Episode 23: Social Snacking

In the classroom segment of Episode 23 I talk about the concept of social snacking.  Before we get there, however, you’ll hear about my amazing encounters with nature here at Woman Lake in Minnesota, where John and I are staying for the last two weeks in May.  I also talk about the knitting projects that I’ve been working on lately.  I recorded the show inside our cabin with the windows open, so you’ll hear lots of birds chirping in the background.  I don’t know about you, but I love the sounds of nature!

Welcome  to both new and returning listeners!  I invite you to join our fabulous 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

  • May Graduating Class — post your finished objects in this thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes at the end of the month.
  • Back Burner KAL — post your finished objects in this thread on Ravelry for a chance to win a yarn bowl from Summerscrafts Etsy shop.  There will be a second (surprise) prize, too.
  • You must be a member of the Ewe University group on Ravelry to participate in our giveaways and be eligible for prizes, so go join right now if you haven’t already!
  • Charter Bus to Stitches Midwest — We will be going to Stitches Midwest for the day on Saturday, August 9, 2014.  The cost is $70.  PM me on Ravelry and let me know if you want to join us.
  • County Fair Countdown — I’m encouraging everyone to enter one or more objects in the fiber arts categories for your county fair.  I’ve opened this thread on Ravelry so that we can chat about when our county (and/or state) fairs occur and what we are planning on entering!

Around Campus

I recorded this episode on location at beautiful Woman Lake, Minnesota.  Here is the view from our cabin as the sun set last night.

woman lake

In this episode I talk about the amazing wildlife encounters I’ve had while walking with the dog(s) in the mornings.

Sunny and his girlfriend, Babe

Sunny and his girlfriend, Babe

I also talk about my venture over to Grand Rapids, the birthplace of Judy Garland, where I visited The Yarn Gallery and joined the Wednesday knitting group.  I had such a nice time and am going again this week.

I’ve been catching up on podcasts, and I’ve started listening to two new (to me) knitting podcasts:

  • Down Cellar Studio — hosted by Jen from Boston, who talks about her knitting, photography, and travels
  • Actually Knitting — hosted by Michelle from Charlotte, North Carolina, who is a high school teacher, crafter, and actress.  The show segments have a theatrical theme, and she discusses knitting, cooking, books, music, movies, and productions that she’s in.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:

  • The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief
    Pattern:  Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
    Yarn:  Freia Yarn Ombre in the Cloud colorway
    Needles:  U.S. size 8 (5mm)
    age of brass and steam
  • Three Squares for a Community Blanket
    Pattern:  One square is Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern, one square is the chevron pattern from Elphaba (knit flat, though), and the third square is a “mistake rib” pattern from inside my head
    Yarn:  Cascade Greenland in brown and taupe colors
    Needles:  U.S. size 8 (5mm)
    blanket squares
  • Dishcloths and Scrubby
    Pattern:  Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
    Yarn:  Sugar & Cream + Needloft Nylon Craft Yarn
    Needles:  U.S. size 6 for the dishcloths; U.S. size 3 for the scrubby
    dishcloths
    needloft craft yarn
    scrubbie
  • Maya Necklace
    Pattern:  Maya Necklace by Shaina Bilow
    Yarn:  Lucci Cotton Tape in the Gold colorway
    Needles:  U.S. size 3 (3.25mm)
    maya necklace in gold

Senior:

  • Black & Blue Striped Socks
    Pattern:  Knitmore Vanilla Sock Recipe by Jasmin Canty
    Yarn:  Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat Self-Striping
    Needles:  U.S. size 1 (2.25mm)
    socks
  • Egg to Alligator Toy
    This project is on hold until I get home.

I also brought my spinning wheel (Ashford Traditional) and am eager to do some spinning this week!

In the Classroom

Our lesson for today is about social snacking, which doesn’t have anything to do with food but rather our relationships with friends and loved ones.  Much like having a snack eases our hunger when we don’t have the opportunity to eat a full meal, social snacking on reminders of our social connections through photographs, emails, text messages, videos, and valued mementos eases our social hunger when we are feeling lonely, excluded, or rejected.  Social snacking is good snacking!  It doesn’t have any calories, and it soothes loneliness, hurt feelings, emotional pain, and even physical pain.  Tune in to the show to find out more!

