Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Episode 25 is live

What's On My Hook/Needles: The new Sensations Licorice scarf and the yarn fumes of big-box stores

A Strategy: Apologies, part 2--When the recipient won't accept the apology

Something I Really Like: "Dog" is "God" spelled backwards...And that's my dog Artemis up there, guarding our bed.

Blather: Why we stash beyond what we need or even really want--theories

Also, please donate $1 through PayPal to Nicole's Wheelchair--a contest until January 3rd!!! Details in episode 23 and in the shownotes here for Episode 23. Respond with an amount if you give more than $1. ALL responses with donations of at least $1 get a share in the raffle for some luscious yarny and knitterly/crocheterlike prizes!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Episode 24--Holiday Episode--is Live

What's On My Hook/Needles: As I type this, even the Christmas stocking is finally finished! And that would be Mr. Charlie Crowe, our official CogKNITive musician, in the photo.

A Strategy: How to Apologize

Blather: Update on Life on the Island, including my new part-time gig on another yard

Something I Really Like: The music of Charlie Crowe,
which I use as our CogKNITive theme music. O Holy Night and Joy-Kinda Holiday-ish as performed by Mr. Crowe

Also, please donate $1 through PayPal to Nicole's Wheelchair--a contest until January 3rd!!! Details in this episode and in the shownotes here for Episode 23. Respond with an amount if you give more than $1. ALL responses with donations of at least $1 get a share in the raffle for some luscious yarny and knitterly/crocheterlike prizes!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Episode 23 is Live

What's On My Hook/Needles: Finished the socks, finished the vest, nearly done the stocking, reviving projects in hibernation

A Strategy: Holiday Strategies IV: How to reschedule when you need to let someone down gently and Broken Record

Something I Really Like: The comforts of great literature:
Dante's Inferno
Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Austen's Persuasion
Literary podcasts:
Faery Knitting
Stitches in Time
Forgotten Classics

Blather: Still on the island, possibly with Satan's butt, in the snow!

Also, please donate $1 through PayPal to Nicole's Wheelchair--a contest until January 3rd!!!
2 skeins of that luscious Koigu KPPPM pictured above as a prize!

Please respond here if you give. Respond with an amount if you give more than $1. ALL responses with donations of at least $1 get a share in the raffle for this luscious Koigu!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Episode 22 is Live

What's On My Hook/Needles: Nearly done the socks, nearly done the holiday stocking, nearly dead with a sinus infection!

A Strategy: Holiday Strategies III: Budgeting for and thinking about gifts

Something I Really Like: the music of screen composer John Williams

Blather: Who will be voted off the Island?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Yep, I am trapped in the town near the prison by an unexpected 3 days' worth of blizzard. To really torture me, everything melts during the day while I work, then snow descends every evening and is still fierce when I would need to drive in, in the morning. Homesick? Yep! Able to record an episode? No, a little too down. I get homesick pretty easily.

Think kindly of us who are trapped away from home by weather! Thank heavens I have a HUGE number of other podcasts to catch up on! And there's always Starbucks....

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Episode 21

What's On My Hook/Needles: I am frantically knitting away on the same projects, but the I Need a Vest is getting close and the gusset picking up looms large upon the knitting horizon. And a tip of the hat to Dawn of Knit Naturally podcast.

A Strategy: Holiday Strategies II: Eating strategies--self-talk and storage containers to avoid "Last Supper Syndrome"

Something I Really Like: Massage, including Reflexology and Dr Wilkinson's Hot Springs and Spa

Blather: How psychologists torment each other over paperwork, and a bit about parole logic

Oops--Unedited Episode 20!

Yep, I uploaded a draft of 20, not the edited version. SO I am currently trying to correct that problem. Please stay tuned and be ready to delete 20, if you've already downloaded it, and then download the corrected (and much easier on the ears!) version. Heavy whipping cream still included.

Okay, go ahead and delete and then redownload, if you wish.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Episode 20 is Live

recordingThe holidays mean it's time for some special strategies, while the blather lightly turns to thoughts of new alliances at work.

