Welcome to Episode 100 where we explore whether Brain Games really improve your brain; Catherine finishes (almost) a dog sweater and some blocks for a charity blanket; Margaret finishes Christmas gifts — fingerless gloves and a knitted bird; and Catherine reports that one of the advantages of year round grass is ideal conditions for Humboldt Grass Fed Beef.
What We’re Learning From Our Knitting:
Margaret, yet again, referred to Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
A Little Podcast Business
Welcome to Episode 99: How Housing can impact Happiness; Catherine modifies and finishes (almost); Margaret adds beads to the sweater for crocheted sheep; We explore the role of Salmon for thousands of years for the North Coast
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting (and Crochet):
Brainy Thing: Housing and Happiness
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Salmon is Everything
Welcome to episode 97 Singing in Groups creates happy Brain Chemicals; Exploring the Redwood Canopy; Reaping the Rewards of the Dishcloth Swap; Sharing Jewish Hearts for Pittsburgh;
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Brainy Thing: Good Brain Chemicals from Group Singing
Let’s raise our voices for the good brain chemicals we get from singing — especially in groups.
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Margaret shares a little research on the redwood trees canopy, that ecosystem high in the air. https://www.savetheredwoods.org/blog/wonders/redwood-canopy-a-research-frontier/
Welcome to Episode 96: Little fun facts about the brain; The journey to piece felted crochet blocks for a charity blanket; Experimenting to find the perfect dog sweater; Finding terror and beauty at Megwil Point
Brainy Thing: 13:22 Behind the Redwood Curtain: 21:37
Margaret finished the crocheted blocks (from The Big Book of Granny Squares by Tracey Lord) for a lap blanket. She finished #33, #133, #66 and #178 and two others she didn’t write down. Now she plans to piece together the blocks with a stitch of some sort but she’s not sure what yet. Finally she wants to felt it. She hopes the finished results will be a nice felted blanket that she’ll donate to charity. The yarns are Valley Yarns 100 % Wool Northampton Bulky Light Grey and Araucania Yarns Nature Wool Chunky Deep red/black or black/red. Her hook size was K.
Catherine is working on her template sweater or test sweater out of an inexpensive acrylic (Caron) for her son-in-law. The name of the yarn is Yarnspirations by Caron Big Cakes in the Summer Berry Tart Colorway (gradient) out of 100% acrylic. She’ll check against this sweater to be able to get accurate measurements and then make a new one out of a pricier yarn. The one she’s doing now can also go to him as a house sweater or to charity. The pattern, Andoa, https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/andoa-pullover is free on Ravelry, from Nora Gaughan for Berroco.