WELCOME TO EPISODE 8: Does Knitting Make Your Brain Chemistry Happy?
Brainy Stuff: 28:25
Behind the Redwood Curtain: 44:50
What We’re Learning from Our Knitting:
Catherine is finished with Dahlia in Bloom’s PANEM Katniss Cowl Wrap.
She also completed Maryann Walsh‘s Two Toned Tawashi.
Now she’s in that challenging (for her, delicious for Margaret) place of choosing her next project.
Margaret mentions how after she washes her handmade socks, she dries them on a Towel Warmer because the Arcata climate is so humid otherwise they don’t dry before they mildew. Towels in her house don’t dry after they are used, so she uses the towel warmer for them — and why not for socks.
Margaret continued her exploration of long stranded bead necklaces/wrap bracelets. She’s getting the hang of the Wrap Around Crochet Bracelet by Yuli Nilssen: she’s using heavier weight yarn and a smaller crochet hook than last time. Probably a little tighter stitch after the beads would help even more. The last photo is a comparison of the first attempt and the second. (It’s all about learning, right?)
She also started the Kaitlyn Necklace Rose Kit by Javori Designs. She was having some problems figuring out some the pattern details but thinks she’ll enjoy the finished project.
Catherine says that Cat Bordhi would be proud of her for cutting her knitting.
She discovered she prefers stringing beads with a dental floss threader rather than a beading needle.
Finally, she talks about the Gatsby Necklace by designer Shaina Bilow and taught in a class by Laura Lamers at NorthCoast Knittery.
Brainy Part: Does knitting make your brain chemistry happy?
Catherine offers a basic foundation on the brain chemical serotonin. She discusses Dr. Barry Jacobs’ work. She also mention EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and how eye movement plays a role in Knitting’s calming effect. She then talks about Betsman Corkhill and her organization Stichlinks whose mission is to use knitting and other activities to improve health.
Behind the Redwood Curtain: The Mad River
The Mad River in California (there are other Mad Rivers elsewhere) runs 113 miles from the Trinity mountains to the Pacific between McKinleyville and Arcata.
Knitting Tip: Flipping your Blocking Board
If finding enough space is an issue when you block your knits,layout your knitted item on your blocking board (or a piece of plywood or sturdy cardboard, pin it securely, then flip the board upright and lean against the wall.