And that's the good doctor in her stationary recording studio/knittery

What's On My Hook/Needles:
This segment is dedicated with a big grin to JulieDhc, hostess of Forgotten Classics podcast.

A Strategy: Holiday Strategies I: Establish a schedule for the holidays.

Something I Really Like:
Heavy whipping/double cream. On fresh pumpkin pie or on ginger cake.

Blather: I discover the pleasures of friendship on the job, the unrealistic expectations of some of my team, and I tell the full tale of the escape.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Episode 19 is Live

An escape, a lockdown, and the tedium that follows are all fine reasons to record in my car!

What's On My Hook/Needles:

Hooray! Turning heels and making progress

A Strategy: Rehearsal

Something I Really Like:
Forgotten Classics podcast
CraftLit podcast

Blather: Yup, it really happened today: an escape. And a recapture. The guys in green do know their jobs.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Episode 18 is Live

Recorded before Thanksgiving, but I still give thanks in a few places.

What's on My Hook/Needles:
Same old Stuff...just more of it.

A Strategy: Do an Experiment

Something I Really Like: the Harry Potter books and their author, Jo Rowling

Blather: Changes at work and a little Axis 2 for you

Friday, November 28, 2008

Episode 17 is Live

Welcome to Episode 17,It's a lengthier one, recorded before the Thanksgiving Interlude Episode and uploaded on Black Friday....That's my cat, Dough, who was a kitten when this was taken, and is now 20 years old and still a kitten.
What's on My Hook/Needles: Same things as ever lately, but some progress on the Vest and the Unique Sheep socks.
Strategy: Gathering Evidence/Running an Experiment, Part One
Something I Really Like: Polarized, Prescription Sunglasses--With Horn-Rims!
Blather: How mental health clinicians do diagnosis and some updates on the Cast of Colleagues

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Episode 16A is live--Because It's Thanksgiving!

Here's another brief episode to bring us all up-to-date on CogKNITive-related issues. Most of all, though, this is a big THANK YOU to you all for listening. Try to get through the first minute or so...I promise you, it's not all singing!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Episode 16

Welcome to Episode 16, where we get a bit Into The Spirit with an almost-KAL/CAL, a little gossip, and a suggestion for a good nap! (That's Quechua and Domingo after their last shave!)

What's on My Hook/Needles: Same 5 projects!
Strategy: Sleep on It
Something I Really Like: Knit 1, Save 1
Blather: Of the podcast’s statistics, my gratitude, and some fuss at work.

Friday, November 21, 2008

We Now Have a Ravelry Group

Go check us out. I invited everyone who has contacted me thru Rav to join. Please join if I somehow missed you! I have been having fun all day designing the banner & badge. Tell me what you think!

2 Recommended Books for Zen

Thanks to DharmaFey of Socks in the City for these, both by Brad Warner:

Hardcore Zen and

Sit Down and Shut Up.

Based on their Amazon reviews, I'd say these are not your typical books describing ancient practices....but they look amaaaaaaazing!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Episode 15 is Live!

I am happy to bring you a fresh episode, in which I am not mute, but a prisoner is, I am not competing with someone else to speak, but 2 Starbucks ladies are, and there is lots of happy stuff.

What's On My Hook/Needles: 7 Little Gift Bags, the Log Cabin Project, the Yule Stocking, I Need a Vest!, and 1 finished Unique Sheep Sock!

A Strategy: Reality testing

Something I Really Like: Drive-Throughs!

Selective Mutism, Minx and Murphy need your help and kind thoughts, and
Knit Naturally podcast
Socks in the City Podcast

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Episode 15 Has Been Kidnapped!

By sheer tedium. It was so awful, I need to try again. Stay tuned!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Warm Fuzzies

My thanks to Dawn of Knit Naturally and StitchStud of Stitch Stud and His Bride for their kind remarks to me of late! It is a great pleasure to be noticed by other podcasters, so I am feeling rather spoiled right now.

