Ep. 066 How the Brain Hampers Clear Political discussions; Finale of Bunnymuff’s Absolutely Essential Shawl; Inversibles with Afterthought Heel; Roosevelt Elk; Book Giveaway

Welcome to Episode 66:  Clearing Channels for Political Talk (No Political Talk Included.)

Brainy Thing:   14:45       Behind the Redwood Curtain:  31:50

What We’ve Learning From Our Knitting:

Catherine’s grand finale of Bunnymuff’s  Absolutely essential shawl.  She bound off with  Jenny’s stretchy bindoff.  
Margaret finished her Inversible Socks, yarn by Fibernymph.   She used an afterthought heel with a gusset in the corners.

Brainy Thing:  Amygdala

Why is it the political discussion is so toxic these days?  Catherine discovers answers hidden in the Amygdala.
The Oatmeal:;  You Are Not Going to Believe What I’m About to Tell you    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/believe
USC Brain and Creativity Institutem article:  Lead researcher Jonas Kaplan;  Sarah Kimball and Sam Harris  Scientific Report 6 Article 39589

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Catherine Tells us all about the  Roosevelt Elk which love hanging around Prairie Creek Park.

Book Giveaway

Margaret is offering Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s book Knitting Rules to the first person who asks for it on the Episode 66 Thread on Ravelry.


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.
This episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit reveals a surprising discovery of why we can’t talk across the political divide (but don’t worry we’re not going to talk about politics itself.  It’s about the brain, of course and how to counter its sometimes bad habits                                                                   )  Catherine recounts the finale to Bunnymuff’s Absolutely Essential Shawl;  Margaret presents Fibernymph’s Inversible Yarn in an afterthought heel sock;  Catherine introduces the stately Roosevelt Elk;  and Margaret gives away a copy of Knitting Rules by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Ep. 065 Betsan Corkhill; Kristy Glass Podcasts; Garter Kitchener; Fatima; Betty Chinn Center

Welcome to Episode 65:

Brainy thing:   19:29             Behind the Redwood Curtain 30:45

What We’re Learning from Our Knitting

Nothing could be easier than Kirsten Hipsky’s   #576  Knit Lace Jar Cover http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/knit-lace-jar-covers so of course Margaret had to complicate it by learning a new technique:  this time a garter stitch kitchener which turned out less complicated than the standard stockinette kitchener.

Okay, it’s not very impressive but I learned something: the Garter kitchener stitch

Catherine  is starting a new Bunny Muff project that includes beads and nupps.   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fatima-3 and she continues to work on the Charity Socks project sponsored by the Northcoast Knittery:  https://northcoastknittery.com/blogs/shop-tidbits/socks-for-the-homeless

Brainy Thing:  Kristy Glass Podcast Interviews Betsan Corkhill:

Kristy Glass is a prolific video podcast and recently designated May Mental Health Month.   She interviewed Betsan Corkhill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujY79nFUDVY who recently published   Knitting for Health and Wellness  https://www.amazon.com/Knit-Health-Wellness-knit-flexible-ebook/dp/B00KVL5OQ8.  (She also interviewed us in May  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vPppbZTkF0)

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Catherine shares what one woman can do to help the homeless:  Betty Chinn and the homeless http://bettychinn.org/


Help Margaret De-stash:  this time it’s Japanese Inspired Knits by Marianne Isager.
Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit we review an episode of the Kristy Glass Knits Podcast where she interviews Betsan Corkhill and discusses the topics of Betsan’s new book, Knitting for Health and Wellness.  Margaret tries out a garter stitch variation kitchener stitch;  Catherine starts a new Bunny Muff patter with beads and Nupps;  We celebrate Betty Chin in our community who has made great progress helping the homeless in ourarea;  and we give away another book.

