Ep. 079 Replication Crisis; Learning to Love Luxury; Crochet Scrubbies; Eureka Inn Renaissance

Welcome to Episode 79

Brainy Thing:  12:50      Behind the Redwood Curtain:   22:40

What We’re Learning from our Knitting:

Margaret learns to love Luxury with Lhasa yarn:   50% yak, 50% cashmere.  She used the Lhasa  Snuggle Mitts pattern by Laura Lamers.
Catherine found a crochet pattern for her annual scrubbies exchange : the  zinnia dishcloth  pattern from  Lily/Sugar’n Cream.

Brainy Thing:

If you can’t reproduce the results of a scientific experiment, can you rely on it?  Margaret talks about the Replication Crisis in Science.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

Catherine explores a landmark and historic hotel, the Eureka In —where else— Eureka.

Links:

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
In Episode 79 of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we uncover the Replication Crisis in scientific research;  Margaret learns to love luxury making Mitts with Yak and Cashmere yarn;   Catherine switches to crochet for her scrubbies swap;  and we chronicle the rise and fall and rise again of the historic Eureka Inn.

Ep. 078 Pantone Color of the year; Colors of Yarn from Kits can Surprise; Find the Right Book that is Best for the Pace You Want; Dungeness Crab Season

Welcome to Episode 78  Can Pantone lead us to a mystical year ahead?

Brainy Thing:        16:44             Behind the Redwood Curtain:  30:32

What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:

Catherine is surprised when she learns (again) that colors online don’t always match colors in yarn when she buys a Lion Brand Yarn pattern  Coffee Shop Wrap kit by Alexandra Tavel   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/coffee-shop-wrap only to discover that a color that she thought was a mild creaming yellow turned out to be a zangy mustard.
Margaret   patched two more socks, including removing and replacing an afterthought heel and it turned out beautifully, just like it was planned to be.   One sock was out Austermann Step yarn in a   Blueberry Waffle  pattern https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blueberry-waffle-socks and the other was out of
Fish Knits Yarn  warm heart     She also added to her crocheted bathroom accessories collection using adventuresome techniques from Crocheter’s Skill Building Workshop by Dora Ohrenstein.  The pattern is two color diamond stitch from the book.  
She compares this book to two others :

Brainy Thing:

From the Pantone website

Not exactly brainy but thinking along the line of how colors impact our lives, Catherine talks about the Pantone color of the Year for 2018 which is ultra violet.   Associated with mysticism and vision, expect to see the color around for awhile.

Behind the Redwood Curtain

 
One of the high points of North Coast Living is the Dungeness crabs

Links:

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we ask will the Pantone Color of the Year lead us to a higher spiritual level?, Also Catherine is surprised by a color she receives in a shawl knitting kit;  Margaret offer guides for choosing books that have the best pace for you, and the North Coast celebrates Dungenes crab season.

Ep. 077 Sensory Stimulation to Ease Symptoms of Dementia;  Knitting Yarns for Texture;  Trying New Designs — a Dog Sweater;  Humboldt Handweaver’s and Spinners Guild

Brainy Thing:    15:40       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  26:20

What we’re learning from our knitting:

Margaret learns about knitting different specialty textured yarns for her textured amigurumi The Three Little Kittens by Sara Scales https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/three-little-kittens-4.  Catherine ventures into sweater knitting for a dog using The Darling Darby Sweater:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/darling-darby-sweater.   

 

Brainy Thing:

Sensory Stimulation Helps People with Dementia

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

Humboldt Handweaver’s and Spinners Guild:  http://www.hhsguild.org/

Links:

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit we investigate using Sensory Stimulation to Ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia;  We tackle using different types of specialty yarns for texture and try a strangely shaped design for a dog sweater;  And w e give a shout out to the Humboldt Handweaver’s and Spinners Guild.

Ep. 076 Lucid Dreaming, Gamma Waves, and Ah Hah Moments; Knitting from Charts; Mitten Thumbs and Local Politics

Welcome to Episode 76:

What We Learned from Our Knitting

Catherine finishes a lace shawl (with beads, of course) called Ocean Kelp and designed by Harry Wells  whose Rav name is knitting ninja  and his design studio is  Good for a Boy Designs.  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ocean-kelp   Catherine got more practice with  charts, not her favorite way to follow a pattern.   Here are before and after blocking photos.
Margaret knits a family of Creature Mittens from Morehouse Farms kits for her family and learns a bit about Mitten thumbs from Anna Zilboorg in Magnificent Mittens and Socks .  
She also corrects the mistake she made between Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island, Washington and Morehouse Farms that raises Merino Sheep in Upstate New York.

Brainy Thing

Catherine explores Gamma Waves, “Ah Ha” moments and lucid dreaming

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Discovering local politics behind the redwood Curtain and in your neighborhood too.

Knitting Tip

Thanks to Janice for her tip about spritzing Linen with water to make it easier to work with.

Links

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Instagram:   Margaretkelso for Margaret and Magicwombat1 for Catherine.
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, Catherine explores the link between Gamma Brain Waves, “Ah Hah” moments and Lucid Dreaming;  She practices her not so favorite way of following a pattern —that is,  charts;  Margaret learns about different types of mitten thumbs with help from Anna Zilboorg;  We delve into local politics and how you can do the same in your local community; plus we announce updates to indices or indexes for our brain, redwood and knitting topics.

