23 March 2015

Kinesthetic learner

I have recently figured out that I am a kinesthetic learner. This means, in a nutshell, that I learn best by touching or handling things. 

Only about 5% of people are kinesthetic learners, according to research done by the University of Alabama School of Medicine, so I am in yet another minority. 

I have known for quite a while that I am not an auditory learner: what I hear is not retained unless I immediately write it down. This made me think I was a visual learner, as I thought looking at the information is how I process it. But I can easily see that the act of writing is what helps me retain the information at least as much as the act of seeing it written down.

Here is a description of kinesthetic learners:

"Tactile or Kinesthetic Learners
Can you feel it? If you like to touch things to obtain information, you are very likely the hands-on kind. You like to feel the information, if at all possible, learning in the doing. Here are some characteristics of tactile learners: 

1. You learn best when you are hands-on––moving, doing, and touching help make the information real to you.  This is why I love to knit--it's not the finished product I seek, it's the process of knitting. I especially love to read and knit--the knitting helps me remember what I read. I also like to knit when someone is talking to me, for the same reason.

2. You use your hands when you talk.  I certainly do!
3. You remember events by what happened but not necessarily what was said or seen.  True, to the point that I usually don't hold the same memories as others about what we did together. We have startlingly different recollections.
4. You're good at drawing, art, cooking, construction—–things that require manual manipulation of objects. I loved to color as a kid, and made clothes for my paper dolls. I enjoyed building with my brother's Lincoln Logs and little plastic bricks (pre-Lego)

5. You tend to be adventurous and easily distracted, finding it hard to stay put for long periods. Very true. This is one reason why school classes, either teaching them or learning in them, are so hard for me. I get very antsy. The same problem arises in church services. 
6. You don't like to be hemmed in, preferring to be where you can stand up, move around, and take a break. Yes, indeed. If I am in the middle of a long row at a play, a movie, a concert, a church service or an airplane, I go wild inside. It feels like I am being smothered.
7. You don't like sitting in classrooms when there are things you could do that would teach you more. See 5. and 6. Field trip!

Methods to succeed with this learning style

1. Find your space. You need room to move around, so don't sit in your bedroom with the door closed while you study. The kitchen table might be more suited for your style of learning. I just moved my entire writing set-up to the big dining room table. I have room to spread out my various projects and am in the middle of the action, where I like to be.

2. If you're memorizing abstractions, such as the value of pi, write down the individual numbers or steps on each flash card. Then personalize each flash card with stickers or drawings. After personalizing, scramble the cards and attempt to put them in order. Be sure that you write down the order somewhere or you'll never remember what the sequence was.  If I ever have to memorize pi, I will take this tip to heart. I just hope never to see or hear about pi again in my lifetime.

The tips for visual and auditory learning styles above should help you too, especially learning by association and repeating concepts aloud as you pace around the room. Adapt the tips as needed so that you are interactive with your material." 

So . . . here is a good explanation of why I find some situations that are perfectly normal to other people (the 95%) to be unbearable. I can now restructure my life, so I keep my hands busy. never sit too long in one place and don't expect to remember anything anyone says to me unless I write it down!

19 March 2015

A chicken hat and a French scarf-Basic hat combo

Last week I visited my hometown of Louisville, KY, for the first time in 2 decades. It was a fabulous visit, and I took two gifts with me: a chicken hat and a  French scarf-Basic hat combo. The recipients seemed satisfied.

Here is the chicken hat and its namesake:

The chicken is called barred rock, Plymouth rock or Dominique. Note the b/w stripes in both photos.

The French scarf and Basic Hat are a combo:

The hat is my own pattern on Ravelry.com:

The scarf is on Ravelry.com:

#09 French Scarf by Kim Haesemeyer 

16 January 2015

my glamorous granddaughter in a sweater I knitted for her when I lived in Prague
Since I've moved back to Florida, three things have happened that have a big effect on my knitting:

1. I live in Central FL, near Orlando. You don't need many hats or scarves here, except on a day like today when it was wet and chilly, about 50 degrees. These days are rare. Most days are like this:

2. I am teaching again as at Seminole State College, where I also tutor in the Writing Center. I teach Writing, which is a great pleasure, but it takes many hours to prepare for classes, teach the classes and grade the essays my students write. So I have less free time than in Prague.

Sandhill Crane at Seminole State College
3. I just completed my first novel (my previous books were on career development) and am in the process of publishing it as an ebook on amazon.com. The limited free time that I have is going into the book, Prague for Beginners, and into the new novel I am writing about my days as a back-to-the-lander in upstate New York.

So I have decided to take a break with this blog. It will still be available but I don't expect to update it often. Please visit one of my other blogs (see the list to the right) and my business homepage, www.ili.cc. Thanks for reading!

01 December 2014

Some pretty knitted things

Basic Felted Bag by Sara Tusek, using the Prairie Earth and Sky motif from Fearless Fair Isle Knitting by Kathleen Taylor 
I bought a nice assortment of Valley Yarn's Northampton. The skeins of yarn have been transformed into hats and a bag, with more stuff on the needles.

