At last, Episode 8 is here! I talk about my trip to Nevada and the Bishop Hill Spin-In in Peoria, Illinois. I share some of my knitting with you, review an e-book of beautiful colorwork patterns, and discuss my latest read. You might not be surprised at the Dean’s List, if you know me well. In the classroom our topic is anthropomorphism and the way we think about other people and things.
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I’ve had too much going on this month! All that, coupled with internet problems and web site issues has meant a longer-than-expected delay for Episode 8. Thank you for your patience.
I was in Reno, Nevada for the first week of October visiting family. While I was in town, I stopped by one of my favorite online yarn shops, Jimmy Beans Wool — their brick & mortar store is in the Reno area. For souvenir yarn, I picked up some MCN sock yarn by All for Love of Yarn and baby merino DK by Unraveled Designs, which is a local dyer, Rachel, and she works at Jimmy Beans so I got to meet her!
Last Saturday I went to the Bishop Hill Spin-In in Peoria, Illinois as a vendor. I had a great time and got some new and fabulous yarn from my booth neighbors. On one side of my booth was Knit and Fiber Creation, where I got some luscious sparkly yarn which is 75% merino, 20% nylon, and 5% stellina. It is the Deuces Glitter base in the Drogon colorway.
My other neighbor was Leading Men Fiber Arts, the awesome team of Steve and Andy. From them I got some Soliloquy (100% BFL) fingering weight yarn in the Tranquil colorway and the Dramaturg (100% merino) DK weight yarn in the Industrial colorway. If you haven’t already, you should watch Steve’s video podcast, Dramatic Knits!
Reminders and Announcements
Remember to do your teacher tribute and enter our prize giveaway by October 31 — that’s next week. Write a letter to someone who has taught you something meaningful, send the letter in the mail, and then post a brief tribute to that person on our Ravelry thread.
The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects
SOPHOMORE: Sock Circle Socks
I passed on Sally’s socks to Gail and now am working on Pati’s socks. I’m turning the heel for this week’s section.
FRESHMAN: A Vest for Myself
This is a pattern I got at Serendipity Yarn Shoppe along with the yarn I am using to knit it. The weird thing is that the pattern does not have a title or a designer listed on it. I am trying to find out from the yarn shop where the pattern is from so I can link it here. Until then, I will just show you a picture of the finished vest which is featured on the first page of the printed pattern.
A Book Review
I review Deborah Tomasello’s new book, Wrapped in Color: Stranded Knitting in the 21st Century. It contains 12 nice patterns — my favorites are the shawls.
NEW PRIZE GIVEAWAY: Deborah is giving a copy of her e-book to one lucky Ewe University listener! To win this book, go to the Ravelry thread and post your favorite pattern out of the book — which one would you knit AND in what colors?
The Dean’s List
This week I celebrate the U.S. Postal Service. When you think about it, postage is really inexpensive — a first-class letter costs only 46 cents to mail. You can’t even drive to the next town for that price! And international mail is only $1.10. Plus, the post office remained open and our mail service was not interrupted during the recent government shutdown because the post office does not receive any government funding. They are self-funded through the sale of postage. So it’s important that we buy postage stamps…plus our cards and letters bring joy to our loved ones. 🙂
At the Library
First, a reminder that I’m still taking suggestions for classic horror novels to read for Halloween. Post your recommendations on our Ravelry thread!
This month I started reading The House of the Seven Gables because I thought it was going to be kind of spooky. I hadn’t read it before, and I thought it was time that I read this classic. I’m on Chapter 17 and am finding it to be a good book. It is very melancholy and dark with an overall theme of decay and the evil and sinful side of human nature. But it is not horror. It is probably considered “gothic fiction” or “dark romanticism” but definitely not horror. Still, it’s a gloomy story so you might consider it a good read for Halloween season. I talk briefly about the real house that was the inspiration for this book, too.
In the Classroom
In this lesson I talk about anthropomorphism (a word that is VERY difficult for me to spell!!!), where we think about non-human things like pets, computers, cars, and spinning wheels as having human characteristics. I cover the background on how anthropomorphism is part of automatic processing and how we mindlessly apply human interaction rules to our interactions with non-humans, too. Research indicates three basic motivations for anthropomorphizing: it’s easy to relate something new to something we know a lot about (humans), needing to feel in control of our environment, and motivation for social connection. Listen in and find out more about them!