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 8: Does Knitting Make Your Brain Chemistry Happy?
Brainy Stuff: 28:25
Behind the Redwood Curtain: 44:50
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Catherine is finished with Dahlia in Bloom’s PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap.
Now she’s in that challenging (for her, delicious for Margaret) place of choosing her next project.
Margaret mentions how after she washes her handmade socks, she dries them on a Towel Warmer because the Arcata climate is so humid otherwise they don’t dry before they mildew. Towels in her house don’t dry after they are used, so she uses the towel warmer for them — and why not for socks.
Margaret continued her exploration of long stranded bead necklaces/wrap bracelets. She’s getting the hang of the Wrap Around Crochet Bracelet by Yuli Nilssen: she’s using heavier weight yarn and a smaller crochet hook than last time. Probably a little tighter stitch after the beads would help even more. The last photo is a comparison of the first attempt and the second. (It’s all about learning, right?)
Catherine says that Cat Bordhi would be proud of her for cutting her knitting.
She discovered she prefers stringing beads with a dental floss threader rather than a beading needle.
Brainy Part: Does knitting make your brain chemistry happy?
Catherine offers a basic foundation on the brain chemical serotonin. She discusses Dr. Barry Jacobs’ work. She also mention EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and how eye movement plays a role in Knitting’s calming effect. She then talks about Betsman Corkhill and her organization Stichlinks whose mission is to use knitting and other activities to improve health.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: The Mad River
The Mad River in California (there are other Mad Rivers elsewhere) runs 113 miles from the Trinity mountains to the Pacific between McKinleyville and Arcata.
Knitting Tip: Flipping your Blocking Board
If finding enough space is an issue when you block your knits,layout your knitted item on your blocking board (or a piece of plywood or sturdy cardboard, pin it securely, then flip the board upright and lean against the wall.