Tuesday, May 5, 2015

207, Part Two: Alexa


Episode 207, Part 2 has been uploaded.

Please see shownotes at either our group on Ravelry or at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com


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207, Parts 1 and 2: On the Way to NoCKRs Retreat

Loving Alexa, my new Amazon Echo. Great at the discounted price, but I don't think I'd pay the full $200 until a few more features are added. But I am loving her as a voice-controlled speaker.

Alexa has joined us on the Farm.

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo will be happening again in August! .Aug 21-23, 2015. WE HAVE SPACES! Info and how to sign up are HERE.
1. Call hotel, tell them you are with us, reserve room.
2. Message me that you are coming and use the DONATE link at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com to send $75.

CFR 7 is coming! Oct 10. 2015!
If you have attended before, sign-ups start on June 1.
If you have never attended before, sign-ups start July 1.
 
More information here!

KNIT 15 BEARS IN 2015!!! Post a group pic of the 15 bears you've made for Mother Bear Project in 2015 by Dec 31, 2015 on our thread to compete for prizes.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

You can now subscribe to the BLOG on your Kindle or Kindle app.

I am gemmadw on  Twitter and Pinterest, DoeWalking on geocaching.com, and DrGemma on Plurk and Instagram.

What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Warm thanks to Brenda Castiel/Goodstuff on Ravelry.

In progress:

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Tardis Tribute Socks: in time out

Nancy's Coronet--my handspun and Cascade 220 in cream.:

Latest hat in progress...dark green is not very elastic, so I am having to limit it, but more to come.

Finished:

The Improvised Brown Coronet:

It's done and it's pretty darned cute. Happy knitter! Basic Coronet pattern with slipped-stitch crown using brown Cascade 229 and my Handspun from Zarzuela Fibers from Etsy.


Knitted Knockers: www.knittedknockers.org. And free patterns abound; try Tit Bits on Knitty for the general idea.


Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning...

Strategy:
1, 2, 3, Magic by Tom Phelan, Ph.D.
A simple guide to using the most efficient form of discipline developed by parents and tested by psychologists.


Put a Lid On It:

Thechaosandtheclutter.com--ChickenDump Recipes. Reduce the sugar and add water if you put them in the Crock Pot.
Canning: White beets in pickling brine, followed by a swift batch of Shiraz Red Wine jelly

Once the canner is heated up, you might as well slip in a quick, easy jelly recipe. Here is Red Wine Jelly (Shiraz)--5.5 cups.

Aw Shoot!
Runner in Paradise.

Something I Really Like:
Amazon Echo. "Alexa" has joined the family. For $99., a great deal. For $199.....well, you might want to wait until it gets more skills, and you do have to have an Amazon prime membership to use this well...and until you can buy it now, in real time.

Alexa is currently:
Playing free streaming music to me
Turning my lights on and off
Training my son to speak more clearly
Helping in the kitchen by setting alarms, reporting the weather, and giving me useful info
Helping me play tricks on my boys

Related apps (on iOS and on Android):
Amazon Echo app
WeMo--turns on the lights with proper switches installed
IF--app that relates to If-This-Than-That functions that link 2 apps to each other
Amazon Music--stream a good-sized library of music through your phone for free, although data limits may apply (not to me so far on Straight Talk)

Blather:

Annual Rattlesnake Training clinic for Eleanor and Baron. He's outstandingly loyal, and she is Scottish.
The drought: so far so good. The well is doing okay.
Fiji Tix have been purchased!
Preparing for SCUBA lessons and certification!

Yes, the mirror is very messy in son's room. But the gear seems to all work together!

The Calendar for 2015:

April: Northern CA Knitter's Retreat
May: PADI Diving Course
June 6-7: Retzlaff Winery Spinning Day/SCUBA expo in Long Beach
August: The gathering at Sunnybank in Patterson, NJ  (Aug 13-18) AND
              2015 Camp CogKnitive (Aug 21-23)
Oct. 10: CFR7!
Feb. 18,  2016: Fiji once more!



