Ep. 068 Learn Kwik with Jim Kwik; Planning Knit the Sky Scarf; Embracing the “slow”; Drive Through Redwoods

Welcome to Episode 68:  Jim Kiwk Teaches Learning and Reading Methods to Help You Improve

Brainy Thing:   16:06    Behind the Redwood Curtain:  24:40

What We’re Learning from our Knitting:

Margaret explores the planning/creative phase of a project with Lea Redman’s  Knit the Sky Scarf   http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sky-scarf.  Redman also has a book called Knit the Sky that promotes creativity and playfulness in knitting.  http://www.knitthesky.com/  book  Margaret heard of Lea Redman through Becky Steward’s  Knit Om newsletter.  http://knitom.com/author/becky-stewart/
Catherine declares that she is fine being a slow knitter (and later in the episode that she is also fine being a slow reader.)  She is continuing her progress on charity socks  https://northcoastknittery.com/blogs/shop-tidbits/socks-for-the-homeless  sponsored by Northcoast Knittery and on Bunnymuff’s Fatima Shawl.
continuing Fatima shawl

Brainy thing: Kwik Learning

Turning on  you superpower brain with Jim Kwik episode of Srini Rao on the Unmistakeable Creative Podcast.  https://unmistakablecreative.com/podcast
Jim Kwik’s podcast:  Kwik Brain:  Memory Improvement Accelerated Learning
Kwik Brain:  Memory Improvement Accelearated Learning https://kwikbrain.com/podcast
Kwik Learning website:  https://kwiklearning.com/

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

Knitting Tip:

Dealing with ladders that are created in the round knitting.

Links for Podcast:

website https://teachingyourbraintoknit.com/ for show notes, photos of our knitting and crochet projects, Behind the Redwood Curtain places and things and anything else we decide to post.
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, Read and learn Kwikly using Jim Kwik’s methods and tips;  Follow Margaret’s process and stumbles planning a new project — Knit the Sky;  Listen to Catherine “Embrace the Slow” with Charity Socks;  Drive through giant redwood trees;  and get a tip on dealing with ladders knitting in the round.

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

scarfy 4


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.

outlier 2 outlier


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.