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Margaret and Catherine talk about what they are learning from their knitting, something about the brain or learning, Behind the Redwood Curtain, the area where they live along the Northcoast of California, and a knitting tip

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Margaret and Catherine talk about what they are learning from their knitting, something about the brain or learning, Behind the Redwood Curtain, the area where they live along the Northcoast of California, and a knitting tip

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Wonderful Podcast

By CAPS Grammy - Jan 21 2019
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I started listening to this podcast recently and have very quickly come to appreciate its variety of knowledge and sense of humor. I find it thought provoking too. The two ladies make me feel comfortable, as if I am part of a conversation with friends. I will go back to the beginning and listen to the episodes from the beginning. Thank you!

Knitting and science!

By Flknitter - Jul 03 2017
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Love the knitting content and the science segment is always fun and interesting!

iTunes Ratings

77 Ratings
Average Ratings
70
3
0
2
2

Wonderful Podcast

By CAPS Grammy - Jan 21 2019
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I started listening to this podcast recently and have very quickly come to appreciate its variety of knowledge and sense of humor. I find it thought provoking too. The two ladies make me feel comfortable, as if I am part of a conversation with friends. I will go back to the beginning and listen to the episodes from the beginning. Thank you!

Knitting and science!

By Flknitter - Jul 03 2017
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Love the knitting content and the science segment is always fun and interesting!
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Teaching Your Brain to Knit

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Margaret and Catherine talk about what they are learning from their knitting, something about the brain or learning, Behind the Redwood Curtain, the area where they live along the Northcoast of California, and a knitting tip

Rank #1: Ep. 068 Kwik Learning with Jim Kwik; Exploring Planning and Creativity with Knit the Sky; Embracing the Slow with Socks and Lace; Drive-through Redwoods; Knitting Tip

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Brainy Thing:   16:06    Behind the Redwood Curtain:  24:40   What We’re Learning from our Knitting: Margaret explores the planning/creative phase of a project with Lea Redman's  Knit the Sky Scarf   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sky-scarf.  Redman also has a book called Knit the Sky that promotes creativity and playfulness in knitting. http://www.knitthesky.com/  book  Margaret heard of Lea Redman through Becky Steward's  Knit Om newsletter.  http://knitom.com/author/becky-stewart/   Catherine declares that she is fine being a slow knitter (and later in the episode that she is also fine being a slow reader.)  She is continuing her progress on charity socks  https://northcoastknittery.com/blogs/shop-tidbits/socks-for-the-homeless  sponsored by Northcoast Knittery and on Bunnymuff’s Fatima Shawl. continuing Fatima shawl   Brainy thing: Kwik Learning Turning on  you superpower brain with Jim Kwik episode of Srini Rao on the Unmistakeable Creative Podcast.  https://unmistakablecreative.com/podcast Jim Kwik’s podcast:  Kwik Brain:  Memory Improvement Accelerated Learning   Kwik Brain:  Memory Improvement Accelearated Learning https://kwikbrain.com/podcast Kwik Learning website:  https://kwiklearning.com/   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Links to :  Shrine Drive Thru Tree;  Drive-Thru Tree Park, and Klamath Tour Thru Tree.  https://www.google.com/search?q=drive%20through%20redwoods&oq=drive+through+redwoods&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4302j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&npsic=0&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=40082771,-123811564,26098&tbm=lcl&rldimm=4847466927078880757&ved=0ahUKEwiRoezgtd3VAhWN14MKHVG9Cn8QvS4IRTAA&rldoc=1&tbs=lrf:!2m1!1e2!2m1!1e3!3sIAE,lf:1,lf_ui:1   Knitting Tip: Dealing with ladders that are created in the round knitting.   Links for Podcast: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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, Read and learn Kwikly using Jim Kwik’s methods and tips;  Follow Margaret’s process and stumbles planning a new project — Knit the Sky;  Listen to Catherine “Embrace the Slow” with Charity Socks;  Drive through giant redwood trees;  and get a tip on dealing with ladders knitting in the round.

Aug 17 2017

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Rank #2: Ep. 033 How Knitting Can Help Fight Addiction

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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.
Stitch Links http://stitchlinks.com/
 
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.

Feb 21 2016

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Rank #3: Ep. 072 How the Seasons Effect Your Brain; Knitting With Linen; Finishing Projects; Starfish, the Harmonizers; Book Give Away

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Brainy Thing:    13:34             Behind the Redwood Curtain:  21:34   What We Learned From Our Knitting: Margaret made a cowl and added beads to the edges of the Churchouse Yarns and Teas’ Bias Before and After Scarf.  — http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bias-before--after-scarf She struggled with the stiff  fiber of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Drama Linens  but loves the results in  the Sage Paradise color way which to her eyes looks likes an aqua blue. Catherine finished her third pair of Charity Socks and also finished the Fatima Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3 by Bunny Muff (Mona8pi) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3 and featuring the nupps that Catherine has grown to love.     Brainy Thing:   13:34 How does your brain react to the seasons.   More differently than you would expect.   Behind the Redwood Curtain The Ocher Sea Star, common along the North Coast, is one of the keys to ocean harmony.  We spotted a lot of these fellows during our hike at the minus tide.  Its Latin name is Pisaster ochraceus .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisaster_ochraceushttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisaster_ochraceus http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Pisaster_ochraceus/   Book Giveaway We have another Book Give Away   Links Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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, we learn surprising things about how your brain works in different seasons, Margaret wins the struggle with stiff linen yarn for a cowl with beads, Catherine finishes a Charity Project and a long term project, the Starfish comes back to the North Coast and we have another book giveaway.

Oct 16 2017

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Rank #4: Ep. 055 Increasing the "love hormone" Oxytocin to Increase Happiness

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Brainy thing:   17:11  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  30:42   Catherine was deep into the production of Pussy hats by   Jayna Zweiman and Krista Suh https://www.pussyhatproject.com/knit/ .   Bunches more patterns on:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=pussy%20hat&view=captioned_thumbs&page=1&sort=best  Margaret steals, uh, appropriates one of them.  Catherine took this opportunity to repurpose a cowl that was beautiful —Cuppa Java Cowl  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cuppa-java-cowl  by Sarah Wilson or The Sexy Knitter http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarah-wilson— but didn’t quite work for her.   She loved the yarn, though: A Gothling merino cashmere blend by Rainy Days and Wooly Dogs Goth Sox in the colorway "Home Coming Queen’s got a gun.”  She made other hats out of Cascade 220 and some mystery yarns from her stash. Margaret features some knitting made by other people and shares her delight with the Faberge’ egg-like ornament designed by Laura Lamers’ (http://www.ravelry.com/people/northcoastknit)  of the Northcoast Knittery.     Brainy Thing: Catherine describes the “Love Hormone” Oxytocin and some recent research that shows bonding between dogs and their owners.  There are lots of studies on this including several by Jessica Oliva. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/04/how-dogs-stole-our-hearts https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/the-look-of-love-is-in-the-dogs-eyes/   Behind the Redwood Curtain: A paved, multi-use trail just south of Bay Shore Mall and along the Eastern Edge of Humboldt Pave meets lots of needs.   It’s the Hikshari’ trail http://www.redwoods.info/showrecord.asp?id=5666   Podcast Business: There’s an ongoing incentive to sign up for the Teaching Your Brain to Knit Podcast Ravelry Group and a current contest for the 2017 Learn-along.           How the hormone Oxytocin can increase happiness, How knitting can unite sides in activism, The discovery of a new stitch which brought joy,  Finding a new humboldt trail that accommodates a range of needs, Repurposing yarn for a -not-quite-right finished project

Feb 03 2017

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Rank #5: Ep. 065: Betsan Corkhill; Kristy Glass Knits; Garter Stitch Kitchener Stitch; Fatima Shawl; Bunny Muff; Betty Chinn Center; Giveaway

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Brainy thing:   19:29             Behind the Redwood Curtain 30:45   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Nothing could be easier than Kirsten Hipsky’s   #576  Knit Lace Jar Cover http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-lace-jar-covers so of course Margaret had to complicate it by learning a new technique:  this time a garter stitch kitchener which turned out less complicated than the standard stockinette kitchener. Garter stitch Kitchener:  http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/grafting-garter-kitchener-stitch Catherine  is starting a new Bunny Muff project that includes beads and nupps.   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3 and she continues to work on the Charity Socks project sponsored by the Northcoast Knittery:  https://northcoastknittery.com/blogs/shop-tidbits/socks-for-the-homeless   Brainy Thing:  Kristy Glass Podcast Interviews Betsan Corkhill: Kristy Glass is a prolific video podcast and recently designated May Mental Health Month.   She interviewed Betsan Corkhill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujY79nFUDVY who recently published   Knitting for Health and Wellness  https://www.amazon.com/Knit-Health-Wellness-knit-flexible-ebook/dp/B00KVL5OQ8.  (She also interviewed us in May  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vPppbZTkF0)   Behind the Redwood Curtain Catherine shares what one woman can do to help the homeless:  Betty Chinn and the homeless http://bettychinn.org/   Giveaway: Help Margaret Destash:  this time it’s Japanese Inspired Knits by Marianne Isager.       Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we review an episode of the Kristy Glass Knits Podcast where she interviews Betsan Corkhill and discusses the topics of Betsan’s new book, Knitting for Health and Wellness.  Margaret tries out a garter stitch variation kitchener stitch;  Catherine starts a new Bunny Muff patter with beads and Nupps;  We celebrate Betty Chin in our community who has made great progress helping the homeless in ourarea;  and we give away another book.