Friday, May 1, 2015

207: Part One with Tech Issues


Episode 207: part one, some tech issues is live!

Please see show notes at www.cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com or on our group on Ravelry.


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

206: A Hot Mess


Episode 206: A Hot Mess is live!

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

206: Just a Hot Mess

My morning surprises from my boys. Happy Valentines Day, Everyone!

My Valentines Day was lovely, but overshadowed by the need to get things together for a long week away from home.

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo will be happening again in August! .Aug 21-23, 2015. WE HAVE SPACES!

Northern California Camp Cog has been postponed! Dates TBA!

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

CFR 7 is coming! Oct 10. 2015!
 
More information here!

MOTHER BEAR CAL/KAL is 0ver! Prizes have been distributed.

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

A SECOND Mother Bear CAL/KAL is running right now! KNIT 15 BEARS IN 2015!!! Post a group pic of the 15 bears you've made for Mother Bear Project in 2015 by Dec 31, 2015 on our thread to compete for prizes. FIRST PIC of a group--crafter gets to select a color for wristbands. if we get 20 people making the 15 bears, I WILL make up wristbands!

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

You can now subscribe to the BLOG on your Kindle or Kindle app.

I am gemmadw on  Twitter and Pinterest, DoeWalking on geocaching.com, and DrGemma on Plurk and Instagram.

What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Warm thanks to Brenda Castiel/Goodstuff on Ravelry.

In progress:

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Tardis Tribute Socks: in time out

Finished:

TARDIS-blue Coronet Hat in Big Merino Hug

The TARDIS Coronet Hat for Twinface is done! And I'm listening to Twinset Designs Podcast BTW as I model it.

15 Bears in 2015:




22B Hat:

Finished 221B hat.

Knitted Knockers: www.knittedknockers.org. And free patterns abound; try Tit Bits on Knitty for the general idea.

A knitted knocker as part of attending the Northern CA Knitting Retreat. This is a soft prosthesis for a woman healing after a mastectomy. Praying for whoever gets it.

Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning...

Strategy:

Consider taking a total retreat vacation to reset your internal sanity mechanisms.

Put a Lid On It:
Thechaosandtheclutter.com--ChickenDump Recipes. Find this also on Pinterest.

Aw Shoot!
Runner in Paradise.

Something I Really Like:
unroll.me
iXpand flash drive for I-related latest generation phones, computers, ipods. On Amazon.com.

Blather:

Tally (RK's Mom) was left alone on the farm...with the Zombears...

We left Tally/RKsMom to manage the farm while we are in Fiji. The Zombears seemed wary of her...#15bearsin2015

Oh, Fiji!

Untitled

I'm signed up for SCUBA lessons in May! Fiji, I shall return!


The Calendar for 2015:

April: Northern CA Knitter's Retreat
May: PADI Diving Course
May-Jun: Retzlaff Winery Spinning Day
July: CGOA event in San Diego
August: The gathering at Sunnybank in Patterson, NJ AND
              2015 Camp CogKnitive
Oct. 10: CFR7!
Feb. 2016: Fiji once more!



Wednesday, February 11, 2015

205: North Carolina


CogKnitive Episode 205: North Carolina is live.

Please see the shownotes at www.cogknitivepodcast.com or on our group at Ravelry.


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

205: North Carolina

Untitled

Sort of says it all...

Camp CogKnitive Camarillo will be happening again in August!.Aug 21-23, 2015.

Northern California Camp Cog has been postponed! Dates TBA!

Philly Camp CogKnitive is still in planning stages--no date yet. Hotel and other suggestions welcome.

DFW TX Camp Cog....I really hope so! I am scared off by the Open Carry Protest groups right now, but we'll see.

CFR 7 is coming! Oct 10. 2015!
 
More information here!

MOTHER BEAR CAL/KAL is in progress!
Get the pattern right here for $5 and warm up those hooks/needles!

