Teaching Your Brain to Knit
Brainy Thing:  14:50   Behind the Redwood Curtain   25:05
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting
Margaret conquers (almost) the Fish Lips Kiss Heel http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel with a sock for her grandson out of Fridays Studio Monday Base (Superwash 75% and Polyamide 25%) in the Halloween color way.
Catherine is continuing knitting baby socks for Afghans for Afghans using the Kate Atherly Baby Socks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks-23 with the modification of continuing the ribbing on the top of the foot.  This time she’s using scraps.  She is near completion of the Vanessa Ives Mystery Shawl by Bunny Muff  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives out of Woole’s Yarn Creations.
 
Brainy Thing:   Waldorf Schools Integrate Knitting into their Curriculum
Margarets offers some information about the role that knitting plays in the Waldorf School Curriculum and some of the philosophy behind it.  http://millennialchild.com/film.html
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain:   McKinleyville Totem Pole
Knitting Tip:
A practical swatch from listener Think.   Knit a sleeve as a swatch.
 
Podcast business:
The Knitting Tip contest and the  incentive to join our Ravelry Group continue.  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit

Brainy Thing:     19.28                           Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:14
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting
Catherine finished her Among the wildflowers bandana  cowl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/among-the-wildflowers which was another opportunity to use beads.  She used Rizoni  yarn from  The loom   (The loombangkok.com).    Sasha Ball Rives http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sasha-ball-rives    was the designer of the free design.   In addition to designing, she owns the Stitch Space yarn shop in Missouri.
 
On her travels back home to help her mom pack up her house of 65 years, Margaret discovered several knitting pieces she has done over the year.   One was an amorphic scarf out of unidentified specialty acrylic yarn that was her first knitting project.   Another was Adele Cutten’s  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/adele-cutten   design Fine Shawl on Diagonal  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fine-shawl-or-scarf-on-diagonal  out of Be Sweet Baby Mohair.  Her mother didn’t want it so Margaret got a new scarf.
 
Brainy Thing:   Knitting Wednesdays for Wounded Warriors at Walter Reed Hospital
Catherine tells us about the Wounded Warrior Knitting Wednesdays   http://www.oakleafdc.org/wounded-warrior-support/wednesday-knitting-classes at Walter Reed Hospital which is not to be confused with the better known Wounded Warrior Group.  
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
There’s a statue of President McKinley standing smack dab in the middle of Arcata, CA.   Margaret tells us part of the story behind it.   One of her references is Roadside America.com   (http://www.roadsideamerica.com/
 
Knitting Tip
Catherine explains the value of making a sloper, or a model of more complicated knitted projects (sweaters and ponchos.)  
 
A Little Podcast Business
The ongoing challenge to join the Teaching Your Brain to Knit Ravelry Group ( http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit)      and to send in Knitting Tips continue.  
Direct download: Ep._037_Knitting_Wednesdays_for_Wounded_Warriors_-_4_16_16_6.42_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:18am PDT

Brainy Thing:    22:00                                Behind the Redwood Curtain:  38:45
 
What we learned from our knitting:
Margaret played with  crocheted hearts from  DIY Wedding by Jennifer E. Ryan either in Interweave Crochet Summer 2015 or as a special collection on the Interweave Website.  They were cute, quick and fun. They are called Guest Lapel Pins on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/guest-lapel-pins
 
Catherine shares Towashis  she received from her swap. One was made of a  worsted cotton, the second from sugar and cream and the third was sugar and cream with a portion from the specialized yarn, Sugar and Cream Scrubby  which is more specialized
Catherine continues to knit baby socks for Afghans for Afghans.   She modified the Kate Atherly Baby Sock http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks-23   to have ribbing on the top of the foot.
 
