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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

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




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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


Ep. 104 Anna Zilboorg Interview: Master Teacher Series

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...


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

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:...


Ep. 102 Franklin Habit Interview: Master Teacher Series

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...


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

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...


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

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:...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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

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...


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...


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

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...


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:...


Ep. 089 Changing our Minds; Catching the Virus fever; Starting and Stopping Projects; Getting to Humboldt

Brainy Thing: 21:10 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 32:54 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Margaret caught the Virus fever when she needed a bright, sunny shawl before the sun came from its winter’s sleep in Humboldt. It’s a four row repeat crochet triangle shawl -- Virus Shawl No one know who the original designer is but you can find it at: Written http://giftsbyhelen.co.uk/2016/06/virus-shawl-a-written-pattern/ video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6gJPoo5t60 chart...


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...