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Teaching Your Brain to Knit

English, Fashion, 1 seasons, 146 episodes, 3 days 23 hours 37 minutes
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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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Ep. 145 Planning ahead for difficult times and creating a joyful amydala; Knitting shawls, trying mosaic crochet; finishing gnomes; and highlights of Redwood curtain segments

Brainy: 20:20 Behind the Redwood Curtain. 31:09   What We're Learning from our Knitting: Catherine is enjoying progress on her Stephen West's Twists and Turns shawl knitalong https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twists--turns-westknits-mkal-2022 and is trying out some fun dyeing techniques for fabric. Margaret reports on mosaic crochet, gnome knitting, and some of her favorite projects from the past. Clearly Helena blog. http://www.clearlyhelena.com/how-to-mosaic-crochet/ Make Gnome Mistake https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/make-gnome-mistake Sarah Schira. https://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarah-schira The pattern I us
27/02/202338 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep. 144 Solastalgia --seeking comfort--, knitting shawls, gnomes and a snitch; Teaching my bones to knit, removing dams on the Klamath, and an announcement

Brainy:  1o:12   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  20:47   What We're Learning from our Knitting: Catherine is continuing her knitting odyssey with Stephen West's Twists and Turns Shawl, http://knittedtoybox.blogspot.com/   Brainy Thing: New words that describe the comfort we lack and long for.  hygge: coziness Solastalgia:   distress of environmental change Here are some links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDDjXhcWB1g https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36459133/#&gid=article-figures&pid=fig-1-uid-0   Behind the Redwood Curta
21/01/202332 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep. 143 Joy Snacks, Insects, Shawl, Blocks, Historic Benbow Inn

Joy snacks, Insects, Shawls and Knit Blocks, plus Benbow Inn.   Brainy Thing: 19:26 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:40   What We're learning from our knitting and crochet: Margaret is working on some amigurumi Garden insects https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garden-insectsby Marica Coridon for a present for her grandson. Catherine is taking a little break from knitting Stephen Wests' Twists and Turns https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twists--turns-westknits-mkal-2022to knock out some knitted blocks for Hats and More for Refugees World wide. https://www.ravelry.com/groups/hats-and-more-for-refugees-worldwide. She's using the beginning of the Melanie's Mandala Baby Blanket <a href= "https://www.rave
28/12/202239 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep. 142 Light and the Brain; Dishcloths, Shawls, Sweater, Pumpkins and Leaves; Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Brainy: 16:30 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:11   What We're Learning from our Knitting Catherine is deep into textures and colors with her Stephen West Knit-along Twists and Turns (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/twists--turns-westknits-mkal-2022). She is eyeing a sweater by Andrea Mowry (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/andrea-mowry). that also is very textural. In addition, Catherine shares the dishcloth she received from the Dishcloth exchange (https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap). Margaret continues to delight in the variety of patterns that creates pumpkins and leaves. She knits Mimi Pumpkin https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knitted-mini-pumpkin) as well as Oakleaf from Fall Garland (<a href= "https://www.facebook.
13/11/202235 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep. 141. Book Review of Behave; Knitting Pumpkins, Dishcloths and Shawls; Redwoods Skywalk

Brainy Thing: 15:45. Behind the Redwood Curtain. 25:45   What We're Learning from Our Knitting Margaret fulfills her multi-year goal of knitting some decorative mini-pumpkins, using Susan B. Anderson's Fall Harvest Charm Set https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fall-harvest-charm-set. Catherine completed her dishcloths for her Dishcloth exchange. She used the classic Ballband Dishcloth by Kay Gariner and Ann Shayne. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ballband-dishcloth And despite her efforts to resist, Catherine is starting the Westknits MKAL 2022: Twists & Turns shawl.   Brainy Thing: The book Behave: The biology of Humans at our Best and Worst by Robert Sapolsky is five years old now but is chock full of in
10/10/202234 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep. 140 Nature Deficit Disorder; Crochet Baby Blanket; Knit Snail and washcloth; The Eroding Cliffs of California

Brainy: 17:34 Behind the Redwood Curtain. 29:52   What We're Learning from our Knitting and Crochet: Catherine finished up her Melanie's Mandala Baby Blanket https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/melanies-mandala-baby-blanket.  by Melanie Grobler at M and M Crochet Designs and she has started knitting up ballband washcloths for washcloth exchange https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ballband-dishcloth https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ballband-dishcloth Margaret Knit up another small amigurumi project that taught her a lot: The Splendid Snail by Tatyana Grigoryan. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/splendid-sna
23/09/202238 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep. 139 Thinking Fast and Slow; Knitting and Crochet; Cars to Bikes

Brainy thing: 15:26 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 24:14   What We're Learning from our Knitting and Crochet: Margaret knitted a small amigurmi beet, part of Susan B. Anderson's Summer Veggie Charm set. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-veggie-charm-set. This is her fourth charm but she always learns something new from Susan. This time Susan designed a two color saw tooth pattern to create a transition between the white bottom of the beet and the top (In Margaret's case, a beet red left over called cinnabar by Hazel Knits Yarns.). Margaret also appreciated the wavy beet leaves. Catherine continues to crochet her Mandala Baby Blanket by Melanie Grobler at M and M Crochet Designs https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/m
25/08/202234 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep. 138 Volunteerism, Mandalas Moebius Cast On, Sneaker and Rogue Waves

Brainy thing: 19:22 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 29:36   What We're Learning from our Knitting (and Crochet) Catherine was struck with Mandala Madness and is now crocheting Melanie's Mandala https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/melanies-mandala-baby-blanket Melanie operates M and M Crochet Designs on Ravelry. Catherine is using Caron Yarnspirations in Skinny Cake in color gradient Rainbow. She also shared information on taking care of our crafting hands -- she's taking a Tai Chi for Arthritis class and also recommends Carson Demers https://www.ravelry.com/people/ergoiknit https://www.ergoiknit.com/. book Knitting Comfortably: The Ergonomics of Handknitting and that he was featured on Fruity Knitting video cast Ep 102
27/07/202237 minutes 23 seconds
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Ep. 137 Highly Sensitive People; knitting blocks and socks and crocheting granny squares; Potawot Health Village

Brainy thing:20:20  Behind the Redwood Curtain:32:18   What We're Learning from Our Knitting Margaret makes new discoveries about the granny square and Catherine notes that there's a resurgence in popularity of granny squares. Giant Granny Square Afghan by Crochet Me Lovely https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/giant-granny-square-afghan Catherine also talks about second-baby-sock-syndrome with her Kate Atherley Baby Socks https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks-23 and knitting blocks with patterns from Barbara Walker Treasury of Knitting Patterns 4 volumes published by Schoolhouse Press https://www.schoolhousepress.com/. She also mentions the silent knitting group on zo
20/06/202245 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep. 136. Impact of Shutdowns on Introverts and Extroverts; Knitting baby items and mixing and matching gnome parts; Xeriscaping for Droughts

Brainy Thing: 17:34 Behind the Redwood Curtain 26:50   What we're learning from our knitting: Catherine is delighting in quickly-knitted and fun baby items -- a hat and socks from various designers: Kate Atherley https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks---worsted-dk-version; also https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks-23 Bianca Boonstra: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-socks. Knitty Gritty: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-peasy-newborn-sock-hat Margaret mixed and match gnome parts from Sarah Schira:
21/05/202235 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep. 135. Hedonic Adaptation; Trying Freeform, Finding Comfort; & Knits in the World; Craftsman television series

Episode 135  Hedonic Adaptation; freeform crochet and replacement knitting;  The Craftsman TV series.   Brainy Thing:  18:10  Behind the Redwood Curtain 25:42   What we've learned from our Knitting and Crochet Margaret flirted with freeform crochet in response to a prompt of "Deep Listening." She wasn't happy with the product or the process. Catherine continues her obsession with the mitre square blanket and she shares about taking her knitting out into the world. In one case, it was fun -- lots of love for the Agata (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/agata) Cardigan by Leah Chapman (https://www.ravelry.com/designers/leah-chapman). ; in another, she lost a beloved Stephen West https://www.ravelry.com/designers/stephen-westShawl, Metalouse. <a href= "h
20/04/202231 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep. 134. Perfectionism; blankets, reports & tips; Cal Poly Humboldt

