Thu, 16 June 2016
Brainy Thing: 20:35 Behind the Redwood Curtain 32:40
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting
Margaret was inspired by Catherine to try Sasha Ball Rives wonderful pattern Among the Wildflowers http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/among-the-wildflowers with her own “learning opportunities”, of course.
For a Ravelry swap, Catherine completed the Crochet Flower Potholders pattern by Jennifer Martin Blue J http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower-potholders using scraps of cotton.
Brainy Thing: Negativity Bias:
Studies have shown that are brains are hardwired toward the negative which is a great advantage on the Savannah but probably not now. Check out: https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200306/our-brains-negative-bias and
For ways to counter that bias, try Marelisa Fabrega http://daringtolivefully.com/overcoming-negativity-bias.
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Catherine tells us about the historical Phillips house in Arcata built in 1853/4 in the Greek Revival style which is open Sundays 2 to 4 http://www.arcatahistory.org/phillips_house_museum_arcata .
One of our Ravelry Members, puffygriffinclaw, offers some tips on Felting.
A Little Podcast Business
Direct download: Ep._040_Is_Negativity_Bias_Impacting_Your_Knitting_and_What_To_Do_About_It_-_6_17_16_1.57_PM_1.mp3
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Wed, 1 June 2016
Brainy Thing: 14:20 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:50
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Margaret crocheted Easter Egg motifs She never got the Easter Egg Garland http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easter-egg-garland by Michaela Krause http://www.ravelry.com/designers/michaela-krause correct but was able to fudge it and she liked this one best. The other pattern was the Easiest Crochet Egg Pattern Ever http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-easiest-crochet-egg-pattern-ever by Michelle @ the Painted Hinge. Also a great pattern. Each of these patterns was slightly different. She also tried crocheting with a lot of improvisation Wedding stones http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wedding-stones by Monica Johnson from the Interweave Crochet summer 15 issue. She hasn’t mastered these yet but she’s looking forward to further exploration.
Catherine continued making baby socks for Afghans for Afghans, this time switching to worsted weight yarn for the Ribbed Far Away Baby Socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribbed-far-away-baby-socks by Amber Ward or Mitt Knitter on Ravelry.
Barbara Arrowsmith talks about the limitations she had with the brain she was born with and how she changed them for the better with exercises, a great example of neuroplasticity. Her Tedx Talk Toronto is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0td5aw1KXA. She now heads a school with folks who have a variety of brain-related problems. Specific exercises she’s developed are noted here (with a nifty picture of a knitted brain hat): http://www.barbaraarrowsmithyoung.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/topsante.pdf
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Recycled Folk Art
Catherine discovered a private house when the residents obviously delight in recycling plastic milk cartons and soda cans to make a magical landscape.
Margaret shares Lucy Neatby’s tip for closing up those holes at the side of a sock heel.
A Little Podcast Business
The ongoing incentive for joining the Ravelry Group (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit) is a sumptuous skein of yarn. The Knitting Tip prize is a set of five back issues of Pom Pom Magazine.
Direct download: Ep._039_Barbara_Arrowsmith_and_Changing_Your_Brain_-_5_31_16_7.13_PM.mp3
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