Welcome to Episode 12: Knitting Fights Age-related Dementia
Brainy Stuff starts at:15:40
Behind the Redwood Curtain starts at:26:55
What we’re learning from our knitting:
Catherine found what she wanted to do with her Great Adirondack Yarn Company’s Well Dressed Sheep (cotton/rayon/metallic in chunky weight) in the Beach House colorway. She’s adapting a border design “Cabled Lace” from Leisure Arts’s 50 Fabulous Borders by Rita Weiss that she found at the Foggy Bottoms Yarn Store in Ferndale.
She also talks about making the Humboldt Squid, mythically known as the Kracken.
Inspired by that project, she finished up a jellyfish she’s been working on for awhile.
Both are from Hansi Singh’s Amigurumi Knits .
Catherine found the largest real jellyfish she’s seen around here recently on one of our beaches.
Margaret has gone crazy for the Lucci Yarns DK cotton tape yarn in luminescent colors and the Washcloth Wrapped Soaps (washcloth, border, and “ribbon”) created by Stitch Diva Jennifer Hansen who owns Stitch Diva Studios.
Margaret was wearing her Gallatin Scarf by Kris Basta in Hanelei Hand dyed yarn.
Studies are showing that knitting and other similar activities can cut the risk of age related dementia and Alzheimer’s disease although most reports are anecdotal and scientists say more studies need to be done.
You can hear Dr. Yonas Geda on this You Tube explanation.
Central Kentucky University publishes the Successful Aging Resource Guide and Greg Jicha MD and Sarah Tarrort MD discuss similar studies in the 2013 issue on page 6.
Even magazine reading and computer activities seem to help according to this article.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Reserve
Located on an estuary, the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a stop on the International Pacific Flyway, which shelters and feeds birds as they migrate.
Margaret suggests that on challenging projects, you chart out knitting or crochet instructions either formally (with the “official” symbols) or informally (with your own marks.)