Brainy Thing: 17:35 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 29:50   What We're Learning from our Knitting: Catherine is continuing on with her mitered square blanket. Margaret hasn't completed anything but continue with a little stockinette knitting here and a little crochet there. She does have a report about Fast Fashion ripping off Crochet Designers https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/crochet-trend-fast-fashion-copy-designs, a recommendation for new video tutorials from Nimble Needles https://nimble-needles.com/category/tutorials/page/4/ , and a major tip for long tail cast ons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcvzB_9o8qc.    Brainy Thing:</div
09/03/202237 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep. 133 Loving Kindness Meditation, Blankets, Hats and Socks, and Old Town Buggy Rides

Brainy Thing:  18:28. Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:52   What we've learned from our knitting: Margaret finished a new project and resurrected an old one.  As she was ripping out the yarn from She used the Keanna Chunky Messy bun Hat  pattern by Jocelyn Jones for the general measurements but knit the whole hat in two by two ribbing.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/keannas-chunky-messy-bun-hat.   Then, as she was ripping out the Big Marl Blanket by Beata Jezek, she began playing around with the yarn making a big Granny Square.  She turned to Jeanne Steinhilber's Marled Modern Granny Afghan https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/marled-modern-granny-afghan for a pattern and she
22/02/202235 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep. 132 Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation; New socks, old birds, and new stitches; La Niña & El Niño

Brainy thing: 20:30 Behind the Redwood Curtain. 35:40 Harry Wells: 16:30   What We're Learning from our Knitting Catherine discusses planning knitting while keeping in mind the things she loves to do. She's looking forward to picking up sock knitting again and is eyeing Sivia Hardings Victoriana which is a toe up sock with bobbles, beads and picots. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/victoriana-socks-2.   Margaret returned to some old favorites -- Arne's and Carlos' birds https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-bird. which she decorated with hats. She also took a class with Harry Wells learning to do the hex stitch and other knit one below stitches plus a new stretch cast on and several new stretch bindoffs.  
23/01/202242 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep. 131 Gnomes, Finishing Plus, Truth Bias, Planned Housing

Brainy Thing:   15.55   Behind the Redwood Curtain:   22:47   What we Learned from our Knitting Welts and tiny mittens were the notable learning for Gnorwen the Gnome in Sarah Schira's All Work, Gnome Play Mystery Knit Along.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/all-work-gnome-play She added a red beard, eliminated the flower decorations and included a miniature set of skis for what will be her grandson's gnome.      Catherine coaxed herself on with the help of Marcie Bell's beautiful darning needles to finish sewing up her Agata sweater by Leah Chapman. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/agata  She also knit up a few scrubbies and a couple of mitered squares.   Brainy Thing: Researchers say we are biased toward believing each other -- which makes us vulnerable to l
27/12/202132 minutes 1 second
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Ep. 130. Construal Level Theory of Finishing Projects; Sewing up sweaters; Crocheting Coasters; Humboldt Sea Level Rise

Brainy Thing:  16:11  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:01   What We're Learning from Our Knitting Catherine is in the "piecing together" part of her Agata Sweater by Leah Chapman. Sewing up is not her favorite part of project making. She's using https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/agata using Lion Brand Mandala in the Chimera Colorway. She also reports on on the resurrected Welcome Blanket project for new immigrants to this country.   welcomeblanket.org. She has some knitted squares she's done in the past that she's going to sew together for a blanket. Blankets are exhibited in museums and then given to our new neighbors. Margaret didn't accomplish a lot or learned a lot with her project but had a lot of fun: Halloween Eyeball Coaste
20/11/202135 minutes 39 seconds
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Ep. 129 Wool and Sleep; Knitting Little Things and Sweaters; Renaming a State Park

Brainy Thing: 19:25 Behind the Redwood Curtain. 27:60   What We're Learning from Our Knitting Margaret reports on her learning from Little Things including creating a coaster from her Windmill Dishcloth pattern by Patricia Jared. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/windmill-dishcloth-2 She also finished an amigurumi corn on the cob from Susan B. Anderson's Summer Veggie Charm Set https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/summer-veggie-charm-set. and a Spring Tulip by Jen Lucas. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-tulip-4. which was a free pattern and a class from Craftsy's Live Stream (Still available on the website.). She learns a lot from these free classes even if she can execute the pattern be
28/10/202137 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep. 128 Grounding, Cardi Knit-along, Knitting Failures, The Grange

Brainy Thing:  16:51   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  32:11   What We're Learning from Our Knitting: Catherine may have missed the deadline for the Imagined Landscape Cardi KAL but she's nearly finished her Agata https://www.ravelry.com/groups/imagined-landscapes?s=tab. It's a Knitty's free pattern https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/agata. by Leah Chapman with an unusual construction. She is using Lion Brand Mandala yarn in the Chimera colorway --with a lot of autumnal colors plus a few bright ones. Margaret had a lot of failures but still learned a lot. The first one was The Big Marl by Beata Jezek https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/t
30/09/202139 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep. 127 Zoom Tips for Your Brain; Sampler Socks; Cardi Kal; The National Christmas Tree

Brainy Thing: 16:41 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 27:41   What We're Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret finished a Sampler Sock using both crochet and knitting and a number of sock making techniques she never tried before. The sock started with leg from Beaux Jestes by Tracy Pipinich a crochet pattern where one leg used small granny square and the other ripples. She then went for a garter stitch modification of Lara Neel's Arithmophobia sock,https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/arithmophobia-socks-top-down moved onto a stripped foot then finished up with Lara Neel's Fork in the Road design https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fork-in-the-road-socks toe. She used left over finger weight yarn in yellows, golds and greens.   Catherine is taking on the challenge of Imagined Landscapes Fa
28/08/202134 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep. 126. Brains of Introverts and Extroverts; Knitting gnomes, shawls, sweaters, and dishcloths; Updates on Behind the Redwood Curtains

Brainy Thing:  19:00  Behind the Redwood Curtain 28:00   What We're Learning from Our Knitting Margaret got practice in cables on Sarah Schira's Gnot Just Another Gnome https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gnot-just-another-gnome. She used leftovers plus mini skeins in Leading Men Fiber Arts Showstopper in Envy and Christmas at Green Gables.   knitting reverse stockinette inside out: https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+knit+reverse+stockinette+stitch+in+the+round&oq=how+to+knit+reverse+stockinette+stitch+in+the+round&aqs=chrome..69i57j0i22i30j0i390l3.9109j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8#kpvalbx=_jM8FYea8KczF-gSfsqToBw59  speedweve    darning loom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhPUjTxQgHA    Scrubbing Stripes dishcloth by yarnspirations https://www.yarnspirations.com/lily-sugarn-cream-scrubbing-stripes-knit-dishcloth/SCK0512-013829M.html</di
31/07/202139 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep. 125. Link Between Biodiversity and Human Happiness; Shawl and Sock Knitting; Keeping the Giant Jolly Art

Brainy: 14:50    Behind the Redwood Curtain: 26:21   What We're Learning from our Knitting Catherine is inches away from finishing her Metalouse shawl by Stephen West https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/metalouse. She used Woolemeise and Canon Dyeworks yarns. She is looking for a pattern for a sweater as her next project. Margaret didn't experience much learning but enjoyed a lot of satisfaction knitting her basic top down, heel flap socks using Online sock yarn in a multiple of colors: blue, grey, orange, yellow and pink. Although she has her own modifications, she basically follows Ann Budd's 6 stitches per inch sock. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/6-stitches-per-inch-sock. Margaret also applie
18/06/202134 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep. 124 Willpower, Two Double Stranded Hats; New Shawl project; Fernbridge

Brainy Thing: 20:13 Behind the Redwood Curtain. 34:00   What We're Learning from our Knitting Margaret knitted two double stranded hats. The first was the Double-Quick Marled Beanie from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/double-quick-marled-beanie using Rowan Kid Classic from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas in a subtle cream and pale grey color. She modified this slightly using HandMaiden Casbah https://www.ravelry.com/yarns/search#sort=best&query=handmaiden%20fine%20yarns and Casbah Silk Fine. Catherine still needs to assemble her gnome but has started Stephen West's Metalouse from Knitty. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/metalouse. Stephen West. <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/desi
04/05/202145 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep. 123. Revenge Bedtime Procrastination; Blocking Party and Knitting in Black; Honor Tax

Brainy thing: 24:14. Behind the Redwood Curtain:  34:50                     What we are learning from our knitting: Catherine arranged her house to tackle the space requirements for blocking large shawls -- Heaven Scent by Boo Knits https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/heaven-scentand Bright Sunny Day by Sivia Harding https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bright-sunny-day. She is happy to start Stephen Wests' Metalouse shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/metalouse. Margaret tackled some knitting in black -- a sphere ornament called RBG Ball by Lexie Bryan commemorating Ruth Bader Ginsberg https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rbg-balland a large and thick potholder called Baker's Twine by Ducathi https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bakers-twine     Revenge bedtime procrastination Postponing bedtime -- even to the point of being unhealthy -- seems to be one way some peo
11/04/202139 minutes 20 seconds
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Ep. 122. Resilience, Rick Hanson style; Fingering weight hats, ponchos, scrubbies, & knitting with raffia; Last Chance Grade.

