Wednesday, June 3, 2015

208: NoCKRs and More

Beloved Son enjoyed car shopping with us.

Beloved Son enjoyed car shopping and trying on all the models.

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 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 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, and DrGemma on Plurk and Instagram.

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

In progress:

The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller. In time out.

Tardis Tribute Socks: in time out

Knitted Knockers: 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.


Nancy got her Coronet!

Nancy's Coronet--my handspun and Cascade 220 in cream. Emerald green yarn is from fiber dyed by Red Fish Dyeworks

Dizzy Blondes: 

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

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.
How to start using it, how to manage those moments when your kid discovers how to defy the system. The Instant Time-Out. The kid who counts faster than you do.

Put a Lid On It:

Making your own Vanilla extract for baking.


After 3 weeks of infusion....:

Vodka being infused with vanilla beans--3 weeks after starting. It is supposed to be usable now, but not at its peak.

Aw Shoot!

The Chardonnay Run: Crowded, but well-managed and fun. I took a lot of pics for other runners to support the movement to End Drunk Selfies.

As you can see, we got a glass of chilled wine and a decent box of fruit and cheese and crackers afterward. A pretty course, mainly flat and fast.

Something I Really Like:

FitBits to consider:
Flex: steps and sleep ONLY, falling-off band $100
Charge: steps, sleep, watchface + stairs climbed + falling-off band $150.
Charge HR: Charge + heart=rate monitor+ buckled wristband $189
Surge: Charge HR + all sorts of phone connectivity  $250

Flex alternate wristbands. Wristband keepers.

The Freshette and its clones the Go-Girl and the PEZ.

The Northern CA Knitters Retreat (NoCaKRs) --that's me, sayng farewell after a great weekend:

#Repost @poppyventures with @repostapp.・・・Dr. Gemma saying good bye and spreading the love at NoCKRs. #nockrs #knittersareamazingpeople Jennifer you so rock! Thanks!

AnneLena Mattison Designs on Ravelry.

DeFarge Does Shakespeare--a review!

RoadRunner Sports

Camp CogKnitive 2015--Aug. 21-23

CFR 7 update--Oct 10, 2015

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!

1 comment:

Harmony said...

I loved the Defarge Does Shakespeare review. Sorry, I'm catching up on podcasts during my vacation. Just had to comment on this segment. I will be teaching the International Bac this year and this has me thinking about ideas for projects and activities. 1. Shakespeare Fridays. Instead of doing a month of one play, we do Shakespeare every Friday. It can include reading aloud, writing essays, and group work on a mock productions. To instruct and inspire; include sonnets, opportunities to write sonnets, the possibilities for art, music and dance. (Defarge Knits series as a fabulous example. 2. They all have to do a portfolio. What if the portfolio included creative essays, as well as academic essays, these could include costume & set designs, character drawings of any of the books we read, music and dance. All of the above would have to be accompanied by an essay explaining the connection and interpretation of the creative work. 3. Wouldn't it be amazing if someone wrote a sonnet in lieu of academic essay. In other words, they still include the academic information but write the entire thing in sonnet form. (Maybe that should be bonus points.

Thanks Dr. Gemma for inspiring me!


PS I am a California trained teacher, but teaching at an experimental school in Taiwan.