Jul 02 2017

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Rank #6: Ep. 011 Metacognition and how it helps your knitting

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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. 

Mar 03 2015

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Rank #7: Ep. 076 Lucid Dreaming, Gamma Waves and Ah Hah Moments; Knitting from Charts; Mitten Thumbs; Local Politics

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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.    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-mittens-2https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/penguin-mittshttps://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/buggy-mitts   Brainy Thing Catherine explores Gamma Waves, “Ah Ha” moments and lucid dreaming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SA5HOgf3znw   Behind the Redwood Curtain Discovering local politics behind the redwood Curtain and in your neighborhood too.   Links Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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.

Jan 03 2018

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Rank #8: Ep. 039 Barbarbara Arrowsmith Changes her Brain

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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.   Brainy Thing: 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.   Knitting Tip: 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.

Jun 01 2016

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Rank #9: Ep. 090 What is the Matilda Effect; Knitting in Pieces; Finding gauge for Resizing; Cruising the Humboldt Bay on the Madaket; Book Give Away

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Brainy thing:  20:25                   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  32:27   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret is exploring new approaches to knitted birds with Nicky Filakowska’s aptly named book Knitted Birds .  These birds  are knitted in pieces and then assembled and stuffed. Catherine is realizing the importance of gauge with a seemingly simple dishcloth pattern —  the Quadrant dishcloth/washcloth by Jenny Konopinski https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quadrant-dishcloth   Brainy Thing:   The Matilda Effect Women not only were prohibited from getting advanced education and entering fields like science and medicine; but also when they did, their work was often overlooked.   Catherine introduces the phenomenon named after Matilda Joslyn Gage this week http://www.matildajoslyngage.org/ Women’s work, the first 20,000 years  www.amazon.com/Womens-Work-First-Years-Society/dp/0393313484/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533162658&sr=1-1&keywords=women%27s+work+the+first+20+000+years   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  The Madaket We talk about touring Eureka from the Bay:  Harbor Tours on the Madaket:  https://www.humboldtbaymaritimemuseum.com/madaketmainpage.html   Give Away: Don’t miss out on the Book Give Away.     Links:    Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we introduce the Matilda Effect —Overlooking Accomplishments of Women Scientists;  Catherine searches for gauge on a simple but elegant dishcloth;  Margaret learns techniques and discovers biases that are for the birds;  She also    shares information and experiences on two Madaket Harbor Cruises and we have another book giveaway.

Aug 02 2018

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Rank #10: Ep. 010 Review Your Knitting

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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.

Feb 21 2015

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Rank #11: Ep. 015 Knitting, Meditation and Changing Your Brain for the Better

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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. 

May 02 2015

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Rank #12: Ep. 079 Replication Crisis; Learning to Love Luxury; Crochet Scrubbie; Renaissance of the Eureka Inn

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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. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/snuggle-mitts  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-dishclothhttps://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.    www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39054778 https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/when-study-can%E2%80%99t-be-replicated https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Replication_crisis   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Catherine explores a landmark and historic hotel, the Eureka In —where else— Eureka. https://www.eurekainn.com/   Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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 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.

Feb 16 2018

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Rank #13: Ep. 103 Knitting Little Things; Starting a New Welcome Blanket; Magnetoreception and the Human Brain; The Redwood Monastery

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Brainy thing:  24:18            Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:40   What we’ve learned from our knitting (and crochet):   Margaret completed her Quest Shawl by Linda Dean featured in the Jimmy Beans Advent Crochet event.   It was great fun but she was glad to finally finish it.   Quest Shawl:https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quest-shawl.   Then she completed several small projects:  A souvenir from Stitches West, Rebecca Danger’s Wickedly Peaceful Polar Bear:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wickedly-peaceful-polar-bear-christmas-ornament.   Some eggs including one by Nicky Fijalkowska in her book  Knitted Birds    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knitted-birds-by-nicky-fijalkowska and one that Margaret freelanced on her own.   Finally, to mix up needle sizes, she finished the Jolly Wee Elf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jolly-wee-elf in worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles.    In this process she became curious about casting on small circular objects and found the following links helpful:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRHzIYEK7a8   and circular  Cast on:   https://knitmuch.com/4-cast-ons-for-knitting-circular-lace/ She also found a great tutorial for stuffing these items by Sarah Schira from Imagined Landscapes, famously a gnome designer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkSFzJDULFA   Catherine sadly lost the bag with her textured blanket squares but started with a new project for the Welcome Blanket project:   https://www.welcomeblanket.org/patterns/ .She’s  using Caron's Yarnspirations in the summer berry colorway.   Brainy Thing: How do birds migrate and bees find their way?   One way is through magnetoreception and now scientists have recorded human responses to changes in the magnetic field.   But test subjects didn’t seem able to consciously feel those changes.   https://www.livescience.com/65018-human-brain-senses-magnetic-field.html http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/03/18/human-brain-magnetoreception-magnetic-field-sense/#.XJBsGGRKhFQ http://theconversation.com/new-evidence-for-a-human-magnetic-sense-that-lets-your-brain-detect-the-earths-magnetic-field-113536   Behind the Redwood Curtain: County residents are concerned that the Netflix series Murder Mountain will cast a negative shadow on Southern Humboldt County, but Catherine tells us about a little known treasure in the middle of remote and wild SoHum:  The Redwoods Monastery  or  Our Lady of the Redwoods  in White Thorn operated by  Cistercian nuns and who also market their delicious honey. https://www.redwoodsabbey.org/ https://store.redwoodsabbey.org/collections/honey     We’re back with Catherine and Margaret in the classic format of our podcast Teaching Your Brain to Knit, number One Hundred and Three.  We share what we’re learning from our knitting:  crocheting a shawl, knitting small items and starting a new welcome blanket.  Margaret reports new studies that show that human brains respond to changes in the magnetic field but people don’t consciously perceive them.  What does that mean?   We don’t know.    And Catherine talks about a remote monastery and retreat in Southern Humboldt.

Apr 28 2019

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Rank #14: Ep. 016 Knitting and the Need for Novelty

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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. 

May 17 2015

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Rank #15: Ep. 041 One Solution to Better Memory -- Sleep

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Brainy Thing:   19:01    Behind the Redwood Curtain What We’re Learning From Our Knitting: Catherine is knitting washcloths using SmarieK’s free pattern Double Lattice free pattern.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-lattice-cloth using scraps of cotton including Knit One Crochet Two and Cotlin.   Margaret had another Mending Party.   Thanks to oekmama1in our Ravelry Group for referring her to Kate Atherley’s article in  Knitty 2006 on Repairs.   http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATrepairs101.html uses sewing thread to loosely graft stitches at top and bottom.  Among piles of socks, Margaret mended the  As You Like It Cardigan by Judith Shangold  our of Cascade 220 super wash in a brown.  Some of the socks were made from  Fish knits warm sock; Online commercial; Misty alpaca hand dyed sock yarn (alpaca, merino nylon, silk) ;  Fiber lady luxury sock yarn easy.   Her favorite pattern in this lot was  Mystery Sock V: April Showers by Wendy Gaal, in Sock-aholic yarn from Knitters Brewing Co (75/25 wool/ nylon 480 yards).  She also tried to make the brim of the  Lace Beanie #70177 by Lion Brand Yarn out of Plymouth Yarn Kudo  top down lace yarn larger but even after vigorous blocking it is still too tight.  She’ll have to revisit that.    Brainy Thing:  Adequate Sleep is Essential to Long Term Memory Catherine talks about the research between developing long term memory and sleep.   https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201106/sleep-and-long-term-memory-maybe-s-why-we-sleep http://news.mit.edu/2009/memories-0624   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret shares how she spotted a blue grey heron down the street from her and her resultant research on them,    The Audubon site not only has a beautiful close up of the bird but also recordings of its calls and songs.   http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-blue-heron   Knitting Tip Concerned about running out of yarn on your row?  Catherine advises you to lay out your yarn, back and forth and back again (three times the length of what you have left)  to determine how much you need.    A Little Podcast Business  We announced winners of our Knitting Tip contest (She will receive Pom Pom magazine) and our Incentive to join our Ravelry Group.   Ravelry group:  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit Show Notes:  https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/

Jul 03 2016

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Rank #16: Ep. 053 Gut Instinct and the Brain