Brainy Thing:   16:14       Behind the Redwood Curtain:   24:21   What We're Learning from our Knitting:  Margaret finished her first poncho -- well, actually a shoulder cosy:  Wave Shoulder Cozy by Eline Oftedal https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wave-shoulder-cosy with beads and starring Dragonfly Fibers yarns from Laura Nelkin's Ducenti Shawl kit.   She also played around with raffia yarn from Churchmouse yarns and teas making their pattern for stars. Catherine finished her second Socky Slouchy Hat of late  in fingering weight yarn:  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/socky-slouchy-hat. by Lauren Sanchez: https://www.ravelry.com/design
15/03/202134 minutes 46 seconds
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Ep. 121 Brain Booth; Knitted Hats and Gnomes; Knitting Videos; Humboldt Bay Oysters

Brainy thing:   23:21     Behind the Redwood Curtain: 28:43   What We're Learning from Our Knitting. Catherine is giving away hats at the dog park. Socky Slouchy Hat: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/socky-slouchy-hat. by Lauren Sanchez: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/lauren-sanchez Margaret finished her ADVENTure Gnome: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/adventure-gnome by Sarah Schira: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/sarah-schira and offers a list of points for finding an instructional knitting video for best learning.   Brainy Thing: Catherine reports on The Brain Booth at Humboldt State University which could be a mod
11/02/202138 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep. 120. Resilience, Finishing and Starting, Pom Poms, Public Art Bench

Brainy Thing:  13:52            Behind the Redwood Curtain. 21:23     What We're Learning from Our Knitting Margaret investigates the construction of Pom Poms she used in her knitting and the one trick that will make your pom poms neat and tidy.  Stitch and Sheep: https://sheepandstitch.com/library/how-to-make-a-pom-pom/ Purl Soho: https://www.purlsoho.com/shop?q=pom%20pom. Arne and Carlos Bird: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-bird. Catherine is that pause between finishing one project and starting the next, exploring patterns and yarns. Sivia Harding Bright Shiny Day. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bright
10/01/202127 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep. 119 Brain, Gut and Moods; Swaps, Knit-a-longs, Birds and Leaves; and North Coast Fall and Winter Gardening

Brainy 16:20. Behind the Redwood Curtain. 25:00   What We're Learning from Our Knitting We're appreciating the community spirit behind swaps and knit-a-longs as Catherine participates in the annual Dishcloth Swap and Sivia Hardings Bright Sunny Day knit-a-long Annual Dishcloth Swap. https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap Bright Sunny Day shawl. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bright-sunny-day Julia Farwell-Clay. Bodhi Leaf. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bodhi-leaf-washcloth Basic Bird. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-bird. Arne and Carlos   video re gut condition. podcast. <a href
02/12/202034 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep. 118 The Sense of Smell and How it Connects Us to Others; Updates on Knitting; Janes Creek Controversy

Brainy thing:     17:09   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  24:36   What We’ve Learned from our Knitting: Margaret finished Sarah Schirra’s Mystery Knit-along named Nice to Gnome you.   Knitting with two strands of yarn was challenging — especially with the nose and the center double decrease but she enjoyed watching how the various doubled yarns of different colors worked together.    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/nice-to-gnome-you https://www.moderndailyknitting.com/double-vision/?mc_cid=c289c548d9&mc_eid=f7638ac441    She used a combination of colors from Leading Men Fibers. https://www.leadingmenfiberarts.com/ Afterwards, she knit Susan B. Anderson’s Peas in a Pod, a tiny amigurumi project where she mad
10/10/202031 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep. 117 Compassion and the Brain; Knit a-longs; Virtual Fiber events

Brainy thing: 19:33    Behind the Redwood Curtain (and beyond):  34:15   What We’re Learning from our Knitting: Catherine finished hosting 2020 Potholder exchange which she said was successful.   She has been doing some dyeing with procion dyes which she says was  fun but messy and recommends kool aid dyes (acid)  for beginners.   Her current project that she’s making for the Dishcloth Exchange is Log Cabin Dishcloth by Mary Anne Dinsmore  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/log-cabin-dishcloth.   She also working on the Bright Sunny Day Mystery Knit Along by Sivia Harding Using Canon Hand Dyes by the Other Amy Lee but going slower than the clues are coming out.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bright-sunny-day Margaret finished the third Potholder for the exchange using Chicke
07/09/202044 minutes 27 seconds
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Ep. 116 Post Traumatic Growth; Cotton and Potholders; The River Otter Project

Brainy Thing: 25:48       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  36:28   What We’re Learning From Our Knitting: Margaret got caught up in casting on projects but not finishing them.   She did complete three Chicken Potholders  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chicken-potholder-6  by Erangi Udeshika using Knit Picks Dishy and Dishy Twist in silver and orange and Naturatura organic yarn in pale yellow.   She hopes to finish some of those projects she started.    Catherine also finished potholders,  named “Potholder for my Mother”  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/potholder-for-my-mother by Ellinor Wideen.  She also used Knit Picks Dishy Twist and a number of leftover  cottons in a variety of colors from  her stash. Both are
20/08/202047 minutes 47 seconds
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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 s
17/07/202030 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep. 114 Helping Our Brains Survive Isolation; Celebrating Great Patterns; Hats and Potholders; Open Studios

Brainy thing:  17:42      Behind the Redwood Curtain:  28:36   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret gains an even greater appreciation for well written directions.  Two great patterns, in particular  that she’s worked on lately is Wooly Sheep by  Lucy of Attic 24 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woolly-sheep-2.  She used scrap yarn.    She added a touch of embroidery on the sweater/blanket for the sheep.  Also, she’s working on the Baker’s Twine potholder out of  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baker-s-twine  two strands of dk cotton, one black and one white.  The designer is Catherina Duden.   Her company is Ducathi.   Catherine is working away at her Socky Slouchy Hat by Loren Sanchez  <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/l
13/06/202035 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep. 113 Mind-Body in Depth: Depression and Pain; Knitting Hats, Ballband Dish Towel; Starting a Potholder Swap; Businesses Help Support Community

Brainy: 21:26  Mind/Body Depression, Pain and the Brain Behind the Redwood Curtain:      28:04   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Both Catherine and Margaret (without consultation with each other) made hats for themselves.  Catherine knit the Socky Slouchy Hat by Lauren Sanchez https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/socky-slouchy-hat Margaret’s was the Churchmouse Yarns and Teas Boyfriend Watch Cap https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boyfriend-watch-capMargaret also tried out the famous and infamous ball band washcloth pattern but she extended the length into a towel.   She used Knit Pick’s new twisted Dishie in Black and White with the contrasting yarn in matching solid black.   <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ballband-dishcloth
02/05/202035 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep. 112 The Brain Science Behind Cuteness; Cute Knitting and Crochet; Lady Bird Johnson Park

Brainy Thing:  21:11    Behind the Redwood Curtain  29:33    What we’re learning from our knitting: Margaret participated in Sara Schira’s MKAL3 for a new Gnome "Gnome is Where you Hang Your Hat" https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/gnome-is-where-you-hang-your-hat.  This one features stranded colorwork.   Margaret also got caught up in other cute projects including Henry’s Bunny https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/henrys-bunny by Sara Elizabeth Kellner and Susan B. Anderson’s Spring Charm set https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/spring-charm-set.   Despite the cuteness of these projects, they have been good skill builders.   Catherine poi
23/03/202037 minutes 29 seconds
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Ep. 111 The Chocolate Episode: Good for Your brain, a Fun Visit to Dick Taylor's Chocolate Factory, plus Knitting Scarves, Gnomes and Trees

Brainy Thing:  23:31     Behind the Redwood Curtain:  34:16   What We Learned from Our Knitting Catherine has found the perfect combination of yarn, needles and pattern in the Baker’s Street Scarf https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baker-street-scarf  by Joan of Dark  and on Knitty http://knitty.com/ISSUEff15/index.php.   She used Brittany birchwood needles and Blue Moon Fiber Company’s yarn in the Evermore colorway.     Margaret is proclaiming Sarah Schira the Queen of the gnomes after  investigation into gnome-dom.    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#query=sarah%20schira&sort=best&view=captioned_thumbs&page
07/02/202046 minutes 1 second
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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

