Ep. 010 Reviewing your Knitting

Welcome to Episode 10:  Why is it worthwhile to review and categorize your knitting learning?

Brainy Stuff starts at: 25:40

Redwood Curtain starts at: 37:40

What we’re learning from our knitting:

Catherine learned a lot (and had fun) knitting Josh Ryks’ Scarfy Shenanigans.  She got more of a sense of the sculptural understanding of knitting. She used two colors of Sanguine Gryphon (one was Cotton Stainer colorway) and some Becoming Art in the Twilight colorway

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She also knocked out a pair of Magic 28 socks by Norma  that she made for charity. She used scraps.



And she completed a second knitalong — Laura Aylor’s mystery knitalong that is now name Outlier .  She used Noro yarn.

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Margaret made a black and white striped hat for her grandson to coordinate with the pair of zebra socks she made for him earlier.  She attached fringe along the back with a crochet hook and then un-plyed the fringe to make it more fluffy.  She used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick.

zeb hat

She also made him a pair of Morehouse Farms owl mittens.

Beckett's owls

And she made an irregular ribbed scarf out of Lion Brand cashmere.   She learned that at least in cashmere, the trick of picking up and weaving up a dropped stitch has its limits.   The pattern was inspired by the Professor’s Scarf by Gina Waters but don’t blame her for the results.  Margaret was riding an exercise bike while knitting and early on lost track of the pattern.
Bill's luxury


Brainy Stuff:

We talked about the Review and Categorization aspects of learning and how that applies to knitting.   We re-categorized and reviewed the Brainy segments in our past episodes.


Behind the Redwood Curtain:Arcata Waste Management and Wildlife Sanctuary


220px-Arcata_MarshPhoto from Wikipedia

People from all over the world come to see and study the Arcata Waste Management Plant and Wildlife Sanctuary.   It is a great place to walk, bike ride or bird.  (P.S. it’s healthy and doesn’t smell bad.)

sandpprPhoto from Friends of Arcata Marsh website

Also check out the Friends of the Arcata Marsh, a local group who are very involved in the marsh.  The site has lots of beautiful photos.

Knitting Tip:

You can get your paperback books spiral bound at Kinko’s (now FedEx Office) — Particularly useful for technique heavy books like Lara Neel‘s wonderful Sock Architecture.

Episode 6 Staying Awake

Welcome to Episode 6: Staying Awake

Brainy Stuff Starts at 15:00

What we’re learning from our knitting:


Fab braid

Catherine learns about the need for sharp tipped needles for the braid (the horizontal line of stitches above the brown pleats)  on Laura Aylor’s Faberge’ using Classic Elite’s Mountain Top Vail.


Margaret learned  that a SKP (slip the first stitch, knit the next stitch, pass the first stitch over the just knit stitch) is difficult for her to unknit.  She didn’t do the pattern as written (only did the first row of the two row lace pattern) Mel Ski’s hat Drizzle  but plans to do it as written the  next time.

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Drizzle by Mel Ski.  Her webpage is here.

Elsebeth Lavold designs Silky Wool  03 Grey color


Brainy Stuff:  Staying Awake


Dr. Perri Klass, M.D.:  her page on knitting with links to articles.  This pediatrician writes about her 2008 article in Knitter’s Magazine  “Knitting is my internal symbol. It represents me.”  One of her books is Two Sweaters for my Father.  Catherine describes Klass’ writing on how knitting helps her stay focused.

Heather Ordover who has the Craftlit Podcast is writing a book on Cognitive Anchoring which explores the same phenomenon.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:  29:20

Blooming mushrooms on the bluff over the Mad River.

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Knitting Tip:

If you’re out shopping without a specific pattern and want to know the approximate amount of yarn you need for a project, these should help.

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd

The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements by Ann Budd

Knit Handy app

Stashbot:  A comprehensive guide to building a useful stash by Hannah Fettig

Stashbot app by Hannah Fettig


Episode 5: Layers of Visual Learning

Welcome to Episode 5

What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:


full slice wedge

Citron by Hilary Smith Callis the enormously popular (12,024 posted projects on Ravelry as of December 3, 2014)  half circle shawlette, free on Knitty.  She learned you probably won’t notice that the increases don’t line up (not the pattern’s fault — she stopped counting.)  Can you see them?

She used

Noro Taiyo Sock colorway 30 and

Wild Orchids Fiber Arts Amore, colorway Lavendar


Catherine continues learning from

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Faberge’ by Laura Aylor

She’s using

Classic Elite Yarns Mountain Top Vail yarn in two colors.

Brainy Stuff:  Layers of Visual Learning

According to some theories, people who identify as visual learners, usually find it easier to take in information visually, but they use auditory or kinesthetic means to process and integrate that information.  Therefore, probably the best learning occurs when all three modes are used.   More about this in upcoming episodes.  This link has other links including one for a self-assessment.

Laura Nelkin’s Craftsy class:  Mastering Lace Shawls  gives step-by-step and frame-by-frame instructions for making two shawls:  Skywalker and Clarus. 

Duolingo is a free app that teaches Spanish, French, German and other languages.   It uses visual, auditory and kinesthetic approaches.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

One of the Northwest’s most famous denizen is the legendary Bigfoot.


Smalfutfrom Wikipedia.  http://www.jcu.edu.au/wiledpack/modules/fsl/JCU_090460.html  Frame 352 from 1967 Patterson–Gimlin film, alleged by Roger Patterson and Robert Gimlin to show a Bigfoot, was a man in a gorilla suit.[1

Knitting Tip:

Needles of the same size but made from different materials will give you different gauge.

More Flow, More Happiness

Welcome to Episode 3

Brainy Stuff at 18:60 minutes

What Catherine is learning from her knitting:

Casting on Fabrege’ by Laura Aylor

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Laura Aylor’s Ravelry Designer page


What Margaret is learning from her knitting

A tale of infatuation with the Triplet Scarf


Triplets Scarf by Sue Perez

Sue Perez’ blog  Mr. Micawber’s Recipe for Happiness

Sue Perez’ Ravelry Designer page

Mountain Shadows Bracelet by Sue Perez

Persie crochet bracelet 1

Brainy Thing

Part II on Flow and how it relates to knitting:  apathy, boredom, relaxation, worry, control, anxiety, arousal, flow


Behind the Redwood Curtain


Banana Slug:   a photo gallery of banana slugs in all their glory



Crocheted Banana Slug of no Ordinary Means  by Deanna Williston