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Teaching Your Brain to Knit

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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Ep. 003 More Happiness More Flow

Brainy part at 18.60 minutes.  Catherine talks about what she is learning from casting on Fabrege'.  Margaret talks about her infatuation with Triplets Scarf.  Catherine contines to talk about Flow and the conditions at least one psychologist believes is necessary to achieve it. In Behind the Redwood Curtain Catherine talks about Banana Slugs and in Knitting Tips she talks about gauge -- everyone's favorite subject

37mins

29 Oct 2014

Rank #1

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Ep. 115 Brain Benefits of Travel without Traveling; Comfort Knitting; Ceanothus

Brainy: 16:00    Behind the Redwood Curtain: 25:42   What we’re learning from our Knitting and crochet: Catherine’s comfort knitting is the Socky Slouchy Hat  by Lauren Sanchez.   She’s using a Canon Hand dye sock yarn in a deep black and periwinkle.  Lauren Sanchez  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/socky-slouchy-hat.  And she continues her search for the best gauge to use for a potholder with the Knit Picks Dishie Twist. Margaret is also searching for comfort and returned to Arne and Carlos for their basic bird.   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-bird.  And she picked up the black bird project she tried from Nikki Figikoska’s book:   Knitted Birds.  She started it a couple of years ago but put it aside when she stuffed it and it looked more like a rat than a bird.   She was prepared to rip the whole thing out but as she began to take the stuffing out she noticed it began to look more like a bird so with a little shifting around she has a beautiful bird in a bright aqua and stellina scrap yarn.   She also discovered a list of collective nouns on the wiktionary collective https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Appendix:Glossary_of_collective_nouns_by_subject       Brainy Thing:  Even just planning a vacation helps our brains     Destination healthy aging https://globalcoalitiononaging.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/destination-healthy-aging-fact-sheet_final-1.pdf  and Paul Nussbaum How to stiumulate the brain  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhWJGgkPFhsvideo Applied research and quality of life 2010   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret discovered the many benefits of yhe sweet smelling intensely blue ceanothus   https://www.laspilitas.com/groups/ceanothus/california_ceanothus.html   Today in episode 115 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we learn how to get the brain benefits of traveling, without traveling;  Margaret and Catherine report on their comfort knitting , and Margaret discovers the many benefits of the native shrub, ceanothus.   Recorded on zoom with all the vicissitudes that platform presents.   Deadline for the 2020 Potholder Swap is August 1

30mins

17 Jul 2020

Rank #2

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Ep. 008 Happy Brain Chemicals

Brainy stuff starts at 28.25 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 44:50.   Catherine talks about finishing her PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap by Dahlia in Bloom and the Two-toned Tawashi by Maryann Walsh.  Margaret talked about knitted and crocheted jewelry:  Ribband by Laura Nelkin, Crocheted Wrap Around Bracelet by Yuli Nilssen, Kaitlyn Necklace Rose by Javori Designs, and the Gatsby Necklace by Shaina Bilow. Catherine lays the foundation for understanding brain chemicals that make us happy and how knitting influences that.  She talks about Dr. Barry Jacoibs, EMDR, Betsman Corkhill and Stitchline. In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Margaret talks about the Mad River (the California one.) And in the knitting tip, Margaret talks about flipping a blocking board upright to save space.

52mins

20 Jan 2015

Rank #3

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Knitting, Brain Lobes and Brain Waves

Brainy Stuff starts at 21:47  and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 38.:36. Catherine shares what she's learned from her knitting of the cowel she completed and her adventures with the Meadowlark Shibori Jacket.  Margaret talks about a Knit-a-long she began many years ago sponsored by Webs Yarn Company that featured tree motifs from Barbara Walker Today's question is how does Knitting qualifies as an engaged mental activity.   The answer lies in the various brain lobes and brain waves and the location and the wave activity changes depending on what you do including knitting, watching TV, reading or listening to audio books.  In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Catherine talks about the Arts Alive events in Arcata and Eureka, CA. The knitting tip this episode is from Josh Bennet who says that if you want long lasting garments, that seaming the pieces is your best bet and that 1x1 ribbing is more durable than other kinds

49mins

3 Apr 2015

Rank #4

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Ep. 014 Knitting and the Right and Left Brain

Brainy part starts at 17:50 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 32:20. Margaret talks about her adaptation of the Sweet November crocheted scarf and Catherine gives updates on her Meadowlark Shibori jacket and Sock Yarn Blanket. Margaret talks about the once popular Right- and Left-brain theory and how current brain scientists see those terms as metaphors.  She mentions that knitters sometimes identify as Right- or Left-brained. Catherine talks about Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka, CA which uses old fashioned methods to make replicas of pieces for residents and business.  It has expanded to have a school and veterans' services. Catherine also suggests knitters have a number of cast-ons and bind-offs to choose from when they knit.