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/swirl
22/01/202047 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep. 109 Dinaural Beats, Paper Quilting, Jewish Hearts revisit; Another Contexta Hotpad, Fern Canyon

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.c
05/12/201934 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep. 108 Brain Changes in Animal-Human Interaction; Cairos Wristlet; Yield of Washcloth Swap; and the Samoa Cookhouse

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 <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/t
07/11/201936 minutes 22 seconds
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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 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 an
18/09/201938 minutes 17 seconds
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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 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://ww
13/08/201937 minutes 29 seconds
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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 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 
14/07/201936 minutes 25 seconds
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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 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:   <a href= "https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Anna+Zilboorg&r
18/05/201925 minutes 31 seconds
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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:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wickedly-peaceful-polar-bear-christmas-ornament.   Some eggs including one by Nicky Fijalkowska in her book  Knitted Birds    <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knitted-birds-by-nicky-fijalk
28/04/201943 minutes 5 seconds
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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 Franklin https://wearemakers.com/category/fridays-with-franklin/ at Lionbrand http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/author/franklin/   at events and classes
22/03/201933 minutes 46 seconds
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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

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-b277-864b2da
18/01/201945 minutes 23 seconds
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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

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):  <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dog-coat-11"
04/01/201933 minutes 37 seconds
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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 Happiness Catherine finds research that shows the location of housing can change reports of happiness level even if nothing else changes.   http://sc
17/12/201835 minutes 3 seconds
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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

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:    <a href= "https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-athletes-way/201810/cerebellum-studies-cha
02/12/201830 minutes 5 seconds
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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

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.  <
16/11/201828 minutes 13 seconds
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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 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% ac
01/11/201835 minutes 12 seconds
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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 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
21/10/201847 minutes 56 seconds
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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

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.    <a href= "https://knitom.com/2016/02/28/dishcloth-knitting-patterns/" rev= "en_rl_sm
01/10/201844 minutes 7 seconds
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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 Fall 2018  and she is searching for non-wool yarn that will work for a sweater ;     <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/designers/patty-lyons" rev= "en_rl_minim
17/09/201831 minutes 29 seconds
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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
01/09/201840 minutes 17 seconds
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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

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/ <
18/08/201838 minutes 33 seconds
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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 <a href="http://www
02/08/201843 minutes 15 seconds
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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  https://www.woolpedia.de/english/crochet-tutorials/shawl/ colored chart:  <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/projects/theped/virus-shawl---virustuch" rev=
16/07/201844 minutes 46 seconds
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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:
02/07/201842 minutes 43 seconds
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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:
16/06/201839 minutes 29 seconds
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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 appear.     Brainy Thing: Second in our series on creativity, Catherine examines her own creative process for theatre costumes and advises allowing ideas to “bake.”      Behind the Redwood Curtain: Catherine o
01/06/201855 minutes 25 seconds
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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 find
16/05/201847 minutes 40 seconds
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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 Knitted Birds” and learns all sorts of things.  https://www.a
03/05/201840 minutes 56 seconds
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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 Werker  https://www.amazon.com/Make-Mighty-Ugly-Exercises-Creative/dp/157061914X   Behi
17/04/201849 minutes 34 seconds
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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 <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/people/chrissythegreat" rev= "en_rl_mini
02/04/201844 minutes 28 seconds
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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 Fai https://arnecarlos.com/why-there-is-no-dominant-color-in-norwegian-knitting-by-arne-carlos/ https:/
17/03/201849 minutes 37 seconds
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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” h
02/03/201836 minutes 16 seconds
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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-dishcloth   https://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?  Margare
16/02/201836 minutes 5 seconds
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Ep. 078 Can Pantone Lead Us to Mysticism; Colors in Kit Surprise Us; Choosing Books With Right Pace for Us; Celebrate Dungeness Crab Season

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<
01/02/201837 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep. 077 Using Sensory Stimulation to Ease Symptoms of Dementia;

Brainy Thing:    15:40       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  26:20   What we’re learning from our knitting: Margaret learns about knitting different specialty textured yarns for her textured amigurumi The Three Little Kittens by Sara Scales https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/three-little-kittens-4.  Catherine ventures into sweater knitting for a dog using The Darling Darby Sweater:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/darling-darby-sweater.     Brainy Thing: Sensory Stimulation Helps People with Dementia General on Alzheimers:  https://yourbrainmatters.org.au/about-dementia/what-is-dementia Sno
16/01/201834 minutes 10 seconds
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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.    <a href= "https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/owl-mittens-2" rev= "en_
03/01/201835 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep. 075 Highlights from Past Episodes to Celebrate our 75th -- Diamond Jubilee"

Our Learning and Favorite Projects in Knitting over the last year Margaret shares insights she’s learned about in her knitting in general (like she loves stockinette aesthetically but doesn’t enjoy knitting a lot of it) and Catherine states that she’s enjoyed observing how her skills have increased.   Favorite Brainy Segments Catherine was fascinated by learning about the Forgetting Curve (Ep. 34  3.1.16) and Margaret by Happy Brain Chemicals (Ep. 69 4.1.17)    Memorable Behind the Redwood Curtain Segments Catherine enjoyed delving deeper into the life of the sand dollar even though she’s been picking them up all her life.  Margaret is still smitten with the Humboldt Botanical Garden.   Podcast Links Facebook:  Also, join our Facebook Group  https://www.fa
19/12/201728 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep. 074 Red Flags in Scientific Research; Knit-in-Place Sock Patches; Tips for Re-knitting a Pattern; The Last Coastal Redwood Forest -- Headwaters; Giveaways

What We Learned in Our Knitting: Margaret tried a Knit-in-place patch for her holey socks: http://jackie-es.com/the-designing-day/repairing-a-hand-knit-sock-with-a-knit-in-place-patch.php  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdecrGLzBhw       Catherine ran into some “learning opportunities" for knitting a pattern for a second time:  lady violet’s gauntlet  originally with Bugga  Cotton Stainer .  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lady-violets-dinner-gauntlets      Brainy Thing:  Finding red flags in
02/12/201748 minutes 33 seconds
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Ep. 073 Sleep to Remember; Swap to Find Community; Stretch Learning with Fair Isle Ornaments; Learn Science at the HSU Natural History Museum

Brainy:    15:17              Behind the Redwood curtain:  24:25 What We’re Learning From Our Knitting: Catherine enjoys community and patterns  — and sprucing up her kitchen on Ravelry called the Annual Dishcloth Swap, https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap.   Margaret Found the “Goldilocks” amount of challenge in Tranis Gray’s Craftsy Fair Isle Ornaments class and improved her Fair Isle techniques, make one left and right, provisional cast on, and working with double point needles on a small circumference.   The result was fun, learning and beautiful Christmas Ornaments.    Class:  https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/fair-isle-holiday-ornaments/497492 Often referred to instructions on fair isle. Philosopher’s
13/11/201733 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep. 072 How the Seasons Effect Your Brain; Knitting With Linen; Finishing Projects; Starfish, the Harmonizers; Book Give Away

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/fati
16/10/201737 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep. 071 Five Types of Meditation; More Insights to Teaching Crochet; Charity Knitting; Minus Tide in Humboldt.

