Episode 39: Effects of Color on Behavior, Emotions, and the Brain

Episode 39 covers a lot of research on the physical, emotional, and behavioral impacts of exposure to different colors.  Before going into the classroom, though, I talk about some upcoming events, announce some prize winners, and recap my recent visit to Nevada.  You’ll also hear about my recent yarn purchases, a couple of great new podcasts that I’ve been enjoying, books that I’ve read this summer, and interesting information about Cormo sheep.  I’ve finished several knitting projects, too!

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Reminders and Announcements

Upcoming Events:

  • Stitches Midwest — I’ll be there on Saturday, August 8.  There is a podcaster meetup from 1-2pm in the Nirvana B Room on the second level of the Convention Center.  Come say hi, and I’ll give you a Ewe University podcast button, too!
  • Timber Ridge Knitting Retreat — I’ll be there on Saturday, August 1.  PM me for directions if you want to come.

Post your finished objects in the Graduating Class thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes.

Join in the discussion of the Year of the Sheep breed-specific wool on Ravelry for a chance to win YOTS prizes.

PM me on Ravelry if you want a Year of the Sheep button, and I will send you one (free)!

Year of the Sheep Button2Awards and Scholarships

In this episode, I announce our June valedictorians and our YOTS winner for June.  Listen to the show to find out if you won a prize!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the graduating class and year of the sheep discussion.

Around Campus

I talk about visiting my family in Reno, Nevada at the beginning of July and then the tornado we had here at home two days after I got home.  I also talk about my yarn and needle purchases at Jimmy Beans Wool:


Bottom two skeins are Hikoo Simplicity which I got to go with my Hikoo Abracadabra (two skeins on top).

My mom picked out this Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in the Seawash colorway for me to make a shawl for her.

Twist Light

Madelinetosh Twist Light in the Mexican Grilled Street Corn colorway

Knitters Pride Marblez, US size 4

Knitters Pride Marblez, US size 4

New Podcasts I’ve been enjoying:

 The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Heirloom Tomato Socks

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

Heirloom Tomato Socks

Graduated: Sock Blank #2 Socks

Sock Blank Socks #2Graduated:  Kool-Aid Hand Painted Socks

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

Kool-Aid Dyed Socks

Sophomore:  Hocus Pocus Striped Socks

Hocus Pocus Striped Socks

Projects to be Frogged:

I also talk about a couple of projects that are just not working out.  I will keep you posted as I figure out what that yarn wants to be.

Year of the Sheep

In this segment I talk about the history of Cormo sheep and also discuss the characteristics of its wool for knitting and spinning.

At the Library

I briefly summarize two audiobooks that I recently finished.  Unfortunately, I didn’t particularly like either one of them.

  • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews (2 stars)
  • Old Earth by Gary Grossman (2-1/2 stars)

In the Classroom

In an earlier episode I covered human aesthetic preferences like what people’s favorite colors are.  For this one, I read a lot of research on how exposure to different colors affects people emotionally, physically, and behaviorally.  You might be surprised at some of these research results.  Listen to the show for all the details!