In Episode 17 I announce the winner of our 199-member giveaway and discuss upcoming events like the January graduating class, our ongoing U-Turn project, and the Ravellenic Games. The spring semester started last week, so my sabbatical is officially over 🙁 and I talk about what I’ve been up to besides getting ready for school. I’ve been making good progress on a couple of my knitting projects, too. This episode also includes information about a phenomenal new book that I finished reading and a review of Addi Lace Click interchangeable needles. In the classroom, you’ll hear about knitting as a component of the Waldorf educational curriculum.
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Awards and Scholarships
Our Ravelry group reached 200 members this week! In celebration, we had a 199-Member Giveaway drawing. A random number generator came up with #183, and member 183 is Quilter98, who is Mel from Illinois — congratulations to Mel! She wins a beautiful skein of Zitron Unisono yarn. It is sport weight in 100% merino superwash with 328 yards. The colorway is 1280, and you can see it below:
Reminders and Announcements
January Graduating Class: Post a picture of the projects you complete this month on our Ravelry thread to be entered in our monthly drawing. At the end of the month I will randomly select two posts to be our January valedictorians! One person will get a project bag of their choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and the other person will get a skein of yarn of their choice from Evermore Studios.
U-Turn Project: Post a picture of your UFO and the story behind them on this Ravelry thread to be entered into a separate monthly drawing. A winner will be selected at random to receive a beautiful small pottery bowl from LizKitzerow Etsy Shop and a set of stitch markers made by me. Here is a picture of one of the little bowls filled with some stitch markers that I’ve collected. So pretty!!
Ravellenic Games: The Opening Ceremonies are February 7, so it is time to plan for what project(s) you want to do in order to “expand your knitting horizons.” We have a Ravellenics discussion going, and please join in by telling us what you are thinking about doing for the games!
ASPCA Fundraiser: Maya (selkhet on Ravelry) asked me to announce her fundraiser for the ASPCA. Emily from Fibre Town is hosting a fundraising contest — there is a giveaway for people who pledge. You can go to her forum or Maya’s direct fundraising site for more information.
I ramble about school starting and what else I’ve been up to lately: card workshop, Postcrossing update, and snail mail news.
The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects
Junior: Twisted Edge Shawlette by Cayenne DaBell
Yarn: Marigoldjen MCN in the Ninja colorway
Needles: Knitters Pride Dreamz interchangeables, U.S. size 4
Junior: Spick and Spats by Madeleine Pippa Bartlett
Yarn: Wacky Wool Homespun (95% wool, 5% bamboo) from Australia for the bottom flare section; Aslan Trends Del Cerro (100% merino) for the baby cable ribbed section
Needles: Dreamz interchangeables, sizes 6 and 8
In this episode I review the Addi Lace Clicks interchangeable needles. I have the set with 3.5-inch tips, but there is also a set with 5-inch tips. Tune in to hear the things I like and don’t like about them.
At the Library
Last week I started and finished an audiobook which just came out on Audible — The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. I loved it. You must run out and get it right away because it is phenomenal. I express my thoughts about this book and recommend it, not because it is the latest pick for Oprah’s Book Club, though.
In the Classroom
I discuss Waldorf education, something that I have been interested in for quite a while, ever since I heard that they incorporate knitting into their regular curriculum from first grade all the way through high school. Listen to the show to get a brief history of Rudolf Steiner, the man who developed Waldorf, as well as an overview of the unique aspects of this teaching philosophy.