Ep. 064 Silence and Noise Impact on the Brain; Foundation Crochet; Charity Socks; Alpaca Farming; History of Humboldt State; and Book Giveaway

Welcome to Episode 64

Brainy Thing:     13:44             Redwood Curtain:  19:26

What We’re Learning From Our Knitting;

Margaret continues her exploration of new techniques through the creation of jar covers (to use as vases, crochet hook holders, pencil holders, etc.).   This time she tries out foundation crochet with the pattern  Crochet Jar Cosy by Emma Escott  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jar-cover-5
Foundation Crochet :
photo tutorial:  .futuregirl.com/craft_blog/2009/3/tutorial-foundation-single-crochet.aspx    lots of markers and arrows
Catherine reports her progress on  worsted weight charity socks (designed by Harry Wells) sponsored by the NorthCoast Knittery—https://northcoastknittery.com/blogs/shop-tidbits/socks-for-the-homeless using Kramer Yarn in the Garnett color.  She also talks about what she learned at  Sunny Grove Alpacas, a local farm with goats and alpacas.  https://www.facebook.com/Yarnfun/photos/a.481307557385.270773.103158137385/10154066989897386/?type=3&theater

Brainy Thing

What can Silence do for the brain?   Good things, says Margaret.  Hear what she has to say about noise and silence.
Dr. Michael Wehr
Benefits of Silence:
Medical Daily 5 health benefits of silence

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Humboldt State University, locally called HSU, started out as a teacher’s college.   Catherine traces its history over a hundred years.  

Give away

Knit Baby Head and Toes by Gwen Steege will be given to the first person who asks on Episode 64 thread on Ravelry.


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.
On this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we look at what is the impact of noise and silence on the brain, what’s the benefit of the foundation crochet technique, following progress on charity socks and learning about raising alpacas, checking out the   over 100 years of history of Humboldt State University, and offering another book give away.

Ep. 063 Fiber Arts and STEM; Life Lines; Organic Cotton; Alexander von Humboldt; Book giveaway; 2017 Learn-along Winners

Welcome to Episode 63:

Brainy Thing:    26:15   Behind the Redwood Curtain  42:55

What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:

Catherine learned an important lesson about life lines on her Absolutely Essential Shawl by Bunny Muff http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/absolutely-essential.  She also started a sock for a charity project sponsored by the Northcoast Knittery made of from Kramer Yarn.IMG_0724
IMG_2974Margaret finally used some organic cotton, naturally colored yarn she had had in her stash forever.  She doesn’t know if they are FireFox yarns, the organic cotton of different colors started by Sally Fox (the labels have disappeared)  but she likes the idea and the yarn.  http://www.foxfirefiber.com/yarn.html.  She made two jar covers by Sara Delaney #575 Crocheted Lace Jar Covers.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crochet-lace-jar-covers  Her Ravelry name is. Chickenbetty.   She used a cute little flower and leaves by Carolina Guzman  from the  One and Two Company with an excellent pattern.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/flower–leafs

Brainy Thing:

Studies show that the fiber arts (knitting, crochet, weaving, etc.) can help students, particularly women, become more comfortable with STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math.   Catherine tells us about it in this segment.

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Stieler,_Joseph_Karl_-_Alexander_von_Humboldt_-_1843Dozens of things from rivers to frogs were named after Alexander von Humboldt but why and who in the U.S. knows who he is?  Margaret reports on him.

Knitted Babes Give away

As part of her de-stash efforts, Margaret offers up the book Knitted Babes by Claire Garland book — free to the first person who asks for it on the Ravelry Thread

Winners of the Learn-along.

Listen to the episode for the winners of the 2017 Learn-along.  Prizes are Bamboo So Fine in peach and a cute notions case in a  guitar fabric.

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.
Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit why educators are trying to  channel STEM students into the fiber arts; who was Alexander von Humboldt and why was he forgotten in the U.S.; What did Catherine learn about Life lines and Margaret about organic cotton; how to get a free book— from us — and who won the 2017 spring  Learn-along.

Ep. 062: Levels of Intellectual Development; the Forzo Cuff, Absolutely Essential Scarf, Rock Slides

Welcome to Episode 62:  William G. Perry’s levels of Intellectual Development;  Laura Nelkin’s The Forzo Cuff;  Bunnymuff’s Absolutely Essential Scarf;  and Rock slides in the area.

