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The view from my writing desk is stunning this morning, with all the trees in full bloom, and the sun shining in a glorious blue sky. This will hopefully make for a productive day of PhD writing, interrupted by a stroll through the park and a nice brunch with [c], to make the most of this lovely Scottish spring day.

Some of you may have noticed that with the thesis submission now seriously looming [160 days, to be precise], I’ve returned to knitting as my favourite tool of procrastination and therapy. So, here I present you another project complete:

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Pattern: Fort Grey by Fiona Alice
Yarn: The Uncommon Thread Tough Sock [colour: Confetti]
Needles: 2.25mm
[More project details on Ravelry]

I think this is the most entertaining sock project I’ve ever knitted, with so much going on at every corner: a Turkish Cast-On and a Stretchy Bind-Off, purl stitches, knitting stitches, slipped stitches and some serious cabling all helped me to keep the writing panic at bay, and to get my creative thinking going.

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[c]’s cardigan

April 13, 2017

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Lovely baby boy [c] was born last autumn to my dear friend [k], and finally, I’ve found the time and perfect little pattern for making him the obligatory cardigan:

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Pattern: Carl’s Cardigan by PetiteKnit
Yarn: King Cole Merino Blend 4 Ply [colour: 49 clerical]
Needles: 4mm
Buttons: Textile Garden
[More project details on Ravelry]

I love the vintage look the smocking stitch has to it, as well as the 3D-effect it creates. I had to struggle quite a bit to understand how the stitch works and how to get the tension right [much cursing and unravelling was done in the process], but am quite pleased now with the result – not only is the pattern pretty, it also creates an extremely elastic fabric, which will be perfect for growing along with baby [c].

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Now off to the next tiny project in my backlog, which will involve green yarn and a hood…