Episode 21

In Episode 21 I catch up with what I’ve been doing, my knitting projects, and review another set of interchangeable knitting needles.  In the classroom, our topic is the benefits of laughter, in honor of the International Moment of Laughter Day, which is on  April 14 and encourages people to laugh more.

Welcome  to both new and returning listeners!  I invite you to join our awesome Ravelry group so you can participate in all the activities and contests and be eligible for prizes.  I welcome your feedback — you can post comments here on the blog or in our Ravelry group.  You can also send me email on Ravelry or regular email.  It would be great if you sent me a card or letter via snail mail.  All of my contact information can be found on this site; click on the “About” tab at the top of the page.

This podcast is sponsored by Etsy shops Halcyarn Knitting Accessories and January Yarns.  Thank you so much to both sponsors!   Listeners’ support of these sponsors is truly appreciated, and through them you are supporting this podcast and making it possible.

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SHOW NOTES

Reminders and Announcements

We have several prize giveaways going on in the Ravelry group:

April Graduating Class:  Post your finished objects in this thread.  At the end of the month, two random posts will be drawn to win valedictorian prizes.  One valedictorian will get a project bag of their choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and the other valedictorian will get a skein of yarn of their choice from January Yarns.

April U-Turn Project:  Post your U-Turn projects in this thread.  Go through your UFOs that have been hibernating in the back of your closet and turn them around.  One random post will be drawn at the end of the  month, and the winner will receive a cute pottery bowl from LizKitzerow on Etsy and a set of stitch markers made by me.

The U-Turn Project prize is a cute little ceramic bowl from LizKitzerow on Etsy.

The U-Turn Project prize is a cute little ceramic bowl from LizKitzerow on Etsy.

Back Burner KAL:  This Knit/Crochet Along runs throughout April and May, so you have plenty of time to join in.  It is being hosted by the fabulous Lauren (Tskmstr on Ravelry), who is one of the Ewe University moderators.  For this KAL we’re encouraging you to select a pattern that you’ve always wanted to make but just haven’t gotten around to for one reason or another.  I’m going to finally do one of the knitted toys from Susan B. Anderson’s Topsy Turvy Knitted Toys book — the Egg to Alligator!  Here is the yarn I’m going to use:

Cascade Avalon Yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend.

Cascade Avalon Yarn is a cotton/acrylic blend.

Post your finished objects in this thread, or come chat with us about your projects in this thread.  At the end of the KAL, which ends on May 31, I will do a prize drawing for at least one (probably more than one) prize.  For sure, one of the prizes is this gorgeous yarn bowl from SummersCrafts on Etsy.

Beautiful yarn bowl from SummersCrafts on Etsy, which will be given as a prize for the Back Burner KAL.

Beautiful yarn bowl from SummersCrafts on Etsy, which will be given as a prize for the Back Burner KAL.

Bus to Stitches Midwest

Ewe University is sponsoring a bus, which will make the trip up to Stitches Midwest on Saturday, August 9.  We will leave from Galesburg, Illinois at 6:00am, arrive at the Schaumburg Renaissance and Convention Center by 10:00am when the Marketplace opens.  The bus will pick us back up at 4:00pm, and we’ll be back in Galesburg by 9:00pm.  The cost is $70 per person, and we still have space available.  Please contact me on Ravelry to let me know if you are interested, and I’ll add you to our list.  Payment must be received by May 15.

Awards and Scholarships

March Valedictorians

  • Rosebob (Rose from the U.K.) with post #94 — she knit a lovely pair of socks.  Rose wins a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories.
  • Nulaboola (Jan from Illinois) with post #19 — she knit a beautiful cardigan.  Jan wins a skein of yarn from Wandering Wool.

U-Turn Project Prize

  • Suna (Susan from Oregon) with post #10 — she handspun the yarn and then basically knit the socks TWICE!  I can understand why this project was hibernating!  Susan wins a small pottery bowl from LizKitzerow and a set of stitch markers made by me!

Congratulations to our prize winners for March!
And thanks to everyone who entered the prize drawings!

Around Campus

I have been trying to podcast every day for over two weeks now!  Life keeps getting in the way.  Last month my dad was in the hospital, now my mom is in the hospital.  The past few weeks have been hectic at school with open house/visitation day for prospective graduate students as well as papers and exams to grade.  I’m very behind.  The weather…it is just crazy.  Saturday was 82°, Sunday it rained all day, and today it snowed all day!

In snail mail news, I’ve been getting Postcrossing cards from all over the world.  I’ve heard from quite a few listeners in the past few weeks, and THANK YOU for your kind notes.  In the For the Love of Letters group on Ravelry, I got into a letter round robin, and I’m excited about that.

In yarn acquisitions, I recently got some new yarn from January Yarns, our show sponsor for April and May.  I LOVE THIS YARN!  I got the llama sock yarn, which is 4-ply fingering weight, and the base is a superwash merino/baby llama/nylon blend.  It is so soft and smooshy.  The colorway is called Applause, and it is pink with hints of navy blue or maybe purple in it.  Here is a picture:

January Yarns Llama Sock

January Yarns Llama Sock

Knitting in the News:  Pam from Quebec shared an article from CNN Health with us on our Ravelry forum.  It is interesting and worth a read.  It just confirms what we’ve been talking about here at Ewe University for months now!  :)  The article is entitled This is Your Brain on Knitting.  Check it out!  Thanks to Pam for telling us about this knitting in the news item.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Two dishcloths, but these were such small projects that it didn’t warrant playing Pomp and Circumstance.  The pattern is Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth, the yarn is Sugar and Cream cotton, and the needles were US size 6.

Junior:  Garter and Rib Basketweave Baby Blanket by Lisa Davis.  The yarn is Cascade Pacific Chunky, which is a superwash merino/acrylic blend.  The colorway is honeysuckle pink.  This project is on US size 10 needles.  I am really happy with this pattern, the yarn, and the way this project is turning out.

The Garter and Rib Basketweave Baby Blanket

The Garter and Rib Basketweave Baby Blanket

A Review

In this episode I review the ChiaoGoo Twist Complete Interchangeable needles set.  Listen in to see what I like and dislike about this set.

Ciaogoo TwistIn the Classroom

In honor of International Moment of Laughter Day, today’s lesson is about the many rewards of laughter.  Tune in to the show for an in-depth summary of the research on laughter.  Scientists have long known that laughing helps people cope with illness and the stress of life’s problems.  But recent research is finding that it can do a lot more than that.