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Synesthesia – do YOU have it?

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I was supposed to blog about synesthesia a while ago but it got lost in a jumble of knitting, spinning and food items.  I heard about Synesthesia on a podcast when a woman was talking about associating certain people with colors.  As the podcast went on, I realized that I have a form of this, the “spatial sequence” form.

According to Wikipedia: “Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia, from the ancient Greek σύν [syn], “together”, and αἴσθησις [aisthēsis], “sensation“) is a neurological phenomenon in which stimulation of one sensory or cognitive pathway leads to automatic, involuntary experiences in a second sensory or cognitive pathway.  In spatial-sequence, or number form synesthesia, numbers, months of the year, and/or days of the week elicit precise locations in space (for example, 1980 may be “farther away” than 1990), or may appear as a three-dimensional map (clockwise or counterclockwise).”

So, when I think about days of the week, I picture them in a circle in my mind like this:

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When we are “on” a certain day of the week, my view of the week ahead (or days that have passed) is from that certain day, as if I am standing on that day, looking around the circle.  If I’m trying to think of something happening in a week and a half, I picture going around the circle one and a half times, from the day of the week I am “standing” on.

Same with months of the year:

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If I’m picturing getting some knitting ready for Christmas, I’m standing on July, looking over to December.  Weird, I know.

As for numbers, here is how I “see” them:

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When I am thinking of a certain number I am picturing it on that line, which is not straight and I have no idea why.  It makes another turn when I get to 100.  Curiously, the days of the week go counter clockwise, but the numbers go (somewhat) clockwise.  If I’m counting, I’m traveling along that line.  Same with picturing years.  Again, weird, I know.  I asked my husband if he thought of things like this and he looked at me strangely and said no.  Anyone else think like this?

Two Quick Things

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1) I am sooooooo late to the party on this, and I may be annoying some by just mentioning it.  Especially those who have school-aged children.  But I just heard “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen for the first time ever and I. Just. Love. It.  It really is a very catchy tune.  I want to play it over and over and over.  And sorry if I just gave you an earworm.

2) I started these:

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The Hidden Gusset mitts from the new Knitty First Fall 2014.  Let me clarify:  I started these three times.  But now I’m on track.  Class to be scheduled for the end of July!

Busy, busy weekend coming up.  See you on the other side with a more thrilling post.  (this one was just so-so)  At that time, we might be talking about synesthesia.  Do you have it?