Sun, 7 February 2016
Brainy Thing: 13:45 Behind the Redwood Curtain 23:10
What we’re learning from our Knitting
Margaret is knitting a cowl out of Katia Temis or Colibri —she’s lost the ball band There’s no pattern: She just casts on 25 or more stitches and knits in garter stitch on very large needles (size 13) until she runs out of yarn. This is her exercise bike knitting. She also reports on how much she likes the Designing Vashti Yarn: Lotus Z-twisted sport weight fashion yarns: 52 cotton, 48 rayon. She knit up Kira K’s Belle Epoque shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/belle-epoque-shawl) with it and has had a chance to try it out and she loves the mix of cotton and rayon.
After years, Catherine finished her first pair of socks. She’s knit many since this first pair that she never quite4 finished. She used a generic cuff down sock recipe that she got from the sock knitting class she took and used a Brown Sheep Fleece cotton and wool yarn.
Brainy Thing: Lily Chin: Teacher Extraordinaire
Margaret analyzes why she thinks Lily Chin is an excellent teacher. Margaret recently finished viewing the Crocheter’s Toolbox video and also took a class in person with Lily on knitted closures.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: ACV
The Arcata/Eureka or the Eureka/Arcata airport (which actually is in McKinleyville) according to some people is the foggiest airport in the U.S. Whether that is true or not, it has a fascinating history.
Knitting Tip: SSK
Catherine tells us about a neater, more “perfect” left leaning decrease.
Direct download: Ep._032_Lily_Chin-_Teacher_Extraordinaire_pre_au.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm PST
Tue, 26 January 2016
Brainy Thing: 26:00 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 38:15
What we’re learning from our Knitting
Catherine gives an update on the Vanessa Ives Mystery Shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives By Bunny Muff http://www.ravelry.com/designers/bunnymuff and how even Michael’s failed in providing Japanese beads that would work. While she’s waiting for her delivery of beads, she’s working on Baby Socks by Bianca Bufran for the Afghan for Afghans project. The socks are made from Treadsock Yarns that Catherine dyed with Dharma dyed goods. She’s also been working up some scrubbies for the Dishcloth group she belongs to. This one is Little Scrubbie http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-scrubbie by Arctic Trails Abstract http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/arctictrailsabstractblogspot and made out of leftover Knit Picks Indy Chain Linen in and leftover AllHemp 6 lux.
Margaret tells the “amazing” story of finding a hand dyed indigo boucle cotton at Amazing Yarns in Emerald Hills, CA. She knit the Miami Vice pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/miami-vice by 3 bags fulled http://www.ravelry.com/designers/threebagsfulledor Hillary Designs and learned of ways to fix the dye from John Marshall of John Marshall Works in Fabric who was at the Natural Fibre Festival in Arcata in September.
Another reason we crafters should continue to learn? Catherine talks about the Nun Study, a longitudinal study of Sisters of Notre Dame which indicates that lifelong learners have a lower rate of symptoms of dementia even if there are pathological signs of it in the brain after death. Also, those with stronger language skills fared better in terms of preventing dementia.
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Margaret shares information about the mission of the Friends of the Dunes’ Humboldt Coastal Nature Center.
Knitting Tips (technical problems prevented the recording of this.
Learn more about indigo from the “word of the Week” on Indigo expert John Marshall. http://johnmarshall.to/blog/category/japanese_word_of_the_week/
The incentive to sign up for the Teaching Your Brain to Knit Ravelry Group continues. http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit
Direct download: EP._031_Knitting_Life-long_Learning_and__Your_Brain-.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:20pm PST
Sun, 3 January 2016
Brainy Thing: 15:47 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 25:35
Wed, 2 December 2015
Brainy Thing: 17:37 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:54
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting and Crochet:
Catherine needed a quick, satisfying, completed project so she whipped up the crocheted Skinny Mini Scarf by Carla Fanton in Feza Purl in gold. Margaret was in the same need-a-quick-success mood and worked up two Javori Designs bracelet kits: Arya crochet in sapphire; Paloma Knit beaded bracelet in Starry night
Catherine discovers the connections between multi-sensory learning, concept maps and JC Briar's Stitchmaps. Here's a YouTube link for our authors. Also check http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Science-Learning-Harmony/dp/1620360098
The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with your brain by Terry Doyle and James Zulle: The Art of Changing the Brain
Behind the Redwood Curtain
We talk about (you can see photos on the Shownotes on Teachingyourbraintoknit.com) murals, many of which were done by local artist Duane Flatmo.
