Friday, October 15, 2021

Episode 49: Petting the Alpacas


Shownotes can be found on our group on Ravelry or at cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com


Check out this episode!

Episode 49: Petting the Alpacas



Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

There will NOT be a CFR (Cogknitive Fiber Retreat) this year.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks Dept:

Deborah N for a delicious Ko-Fi.

Janne for a delicious Ko-Fi.

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Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card 😷! thanks, Betty HS!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Handspun Mad Skills Brick—and it's exactly right! About petting the Pacas, though...

In Progress:



Wild Lettuce Shawl: on the knitted on lace edging, on the last edge—progress made
Twinface’s vest (restarted in smaller size) Not yet, but soon. And also, the Thanksgiving Socks:
Temperature Blanket—Caught up to October 4.





I’m currently wearing...  

Socks! 
My new sweater! My latest shawl!


My Two Favorite Resources:


Webs for supplies--I bought more size 9, 40 inch Addi needles--arrived!

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Managing anxiety—breathing, timing

Put a Lid On It: 

Adding 1 tbsp almond flour to chaffles for oil absorption 

Aw Shoot!

Fitdesk mileage: 

zilch


Rock climbing: 
2x this week--finally topped out on the scariest 5.6 for me with Son screaming encouragement
Fluffy Books:

Ambush or Adore--finished
By Gail Carriger

Miss Seeton Sings—a comedy of misinformation--finished
By Heron Carvic

by Jessica Berg

Something I Really Like:

Masterclass on Calm app--Dr. Adam Alter talking about screen addiction
The general trend towards online adult classes (Masterclass, Skillshare, etc.)

Blather:

Embroidery project: no progress yet
Is it boredom?



And Minerva gets the last word: dogs and cats












Friday, October 8, 2021

Episode 48: Earthquake in a Cake


Shownotes can be found on our Ravelry group or at cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com.


Check out this episode!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Episode 48: Earthquake in a cake




The unbaked version—pumpkin spice earthquake cake

Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

There will NOT be a CFR (Cogknitive Fiber Retreat) this year.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks Dept:

Turbogal and Prairiepoet —wonderful comments!

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Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card 😷! thanks, Betty HS!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nada

In Progress:




Wild Lettuce Shawl: on the knitted on lace edging, on the last edge
Twinface’s vest (restarted in smaller size) IT'S HOME AGAIN WITH ME!!
Temperature Blanket—Caught up to mid-September
Handspun Brick—separated for arms and finishing the silver stripe of silk-BFL





I’m currently wearing...  

Socks! Inexpensive yarn  Serenity Sock from Joann's due to bamboo content that keeps feet cool



My Two Favorite Resources:


Webs for supplies--I bought more size 9, 40 inch Addi needles--arrived!

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: managing hypersensitivity and assuming the best


Put a Lid On It: 

Remember last episode’s recipe? pumpkin spice earthquake cake;


And for this week:




Aw Shoot!

Fitdesk mileage: 

zilch


Rock climbing: Sigh. Quarantine, followed by a slow comeback:


I topped out!
 

Fluffy Books:

The Royal Secret—finished
by Anthony Taylor

by Lindsey Davis

By Gail Carriger

Something I Really Like:





Blather:

Covid quarantine:

Covid mandates:
Embroidery project:

HPWU:






And Minerva gets the last word: communicative cats












Saturday, October 2, 2021

Episode 47: New Hobby


Shownotes can be found on our Ravelry group or at cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com


Check out this episode!

Friday, October 1, 2021

Episode 47: New Hobby


Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

There will NOT be a CFR (Cogknitive Fiber Retreat) this year.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks Dept:

Nattyladyj_a for a timely reminder about gifts!

Steffie Jo for warm WeFF hugs!

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Vaccinated in California?  Get your electronic COVID card 😷! thanks, Betty HS!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nada

In Progress:





Wild Lettuce Shawl: on the knitted on lace edging, on the last edge
Twinface’s vest (restarted in smaller size) IT'S HOME AGAIN WITH ME!!
Temperature Blanket—Caught up to mid-September
Handspun Brick—separated for arms and finishing the silver stripe of silk-BFL



Purchased: Malabrigo Rios from Lovecraft, due to a 20% off sale. Teal Feather!


About finishing your yarn collection and sales

I’m currently wearing...  

We are back in knits!



My Two Favorite Resources:


Webs for supplies--I bought more size 9, 40 inch Addi needles--arrived!

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

O2E- anxiety and depression 

Put a Lid On It: 

Need some pumpkin spice? Keto Pumpkin Spice Earthquake Cake

Ingredients
  • 2 1/3 cups almond flour
  • 2/3 cup Swerve Granular or other granulated sweetener
  • 1/4 cup unflavored whey protein powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 3 large Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin purée
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup Swerve Confectioners or other powdered sweetener
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
  • Directions

    STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 325F and grease a 9” x 13” glass or ceramic baking pan (see notes if using a metal pan).

    STEP 2

    In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, granular sweetener, protein powder, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Stir in the eggs, pumpkin purée, 1/2 cup of the melted butter, and the vanilla until well combined.

    STEP 3

    If the batter is very thick, add water 1 tablespoon at a time until batter is spreadable, but not pourable. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

    STEP 4

    In another bowl, use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese with the remaining 1/4 cup of melted butter until smooth. Beat in the powdered sweetener. Dollop this mixture over the cake batter by the spoonful and sprinkle with the pecans. Use a knife to swirl everything together. Sprinkle the top with chocolate chips.