Episode 22

In Episode 22 we explore creativity.  I also talk about what’s been going on in my life, progress I’ve made on my knitting projects, and a couple of interesting books that I’ve finished lately.  Before we go into the classroom, I provide some reminders about things going on in our Ravelry group and upcoming events, and I announce the April valedictorians and prize winners.

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.

You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or you can listen on the audio player below.

Listen to the Show:

SHOW NOTES

Around Campus

My semester is almost over!  This is finals week and then graduation is this weekend.  While discussing the upcoming commencement ceremonies, I talk about academic regalia and all its symbolism.

Spring is slowly coming.  Flowers are in bloom, the smell of mowed grass is in the air, and the farmers are plowing and planting in the fields.

John won the Illinois Walleye Trail fishing tournament last weekend!  We are heading up to Minnesota at the end of May, and I’m going to visit The Yarn Gallery in Grand Rapids for at least one knitting group on May 21, 22, 28, or 29.  PM me if you’re in the area of Brainerd, Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Park Rapids… and we’ll have a meetup!

I talk about my snail mail sent and received, and I give a little historical information about pneumatic mail.  Listen in to find out all about it!

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Somehow, even though it’s a super busy time of the semester, I have managed to make time to knit quite a bit.  I’ve been working on five projects:

Graduated:  Garter and Rib Baby Blanket

garter & rib baby blanket

Graduated:  Necklace for Mom for Mother’s Day

necklace

Senior:  Egg to Alligator Toy (for the Back Burner KAL)

alligator

  • Pattern is Egg to Alligator from Susan B. Anderson’s Topsy Turvy Inside Out Knit Toys book
  • Yarn is Cascade Avalon in color #1 (white, for egg) and color #14 (golf green for alligator)
  • Needles are U.S. size 6

Junior:  Black and Blue Striped Socks (U-Turn Project)

black & blue socks

Freshman:  Ishbel Shawl (for the Back Burner KAL)

ishbel

At the Library

Over the past several weeks I’ve finished two books:

  1. The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alica Hoffman
  2. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffeneger

Listen to the show to find out what I liked and disliked about these books.

Reminders and Announcements

May Graduating Class:  Post your finished objects in our Ravelry thread this month for a chance to win valedictorian prizes!

U-Turn Project:  We’re taking a month off to give everyone some extra time.  If you are working on any U-Turn Projects, you can post them in June.

Back Burner Knit-Along:  This KAL continues until the end of May, so there is still time to join in.  Post your FOs in our thread on Ravelry and chime in on the discussion, too!

Charter Bus to Stitches:  Ewe U is sponsoring a charter bus to Stitches Midwest on August 9.  It is a one-day trip.  We’ll be leaving from Galesburg, Illinois and getting dropped off at the front door of the Schaumburg Renaissance and Convention Center.  We will have six hours to shop at the marketplace, and then the bus will pick us up at the front door at 4:00 for the trip home.  The cost is $70, which is due by June 15.  PM me if you are in the area and want to go with us.  We only have 50 seats available, but if you let me know, I will put you on the list and save your spot.

Awards and Scholarships

April Valedictorians:

  • LauraKnitsPA (Laura from Pennsylvania) with post #100 featuring a gorgeous shawl — Laura wins a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories
  • KnittingDaddy (Greg from North Carolina) with post #128 which showed his Bunny to Lamb toy — Greg wins a skein of yarn from January Yarns

April U-Turn Project Winner

  • Suna (Susan from Oregon) with post #3, a beautiful shawl — Susan wins a small ceramic bowl from LizKitzerow Etsy Shop and a set of stitch markers made by me

Congratulations to all of our April winners!!

In the Classroom

In this episode, I start out talking about the “creative personality” and also include information about intelligence, cognitive filtering, and how creative people use their brains.  I also discuss some techniques for improving one’s creativity — check out the show to see what they are!