Thu, 1 October 2015
Welcome to Episode 25
Brainy Thing: 18:37
Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:53
What We’re Learning from our knitting:
Catherine is finishing up her second Fantasy Red Cardi (that’s the name but this one is a green and blue variegated with trim in a robin egg’s blue) by Kathryn. She has bought the yarn Wolle’s Yarn Creations Color changing cotton tape yarn by Elizabeth Drum to do the Vanessa Ives Mystery Knit along by Mona8pi. She bought two colors but hasn’t decided which one yet.
Margaret knit about 10 inches of a cowl in Borroco Origami in a black/grey/brown color and decided she didn’t like the yarn for around her neck. She has four skeins of it, 98 yards per skein. It is 58% acrylic, 16% linen, 15& nylon and 11% cotton and has a lot of high ratings in Ravelry. Borroco has discontinued the yarn. She’s offering it to a member of the Ravelry group for free: Just post in the thread. If more than one person wants it by October 13, we’ll select someone by random number generator.
Both Margaret and Catherine learned to create fabric cords with the simple cordage method at the Natural Fibre Fair in Arcata.. The demonstration was taught by the Julie Mueller-Brown from Cinnabar and Indigo, a vendor at the fair that sells handmade glass beads and other beautiful items.
Brainy Thing: Do colors change when we’re depressed or are we depressed by dull colors in our environment? Catherine will explore this topic and the controversy around it in this segment. She investigates the work of Christopher Thorstenson of the University of Rochester
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Margaret talks about the mystery of the little town or Orick, CA and why it hasn’t prospered. Check out Jensen Rufe’s Film, Orick, California USA.
Consider cutting your knitting to make repairs. Margaret makes plans to cut her Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder in half to attempt to re-heel it.
Direct download: Ep._025_Mood_and_Environment_in_seeing_Colors..mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm PDT
Fri, 18 September 2015
Brainy Thing: 17:17 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:10
Margaret took a course in Multi-Directional Knitting from JC Briar and has made wristlets to reinforce that learning. She also made the Mudra Cuff by Laura Nelkin.
Catherine is blocking her second Fantasy Red Cardi by Katherine Foster. She can't travel with her other projects.
Catherine describes the iconic (and contemporary) Humboldt Honey who still walk the streets of Arcata, California.
Margaret offers a knitting tip that by making small projects ( like a wrister, coffee cozy, or coaster) after learning a new technique, you can improve your muscle memory and anchor the learning.
Mon, 31 August 2015
Brainy Part 20:18 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 39:38
Catherine is learning from Heidi May's (Velvet Acorn) Failyn Fox Cowl and from Melissa Mall's Simple Man Slipper.
Margaret is learning from Rebecca Velasquez' Terra Cotta Shawl (or Thorns).
Catherine talks about we see and perceive color.
She also talks about the Giant Coastal Salamander.
Catherine offers a tip about the Princess Sole in your socks.
Sun, 16 August 2015
Episode 22: The Kinesthetic Learning Mode in Knitting and Crochet
Brainy Thing starts: 22:17
Behind the Redwood Curtain starts: 30:45
What we're learning from our knitting.
With her Fantasy Red Cardi by Katherine Foster (see prior posts) behind her and her Among the Wildflowers by Sasha Ball Rives on hold, Catherine turns to two bits of production knitting. She is working on Failyn Fox Cowl by Heidi May in Lion Brand Thick and Quck for a friend's child and the Chain Mail Hood and Cowl offered by the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Chain Mail Techniques). With a re-envisioned yarn choice (Patons Metallic in Pewter), Catherine is making this for a local production of Plays in the Park for the play The Unprincess.
Margaret talks about Laura Nelkin's Beaded Waves Cuff and why Margaret sometimes like buying a kit instead of gatherine various elements of a project herself.
Brainy Thing: Kinesthetic Learning
The last element of the VAK (Visual Auditory Kinesthetic) learning style discussion (but not the end of the topic itself), Margaret shares general and personal experiences of learners who take in information kinesthetically.
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Catherine talks about the Natural Fiber Fair which is held in Arcata, CA.
Margaret shares that designers (Laura Nelkin, for example) and yarn companies often have wonderful tutorials on their sites.