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Brainy Thing:   13:02    Behind the Redwood Curtain:   What We’re Learning From Our Knitting: Catherine returns to an old favorite, The Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-age-of-brass-and-steam-kerchief Margaret tries a new tool, Embellish-Knit https://www.amazon.com/Caron-20293-Embellish-Knit-Machine-Kit/dp/B003W0AUQ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483493507&sr=8-1&keywords=embellish-knit+machine+kit which makes a wicked-fast i-chord to create some Wreath Ornaments by Lorna Miser.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wreath-ornaments-3  and the Fino necklace by Laura Nelkin.    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fino   Brainy Thing:  Gut Instinct and the Brain Scientists are showing a direct link between the human gut and the brain which accounts for those “gut feelings we get.  Switzerland science researchers at ETH in Zurik,  Urs Meyer  German and his team at the  Swiss Federal insititude of technology,  research gut brain afferance   https://www.ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2014/05/how-the-gul-feeling-shapes-fear.html   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Sequoia Park Zoo A small but sweet zoo in Sequoia Park in Eureka concentrates on education and species preservation.   Knitting Tip:  Prevent Repetitive Stress Syndrome Keeping your hands in a C shape with your palms facing upward helps to prevent repetitive stress syndrome   Learn-along Our all-new Learn Something New Incentive with randomly selected prizes.   See thread on the Teaching Your Brain to Knit Ravelry page.   One prize will be a skein of 650 yards of Kristin Omdahl’s  B so Fine yarn  (in bamboo)   by Kristin Omdahl Yarns.   Other prizes to be announced.     Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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.   Is there anything to  “gut feelings” that people are always talking about, We return to an old favorite   Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief, using a new tool dramatically speeds up making i-chord, Spot lighting Eureka’s small but educational zoo, a way to prevent repetitive stress syndrome, and the beginning of a new Learn-along

Jan 04 2017

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Rank #17: Ep. 054 Neurosociety: Interactive Theatre Teaches Us About Our Brains

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Brainy Thing:   15:59             Behind the Redwood Curtain:  23:56 What We Learned from Our Knitting: Margaret finished Laura’s Lamers' Silken Straw Kerchief (unpublished) which was a long term but pleasant pattern. The yarn is challenging but so worth the extra attention it needs.   The pattern includes beads and silk — what more could you want? Catherine finished her  Age of Brass and Steam shawlette by Orange Flower http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-age-of-brass-and-steam-kerchiefwith a self striping skein from Canon dye works.   Brainy Thing: Margaret reports on “Neurosociety," the immersion/interactive theatre experience currently in Menlo Park, California that explores how our brains influence our perceptions and how our perceptions impact what we believe.  It was created by David Byrne and Mala Gaonkar.  http://www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/12834/the-institute-presents-neurosociety and runs through March.   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Catherine talks about how Arcata’s Big Scoop ice cream shop is an excellent example of a locavore business and one that reflects the owners’ values.   Knitting Tip: Margaret got feedback from listeners about more information on Color Dominance.  Here is some  particularly helpful information she found:    Ysolda Teague’s blog  http://blog.ysolda.com/ysolda-blog/2014/5/29/technique-thursday-colour-dominance Dianna at the Paper Tiger blog  http://paper-tiger.net/blog/13911317/colordominance   2017 Learn-along: The 2017 Learn-along runs from January 1 to May 1.   There are two threads on the Teaching Your Brain to Knit page of Ravelry:  one for the finished projects and one for chatter — to admire, offer advice and muse.   Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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.   Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit, an interactive theatrical event that teaches you about your brain; a new strategy for dealing with challenging yarn, having fun with self-striping yarn, how an Arcata ice cream shop supports the locavore movement, More on color dominance and a reminder about the 2017 Learn-along.

Jan 19 2017

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Rank #18: Ep. 078 Can Pantone Lead Us to Mysticism; Colors in Kit Surprise Us; Choosing Books With Right Pace for Us; Celebrate Dungeness Crab Season

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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.    https://www.amazon.com/Crocheters-Skill-Building-Workshop-Techniques-Adventurous/dp/1612122469 She compares this book to two others to two others:   Ultimate Crochet Bible:   A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Crochet-Bible-Step-Step/dp/1910231797/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517428360&sr=1-2&keywords=crochet+bible by Jane Crowfoot and Crochet 101:  Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily   https://www.amazon.com/Crochet-101-Step-Step-Instruction/dp/1589236394/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1517428471&sr=1-1&keywords=crochet+101 by Deborah Burger.   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.     https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018   Behind the Redwood Curtain One of the high points of North Coast Living is the Dungeness crabs https://www.google.com/search?q=dunegeness+crab&oq=dunegeness+crab&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.6582j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8  from December through Spring.   Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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 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.

Feb 01 2018

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Rank #19: Does Knitting Impact Your Brain like Breathing and Meditation?

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Welcome to Episode 47 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit Brainy thing:      11:29   Behind the Redwood Curtain 21:56 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Margaret has been looking for modifications of the Afterthought Heel to prevent (or reduce) those strained stitches in the corner.   She found Afterthought Heels Revisited (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afterthought-heels-revisited) by Laura Linneman of the Kinitgirlllls (yes, three “l”s) Podcast fame and the Knit Better Socks blog by RMD (http://knitbettersocks.blogspot.com/2011/12/improving-afterthought-or-forethought.html).  She used Vesper yarn  in a color way she calls “Neopolitan ice cream with blueberries”— pink, blue white and blue. Catherine finished up her Double Lattice Dishcloths by SmarieK (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-lattice-cloth).  She used various leftovers from Knit Picks and Peaches and Cream The Brainy Thing: Breathing and the Brain Margaret was inspired by this topic by Memletics writer Sean Whitely which unfortunately had no references.  So she looked for some research the (self evident) idea that breathing would help your brain function.   She started with Breathing and the Brain (http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2013/05/14/breathing-and-your-brain-five-reasons-to-grab-the-controls/#2e5150ae52aa) then found a MIT study from 2005 headed by Sara W. Lazar, et al (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361002/)  (she also has a Ted Talk at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8rRzTtP7Tc. Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Trees of Mystery  Catherine focuses on the giant interactive Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox of Trees of Mystery in Klamath, CA.  https://www.treesofmystery.net/ Knitting Tip: decreases on the edges of garments Catherine shares a tip for making neater knitting decreases along the edges of garment. Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects,  and indexes for Behind the Redwood Curtain places and Brainy things and anything else we decide to post.

Oct 03 2016

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Rank #20: Ep. 052 How Gratitude Impacts Your Brain

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Brainy Thing:   11:37  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  24:21 Catherine has declare “Hat Day” by knitting Marsha McCormack’s “Easy Watch Cap With A Twist” http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-watch-cap-with-a-twist.  Marsha designs under the name of Lena’s Legacy Hand Knits, honoring her grandmother who taught her to knit.   The pattern is free.  Catherine also knit the "Countless Baby Hat”  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/countless-baby-hata free top down pattern by Cindy Davies that features a little i-chord twist at the top. Margaret practiced working with double pointed needles on a free eyeball pattern http://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Eyeballs__D55679220.html  featured on the Knit Picks site and designed by Stana D. Sortor.   Brainy Thing:  Gratitude Changes Your Brain For some time people have recognized that actively practicing gratitude can improve our moods but Catherine has found research that shows that gratitude practice can change our brains for the better.     Research by Glenn R Fox et al reports their research:  http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01491/full.  Also cited by Catherine is this research:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4588123/   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Bull Kelp  aka Bull Whip Kelp etc.   Margaret tells the tale about how sharing her grandson’s “screen time” of the Octonauts, she learned more about the plant life behind the Redwood Curtain.  Giant Kelp Forest episode on Octonauts:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szJd0rGJUTA  and source on what it looks like when it washes up on shore:  http://www.seaweedsofalaska.com/species.asp?SeaweedID=47   10 things you can do with Bull Kelp:  https://oceans52.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/10-cool-things-you-can-do-with-bull-kelp/    Monterey Bay Aquarium:https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/plants-and-algae/bull-kelp   Knitting Tip:      You can stuff tiny places in your knitting with a mosquito clamp.  http://www.surgical-instrument-pictures.com/instrument-index-kelly-mosquito.html   A Little Podcast Business: Learn-along 2016   Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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.     Today in Teaching Your Brain to Knit how gratitude not only changes your attitude but changes your brain, Catherine declares Hat Day, Margaret learns knitting techniques by knitting eyeballs, how a children’s television show can lead to understanding your own environment, and repurposing surgical instruments into knitting tools.

Dec 19 2016

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Ep. 110 The Vagus Nerve and Your Brain and Health; Knitting Small Things; Crocheting Scrubbies and getting new yarn; Utility boxes as canvases for public art

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Brainy thing:  23:46   Behind the Redwood Curtain:   37:07 What we’re learning from our knitting:   Margaret’s knitting this time focused on small items.    She was amazed at the design originality of Rebecca Langford’s Little rustic pumpkin https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/little-rustic-pumpkin that she started in in Kelbourne Woolens, Germantown, Gold but sadly didn’t have enough to complete. Just to be able to complete something she took up the crocheted Fall Leaves Pattern https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fall-leaves-3 by Michelle @ the Painted Hinge.  She completed the  Caps for Kids Swirled Ski Hat https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/swirled-ski-cap by Caps for Kids from the organization but also included in Knitting for Peace by Betty Christiansen.  Finally, her favorite, most fun, quick, quick project this time was the Pint Sized Pines by Julie Tarsha  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pint-sized-pines made from scraps of Mission Falls 1824 cotton. Catherine worked on crocheted cotton Rainbow Flower Scrubby Dishcloth https://www.mooglyblog.com/rainbow-flower-scrubby-dishcloth-free-crochet-pattern/ https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rainbow-flower-scrubby-dishcloth by Tamara Kelly but sadly her new puppy loves them and took a bite out of one.  She has fallen love with some yarn that she will work up as a scarf. http://www.bluemoonfiberarts.com/newmoon/   Brainy Thing:  The Vagus Nerve Labeled the “queen of nerves” the Vagus Nerve plays a major role in connection between the trunk of the body and the brain and seems able to affect a host of conditions from inflammation to depression.  Margaret outlines the remarkable connections the Vagus Nerve makes and how to stimulate it for good health.   https://www.mentalfloss.com › 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.govhttps://www.thecut.com    Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Utility Boxes As Art Who would have thought of using outdoor Utility Boxes as a canvas for art?   The City of Eureka did and the results are fun and engaging.  https://www.ci.eureka.ca.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=12986https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/may/4/eurekas-first-utility-box-art-installation-finishe/https://lostcoastoutpost.com/2018/may/17/outraged-business-owner-convinces-city-cover-cat-p/   Today in Episode 110 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we outline the many ways the Vagus Nerve connects the brain with the body and the many ways you can stimulate it that will improve your health.  Margaret shares the small  but satisfying projects she worked on, Catherine talks about crocheting scrubbies and her excitement about new yarn , and she reports how the city of Eureka used its Utility Boxes as canvases for outdoor art.

