Episode 40: The Science Behind Tidying

I’m back with Episode 40 after a needed break.  This episode is chock full of prize drawings, information about two sheep breeds, a book review, and knitting projects I’ve been working on.  In the classroom you’ll learn about the psychological and physical benefits of cleaning and organizing your space.

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.  It’s always a pleasure to connect with listeners online as well as via snail mail.  I’m a huge fan of old-fashioned handwritten correspondence.  If you’re interested in writing to me, 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 Andre Sue Knits.  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

  • Next Saturday, October 17, I’ll be at the Bishop Hill Spin-In.
  • During the month of October, the Ewe University Ravelry group is doing a spooky read-along.  We’re reading Summer of Night by Dan Simmons.  Please join us and participate in the discussion!
  • In 2015 we’re celebrating different breeds of sheep by doing a year-long knit/spin-along for the Year of the Sheep.  This month we are working with Polwarth wool.  Please join us and post your progress, finished objects, and comments on the Ravelry board.
  • We also have a thread called Year of the Sheep: Random where we are discussing other sheep breeds that aren’t on our “official” list for the year.
  • I still have some Ewe University Year of the Sheep buttons, so PM me on Ravelry with your name and mailing address, and I’ll send you one for free!

Awards and Scholarships

I draw for a ton of prizes in this episode!  Listen in to find out who are the valedictorians for July, August, and September as well as who won the random drawing for the Year of the Sheep for July, August, and September.  Congratulations to our winners!  If you are a winner, please PM me on Ravelry with your full name and mailing address, and I’ll get your prize out to you right away.

Around Campus

In this segment I catch you up on what I’ve been doing for the past couple of months.  School started and I’m having a good semester.  I finished a major house decluttering and organizing project, which took me way longer than expected.  I also talk about my day trip to Stitches Midwest.

For the past six weeks I’ve been doing weekly live broadcasts called Ewe University Live.  These broadcasts are on Periscope, a relatively new platform from the Twitter company.  You can get the free app for your Apple or Android phone by going here.  The links to the apps are at the bottom of the page.  With Periscope you can broadcast live (and watch live broadcasts of other people), but the best thing is that you can interact with the broadcaster in real time.  I’m broadcasting Ewe University Live on Sunday afternoons at 2:00pm Central Time.  You can watch live or watch a replay of the broadcast on Periscope for 24 hours afterward.  You can also watch live on the web, like on a desktop computer: My Periscope page is here.  Additionally, I’m putting the recorded video of my broadcasts on my YouTube channel for those who want to watch there.

My birthday was last month, and thank you to everyone who sent cards, packages, and gifted me patterns.  I truly appreciate all of your love and support!  In this episode I talk about my annual birthday adventure, which didn’t turn out so well this year.

I also mention a brand new podcast that I am really excited about:  Unraveling with Greg and Joey.  I have known Greg (KnittingDaddy on Ravelry) for several years, and I am happy that he has jumped into the podcasting world.  I think it is long overdue!  This is an audio podcast.  So far there is only one episode, and you can subscribe on iTunes or their web site to get new episodes.

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

The only projects which graduated off my needles lately are a bunch of dishcloths that I sent as housewarming gifts.

I’ve been a monogamous knitter for the past month, only working on the French Outlander Shawl by Tanya Anderson.  It is a gorgeous crescent shawl pattern that is well written and not too challenging, which is perfect for me at this time.  I’d say this is probably in junior status.  I only have a few more rows before I switch to the contrasting color for the edging.  The yarn is Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering (MCN–merino/cashmere/nylon) in two different colorways:  Heartstrings (light gray) and Paris is Always a Good Idea (sapphire blue).  I started with a US size 4 (3.5mm) needle and then switched to a US size 6 (4.25mm), as the pattern calls for.

For our October Year of the Sheep project, I just cast on an Antler Hat by Alexa Ludeman (TinCan Knits).  It is a free pattern on Ravelry and a nice, cabled hat that is gender neutral.  The yarn I’m using is 100% Polwarth worsted weight from Timeless Dog Studio in the colorway Cornucopia.  I’m using US size 8 (5 mm) needles.

The Year of the Sheep

In this episode I catch up on our Year of the Sheep by talking about two sheep breeds:  Cheviot for August and Cotswold for September.  Listen in to find out some interesting information about these two breeds and their wool.

At the Library

I’ve listened to a number of audiobooks over the past couple of months, some I enjoyed and some not so much.  Today I review one that I really liked:  The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.  Listen to the show to find out the details.

In the Classroom

Back in August I took about a month to tidy up, declutter, and organize my house.  I originally didn’t think that I had that much clutter around, but after I purged things we never used and put the rest of it away, I realized that my house was more messy than I thought.  And getting things organized seemed to lift a big weight off my shoulders, and I feel much happier in my living space now. This project motivated me to delve into the scientific research on tidying up, decluttering, cleaning, and purging, and I thought I would share that with you today.  Listen to the show to hear all about it.


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