Monday, July 13, 2015

Camp CogKnitive 2015's very own colorway is here!

Untitled It's ready for preorder! Go to www.dizzyblondestudios.com to get your very own lovely skein(s) of this year's Camp CogKnitive colorway "Beautiful Sunset"! Free delivery to Camp attendees, but available for everyone!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Wristbands

Weird but true, I am trying to enter this here in order to Pin it, as Pinterest won't accept it any other way.

Reminderband.com


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

20: Around the Farm


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

 

Episode 210 has been released.


Check out this episode!

210: Around the Farm

Quite the rural pleasure! Goat-vasion! With sheep, lambs, and kids!

We were Goat-vaded! It was a sheep-sposion as the local grazing herd came down from the Sierra Pelona and roamed across our farm on their way homewards. Goats, sheep, kids, lambs!

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!

Sign-ups for people who have attended previously have begun!

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:

In progress:

Spiral Socks for the Youngest Knitmore. Yarn by Shaggy Bear Farms in Merino + Tussah Silk.

Knitting baby socks on the train. Yarn is Merino-tussah silk by Shaggy Bear Farms.

Mei Mei Socks

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Tardis Tribute Socks: in time out

Knitted Knockers: www.knittedknockers.org. And free patterns abound; try Tit Bits on Knitty for the general idea. An A cup is a 5" diameter. Add one-half inch to increase to each larger size.

Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning...still spinning mentally about selling a few wheels off...an unhappy attempt at dropspindling some fluff from our late alpaca Summer. The issue of the too-light spindle.

Strategy:
Parenting--the 2 basic components: contentment of the primary caregiver and the contentment of the child in the company of the parent.

Put a Lid On It:



Freeze leftover juices in ice-cube trays and mix in your tall bottle of cold water for a delightful and refreshing treat.

Yogurt is cooling! And brownies also made. A fine farm Saturday!

Making the weekly yogurt.

Fresh bread, yogurt, brownies, and tacos for dinner with organic corn on the cob--it's been a fine kitchen day!

Jasmin's Kale Salad recipe. I replace cabbage with the broccoli slaw mix in a bag from trader Joe's.

Aw Shoot!

The latest races and a bit about running on different surfaces in the heat.

Hot Summer running: Remember:
1. Wear layers to adjust your cooling system. Carry water. Or stash it along your route.
2. Carry ID.
3. Wear reflective clothing. Be seen.
3. Carry water for your running dog or have the dog carry it for himself or herself. At a minimum, water your pal every 3 miles, more as needed.
4. Look for the routes where the breezes blow.
5. Avoid concrete and dark surfaces that are too hot to tolerate as you run.
6. Recognize dehydration and treat it right away.
7. Know when to stop. If you run through a damaging situation, you can lose weeks to months of running. Losing one run to concern may save you from losing much more.
8. Wear polarized sunglasses.
9. Do not hesitate to carry water for yourself, no matter how short a run you take.
RUN SAFE!--always be alert to the fact that you can be attacked.

Something I Really Like:

Cruise control in cars. It's a means of reducing exercise injuries in the legs for me.
Making bread with a bread hook on a KitchenAid mixer.
The Laurel's Kitchen Cookbook (1976).

Untitled

Blather:



Our son was mesmerized by the herd in our corrals.

Camp CogKnitive 2015--Aug. 21-23--3 spaces left!

CFR 7 update--Oct 10, 2015--many spaces available!

Blankets hunts rodents in the hay. My beloved ranch partner.

Blankets performs her daily patrol for rodents in the hay. An update on her progress.

The Calendar for 2015:

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!

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Basic Whole Grain Bread--adapted from the original Laurel's Kitchen book





Laurel’s Kitchen Whole Grain Bread
--adapted slightly

1Tbsp/packet yeast
1Tbsp brown sugar
3 cups water at 100-110F or about body temp
1 Tbsp salt
6 c whole wheat flour

1. When water is proper temp in mixing bowl, add sugar, stir.
2. Add yeast on top.
3. When yeast bubbles to top, add 3 c of flour and mix until not grainy.
4. Add salt and remaining flour. Mix, then knead until not sticky.
5. At this point, turn into floured board, if not already in mixing bowl for automatic kneading.
6. Knead until soft and springy.
7. Cover in bowl and place in warm, dry spot to rise until doubled in volume.
8. Butter loaf pans and divide dough between them.
9. Cover and allow to rise until above edge of pan. Preheat oven to 375F
10. Bake 40 minutes. Tap for hollowness sound.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

209: Retzlaff, Loretta, and the Prius of Meth


Episode 209 is live!

