Episode 13

The theme of Episode 13 is Thanksgiving, as we celebrated this holiday here in the U.S. on Thursday.  I talk about President Abraham Lincoln and the circumstances under which he created the Thanksgiving holiday.  I also chat about  snail mail news, Craftsy classes, my knitting progress, and the book I’m currently reading.  Give a listen!

Welcome to new and returning listeners!  And hello to everyone who has joined the Ewe University group on Ravelry, an erudite group of extraordinary people who are experts in food and nutrition.  We do NOT eat 4,500 calories in one day like the average American consumed on Thanksgiving!  You should join us, if you haven’t already!  Thank you so much to everyone who contacted me this week.  I love hearing from you!  You can subscribe to the show on iTunes or on this web site by clicking on the “Follow” tab at the bottom of the page and entering your email address.  For the show’s RSS feed, look on the right sidebar menu — scroll down until you see the “Entries RSS” link and click on it.

Thank you to show sponsor Halcyarn Knitting Accessories.  I’m having a holiday sale in the shop where you can get 20% off your purchase by using the coupon code HOLIDAYS13.

And thank you to our sponsor Evermore Studios, specializing in hand dyed, hand painted, and kettle dyed luxury yarns.

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Reminders and Announcements

For those participating in the Pen Pal Pair Up Project, watch your Ravelry mail for a message from me containing your pen pal’s information.  You should receive it by December 1.  If you don’t, contact me and I will get back to you.

Post your finished objects for November in the November Graduating Class thread on our Ravelry group by November 30 to be entered in this month’s prize drawings.  I will use a random number generator to select two valedictorians for November, who will each receive a prize.  One person will get to choose any project bag from Halcyarn Knitting Accessories, and the other person will get to choose any yarn from Evermore Studios.  If you miss the November graduation, don’t worry — I will open up a thread for the December graduating class on December 1.  You must be a member of the Ewe University group to participate.

Around Campus

This week I chat about feeding the birds and a lot of snail mail news.  Some friends and I made cards to donate to Operation Write Home, which is an organization that sends cards to military personnel so that they can use them to write to their loved ones back home.  I also joined Postcrossing, an outfit that organizes post card exchanges around the world.  Another fantastic snail-mail supporter is the Letter Writers Alliance, where you can get stationery and other super-cool supplies.  They also host letter-writing socials, which sound really fun!  Along those lines, my friend Lauren has organized a letter-writing social here at our public library on December 9 from 6:00-7:30pm.  Join us if you’re in the area!

In the show I talk about the awesome Craftsy classes I’ve been taking.  I am addicted to Craftsy!  I love the class topics and the teachers.  You watch the instruction and demonstration videos on your computer, plus you get handouts and materials that you can download.  You can even post your questions on the discussion board, and the instructor will respond and help you.  If you are interested in checking out Craftsy, now is a good time because all their classes are on sale for $19.99 or less until Monday, December 2!

Thank you to Cayenne for turning me on to a new audio podcast, Black Isle Crafts, hosted by Sheila.  I am really enjoying listening to her talk about her knitting, spinning, and life on a farm in the Scottish Highlands.

I end this segment by telling about a point of interest in my town, Monmouth, Illinois.  It is a plaque commemorating a speech delivered on that block by senate candidate Abraham Lincoln on October 11, 1858.  Although it wasn’t one of his famous speeches (he talked for three hours but there is no record of exactly what he said), afterwards he stopped in at the local photographer and had his picture taken.  This photograph was unknown until the 1980’s because it was in the possession of the photographer’s family here in Monmouth until then.  Now it is housed at the Smithsonian.


Plaque commemorating Abraham Lincoln's speech in Monmouth, Illinois on October 11, 1858

Plaque commemorating Abraham Lincoln’s speech in Monmouth, Illinois on October 11, 1858

Picture of Lincoln taken at the local photographer in Monmouth

Picture of Lincoln taken at the local photographer in Monmouth

The Academic Status of My Knitting Projects

No projects graduated this week, not even the sock circle socks.  🙁  But here is a picture of all the socks — everyone in the sock circle put on their socks at knitting group Wednesday evening, and we took a picture.  Don’t they look great?!

All the sock circle ladies wearing their socks

All the sock circle ladies wearing their socks

SOPHOMORE:  Neon Frog Socks

I’m doing these socks for the Ribbit Knit-along with the Dramatic Knits podcast.  They are in Leading Men Fiber Arts — Show Stopper yarn in the Lightning Bug colorway.  The project is on a Ciaogoo 9-inch U.S. size 1 circular needle.  I’m using the Basic Ribbed Sock pattern by Kate Atherley.

This week I turned the heel and knit about 4 inches on the foot

This week I turned the heel and knit about 4 inches on the foot

FRESHMAN:  Raven Pullover Sweater

This is a Christmas present for my husband, if I get it done in time.  I need to speed it up a little!  This pattern is out of the Knits of a Feather book by Celeste Young.  I’m using Cascade Greenland yarn on a 32-inch U.S. size 8 circular needle from my Hiya Hiya Interchangeables.

I knit a couple more inches on the sweater -- you can see my progress as indicated by the blue stitch marker where I left off last week

I knit a couple more inches on the sweater — you can see my progress as indicated by the blue stitch marker where I left off last week

FRESHMAN:  I made a teensy bit of progress on my super-secret gift project.

At the Library

I continued listening to We the Living by Ayn Rand this week and am currently on Chapter 6.  Although this book is one of my all-time favorites, I think I am going to set it aside for now and start a different book that is more cheerful!  The past few books I’ve read have been very melancholy, and I’m in the mood for something a little more upbeat.

In the Classroom

For this week’s lesson I read an essay that I wrote about Abraham Lincoln several years ago when I was the keynote speaker at a student honor society’s initiation meeting.  Hopefully you will find it inspiring, motivating, and appropriately related to Thanksgiving.