Jan 22 2020

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Ep. 109 Dinaural Beats, Paper Quilting, Jewish Hearts revisit; Another Contexta Hotpad, Fern Canyon

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Brainy:  15:22                      Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:45   What We’re Learning from our Knitting: Catherine has found the same peace with English Paper Quilting that she gets with knitting but she’s not abandoning knitting and has plans for new projects.   Margaret revisited the   Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh, making one for her. Ravelry   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jewish-hearts-for-pittsburgh hearts https://www.planetjune.com/blog/free-crochet-patterns/love-hearts/ 6 pointed stars https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beginners-flower--6-point-star https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/suzies-6-point-star-embellishment She also discovers an interesting book on an historical look at using crafts for dissent. Crafting Dissent by Hinda Mandell   https://www.amazon.com/Crafting-Dissent-Handicraft-Revolution-Association/dp/1538118394/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=crafting+dissent&qid=1575327532&s=books&sr=1-1 And of course, she found another  Laura Nelkin pattern to knit up — a felted hot pad: Another Contexta  by Laura Nelkin https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/another-contexta using Germantown wool   Brainy Thing: On her way to check out Theta Waves Catherine discovers binaural beats that in one study successfully relieved pre-surgery anxiety.  There are also wild claims about this phenomenon but research is showing that some of those claims may be proven out.   https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1365-2044.2005.04287.x Also, she offers a tip on a show that illustrates the amazing-ness of the human brain: NOVA   4619  Looks Who’s Driving  https://video.aptv.org/video/nova-4619-grmkax/ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings/20190920pbs30/   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret reports on a must-see North Coast phenomen — Fern Canyon.   https://www.visitredwoods.com/listing/fern-canyon-in-prairie-creek-redwoods-sp/464/     Today, in Episode 109 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we touch on English Paper Quilting, we follow up on Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh, and look at another Laura Nelkin kit — a felted hot pad called Another Contexta.    Although there are some wild claims for binaural beats, some studies are showing useful applications.  We talk about them.   And then we report on the famous, magical Fern Canyon in Behind the Redwood Curtain.     Thank you for listening to our podcast.   You can find the show notes on ravelry and inside some podcast apps.   You can find us on Facebook and rarely instagram.   We hope you subscribe and continue to listen to us.

Dec 05 2019

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Ep. 108 Brain Changes in Animal-Human Interaction; Cairos Wristlet; Yield of Washcloth Swap; and the Samoa Cookhouse

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Brainy Thing:  16:15    Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:41   Margaret finished the Laura Nelkin Kairos wristlet https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kairos-2.   She particularly liked the randomness of the bead placement.  This was a kit and Laura offers 5 different colorways on her etsy store.     Catherine hasn’t done much knitting but she’s working on a pair of Baby Socks https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks-23  and has reaped the rewards of her dishcloth exchange.    https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap: Some of the patterns she received are Blossom (crochet),   The Almost Lost Washcloth https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-almost-lost-washcloth;   in swimming pool colorway, The Sail Away Dishcloth—  (joann’s )  and  Poppy.       Brainy Thing:  Brain Changes in Animal-Human Interactions Why does it feel so good to pet your animal (or even watch colorful fish?)   There’s a whole world of research out there and recent studies show chemical and structural changes in both animal and human brains when they interact.  And those changes make both  feel good.   Book mentioned :  How Dogs Love Us:  A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain   by Gregory Berns     Other research links:   https://www.google.com/search?q=prolactine&oq=prolactine&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.12407j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/4625213/ns/health-pet_health/t/puppy-love----its-better-you-think/#.XYve7GRKgUQ https://www.cnet.com/news/my-week-with-aibo-what-its-like-to-live-with-sonys-robot-dog/ http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/robotic-dog/y.   Welcome to episode 108 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, a bit delayed because of power outages and other events.   Today, we will explore how the brain changes in animal and human interactions;  we’ll talk about a cute little beaded wristlet;  report on the Annual Washcloth exchange,  and discuss a Northcoast landmark — the Samoa Cookhouse.     Thank you for listening to our podcast.  You can subscribe to us on most podcasting platforms including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Shownotes are on Ravelry and on many podcast platforms, embedded in the show.  We’re behind posting on our Webpage but we’ll catch up someday.       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  The Samoa Cookhouse   samoa cookhouse winter hours  https://www.samoacookhouse.net/menu

Nov 07 2019

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Ep. 107 Socks and tips; Analysis Paralysis; North Coast Tourism

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Brainy:    13:05           Behind the Redwood Curtain 27:30  What We’re Learning from our Knitting:   It’s socks, socks, socks in our knitting this episode.  Catherine shares the sad tale of her puppy getting to a washcloths she had finished for her Washcloth exchange.   Now she gets to keep the slightly chewed Vortex 5 by Rebecca Hudson  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vortex-5-dishcloth but needs to make another one.  She decided on the perfect traveling project:  Baby socks.   Some patterns she likes are  ribbed far away baby socks   originally from Afghan for afghans made in worsted weight https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ribbed-far-away-baby-socks.  She also like another free baby socks pattern:  jelly bean baby sock spud and chloe  Susan B Anderson  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jelly-bean-baby-socks   Margaret also is working on socks — this time the nugget peds by Laura Nelkin  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#sort=best&inline=&query=Nugget%20peds.  She also offers some of her favorite sock tips:   kate Atherly heel trick  http://kateatherley.blogspot.com/2014/04/more-questions-on-sock-fit.html lucy neatby heel The slippurl and alternative heel stitch  https://www.lucyneatby.com/extras/newsletters/SY19.html   Finchley graft video by Roxanne Richardson:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3sD_RU720c  (watch out! The opening ad is loud)   Lorilee Beltman how to  remember the kitchner stitch:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkW3kP7RZdk    Brainy Thing:   Analysis Paralysis  overanalysis squelches creativity 1959 Barry Swartz  The paradox of choice The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin Podcast recommended:   Happier (also by Gretchen Rubin)   Ambition and balance  blog by Doist Links:       https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/don-t-overthink-it-less-is-more-when-it-comes-to-creativity/http://www.swarthmore.edu/SocSci/bschwar1/maximizing.pdfhttps://gretchenrubin.com/2011/12/dont-fall-into-decision-quicksand/https://doist.com/blog/category/productivity/   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Fancy Website:  Visit Humboldt https://www.visithumboldt.com/ More basic website:  Humboldt california redwood coast https://www.visitredwoods.com/   Today on Episode 107 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we discuss a beaded cuff sock, Nugget Peds by laura Nelkin plus a few sock tips and tricks to spice it up;   We find baby socks the perfect travel knitting and offer some patterns.  Analysis Paralysis is a real thing and we not share the brain science behind it but offer some tips to kicking it; and we present an overview of tourism on the Northcoast from attractions to wholistic groceries.     Today we have another give away — this time a book from my library — a gently owned book named “Slow Knitting a journey from sheep to skein to stitch”   by Hannah Thiessen.  It chronicles her journey from the “getting it done quickly” attitude with her knitting to slowing down and deep her understanding of all the processes of her practice.  The book is a mixture of patterns, essays from a variety of professionals in the industry and beautiful photographs.  Companies include Green Mountain Spinner and O-Wool.  The patterns include lots of sweaters but also shawls and cowls and hats and mittens.  Hannah divides her book with the themes of “source carefully”  produce thoughtfully   think environmenta  lly experiment fearlessly and explore Openly.  This is a book you slow down with and come back too.

