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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. 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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Ep. 086 One Creative Process; Continuing the Lace Knitting Adventure; Investigating Design for Easy Sock Repair; Exploring Community Theatres Behind the Redwood Curtain

Brainy Thing: 23:05 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 43:15 What we’re learning from our knitting: Using Zauberball cotton Catherine continues her adventure with lace shawl Heaven Scene by Knitting Boo. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heaven-scent. Margaret makes Lara Neels Reclaiming Our Time https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/reclaiming-our-time and talks about some other sock patterns that allow you to easily reknit the sole and heel where holes and wear are most likely to...


Ep. 085 Addiction, Habit, and Compulsion; Starting a New Lace Project; Searching for Sock Longevity; Hats in Humboldt

Brainy Thing: 24:21 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 32:25 What We’re Learning from our Knitting Catherine started a new project: a lace shawl called Heaven Scent by Boo Knits. She is using a skein of zauberball cotton https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/schoppel-wolle-zauberball-cotton in “Rosey Times” colorway. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heaven-scent Margaret searches for sock longevity and discovers a trove of information in The Knitter’s Book of Socks by Clara Parkes. She...


Ep. 084 Are there positive addictions; Learning gauge with Textured Blocks; Knitting birds with Arne and Carlos; Celebrating Humboldt Crabs Baseball

Brainy Part: 22:40 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 31:20 What We’re Learning From Our Knitting Catherine continues her exploration of knitting textures in blocks she’s planning to turn into a charity blanket. This time the patterns are from: http://www.knittingstitchpatterns.com/ She will send her blanket to: Hats and More from War Torn Syria https://www.ravelry.com/groups/hats-and-more-for-war-torn-syria Margaret’s knitting turns toward the birds from Arne and Carlos’ “Field Guide to...


Ep. 083 Enhance Creativity; Explore the Seed Stitch; Use Texture for Blocks for Charity Blanket; Every City Needs Public Loos

Brainy Thing: 26:17 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 37:36 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret explores the seed stitch and its alternatives: https://www.amazon.com/Treasury-Knitting-Patterns-Barbara-Walker/dp/0942018168 One “Crochet Seed Stitch” Marly Bird https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aeGlbpmYx8 Another Crochet Seed Stitch: Dora Orhenstein The Crocheters workshop Brainy Thing: Creativity I Who’s creative and how you can be (already are) too.: Make it mighty Ugly — Kim...


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...


Ep. 081 Does Ambidexterity Improve Your Brain; Finding An Interim Project; Exploring Fair Isle; Escaping the Noise of Machine Age America

Brainy Thing: 24:21 Behind the Redwood Curtain 35:41 What We’re Learning from our Knitting Margaret’s further exploration of Fair Isle veers into Crochet Fair Isle under the instruction of Karen Whooley. (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/karen-whooley) Other Fair Isle references in the report. http://kelbournewoolens.com/blog/2017/5/stranded-colorwork-vs-fair-isle-knitting...