48mins

20 Apr 2015

Rank #5

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Ep. 015 Knitting, Meditation and Changing Your Brain for the Better

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. 

41mins

2 May 2015

Rank #6

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Ep. 016 Knitting and the Need for Novelty

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. 

41mins

17 May 2015

Rank #7

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

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.

43mins

2 Aug 2018

Rank #8

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

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.

36mins

16 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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Ep. 082 Two Brains Mend a Shawl; Universal Design in Learning; A Park Meets Many Needs

Brainy Thing:  19:55              Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:10   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Margaret calls for emergency help from Catherine to help her figure out a supposedly invisible repair (Knit Freedom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXD3TdbpDbM;  Kate Atherly in Knitty 2006 http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring06/FEATrepairs101.html;  Rina Crochet’s book Flawless Knit Repair  19 pages of gold, I’m guessing, used  for $99 )  of her Multnomah Shawl by Shawl repair The shawl design is Multnomah by Kate Ray.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/multnomah Recommended by Chrissy the Great https://www.ravelry.com/people/chrissythegreat  formerly of the Manic Purl audio Podcast and currently (well, currently in a break from ) Snappy Stitches video podcast.   Purl soho has picture tutorial of  duplicate stitches initials on a cap using the “A”s and not the “V”s of the knit stitch.     Brainy Thing Margaret explores a comprehensive approach to learning and teaching in the Universal Design for Learning method.  http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/whatisudl/3principles     Behind the Redwood Curtain Want a dog park, spectacular views of the Pacific. an eco preserve of a coastal forest, paths in the woods where you won’t get lost?  Try Hiller Park in McKinleyville. http://mckinleyvillecsd.com/hiller-park   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 today’s episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we explore Universal Design for Learning to help us learn and teach from a more comprehensive approach,  we put our brains together to mend a shawl using what we’re calling the duplicate stitch/weave method, and Catherine reports how Hiller Park in McKinleyville serves many needs from dog park to eco preserve of a coastal forest.

44mins

2 Apr 2018

Rank #10

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Ep. 087 Find Hard Evidence of Knitting Health Benefits; Pleasures of Lace and Bead Knitting; Embellishing Knitted Birds; Egret Rookery on Humboldt Bay

Brainy thing:   14:25            Behind the Redwood Curtain  25:16   What We’re Learning from our Knitting Margaret is playing around with Embellishing Birds from Arne’s and Carlos’ book Field Guide to Knitted Birds. arne and carlos  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scnTbAFiwtc\ embellish   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Zcc5JhkT5Q Judy’s magic cast on  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhBIS0AhhQY Catherine is continuing her adventure with knitted beads and lace with Knitting Boo’s Heaven Scene shawl.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heaven-scent   Brainy Thing: Contrary to some beliefs, we have lot of evidence — hard evidence— that knitting and other handcrafts, particularly for charity — helps people’s health in many ways:  reduces stress, reduces blood pressures, reduces depression and many other issues.     www.knitforpeace.org.uk/   Behind the Redwood Curtain Catherine appreciates the Egret rookery on Indian Island (Duluwat for the Wiyots) https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/the-egrets-of-indian-island/Content?oid=2132126     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. Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine     Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we outline the bounty of hard scientific evidence of the benefits of knitting listed in The Knit for Peace Report plus the added benefits of knitting for Charity;  Catherine continues her adventures in Lace and bead knitting;  Margaret plays with embellishing knitted birds;  and Catherine shares the story of the egret rookery on Indian Island or Duluwat Island in Eureka.

39mins

16 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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Ep. 025 Impact of Mood, the Environment and Seeing Colors in Knitting