Sep 18 2019

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Ep. 106 Summer socks, beaded i-cord, color app, washcloth exchange, The Placebo Effect, Arcata Fairy Festival

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Brainy thing:  18:37       Behind the Redwood Curtain: 29:19

What We’re Learning From Our Knitting Margaret finished a pair of summer socks:  Top down, 1x1 twist rib cuff, afterthought heel with gusset,  (check out Ariana Hipsagh    gussets in afterthought heel  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUyJM2FBH_o Reena Meijer Dress  Knit better Socks blog  http://knitbettersocks.blogspot.com/) The yarn is  Canon Hand Dyed 80 Merino, 10 Cashmere and 10 nylon.by The Amy Lee Show and the colorway is “I will believe that there are unicorns” a part of her January Shakespeare Club and a quote from the Tempest.   She learned a lot from making the first step from Laura Nelkin’s Ducenti Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ducenti-mkal— a beaded i-cord. Made from in two different but closely coordinated colors, the two skeins of yarn came in Laura Nelkin’s Ducenti Shawl kit,  originally a mystery kit.They are a wonderfully soft single ply Dragonfly Fibers, Pixie yarn in 100 % merino in a mossy green and a variegated dark putty, with hints of a brassy brown and green. But she’s not making the the full shawl as designed by Laura.    She’s using it as the bottom of Eline Oftedal’s Waves Shoulder Cosy https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wave-shoulder-cosy   Catherine shares a free app from Home Depot for matching up colors.   She finds the matches are a tad on the dark side but still thinks it’s a nifty tool.   She found some yarn she’s long been looking for from  Lion Brand gradient stripe in pink for a dog sweater for a dog who looks fierce but isn’t.   She is working on her Dishcloth exchange using cotton she had on hand plus a  ball of lily’s sugar and cream  in white, lime, teal green, and  lavendar.  The pattern is  Vortex 5  by Rebecca Hudson  (Meditative is her Rav name.)      Brainy Thing Margaret reports on recent research on the Placebo effect  — Among the findings are that it works even if people know they are taking a placebo, it works in animals, and it changes an enzyme in the  brain. https://connect.uclahealth.org/2019/03/14/placebo-effect-sugar-pills-as-medicine/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK513296/ https://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2019/03/the-mysterious-and-maddening-placebo-effect-what-we-know-and-dont-know-about-it/ http://programinplacebostudies.org/   Arcata Fairy Festival A new kid-friendly event in Arcata is the Fairy Festival, celebrating its second year and planning for the next. https://www.arcatamainstreet.com/fairy-festival   Give Away Another fun giveaway.  Be the first to request it on the Ravelry thread.     In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we discuss summer socks, beaded i-cord, the dishcloth exchange anda pink striped yarn for a dog.   We share the latest on the Placebo Effect and report on a new area event, The Arcata Fairy Festival.

Aug 13 2019

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Ep. 105 Blankets, Buffalo Log Cabin Mitts, Diet and Depression, Reintroduction of the Condor

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Brainy Thing: 15:16               Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:41   In episode 105 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we share our knitting stories with buffalo wool, the log cabin mitts, blankets and blanket squares.  We report on research about the effect of diet on depression and the reintroduction of the condor in the Northcoast.   What we’re learning from our Knitting: Catherine plays "too little/too much" with her Caron Big Cake (https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/caron-big-cakes) a 100% acrylic yarn. But she’ll end up with a smaller baby sized blanket and blanket squares for a charity blanket.  Margaret tries out Buffalo Wool Company Prairie (bison and silk)  https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/stunning-string-studio-prairie on a pair of log cabin mitts https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/log-cabin-mitts by Karen Templer.   Great yarn and a fun pattern.   Brainy Thing:   Is there a relationship between diet and depression?   Catherine reports on recent research designed to show the impact of a healthy, modified Mediterranean and depression.  (It helped.)https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325240.php   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret discovers the history of the condor along the North Coast and exciting news that they will be reintroduced.   A Little Podcast Business:   We miss podcasting as much and plan to increase the number of podcasts we’re putting out PLUS we have a yarn give away.   A little Podcast Busines     After a few months on a less frequent schedule for our podcast, Catherine and I have missed it and plan now to put out a podcast about once a month.  It may vary a bit — 3 weeks or 5 weeks but somewhere around one podcast a month.  For the time being, we’ll stick to the same format.   And, as a special treat today, we have a giveaway from the stash — a beautiful handspun, thick and thin, sken of 100% BFL or blue face leister totally 100 gram and containing 106 meters.  It has a marled look with green, a medium dark purple, tan and a offwhite.  It is from Friday Studios.  The first one to request this yarn in the 105 episode thread will receive it.   Until next time.

Jul 14 2019

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Ep. 104 Anna Zilboorg Interview: Master Teacher Series

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Today on episode 104 of the Teaching Your Brain to Knit podcast we have a special treat:  an interview with master knitting teacher Anna Zilboorg.  I recorded this last October while on an Camp Stitches workshop in Coeur d’Alene Idaho.  I was excited to be registered in Anna’s workshop-- Design as You Go Construction.  I have all of Anna’s book and I’ve long admired her philosophy and approach to knitting that she lays out in her book Knitting for Anarchists.   In this interview about both quilting and knitting, Anna shares a bit of her own history, she touches on meditative knitting,  she celebrates our hands,  she talks about learning through the mind and learning with the hands and she worries about knitting becoming rote and- rule bound rather than people growing into being being craftspeople.   Anna's books on Amazon:   https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Anna+Zilboorg&ref=nb_sb_noss_2   Look for her classes at Stitches events.     Information from Wikipedia on terms Anna uses:     accusative —  i.e.  They like them — they is nominative, them is accusative   reflexive  is used when the object of a sentence is the same as the subjective   myself, herself, oneself  In grammar, a reflexive verb is, loosely, a verb whose direct object is the same as its subject, for example, "I wash myself". More generally, a reflexive verb has the same semantic agent and patient (typically represented syntactically by the subject and the direct object). For example, the English verb to perjure is reflexive, since one can only perjure oneself. In a wider sense, the term refers to any verb form whose grammatical object is a reflexive pronoun, regardless of semantics; such verbs are also referred to as pronominal verbs, especially in grammars of the Romance languages. In the Romance languages, the pronominal verbs is a parent category with reflexive verbs as only one of its sub-categories. Other kinds of pronominal verbs are reciprocal (they killed each other), passive (it is told), subjective, idiomatic (the presence of the reflexive pronoun   In her book Splendid Apparel,  Anna writes that her mother worried she thought too much about her knitting and directed her towards more academic pursuits.   Anna was educated at Harvard and taught at MIT but eventually left the academic world of the mind.   She is skeptical of brain oriented knitting and credits the hands for their own intelligence, especially in crafts.   She encourages people to understand their knitting and not just follow the rules.   She’s a bit like Elizabeth Zimmerman in that way.   But Anna also offers detailed instruction on techniques.  The traveling twisted stitch is one of them.  And she’s unvented and adapted a number of other techniques     I’ve edited out a lot of this free wheeling interview although I believe some of you would have enjoyed discussions of feminism and academic politics.   But I wanted to focus on Anna’s journey from the straight lines and head thinking of the academic world to the wandering and explorative world of her hands and her heart.   She is now an Anglican solitary who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and she teaches knitting  at workshops and conferences on the side.    Throughout the recording, I’ll stop and explain what I’ve edited out and where we’ll head next.      I begin by asking her about something she said in class and writes about in her books:  Knitting instructions never used to be written and learned from —They weren’t even spoken and listened to.  They were demonstrated and copied.     Just to expand a bit on hand learning versus mind learning.   Anna writes in her book Magnificent Mittens and Socks:  “About learning, there is one thing to say:   it isn’t easy.  It is always difficult for fingers to learn to do something new.  On the other hand, when they do, they learn it.   They never forget it , unlike the mind which learns easily and forgets quickly.”   BAck to the interview.     Even though I got the gist of what Anna was saying, I wasn’t familiar with the terms accusative and reflexive so I looked them up.  In Russian, teach and learn are the same verb but a different form.   The reflexive is when something is done to oneself.  Like, I perjure myself.   A person can only perjure one’s self.   No one else can do it to them.   In this instance I believe , the students teach themselves.    The Accusative is when something is done to someone.   In English we say the teacher teaches the student.   Something is being done to the students.   Like Anna says, like a mother bird stuffing the mouths of a baby bird.  This wasn’t very appealing to her.   From this insight of another way of teaching, Anna was more open to teaching as a career.  But as you can imagine, she didn’t approach it in an orthodox way.   A portion of the interview is edited out although I left in our discussion of climate crisis.  Then we broach the subject of brain or mind learning versus the hands learning.     I’ve edited out a large section of discussion on academic politics.   We discussed Anna's frustration and disappointment with teaching at MIT and her leaving it without any firm idea of how she’d make a living.  She used part of this time to explore her spirituality and her interest in what has traditionally been known as “women’s work”.   She turned to quilting and sold her quilts to help   support herself flirted with getting a post doc in divinity but was not willing to return to academia.        As I mentioned earlier, I took Anna’s classes at Camp Stitches. Camp Stitches is a three day immersive knitting workshop with one teacher hosted by Knitting Universe usually at a luxury hotel in some beautiful place.   Yes, it’s a little spendy but what an incredible opportunity to get to know and learn from a teacher.  Anna was teaching the enormously flexible technique of making a vest or sweater by knitting and embellishing strips or panels and then usually joining them as you go.   This approach allows you to design or change your mind as you go.   In addition to the overall construction, we learned Twisted travel stitches, a number of embroidery stitches,  her perfect button hole,  and a variety of general knitting tips and tricks.   She teaches using the traditional way of one-on-one instruction enhanced by other approaches:  she demonstrates to the class from the front of the classroom, sometimes using the board;  then she goes around to each person and watches them execute the technique or coaches them.  She encourages the class for the tricky parts.   She had us learn to knit and purl backwards and kept saying “You can do it.   You can do it.”  And we did.  In the end, our hands learned these techniques.   Anna teaches at Stitches events.   I encourage you to take one of her classes or indulge and spend a whole camp with her.   You won’t regret it.   In our next podcast, Catherine will be back and we have our classic format:  What we learned from our knitting;  A brainy thing;  and Behind the Redwood Curtain where we live.     Looking forward to connecting with you then.