Scandinavian Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn from Knit Local
Keep it Simple Hat by April Klich
Georgian Lace Cap by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence
Starving Artist by by Laura Linneman

12 October 2014

Vintage Goods

I ordered an assortment of Vintage yarns in mellow colors a few months ago. I've used all but a few meters of it on a variety of projects. here are a few of them.

a small bag I knitted using a graphed pattern from this amazing book, Fearless Fair Isle Knits

I made myself two Fair Isle vests, though how many times I can wear them in Central Florida is another question. I wore them in Syracuse last weekend when I visited my daughter and her family.

So many vintage knits!

28 August 2014

Vest for Fall

It seems quite strange to knit a wool-blend vest in August in Florida, but I was hot and restless, and wanted to live in a dreamworld of autumn forests and crisp air.

I bought some Vintage yarn, intending to make a cardi, but couldn't come up with a design that inspired me, so I knitted two vests instead.

Here is the first one: a golden color, in homage to Autumn.

I made up the Fair Isle as I went along, throwing in an occasional garter row for texture. I like it, and now am impatiently waiting for some cooler weather!

11 August 2014

Back in Prague, in August: Top Ten Hit Parade of knitted items, 2010-2013

Lake Ice and stripes hat, Basic Hats Go-To hat pattern (my own design), free on Ravelry.
My granddaughter and one of her American Girl dolls, modeling their matching knits. Her sweater is a Classic Elite pattern, and the cape was free on Ravelry.
Dude hat, a free design from Ravelry. A Christmas gift.
Basic Bag zipped clutch, my own design, free on Ravelry. My favorite blues and creams. I love this bag.
Basic Knits large felted bag with grab handles, my own design, free on Ravelry. I use this to store yarn and carry bigger projects with me. It has a zipper for security.
Germanic Fair Isle pullover (back view), a Basic Knit design, my own original. I knit it for myself.
Basic Go-To hat pattern, free on Ravelry, my own "recipe" for a hat with infinite variations. This one was for my husband.
Basic Go-To hat knit as a slouchy hat, in Alpaca yarn. The pattern is my own design, free on Ravelry.
A dress and sweater combo I knit for my granddaughter's American Girl doll, Pattern is my own design, modified from a free pattern on Ravelry.
Basic Knits (my own design, free on Ravelry) felted bag with grab handles, in blues and creams (some yarns are hand-spun). I use this bag to carry small knitting projects with me.

27 June 2014

not abandoned!

I haven't abandoned this blog, but my knitting has slowed down considerably since moving back to Florida. I have some small items I knitted, so I'll try to put up some photos in the next few days. I'll also put up what's on my needles.

in the meantime, here are some great knitted things:

from petitecurie.com
from onecraftyplace.com

from stylist.co.uk

from waldorfplaystand.com

22 March 2014

Gifts and a use-up-the-leftovers tote

March has not been a month for exciting new knitting projects, but I have managed to make a few items.

We took a trip to Delray Beach last weekend, and I wanted to bring gifts to my hostess and another friend we were meeting there. I had bought this yarn intending to make myself a trans-seasonal vest, but when it arrived in the mail, I liked neither the color not the texture of the yarn for a vest. Yarn is Cascade Sierra, 80% cotton and 20% wool, color Mallard.

So I made two versions of my trusty Chinook scarf, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chinook-scarf, one on size 7 needles (the correct size, in my opinion) and one n size 9, just to see what would happen.  
Here's the one knitted on size 7 needles:

My giftees seemed happy, so that's a win.

The tote is designed to use up all the scraps of wool/acrylic I had gathered in a few months. I think it's pretty. I always love to make up a Fair Isle project. This is my own pattern, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-bags-felted-tote-with-built-in-handles-big-and-medium-sizes. 

10 February 2014

Winter strikes the USA!

This winter has been quite the surprise for most people living in the US. It's been cold and snowy in the NE, the mid-Atlantic states, and Midwest, the Plains States and the Pacific Northwest. We've had 5 or 6 cold spells in Central Florida, so I've been knitting for myself as well as my family.

here's a nice, simple scarf I made for me. The pattern is my own, Noah's Colorful Striped Scarf.

It's made from Lion Brand Wool-Ease that my daughter and her family in Central New York sent me for Christmas. For them, from that gift, I made some cold-weather hats and scarves. I used my pattern http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-go-to-hat-pattern for the purple/natural hat, and

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/sluggy-bonnet for the pink and white chula. The pink scarf is the same pattern as mine.

I made another scarf (I love the nubbly texture of the garter stitch) for my daughter in blue with a couple of green stripes--Vintage yarn.

now we are all warm and cozy . . . but still ready for Spring.

01 January 2014

who knits in Florida?

I do, that's who. We've returned to the US and are living again in the Orlando area. Here a cool winter day has a high of 72 Fahrenheit (22 Celsius). As you can imagine, I hardly need wooly items here, nor does anyone else. But still, I knit. I gave away many of my stockpiled finished items before we left Prague, and came here with just a few precious favorites. But I order some yarn from yarn.com when we arrived here and got busy making mittens and a scarf for my daughter and her family. They, lovely people, sent me more yarn for Christmas!

Here are some favorite things I brought to steamy Florida:

My favorite Big Zipped Bag

Blue and white zipped clutch bag, my own BK design

Blue scandi bag, my own BK design

Irish tote, another BK design

Who? hat