Ep 106: The Placebo Effect; Summer Socks; Beaded i-cord; New color app; annual washcloth exchange; Arcata Fairy Festival

Welcome to Episode 106 where we talked about summer socks, trying a part of a patter — beaded i-cord, discovering a color app for project planning, the annual washcloth exchange;  The latest on the Placebo Effect and the new Arcata Fairy Festival

Brainy thing:   18:38      Behind the Redwood Curtain:   29:19

What We’re Learning From Our Knitting

IMG_3217Margaret finished a pair of summer socks:  Top down, 1×1 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.
ducenti_mkal_small2She learned a lot from making the first step from Laura Nelkin’s Ducenti Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ducenti-mkal— a beaded i-cord. Made from in two different but closely coordinated colors, the two skeins of yarn came in Laura Nelkin’s Ducenti Shawl kit,  originally a mystery kit.They are a wonderfully soft single ply Dragonfly Fibers, Pixie yarn in 100 % merino in a mossy green and a variegated dark putty, with hints of a brassy brown and green.
But she’s not making the the full shawl as designed by Laura.    She’s using it as the bottom of Eline Oftedal’s Waves Shoulder Cosy https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wave-shoulder-cosy

Catherine shares a free app from Home Depot for matching up colors.   She finds the matches are a tad on the dark side but still thinks it’s a nifty tool.   She found some yarn she’s long been looking for from  Lion Brand gradient stripe in pink for a dog sweater for a dog who looks fierce but isn’t.   She is working on her Dishcloth exchange using cotton she had on hand plus a  ball of lily’s sugar and cream  in white, lime, teal green, and  lavender.  The pattern is  Vortex 5  by Rebecca Hudson  (Meditative is her Rav name.)

Brainy Thing

Margaret reports on recent research on the Placebo effect  — Among the findings are that it works even if people know they are taking a placebo, it works in animals, and it changes an enzyme in the  brain.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Arcata Fairy Festival

f4cc6b_5190bfbcf7c84798aaa5151cb9e464e2_mv2A new kid-friendly event in Arcata is the Fairy Festival, celebrating its second year and planning for the next.

A little podcast business:  Give Away

Another fun giveaway.  Be the first to request it on the Ravelry thread.
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we discuss summer socks, beaded i-cord, the dishcloth exchange anda pink striped yarn for a dog.   We share the latest on the Placebo Effect and report on a new area event, The Arcata Fairy Festival.
We have a wonderful give-away today from Margaret’s unending stash, the Laura Nelkin kit, Ironish, a two color scarf.   The kit includes two skeins of Navia, Silkiull yarn which is  75% wool, 25% silk:  one skein is steel( a medium grey)  and the other raspberry. The kit also includes beads which you can use or not.   I have printed up the pattern which has links to Laura’s video instructions.
Thank you for listening to our podcast.   We now publish once a month and you can subscribe on all the major podcast servers including Apple, Stitcher, and Spotify.  Margaret is Margaret 924 on Ravelry and Catherine  is Magic Wombat.  We are also on Facebook and sometimes even on Instagram.

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