood Curtain:  25:25
 
What We Learned from Our Knitting
Catherine finishes a lace shawl (with beads, of course) called Ocean Kelp and designed by Harry Wells  whose Rav name is knitting ninja  and his design studio is  Good for a Boy Designs.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ocean-kelp   Catherine got more practice with  charts, not her favorite way to follow a pattern.
Margaret knits a family of Creature Mittens from Morehouse Farms kits for her family and learns a bit about Mitten thumbs from Anna Zilboorg in Magnificent Mittens and Socks .   She also corrects the mistake she made between Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island, Washington and Morehouse Farms that raises Merino Sheep in Upstate New York.   
 
Brainy Thing
Catherine explores Gamma Waves, “Ah Ha” moments and lucid dreaming
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Discovering local politics behind the redwood Curtain and in your neighborhood too.
 
Links
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
 
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, Catherine explores the link between Gamma Brain Waves, “Ah Hah” moments and Lucid Dreaming;  She practices her not so favorite way of following a pattern —that is,  charts;  Margaret learns about different types of mitten thumbs with help from Anna Zilboorg;  We delve into local politics and how you can do the same in your local community; plus we announce updates to indices or indexes for our brain, redwood and knitting topics.  

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