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


Check out this episode!

209: Retzlaff, Loretta, and the Prius of Meth

Organic lunch!

Me and Loretta 1031 on our roadtrip home from the 2015 Retzlaff Event! At Thomas'--a faboo organic cafe in Paso Robles.

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!

Sign-ups for people who have attended previously have begun!

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.

Meadowlark and her young cousin Bluebird

The Prius of Love welcomes her new, blue cousin "Bluebird" to the podcast.

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

In progress:

Spiral Socks for the Youngest Knitmore. Yarn by Shaggy Bear Farms in Merino + Tussah Silk.

Mei Mei Socks

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Tardis Tribute Socks: in time out

Knitted Knockers: www.knittedknockers.org. And free patterns abound; try Tit Bits on Knitty for the general idea. An A cup is a 5" diameter. Add one-half inch to increase to each larger size.

Loretta's Projects--The Seafoam Shawl (crochet) available at Abuelita's LYS in South Pasadena
 Knitmore Vanilla Socks in Western Sky Knits sock yarn.

Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning...still spinning mentally about selling a few wheels off...

Strategy:
1, 2, 3, Magic by Tom Phelan, Ph.D.
Positive reinforcement and you and your kids! Start versus stop behaviors

Put a Lid On It:


Cherry Harvest 2015: final major phase--(back) baking vanilla, cherry vinegar, cherry vodka. Front: cherry chutney, cherry-amaretto jam, basil-Apple-balsam jelly. Center: 1 of 2 sour-cream-cherry-chocolate pies, and cherry crisp is missing (burp). Froze a

Cherry Harvest 2015: 35 lbs picked. Back row: Baking vanilla, Cherry-infused Vinegar, Cherry-infused Vodka. Front row: Pickled cherries, Simply Delicious Cherry Chutney, Amaretto Cherry Jam. Center: Sour Cream Cherry Pie with Oreo Crust. Missing: Cherry Crumble

Decorative bottles and jars from Michael's Crafts.

Loretta has been making apricot jam. YUM!!

Lunch in a rush during a canning day: fresh pumpkin-spice waffle with vanilla ice cream and warm amaretto-cherry jam. Who says fast food has to be poor quality?

Lunch on a canning day: Fresh, hot pumplin waffle with cherry jam and vanilla ice cream on it!

Aw Shoot!

Extra-curricular SCUBA

Hot Summer running: Remember:
1. Wear layers to adjust your cooling system. Carry water. Or stash it along your route.
2. Carry ID.
3. Wear reflective clothing. Be seen.
3. Carry water for your running dog or have the dog carry it for himself or herself. At a minimum, water your pal every 3 miles, more as needed.
4. Look for the routes where the breezes blow.
5. Avoid concrete and dark surfaces that are too hot to tolerate as you run.
6. Recognize dehydration and treat it right away.
7. Know when to stop. If you run through a damaging situation, you can lose weeks to months of running. Losing one run to concern may save you from losing much more.
RUN SAFE!--always be alert to the fact that you can be attacked.

Something I Really Like:
The Waze app for apple products--Check the app store. Superb navigation help!
Trader Joes' healthier salt water taffy--no chemicals--vegetable dyes for coloring.

Blather:

Reposting Jasmin's selfie from her van in the way to Retzlaff Winery. L to r: Gigi, Loretta(1031), me, and Jasmin.

In Jasmin'a van on the way to Retzlaff! L to rt: Gigi, Loretta, Me, and Jasmin.

Retzlaff Vineyard Winery in Livermore, CA. TRY THE PORT!!

Camp CogKnitive 2015--Aug. 21-23--3 spaces left!

CFR 7 update--Oct 10, 2015--many spaces available!

Wine tasting with the gals at Retzlaff.

The gang at a wine tasting at the winery: l to rt: Lex (Lexicom), Loretta, Diana, Jasmin, Gigi, me) . Just before Loretta and I tried to electrocute the musicians.

Real Kebab on Almaden expressway in San Jose, CA. Excellent kebab foods!

The Calendar for 2015:

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!

Please come home, Mom.

Meanwhile, Blankets waits patiently in the driveway for me to return.