Welcome to Episode 25  Brainy Thing: 18:37  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:53  What We’re Learning from our knitting:  Catherine is finishing up her second Fantasy Red Cardi (that’s the name but this one is a green and blue variegated with trim in a robin egg’s blue) by Kathryn. She has bought the yarn Wolle’s Yarn Creations Color changing cotton tape yarn by Elizabeth Drum to do the Vanessa Ives Mystery Knit along by Mona8pi. She bought two colors but hasn’t decided which one yet.  Margaret knit about 10 inches of a cowl in Borroco Origami in a black/grey/brown color and decided she didn’t like the yarn for around her neck.   She has four skeins of it, 98 yards per skein. It is 58% acrylic, 16% linen, 15& nylon and 11% cotton and has a lot of high ratings in Ravelry. Borroco has discontinued the yarn.   She’s offering it to a member of the Ravelry group for free:   Just post in the thread.   If more than one person wants it by October 13, we’ll select someone by random number generator.  Both Margaret and Catherine learned to create fabric cords with the simple cordage method at the Natural Fibre Fair in Arcata.. The demonstration was taught by the Julie Mueller-Brown from Cinnabar and Indigo, a vendor at the fair that sells handmade glass beads and other beautiful items.  Brainy Thing: Do colors change when we’re depressed or are we depressed by dull colors in our environment?  Catherine will explore this topic and the controversy around it in this segment.  She investigates the work of Christopher Thorstenson of the University of Rochester  Behind the Redwood Curtain: Margaret talks about the mystery of the little town or Orick, CA and why it hasn’t prospered.   Check out Jensen Rufe’s Film, Orick, California USA.  Knitting Tip: Consider cutting your knitting to make repairs. Margaret makes plans to cut her Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder in half to attempt to re-heel it.

40mins

2 Oct 2015

Rank #12

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Ep. 024 Muscle Memory and Knitting

Brainy Thing:  17:17   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:10 Margaret took a course in Multi-Directional Knitting from JC Briar and has made wristlets to reinforce that learning.   She also made the Mudra Cuff by Laura Nelkin. Catherine is blocking her second Fantasy Red Cardi by Katherine Foster.   She can't travel with her other projects. Catherine describes the iconic (and contemporary)  Humboldt Honey who still walk the streets of Arcata, California.   Margaret offers a knitting tip that by making small projects ( like a wrister, coffee cozy, or coaster) after learning a new technique, you can improve your muscle memory and anchor the learning. 

40mins

19 Sep 2015

Rank #13

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

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.

35mins

3 Jan 2018

Rank #14

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Ep.027 Reading/Writing Learning Style and Knitting

Episode 27: Reading/Writing Learning Preference and Your Knitting Brainy thing:   25:10                   Redwood Curtain:   33:50 What Our Knitting is Teaching Us Margaret concludes (at least for now) her cotton sock yarn comparison with Feel Good Yarns sock yarn knitted in a generic sock pattern and using the new-to-her Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fish-lips-kiss-heel in Feel Good Yarn Company http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/feel-good-yarn-company-silverspun-sock She compares Feel Good Yarn with Cascade Fixation and Cobasi by HiKoo, which is currently her favorite.  Catherine talks about her painful learning from the Mona8pi or Bunny Muff’s Vanessa Ives Mystery shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives-mkal out of Woole’s Yarns Creations Color Changing Cotton Brainy Thing In earlier episodes, we’ve talked about the VAK learning style – Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic preferences for taking in information. An updated version of that is the VARK system. The “R” stands for the Reading/Writing preference.   While many people including educators find these systems useful, other criticize the research that has been done. http://easychangeworks.com/articles-nlp/markova-quiz.htm http://teachertools.londongt.org/?page=VAK learningpath.org/articles/30_of_the_Best_Educational_Tools_for_Auditory_Visual_and_Kinesthetic_Learners.html http://easychangeworks.com/articles-nlp/markova-1-intro.htm https://www.evernote.com/shard/s351/nl/58815065/110e2ccb-0fba-40e4-9887-e173ce46a227/ http://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/2012/05/fleming-vakuous-learning-styles.html http://learningstylesevidence.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-meta-analysis-of-vak-pre-vark.html Redwood Curtain The facts and mythos of Highway 101 that runs from Los Angeles to the Washington State Border. A Knitting Tip How to cut out a row of knitting:Margaret Ratcliff The Knowledgeable Knitter http://www.amazon.com/Knowledgeable-Knitter-Margaret-Radcliffe/dp/1612120407/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446325007&sr=1-1&keywords=the+knowledgeable+knitter

43mins

2 Nov 2015

Rank #15

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Ep. 088 Positive Addiction controversy continues; Heaven Scent nears the finish line; Switching from birds to eggs; OLLI features Destination Humboldt