Brainy Thing:  New Research Finds Way to Speed up Muscle Memory Learning
John Hopkins’ researchers find keys to speeding up learning for patients with neurological conditions, including post stroke.   Could these techniques work for knitters and crochets?
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain:  38:45
Margaret talks about the “scientific” and the oral  history of the native tribes still thriving in the Humboldt Bay area. Much of her research is based on  Two Peoples, One Place by Ray Raphael and Freeman House.  http://www.amazon.com/Peoples-Place-Freeman-House-Raphael/dp/1883254019.
 
Podcast Business:
The incentive for joining the Ravelry group  Teaching Your Brain to Knit  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit  and the contest for Knitting Tips continue.  

Brainy thing:  23:33        Behind the Redwood Curtain:  33:33
What We’re Learning from our Knitting:
Catherine’s been doing some knitting for a theatre production:  She made a pair of fingerless mitts in bright pink for the monkey character in Jungalbook, just relying on measurements and her memory of doing mitts.   She used Deceptive Cookie's  http://www.ravelry.com/people/DeceptiveCookie Bias Stripe Shawl Recipe http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bias-stripe-shawl-recipe  (free) for a black and orange scarf for the tiger character.  
Margaret talks about her marathon sock-darning event using different methods on socks of hers that have developed holes.  
 
Brainy Thing:   Neural Knitworks:   http://www.scienceweek.net.au/neural-knitworks/
Catherine shares Australian Pat Pillai’s idea to knit and weave brain cells as a way to celebrate Austrailia’s National Science Week in August.  Knit, crochet, and knotting patterns of neurons are available for free on the website for the project Neural Knitworks. 
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Margaret talks about the hiking trail of Trinidad Head in Trinidad, California — a short but pretty steep uphill climb that rewards with a fantastic almost 350 degree view at the top.
 
Podcast Business:
The incentive for joining the Ravelry group  Teaching Your Brain to Knit  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit  and the contest for Knitting Tips continue.  
Direct download: Celebrate_Neural_Knitworks_and_the_Brain_-_3_18_16_2.59_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:07pm PDT

Brainy thing:   21:40  Redwood Curtain 31:40 
What We’re Learning from our Knitting:
Margaret does realize that the Forgetting Curve threw her a curve on the Fish Lip Kiss heel.  She made a sparkly pair of blue socks
out of Knit Circus Pixie Dust fingering  weight  merino/silk/nylon/polyamide/metallic yarn.   Years ago she got a similar yarn as a kit from Knit Circus for Jaala Spiro’s half circle Coirrina Shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corrina-shawl) in the Casseopeia  color way.   When she ran out (she didn’t do a gauge swatch—for shame)  Jaala dyed a skein that would especially go with the older color way.  So she had quite a bit of the yarn leftover.
Catherine continues making socks for the Afghans for Afghans organization.  This time she use Kate Atherly’s Baby Socks pattern (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks-23).   She also made Lee Burstein’s Organic Cotton Heirloom Baby Hat (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/organic-cotton-heirloom-baby-hat), but out of wool instead of cotton.  
Brainy Thing:   The Forgetting Curve
Baffled by her botched attempt at the Fish Kiss Lips Heel (she did it once and she thought she remembered it) Margaret delves into the world of forgetting and meets our old friend Hermann Ebbinghaus who first described the Forgetting Curve.  Elizabeth Loftus, a cognitive psychologist, describes different types of forgetting.
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Catherine tells us about an icon of the Humboldt Bay, the statue of “The Fisherman” by Dick Crane.  He and his wife Sally own Dancing Crane Studios.
Knitting Tip:  
Listener Kate Pricey offers a tip about making knitting into the Backward Loop Cast-on easier — go through the back loop.
 Knitting Tip Contest:
Five back issues of Pom Pom magazine is the prize for a randomly selected winner from our Knitting Tip thread of on our group on Ravelry.
Podcast Business:
We continue to have an on-going incentive prize for each 100 people who join our Teaching Your Brain to Knit podcast group on Ravelry.  (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit
Direct download: Ep._034_The_Forgetting_Curve_and_Knitting_-_2_29_16_9.28_PM.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am PDT