Brainy Thing:   25:07   Redwood Curtain:  45:31 What We’re Learning From Our Knitting and Teaching (crochet.) Catherine focuses on her charity knitting , finishing her Socks for the Homeless and trying to find a good charity to donate some older projects:  a child’s cardigan, an adult raglan sweater, and some baby socks.    Catherine’s Charity Knitting:  Fantasy Red Cardi by Catherine Foster generic baby socks worsted weight sweater The Incredible Custom Fit Raglan Sweater  by Pamela Costello   woolworks   Margaret shares some more insights she’s gathered from teaching a small group how to crochet Hats for the Homeless.  Simple Single Crochet Hat  by K T and the Squid  (  Katy Petersen.)  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-single-crochet-hat   Catherine’s Charity Knittin
02/10/201757 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep. 070 Hand-eye coordination Builds Brains; Teaching Crochet; Crocheting Dishcloths; Los Bagels; and Giveaway

  Brainy Thing: 18:02       Redwood Curtain  31:02   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret learns a lot about teaching and learning by  teaching a beginner crochet to a group using the pattern of Simple Single Crochet Hat  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/simple-single-crochet-hat by K T and the Squid  (  Katy Petersen.)  She and the class used  Valley Yarns aran (discontinued).     Catherine also was into crochet this time for her dishcloth swap group.   She learned some new techniques  with the Partly Sunny pattern (99 cents) by Stacey L W   Lee   Partly sunny   toots and momo designs   BrainyThing We hear the phrase Hand-eye coordination but why is that so important to us and our brains.  Margaret explores the topic.   OT Mom Learning Activit
17/09/201744 minutes 52 seconds
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Ep. 069 Boosting Happy Brain Chemical GABA; Crochet Dishcloths; Argyle Socks; Humboldt Botanical Gardens; Give-away

Brainy Thing:   15:53             Behind the Redwood Curtain  27:23 What We’re Learning From Our Knitting Catherine is trying crochet this time with Stacey LW Lee’s $ 0.99 pattern Partly Sunny.  She needs five for her dishcloth exchange.   Margaret relates her journey with Argyle Sock Knitting.  She took a class and there are not a lot of online classes on Argyle.  Photo tutorial:   yarn harlot:   http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2007/12/31/at_the_last.html http://scrubberbum.typepad.com/moth_heaven/2006/07/argyle_origami.html http://scrubberbum.typepad.com/moth_heaven/2006/01/resources_fo
01/09/201737 minutes 35 seconds
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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

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 sock
17/08/201736 minutes 53 seconds
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Ep. 067 Six Dimensions of Wellness, Lace Knitting; Mittens; Sequoia Park

Brainy Thing:   15:40          Behind the Redwood Curtain:  31:50 What We’re Learning from our Knitting:   With her first shetland lace shawl, Catherine learns that the secret to lace knitting for her is to count stitches after completing each row in the Fatima shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3  with Sincere Sheep’s  Hester colored (peachy) silk/linen blend.  It also includes  beads and nupps.   Margaret starts Christmas gifts with the Buggy Mitts.http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/buggy-mitts with Morehouse Farms wool.  (It was a Morehouse Farms Kit when she bought it years ago.     BrainyThing:   Dr. Bill Hettler  proposes Six Dimensions of Wellness      <a href= "http://www.nationalwellness.org/?page=Six_Dimensions" rev= "en_rl_
01/08/201739 minutes 26 seconds
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Ep. 066 No Politics Talk about how the Brain Hampers Political Talk;

Welcome to Episode 66. Brainy Thing:   14:45       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  31:50 Catherine’s grand finale of Bunnymuff's  Absolutely essential shawl.  She bound off with  Jenny’s stretchy bindoff.   Margaret finished her Inversible Socks, yarn by Fibernymph.   She used an afterthought heel with a gusset in the corners.        Amygdala Why is it the political discussion is so toxic these days?  Catherine discovers answers hidden in the Amygdala.   The Oatmeal:;  You Are Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell you    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe USC Brain and Creativity Institutem article:  Lead researcher Jonas Kaplan;  Sarah Kimball and Sam Harris  Scientific Report 6 Article 39589 https://www.sciencedaily.c
19/07/201744 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep. 065: Betsan Corkhill; Kristy Glass Knits; Garter Stitch Kitchener Stitch; Fatima Shawl; Bunny Muff; Betty Chinn Center; Giveaway

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<
02/07/201747 minutes 3 seconds
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Ep. 064 Silence and Noise Impact on the Brain; Foundation Crochet; Charity Socks; Alpaca Farming; History of Humboldt State; Book Give-away

Brainy Thing:     13:44             Redwood Curtain:  19:26   What We’re Learning From Our Knitting; Margaret continues her exploration of new techniques through the creation of jar covers (to use as vases, crochet hook holders, pencil holders, etc.).   This time she tries out foundation crochet with the pattern  Crochet Jar Cosy by Emma Escott  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jar-cover-5 Foundation Crochet :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY6Iy7gdVEM Crafsy:  class  mastering foundation crochet stitches craftsy blog:  https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/05/foundation-single-crochet-how-to/ photo tutorial:
17/06/201732 minutes 1 second
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Ep. 063 Fiber Arts Help STEM Learning; Life lines; Organic Cotton; Alexander von Humboldt; Book Give away; 2017 Learn-along Winners

Brainy Thing:    26:15   Behind the Redwood Curtain  42:55 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Catherine learned an important lesson about life lines on her Absolutely Essential Shawl by Bunny Muff http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/absolutely-essential.  She also started a sock for a charity project sponsored by the Northcoast Knittery made of from Kramer Yarn.   Margaret finally used some organic cotton, naturally colored yarn she had had in her stash forever.  She doesn’t know if they are FireFox yarns, the organic cotton of different colors started by Sally Fox (the labels have disappeared)  but she likes the idea and the yarn.  http://www.foxfirefiber.com/yarn.html.  She made two jar covers by Sara Delaney #575 Crocheted Lace Jar Covers.  <a href= "http://www.ravelry.
01/06/201755 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep. 062 Intellectual Development, Forzo Cuff, Absolutely Essential Scarf, Rock slides, and Notes

What We’re Learning From Our Knitting   Margaret isn’t ready for the challenges of The Forzo Cuff by Laura Nelkin  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/forzo-cuff.  She will give away her slightly used kit to someone who is.   Just post on the Ravelry thread — first come, first served.   It is knitted lace.  Find the difference between that and lace knitting:    http://theknittingbuzz.typepad.com/the-knitting-buzz/2011/03/knitted-lace-vs-lace-knitting.html.  I   Catherine  continues her long trek with  Absolutely Essential Scarf by Bunny Muff   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/absolutely-essential;  now becoming bored
19/05/201728 minutes 47 seconds
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Ep. 061 SPECIAL Nuerofeedback interview with Stan Vanella

Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit,  a special episode-long interview with Stan Vanella, a  local Humboldt biofeedback practitioner.  So, no knitting, no crocheting, no Behind the Redwood Curtain, but an information packed introduction to Neurofeedback.  All of our other segments will return next episode.   Stan defines Neurofeedback and distinguishes between Neurofeedback and biofeedback.   Stan Mentions the App Belly Bio,  an Apple App that measures your breathing.   If you’re looking for a Bio/Neurofeedback practitionner, the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research ISNR) and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance both have lists of practioners.     You also might want to check out:   https://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-introduction   International Society for Neurofeedback and Re
04/05/201731 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep. 060 Natural Happy Brain Chemicals

  Brainy Thing:   23:50  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  45:03   What We’re Learning from our Knitting and Crochet CatherIne continues on the lacey Absolutely Essential Shawl  by Bunny Muff.  She talks aboutLace Knitting versus Knitted Lace.   Here’s a resource for knowing the difference.    http://theknittingbuzz.typepad.com/the-knitting-buzz/2011/03/knitted-lace-vs-lace-knitting.html Margaret completes the Queen Anne’s Lace crochet scarf with a lot of help from Sue Perez’ blog, Mr. Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness http://mrsmicawber.blogspot.com/     Brainy Thing:     Natural Happy Brain Chemicals Sourced from Christoper Bergland’s The Athlete’s Way:  Sweat and the Biology of Bliss and The Athlete’s
19/04/201752 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep. 060 Natural Happy Brain Chemicals

  Brainy Thing:   23:50  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  45:03   What We’re Learning from our Knitting and Crochet CatherIne continues on the lacey Absolutely Essential Shawl  by Bunny Muff.  She talks aboutLace Knitting versus Knitted Lace.   Here’s a resource for knowing the difference.    http://theknittingbuzz.typepad.com/the-knitting-buzz/2011/03/knitted-lace-vs-lace-knitting.html Margaret completes the Queen Anne’s Lace crochet scarf with a lot of help from Sue Perez’ blog, Mr. Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness http://mrsmicawber.blogspot.com/     Brainy Thing:     Natural Happy Brain Chemicals Sourced from Christoper Bergland’s The Athlete’s Way:  Sweat and the Biology of Bliss and The Athlete’s
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Ep. 059 The Dana Foundation Supports Brain Research and Education

Brainy Thing:  20:45     Redwood Curtain:   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret is learning Intarsia, a technique she’s been wanting to learn for a long time.  She presents her experiences so far and a variety of sources for learning intarsia from books, videos, You tube, Craftsy   You Tube Marlene Dysert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK07PBQMTE8 Edie Eckman   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzMEL2C7EHM K1p1 TV  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyusrCZzftY Eunny Jang:  untangle yarns in Intarsia  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgpA1-Xa4Pw <
03/04/201741 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep. 058 What Appreciation and Gratitude do for Your Brain