Celebrating our listeners who have joined the CogKnitive 25 – , 50 –, and 75 – Bear Clubs for MBP. You can see who they all are right here. Great work!

Have YOU completed 25, 50, or 75 bears for Mother Bear Project? Send me your snail and a link to your Ravelry projects page, and CogKnitive will send you a special wristband to celebrate with you.

A SECOND Mother Bear CAL/KAL also running right now! KNIT 15 BEARS IN 2015!!! Post a group pic of the 15 bears you've made for Mother Bear Project in 2015 by Dec 31, 2015 on our thread to compete for prizes. FIRST PIC of a group--crafter gets to select a color for wristbands. if we get 20 people making the 15 bears, I WILL make up wristbands!

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

We have a website at http://www.cogknitive.com/. You can find older episodes there.

You can now subscribe to the BLOG on your Kindle or Kindle app.

I am gemmadw on  Twitter and Pinterest, DoeWalking on geocaching.com, and DrGemma on Plurk.
Geocaching: www.geocaching.com. I am DoeWalking, if you would like to be geo-pals. I am also drgemma on Instagram.

What's On My Hooks, Needles, and Spindles:

Warm'n'Fuzzy--LYS in Cary, NC--4.5 stars
Great Yarns--LYS in Raleigh, NC--3 stars

In Progress:

TARDIS-blue Coronet Hat in Big Merino Hug

#wikn Tagged by @abbyknitz I am doing the band of a Coronwt hat as requested by Twinface in TARDIS blue. Tagging anyone who wants to play as I rush off to my office!

The Lost Geek Podcast

2-At-A-Time Socks for Twinface--FROGGED!--But they WILL be back!

TARDIS socks for Twinface--FROGGED! Fair isle segment was just too tight.

The first TARDIS Sock Tribute is done at last! Of course, I did have a few other things to keep me busy this week...:-)

TARDIS Sock Tribute

Bear #1 for 2015.

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning...

Strategy:
Use your tools.  And it never hurts to remember that the power of the human mind is a major force in recovery, so don't discount a placebo effect as a tool. When you empower a person, they will always do better, and that is the purpose of a placebo effect as a tool.

Put a Lid On It:
Recommended:
Quaker instant ROLLED oats
Trader Joe's Cocoa Almond butter
Congee (?) Rice:
Cook jasmine rice in your slow cooker and keep adding water until the rice can no longer absorb it. Cook into mush; fruit--dried or fresh can be added. Flavor with honey or maple syrup.

Aw Shoot!
I am back on-track as a runner, but down to 1.5 miles is my current distance. I will be returning to the 5K distance.

Something I Really Like:
Smart-phone and recharging-friendly airports and airplanes
Massage stations in airports
Farewell to Sky Mall!

Blather:

HysterSisters--a FANTASTIC resource for those enduring any form of hysterectomy
The SkeinMinder: sign up for newsletter and pledges and possible prizes here. It does not seem to be on Kickstarter...

Here is the TOTALLY awesome Aggie-- Lingua Franca on Rav. We had a fabulous brunch today, then off to the LYS in CareyNC...,

The amazing Lingua Franca (Aggie) helped keep me going with lunch at Academy Road Bistro and Warm'n'Fuzzy Yarns. The Calendar for 2015:
Feb 20-March 1: Fiji!
March 21: Griffin Dyeworks Spring Fling
April: Northern CA Knitter's Retreat
May-Jun: Retzlaff Winery Spinning Day
July: CGOA event in San Diego
August: The gathering at Sunnybank in Patterson, NJ AND 2015 Camp CogKnitive
Oct. 10: CFR7!

Outrageously GREAT LYS in Carey, NC. Interviewed owner for podcast!

The haul from Warn and Fuzzy LYS--Habitat hat pattern by Jared Flood, 2 skeins worsted in TARDIS blue, 2 skeins Mmmmalabrigo for Habitst(s ).