Episode 20

Episode 20 features a lesson about the benefits of interacting with nature.  Before we go into the classroom, though, I felt awfully chatty and rambled on about what’s going on in our Ravelry group, my busy spring break week, knitting projects I’ve been working on, a book that I finished reading, and a review of another set of my interchangeable knitting needles. 

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Reminders and Announcements

Giveaways for March include:

1.  Graduating Class — post your finished objects on the Ravelry thread for a chance to win valedictorian prizes.  One valedictorian will win a project bag of their choice from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and the other valedictorian will win this lovely skein of yarn from Wandering Wool:

Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend fingering weight yarn from Wandering Wool in the Royalty colorway

Merino/Cashmere/Nylon blend fingering weight yarn from Wandering Wool in the Royalty colorway

2.  U-Turn Project — post on this Ravelry thread your UFOs from hibernation that you are finishing or frogging and turning into something else.  Prizes are one of these fun little ceramic bowls from LizKitzerow plus a set of stitch markers made by me.


In this segment, I also introduce our two Ewe University group moderators (besides me):  Gail aka Sidweena and Lauren aka Tskmstr.

Lauren will be leading a KAL in April and May called “The Back Burner.”  This is a KAL where you knit something that you’ve had on the “back burner” — something that you’ve wanted to start but just haven’t gotten around to it.  More information about this KAL will be forthcoming.

I started two new topics on the Ravelry forum where I hope you will join in the conversation:

  1. Explain Your Name— where you tell us about your Ravelry name, where you came up with it and perhaps how to pronounce it
  2. Requests for the Show — where you post any ideas, suggestions, and requests for topics you’d like to hear about

Awards and Scholarships

February Valedictorians are:

Sarapomegranate — Sara from Pennsylvania (#94) — prize is a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories

Deafelis — Debbie from Texas (#76) — prize is a skein of yarn from Evermore Studios

February U-Turn Project Winner is:

Kconnors — Kathleen from New Mexico (#7) — prize is small ceramic bowl from LizKitzerow and set of stitch markers from me

Around Campus

I kind of blather on about what’s been going on with me and how I spent my spring break week.  It wasn’t at the beach, either!

I have been listening to a new podcast called Midnight Fiber and Fabric hosted by Erin.  It is charming and interesting.

I talk about a new interchangeable needle case that I purchased from SarahKincheloe.  I have all my Knitters Pride Dreamz and KnitPicks interchangeables inside — love it!


The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

I’ve finished quite a few projects since the last episode.  Projects which have graduated include:

Valentine Socks for John.  Yup, I finally finished them!
Yarn  is Cascade Heritage Handpainted Sock Yarn — 75% merino and 25% nylon
Needles were US size 1
Pattern is from Ann Budd’s Getting Started Knitting Socks, the 8 Stitches per Inch pattern


Squares for a Blanket.  This is something one of my knitting groups is putting together for a friend who is going through a rough time right now.  I finished two squares out of Cascade Pacific but forgot to take a picture of them.

Charity Hats.  I finished two hats which are being donated to charity.
Yarn is Cascade Greenland — 100% superwash  merino
Needles were US size 7
Pattern is Turn a Square Hat by Jerad Flood


Dishcloths.  I’ve finished several dishcloths for gifts.
Yarn is Sugar & Cream
Pattern is Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
Needle is US size 6


A Review

I review the Hiya Hiya Sharps interchangeable needle set.  Listen in to see what I have to say about them!


At the Library

I recently finished reading (listening to) The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak.  I really enjoyed it and recommend that you read it if you haven’t already.  Listen to the show for a more detailed review.

In the Classroom

In this episode I explore the benefits of interacting with nature.  I talk about a lot of studies showing how even small doses of “nature” can be restorative to our cognitive and psychological well-being.  You might be surprised at some of the research results.  Tune in to see!