May 18 2019

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Ep. 103 Knitting Little Things; Starting a New Welcome Blanket; Magnetoreception and the Human Brain; The Redwood Monastery

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Brainy thing:  24:18            Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:40   What we’ve learned from our knitting (and crochet):   Margaret completed her Quest Shawl by Linda Dean featured in the Jimmy Beans Advent Crochet event.   It was great fun but she was glad to finally finish it.   Quest Shawl:https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quest-shawl.   Then she completed several small projects:  A souvenir from Stitches West, Rebecca Danger’s Wickedly Peaceful Polar Bear:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wickedly-peaceful-polar-bear-christmas-ornament.   Some eggs including one by Nicky Fijalkowska in her book  Knitted Birds    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knitted-birds-by-nicky-fijalkowska and one that Margaret freelanced on her own.   Finally, to mix up needle sizes, she finished the Jolly Wee Elf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jolly-wee-elf in worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles.    In this process she became curious about casting on small circular objects and found the following links helpful:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRHzIYEK7a8   and circular  Cast on:   https://knitmuch.com/4-cast-ons-for-knitting-circular-lace/ She also found a great tutorial for stuffing these items by Sarah Schira from Imagined Landscapes, famously a gnome designer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkSFzJDULFA   Catherine sadly lost the bag with her textured blanket squares but started with a new project for the Welcome Blanket project:   https://www.welcomeblanket.org/patterns/ .She’s  using Caron's Yarnspirations in the summer berry colorway.   Brainy Thing: How do birds migrate and bees find their way?   One way is through magnetoreception and now scientists have recorded human responses to changes in the magnetic field.   But test subjects didn’t seem able to consciously feel those changes.   https://www.livescience.com/65018-human-brain-senses-magnetic-field.html http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2019/03/18/human-brain-magnetoreception-magnetic-field-sense/#.XJBsGGRKhFQ http://theconversation.com/new-evidence-for-a-human-magnetic-sense-that-lets-your-brain-detect-the-earths-magnetic-field-113536   Behind the Redwood Curtain: County residents are concerned that the Netflix series Murder Mountain will cast a negative shadow on Southern Humboldt County, but Catherine tells us about a little known treasure in the middle of remote and wild SoHum:  The Redwoods Monastery  or  Our Lady of the Redwoods  in White Thorn operated by  Cistercian nuns and who also market their delicious honey. https://www.redwoodsabbey.org/ https://store.redwoodsabbey.org/collections/honey     We’re back with Catherine and Margaret in the classic format of our podcast Teaching Your Brain to Knit, number One Hundred and Three.  We share what we’re learning from our knitting:  crocheting a shawl, knitting small items and starting a new welcome blanket.  Margaret reports new studies that show that human brains respond to changes in the magnetic field but people don’t consciously perceive them.  What does that mean?   We don’t know.    And Catherine talks about a remote monastery and retreat in Southern Humboldt.

Apr 28 2019

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Ep. 102 Franklin Habit Interview: Master Teacher Series

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What makes a master teacher?   After years of experience designing, teaching, writing, and illustrating, Franklin Habit shares his story of learning and teaching the fiber arts.   From knowing five ways to teach a class to managing different types of learners, Franklin offers information and hints.  He has years of experience and is a Fiber teacher in demand all over the world.   

Find him at his website http://franklinhabit.com/home

at Skacel Makers/Mercantile with Fridays with Franklin

https://wearemakers.com/category/fridays-with-franklin/

at Lionbrand

http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/author/franklin/   at events and classes http://franklinhabit.com/class_calendar   and his online classes are  (free)  ttps://shop.mybluprint.com/knitting/article/franklin-habit/ (for a fee)  https://shop.mybluprint.com/knitting/classes/a-practical-approach-to-color-for-knitters/44696 (for a fee) https://shop.mybluprint.com/knitting/classes/heirloom-lace-edgings/35198   Franklin’s essay on “the uglies” mentioned in in the interview.   http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/sheep-to-shawl/

Mar 22 2019

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Ep. 101 Investigating science and intuition in the film Innsaei; Finishing and planning new knitting projects; Reporting on the documentary Murder Mountain; Giveaways galore

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Brainy:  20:17             Redwood Curtain:  26:10    What We’re Learning from our Knitting: Catherine discovers new stitches from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury for blocks for her Charity Blanket (https://www.amazon.com/Second-Treasury-Knitting-Patterns/dp/0942018176/ref=pd_cp_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0942018176&pd_rd_r=2a3d2895-acb1-11e8-8e51-357518f34f72&pd_rd_w=XOqrD&pd_rd_wg=BKXpo&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=fcaa6d12-8b2b-4ad7-b277-864b2da79f6e&pf_rd_r=VQJFH22H6YV78WKN6KQT&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=VQJFH22H6YV78WKN6KQT&dpID=515Z57E66YL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail)   This time she tried the Grapevine Twist,  Briar Rose and the Heart Pattern.  She hopes to knit the Rosecrusian Scarf by Joselyn Tunney in the future.    Meanwhile Margaret reports on mitts and birds for Christmas and not one, but two advent yarn clubs.   The mitts pattern is from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns   https://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Handy-Book-Patterns/dp/1931499047 .  The bird pattern Margaret’s favorite so far, Arne’s and Carlos’   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vogel-grundanleitung/people?page=8&view=cards.   Brainy Thing: The documentary Innsaei  illustrates  the human gifts of intuition and empathy and ways we can learn them.  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4924624/   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Murder Mountain Margaret and Catherine offer commentary on the new Netflix documentary series Murder Mountain about a young man who seeks money and adventure then goes missing in the Southern Humboldt marijuana industry.   https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9078908/   A Little Podcast Business We outline some upcoming changes in our podcast in the future — including catching up on long tardy documentation.   Give Aways And we give away two books and a skein of self striping sock yarn. https://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit   Podcast Links. Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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     Today in Teaching your Brain to Knit we report on a film that explores science, intuition, creativity, and empathy called Innsaei; Catherine finishes up  a dog and plans for a scarf;  Margaret makes some mitts and a knitted bird for Christmas;  We both give commentary on the new Netflix documentary series Murder Mountain about the Southern Humboldt marijuana industry;  and we offer not one, not two but three giveaways.       And just to offer you a little anticipatory excitement, in our next podcast, probably within a month, we will be interviewing Franklin Habit and getting his wisdom about teaching and learning.   Thank you for listening to our podcast and supporting us all these years.  We recommend that you subscribe to Teaching Your Brain to Knit so you don’t miss any of our upcoming episodes.   You can find us on Overcast, Stitcher, Apple podcasts, Spotify,  and many other fine podcast aggregators.   Shownotes are on Ravelry, the Teaching Your Brain to Knit website, and right below this image on most podcast apps if you are listening on your phone.

Jan 18 2019

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Ep. 100 Do Brain Games Really Work; Finishing a Pair of Fingerless Mitts; Modifying a Dog Sweater and Starting another Charity Block; Feasting on Humboldt Grassfed Beef

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Brainy Thing:   10:43       Behind the Redwood Curtain:   22:25   What We’re Learning From Our Knitting: Margaret, yet again, referred to Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns   https://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Handy-Book-Patterns/dp/1931499047  to make mitts for her granddaughter in leftover Viking Nordlys yarn in 75 wool/25 nylon yarn.  This long repeat yarn was originally suggested by Theresa Schabes for the Maya hat and mittens:  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maya-hat-and-mittens-set.   Catherine finishes (well, almost —except for weaving in the ends)  a dog sweater and is working on another block for her charity blanket.   Knit Dog Coat (by Bernat):  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dog-coat-11. https://www.amazon.com/Second-Treasury-Knitting-Patterns/dp/0942018176/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1546545118&sr=1-5&keywords=Barbara+Walker+books   Brainy Thing:  Brain Games Do Brain Games really work?   There’s not much evidence to support that they do but there are some glimmers of research that some activities do help increase brain function and resilience.   https://www.johnshopkinshealthreview.com/issues/spring-summer-2018/articles/a-brain-game-that-works https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322648.php https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/brain-games-are-bogus   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Catherine presents the pleasures and health benefits of Humboldt Grass Fed Beef.     A Little Podcast Business We’ll be slowing down the frequency of our podcast episodes but we’re not stopping.   In addition, we’ll be adding some nifty interviews with world class knitting and crochet teachers who will talk about learning and their approach to learning.     Links Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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

Jan 04 2019

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Ep. 099 Linking happiness with Housing; Tackling a Dog Sweater; Crocheting a Sweater for the Sheep; Why Salmon is Everything