Brainy Thing: 20:47      Behind the Redwood Curtain 33:15
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Catherine updates us on her process knitting with Vanessa Ives Shawl by Bunny Muff  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives
She is knitting baby socks by http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks--hat Bianca Boonstra  for her favorite charity  Afghan for Afghans  http://www.afghansforafghans.org/index.html.  They are out of her 2nd pair of Catnip Yarn that she died with Dharma dyes 
Margaret has made more Bevy of Bangles http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bevy-of-bangles by Mags Kandis     The pattern is free on the interweave  press site and is featured in the book Gifted by Mags Kandis.
She reacquainted her self with Judy's magic cast on.  As a reminder, she used the illustrations of Judy Becker’s book:    Beyond Toes:  Knitting Adventures with Judy’s Magic Cast-on.
 
Brainy Thing:  
Catherine tells us more about Stitchlinks and their work on Knitting and Addiction.  Stitchlinks was started by Betson Corkhill.   Catherine also mentions a HBO series  http://www.hbo.com/addiction/on addiction that she found very informative.
 
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Margaret talks about the Standish Hickey State Recreational Area http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=423  and The Peg House http://thepeghouse.net/ complex across the street from the entrance.
 
Knitting Tips:
Catherine tells Cat Bordhi’s tip on dealing with ladders in your knitting.
 
Podcast Business:
There’s a new contest — send in your knitting (or crochet) tips for an opportunity to win five back issues of PomPom magazine.  Also, there is the continuing incentive to join the Ravelry Teaching your Brain to Knit  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit group.  
 
Direct download: Ep_033_How_can_Knitting_help_fight_addiciton_un_-_2_19_16_7.08_PM.m4a
Category:general -- posted at: 7:26pm PDT

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 PDT

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.
 
Brainy Thing
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/
 
Podcast Business
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 PDT

Brainy Thing:   15:47           Behind the Redwood Curtain:  25:35
Welcome to Episode:  How the Distributive Practice Effect or Spacing Effect can help you learn skills in the fiber Arts.
What we’re learning from our Knitting
Catherine got a lot of satisfaction by completing Laura Nelkin’s Butin Collar.  
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butin-collar
Margaret created felted bangles from Mags Kandis’ Bevy of Bangles pattern, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bevy-of-banglesfrom the book Gifted, Lovely little things to knit and crochet http://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Lovely-Little-Things-Crochet-ebook/dp/B00DH40MIG/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1by Mags Kandis or get them for free from the Interweave website.  

Brainy Thing:  The Distributive Practice Effect
Catherine talks about the Distributive Practice Effect, first described by Herman Ebbinghaus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Ebbinghaus.    In psychology,it is talked about as the Spacing Effect. http://www.aft.org/periodical/american-educator/summer-2002/ask-cognitive-scientist.   Essentially, practicing something a little bit every day is more effective in learning than practicing for a long time for one day a week.  

Behind the Redwood Curtain:   Ferndale, CA, the Victorian Village
Catherine introduces us to Ferndale, CA which has a large number of well preserved Victorian buildings.   It is very well decorated around Christmas time.

Knitting Tip:
Margaret shares a tip from No Sheep for You by Amy Singer:   When knitting socks in Cotton or a yarn with little memory, use ribbing to help the sock
 

Direct download: ep._030_Distributive_Learning_and_Fiber_Arts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm PDT

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

Brainy Thing

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 PDT

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

Brainy Thing:

Process vs. Product in our Knitting and Crochet through the lens of the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory

http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/judging-or-perceiving.htm

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.

http://www.ravelry.com/people/CatBordhi

Direct download: Ep._028_Process_vs._Product_in_our_Knitting_and_Crochet-__Myers_Briggs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:05pm PDT

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

Brainy Thing

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.

