Episode 14

In Episode 14 I have a lot to chat about!  I announce the valedictorians for the November graduating class, announce some new giveaways for December, and talk about a bunch of miscellaneous topics.  You’ll be happy to see that I got some knitting done!  In the classroom, we discuss self-control and its importance in everyday life, not just during the holiday season when everyone is in a shopping frenzy.

Welcome to new and returning listeners!  And hello to everyone who has joined the Ewe University group on Ravelry, an erudite group of extraordinary people who are specialists in the gastrointestinal system.  We know that swallowed chewing gum does NOT take seven years to digest!  You should join us, if you haven’t already.

Thank you so much to everyone who contacted me this week.  I love hearing from you!  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or on this web site by clicking on the “Follow” tab at the bottom of the page and entering your email address.  For the show’s RSS feed, look on the right sidebar menu — scroll down until you see the “Entries RSS” link and click on it.

Thank you to show sponsor Halcyarn Knitting Accessorieswhere you can get fun project bags.

And thank you to our sponsor Evermore Studios, specializing in hand dyed, hand painted, and kettle dyed luxury yarns.

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SHOW NOTES

Awards and Scholarships

For the November Graduating Class, we had a total of 129 entries!  Using a random number generator, I drew two numbers to determine the November Valedictorians, and the winners are:

  • Twinimama from Austria, who wins a project bag of her choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories (post #118–a beautiful pair of red felted slippers)
  • Kansanatheart from Florida, who wins a skein of yarn of her choice from Evermore Studios (post #16–a gray balaclava for one of her grandsons and worn in the picture by an adorable model)

THANK YOU so much to everyone who participated in the November Graduating Class, and CONGRATULATIONS to our valedictorians!

Reminders and Announcements

Those who are doing the Pen Pal Project, you should have received a message from me with your pen pal’s information.  Contact me if you didn’t get it.

The December Graduating Class thread is now open on Ravelry.  Post your finished objects for December — the more items you finish/post, the more chances you have of winning our December Valedictorian prizes!  At the end of the month, two random posts will be drawn to win.  One person will get a project bag of their choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and one person will get a skein of yarn of their choice from Evermore Studios.

TWELVE DAYS OF “KRIS-MAS” GIVEAWAY!  The real Twelve Days of Christmas starts after Christmas, but ours starts before.  Beginning on December 13 and continuing until December 24, each day I will randomly select a member of the Ewe University group on Ravelry to win a yarny prize.  There are all kinds of yarn included–fingering weight, sport weight, lace weight, worsted weight–and from many great companies like Malabrigo, Louisa Harding, Asland Trends, Plymouth, Cascade, Kraemer, Blue Sky Alpacas, Elsebeth Lavold, and more.  Here is a picture of the Yarn-a-Palooza:

Prize Yarn donated from my stash

Prize Yarn donated from my stash

Each of the yarns is in a different zip-lock bag, and I will randomly pull out one bag to be the prize each day.  Watch your Ravelry email daily to see if you won!  Please respond within one week and give me your mailing address information.  If I don’t hear from you within a week, I’ll draw another person to win that prize.  Obviously, you must be a member of the Ewe University group on Ravelry to take part in the Twelve Days of “Kris-mas” giveaway, so be sure to join us if you haven’t already!

Letter Writing Social:  If you’re in the local area, you should come to a Letter Writing Social on Monday, December 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.  We’re meeting at the Warren County Public Library in the second floor meeting room (same place we meet for knitting group on Saturdays).  We will provide stationery and envelopes.  You bring postage stamps, your address book, and your favorite pen.  Thank you to Lauren (tskmstr on Ravelry) for organizing this event!

Craftsy Class Giveaway:  The Quiltmoxie Podcast is having a giveaway for a free Craftsy class!  You should definitely check out the podcast, which is hosted by a delightful Ariana, and join her Ravelry group.

Free Online College Courses:  Check out Coursera if you are interested in taking a class just because you enjoy learning.  There are hundreds of courses to choose from in pretty much the entire range of topics, and they are taught by professors from some of the top universities in the world.

Around Campus

I talk about the Timber Ridge Winter Knitting Retreat, which is going to be on Saturday, January 4.  If you’re in the area, let me know if you want to come and I’ll give you the information.

