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.
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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
- Pattern is Garter and Rib Basketweave Baby Blanket by Lisa Davis
- Yarn is Cascade Pacific Chunky in the Honeysuckle Pink colorway
- Needles are U.S. size 10
Graduated: Necklace for Mom for Mother’s Day
- Pattern is Maya Necklace by Shaina Bilow
- Yarn is Lucci Yarns Cotton Tape in the Lilac colorway
- Needles are U.S. size 3
Senior: Egg to Alligator Toy (for the Back Burner KAL)
- 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)
- Pattern is Knitmore Girls Vanilla Sock Pattern by Jasmin Canty
- Yarn is Barn Cat self-striping in the Witching Hour colorway by Wandering Cat Studios
- Needles are U.S. size 1
Freshman: Ishbel Shawl (for the Back Burner KAL)
- Pattern is Ishbel by Isolda Teague
- Yarn is Yanuary Yarns Llama Sock in the Applause colorway
- Needles are U.S. size 6
At the Library
Over the past several weeks I’ve finished two books:
- The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alica Hoffman
- 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
- 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!