Add that to the also great pleasure of being friended on Rav by many listeners--I love it!

Have I said "Thanks so much for listening, Everybody" yet?

Thanks so much for listening, Everybody!

You all so rock! Big warm hugs all around, right now!

Episode 14b--More Jo, Love to Stashymama, Spinning

Another "betweener" episode in which Jo and I finish chatting, Anne/Stashymama's talents are discussed with ideas of exploitation, and spinning chat.

Episode 14 is Live

Thank you's to Dawn of Knit Naturally podcast, office space burbling, and love of inexpensive yarns.

What's On My Hook/Needles:

Annie's Woolens Stockings Kits
You can see progress on my version of this stocking above.

A Strategy: Reframing

Something I Really Like: Lion Brand Yarns

Blather: Office space, Susan93940's ideas, and a dangerously gorgeous sunset

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Episode 13a--Psychology of the Creative Process--Interview with Jo

Here are the knitted and crocheted (and sometimes both!) objects described in the interview. Photos are from Jo's Ravelry pages (username = Bellatrix). Links are to Jo's (KaleidoscopEyez's/Bellatrix's) Ravelry pages with descriptions and more photoes of the same.

KaleidoscopEyez/Jo/Belatrix's Knitted Scarf

The Gauntlets

The crocheted scarf that went to the Fair:

Jo on Etsy

Jo's Journal/Blog

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Episode 13 is Live!

A new cast of continuing characters from work and a stunning desert sunset, all wrapped up in this single episode for you.

What's On My Hook/Needles:
Annie's Woolens Stockings Kits That's Annie's picture of the one I am making...

A Strategy: Yoga
Yoga Journal's Yoga for Beginners with Patricia Walden

A Morning Cup of Yoga (suggested by listener HappyMe2--Thanks!)

Something I Really Like: Crochet Today magazine

Blather: More About My New Location

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Epsiode 12 Is Live

A new episode, a new working location, and some crisp autumnal weather! That's my kitty Smudge, at left, enjoying the fall some years ago...

What's On My Hook/Needles: The Unique Sheep and the Rams Club

A Strategy: Exercise

Something I Really Like: Being "Doctored"

Blather: A Little About My New Location

Hey! I Have Followers! COOL!

Welcome Jo & Molly! Followers, eh? What a concept....makes me think I should lead...hmmmm....we could be The New Congregation of Fiber. Nah. Too dull...

CogKNITive Congregation? Alias ConCon? Con Squared?

Okay, okay, I'll stick with just podcasting and leave others to lead flocks...
creative suggestions always welcomed, of course....

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Episode 11

We're a little back-to-front in this episode, but somehow it all gets fitted in there.

What's On My Hook/Needles


So many Happy Events!
Modular Scarf for Her

A Strategy: Just Keep Swimming

Something I Really Like: Payday!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Epsiode 10A--Outtakes, News, and Thank-You's

Yes, the spelling error above WAS left in here intentionally! It rather represents the spirit of this episode-lette.

A short, non-standard-format episode to give some updates, some thanks to various kind peoples, and play a few outtakes.

Short, short, SHORT! But it needed doing. Warm hugs all around, and stay tuned--Episode 11 is recorded and edited and soon-to-be live.

Episode Ten is live! Happy Halloween!

Segments include:

Promo! Knitmore Girls podcast

Thank you! To Straphanging for the iTunes review. You rock!

What's On My Hook/Needle: Really, you tell me...

A Strategy: Use your Holidays! And how my family members like to drop dead on significant dates.

Something I Really Like: Mmmmmmm...Autumn....

Blather: Strange Tales of Life After Life from My Caseload

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

At Last! And Episode 10 is awaiting editing


The Scales Scarf is done! And the picture barely does it justice--it's GORGEOUS!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Episode 9 is Live!

A Calm Day and a Cheerful Podcast

Promo: Stitch It!

What's On My Needles/Hook: And a good book, while I'm at it--The Sweater Workshop by Jacqueline Fee

A Strategy: Secret Weapons

Something I Really Like: Hand-Knitted Socks (like those on the left!)