Mon, 3 August 2015
Welcome to Episode 21: Knitting supports Cancer Recovery and other Health IssuesBrainy part starts:24:05. Behind the Redwood Curtain (Trillium) Starts: 33:35
What We're Learning from Our Knitting (and Crochet):
Catherine is finishing up the Fantasy Red Cardi designed by Katherine Foster. She's also made two hats as part of the North Coast Knittery's Hats for the Homeless Campaign. The pattern is The Tyson Hat by Robyn Devine and the yarn is Naturally Nazareth.by Kraemer Yarns.
Margaret is continuing her exploration of cotton sock yarns. This week she talks about Cascade Fixation using the Fixation Ankle Sock pattern by Dawn Friske or Knitamazoo. Margaret also re-crocheted the Quotidian or Flapper Bucket Hat by the Stitch Diva to make it just a little larger to accommodate her Mom's bun.
The Brainy Part: Knitting to Support Cancer Recovery
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Trillium
Margaret talks about the beautiful little trillium that bloom in the spring at the base of the redwood trees.
Margaret shares Edie Eckman's tip in Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs about using the principle of the Golden Mean in choosing a pleasing proportion of colors in a multi-color project.
Thu, 16 July 2015
Brainy Thing: 25:05 Behind the Redwood Curtain 32:36
Margaret talks about how much she learned from the Multnomah Shawl by Kate Ray while Catherine talks about tension for crocheting the Misty Rose by Kim Camera. She's also working on the Among the Wild Flowers by Sasha Ball Reeves.
Margaret shares some tips from the Book "Organizing for the Right Brain" and mentions Jill Bolte Taylor's Ted Talk "Stroke of Insight."
Catherine talks about the Humboldt Marten, who people are trying to get on the Endangered Species List.
We correct an error about using a a larger needle to creat a stretchier cast-on and Catherine shares a tip about starting a busy day with a little knitting to find peace.
Our Learn-along will be over August 1.
Wed, 1 July 2015
Brainy Stuff starts at 15:26
Behind the Redwood Curtain stats at 24:13
Catherine is using her Fantasy Red Cardi by Katherine Foster as her carry along knitting project and has just started a crochet project: Dogwood Scarf by Suzann Thompson. Margaret has been experimenting with making samples of different ways to top off the top of a simple hat.
Catherine reports on a study done by Dr. Arne May who found that teaching people to juggle grew their brain cells. She asks, can knitting and crochet do the same thing?
Margaret talks about clams, clamming and Clam Beach, California.
Margaret suggests that people try different tools and is now experimenting with 12 inch and 9 inch knitting needles.
The incentive prize and the Learn along continue over on Ravelry.
Direct download: Ep._019_Growing_Brain_Cells_with_Physical_Activity.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:15pm PDT
Thu, 18 June 2015
Brainy Part starts at 24:25
Redwood Curtain starts at 32:55
Margaret talks about trying to find the perfects cotton yarn for socks and Catherine tells of her adventures with the Fantasy Red Cardi.
Margaret explains auditory learning from the VAK Learning style perspective and how we use all our senses when we are learning.
In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Catherine celebrates the California Poppy.
Mon, 1 June 2015
Brain Stuff starts at 23:17 and Behind the Redwood Curtain (Arcata Community Forest) begins at 32:33.
Catherine is learning from her Putney Shawl, Clapo-ktus, and the Fantasy Red Cardi. Margaret is learning from the Flapper Bucket Hat.
Catherine shares the long tradition of handmade wraps to comfort people who are sick, who have had a loss or who are moving away. One of the current projects is the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
Margaret offers information about the Arcata Community Forest, one of the few community owned forests in the West.
Catherine has a knitting tip to use larger needles to cast on and bind off.
We are starting our first "Learn-a-Long" See our Ravelry Group for the rules.
And we have a new incentive prize for people who join our Ravelry Group.
Direct download: Ep.017_knitting_projects_that_help_you_meditate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am PDT
Sat, 16 May 2015
Brainy Stuff Starts at 22:00 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 34:07
Margaret tells what she's been learning from Kristen Omdahl's Seamless Crochet Shawl where she tested out the Ninja Star Pattern with the AllHemp6 DK yarn. She likes the pattern and the yarn but not with each other.
Catherine talks about her progress on her projects: Meadowlark Shibori Jacket by Gina Wilde and Clapo-Ktus by Loredana Gianferri and Some Pig washcloth by Eimly Guise
In Part I of why we put down one project and start the other in the Brainy Part, Margaret talks about Novelty and how it impacts our brain. Then Catherine talks about the Godwit bird and the Zen Center in Arcata.
Finally Margaret suggests trying different yarns and being aware that you might to use different tension and even different tensioning hand postures.