Welcome to Episode 43: Feeding Your Brain
What Our Knitting and Crochet is Teaching Us:
Brainy Thing: Feeding Your Brain
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
A Little Podcast Business:
Welcome to Episode 42: Brain Freeze Research May Pave Way for Migraine Relief
What We’ve Learned from Our Knitting:
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Welcome to Ep. 033 Stitchlinks uses knitting to help fight addiction
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Welcome to Episode 21: Knitting supports Cancer Recovery and other Health Issues
Brainy part starts: 24:05
Behind the Redwood Curtain (Trillium) Starts: 33:35
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting (and Crochet):
Catherine is finishing up the Fantasy Red Cardi designed by Katherine Foster.
The Brainy Part: Knitting to Support Cancer Recovery
Catherine introduces one of the many programs developed as an adjunct to support cancer patients and their families. The Knit for Life Program was started by Tanya Pariequz. She also talks about Team Survivor Northwest.
She mentions Tricoter yarns in Seattle, WA.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Trillium
Margaret talks about the beautiful little trillium that bloom in the spring at the base of the redwood trees.
The Learn-a-long was fantastic. Such wonderful projects. The winner (randomly selected) was: Lost Surprise who will wine the Donegal Tweed yarn.
Our incentive to join our group continues. For a randomly selected winner in the next 100 members to join our group, our prize is a skein of Fiesta Boucle..
Welcome to Episode 15: Knitting, Meditation, and Changing Your Brain for the better
Brainy Stuff: 14:05
Behind the Redwood Curtain: 28:20
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting and Crochet:
Catherine is still persisting with her Meadowlark Shibori Jacket by Gina Wilde. The beautiful Alchemy yarn requires some attention. She also found a new pattern to work on — the Clapo-ktus by Loredana Gianferri. She’s knitting it with Goth Sock.
Margaret created a drop stitch scarf (her own free-style design) out of Sari Silk Handspun. Although she describes the yarn as being plied, what she meant that the yarn was twisted. She mentions that a long while ago, she saw a drop-stitch scarf on Knitting Help.com
Catherine reports on research that shows that the grey matter of the brain — that part of the functioning brain cells — actually increases when a person meditates. She mentions an article printed in the Harvard Gazette that features the research of Dr. Sarah Lazar of Massachusetts General Hospital. Lazar’s Ted Talk on the topic iseasy to understand and has with lots of diagrams. Drawing on prior research (reported in earlier podcasts) that shows that knitting produces meditation-like brain waves, Catherine hypothesizes that knitting would then also increase grey matter. There’s no specific research that supports that link yet, but we hope scientists explore it soon. She concludes with a report on a program called Knitting Behind Bars started by Lynn Zwerling for prisoners at Jessup prison in Maryland.
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Margaret talks a little about the logging history of redwoods. When a redwood is cut down, smaller “sprouts” grow out of the stump (if they are not suppressed by herbicides). Check out the National Geographic Article on the Redwoods.
A Knitting Tip
Catherine reminds us to to change up the needle size of different projects we have going at the same time to help promote good ergonomics and hand health.
A little podcast business.
The incentive to sign up in our Ravelry group for the second one hundred members is a skein of Venezia Sport –70% merino
and 30% mulberry silk, 307 yards.
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.)