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Brainy Thing:   11:58               Behind the Redwood Curtain  22:08   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting (and Crochet): Catherine tackles a new dog sweater for her son’s dog.  Knit Dog Coat (by Bernat):  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dog-coat-11.   Margaret adds beads to the sweater for her crocheted sheep by Lucy of Attic24:  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woolly-sheep-2 .   She used scraps of fingering weight yarn although the pattern called for DK.       Brainy Thing:  Housing and Happiness Catherine finds research that shows the location of housing can change reports of happiness level even if nothing else changes.   http://science.sciencemag.org/content/337/6101/1505   Behind the Redwood Curtain:   Salmon is Everything For local tribes, especially those along the Klamath river, Salmon is essential spiritual and physical food.  Margaret reports on this:  http://discovertheredwoods.com/salmon-fishing-humboldt-county https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.10/tribal-affairs-how-the-yurok-tribe-is-reclaiming-the-klamath-river http://sites.coloradocollege.edu/indigenoustraditions/sacred-lands/salmon-as-a-sacred-resource-in-the-klamath-river/ https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/indian-tribes/klamath-tribe.htmhttp://osupress.oregonstate.edu/book/salmon-is-everything-0http://stagematters.blogspot.com/2015/08/anna-deavere-smith-and-salmon.html       Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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 present research about Housing and Happiness;  Catherine tackles a dog sweater;  Margaret’s Sheep Gets a Beaded Sweater;  and why for the Klamath Tribe, Salmon is Everything

Dec 17 2018

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Ep. 098 The mighty cerebellum invades the thinking brain; Margaret wonders if sock yarn can hold negative energy; Catherine faces harsh reality; Albino redwoods reveal their secrets

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Brainy thing:  13:40      Behind the Redwood Curtain:   19:10   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret wonders if her yarn can hold negative energy on her Dragon’s Egg Socks by Anne Podlesak https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dragons-egg-socks  from The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits.   Catherine faces harsh realities with the man’s pullover pattern, Andoa, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/andoa-pullover ( free on Ravelry, from Nora Gaughan and done for Berroco).   Brainy Thing:  For decades the cerebellum has been overlooked but now it’s getting more attention into its role with higher order thinking:    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201810/cerebellum-studies-challenge-ancient-notions-how-we-thinkhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181025142018.htm   Science Daily   npr  https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/10/25/660504533/the-underestimated-cerebellum-gains-new-respect-from-brain-scientists   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Catherine shares with us the secrets of Albino Redwoods and Chimera trees.    https://chimeraredwoods.com/         Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we report on  how the mighty "little brain", the cerebellum, has invaded our thinking processes, Margaret explores the question can bad energy permeate sock yarn, Catherine faces harsh reality with the Andoa pullover sweater and she shares the secrets of the rare Albino Redwoods.         Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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:   MargaretKelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine

Dec 02 2018

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Ep. 097 Create Happy Brain Chemicals through Singing; Reaping the Rewards of Dishcloth Exchange; Finding Comfort through Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh; Discovering the Redwood Canopy

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Brainy:  12:49       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  21:21   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Catherine reaps the rewards of the Dishcloth Swap https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap. Margaret finds comfort from yarn crafts after the Tree of Life mass shooting with the Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh group.  In Ravelry:  https://www.ravelry.com/groups/jewish-hearts-for-pittsburgh    Also on Facebook.   Brainy Thing:  Good Brain Chemicals from Group Singing Let’s raise our voices for the good brain chemicals we get from singing — especially in groups.      Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret shares a little research on the redwood trees canopy, that ecosystem high in the air.     Podcast Links:  Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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   Today in Teaching Your Brain to Knit Catherine reaps the rewards of her Dishcloth Swap and shares them with us, Margaret Finds comfort in a crochet version of Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh, Catherine reports on research that confirms    that singing helps us feel better, especially when we’re in a group, and Margaret reveals research on the surprising ecosystem hundreds of feet above the ground in the Redwood canopy.

Nov 16 2018

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Ep. 096 Finding Fun Brain Facts; Continuing the Template; Finishing Granny Squares; Discovering Milwel Point; Slow Podcasting

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Brainy Thing: 13:22                  Behind the Redwood Curtain: 21:37   What We’re Learning from our Knitting (and Crochet) Margaret finished the crocheted blocks (from The Big Book of Granny Squares by Tracey Lord) for a lap blanket.  She finished #33, #133, #66 and #178 and two others she didn’t write down.  Now she plans to piece together the blocks with a stitch of some sort but she’s not sure what yet.  Finally she wants to felt it.  She hopes the finished results will be a nice felted blanket that she’ll donate to charity.  The yarns are  Valley Yarns  100 % Wool  Northampton Bulky Light Grey and Araucania Yarns Nature Wool  Chunky  Deep red/black  or black/red.  Her hook size was K.   Catherine is working on her template sweater or test sweater out of an inexpensive acrylic (Caron) for her son-in-law.   The name of the yarn is Yarnspirations by Caron Big Cakes in the Summer Berry Tart Colorway (gradient) out of 100% acrylic.   She’ll check against this sweater to be able to get accurate measurements and then make a new one out of a pricier yarn.  The one she’s doing now can also go to him as a house sweater or to charity.  The pattern, Andoa, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/andoa-pullover is free on Ravelry, from Nora Gaughan for Berroco.   Brainy Thing Today Margaret discusses a mix of fun facts about the brain from https://www.livescience.com/12916-10-facts-human-brain.html with an update about a challenge to the myth of multi-tasking :   (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/creativity-without-borders/201405/the-myth-multitasking)   Behind the Redwood Curtain Catherine reports on an easy trail in Trinidad CA called Elk Head https://www.hikingproject.com/trail/7029875/elk-head-trail with an option for the adventurous:   a terrifying spur call Megwil Point with an incredible up-high view of the beach and ocean.      A Little Podcast Business We have another give-away — a book of knitted baby hats and a commentary on Slow Podcasting which details our future plans for the podcast.     In this Episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we share some fun facts about the brain from its texture (like tofu) to the question of multitasking;  Margaret wonders how she’ll piece together her crocheted granny squares and Catherine reports her progress on her template sweater.  She also reveals a little known outcropping from the Elk Head Trail in Trinidadcalled Megwil Point.   We have another giveaway and we talk a little bit about Slow Podcasting and the future of our podcast.     Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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

Nov 01 2018

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Ep. 095 Very Early Touch Impacts Entire Life; Creating Template to Better Fit Sweaters; Falling Into Leaves; Checking-out Skateparks

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Brainy Thing:  25:39    Behind the Redwood Curtain:  39:10

What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Catherine is doing what she calls a "template sweater”.  A sweater out of acrylic yarn that she later modify according to fit for her final sweater.  She didn’t feel like a formula sweater so thought this would be more fun.  The yarn is Yarnspirations by Caron Big Cakes in the Summer Berry Tart Colorway (gradient) out of 100% acrylic. She also calls out for some extra yarn for her Heaven Scent pattern:  She needs just a little of the end of the ball of zauberball cotton in “Rosey Times" color gradient.     While looking at bias squares on Ravelry, Margaret fell into a leaf exploration;  trying out a few and looking forward to trying others. Leaves by Robin Hill https://www.ravelry.com/projects/RobinHill/l-e-a-v-e-s The leafy washcloth by megan goodacre  trixy knitter  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leafy-washcloth Nai nai’s Favorite washcloth by Ali Crockett https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leafy-washcloth Woodland Wreath, Leaves by Frankie Brown Frankie’s knitted stuff  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodland-wreath-leaves Derr Wibbo or  Jan eaton  (similar to pattern mentioned)  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amber-leaf 200 Knitted Blocks   150 knit and crochet motifs   Heather Lodinsky   https://www.ravelry.com/designers/heather-lodinsky     Brainy Thing:  Somatosensory scaffolding A new study shows that touch is especially important for infants, especially premature infants in nicu’s.  Touch helps infants set up there somatosensory scaffolding so they respond or don’t respond to touch the rest of their lives.   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28318973   Giveaway Checkout our latest yarn give away.   It’s a big one.   A little podcast business. We’re not going to fade but we’re going to slow down and modify our podcasts.   More information will be upcoming in the next few podcasts.       In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we report on a new study that reports very early touching can create healthy behaviors for the rest of one’s life;  Catherine creates a “template sweater” to modify for the final sweater;  Margaret falls for leaves in Ravelry,  and we offer a spin on skate parks.