Brainy Thing:   25:25    Behind the Redwood Curtain:   35:25  What We Learned From Our Knitting Catherine knit not one, but two Poncho Perfectos by The Knit Cafe Toronto for a production of Julius Caesar.   Listen to her tale.    The pattern is no longer  available but Catherine used raveler raplib’s Pacific NW Poncho notes as a guide.   http://www.ravelry.com/projects/raplib/poncho-perfecto  She used Jenny’ super stretchy bind off   Margaret has been playing with a number different projects but she finished two crochet ball ornament covers.  The directions are free and are:  Joy M. Prescott's  Elegant ornaments:  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elegant-ornaments  in #1
23/03/201746 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep. 057 Personality, Mood, and Color

Brainy Thing:  17:29           Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:00   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting: Catherine rages against the bulky yarn she’s using in some mystery yarn she’s using and returns to a more comfortable yarn she used for but the Funky Baby Kimono by Melilab   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/funky-baby-kimono       Margaret muses about several shades of black after finishing a generic top down,   Fish Lip Kiss Heeled generic sock with Soft Like Kittens yarn from independent dyer, Annette M Russell in Auckland, New Zealand (now on indefinite hiatus)  http://www.softli
06/03/201737 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep. 056 Studies on Aging and Depression from the Front of the Brain

Brainy Thing:    14:14              Behind the Redwood Curtain:  22:40   What We Learned from our Knitting Finish up Party Margaret finally finished her grandson’s socks (for the second time (no pattern— the first time it was too tight) and Catherine finished up two projects.    Margaret mulls over the product versus process question with the help of some famous knitters:   process vs. product at Knit Purl   https://www.knit-purl.com/blogs/blog/process-vs-product-knitting  Yarn Harlot  http://www.yarnharlot.ca/2015/01/product-vs-process/ Franklin Habit   essay    http://www.tw
18/02/201732 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep. 055 Increasing the "love hormone" Oxytocin to Increase Happiness

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
03/02/201739 minutes 31 seconds
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Ep. 054 Neurosociety: Interactive Theatre Teaches Us About Our Brains

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.   <
19/01/201742 minutes 17 seconds
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Ep. 053 Gut Instinct and the Brain

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
04/01/201728 minutes 28 seconds
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Ep. 052 How Gratitude Impacts Your Brain

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. <div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-size
19/12/201635 minutes 55 seconds
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Ep. 051 Exercise and the Brain

BrainyThing:  27:30     Behind the Redwood Curtain: 32:45   What We Are Learning from Our Knitting: Margaret was inspired by the  Maya hat and mittens  designed by Theresa Schabes http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maya-hat-and-mittens-set using  Viking Norway Nordlys which is a thick fingering weight 75% superwash wool 25% nylon single loosely plied yarn.  What is striking about the yarn is the intense colors.   They have
05/12/201644 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep. 050 What We Learn When We Slice Our Brain Into Top and Bottom

Brainy thing:  12:46              Behind the Redwood Curtain: 26:38 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:   Twice Margaret made the ribbed brim of the Top Down lace beanie from lion brand http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-beanie-70177 too tight.  She tells how Lori’s Twisty bind off https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWS77BKk5NQ saved the day.  She used Plymouth Kudo yarn in cotton and silk.  And Catherine enjoys the pile of washcloths that she received from her Ravelry washcloth exchange — all in cotton yarn she’s never used before.   <div s
18/11/201639 minutes 9 seconds
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Ep. 049 Study Shows How Knitting Can Help Depression

Brainy Thing: 18:46                 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 24:36   What We’re Learning From Our Knitting: Catherine scores a spectacular finish to the Vanessa Ives Knit-along by Bunny Muff or Mona8pi http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives Margaret struggles with a crocheted stuffy, Aitches by Brenda K. B. Anderson  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/aitches   <div style="font-family: 'Helvetica
02/11/201631 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep. 048 How You Can Learn the Holistic Way

Welcome to Episode 48:  How You Can Learn the Holistic Way Brainy Thing:   22:20      Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:50 What We Learned From Our Knitting Margaret learns a lot about her knitting by not knitting.   Catherine confronts some of the challenges of long term knitting projects, this time the Meadow Lark  Shibori Jacket http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/meadowlark-shibori-jacket by Gina Wilde out of Alchemy yarns.   Brainy Thing:  Holistic Knitting <div style="font-family:
18/10/201639 minutes 15 seconds
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Does Knitting Impact Your Brain like Breathing and Meditation?

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://kn
03/10/201635 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep. 046 Synthesis: Two Year Anniversary

Brainy Thing:   13:19       Behind the Redwood Curtain: We modify our podcast a bit this podcast as we synthesize and review two years of our podcasting episodes.   What We’ve Learned from Our Knitting (and Crochet) Catherine and Margaret talk what they’ve learned from their knitting over the past two years.  Margaret has learned about her ADD with knitting and how she needs variety.   Catherine has learned that she needs two projects — one a simple carry-around project and another one that challenges her.  Catherine mentions that she knit the Harmonia’s Ring Cowl (http
17/09/201633 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep. 045 Shinrin Yoku (Forest Breathing): Ancient Healing with Modern Research

Brainy Thing: 18:27     Redwood Curtain:  33:43 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting (and Luceting):  Ta Dah!  Catherine finished her Garden Arbor Shawl  by Kira K Designs, a  kit she got from The Natural Fiber Fair in 2015.  The yarn is the Sky colorway in Bamboo from Be Sweet Yarns. Margaret made a lucet bracelet that was a modification of the pattern that Jennifer Hansen, from Stitch Diva offered as a bonus after completing her free 7-Day Lucet Challenge.  https://app.convertkit.com/landing_pages/38006.  She used Magnetic clasps. She also tested out the KonMari method http://tidyingup.com/ of organizing all her knitting, crocheting and lucet supplies.
03/09/201641 minutes 12 seconds
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Ep. 044 Mourning Our Mothers with Knitting and Crochet

Brainy Thing: 18:30                   Behind the Redwood Curtain  30:00   What We’re Learning from Our Knitting and Crochet Margaret completed the Alpaca Angel Crochet Shawl pattern PO6134 by Kristen Omdahl  http://www.amazon.com/stream/ref=strm_swm_all_nav_IF?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=nav-sitewide-msg&pf_rd_r=5S5CKKRATKXE71SVA3NT&pf_rd_t=4201&pf_rd_p=1858d2e6-f93a-4246-9790-e206ebea43d1&pf_rd_i=navbar-4201 using Knit Picks Diadem KD in silver and gold.   <div style="font-family
20/08/201639 minutes 32 seconds
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Ep. 043 Feeding Your Brain

Brainy Thing:  18:45      Behind the Redwood Curtain:  33:15 What Our Knitting and Crochet is Teaching Us: Margaret crocheted the Boteh Scarf   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boteh-scarfin by Kathy Merrick out of nearly three balls of Bella Lino  58% Linen, 26% viscose, and 16% cotton  http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/classic-elite-yarns-bella-lino . It looks like since Bella Lino is not part of Classic elites yarns' verde collection — like Sprout in chunky or Seedling in worsted/aran, it is not organic. <div style="font
03/08/201643 minutes 54 seconds
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Ep. 042 Brain Freeze Research May Pave Way for Migraine Relief

Brainy Thing:    22:56               Behind the Redwood Curtain:  32:23   What We’ve Learned from Our Knitting: Catherine recently bought a skein of Be sweet yarn, African Bead Ball, to celebrate Knitting in Public Day.     http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/be-sweet-african-bead-ball.  She started knittingKira Designs'  Garden Arbor shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garden-arbor-shawl) out of another  Be Sweet yarn, Bamboo.  Margaret learned a new skill through the 7 day lucet challenge.  Check
17/07/201641 minutes 36 seconds
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Ep. 041 One Solution to Better Memory -- Sleep

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
03/07/201642 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep. 040 Is Negativity Bias Affecting Your Knitting? What You Can Do About It.

