Ep. 012 Knitting Fights Dementia

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.

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She also talks about making the Humboldt Squid, mythically known as the Kracken. 

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Inspired by that project, she finished up a jellyfish she’s been working on for awhile.  jelly jelly 2

 

Both are from Hansi Singh’s Amigurumi Knits .

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Catherine found the largest real jellyfish she’s seen around here recently on one of our beaches.

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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.

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Margaret was wearing her Gallatin Scarf by Kris Basta in Hanelei Hand dyed yarn.

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Brainy Stuff:

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.

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Knitting Tip:

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.)

2 thoughts on “Ep. 012 Knitting Fights Dementia

  1. Wonderful information ladies! I have sent a link to your podcast to all of my knitting group, so that they too can enjoy your pearls of wisdom.
    Having listened to all of your podcasts now, I am wishing there were more. It was like having money in the bank, knowing that there was yet another of your podcasts awaiting me.
    Not only do I enjoy the knitting and brainy bits, but hearing about your lovely area of our country makes me yearn to return for another visit. My husband and I enjoy birding, so your area may become a vacation destination.
    So, I’m eagerly awaiting your next podcast!
    Thanks so much!
    Judy

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    • Thanks, Judy. I’m glad you’re wanting more. That gives us a lot of incentive. Yes, the birding is great around here. I honestly haven’t done much but now that we’re doing more research on it, I’ve become more interested. Can you believe that I didn’t even know what the Pacific Flyway is? Catherine is more savvy on the birds, though. Let us know if there’s something specific you want to hear about.

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