I’ve received several inquiries as to whether the podcast will continue after my sabbatical ends, and the answer is YES.  🙂

My first Postcrossing post card was received in Germany (yay!).  I still have four other post cards in transit to China, Indonesia, Russia, and The Netherlands.  Check out this organization if you want to send and receive post cards from around the world.

Postcrossing members can also get a 15% discount on post card printing from Moo.com.  I love Moo because they use super nice paper — heavy card stock — and a very nice finish.  They also allow you to upload as many different images as you want within a single order.

I sent out over 60 hand made greeting cards (donated) to Operation Write Home.  This organization provides the cards to military personnel stationed overseas so that they can use them to write home to their friends and loved ones.

I did some sewing this week and made a little flannel snuggler blanket and pajama pants for my friend Angela’s one-year-old son.  But I forgot to take pictures of the finished objects before I wrapped them up!

This week I’ve done a small amount of Christmas decorating.  Here is our mini tree:

Our pretty little table-top Christmas tree.  This is the table I got for $10 (or less...I don't remember) and painted.

Our pretty little table-top Christmas tree. This is the table I got for $10 (or less…I don’t remember) and painted.

This was the table when I got it...ugh!

This was the table when I got it…ugh!

I talk about these fabulous Smell of Christmas wax melts by Aromatique that I am in love with!

The best smelling Christmas scent ever

The best smelling Christmas scent ever

 The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

GRADUATED:  Sock Circle Socks

FINALLY they graduated!

FINALLY they graduated!

JUNIOR:  Neon Frog Socks

Hooray!  One sock is finished!

Hooray! One sock is finished!

SOPHOMORE:  Raven Pullover Sweater

Christmas gift for my husband, if I get it done in time!

Christmas gift for my husband, if I get it done in time!

This project is living in my new Kikiboo Bag from my friend and pen pal Denise, host of the Knitting Den podcast (one of my favorites).  She also has an Etsy shop — check it out!

I love my Kikiboo bag!

I love my Kikiboo bag!

In the Classroom

In this week’s lesson I talk about the research on self-control, and in particular, the Strength Model of Self-Control.  This model says that self-control is like a muscle, and if we use it a lot it gets depleted.  Just like muscles get tired the more they are used, each time we exert self-control (or willpower), it uses up some of our self-control energy.  If we engage in a lot of self-control, our energy resource gets depleted and then we lose our willpower.  I discuss the research on self-control failure resulting in drug addiction, school underachievement, obesity, personal debt, violent crime, and unprotected sex.  I also cover the research supporting the Strength Model as well as some interesting studies confirming the advice, “Don’t go shopping when you’re tired or hungry!”  Listen in to find out the source of our self-control energy and how to replenish it.

 

 

 

Episode 13

The theme of Episode 13 is Thanksgiving, as we celebrated this holiday here in the U.S. on Thursday.  I talk about President Abraham Lincoln and the circumstances under which he created the Thanksgiving holiday.  I also chat about  snail mail news, Craftsy classes, my knitting progress, and the book I’m currently reading.  Give a listen!

Welcome to new and returning listeners!  And hello to everyone who has joined the Ewe University group on Ravelry, an erudite group of extraordinary people who are experts in food and nutrition.  We do NOT eat 4,500 calories in one day like the average American consumed on Thanksgiving!  You should join us, if you haven’t already!  Thank you so much to everyone who contacted me this week.  I love hearing from you!  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or on this web site by clicking on the “Follow” tab at the bottom of the page and entering your email address.  For the show’s RSS feed, look on the right sidebar menu — scroll down until you see the “Entries RSS” link and click on it.

Thank you to show sponsor Halcyarn Knitting Accessories.  I’m having a holiday sale in the shop where you can get 20% off your purchase by using the coupon code HOLIDAYS13.

And thank you to our sponsor Evermore Studios, specializing in hand dyed, hand painted, and kettle dyed luxury yarns.

 Listen to the Show:

SHOW NOTES

Reminders and Announcements

For those participating in the Pen Pal Pair Up Project, watch your Ravelry mail for a message from me containing your pen pal’s information.  You should receive it by December 1.  If you don’t, contact me and I will get back to you.

