Welcome to Episode 26: Gamma Brain Waves and Knitting and Crochet
Brainy Part: 18:02
Behind the Redwood Curtain: 28:53
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting and Crochet
Catherine took a class from Patti Subik, dyer extraordinaire and owner of Great Adirondack Yarn. On Ravelry here. She experienced one of those great insights that opened up her world using procion dyes.
Margaret sings the praises for Kira K Designs who is Kira Dulaney who designed the Belle Epoque crocheted shawl. Good for a new-ish crocheters, the design is extremely well laid out on the page and therefore easy to follow. Margaret used Lotus Yarn designed by crocheters Designing Vashti, Vashti Braha and Doris Chan that is half cotton, half rayon and features a Z twist.
Brainy Thing: Gamma Brain Waves
Catherine tells us about Gamma Waves which are associated with learning, memory, linguistic processes and other cognitive ability. Maybe even consciousness itself. But the research she find suggests that it also accounts for increased happiness. She makes her own hypothesis (and I love it) that if meditation increases Gamma Waves (and it does) and knitting has meditative qualities (which is does) that knitting might increase Gamma Waves too — therefore increasing happiness. We’re just waiting for some brain scientists to wire up our brains while we knit. Check out this site for an infographic on gamma brain waves.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Samoa Dunes
Margaret talks about the Samoa dunes . It’s a narrow strip of land that forms the north spit of Humboldt Bay. Among the curiosities are the dolos, that look like giant jacks that help prevent erosion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolos
Catherine talks more about Life Lines.
A Little Podcast Business
Winners were announced for the Berroco Origami yarn try out and for the membership incentive for members 301 to 400.