Ep. 104 Anna Zilboorg, Master Knitter and Teacher

Welcome to Episode 104:   Interview with Anna Zilboorg, master knitter, quilter, teacher, etc.

In this interview about both quilting and knitting, Anna shares a bit of her own history, she’s touches on downloadmeditative knitting,  she celebrates our hands,  she talks about learning through the mind and learning with the hands and she worries about knitting becoming rote and- rule bound rather than people growing into being being craftspeople.

One of Anna Zilboorg’s many books which included directions for the workshop I took.

Ep. 103 Knitting Little Things; Starting a New Welcome Blanket, Magnetoreception and the Human Brain; The Redwood Monastery

Welcome to Episode 103 Knitting Little Things; Starting a New Welcome Blanket, Magnetoreception and the Human Brain; The Redwood Monastery

Brainy thing:  24:18            Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:40

What we’ve learned from our knitting (and crochet):

Margaret completed her Quest Shawl by Linda Dean featured in the Jimmy Beans Advent Crochet evIMG_3134 (2)ent. It was great fun but she was glad to finally finish it.   Quest Shawl:https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quest-shawl.
IMG_3142Then she completed several small projects:  A souvenir from Stitches West, Rebecca Danger’s Wickedly Peaceful Polar Bear:   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wickedly-peaceful-polar-bear-christmas-ornament.
IMG_3264Some eggs including one by Nicky Fijalkowska in her book  Knitted Birds    https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/knitted-birds-by-nicky-fijalkowska and one that Margaret freelanced on her own.   IMG_3131_small2Finally, to mix up needle sizes, she finished the Jolly Wee Elf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/jolly-wee-elf in worsted weight yarn and size 5 needles.
In this process she became curious about casting on small circular objects and found the following links helpful:
She also found a great tutorial for stuffing these items by Sarah Schira from Imagined Landscapes, famously a gnome designer:
Catherine sadly lost the bag with her textured blanket squares but started with a new project for the Welcome Blanket project:   https://www.welcomeblanket.org/patterns/ .She’s  using Caron’s Yarnspirations in the summer berry colorway.

Brainy Thing:

How do birds migrate and bees find their way?   One way is through magnetoreception and now scientists have recorded human responses to changes in the magnetic field.   But test subjects didn’t seem able to consciously feel those changes.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

IMG_91731_360xCounty residents are concerned that the Netflix series Murder Mountain will cast a negative shadow on Southern Humboldt County, but Catherine tells us about a little known treasure in the middle of remote and wild SoHum:  The Redwoods Monastery  or  Our Lady of the Redwoods  in White Thorn operated by  Cistercian nuns and who also market their delicious honey.
We’re back with Catherine and Margaret in the classic format of our podcast Teaching Your Brain to Knit, number One Hundred and Three.  We share what we’re learning from our knitting:  crocheting a shawl, knitting small items and starting a new welcome blanket.  Margaret reports new studies that show that human brains respond to changes in the magnetic field but people don’t consciously perceive them.  What does that mean?   We don’t know.    And Catherine talks about a remote monastery and retreat in Southern Humboldt.

Ep. 102 Franklin Habit Interview: Master Teacher Series

Welcome to a special episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit.   This time Margaret interviews Franklin Habit who generously offers his ideas and experience about teaching knitting and handcrafts.

What makes a master teacher? After years of experience designing, teaching, writing, and illustrating, Franklin Habit shares his story of learning and teaching the fiber arts. From knowing five ways to teach a class to managing different types of learners, Franklin offers information and hints. He has years of experience and is a Fiber teacher in demand all over the world.

Find him at his website

at Skacel Makers/Mercantile with Fridays with Franklin


at Lionbrand


at events and classes

and his online classes are
(free) ttps://shop.mybluprint.com/knitting/article/franklin-habit/

(for a fee) https://shop.mybluprint.com/knitting/classes/a-practical-…

(for a fee) https://shop.mybluprint.com/knitting/classes/heirloom-lac…

Franklin’s essay on “the uglies” mentioned in in the interview. http://www.lionbrand.com/blog/sheep-to-shawl/

Ep. 101 Commenting on documentary Murder Mountain;  Finishing and planning new knitting project; Reporting on mix of science and intuition in film Innsaei; Offering three giveaways

Welcome to Episode 101: We give our comments on documentary Murder Mountain about the marijuana industry in Southern Humboldt;  We finish knitting projects:  blocks for charity blanket, mitts, bird and plan new ones;  we report on the mix of science an intuition in the film Innsaei;  We update news on the podcast and offer three giveaways.

