Welcome to Episode 14: Is Knitting right or left brained?
Brainy Stuff starts at: 17:50
Behind the Redwood Curtain begins at: 32:20
What we’re learning from our knitting:
Margaret talks about her (right brained) knitting for the Crazy Triangle Crochet Shawl. She verrrrry loosely adapted the Sweet November Shawl by Guylaine Godin. The goal was a wide triangle with less open mesh but in fact, the shawl turned out deeper and less wide. Well, maybe next time. She used Crazy Zauberball in some unknown colorway.
After the podcast was recorded and after Margaret took photos of both shawls together, it seems clear that the two shawls are pretty much the same in width. However, the Sweet November is much more stretchy and uses about half the amount of yarn.
Catherine is making progress on her Sock Yarn Blanket by Shelley Kang and her Meadowlark Shibori Jacket (by Gina Wilde with Alchemy Yarns.) She also mentions her Rockefeller shawl by Stephen West.
Brainy Thing: Right and Left Brain
Most scientists dispute the older theories of the right and left brain (that the right hemisphere is creative, free-flowing, big picture and the left hemisphere is linear, logical and temporal) but think they might be useful metaphors. Margaret explains what they are and how they relate to our knitting. Some knitters identify as Left-brained knitters and delight in the math and the linear process. Others see themselves as Right-brained and enjoy spontaneity and free-form patterns or else something that allows them to be more in the flow mode. Even though everyone is using both sides of their brains, one mode may be more dominant than the other. Catherine mentions The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron as a seminal book on creativity and Right-brained function.
Also note, that in observance of National Stress Awareness Month, the Yarn Council of America has some special features on their website and a pattern for a Lemon stress ball by Twinkie Chan. Follow the action on #StichAwayStress.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Blue Ox Millworks
Blue Ox Millworks at number 1 “X” street in Eureka, CA is more than a place that uses 19th century tools to create authentic millwork for historic houses and business. It has a school for artisans, a program for veterans, and a community gathering place for special events and theatre. Recently it replicated the main carriage for Abraham Lincoln’s funeral hearse.
Check out the Blue Ox here
and a video about it here.
A Knitting Tip
Catherine advises us to build a library of cast-ons and bind-offs that we can draw from for different projects: maybe a general medium stretch, a very stretchy and a firm version of each. She offers some ideas.
A Little Podcast Business
Our incentive for joining our Group on Ravelry continues. For the second 100 people we offer this skein of Venezia sport weight 70% merino and 30% mulberry silk, 307.5 yards from Cascade Yarns in Colorway 178 in a dusky teal. And don’t forget to put in your nomination for the date for “Take Your Knitting to Work Day” (and we’ll figure out something special for people who work at home.) Should it be Ravelry’s Birthday? Perry Klass’ birthday? (EZ’s birthday is in the summer when most students and teachers are off.)
4 thoughts on “Ep. 014 Knitting Right or Left Brain”
I thoroughly enjoy your podcast! I find the connection between our brain and the craft to be fascinating. Ladies are interesting and informative. Enjoy their humor as well. After listening, I always look forward to the next….
Thank you for writing Olga. We appreciate that you enjoy the podcast.
I’ve listened my way through your podcasts and I’m enjoying them so much. You are so comfortable with each other, and I love your descriptions of what you are learning from your knitting. I certainly enjoy using my brain in imagining your projects, before I look at the show notes :). Re: behind the Redwood Curtain, my husband’s grandfather (from Prince Edward Island) worked in the lumber woods in your area around 1900. He returned home after 10 years away, but his cousin stayed and settled in Eureka. So it is wonderful to hear about the area as it is now. I would be interested in learning more about the local socio economic issues. Congratulations – great podcast!
Thanks for listening I appreciate you sharing your interesting connection. Yes, I worry sometimes how really clear we are about what we’re describing. We don’t want to just read from a text but we want to make our project descriptions more visual and more sensory all around. We’re still working on that. The local socio economic issues and general culture are pretty complex and we’d be happy to address them. Thanks again for listening and writing in.