Episode 31: Comfort Food

After a little hiatus, Ewe University is back with Episode 31.  This episode features a classroom segment including an ethnographic analysis of the American Thanksgiving celebration and research on comfort food.  Along the way, I announce the October and November valedictorians and other prize winners.  I also chat about what I’ve been up to, the weather, new yarn and project bags, a new video podcast, and my favorite audio podcasts.  I did manage to finish a few knitting projects, despite my knitting behaving very, very, very, very naughty.  And I review some fabulous yarn from Mountain Meadow Wool.

Welcome  to both new and returning listeners!  I invite you to join our awesome 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 Mountain Meadow Wool.  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

  • Post your finished objects in the December Graduating Class thread on Ravelry for a chance to win valedictorian prizes.
  • The Dean’s List Giveaway has been going on from December 12-23.
  • A Contest Celebrating Transition will be open until the end of January — post your entry to win a free pattern called Another Door Opens by Sara Bauer.
  • 2015 is the Year of the Sheep — check out the list of sheep breeds we will be focusing on in 2015 on the Ravelry discussion board.
  • Operation Sew Smart is a fundraiser to raise $300 for the purchase of a new sewing maching for the home ec class at one of our local middle schools.  I deeply appreciate donations small or large.

Awards and Scholarships

October Valedictorians:

  • KCONNORS (Kathleen from New Mexico) with post #74 — wins a skein of yarn from Mountain Meadow Wool
  • SALLYFROMIADHO (Sally from Idaho) with post #153 — wins a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories

November Valedictorians:

  • LMECOLL (Linda from Pennsylvania) with post #29 — wins a skein of yarn from Mountain Meadow Wool
  • GRANDMABUCK (Diana from Savannah) with post #96 — wins a project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories

Spooky Read-Along Prize Winner:

  • CASCOTT (Carla from South Dakota) with post #57 — wins a set of ghoulish stitch markers donated by Sara from Yarns at Yin Hoo

Anomalous Knit-Along Prize Winner:

  • KUMBUKTU7 (Kym from ??) with post #23 — wins a set of Knitter’s Pride Nova Cubics Platina Deluxe Interchangeagle Needles

Congratulations to all of our winners!

**If you didn’t have a chance to read The Yarn Woman with our Read-Along in October and you want to, let me know and I will send you my copy of the book.**

Around Campus

  • Last week was finals week, and I have all grading done — yay!
  • Thanksgiving celebration
  • My dad fell and broke his hip 🙁
  • Weather was super-cold and snowy in November but has warmed up a little in December
  • Gail is spending the winter in the balmy California/Arizona desert
  • Kudos to the USPS for all their hard work during this busy season
  • Don’t forget to buy Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stamps!

Project Bag Purchases:

1.  Matching set from Chicken Soup Designs on Etsy:

2. Notions Pouches purchased from The Sampler Girl on Etsy:


3.  Lovely project bag received as a gift from my friend and pen pal, Denise (host of The Knitting Den podcast and owner of Kikiboo Bags on Etsy):

kikiboo bag

Yarn Purchases:

1. Plucky Knitter Classics Club Subscription

December 2014 colorway -- Heartstrings

December 2014 colorway — Heartstrings

2. Voolenvine Yarns Nouveau

Sweet Potato Honey Pie colorway

Sweet Potato Honey Pie colorway

New Video Podcast:  Cozy Crafting Podcast with Abby (she also has Cozy Crafting Shop on Etsy)

My Favorite Audio Podcasts:

 The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

Several projects graduated:



  • Bluebird of Happiness (pattern by Sara Elizabeth Kellner)
    Yarn:  Misc. scraps
    Needles:  US size 4 (3.5mm)


A Review

In this segment I review Mountain Meadow Wool’s Laramie base.  Listen in to hear about my thoughts.

laramie yarn1

In the Classroom

In today’s classroom segment, I start by talking about an interesting ethnographic study on consumption rituals of Thanksgiving.  Then I go into various studies of comfort food from descriptive research to physiological and psychological investigations.  What is comfort food?  What are the most popular comfort foods?  Does comfort food make people feel less stressed?  Listen to the show to find out the answers to these questions.

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