Welcome to Episode 13: Knitting and the Mechanical Brain or Brain waves on knitting, meditation, TV, reading and listening to audio books
Brainy stuff starts at:
Behind the Redwood Curtain starts at:
What we’re learning from our knitting:
Margaret shares that she’s learned a lot about following a chart and doing patterned knitting with knits, purls, twisted and cable stitches with two of Barbara Walker’s Treasury of Knitting patterns that were featured on Webs’ Ready, Set, Knit Charity KAL back in 2008. Margaret has knit two of the four squares (in seven years!) : Twin Trees and Candle tree. Find them on Ravelry here. Margaret used Knit Picks Swish Worsted in Copper and Squirrel.
Catherine finished her cowl made of Great Adirondack Yarn Company’s Well Dressed Sheep (cotton/rayon/metallic in chunky weight) in the Beach House colorway. She adapted a border design “Cabled Lace” from Leisure Arts’s 50 Fabulous Borders by Rita Weiss that she found at the Foggy Bottoms Yarn Store in Ferndale.
Catherine is working on Meadowlark Shibori Jacket by Gina Wilde in Alchemy Yarns Pagoda, Silken Straw and Sanctuary.
Brainy Thing: Brain lobes, brain waves and knitting
Catherine focuses on the mechanical aspects of the brain while knitting and reviews the different kind of knitting (from focused to meditation) and then she goes over some of the different lobes of the brain that are activated while knitting. She lists different brain waves that are activated during different activities including knitting, watching TV, meditation, reading and listening to audio books. Lots of fascinating material here and it raises many questions but we just need more research to answer them. Here are some links to look at: here and here.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: where the Arts are Alive
One evening a month, the businesses of Eureka, CA (First Saturdays of the month) and Arcata, CA (Second Fridays of the month) hold an open house featuring the arts — mostly visual and musical. Some places have bands or other music, snacks and wine. These celebrations are on different nights of the week so you can go to both each month.
Arts Alive in Eureka has a Facebook Page
and Arts! Arcata does too.
Catherine shares with us designer Josh Bennet’s tip that seams make good structured garments that will last. Also, 1×1 ribbing is more long wearing for heirlooms projects.
A Little Podcast Business
Catherine and Margaret want to start a campaign for a Bring Your Knitting to Work Day, complete with a “permission slip” that will explain to bosses and co-workers the benefits of knitting. Please go to the Ravelry Teaching Your Brain to Knit group page to nominate your suggestion for a good day to make it (preferably during when school is in session.)
Also, as an incentive to join the group, we are giving away a skein of Cephalopod Bugga! hand-dyed, sport weight 4 oz (400 yards) 70% superwash merino/20% cashmere/10% nylon yarn randomly to one of the first 100 members, randomly selected.