http://easychangeworks.com/articles-nlp/markova-quiz.htm

http://teachertools.londongt.org/?page=VAK

learningpath.org/articles/30_of_the_Best_Educational_Tools_for_Auditory_Visual_and_Kinesthetic_Learners.html

http://easychangeworks.com/articles-nlp/markova-1-intro.htm

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s351/nl/58815065/110e2ccb-0fba-40e4-9887-e173ce46a227/

http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/2012/05/fleming-vakuous-learning-styles.html

http://learningstylesevidence.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-meta-analysis-of-vak-pre-vark.html

Redwood Curtain

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

http://www.amazon.com/Knowledgeable-Knitter-Margaret-Radcliffe/dp/1612120407/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446325007&sr=1-1&keywords=the+knowledgeable+knitter

Direct download: Ep._027_Reading_Writing_Learning_Style_and_Knitting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37pm PDT

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.

Brainy Thing:

Catherine tells us about Gamma Waves which are associated with learning, memory, linguistic process and other cognitive ability.   Maybe even consciousness itself.
http://www.transparentcorp.com/research/gamma-brain-waves.php.   She hypothesizes that Knitting and Crochet may be linked to Gamma Wave production

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Samoa  Dunes Recreational Center. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/samoa.html offer a variety of recreational options and feature the curious Dolos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolos

 Knitting Tip

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.

Direct download: Ep._026_Gamma_Brain_Waves_and_Knitting_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:13pm PDT

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.

 Knitting Tip:

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

Ep. 024  Muscle Memory and Knitting

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. 

Direct download: Ep._024_Muscle_Memory_and_Knitting.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:04pm PDT

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.

Direct download: Ep._023_Seeing_Color_in_Knitting_and_Crochet.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:16pm PDT

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.

 

Knitting Tip

 

Margaret shares that designers (Laura Nelkin, for example) and yarn companies often have wonderful tutorials on their sites.

 

 

 

 

 

Direct download: Ep._022_Kinesthetic_Learning_and_Knitting.mp3
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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.

 

Catherine is well along on the Failynn Fox Cowl by Heidi May who goes by the Velvet acorn.  She is using Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in pumpkin for it

 

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

 

Catherine introduces the Knit for Life Program started by Tanya Pariequz.  She also talks about Team Survivor Northwest.

 

Behind the Redwood Curtain:   Trillium

 

Margaret talks about the beautiful little trillium that bloom in the spring at the base of the redwood trees.

 

Knitting Tip

 

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.

 

Direct download: Ep._021_Knitting_and_Cancer_Therapy.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Ep._020_Right_Brain_Organizing.mp3
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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
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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.

Direct download: Ep.018_Audiory_Knitting_.mp3
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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
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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. 

Direct download: Ep._016_Knitting_and_the_Need_for_Novelty.mp3
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Brainy Part starts at: 14:05; Behind the Redwood Curtain starts at 28.20.

Catherine talks about her progress on the Meadowlark Shibori Jacket by Gina Wilde out of Alchemy yarn and her new project Clapo-Ktus by Loredana Gianferri in a beloved skein of Goth Sock.  Margaret kind of winged it with a long, narrow drop stitch scarf out of  Recycled Sari Silk.

Then in the Brainy segment, Catherine talks about how meditation can actually increase the grey matter in your brain and reduce the size and therefore the reactivity of the amygdala.   She also shares information on a program called Knitting Behind Bars.

Margaret describes the logging history of the redwoods and current efforts to be more sustainable.

Catherine's knitting tip is change up needle sizes when you're knitting -- have one project on larger needles and another on smaller.

The incentives to join the Ravelry group continue. 

Direct download: Ep._015_Knitting_meditation_and_changing_the_brain.mp3
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Brainy part starts at 17:50 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 32:20.

Margaret talks about her adaptation of the Sweet November crocheted scarf and Catherine gives updates on her Meadowlark Shibori jacket and Sock Yarn Blanket.

Margaret talks about the once popular Right- and Left-brain theory and how current brain scientists see those terms as metaphors.  She mentions that knitters sometimes identify as Right- or Left-brained.

