Welcome to Episode 31: Knitting, Life-long Learning, Your Brain: Data from the Nun Project
Brainy Thing starts at: Behind the Redwood Curtain:
What we’re learning from our Knitting
While she’s waiting for her delivery of beads, she’s working on Baby Socks by Bianca Boonstra for the Afghan for Afghans project. The socks are made from Treadsoft Yarns that Catherine dyed with Dharma dyed goods._
She’s also been working up some scrubbies for the Dishcloth group she belongs to. The pattern is _Little Scrubbie by Arctic Trails Abstract and made out of leftover Knit Picks Lindy Chain and AllHemp 6 lux.
Margaret tells the “amazing” story of finding a hand dyed indigo boucle cotton at Amazing Yarns in Emerald Hills, CA. She knit the Miami Vice pattern by 3 bags fulled or Hillary Designs and learned of ways to fix the dye from John Marshall of John Marshall Works in Fabric who was at the Natural Fibre Festival in Arcata in September.
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Knitting Tips (technical problems prevented the recording of this.)
Welcome to Episode 28: Process and Product in Knitting and Crochet using the Myers Briggs lens
Brainy Things: 10:40 Redwood Curtain: 18:35
What we’re learning from our knitting and crochet
Margaret just finished the super quick Crochet Cobweb Pattern by Jennifer Hansen or the Stitch Diva. It’s free and a great Halloween or otherwise fun decoration. She used a generic version of Kid Silk Haze (lost ball band) and got more practice use sticky mohair.
Catherine is now grooving with Vanessa Ives Mystery KAL by Bunny Muff with Woole’s Yarn Creations color changing cotton.. She is using toho beads.
Brainy Thing: Product and Process in Knitting and Crochet: Myers Briggs
Margaret discusses the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory and how is might help to explain Knitter’s and Crocheter’s issues with process and product in their project. Check here for an introduction on the Judging and Perceiving pair in Myers Briggs.
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Catherine took the Haunted House Tour of Eureka (CA) and learned why mezzanines were so popular in the Victorian bars in the 1800’s. Here are some photos of Eureka Books. The interior shows the intact mezzanine from the old days.
Margaret offers Cat Bordhi’s tip of using mohair or a mohair/silk blend as a reinforcing thread on the toes, heels and even the soles of socks.
Welcome to Episode 27: Reading/Writing Learning Preference and Your Knitting
Brainy thing: 25:10 Redwood Curtain: 33:50
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting
Margaret concludes (at least for now) her cotton sock yarn comparison with Feel Good Yarns sock yarn knitted in a generic sock pattern and using the new-to-her Fish Lips Kiss Heel by Sox Therapist in Feel Good Yarn Company sock yarn.
Below, she compares Feel Good Yarn with Cascade Fixation and Cobasi by HiKoo, which is currently her favorite.
|Hi Koo CoBaSi||Cascade Fixation||Feel Good Yarn Silver Spun|
|US 1||US 3||US 3|
|$7.50 / 50 gm||$5.50 /5o gm||$48 42 /86 gms, 400 yards|
|Very stretchy||Very stretchy||Very stretchy|
|Pleasant feel||Bumpy feel, thick||Pleasant feel|
|Hard to weave in||Okay to weave in||Fine to weave in|
|After washing, not so hard to weave in||Stays plumb and soft||Strand of silver (don’t see it) conductive, inhibits odors, inhibit bacteria, thermal, suggested for those with diabetes, arthritis, sensitive skin
Catherine talks about her painful learning from the Mona8pi or Bunny Muff’s Vanessa Ives Mystery shawl out of Woole’s Yarns Creations Color Changing Cotton.
Brainy Thing: Who put the “R” in VAK?
In earlier episodes, we’ve talked about the VAK learning style – Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic preferences for taking in information. An updated version of that is the VARK system. The “R” stands for the Reading/Writing preference. While many people including educators find these systems useful, other criticize the research that has been done.
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A Knitting Tip
Margaret Ratcliff The Knowledgeable Knitter