Brainy Thing:   20:35                Behind the Redwood Curtain  32:40 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Margaret  was inspired by Catherine to try Sasha Ball Rives wonderful pattern Among the Wildflowers  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/among-the-wildflowers  with her own “learning opportunities”, of course. For a Ravelry swap, Catherine completed the Crochet Flower Potholders pattern by Jennifer Martin  Blue J  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower-potholders using scraps of cotton.  
17/06/201642 minutes 48 seconds
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Ep. 039 Barbarbara Arrowsmith Changes her Brain

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</a
01/06/201634 minutes 51 seconds
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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.  
17/05/201636 minutes 43 seconds
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Ep. 037 Knitting Wednesdays for Wounded Warriors

Brainy Thing:     19.28                           Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:14 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting Catherine finished her Among the wildflowers bandana  cowl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/among-the-wildflowers which was another opportunity to use beads.  She used Rizoni  yarn from  The loom   (The loombangkok.com).    Sasha Ball Rives http://www.ravelry.com/designers/sasha-ball-rives    was the designer of the free design.   In addition to designing, she owns the Stitch Space yarn shop in Missouri.   <div style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue'; font-
17/04/201639 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep. 036 New Research on Muscle Memory May Help Knitters and Crocheters

Brainy Thing:    22:00                                Behind the Redwood Curtain:  38:45   What we learned from our knitting: Margaret played with  crocheted hearts from  DIY Wedding by Jennifer E. Ryan either in Interweave Crochet Summer 2015 or as a special collection on the Interweave Website.  They were cute, quick and fun. They are called Guest Lapel Pins on Ravelry. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/guest-lapel-pins   Catherine shares Towashis  she received from her swap. One was made of a  worsted cotton, the
01/04/201641 minutes 18 seconds
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Ep. 035 Celebrate Neurons with Knitworks

Brainy thing:  23:33        Behind the Redwood Curtain:  33:33 What We’re Learning from our Knitting: Catherine’s been doing some knitting for a theatre production:  She made a pair of fingerless mitts in bright pink for the monkey character in Jungalbook, just relying on measurements and her memory of doing mitts.   She used Deceptive Cookie's  http://www.ravelry.com/people/DeceptiveCookie Bias Stripe Shawl Recipe http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bias-stripe-shawl-recipe  (free) for a black and orange scarf for the tiger character.   Margaret talks about her marathon sock-
19/03/201642 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep. 034 The Forgettting Curve and Knitting

Brainy thing:   21:40  Redwood Curtain 31:40  What We’re Learning from our Knitting: Margaret does realize that the Forgetting Curve threw her a curve on the Fish Lip Kiss heel.  She made a sparkly pair of blue socks out of Knit Circus Pixie Dust fingering  weight  merino/silk/nylon/polyamide/metallic yarn.   Years ago she got a similar yarn as a kit from Knit Circus for Jaala Spiro’s half circle Coirrina Shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corrina-shawl) in the Casseopeia  color way.   When she ran out (she didn’t do a gauge swatch—for shame)  Jaala dyed a skein that would especially go with the older color way.  So she had quite a bit of the yarn
01/03/201641 minutes 6 seconds
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Ep. 033 How Knitting Can Help Fight Addiction

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  <div style="font-family: 'He
21/02/201645 minutes 16 seconds
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Ep. 032 Lily Chin: Teacher Extraordinaire

Brainy Thing:   13:45                             Behind the Redwood Curtain 23:10 What we’re learning from our Knitting    Margaret is knitting a cowl out of Katia Temis or Colibri —she’s lost the ball band   There’s no pattern:  She just casts on 25 or more stitches and knits in garter stitch on very large needles (size 13) until she runs out of yarn.   This is her exercise bike knitting.  She also reports on how much she likes the Designing Vashti Yarn:  Lotus Z-twisted sport weight fashion yarns:  52 cotton, 48 rayon.  She knit up Kira K’s Belle Epoque shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/belle-epoque-shawl) with it and has had a chance to
08/02/201635 minutes 19 seconds
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Ep. 031 Knitting, Life-long Learning and Your Brain

Brainy Thing:   26:00      Behind the Redwood Curtain:  38:15   What we’re learning from our Knitting Catherine gives an update on the Vanessa Ives Mystery Shawl http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives By Bunny Muff  http://www.ravelry.com/designers/bunnymuff and how even Michael’s failed in providing Japanese beads that would work.  While she’s waiting for her delivery of beads, she’s working on Baby Socks by Bianca Bufran for the Afghan for Afghans project.  The socks are made from Treadsock Yarns that Catherine dyed with Dharma dyed goods.    She’s also been working up some scrubbies for
27/01/201642 minutes 35 seconds
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What the heck is the Distributive Practice Effect and how can it help you learn fiber arts?

Brainy Thing:   15:47           Behind the Redwood Curtain:  25:35Welcome to Episode:  How the Distributive Practice Effect or Spacing Effect can help you learn skills in the fiber Arts.What we’re learning from our Knitting Catherine got a lot of satisfaction by completing Laura Nelkin’s Butin Collar.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butin-collarMargaret created felted bangles from Mags Kandis’ Bevy of Bangles pattern, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bevy-of-banglesfrom the book Gifted, Lovely little things to knit and crochet http://www.amazon.com/Gifted-Lovely-Little-Things-Crochet-ebook/dp/B00DH40MIG/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1by Mags Kandis or get them for free from the Interweave website.  Brainy Thing:  The Distributive Practice EffectCatherine talks about the Distributive Practice Effect, first described by Herman Ebbinghaus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_Ebbinghaus.    In psychology,it is talked about as the Spac
03/01/201632 minutes 50 seconds
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Ep. 029 Multi-sensory Learning and Your Knitting and Crochet

Brainy Thing:  17:37         Behind the Redwood Curtain:  27:54 What We’re Learning from Our Knitting and Crochet: Catherine needed a quick, satisfying, completed project so she whipped up the crocheted Skinny Mini Scarf by Carla Fanton in Feza Purl in gold.  Margaret was in the same need-a-quick-success mood and worked up two Javori Designs bracelet kits: Arya crochet in sapphire;   Paloma Knit beaded bracelet in Starry night Brainy Thing Catherine discovers the connections between multi-sensory learning, concept maps and JC Briar's Stitchmaps.  Here's a YouTube link for our authors.  Also check http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Science-Learning-Harmony/dp/1620360098  The New Science of Learning:   How to Learn in Harmony with your brain by Terry Doyle and James Zulle:  The Art of Changing the Brain  Behind the Redwood Curtain We talk about (you can see photos on the Shownotes on Teachingyourbraintoknit.com)  murals, many of which
02/12/201538 minutes 21 seconds
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Ep. 028 Process and Product in your Knitting and Crochet, Myers Briggs Style

Episode 28   Process versus product in your knitting and crochet  Brainy Things: 10:40   Redwood Curtain: 18:35 What we’re learning from our knitting and crochet Margaret crocheted a super quick project:  the Crochet cobweb pattern by Jennifer Hansen.   It's free!  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-cobweb After a rough start, Catherine is now enjoying the Vanessa Ives Mystery KAL.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanessa-ives Brainy Thing: Process vs. Product in our Knitting and Crochet through the lens of the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/judging-or-perceiving.htm Behind the Redwood Curtain Haunted House Tour of Eureka:   http://www.oldtownhauntedhistorytours.com/Home_Page.php   Why some of these houses have mezzanines. Knitting Tip Cat Bordhi ‘
16/11/201528 minutes 15 seconds
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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</a
02/11/201543 minutes 36 seconds
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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/b
18/10/201543 minutes 1 second
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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
02/10/201540 minutes 42 seconds
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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. 
19/09/201540 minutes 14 seconds
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Ep. 023 How We See Color in our Knitting and Crochet

Brainy Part 20:18   Behind the Redwood Curtain:  39:38 Catherine is learning from Heidi May's (Velvet Acorn) Failyn Fox Cowl and from Melissa Mall's Simple Man Slipper. Margaret is learning from Rebecca Velasquez' Terra Cotta Shawl (or Thorns). Catherine talks about we see and perceive color. She also talks about the Giant Coastal Salamander. Catherine offers a tip about the Princess Sole in your socks.
01/09/201548 minutes 7 seconds
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Ep. 022 Kinesthetic Learning Style and Knitting

Episode 22:  The Kinesthetic Learning Mode in Knitting and Crochet   Brainy Thing starts:  22:17   Behind the Redwood Curtain starts:  30:45   What we're learning from our knitting.    With her Fantasy Red Cardi by Katherine Foster (see prior posts) behind her and her Among the Wildflowers by Sasha Ball Rives on hold, Catherine turns to two bits of production knitting.  She is working on Failyn Fox Cowl by Heidi May in Lion Brand Thick and Quck for a friend's child and the Chain Mail Hood and Cowl offered by the Utah Shakespeare Festival (Chain Mail Techniques).  With a re-envisioned yarn choice (Patons Metallic in Pewter)
17/08/201539 minutes 51 seconds
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Ep. 021Knitting and Cancer Support

  Welcome to Episode 21:   Knitting supports Cancer Recovery and other Health IssuesBrainy part starts:24:05.     Behind the Redwood Curtain (Trillium) Starts: 33:35   What We're Learning from Our Knitting (and Crochet):   Catherine is finishing up the Fantasy Red Cardi designed by Katherine Foster.    She's also made two hats as part of the North Coast Knittery's Hats for the Homeless Campaign.   The pattern is The Tyson Hat by Robyn Devine and the yarn is Naturally Nazareth.by Kraemer Yarns.   Catherine is well along on the Failynn Fox Cowl by Heidi May who goes by the Velvet acorn.  She is using
04/08/201542 minutes
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Ep. 020 Can Your Right Brain Help You Organize (your stash)?

