Welcome to Episode 17: Knitting Projects That Can Help You Meditate
Brainy Stuff starts: 23:17
Behind the Redwood Curtain starts: 32:22
What we’re learning from our knitting:
Catherine had a mystery skein of yarn — likely Three Irish Girls — that she used to start The Putney Shawl by Angela Tony until she ripped it out.
Now she’s using it to work on a baby cardigan: Fantasy Red Cardi. by Katherine Foster.
She’s finished the Clapo-ktus by Loredana Gianferri out of Goth Sock’s “Find your Happy Place.+ And she even had a little bit left to make a square for her sock yarn blanket.
Margaret crocheted the Quotidian Bucket or Flapper Bucket Hat designed by Jennifer Hansen of the Stitch Diva. It uses
Feza Alp Natural yarn, an interesting skein that combines different types of yarns together, in this case mostly black. She’s also trying to find the right pattern for the Hemp for Knitting AllHemp6 dk. She’s thinking of Doris Chan’s All Shawl pattern but she’s going to do the grown up thing and make and wash a swatch.
Brain Thing: Projects that help you meditate: The Prayer Shawl Ministry
Catherine shares the long tradition of making a wrap for people are were ill or moving or going on a long journey. A recent expression of that is the Prayer Shawl Ministry started by Janet Servenu Bristow and Victoria Galo after taking a class with Sister Miriam Terese Winter. The non-religious website describes the many traditions that use of wraps that are known as Prayer Shawls, Comfort Shawls, or Mantles. There’s also a lot of nifty tips on this site from knitters and crocheters.
Lion Brand has a lot of information on Prayer Shawls including gift cards you can use for them.
Behind the Redwood Curtain:
Margaret talks about the Arcata Community Forest. There’s links to a video and other information.
Using a larger needle can help loosen up tight edges of cast-ons and bind-offs suggests Catherine.
We’re starting our first “a-long.” It’s the Learn-a-long running from June 1 to August 1. To qualify, learn something new in your fiber practice – – a new technique, skill or type of fiber. (New Patterns don’t count because we try those all the time but if a new pattern has a new-to-you technique then that works.) Go to the Ravelry Page to post your picture and tell us what you learned.
Next Incentive for Joining our Ravelry Group:
Canon Hand Dyes self striping Charles Merino Sock in the “Lover’s to bed; ’tis almost fairy time.” Join the group here.