The theme for Episode 19 is Slow Living. This is a topic that resonates with me, as I am a slow knitter! In this episode I talk about what’s been going on in my life, a special Postcrossing connection, new podcasts I’m listening to, and some interesting new yarn that I bought. I also introduce a new mini-segment that I call Knitting in the News. In addition, I review all the Ravellenics hoopla and the status of my own projects and discuss a “slow” book that I finished listening to. Listen in for all the details!
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Reminders and Announcements
Be sure to post your finished objects in the February Graduating Class thread on Ravelry asap. On March 1 I’ll be drawing two random posts, and the winners will each receive a valedictorian prize!
The same is true for the U-Turn Project thread for February. Post your U-Turn projects asap because I’ll be drawing one random winner from these posts. The lucky person will get a small pottery bowl and stitch markers!
I talk about our continuing crazy winter weather, my dad’s hospitalization, what’s been going on at school, and give an update on my snail mail news. I have a sweet new pen pal, Yana, who is a young lady from Ukraine.
Here are a couple of podcasts that I’ve been listening to:
Prairie Girls Knit and Spin hosted by Susie and Dani — very entertaining and interesting discussions
Dark Matter Knits hosted by Elizabeth — she is a knitwear designer, knitting teacher, graphic designer, and former history professor
I am excited about some new yarn I bought — it is 100% East Friesian wool. East Friesian sheep originate in the very northwestern corner of Germany in an area called East Friesland, which happens to be where my mom’s family immigrated from. So when I found out about this sheep breed, I had to get some yarn from its wool. In this episode I review the characteristics of East Friesian sheep and my new yarn.
Knitting in the News: A few months ago I read a newspaper article about David Babcock, a marathon runner who recently earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for knitting the longest scarf while running a marathon. While running the Kansas City Marathon in October 2013, he knit a scarf that is 30 stitches wide and over 12 feet long! And he finished the race in 5 hours 48 minutes.
Ravellenics in Review
I drew the grand prize winner from all the Ewe University Ravellenians who posted their finished objects in that thread on Ravelry. We had 44 wonderful entries! The random number generator selected #15, which was from CrouchingCheese, who is Angie from Ohio! Congratulations, Angie! For the Ravellenics, Angie knit a beautiful Hogwarts Express Shawl out of Desert Vista Dyeworks Voir, and it even has beads on it! As our grand prize winner, Angie’s prize is a lovely yarn bowl from Shady Lane Ceramics.
My Ravellenics projects ended up kind of a bust. I’m still working on John’s Valentine Socks. I have finished one and am on the heel flap of the second one. The pattern is the 8-stitches-per-inch recipe from Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks book. I’m using Cascade Heritage hand-painted sock yarn in color #9931. It is shades of chocolate brown, reddish brown, and tan. I think I forgot to mention that I’m knitting these socks on size 1 Hiya Hiya 9-inch circulars (my normal sock knitting needles).
At the Library
I finished The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith. This is book #14 in the Number One Ladies Detective Agency series. I really like it. The characters are such nice people, and the book reflects a simple, quiet, kind, and gentle lifestyle. I enjoyed this book and love the reader, Lisette Lecat.
In the Classroom
Today’s lesson is about the Slow Fashion Movement. Before talking about Slow Fashion, I cover the Slow Living Movement in general. I talk about the history of this movement back to the Industrial Revolution and through the Slow Food Movement starting in 1986, which kind of marked the beginning of Slow Living. The term Slow Fashion was coined in 2007 by Dr. Kate Fletcher, a professor at the London College of Fashion. Listen in to find out about what Slow Living means and how this applies to Slow Fashion. As knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, quilters, we can all participate in Slow Fashion. Listen to the show to find out how.