Brainy Thing:   19:24             Behind the Redwood Curtain: 36:24    What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:   Catherine is almost finished the heavenly Heaven Scent by                  aand is switching to blocks for her charity blanket.  Margaret switches from birds to eggs with a decorative knitted egg, again from Arne and Carlos.   She offers a giveaway on the book.   Brainy Thing: Catherine finishes off her three part series on the controversy— Can there be positive addictions.  She focuses this time on William Glasser who literally wrote the book on Positive Addictions.  https://wglasser.com/;   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPDRyjS53_A   Behind the Redwood Curtain: OLLI, the Osher Life Long Learning Institute offers summertime classes on Destination Humboldt, highlighting a diverse range of Humboldt features — from Nature to Industry.  https://extended.humboldt.edu/olli/destination-humboldt   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. Instagram:   MargaretKelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine   Today on Teaching your Brain to Knit, Catherine finishes her three part series on the controversy of positive addictions;  Margaret tries out knitted eggs;  Catherine approaches the finish line for Heaven Scent;  and we talk about OLLI — classes with a theme of Destination Humboldt.

42mins

2 Jul 2018

Rank #16

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Ep. 080 Review of "Beyond Food"; Turning to Lace; Failing Project Creates Great Learning; Walking through Eureka Old Town

Brainy Thing:    12:30                     Behind the Redwood Curtain:  24:42   What we’re learning from our knitting:   Catherine likes her Coffee Shop Wrap by Alexandra Tavel https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coffee-shop-wrap    (free through Lion Brand Yarns,) but has been yearning for lace knitting.    Margaret tries creating a design for an elongated fair isle ornament.   The project fails but she learns a lot.  https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/fair-isle-holiday-ornaments/497492.  It’s Margaret’s design but Sunne Meyer’s ornament pattern.     Brainy Thing:   Catherine reviews the indie documentary “Beyond Food” http://beyondfoodthemovie.com/.   Among other topics the film highlights parkour sports:  https://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/07/19/beginners-guide-to-parkour/ A beginner's guide in case anyone wants to take it up! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX7QNWEGcNI   Behind the Redwood Curtain: Enjoy the history and the continuing beauty of the city of Eureka with the Eureka Walking Tour  https://eurekaparksandrec.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/old-town-walking-tours/.   If you want to see photos of the work that was put into the Carson Block:   (https://www.northcoastjournal.com/humboldt/witness-marks/Content?oid=3635632 )   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 80 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, The documentary Beyond Food endorses the idea that to improve your brain and your body, you need to find the right approach for you;  Catherine identifies herself as a lace knitter for now;  Margaret fails at a design for fair isle ornaments but learns a lot;  and both podcasters explore Old Town Eureka on a walking tour.

36mins

2 Mar 2018

Rank #17

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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

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.

40mins

1 Sep 2018

Rank #18

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Ep. 026 A connection between Gamma Brain Waves and Knitting?

Brainy Part Starts: 18.01;  Behind the Redwood Curtain Starts: 28.54 What we’re learning from Our Knitting and Crochet Catherine took a class from Patti Subik, dyer extraordinaire and owner of Great Adirondack Yarn. http://www.greatadirondackyarnco.com/ http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/brands/great-adirondack-yarn-coShe experienced one of those great insights that opened up her world using procine dyes. She also made a cute pair of Baby Uggs http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-uggs-2designed by Autumn Street (Baby Lee) http://www.ravelry.com/designers/autumn-street whose website is Thingsforboys.com Catherine used the leftovers from her Red Cardi project. (see Episode 26) Margaret sings the praises for Kira K Designs who is Kira Dulaney http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kira-k-designs Belle Epoque http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/belle-epoque-shawl crocheted Shawl.   In addition to being a great design (and good for a new-ish crocheter), the design is extremely well laid out on the page. She used Lotus Yarn http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/designingvashti-lotus designed by crocheters Designing Vashti, Vashti Braha and Doris Chan that is half cotton, half rayon and features a Z twist. Brainy Thing: Catherine tells us about Gamma Waves which are associated with learning, memory, linguistic process and other cognitive ability.   Maybe even consciousness itself. http://www.transparentcorp.com/research/gamma-brain-waves.php.   She hypothesizes that Knitting and Crochet may be linked to Gamma Wave production Behind the Redwood Curtain Samoa  Dunes Recreational Center. http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/arcata/samoa.html offer a variety of recreational options and feature the curious Dolos https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolos  Knitting Tip Catherine talks about life lines. A little Podcast Business: The winner of the Berroco Origami yarn is announced as is the winner of the incentive to sign up for The Teaching Your Brain to Knit Podcast group(# 3012 to 400) http://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit.   Both randomly selected.

43mins

18 Oct 2015

Rank #19

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Ep. 038 Waldorf Schools Jumpstart Learning with Knitting

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

36mins

17 May 2016

Rank #20