Episode 38: Lavender

Episode 38 is chock full of information, from the weather and evapotranspiration at the very beginning of the show to a discussion of the medicinal and insecticide properties of lavender at the end.  Along the way, I talk about my quite numerous knitting projects, review a good book that I listened to, announce a plethora of prize winners, and provide an overview of a couple of breeds of sheep for our Year of the Sheep year-long knit-along.

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Reminders and Announcements

  • Stitches Midwest is coming up at the beginning of August, and I’ll be going up for the day on Saturday, August 9.  PM me if you want to ride along on the bus.  The cost is $72 and includes admission to the Stitches Marketplace.  I’ll be at the podcaster meetup from 1-2pm at a location to be determined.
  • Post your finished objects on our June Graduating Class thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes.
  • In celebration of 2015 as the Year of the Sheep, we have a couple of threads open on Ravelry:  One is for our June Sheep of the Month (Dorset) and the other is for Random Sheep breeds that aren’t on our list for this year.
  • I have some Ewe University Year of the Sheep buttons to give away — let me know if you want one and I’ll send it to you!

Year of Sheep Buttons1









You have to be a member of our Ravelry group to participate in our giveaways and other activities, so go over and join if you haven’t already.

Awards and Scholarships

In this episode I announce prizes galore, including:

  • Two valedictorians for April
  • Two valedictorians for May
  • Year of the Sheep winner for April
  • Year of the Sheep winner for May
  • Recipient of Yarn Grant #2

Listen to the show to find out if you won!  Here is the beautiful Japanese Knot project bag prize that someone wins for the Year of the Sheep.  It was made and donated by a Friend of the Podcast, Kym:

YOTS Prize from Kimbuktu

Around Campus

I go over what I’ve been up to (lots of sewing, knitting, and some yarn dyeing) and things that have been going on in my world.  I also talk about some yarn acquisitions, including my Plucky Knitter Classic Subscription.  I get one skein of Primo Fingering (MCN blend) every other month.  This month the colorway is a brilliant blue colorway called Paris is a Good Idea.










The other yarn I got is a fun color-changing yarn called Abracadabra by HiKoo.  It turns from white to purple when it is in the sun and then turns white again when you go inside.  I got two skeins of it and am thinking of making a colorwork hat where it looks all white but then when you go outside the design pops with the yarn turning purple.  Let me know if you have any suggestions!










This week I also got a set of Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers.  This is a cool new product designed to make blocking your finished knitted objects a lot easier.  I’m really looking forward to trying them out.

Knit Blockers









I’m heading out to Nevada in a couple of weeks, so if you’re in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area, PM me and we will meet up!

Thank you to everyone who has sent me a card in snail mail over the past few weeks.  It’s awesome to hear from you!

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Cladonia Shawl

  • Pattern:  Cladonia Kristin Kapur
  • Yarn:  Mrs. Crosby Hat Box in the Golden Butter and Squid Ink colorways
  • Needles:  US size 1 (2.25mm)









Graduated:  Bath Puff

bath puff









Junior:  Picot Edge Socks

  • Pattern:  Picot Edge Socks by Betty Balcomb
  • Yarn:  Dorset blend from Solitude Wool in the Heirloom Tomatoes colorway
  • Needles:  US size 2 (2.75mm)

Picot Edge Socks









Sophomore:  Sock Blank Socks #2

Sock Blank Sock #2









Sophomore:  Hand-Dyed Sock

  • Pattern:  The Perfect Fit by Rebecca Homick
  • Yarn:  BFL/Nylon base that I hand-dyed myself
  • Needles:  US size 1 (2.25mm)


Year of the Sheep

I tallk about the Dorset sheep and its wool, as it is the sheep of the month for June.  Then I provide some interesting information about the Navajo Churro sheep, as one of the “random” breeds we’ve been discussing on the Ravelry board.

At the Library

I recently finished listening to the audiobook, The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley.  I liked it a lot and gave it (and the reader) 4 stars.  My least favorite part was the ending.  Listen to the show to find out my specific thoughts on this book.

In the Classroom

I have been thinking about the lavender plant because a lot of fiber artists use little lavender sachets to keep moths away from their yarn and fiber stash.  And I wondered if it really works for this purpose.  So I looked into the science of lavender and found that it has some interesting medicinal properties.  You might be surprised by what the research says about its bioactivity as an insecticide.  Listen to the show to find out more!