Episode 29: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sleep

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.

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 Hansen Hand Dyes.  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

  • 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!

This is the yarn I'm going to overdye in fall colors.

This is the yarn I’m going to overdye in fall colors.

Around Campus

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:

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.

Upcoming Events

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

  1. GRADUATED:  Six dishcloths in Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern out of Peaches & Cream yarn on a U.S. size 6 (4mm) needle
Four regular dishcloths

Four regular dishcloths

Two dish cloths I sent for September swaps; these have the scrubby corners made with Needloft nylon cord

Two dish cloths I sent for September swaps; these have the scrubby corners made with Needloft nylon cord

2. GRADUATED:  Waffle Hat by Gail Bable out of Alpaca with a Twist Highlander on U.S. size 8 (5mm) needles

Nami Hat

3. GRADUATED:  Slouchy Hat with Picot Edge by Jan Wise out of Araucania Aysen on a U.S. size 6 (4mm) and size 8 (5mm)

hannah hat 2

4. JUNIOR:  Cotton Kisses Baby Cardigan by Joanne Turcotte out of Plymouth Cotton Kisses yarn with U.S. size 5 (3.75mm) and 7 (4.5mm) needles

baby sweater

At the Library

I finished listening to two audiobooks which I review on the show.  They are:

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!

 

Episode 28: Human Aesthetic Preferences

I was able to squeeze some recording time for Episode 28 in my full calendar now that school has started up again.  In this episode I talk a lot!  This month we’ve got our graduating class and we’re preparing for a new read/knit along that starts October 1.  I announce prize winners for August and then chat about what’s been going on in my life, the knitting projects I’ve been working on, and the audiobooks I’ve been listening to.  When we get into the classroom, I cover some interesting research about human aesthetic preferences  like preferences for colors, shapes, and spatial structure.

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 Hansen Hand Dyes.  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

  • Post pictures of finished objects that have graduated off the needles in our September Graduating Class thread on Ravelry.
  • In October we’re doing the Anomalous and Spooky KRAL (knit- and read-along).  I will try to remember to open new threads in our Ravelry group to discuss book suggestions and pattern ideas.  I talk about some of these in this episode.

Awards and Scholarships

August Valedictorians:

  • KANSANATHEART (Esther from Florida) — Post #4
  • KNITSNPEARLSGAL (Michelle from Wisconsin) — Post #75

Podiversary Prize Giveaway Winners

  • SARAPOMEGRANATE (Sara from Pennsylvania) — Post #20
  • AJANEKNITS (Jane from Canada) — Post #27

Congratulations to all winners — PM me on Ravelry and I will get your prizes out to you asap.  Thank you to everyone who participated!

Around Campus

School started last week, so that has been consuming much of my time lately.  The semester is off to a good start, despite my procrastinating.  :)  The weather has been sweltering, ugh!  This week is our annual town festival here in Monmouth, and it’s called the Prime Beef Festival.  The parade was today, and I always enjoy that.  I talk about snail mail news, including beautiful postage stamps available at the post office — you should check them out at your local post office.  I also chat about the Timber Ridge Knitting Retreat, which was on August 23, and the upcoming Bishop Hill Spin-In on October 18.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Plain Vanilla Socks in Hand Dyed Yarn

  • Pattern is Plain Vanilla Socks by Keri McKiernan
  • Yarn is 100% superwash merino that I hand dyed
  • Needles are US size 1 (2.2mm)

Freshman:  Outlander Mystery KAL with Jimmy Beans Wool group on Ravelry

  • Pattern is Outlander MKAL by Rachel Roden
  • Yarn is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport, 100% superwash merino in Beauchamps and Fraser colorways
  • Needles are US size 5 (3.75mm)

At the Library

I’ve finished listening to two audiobooks since the last episode:

  • Gulp:  Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
  • Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

In the Classroom

The study of human aesthetic preferences is one of the oldest topics in psychology, dating back to 1876.  I talk about some recent research on questions such as:

  • What is the most preferred color by adults?
  • What is the least preferred color?
  • What is the most preferred shape?
  • What are some characteristics of liked physical structures?

Listen to the show to find out more!