Welcome to Episode 76:
What We Learned from Our Knitting
Catherine finishes a lace shawl (with beads, of course) called Ocean Kelp and designed by Harry Wells whose Rav name is knitting ninja and his design studio is Good for a Boy Designs. https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ocean-kelp
Catherine got more practice with charts, not her favorite way to follow a pattern. Here are before and after blocking photos.
Margaret knits a family of Creature Mittens from Morehouse Farms kits for her family and learns a bit about Mitten thumbs from Anna Zilboorg in Magnificent Mittens and Socks .
She also corrects the mistake she made between Churchmouse Yarns on Bainbridge Island, Washington and Morehouse Farms that raises Merino Sheep in Upstate New York.
Catherine explores Gamma Waves, “Ah Ha” moments and lucid dreaming
Behind the Redwood Curtain
Discovering local politics behind the redwood Curtain and in your neighborhood too.
Thanks to Janice for her tip about spritzing Linen with water to make it easier to work with.
for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
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In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, Catherine explores the link between Gamma Brain Waves, “Ah Hah” moments and Lucid Dreaming; She practices her not so favorite way of following a pattern —that is, charts; Margaret learns about different types of mitten thumbs with help from Anna Zilboorg; We delve into local politics and how you can do the same in your local community; plus we announce updates to indices or indexes for our brain, redwood and knitting topics.
Welcome to Episode 26: Gamma Brain Waves and Knitting and Crochet
Brainy Part: 18:02
Behind the Redwood Curtain: 28:53
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting and Crochet
Catherine took a class from Patti Subik, dyer extraordinaire and owner of Great Adirondack Yarn. On Ravelry here. She experienced one of those great insights that opened up her world using procion dyes.
She also made a cute pair of Baby Uggs designed by Autumn Street (Baby Lee) whose websit is Thingsforboys.com Catherine used the leftovers from her Fantasy Red Cardi project. (see Episode 26)
Margaret sings the praises for Kira K Designs who is Kira Dulaney who designed the Belle Epoque crocheted shawl. Good for a new-ish crocheters, the design is extremely well laid out on the page and therefore easy to follow. Margaret used Lotus Yarn designed by crocheters Designing Vashti, Vashti Braha and Doris Chan that is half cotton, half rayon and features a Z twist.
Brainy Thing: Gamma Brain Waves
Catherine tells us about Gamma Waves which are associated with learning, memory, linguistic processes and other cognitive ability. Maybe even consciousness itself. But the research she find suggests that it also accounts for increased happiness. She makes her own hypothesis (and I love it) that if meditation increases Gamma Waves (and it does) and knitting has meditative qualities (which is does) that knitting might increase Gamma Waves too — therefore increasing happiness. We’re just waiting for some brain scientists to wire up our brains while we knit. Check out this site for an infographic on gamma brain waves.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: Samoa Dunes
Margaret talks about the Samoa dunes . It’s a narrow strip of land that forms the north spit of Humboldt Bay. Among the curiosities are the dolos, that look like giant jacks that help prevent erosion. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolos
Dolos, designed to prevent erosion
Catherine talks more about Life Lines.
A Little Podcast Business
Winners were announced for the Berroco Origami yarn try out and for the membership incentive for members 301 to 400.
Fiesta Rayon boucle Catalina colorway