Brainy Thing:   12:14                Behind the Redwood Curtain: 20:08

What We’re Learning From Our Knitting

Margaret isn’t ready for the challenges of The Forzo Cuff by Laura Nelkin  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/forzo-cuff.  She will give away her slightly used kit to someone who is.   Just post on the Ravelry thread — first come, first served.   It is knitted lace.  Find the difference between that and lace knitting:    http://theknittingbuzz.typepad.com/the-knitting-buzz/2011/03/knitted-lace-vs-lace-knitting.html.  
Catherine  continues her long trek with  Absolutely Essential Scarf by Bunny Muff   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/absolutely-essential;  now becoming bored with a stitch that was frustrating her awhile ago.  She is also starting socks for a local charity campaign organized by The North Coast Knittery using Kramer Yarn https://northcoastknittery.com/.  

Brainy Thing

From the book How Learning Works  by Susan Ambrose et al. comes an outline of
William G. Perry’s theory of stages of Intellectual Development later modified by Marcia Baxter-Magolda.     https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_G._Perry
His ideas don’t judge what you believe but how those beliefs are formed and held.

Behind the Redwood Curtain

Rock slides are a fact of life in this area, particularly during a very rainy season.   Margaret talks about recent slides.   video   http://sfist.com/2017/04/26/video_watch_a_landslide_spill_down.php

Knitting Tip:

Cokleymonster on our Ravelry Thread reminds us to  keep notes on our knitting as we go along.


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.
How Intellectually developed are your ideas?   In this episode of Teaching your Brain to Knit we outline William Perry’s theories.  We also share how Margaret faces a wall of learning challenges with the Forzo Cuff;  how Catherine finds Persistence on the Absolutely Essential Scarf;  how to deal with rockslides in the Redwood area and a tip about remembering details of your Knitting.

Ep. 061 SPECIAL Neurofeedback Interview with Stan Vanella

Welcome to a SPECIAL Episode 61 and an interview with Stan Vanella

Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit,  a special episode-long interview with Stan Vanella, a  local Humboldt biofeedback practitioner.  So, no knitting, no crocheting, no Behind the Redwood Curtain, but an information packed introduction to Neurofeedback.  All of our other segments will return next episode.
Stan defines Neurofeedback and distinguishes between Neurofeedback and biofeedback.
Stan Mentions the App Belly Bio,  an Apple App that measures your breathing.
If you’re looking for a Bio/Neurofeedback practitioner  the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research ISNR) and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance both have lists of practioners.
https://www.isnr.org/neurofeedback-introduction   international society for neurofeedbak and research
short video  introduction and some introductory articles
Thanks again to Stan Vanella for giving us an introduction to Neurofeedback.  Next episode, we will return to our regular format where Catherine and I talk about what we’re learning from our knitting and sometimes crochet;  present a segment on learning, teaching or the brain;  share something about Behind the Redwood Curtain in  Northern Coastal California area and offer a knitting tip.  You can subscribe to our podcast on itunes, on the Podcast app on your apple smart phone or on the Stitcher app on android phone devices.

Ep. 060 Happy Natural Brain Chemicals

Welcome to Episode 060:  How Your Natural Brain Chemicals Make You Happy

Brainy Thing:   23:50  Behind the Redwood Curtain:  45:03

What We’re Learning from our Knitting and Crochet

Catherine continues on the lacey Absolutely Essential Shawl  by Bunny Muff.  She talks about Lace Knitting versus Knitted Lace.   Here’s a resource for knowing the difference.    http://theknittingbuzz.typepad.com/the-knitting-buzz/2011/03/knitted-lace-vs-lace-knitting.html  
Margaret completes the Queen Anne’s Lace crochet scarf with a lot of help from Sue Perez’ blog, Mr. Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness http://mrsmicawber.blogspot.com/

Brainy Thing:     Natural Happy Brain Chemicals

Sourced from Christoper Bergland’s The Athlete’s Way:  Sweat and the Biology of Bliss and The Athlete’s Way:  Training Your Body and Mind to Get Joy Out of Exercise, Catherine briefly reviews seven natural brain chemicals that make us happy.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Queen Anne’s Lace Wildflower

The ubiquitous wildflower/weed has many uses and ties to the fiber world.  

Knitting Tip:

Door Stopper (on Ravelry) advises that when knitting a sweater, knit a sleeve as the swatch.


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Today on Teaching Your Brain to Knit, what you need to know about natural happy brain chemicals, Continuing progress on the Absolutely Essential lace shawl, what to do when you’re stumped on the crocheted queen anne’s lace pattern, and the versatile Queen Anne’s Lace wildflower.