Episode 23: Social Snacking

In the classroom segment of Episode 23 I talk about the concept of social snacking.  Before we get there, however, you’ll hear about my amazing encounters with nature here at Woman Lake in Minnesota, where John and I are staying for the last two weeks in May.  I also talk about the knitting projects that I’ve been working on lately.  I recorded the show inside our cabin with the windows open, so you’ll hear lots of birds chirping in the background.  I don’t know about you, but I love the sounds of nature!

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Reminders and Announcements

  • May Graduating Class — post your finished objects in this thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes at the end of the month.
  • Back Burner KAL — post your finished objects in this thread on Ravelry for a chance to win a yarn bowl from Summerscrafts Etsy shop.  There will be a second (surprise) prize, too.
  • You must be a member of the Ewe University group on Ravelry to participate in our giveaways and be eligible for prizes, so go join right now if you haven’t already!
  • Charter Bus to Stitches Midwest — We will be going to Stitches Midwest for the day on Saturday, August 9, 2014.  The cost is $70.  PM me on Ravelry and let me know if you want to join us.
  • County Fair Countdown — I’m encouraging everyone to enter one or more objects in the fiber arts categories for your county fair.  I’ve opened this thread on Ravelry so that we can chat about when our county (and/or state) fairs occur and what we are planning on entering!

Around Campus

I recorded this episode on location at beautiful Woman Lake, Minnesota.  Here is the view from our cabin as the sun set last night.

woman lake

In this episode I talk about the amazing wildlife encounters I’ve had while walking with the dog(s) in the mornings.

Sunny and his girlfriend, Babe

Sunny and his girlfriend, Babe

I also talk about my venture over to Grand Rapids, the birthplace of Judy Garland, where I visited The Yarn Gallery and joined the Wednesday knitting group.  I had such a nice time and am going again this week.

I’ve been catching up on podcasts, and I’ve started listening to two new (to me) knitting podcasts:

  • Down Cellar Studio — hosted by Jen from Boston, who talks about her knitting, photography, and travels
  • Actually Knitting — hosted by Michelle from Charlotte, North Carolina, who is a high school teacher, crafter, and actress.  The show segments have a theatrical theme, and she discusses knitting, cooking, books, music, movies, and productions that she’s in.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects


  • The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief
    Pattern:  Age of Brass and Steam by Orange Flower Yarn
    Yarn:  Freia Yarn Ombre in the Cloud colorway
    Needles:  U.S. size 8 (5mm)
    age of brass and steam
  • Three Squares for a Community Blanket
    Pattern:  One square is Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth pattern, one square is the chevron pattern from Elphaba (knit flat, though), and the third square is a “mistake rib” pattern from inside my head
    Yarn:  Cascade Greenland in brown and taupe colors
    Needles:  U.S. size 8 (5mm)
    blanket squares
  • Dishcloths and Scrubby
    Pattern:  Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth
    Yarn:  Sugar & Cream + Needloft Nylon Craft Yarn
    Needles:  U.S. size 6 for the dishcloths; U.S. size 3 for the scrubby
    needloft craft yarn
  • Maya Necklace
    Pattern:  Maya Necklace by Shaina Bilow
    Yarn:  Lucci Cotton Tape in the Gold colorway
    Needles:  U.S. size 3 (3.25mm)
    maya necklace in gold


  • Black & Blue Striped Socks
    Pattern:  Knitmore Vanilla Sock Recipe by Jasmin Canty
    Yarn:  Wandering Cat Yarns Barn Cat Self-Striping
    Needles:  U.S. size 1 (2.25mm)
  • Egg to Alligator Toy
    This project is on hold until I get home.

I also brought my spinning wheel (Ashford Traditional) and am eager to do some spinning this week!

In the Classroom

Our lesson for today is about social snacking, which doesn’t have anything to do with food but rather our relationships with friends and loved ones.  Much like having a snack eases our hunger when we don’t have the opportunity to eat a full meal, social snacking on reminders of our social connections through photographs, emails, text messages, videos, and valued mementos eases our social hunger when we are feeling lonely, excluded, or rejected.  Social snacking is good snacking!  It doesn’t have any calories, and it soothes loneliness, hurt feelings, emotional pain, and even physical pain.  Tune in to the show to find out more!

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