Blather: About the New Boss

Friday, October 24, 2008

Episode Eight is Live...

...and I feel half-dead....

Lots of Editing + a promo for Knit Spirit podcast

What's on My Needles:
Do you have to ask? Really?

A Strategy: Meditation

Something I Really Like: Knitmore Girls podcast

Blather: In which I discuss why so many people hate my sole female colleague and who becomes a CO

Episode Eight is halfway there!

It will be More of the Usual; however, KaleidoscopEyez and the Intrepid Stashymama have both graciously agreed to interviews, and we may even lure Casdena in to tell us about NaNoWriMo, if we are lucky.

Episode Seven

The Miracle of Editing Saves the Day!

What's on My Needles, in which I swear in a ladylike fashion at the Endless Modular Scarf from Hades

A Strategy: Making Lists

Something I Really Like: Starbucks. No, seriously...

Blather: Rock My World at Work! In which I do the Gurly to keep an inmate alive...

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Episode Six is Up!

Road noise optional--the highly-edited version of Episode Six is up!

What's On My Hook/Needles: Actually the 3rd sampler square (#2 in the book) is done at last and off my stix

A Strategy: Distraction

Something I Really Like: It's a Purl Man podcast

Blather: KaleidoscopEyez Meets Scissors and New Games I am Playing

Monday, October 20, 2008

Episode Five

Back to the car!

Shownotes and Blog for this podcast can be found at:http://cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com/

Come join the madness at my blogspot account! Be a follower! Subscribe by email or to the feed!

What's on My Hook/Needles: The End is in Sight! (The end of the third square--officially Sq. #2--of the afghan. That's Sq #3, which I knit before the current square, in the photo at left.)

A Strategy: Thought Stopping

Something I Really Like: Agave Sweetener

Blather: Ricardo Sanchez and Being Cynical about the Prison World

Episode Four

Welcome back!


What's on My Needles/Hook (That's the FIRST square of the Leisure Arts afghan at the left)

A Strategy: Baby Steps

Something I Really Like:

Blather: the Cast of Characters at My Job

Episode Six is in Editing Stage

...and Episode Seven is partially recorded.

Thanks for the last-minute picnic meal yesterday, Fellow Fiberistas and Fibermen!

(Can we shorten those titles to just "Fibroids"? Nah, too much bad taste!)

Keep spinning, KaleidoscopEyez!

Episode Three

Episode Three:

Happy October! Complete with highway noises...

1. What's on my Hook/needles (Scales of the Blue Dragon Scarf...aka Modular Scarf for Her at left)

2. A Strategy: Breathing 101

3. Something I Really Like: Digital Recorder

4. Blather: No, I'm not terribly endangered, since you ask...Thanks for listening!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

How to Get This Podcast

You can now subscribe to CogKNITive via Itunes, as well as through mypodcast.com:


Mypodcast.com also has a simple player you can use to listen to each episode.

Episode Two

Episode Two:

What's On My Needles (The item to the left is my crocheted belt pouch baggie as described in Episode One.)

A Strategy: Self-Talking

Something I Really Like: Stitch-It! Podcast.


Episode One

Episode One:

What's on My Hook/Needles (That's the scraps log cabin I'm crocheting over there on the left)

Strategy: Benefits of Knitting/Crochet

Something I Like: Mason-Dixon Knitting.

Blather: Psychiatrist v. Psychologist, Why cocktail parties can make me lie about my job

CogKNITive Promo

Here's the promo for my new podcast CogKNITive, a knitting psychology podcast:

Please feel free to link to this on your blog or play it as part of your own podcast.

Saturday, October 18, 2008


This is now the blog for my podcast CogKNITive. Sorry I could not use simply the podcast title in the URL here, but someone else has this word as a handle both here and on Live Journal.

I will begin the process of switching shownotes over here asap. In the meantime, the podcast is now on Itunes, as well as on mypodcast.com.

5 episodes, a promo, and more to come.