Post your finished objects for November in the November Graduating Class thread on our Ravelry group by November 30 to be entered in this month’s prize drawings.  I will use a random number generator to select two valedictorians for November, who will each receive a prize.  One person will get to choose any project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and the other person will get to choose any yarn from Evermore Studios.  If you miss the November graduation, don’t worry — I will open up a thread for the December graduating class on December 1.  You must be a member of the Ewe University group to participate.

Around Campus

This week I chat about feeding the birds and a lot of snail mail news.  Some friends and I made cards to donate to Operation Write Home, which is an organization that sends cards to military personnel so that they can use them to write to their loved ones back home.  I also joined Postcrossing, an outfit that organizes post card exchanges around the world.  Another fantastic snail-mail supporter is the Letter Writers Alliance, where you can get stationery and other super-cool supplies.  They also host letter-writing socials, which sound really fun!  Along those lines, my friend Lauren has organized a letter-writing social here at our public library on December 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.  Join us if you’re in the area!

In the show I talk about the awesome Craftsy classes I’ve been taking.  I am addicted to Craftsy!  I love the class topics and the teachers.  You watch the instruction and demonstration videos on your computer, plus you get handouts and materials that you can download.  You can even post your questions on the discussion board, and the instructor will respond and help you.  If you are interested in checking out Craftsy, now is a good time because all their classes are on sale for $19.99 or less until Monday, December 2!

Thank you to Cayenne for turning me on to a new audio podcast, Black Isle Crafts, hosted by Sheila.  I am really enjoying listening to her talk about her knitting, spinning, and life on a farm in the Scottish Highlands.

I end this segment by telling about a point of interest in my town, Monmouth, Illinois.  It is a plaque commemorating a speech delivered on that block by senate candidate Abraham Lincoln on October 11, 1858.  Although it wasn’t one of his famous speeches (he talked for three hours but there is no record of exactly what he said), afterwards he stopped in at the local photographer and had his picture taken.  This photograph was unknown until the 1980’s because it was in the possession of the photographer’s family here in Monmouth until then.  Now it is housed at the Smithsonian.

 

Plaque commemorating Abraham Lincoln's speech in Monmouth, Illinois on October 11, 1858

Plaque commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s speech in Monmouth, Illinois on October 11, 1858

Picture of Lincoln taken at the local photographer in Monmouth

Picture of Lincoln taken at the local photographer in Monmouth

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

No projects graduated this week, not even the sock circle socks.  🙁  But here is a picture of all the socks — everyone in the sock circle put on their socks at knitting group Wednesday evening, and we took a picture.  Don’t they look great?!

All the sock circle ladies wearing their socks

All the sock circle ladies wearing their socks

SOPHOMORE:  Neon Frog Socks

I’m doing these socks for the Ribbit Knit-along with the Dramatic Knits podcast.  They are in Leading Men Fiber Arts — Show Stopper yarn in the Lightning Bug colorway.  The project is on a Ciaogoo 9-inch U.S. size 1 circular needle.  I’m using the Basic Ribbed Sock pattern by Kate Atherley.

This week I turned the heel and knit about 4 inches on the foot

This week I turned the heel and knit about 4 inches on the foot

FRESHMAN:  Raven Pullover Sweater

This is a Christmas present for my husband, if I get it done in time.  I need to speed it up a little!  This pattern is out of the Knits of a Feather book by Celeste Young.  I’m using Cascade Greenland yarn on a 32-inch U.S. size 8 circular needle from my Hiya Hiya Interchangeables.

I knit a couple more inches on the sweater -- you can see my progress as indicated by the blue stitch marker where I left off last week

I knit a couple more inches on the sweater — you can see my progress as indicated by the blue stitch marker where I left off last week

FRESHMAN:  I made a teensy bit of progress on my super-secret gift project.

At the Library

I continued listening to We the Living by Ayn Rand this week and am currently on Chapter 6.  Although this book is one of my all-time favorites, I think I am going to set it aside for now and start a different book that is more cheerful!  The past few books I’ve read have been very melancholy, and I’m in the mood for something a little more upbeat.

In the Classroom

For this week’s lesson I read an essay that I wrote about Abraham Lincoln several years ago when I was the keynote speaker at a student honor society’s initiation meeting.  Hopefully you will find it inspiring, motivating, and appropriately related to Thanksgiving.