Episode 25: Synesthesia

Episode 25 includes a fun afternoon at Gail’s swimming pool.  Regular listeners will know Gail (Sidweena on Ravelry) as one of our Ewe University moderators.  In the classroom, I discuss the research on synesthesia, the experience where one sense is simultaneously perceived by one or more additional senses.  The most common form of synesthesia occurs when someone always sees a particular color in response to a certain letter of the alphabet or number.  Because some of this week’s segments were recorded in the studio and some were recorded in Gail’s back yard, you will notice differences in the sound quality and volume, even though I did my best to level it.

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Reminders and Announcements

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Around Campus

Gail and I talk about our adventures in yarn dyeing, where we had a ton of fun.  Here are some pictures:

We spent the afternoon at Gail's Pool

We spent the afternoon at Gail’s Pool

We started with undyed yarn in a fingering weight merino/nylon blend.

We started with undyed yarn in a fingering weight merino/nylon blend.

We mixed up some cake frosting dyes

We mixed up some cake frosting dyes

Yarn in the crock pot

Yarn in the crock pot

Yarn dyeing in progress

Yarn dyeing in progress

Finished yarn!

Finished yarn!

We talk about other things we’ve been up to, and I review some scrumptious yarn I got from Unraveled Designs and Yarn on Etsy (our show sponsor for June and July).


The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Junior Status:  Gail’s socks for hubby in Lang Yarns Jawoll Color Aktion, colorway 132.0433 (mostly grays and blues) done in Gail’s own vanilla sock pattern in her head


Senior Status:  My Muzati shawl by Brian Smith, which I am knitting in Louisa Harding Kashmir Baby yarn.  The colorways are #19 (orchid), #11 (dusty rose) and #12 (eggplant)


At the Library

Gail talks about the books she’s recently read:  The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig and The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman; and she is currently reading The Vacationers by Emma Straub.

I am currently reading What is Visible by Kimberly Elkins and am enjoying it.

In the Classroom

Last week I was listening to the Knitting Pipeline podcast (Episode 175), and Paula was talking about her own experience of perceiving numbers as associated with particular colors.  This is one form of what is called synesthesia.  I know some other people who experience synesthesia, too.  In her show, Paula talked a little bit about synesthesia in her life and mentioned that there isn’t a lot of research on this topic.  That was intriguing to me, and I wondered what studies were out there and what the scientific community currently knows about synesthesia.  So this segment was inspired by Paula, and listen in to find out what I discovered.


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