Sunday, April 20, 2014

189: Furminated!

Episode 189: Furminated! is live. Please see our shownotes at our Ravelry or at

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189: Furminated!


Eleanor got FURMINATED! Here she is, post-grooming, kissing her favorite boy.

Camp CogKnitive is coming on July 25, 2014! We are taking names for the wait-list.

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

Summer Mindfulness Retreat in Camarillo, CA--looking at June. $50 to attend.
Game plan:
Limited to 10-15 people
Mindfulness lessons, meditation, self-hypnosis training by the ocean.
Road trips to local yarn shops.
Road trips to local high-end outlet malls.

Info is here. Come have a fun weekend by the sea of meditation, mindfulness, and shopping with your fiber-buddies! We are going to have a mellow, fun, relaxing few days together to feel good and hang out.

We WILL have a special colorway from BeeMiceElf! THERE WILL BE NO SPECIAL PATTERN--instead, we will all have a chance to do a fashion show of what each of us decided to make from the Camp Colorway.

We are up to 11 people.

The Mother Bear Project KAL/KAL is over!

All winners--DCAlaneKnits, FlashyGranny, and SunltCloud--have been notified. Great work! 78 bears were made and donated. Well done!!

Deadline is APRIL 1, 2014!

CFR 6 is coming! Oct 11. 2014!
More information here!

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.

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

Not yet finished:
The OHM Shawl by Michelle Miller .
One Row Lace Scarf

The yarn from Dizzy Blonde Studios will be turning into socks first-ever after-thought heel socks! Here is the first, awaiting its heel to mtch the toe (whose yarn you may recognize from another picture in this posting...) These are my Lunar Eclipse Socks!

Tutorial for the After-Thought Heel is here.



Stitches West 2014 Socks from the first yarn ever given to me by my son.


Dizzy Blondes: 

No spinning, due to sinus issues.

Take time to evaluate and revise your goals to serve your current needs.

Put a Lid On It:
Quiet in the kitchen.

Aw Shoot!
Next race: April 27, Newhall, CA. Be careful to plan your warm-weather exercise to include enough hydration for you and any canine buddies with you. My rule of thumb: 30 mins, then a water break for everyone, then the rest of the run. Runners' Gu optional at 30 minutes.

Something I Really Like:

Zombies, Run! --I just rescued a child and hunted down a traitor to Abel Base. It rocks! Series 3 just came out and the whole shebang is on sale for a while.
The works of Albert Payson Terhune, especially Lad: A Dog.
You can get it free on the Kindle here.
All things Sunnybank on the web, including info also posted on the Facebook group Sunnybank-Terhune Collies. The Master of Sunnybank is the best bio of Alfred Terhune that I know of to date.


General updates on the dawgs and life on the farm. Eleanor gets furminated at PetSmart. News of the Mother Bear CAL/KAL and my review of Stephannie Tallent's latest project: The Wild West Collection.

I will be at the Retzlaff Spinning gathering on June 7th.
Camp CogKnitive is coming (see above). July 25th!
CFR6 is on Oct. 11, 2014.
Meditation camps in planning/possible: Philly, DFW in TX, North Carolina. Let me hear what you think!

Eleanor before Furmination...


And Eleanor AFTER Furmination: