Episode 25: Synesthesia

Episode 25 includes a fun afternoon at Gail’s swimming pool.  Regular listeners will know Gail (Sidweena on Ravelry) as one of our Ewe University moderators.  In the classroom, I discuss the research on synesthesia, the experience where one sense is simultaneously perceived by one or more additional senses.  The most common form of synesthesia occurs when someone always sees a particular color in response to a certain letter of the alphabet or number.  Because some of this week’s segments were recorded in the studio and some were recorded in Gail’s back yard, you will notice differences in the sound quality and volume, even though I did my best to level it.

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 Unraveled Design 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

  • Graduating Class Thread on Ravelry — post your finished objects for June by the end of this month for a chance to win valedictorian prizes!
  • County Fair Countdown Thread — tell us what you are thinking about entering into your county/state fair this year!

Around Campus

Gail and I talk about our adventures in yarn dyeing, where we had a ton of fun.  Here are some pictures:

We spent the afternoon at Gail's Pool

We spent the afternoon at Gail’s Pool

We started with undyed yarn in a fingering weight merino/nylon blend.

We started with undyed yarn in a fingering weight merino/nylon blend.

We mixed up some cake frosting dyes

We mixed up some cake frosting dyes

Yarn in the crock pot

Yarn in the crock pot

Yarn dyeing in progress

Yarn dyeing in progress

Finished yarn!

Finished yarn!

We talk about other things we’ve been up to, and I review some scrumptious yarn I got from Unraveled Designs and Yarn on Etsy (our show sponsor for June and July).

Unraveled_Designs_Yarn

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Junior Status:  Gail’s socks for hubby in Lang Yarns Jawoll Color Aktion, colorway 132.0433 (mostly grays and blues) done in Gail’s own vanilla sock pattern in her head

gails_socks

Senior Status:  My Muzati shawl by Brian Smith, which I am knitting in Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby yarn.  The colorways are #19 (orchid), #11 (dusty rose) and #12 (eggplant)

muzatishawl

At the Library

Gail talks about the books she’s recently read:  The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; and she is currently reading The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

I am currently reading What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins and am enjoying it.

In the Classroom

Last week I was listening to the Knitting Pipeline podcast (Episode 175), and Paula was talking about her own experience of perceiving numbers as associated with particular colors.  This is one form of what is called synesthesia.  I know some other people who experience synesthesia, too.  In her show, Paula talked a little bit about synesthesia in her life and mentioned that there isn’t a lot of research on this topic.  That was intriguing to me, and I wondered what studies were out there and what the scientific community currently knows about synesthesia.  So this segment was inspired by Paula, and listen in to find out what I discovered.

 

Episode 24: Fiber Arts and the Writing Process

In Episode 24 I announce a lot of prize winners for our May activities, so you should definitely listen to see if you are one of them.  I catch up with what I’ve been doing lately as well as the knitting and spinning projects I’ve been working on lately.  And I review the latest audiobook I finished.  In the classroom, we have a guest who discusses her research integrating the visual and textual arts.

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 Unraveled Design 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

Reminders and Announcements

  • Graduating Class for June — post pictures of your finished objects in this thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes:  a project bag of your choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and a project kit from Unraveled Design Yarns featuring the yarn and pattern to make the Ripple Effect Shawl.
  • Bus to Stitches Midwest — let me know if you want to join us for a day trip to Stitches Midwest on August 9.
  • County Fair Countdown — be thinking about what you could enter into your county fair or state fair in the fiber arts division.  We need to keep these categories alive at the local fairs!  We have a discussion thread going to talk about ideas.

Awards and Scholarships

The valedictorians for May are:

  • LMECOLL, who is Linda from Pennsylvania (Post #97)
  • KNITTERCHOW, who is Cathy from Michigan (Post #60)

Congratulations, ladies!

Three prizes for the Back Burner KAL were awarded:

  • CTHULULOVESME, who is Jen from New York (Post #6)
  • WINDYBROOKSPINS, who is Cayenne from Utah (Post #17)
  • SOBAHIME, who is Ryoko from Colorado (Post #2)

Congratulations to all of you!

Prize winners, please contact me at your earliest convenience and we will make arrangements to get your prizes to you.

Around Campus

I talk about our city-wide spring cleanup, my ongoing aches and pains, trying to get back into walking and biking, and catching up with snail mail.  Oh, and my internet service has been horrible lately, and I’m switching to another provider next week.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Black and Blue Striped Socks

  • Pattern:  Knitmore Vanilla Socks by Jasmine Canty
  • Yarn:  Wandering Cat Studios Barn Cat Self-Striping in the Witching Hour colorway
  • Needles:  US size 1 (2.25mm)

black&bluesocks

Graduated:  Handspun Hat

  • Fiber:  80/20 merino/silk blend that I got at Fae Ridge Farm near Iowa City
  • 2-ply aran weight, a little less than 200 yards
  • Black Currant colorway

handspun_mediumI made a hat out of the handspun:

  • Pattern:  Nostalgic from Hattitude book by Cathy Carron (well, at least up to the brim)
  • Needles:  US size 10.5 (6.5mm)

handspun hat

Sophomore:  Throw for Dad

  • Pattern:  Garter and Rib Basketweave
  • Yarn:  Cascade Pacific Chunky in the Navy Blue colorway
  • Needles:  US size 10.5 (6.5mm)

throwfordad

 

At the Library

I recently finished listening to The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.  This book is set in Scotland and is a story within a story.  The modern-day setting revolves around an American writer who is in Scotland researching and writing an historical novel about a 1708 rebellion and failed attempt to return King James to the throne.  Listen to the show to find out my thoughts about the book.

In the Classroom

This week I discuss writing and the fiber arts with a friend and colleague, Kristyne Gilbert Bradford, who just finished her master’s thesis study of fiber artists and their writing process.  I think you’ll find her study very interesting.  Listen in to find out more about it!