Episode 29 features a lot of information about sleep, including some interesting new research on different sleep patterns. Before we get to the classroom, I have several reminders and announcements, talk about how my semester is going, go over some knitting that I’ve been working on, and review two audiobooks that I’ve recently finished.
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Reminders and Announcements
- Post your finished objects in the September Graduating Class thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes.
- Post pictures of your county/state fair entries in the County Fair Countdown thread on Ravelry so we can see your wins!
- During the month of October we are doing a KRAL (knit-along/read-along) — it will start October 1
I’ll be knitting the Painter’s Palette by Ilga Leja with some yarn I got from Newton’s Yarn Country booth at Stitches Midwest last year. It is over 1000 yards of fingering weight yarn, 60% cashmere and 40% merino. It’s orange, but I’m going to overdye it, keeping some of the orange but also adding some other fall colors. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it turns out ok!
I talk about some school stuff, including the Dance Your Ph.D. competition that I was talking to my graduate students about. I thought we should do something like that for their master’s theses and came up with the idea of Your Thesis as a Limerick. Later, when I was in my office, I took some time and worked on a limerick summarizing my dissertation, and I share it on the podcast. Do you have a thesis or dissertation? If so, you should share your scholarly limerick on the Episode 29 thread on Ravelry.
I talk about snail mail and recent cards I’ve received from fabulous listeners, including a package from Heidi in California — thank you so much! I also received the best Postcrossing I’ve ever gotten from a young lady in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (Russia).
Over the past few weeks I’ve watched several new-to-me podcasts:
Additionally, in this episode I review my favorite video podcasts:
- The Knitting Den with Denise
- Wolfe Farms with Dawn and James
- In a Sknit with Kristi and Sarah
- Yarnraising with Malia
- Traveling Sock Knitter with Hannah
Next time I’ll talk about my favorite audio podcasts.
2015: Year of the Sheep
Next year is the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese calendar. It’s sheep, people! I really want to have a sheep of the month where, starting in February (Chinese New Year), I talk about a different breed of sheep on the show each month and we all get fiber or yarn from that type of sheep to knit or spin with. It will be a fun way to learn about and experience wool we might not have used before.
- Bishop Hill Spin-in on October 18
- Long Beach Conference at end of February 2015
The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects
- GRADUATED: Six dishcloths in Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern out of Peaches & Cream yarn on a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle
At the Library
I finished listening to two audiobooks which I review on the show. They are:
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (3 stars)
- The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli (5 stars)
In the Classroom
Today I cover research on what we know about sleep. People spend 27 years, on average, sleeping throughout their lifetime. However, scientists still don’t know the exact reasons that we sleep or dream. I go over a few theories that are receiving some empirical support. I also talk a bit about insomnia. Then I turn to some recent research indicating that a good night’s sleep may not necessarily come from a continuous 8-hour block of sleep. There is mounting evidence that segmented sleep might be one alternative sleeping schedule that can work for people. Tune in to hear more about it!