Episode 33: New Year’s Resolutions

I’m back with Episode 33 after a crazy, overscheduled, and stressful January!  Things are settling back down, though.  How are you all doing?  In this episode I talk about all the contests and the read-along we have going on in our Ravelry group, draw for December and January valedictorians plus other prizes, catch up a little bit with what I’ve been doing, discuss my recent knitting endeavors, provide some information about merino sheep, and review two audiobooks I’ve recently finished.  Then we go into the classroom and talk about some interesting research on New Year’s resolutions.  I am coming down with a cold, so I think my voice quality deteriorates throughout the show.  🙁

Welcome  to both new and returning listeners!  I invite you to join our amazing Ravelry group so you can participate in all the activities and contests and be eligible for prizes.  I welcome your feedback — you can post comments here on the blog or in our Ravelry group.  You can also send me email on Ravelry, and it would be great if you sent me a card or letter via snail mail.  All of my contact information can be found on this site; click on the “About” tab at the top of the page.

This podcast is sponsored by Etsy shops Halcyarn Knitting Accessories and PHD Yarns.  Thank you so much to both sponsors! Listeners’ support of these sponsors is truly appreciated, and through them you are supporting this podcast and making it possible.

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Reminders and Announcements

  • Each month we have a Graduating Class thread on Ravelry where you can post your finished objects and be entered to win valedictorian prizes.
  • We have a new Yarn Grants program, and our first Yarn Grant is 3 skeins of Wollmeise DK in the My Old Blue Jeans colorway.  You submit a proposal to make something with the yarn in a certain timeframe, and if your application is picked (via random number generator), then you make the project within the time you proposed and keep us updated with pictures of your progress and finished object.  Proposals for the first Yarn Grant are due February 21.
  • We are currently celebrating the Year of the Sheep in 2015.  The sheep of the month for February is Bluefaced Leister.  Come join the discussion!
  • During February we’re doing a read-along and literary discussion of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  Thanks to Valerie for leading the discussion on our Ravelry thread!
  • Thank you to all the lovely individuals who donated to the Operation Sew Smart fundraiser.  We reached our goal of $300, which I will present to the Home Ec teacher on Saturday.

Awards and Scholarships

A Contest Celebrating Transition

  • Winner is XFARMGIRL, who is Linda from Delaware (post #9) — she wins a free copy of Another Door Opens, a beautiful shawl pattern by Sara Bauer

December Valedictorians

  • AGODIN, who is Anne from Newfoundland (post #101) — she wins a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories
  • AJANEKNITS, who is Jane from Newfoundland (post #93) — she wins a skein of yarn from Mountain Meadow Wool, our December yarn sponsor

January Valedictorians

  • CROUCHINGCHEESE, who is Angie from Ohio (post #47) — she wins a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories
  • SOBAHIME, who is Ryoko from Colorado (post #116) — she wins a skein of yarn from PHD Yarns, our January yarn sponsor

Year of the Sheep–January–Merino

  • Winner is BOOKISHSTITCHER, who is Jeanette from Texas (post #20) — wins a skein of merino yarn from PHD Yarns

Congratulations to all our prize winners!

Around Campus

I talk about my visit to Nevada at the beginning of January, which turned out to be rather stressful.  I did get over to Jimmy Beans Wool for a short visit and picked up this gorgeous yarn:

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play, Hat Box base, Squid Ink (left) and Golden Butter (right) colorways

Mrs. Crosby Loves to Play, Hat Box base, Squid Ink (left) and Golden Butter (right) colorways

I forgot to mention last time the super adorable little sheep I got at the yarn shop in Dubuque, Iowa:

Sidney Sheep (left) and Olive Ewe (right) are cute, felted sheep by artist Emily Barnard

Sidney Sheep (left) and Olive Ewe (right) are cute, felted sheep by artist Emily Barnard

I also couldn’t help myself and bought another quilt/wall hanging from 3TalentedWomen on Etsy, and I hung it above the headboard of my bed:

I am enamored with gray and yellow right now...

I am enamored with gray and yellow right now…

 The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Graduated:  Grape Leg Warmers


Junior:  Vanilla Socks


Freshman:  Hapa II:  Fire and Ice Shawl


Freshman:  Fun Stripey Socks


 Year of the Sheep

Our sheep of the month for January was merino, and since I didn’t get an episode out in January, I talk about the merino sheep in this episode.  I provide a little history on where merino sheep originated and then give some information on merino fiber and yarn.  I also talk a little bit about the superwash process and what that does to the fiber.  Listen to the show for specifics.

At the Library

I finished listening to two books that I enjoyed, which I review on the show:

  • A Little Bit Wicked by Kristen Chenowith (4 stars)
  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Ciaverini (4 stars)

In the Classroom

Today’s topic is all about New Year’s resolutions.  Now is the time of year when people are talking about their resolutions and goals for changing behavior.  So I thought it would be a good time to discuss the research on making resolutions, including how common are New Year’s resolutions, how successful are most people at keeping their resolutions, and what factors increase the attainment of these goals.  Listen in to find out the answers to these questions and more!


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