    STEP 5

    Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until the cake is mostly set but the center is still slightly soft and jiggly when the pan is gently shaken. Remove and let cool completely in the pan before serving, and store any leftovers in the fridge.

    FARM TEAM TIPS:

    We recommend using a glass or ceramic baking dish for this cake. You will be cutting the pieces right out of the pan and you don’t want to scratch your non-stick bakeware! If you don’t have a glass or ceramic pan, you can also use a metal one, but be advised that the cake will bake more quickly, so be sure to test for doneness starting at the 35 minute mark.

    Pre-mixed pumpkin pie spice is a great option, but you can always mix up your own if you prefer. For this recipe, combine 1 teaspoon ground ginger, 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and a 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves.

    When dolloping the cream cheese mixture over the batter, it's helpful to try to get some of the cream cheese swirls all the way to the edges so every piece of the cake is nice and gooey.

    This cake won't be totally set when you remove it from the oven, and you don’t want it to be. The center should still have a bit of jiggle when the pan is shaken, and it will continue to set as it cools in the pan.

    Be sure to store this delicious cake in the fridge, as it’s far too moist to sit on the counter.



Aw Shoot!

Fitdesk mileage: 

zilch


Rock climbing: 
 




Fluffy Books:

Seven-Year Witch—finished
by Angela Sanders

The Royal Secret

Comedy of Terrors
by Lindsey Davis

Something I Really Like:



Blather:

No Anaheim! Stitches West?
WeFF:




Updating the strategies through Episode 30 on Discussions thread on Ravelry

The 48 hour fast

And Minerva gets the last word: 











Saturday, September 25, 2021

Episode 46: No Weird Swelling


Shownotes can be found at cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com or on our Ravelry group.


Check out this episode!

Monday, September 20, 2021

Episode 46: No weird swelling





Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

There will NOT be a CFR (Cogknitive Fiber Retreat) this year.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks Dept:

Betty H-S for the electronic COVID card suggestion 😷!

https://myvaccinerecord.cdph.ca.gov/

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nada

In Progress:

Wild Lettuce Shawl: on the knitted on lace edging, on the last edge
Twinface’s vest (restarted in smaller size) IT'S HOME AGAIN WITH ME!!
Temperature Blanket—Caught up!
Handspun Brick—separated for arms and finishing the silver stripe of silk-BFL




I’m currently wearing...  

[hiatus]

My Two Favorite Resources:


Webs for supplies--I bought more size 9, 40 inch Addi needles--problems solved!

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Sword versus shield: a user’s guide



Put a Lid On It: 

Aw Shoot!

Fitdesk mileage: 



Rock climbing: 





iPhone watch has ability to include climbing!
Runtastic also now has climbing!

Fluffy Books:


by Angela Sanders

Something I Really Like:


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08QLT5RCP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Blather:

Shingles vaccine, part 2--fatigue and nausea
Dilated pupils—I didn’t kick anyone!
Sunnybank article

And Minerva gets the last word: 







Saturday, September 18, 2021

Episode 45: Re-Entry


Shownotes can be found on our group on Ravelry and at cogknitivepodcast.blogspot.com.


Check out this episode!

Friday, September 17, 2021

Episode 45: Re-entry



Comments are welcomed! Either comment here or go to our group on Ravelry.

Add yourself to our CogKNITive Listeners Map.

I have a YouTube channel "Doctor Gemma". Flash tips (1 minute or less) around surviving the pandemic and longer strategy discussions.

Buy Dr Gemma a Ko-Fi, if you're enjoying the podcast and feeling up to it. Remember that I am still working, though, so feel free to give the money to a charity instead.

There will NOT be a CFR (Cogknitive Fiber Retreat) this year.

I will NOT add you to any of my follower groups currently, due to robo-accounts. Please follow me here. You can contact me through our group on Ravelry or on this blog.

Warm Thanks Dept:

Lisa Souza, who mailed my birthday yarn pretty much within seconds of receiving my order.

What's On My Hooks and Needles:

Finished:

Nada

In Progress:

Wild Lettuce Shawl: on the knitted on lace edging, on the last edge
Twinface’s vest (restarted in smaller size) She actually mailed it!!!
Temperature Blanket—Caught up!


Handspun Brick—separated for arms and finishing the alpaca stripe,courtesy of my own alpaca girls Jubilee and Summer.


I’m currently wearing...  

[hiatus]

My Two Favorite Resources:


Bought some tasty DK this week to celebrate my birthday.
 It came!

Webs for supplies

Dizzy Blondes: 

Still working on more merino from morrobayfleeceworks.com
3rd bobbin (sigh), but no progress

Strategy: 

Don’t make it worse

Put a Lid On It: 

Charcuterie dinners and track meets


Aw Shoot!

Fitdesk mileage: 

Pathetically—1 mile!

Rock climbing: reaching the top on camera! Using legs
Doing the 5.6 and 5.7.
New harness that fits! Me, Not Eleanor


Fluffy Books:

A Fiancé’s Guide to First Wives and Murder

by Rose Tremain

by Angela Sanders

Something I Really Like:

GoPro 7 Camera + head mount





It’s really this light and tiny:



Blather:

Rediscovered stash!




Re-entry blues
Shingles vaccine, part 2
On for Sunnybank 2022! And for Stitches West in Sac!
And Minerva gets the last word: nope. It’s a Roxie kind of day! PS Don't let your pony do selfies, okay?