Brainy Thing:  25:05   Behind the Redwood Curtain 32:36 Margaret talks about how much she learned from the Multnomah Shawl by Kate Ray while Catherine talks about tension for crocheting the Misty Rose by Kim Camera.  She's also working on the Among the Wild Flowers by Sasha Ball Reeves. Margaret shares some tips from the Book "Organizing for the Right Brain" and mentions Jill Bolte Taylor's Ted Talk "Stroke of Insight." Catherine talks about the Humboldt Marten, who people are trying to get on the Endangered Species List. We correct an error about using a a larger needle to creat a stretchier cast-on and Catherine shares a tip about starting a busy day with a little knitting to find peace.  Our Learn-along will be over August 1.
16/07/201546 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep. 019 Growing Brain Cells with Physical Activity

Brainy Stuff starts at 15:26 Behind the Redwood Curtain stats at 24:13 Catherine is using her Fantasy Red Cardi by Katherine Foster as her carry along knitting project and has just started a crochet project:  Dogwood Scarf by Suzann Thompson.  Margaret has been experimenting with making samples of different ways to top off the top of a simple hat. Catherine reports on a study done by Dr. Arne May who found that teaching people to juggle grew their brain cells.   She asks, can knitting and crochet do the same thing? Margaret talks about clams, clamming and Clam Beach, California. Margaret suggests that people try different tools and is now experimenting with 12 inch and 9 inch knitting needles. The incentive prize and the Learn along continue over on Ravelry.
02/07/201532 minutes 35 seconds
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Ep. 018 Auditory Learning and Knitting

Brainy Part starts at 24:25 Redwood Curtain starts at 32:55 Margaret talks about trying to find the perfects cotton yarn for socks and Catherine tells of her adventures with the Fantasy Red Cardi. Margaret explains auditory learning from the VAK Learning style perspective and how we use all our senses when we are learning. In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Catherine celebrates the California Poppy.
18/06/201543 minutes 30 seconds
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Episode 017 Knitting Projects That Help You Meditate

Brain Stuff starts at 23:17 and Behind the Redwood Curtain (Arcata Community Forest) begins at 32:33. Catherine is learning from her Putney Shawl, Clapo-ktus, and the Fantasy Red Cardi.   Margaret is learning from the Flapper Bucket Hat. Catherine shares the long tradition of handmade wraps to comfort people who are sick, who have had a loss or who are moving away.  One of the current projects is the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Margaret offers information about the Arcata Community Forest, one of the few community owned forests in the West. Catherine has a knitting tip to use larger needles to cast on and bind off. We are starting our first "Learn-a-Long"   See our Ravelry Group for the rules. And we have a new incentive prize for people who join our Ravelry Group.
01/06/201544 minutes 3 seconds
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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. 
17/05/201541 minutes 22 seconds
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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. 
02/05/201541 minutes 16 seconds
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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.
20/04/201548 minutes 2 seconds
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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
03/04/201549 minutes 41 seconds
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Ep. 012 Knitting Fight Dementia

Brainy stuff starts at 15:40 and Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 26:55. Catherine finds a patterns for her Great Adirondack yarn from 50 Fabulous Borders by Rita Weiss.  She also finished a jelly fish from Hansi Singh's Amigurumi Knits. Margaret has been making washcloths from Stitch Diva's (Jennifer Hansen') pattern and loving the Lucci DK cotton tape yarn. Catherine relates some research suggesting the knitting and other acitivities reduce the chances of dementia and age-related Alzheimer's.   The evidence is anecdotal and researchs say they need more research before they can find a causal link. Margaret talks about the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.  She also offers a tip to suggest you can sketch out a graph on a challenging knit or crochet pattern that doesn't have one. 
20/03/201536 minutes 10 seconds
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Ep. 011 Metacognition and how it helps your knitting

Brainy stuff starts at 22:40 and Behind the Redwood Curtain starts at 32:05. Margaret shares what's she's learned from the Gallatin Scarf and the Silk Curved Scarf while Catherine talks about new (Meadowlark Shibori Jacket) and old (Sock Yarn Blanket) projects. Margaret discusses the concept of metacognition and how it helps make knitting projects more successful.  She also talks about the First Street Gallery in Eureka and Catherine offers a knitting tip about soaking your project for 20 minutes before blocking. 
03/03/201541 minutes 59 seconds
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Ep. 010 Review Your Knitting

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.
21/02/201546 minutes 40 seconds
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Ep. 009 The Therapeutic Benefits of Knitting

Brainy stuff starts at 22:30  Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at 39:00 Catherine talks about mystery knitalongs, both Laura Aylor's mystery shawl and Josh Ryks' Scarfie Shenanigans.  Margaret describes her learning on three pairs of children's socks including two zebra socks and one generic toe up.  In the Brainy section, Catherine explains some of the work of Betsan Corkhill at Stitchlinks about how knitting is therapuetic in a number of ways for a number of conditions. In Behind the Redwood Curtain, Catherine shares information about how our climate is ideal for artisan goat cheese. Margaret offers a knitting tip about how getting stitch markers to closely match the size of the needle will help to prevent those yarn overs from slipping under the markers.
02/02/201547 minutes 29 seconds
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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.
20/01/201552 minutes 49 seconds
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Ep. 007 Skill or Concentration?

Margaret talks about what she is learning from knitting and crocheting long beaded strands including Laura Nelkin's Ribband and Yuli Nilssen's Wrap Around Crochet bracelet.  Catherine talks about her work on the PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap by Dalhia in Bloom using Lion Brand Wool-ease Thick and Quick.   Margaret and Catherine discuss rating patterns by levels of difficulty versus levels of concentration.   Margaret talks about visiting Table Bluff in Loleta, California and then discusses the benefits of using a kitchen scale to measure yarn.
02/01/201546 minutes 37 seconds
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Ep. 006 Staying Awake

Catherine talks about creating the braid in Laura Aylor's Faberge', Margaret talks about Mel Ski's hat Drizzle, Catherine introduces Dr. Perri Klass' work on how knitting can create focus and she also describes all the mushrooms she's been seeing this year.  (Photos are in the Shownotes on the blog.)  Finally, Margaret offers some tools-- paper and electronic -- on how to estimate the yardage for projects.
08/12/201441 minutes 41 seconds
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Layers of Visual Learning

In this episode, Catherine and Margaret talk about what they are learning from Hilary Smith Callis' Citron and Laura Aylor's Faberge'.  Margaret delves a little deeper into Visual Learning and Catherine talks about the Redwood Curtain's famous denizen, Bigfoot.  She also talks about how the type of needle can impact gauge.
03/12/201442 minutes 22 seconds
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Ep.004 What's Your VAK?

Catherine and Margaret talk about what their knitting is teaching them.  For Margaret it is the Kirklees sock and the Hermione's Everyday Sock.  For Catherine it is knitting a sweater for a theatre production.  (No pattern.)  In Behind the Redwood Curtain, they discuss the annual Fall North Country Fair and in the Brainy Part, Margaret introduces the VAK Learning Style.  Catherine offers a knitting tip about how gauge changes throughout a project. 
17/11/201436 minutes 8 seconds
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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
29/10/201437 minutes 45 seconds
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Ep. 002 Happiness Flows

Margaret and Catherine talk about what their knitting is teaching them, (Chameleon Scarf and Fabergé), Mihály's Csikszentmihály's theories on Flow, Redwood trees from a gardening perspective, and KnittingHelp.com's tips on making decreases.
14/10/201442 minutes 11 seconds
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Ep. 001 Pod Cast-on

In this episode Catherine and Margaret both talk about what they have learned from their knitting;  they discuss Carol S. Dweck's book Mindset, describe in general terms The Redwood Curtain, and offer a knitting tip
22/09/201444 minutes 7 seconds