Ep. 095 Early touch is key to humans; Creating a sweater template; Falling into Leaves; Rolling on about skateparks

Welcome to Episode 95  Somatosensory Scaffolding or the impact of early touch on humans;  Catherine creates a sweater template;  Margaret discovers leaf shapes from her exploration of bias squares;  and Margaret reports on a brief history of skateparks

Brainy Thing:   25:39    Behind the Redwood Curtain:   39:10

What We’re Learning from Our Knitting

Catherine is doing what she calls a “template sweater”.  A sweater out of acrylic yarn that she later modify according to fit for her final sweater.  She didn’t feel like a formula sweater so thought this would be more fun.  The yarn is Yarnspirations by Caron Big Cakes in the Summer Berry Tart Colorway (gradient) out of 100% acrylic.  
She also calls out for some extra yarn for her Heaven Scent pattern:  She needs just a little of the end of the ball of zauberball cotton in “Rosey Times” color gradient.
While looking at bias squares on Ravelry, Margaret fell into a leaf exploration;  trying out a few and looking forward to trying others.
The leafy washcloth by megan goodacre  trixy knitter  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leafy-washcloth
Nai nai’s Favorite washcloth by Ali Crockett https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/leafy-washcloth
Woodland Wreath, Leaves by Frankie Brown Frankie’s knitted stuff  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/woodland-wreath-leaves
Wibbo or  Jan eaton  (similar to pattern mentioned)  https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/amber-leaf
200 Knitted Blocks
150 knit and crochet motifs   Heather Lodinsky   https://www.ravelry.com/designers/heather-lodinsky

Brainy Thing:  Somatosensory scaffolding

A new study shows that touch is especially important for infants, especially premature infants in nicu’s.  Touch helps infants set up there somatosensory scaffolding so they respond or don’t respond to touch the rest of their lives.

Behind the Redwood Curtain:

A brief history of Skateparks, one of which is two blocks from Margaret’s house.

A little podcast business.

We’re not going to fade but we’re going to slow down and modify our podcasts.   More information will be upcoming in the next few podcasts.

Podcast Links:

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.
Instagram:   Margaret Kelso for Margaret and MagicWombat1 for Catherine
In this episode of Teaching Your Brain to Knit, we report on a new study that reports very early touching can create healthy behaviors for the rest of one’s life;  Catherine creates a “template sweater” to modify for the final sweater;  Margaret falls for leaves in Ravelry,  and we offer a spin on skate parks.

What’s your VAK?


Brainy stuff starts at around 24 minutes

What Catherine is learning from her knitting:

The Coraline father sweater (no pattern):


How not to finish your sweater

C sweater finish 2


What Margaret is learning from her knitting:

Turning socks inside out for stranding:  Margaret’s modified Kirklees


Kirklees Socks by Tian Foley

Friday’s Studio Sock

Margaret’s cut and reknit Hermione’s Everyday Socks


Margaret’s original Hermione’s Everyday Socks by Erica Leuder



Cat Bordhi’s Sweet Tomato Heel socks book (well worth getting) and Youtube

Dragonfly Fibers Dragon Sock

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About visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles here.

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Behind the Redwood Curtain

North Country Fair

Catherine talks about the alpaca or llama people who have a booth.   They are the Tyler Family who have Arcata Bay Llamas which includes llama, alpacas, angora rabbits and Icelandic sheep.

Knitting Tip

Check your gauge throughout your project.   It can change.