Direct download: Ep._029_Multi-Sensory_Learning_and_Knit_and_Crochet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:09am PST
Sun, 15 November 2015
Episode 28 Process versus product in your knitting and crochet
Brainy Things: 10:40 Redwood Curtain: 18:35
What we’re learning from our knitting and crochet
Margaret crocheted a super quick project: the Crochet cobweb pattern by Jennifer Hansen. It's free! http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-cobweb
After a rough start, Catherine is now enjoying the Vanessa Ives Mystery KAL. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives
Process vs. Product in our Knitting and Crochet through the lens of the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Haunted House Tour of Eureka: http://www.oldtownhauntedhistorytours.com/Home_Page.php Why some of these houses have mezzanines. Knitting Tip
Cat Bordhi ‘s tip of using Kid Silk Haze or an equivalent to reinforce socks.
Direct download: Ep._028_Process_vs._Product_in_our_Knitting_and_Crochet-__Myers_Briggs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05pm PST
Sun, 1 November 2015
Episode 27: Reading/Writing Learning Preference and Your Knitting
Brainy thing: 25:10 Redwood Curtain: 33:50
What Our Knitting is Teaching Us
Margaret concludes (at least for now) her cotton sock yarn comparison with Feel Good Yarns sock yarn knitted in a generic sock pattern and using the new-to-her Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel
in Feel Good Yarn Company http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/feel-good-yarn-company-silverspun-sock
She compares Feel Good Yarn with Cascade Fixation and Cobasi by HiKoo, which is currently her favorite.
Catherine talks about her painful learning from the Mona8pi or Bunny Muff’s Vanessa Ives Mystery shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives-mkal out of Woole’s Yarns Creations Color Changing Cotton
In earlier episodes, we’ve talked about the VAK learning style – Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic preferences for taking in information. An updated version of that is the VARK system. The “R” stands for the Reading/Writing preference. While many people including educators find these systems useful, other criticize the research that has been done.
The facts and mythos of Highway 101 that runs from Los Angeles to the Washington State Border.
A Knitting Tip
How to cut out a row of knitting:Margaret Ratcliff The Knowledgeable Knitter
Direct download: Ep._027_Reading_Writing_Learning_Style_and_Knitting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm PST
Sun, 18 October 2015
Brainy Part Starts: 18.01; Behind the Redwood Curtain Starts: 28.54
What we’re learning from Our Knitting and Crochet
Catherine took a class from Patti Subik, dyer extraordinaire and owner of Great Adirondack Yarn. http://www.greatadirondackyarnco.com/ http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/great-adirondack-yarn-coShe experienced one of those great insights that opened up her world using procine dyes.
She also made a cute pair of Baby Uggs http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-uggs-2designed by Autumn Street (Baby Lee) http://www.ravelry.com/designers/autumn-street whose website is Thingsforboys.com Catherine used the leftovers from her Red Cardi project. (see Episode 26)
Margaret sings the praises for Kira K Designs who is Kira Dulaney http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kira-k-designs Belle Epoque http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/belle-epoque-shawl crocheted Shawl. In addition to being a great design (and good for a new-ish crocheter), the design is extremely well laid out on the page. She used Lotus Yarn http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/designingvashti-lotus designed by crocheters Designing Vashti, Vashti Braha and Doris Chan that is half cotton, half rayon and features a Z twist.
Catherine tells us about Gamma Waves which are associated with learning, memory, linguistic process and other cognitive ability. Maybe even consciousness itself.
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Catherine talks about life lines.
A little Podcast Business:
The winner of the Berroco Origami yarn is announced as is the winner of the incentive to sign up for The Teaching Your Brain to Knit Podcast group(# 3012 to 400) http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit. Both randomly selected.
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 PST
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.