Oct 21 2018

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Ep. 094 Performance Art Meets Science; Enjoying the Pleasures of the Simple Washcloth; Exploring the Mysteries of the Carson Mansion and Ingomar Club

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Brainy thing:   16:26          Behind the Redwood Curtain:  28:03   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Catherine finishes her quadrant dishcloths (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quadrant-dishcloth)for her dishcloth exchange and even adds a fancy tag.  By Jenny Konopinski quadrant is  free at knitpicks For little or no discernible  reason, except a whim, Margaret makes Nai Nai’s Favorite Dishcloth (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nai-nais-favorite)  by Ali Crockett and discovers the bias or corner-to-corner structure for the first time — after all these years.   Both of these are on Becky Stewart’s lis of 12 dishcloth knitting patterns.    https://knitom.com/2016/02/28/dishcloth-knitting-patterns/ Some crocheted diagonal washcloths Judith Prindle Crocheted Diagonally  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dishcloth-crocheted-diagonally Bias Crochet Washcloth Beth Major  knit picks diagnonal cloth good for beginners https://www.knitpicks.com/patterns/Diagonal_Cloth_Crochet_Pattern__D55803220.html Lauri Bolland  corner to corner or c2c Dishcloth https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corner-to-corner-c2c-corner-start-tutorial   Brainy Thing:    When does Performance Art become a science experiment.  Performance artist  marina  Abramovic    (The Artist is Present)   teams up with neuroscientist Suzanne Dikker to create:  Measuring the Magic of the Mutual Gaze;   http://arhiv.kiblix.org/kiblix2012/softcontrol/?p=4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OS0Tg0IjCp4 Suzanne Dikker  neuroscientist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEcqoqvlxPY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut9oPo8sLJw   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret explores the mysteries of the Carson Mansion and Ingomar Club.  Photo tour   http://www.ingomar.org/about/tour-carson-mansion photo tour     Art Meets Science with Marina Abramovic and Suzanne Dikker’s Brain Project:  Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze;  Examining the Pleasures of the Dishcloth;  The mysteries of The Carson Mansion and Ingomar Club.     In this episode Of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we examine the line between art and science in the brain;  We Discover the pleasures of the lowly dishcloth;  and we Explore  the mysteries of the Carson Mansion and the Ingomar Club.     Marina Abramovic,  Suzanne Dikker, Becky Stewart,  Jenny Konopinski   Links:   Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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:   MargaretKelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine

Oct 01 2018

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Ep. 093 Sitting Can Impair Your Memory; Knitting Update; Planning a Vogue Knitting Sweater; Celebrating Blackberry Season

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Brainy thing:      13:56      Behind the Redwood Curtain:   21:00     What we’re learning from our knitting: With no finished project, Margaret offers an update of her knitting:   Knit the sky Scarf  (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sky-scarf);  Bathroom jar covers;   Nair-Nai’s favorite wash cloth (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nai-nais-favorite);   30 day knitting challenge  (https://knitom.com/30-day-challenge/)   Catherine falls in love with Patty Lyons Cable Cardigan in Vogue Knitting Fall 2018  and she is searching for non-wool yarn that will work for a sweater ;     https://www.ravelry.com/designers/patty-lyons https://store.vogueknitting.com/p-4933-vogue-knitting-2018-early-fall.aspx     Brainy Thing:   Yes, Sitting a lot — even with other exercise in the day is bad for your heart and your metabolism but new research shows that it may also be bad for your brain:  http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/researchers-link-sedentary-behavior-to-thinning-in-brain-region-critical-for-memory sitting and thinning of the brain https://nutritiousmovement.com/tag/floor-sitting/ poster of sitting postures    for pay    https://nutritiousmovement.com/tag/floor-sitting/ https://nutritiousmovement.com/sitting-in-heels-is-the-new-smoking/ facebook instagram The Conversation — academic rigour with a journalistic flair https://theconversation.com/us Elizabeth Bagwell Love Knitting   https://blog.loveknitting.com/how-to-knit-while-walking/ One commenter, emmer, adds   “ . . .was surprised to learn that it [knitting while walking] dates at least to the time of elizabeth the first of England. It seems she was given a pair of silk stockings and declared them wonderful. Of course they became all the rage at court and the style trickled down to all who could afford them. Prior to this era, those who could afford it, wrapped their legs with a length of cloth, rather like wide ace bandages. Poor folks went bare-legged. The fashion for stockings created a peasant cottage industry. to facilitate walking while knitting, belts with a small rigid horizontal leather strip were worn. The end of a knitting needle rested on the leather strip, helping to stabilize the work."   Behind the Redwood Curtain:    Blackberry season: https://www.visitredwoods.com/event/blackberry-festival-westhaven/7761/   Podcast Links:   Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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 report that new research shows that being sedentary not only is bad for your overall health but also may thin the part of the brain responsible  for memory;  Margaret offers updates on her knitting projects and Catherine shares her early adventures in knitting a Vogue knitting sweater pattern by Patty Lyons;  and we celebrate Blackberry season on the North Coast.   We also have another giveaway.

Sep 17 2018

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Ep. 092 Handwriting beats keyboard for learning; Finding a New Pattern for the Charity Blanket; Fighting Pills and Fades; Discovering Wiyot Caps

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Brainy thing:   15:37               Behind the Redwood Curtain:  28:36   What we’re learning from our knitting:   Catherine picks another pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (https://www.amazon.com/Second-Treasury-Knitting-Patterns/dp/0942018176/ref=pd_cp_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0942018176&pd_rd_r=2a3d2895-acb1-11e8-8e51-357518f34f72&pd_rd_w=XOqrD&pd_rd_wg=BKXpo&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=fcaa6d12-8b2b-4ad7-b277-864b2da79f6e&pf_rd_r=VQJFH22H6YV78WKN6KQT&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=VQJFH22H6YV78WKN6KQT&dpID=515Z57E66YL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail) Fractured Lattice, (https://www.bromefields.com/day-12-fractured-lattice-knit-stitch-100daysofknitstitches/) and learns to better read her knitting.     Margaret battles another problem, beyond holes, that she has with socks:  pills and fades.   For pills, she recommends The Gleener   (https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/931B9447-8431-4880-B169-766490511074?store_ref=HSA_AC3KAGGW5J1ECVV&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=54dc821a-0937-4e6f-9da9-f8dd5443145d&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-top-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pf_rd_i=gleener&hsa_cr_id=9949073490601&lp_slot=auto-sparkle-hsa-tetris&lp_asins=B01N0QVOYG,B0763S5B7Q,B078J3HZQ3&lp_mat_key=gleener&lp_query=gleener&sb-ci-n=headline&sb-ci-v=Gentle%20on%20Fabrics%2C%20Tough%20on%20Fuzz.%20Shop%20Gleener.) and to help prevent fading and bleeding dyes she suggests Jasmine's from the Knitmore Girls Citric Acid ( http://www.betterthanyarn.com/2014/10/problems-and-solutions.html#dyefix).     Brainy Thing: Research suggests that taking notes by hand may be a better way to learn and retain information.   Catherine explains why.  http://www.indiana.edu/~canlab/assets/2017-kjames-imp.-of-hw-on-dev.-brain2.pdf   Behind the Redwood Curtain  http://www.bigorrin.org/wiyot_kids.htm http://nativeamericannetroots.net/diary/2536https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24035 https://www.treesofmystery.net/museum.php     Giveaway Don’t miss our yarn giveaway.   Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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   Today in Teaching your Brain to Knit, we discover that handwriting may beat the keyboard for learning;  Catherine tries a new pattern for her charity blanket;  Margaret battles pills and fades;  we explore the art and craft of Wiyot basket caps and we offer another giveaway.

Sep 01 2018

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Ep. 091 Finding Support for Starting a Meditation Practice including Knit Om; Focusing on Process over Product on the Tree Afghan; Making Diagonal Square for Charity Blanket; Bashing Out Lupines on the Dunes

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Brainy Thing:  15:35               Behind the Redwood Curtain:  26:30   What we’ve been learning from our knitting: Margaret has been focusing on Process over Product on the Tree Afghan.   To find podcasts on the Tree Afghan Patterns check out Webs Yarn Store Shows 100, 101, 102, 103, 104.  (I had trouble linking to the patterns)  Catherine is trying new blocks for her charity knitting blanket and reports on her Bias Square with a diagonal design.     Brainy thing:15:35 For most of us, starting a meditation practice is challenging.   Margaret shares a number of ways to get started including classes and support groups.   And she reveals a meditation program designed for knitters: Knitting Om's 30 day Challenge created by Becky Stewart.     https://www.mindful.org/choosing-a-mindfulness-program/ https://knitom.com/30-day-challenge/ https://knitom.com/   Redwood Curtain:  26:30 The beach dunes are a delicate ecosystem and can get destroyed by having non-native plants brought in from other places.   Catherine talks about the annual Lupine Bash, a family friendly outdoor project to help eradicate non-native plants on the dunes.   http://www.friendsofthedunes.org/lupine-bash/ https://www.google.com/search?q=lupine+image+on+dunes&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=mKVNzCAV_ckJtM%253A%252CaNUbjjc-k4jW7M%252C_&usg=AFrqEzeqvx1D2UeEolWbdiOGjGXXbUS6aQ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiYrIPrkfXcAhVIOq0KHa8xBooQ9QEwAXoECAQQBg#imgrc=mKVNzCAV_ckJtM:   Links: Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/Teachingyourbraintoknitpodcast/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel Ravelry Group  http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit 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 explore ways to find support for starting a new meditation program including Becky Stewart’s Knitting Om 30 Day Challenge;  Margaret focuses on Process over Product on the Tree Afghan;     We knit a bias square for a blanket;  and we spotlight a family friendly activity to help the dunes — the Lupine Bash.

Aug 18 2018

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Wonderful Podcast

By CAPS Grammy - Jan 21 2019
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I started listening to this podcast recently and have very quickly come to appreciate its variety of knowledge and sense of humor. I find it thought provoking too. The two ladies make me feel comfortable, as if I am part of a conversation with friends. I will go back to the beginning and listen to the episodes from the beginning. Thank you!

Knitting and science!

By Flknitter - Jul 03 2017
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Love the knitting content and the science segment is always fun and interesting!