Brainy: 20:17              Redwood Curtain:   26:10

What We’re Learning from our Knitting:

Catherine discovers new stitches from Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury for blocks for her Charity Blanket (https://www.amazon.com/Second-Treasury-Knitting-Patterns/dp/0942018176/ref=pd_cp_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0942018176&pd_rd_r=2a3d2895-acb1-11e8-8e51-357518f34f72&pd_rd_w=XOqrD&pd_rd_wg=BKXpo&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=fcaa6d12-8b2b-4ad7-b277-864b2da79f6e&pf_rd_r=VQJFH22H6YV78WKN6KQT&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=VQJFH22H6YV78WKN6KQT&dpID=515Z57E66YL&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=detail)   This time she tried the Grapevine Twist,  Briar Rose and the Heart Pattern.  She hopes to knit the Rosecrusian Scarf by Joselyn Tunney in the future.    Meanwhile Margaret reports on mitts and birds for Christmas and not one, but two advent yarn clubs.   The mitts pattern is from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns   https://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Handy-Book-Patterns/dp/1931499047 .  The bird pattern Margaret’s favorite so far, Arne’s and Carlos’   https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vogel-grundanleitung/people?page=8&view=cards.  

Brainy Thing: film Innsaei

The documentary Innsaei  illustrates  the human gifts of intuition and empathy and ways we can learn them.  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4924624/

Behind the Redwood Curtain:  Murder Mountain

Margaret and Catherine offer commentary on the new Netflix documentary series Murder Mountain about a young man who seeks money and adventure then goes missing in the Southern Humboldt marijuana industry.   https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9078908/

A Little Podcast Business

We outline some upcoming changes in our podcast in the future — including catching up on long tardy documentation.

Give Aways

And we give away two books and a skein of self striping sock yarn.  https://www.ravelry.com/groups/teaching-your-brain-to-knit

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.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
Today in Teaching your Brain to Knit we report on a film that explores science, intuition, creativity, and empathy called Innsaei;  Catherine finishes up  a dog and plans for a scarf;  Margaret makes some mitts and a knitted bird for Christmas;  We both give commentary on the new Netflix documentary series Murder Mountain about the Southern Humboldt marijuana industry;  and we offer not one, not two but three giveaways.
And just to offer you a little anticipatory excitement, in our next podcast, probably within a month, we will be interviewing Franklin Habit and getting his wisdom about teaching and learning.   Thank you for listening to our podcast and supporting us all these years.  We recommend that you subscribe to Teaching Your Brain to Knit so you don’t miss any of our upcoming episodes.   You can find us on Overcast, Stitcher, Apple podcasts, Spotify,  and many other fine podcast aggregators.   Shownotes are on Ravelry, the Teaching Your Brain to Knit website, and right below this image on most podcast apps if you are listening on your phone.

Ep. 100 Do Brain Games Really Work; We finish a dog sweater, blocks for charity, fingerless mitts and a knitted bird, Humboldt Grass Fed Beef a new county brand

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.

Brainy Thing:   10:43       Behind the Redwood Curtain:   22:25

What We’re Learning From Our Knitting:

Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns

Margaret, yet again, referred to Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns

https://www.amazon.com/Knitters-Handy-Book-Patterns/dp/1931499047  to make mitts for her granddaughter in leftover Viking Nordlys yarn in 75 wool/25 nylon yarn.  This long repeat yarn was originally suggested by Theresa Schabes for the Maya hat and mittens:  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maya-hat-and-mittens-set.
Catherine finishes (well, almost —except for weaving in the ends)  a dog sweater and is working on another block for her charity blanket.    Knit Dog Coat (by Bernat):  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dog-coat-11.
Brainy Thing:  Brain Games
Do Brain Games really work?   There’s not much evidence to support that they do but there are some glimmers of research that some activities do help increase brain function and resilience.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

Catherine presents the pleasures and health of Humboldt Grass Fed Beef.

A Little Podcast Business

We’ll be slowing down the frequency of our podcast episodes but we’re not stopping.   In addition, we’ll be adding some nifty interviews with world class knitting and crochet teachers that will talk about learning and their approach to learning.
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