Episode 41: Why do we worry?

In Episode 41 I make some announcements, catch you up with what I’ve been doing, introduce you to a couple of new podcasts I’ve been enjoying, review two fantastic books I’ve recently finished, and talk about my knitting.  In the classroom I cover a lot of research that’s all about why people worry and what they worry about.  It’s not all bad!  🙂

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Reminders and Announcements

  • Remember to post your finished objects in our Graduating Class thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes!
  • We also have a monthly Year of the Sheep thread on Ravelry where you can chat and post your projects involving breed-specific wool each month this year.
  • In addition, there is a Year of the Sheep: Random thread where we are discussing sheep breeds other than the 12 “official” ones on our list for 2015.
  • I announce the Ewe University theme for 2016:  The Year of Willa Cather.  We’ll be reading each of Cather’s 12 novels (one each month next year) and crafting projects inspired in some way by Willa Cather or her novels.  Look for a new thread on Ravelry with more information.

Awards and Scholarships

  • Listen to the show to find out who won the October valedictorian prizes and the October Year of the Sheep prize.  Congratulations to our winners!

Around Campus

  • I talk about my day at the Bishop Hill Spin-In back in mid-October.  It was a fun time!
  • This week I received my latest Plucky Classics subscription yarn, and it’s another yummy one.
  • I recently updated my Etsy shop with some Christmas bags, but they have already sold out.  So I am making more and will put those into the shop asap.
  • I’ve had a lot of fun exchanging swap packages with people lately, and I talk about some of the items I’ve received.  Let me know if you’re interested in a swap with me, and we’ll make arrangements.  (PM me on Ravelry.)
  • I’m continuing to do live broadcasts on Periscope every Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm Central Time.  I hope you can join me sometime!
    • Here is my Periscope Channel where you can watch live or a replay for 24 hours after the live broadcast.  Follow me if you want notification when I am broadcasting live.
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  • There are a couple of new podcasts that I’ve been enjoying, and I recommend them to you:
    • Six Bits Storybooks with Melissa and Melody — audio podcast on iTunes
    • Yarn Talk with Heidi, Leah, and Allyson — video podcast on YouTube

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

  • Graduated:  French Outlander Shawl (pattern by Tanya Anderson); yarn is Plucky Primo Fingering in the Heartstrings and Paris is a Good Idea colorways.
  • Senior:  Antler Hat (pattern by Tincan Knits); yarn is 100% Polwarth,  handspun and hand dyed by Timeless Dog Studios
  • Freshman:  Dusk into Twilight Shawl (pattern by Romi Hill); yarn is Gnome Acres House Gnome Fingering in a Doppelganger set of 5 skeins in Olde Christmas colorway

Year of the Sheep

  • I provide information about the Polwarth and Icelandic sheep breeds, our sheep of the month for October and November.

At the Library

  • In this episode I review two audiobooks that I recently finished listening to:
    • The Martian by Andy Weir (5 stars)
    • The Moor’s Account by Laila Lalami (5 stars)

In the Classroom

In the classroom today I talk about the scientific underpinnings of worry, including why we worry and what people worry about.  You might be surprised at some of the characteristics of worrying, especially when you find out that there are actually some positive things associated with worrying.  Listen to the show to find out more!