Catherine talks about Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka, CA which uses old fashioned methods to make replicas of pieces for residents and business.  It has expanded to have a school and veterans' services.

Catherine also suggests knitters have a number of cast-ons and bind-offs to choose from when they knit.

Direct download: Ep._014_Knitting_and_the_right_and_left_brain.mp3
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Brainy Stuff starts at 21:47  and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 38.:36.

Catherine shares what she's learned from her knitting of the cowel she completed and her adventures with the Meadowlark Shibori Jacket.  Margaret talks about a Knit-a-long she began many years ago sponsored by Webs Yarn Company that featured tree motifs from Barbara Walker

Today's question is how does Knitting qualifies as an engaged mental activity.   The answer lies in the various brain lobes and brain waves and the location and the wave activity changes depending on what you do including knitting, watching TV, reading or listening to audio books. 

In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Catherine talks about the Arts Alive events in Arcata and Eureka, CA.

The knitting tip this episode is from Josh Bennet who says that if you want long lasting garments, that seaming the pieces is your best bet and that 1x1 ribbing is more durable than other kinds

Direct download: Ep._013_Knitting_Brain_Lobes_and_Waves.mp3
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Brainy stuff starts at 15:40 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 26:55.

Catherine finds a patterns for her Great Adirondack yarn from 50 Fabulous Borders by Rita Weiss.  She also finished a jelly fish from Hansi Singh's Amigurumi Knits.

Margaret has been making washcloths from Stitch Diva's (Jennifer Hansen') pattern and loving the Lucci DK cotton tape yarn.

Catherine relates some research suggesting the knitting and other acitivities reduce the chances of dementia and age-related Alzheimer's.   The evidence is anecdotal and researchs say they need more research before they can find a causal link.

Margaret talks about the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  She also offers a tip to suggest you can sketch out a graph on a challenging knit or crochet pattern that doesn't have one. 

Direct download: Ep._012_Knitting_fights_dementia.mp3
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Ep. 011 Metacognition and how it helps your knitting

Brainy stuff starts at 22:40 and Behind the Redwood Curtain starts at 32:05.

Margaret shares what's she's learned from the Gallatin Scarf and the Silk Curved Scarf while Catherine talks about new (Meadowlark Shibori Jacket) and old (Sock Yarn Blanket) projects.

Margaret discusses the concept of metacognition and how it helps make knitting projects more successful.  She also talks about the First Street Gallery in Eureka and Catherine offers a knitting tip about soaking your project for 20 minutes before blocking. 

Direct download: Ep._011_Metacognition_and_your_knitting.mp3
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Brainy Stuff starts at 25:40.  Redwood Curtain starts at 37:40.

Catherine is learning more about the structural construction of knitting from Josh Ryks' Scarfy Shenanigans.  She also enjoyed the construction of Laura Aylor's Outlier.  And for charity, she knitted one of her standbys -- Magic 28.

Margaret knit a black and white striped hat and added fringe.  She learned that cashmere is lovely soft but shows her botched efforts to pick up a stitch.

Catherine discusses the Arcata Waste Management Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary and Margaret offered a tip about getting spiral binding on knitting techniques books.

Direct download: episode_10_Review_your_knitting.mp3
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Brainy stuff starts at 22:30  Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 39:00

Catherine talks about mystery knitalongs, both Laura Aylor's mystery shawl and Josh Ryks' Scarfie Shenanigans.  Margaret describes her learning on three pairs of children's socks including two zebra socks and one generic toe up. 

In the Brainy section, Catherine explains some of the work of Betsan Corkhill at Stitchlinks about how knitting is therapuetic in a number of ways for a number of conditions.

In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Catherine shares information about how our climate is ideal for artisan goat cheese.

Margaret offers a knitting tip about how getting stitch markers to closely match the size of the needle will help to prevent those yarn overs from slipping under the markers.

Direct download: Ep._009_Therapuetic_Benefits_of_Knitting.mp3
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Brainy stuff starts at 28.25 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 44:50.  