Ep. 075 Highlights from the Past 74 Episodes including Insights, Favorite Projects, Brainy and Redwood Curtain Segments

Welcome to Episode 75:  Highlights from the Past 74 Episodes

Our Learning and Favorite Projects in Knitting over the last year

Margaret shares insights she’s learned about in her knitting in general (like she loves stockinette aesthetically but doesn’t enjoy knitting a lot of it) and Catherine states that she’s enjoyed observing how her skills have increased.

Favorite Brainy Segments

Catherine was fascinated by learning about the Forgetting Curve (Ep. 34  3.1.16) and Margaret by Happy Brain Chemicals (Ep. 69 4.1.17)

Memorable Behind the Redwood Curtain Segments

Catherine enjoyed delving deeper into the life of the sand dollar even though she’s been picking them up all her life.  Margaret is still smitten with the Humboldt Botanical Garden.

Podcast Links

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.

A Little Podcast Business

A couple of podcast business updates  —  First, if I’ve announced that you’ve won something but you haven’t gotten it yet, please contact me at Margaret 924 on Ravelry and let me know.  Next, I’ve updates the indices on our website and our “Pages” on our Ravelry site.   That means if there is a segment we’ve talked about either in the Brainy Thing or Redwood Curtain and now since January 2016 even our knitting topics, you can easily look it up and find the appropriate episodes to listen or the show notes for links.   And for awhile now, I’ve been putting our shownotes not only on our Website — teaching our brain to knit — but also our Ravelry page thread for that episode and for most people, you should be able to find our show notes with links on your podcast aggregator — apple podcasts, stitcher, overcast and soon on Spotify — right in the episode — with links.
This episode of Teaching your Brain to Knit is a little bit different than our usual ones.   It is episode 75, and as Catherine points out, our diamond jubilee and we review some of our favorite knitting, brain information and Behind the Redwood Curtain segments.  We’ll return to our regular format in the next episode.

Ep. 073 Sleep to Remember; Find Community in Swaps; Enhance Skills in Fair Isle Ornaments; HSU Science Museum;

Welcome to Episode 73:  Sleep to Remember
Brainy:    15:17              Behind the Redwood curtain:  24:25
What We’re Learning From Our Knitting:
Catherine enjoys community and patterns  — and sprucing up her kitchen on Ravelry called the Annual Dishcloth Swap, https://www.ravelry.com/groups/annual-dishcloth-swap.  
Margaret Found the “Goldilocks” amount of challenge in Tranis Gray’s Craftsy Fair Isle Ornaments class and improved her Fair Isle techniques, make one left and right, provisional cast on, and working with double point needles on a small circumference.   The result was fun, learning and beautiful Christmas Ornaments.
Often referred to instructions on fair isle. Philosopher’s Wool: https://www.philosopherswool.com/Pages/Twohandedvideo.htm
Photos:   The stripped ornament was a practice one — less complicated to be able to concentrate on knitting with double  points.  (no pattern)  Still looking for pattern with hearts.  Sorry.
BrainyThing:   :
Catherine shares Newark University research by Gregori Busaki and his group on just how sleep helps to anchor our memories of the day.
Rutgers University 2009, Newark University gregori busaki  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/09/090915174506.htm
She also mentions Dr. Kirk Parsley who specializes in Sleep.  http://www.docparsley.com/about/
Rutgers University 2009   and Newark University gregori busaki
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
HSU Natural History Museum
Links:
website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we explore enhancing your memory with Sleep;  Getting the Pleasure of Community (and patterns) in the Dishcloth Swap;   Finding the “Just Right” amount of Challenge in Fair Isle Christmas Ornaments; AND Exploring treasures in the HSU Natural History Museum

Ep. 072 How the Seasons Effect Your Brain; Knitting With Linen; Finishing Fatima Shawl and Charity Socks; The Ochre Starfish Returns; Another Book Giveaway

Welcome to Episode 72:  Ep. 072 How the Seasons Effect Your Brain; Knitting With Linen; Finishing Fatima Shawl and Charity Socks; The Ochre Starfish Returns; Another Book Giveaway

Brainy Thing:    13:34             Behind the Redwood Curtain:  21:34

What We Learned From Our Knitting:

Margaret made a cowl and added beads to the edges of the Churchouse Yarns and Teas’ Bias Before and After Scarf.  — http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bias-before–after-scarf
She struggled with the stiff  fiber of Claudia Hand Painted Yarns Drama Linens  but loves the results in  the Sage Paradise color way which to her eyes looks likes an aqua blue.
Catherine finished her third pair of Charity Socks and also finished the Fatima Shawl https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3 by Bunny Muff (Mona8pi) https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3 and featuring the nupps that Catherine has grown to love.

Brainy Thing:   13:34

How does your brain react to the seasons.   More differently than you would expect.

Behind the Redwood Curtain

The Ocher Sea Star, common along the North Coast, is one of the keys to ocean harmony.  We spotted a lot of these fellows during our hike at the minus tide.  Its Latin name is Pisaster ochraceus .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisaster_ochraceushttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pisaster_ochraceus

Book Giveaway

We have another Book Give Away

Links

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we learn surprising things about how your brain works in different seasons, Margaret wins the struggle with stiff linen yarn for a cowl with beads, Catherine finishes a Charity Project and a long term project, the Starfish comes back to the North Coast and we have another book giveaway.