Catherine talks about finishing her PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap by Dahlia in Bloom and the Two-toned Tawashi by Maryann Walsh.  Margaret talked about knitted and crocheted jewelry:  Ribband by Laura Nelkin, Crocheted Wrap Around Bracelet by Yuli Nilssen, Kaitlyn Necklace Rose by Javori Designs, and the Gatsby Necklace by Shaina Bilow.

Catherine lays the foundation for understanding brain chemicals that make us happy and how knitting influences that.  She talks about Dr. Barry Jacoibs, EMDR, Betsman Corkhill and Stitchline.

In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Margaret talks about the Mad River (the California one.)

And in the knitting tip, Margaret talks about flipping a blocking board upright to save space.

Direct download: Ep._008_Happy_Brain_Chemicals.mp3
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Margaret talks about what she is learning from knitting and crocheting long beaded strands including Laura Nelkin's Ribband and Yuli Nilssen's Wrap Around Crochet bracelet.  Catherine talks about her work on the PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap by Dalhia in Bloom using Lion Brand Wool-ease Thick and Quick.   Margaret and Catherine discuss rating patterns by levels of difficulty versus levels of concentration.   Margaret talks about visiting Table Bluff in Loleta, California and then discusses the benefits of using a kitchen scale to measure yarn.

Direct download: ep._007_Skill_or_concentration_.mp3
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Ep. 006 Staying Awake

Catherine talks about creating the braid in Laura Aylor's Faberge', Margaret talks about Mel Ski's hat Drizzle, Catherine introduces Dr. Perri Klass' work on how knitting can create focus and she also describes all the mushrooms she's been seeing this year.  (Photos are in the Shownotes on the blog.)  Finally, Margaret offers some tools-- paper and electronic -- on how to estimate the yardage for projects.

Direct download: ep._006_Staying_Awake.mp3
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Layers of Visual Learning

In this episode, Catherine and Margaret talk about what they are learning from Hilary Smith Callis' Citron and Laura Aylor's Faberge'.  Margaret delves a little deeper into Visual Learning and Catherine talks about the Redwood Curtain's famous denizen, Bigfoot.  She also talks about how the type of needle can impact gauge.

Direct download: Ep._005_Levels_of_Visual_Learning.mp3
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Catherine and Margaret talk about what their knitting is teaching them.  For Margaret it is the Kirklees sock and the Hermione's Everyday Sock.  For Catherine it is knitting a sweater for a theatre production.  (No pattern.)  In Behind the Redwood Curtain, they discuss the annual Fall North Country Fair and in the Brainy Part, Margaret introduces the VAK Learning Style.  Catherine offers a knitting tip about how gauge changes throughout a project. 

Direct download: Ep.004_Whats_your_VAK_.mp3
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Brainy part at 18.60 minutes. 

Catherine talks about what she is learning from casting on Fabrege'.  Margaret talks about her infatuation with Triplets Scarf. 

Catherine contines to talk about Flow and the conditions at least one psychologist believes is necessary to achieve it.

In Behind the Redwood Curtain Catherine talks about Banana Slugs and in Knitting Tips she talks about gauge -- everyone's favorite subject

Direct download: 03_Ep._3_More_Flow_More_Happiness.mp3
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Margaret and Catherine talk about what their knitting is teaching them, (Chameleon Scarf and Fabergé), Mihály's Csikszentmihály's theories on Flow, Redwood trees from a gardening perspective, and KnittingHelp.com's tips on making decreases.

Direct download: 02_Ep._002__Happiness_Flows.mp3
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Ep. 001 Pod Cast-on

In this episode Catherine and Margaret both talk about what they have learned from their knitting;  they discuss Carol S. Dweck's book Mindset, describe in general terms The Redwood Curtain, and offer a knitting tip

Direct download: 01_ep.1_Pod_cast-on___Open_up_to_Knitting.mp3
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